The KwaMpumuza Skills Development Center was officially launched in Elandskop, Pietermaritzburg. The launching ceremony was chaired by Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training.
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The KwaMpumuza Skills Development Center was developed as part of the first intra-SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) collaborative infrastructure project. The project is implemented by Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) for an investment of 105 million rand. Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) is also part of the development team.
The department says the limited number of artisan development training facilities in KwaZulu-Natal is seen as an opportunity to work together. It results in CETA’s collaboration with W&RSETA for the construction of a skills development center (SDC). The KwaMpumuza Skills Development Center project will benefit young people in the rural areas around and in the town of Vulindlela.
According to the department, phase 1 of the construction of the project is expected to be completed by 2024. About 175 jobs will be created during construction.
Which will be hosted by KwaMpumuza Skills Development Center
The KwaMpumuza Skills Development Center is located on 27 hectares of land. It will include an administration block, a retail business center and fully equipped workshops for engineering and CETA-related trades. In addition, there will be an agricultural center for training, warehousing, farming and retail.
In addition, there will be three classrooms, two infirmaries and a workshop for hairdressing and beauty, hospitality and cooking. Otherwise, The KwaMpumuza Skills Development Center will have storage rooms, a 150-seat multipurpose room, a septic sanitation system and roads. Rainwater infrastructure, parking, landscaping, as well as bulk services will all be included.
The ministry said several amenities, such as human settlements, a small dairy farm and a shopping mall, are planned around the site. This will ensure the sustainability of the project. Small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMME) will be trained under the incubation program. The facilities of this SDC will house agricultural and agro-industrial activities.
The college also plans to set up a multipurpose center, which will generate income for the establishment. Graduates of the Technical and vocational education and training uMgungundlovu (TVET) College will train the complement of staff and students will receive hands-on training, according to the department.