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    Gert Sibande TVET College’s Fourth Industrial Revolution class graduated

    . A new department was also launched that students may start enrolling in called Maritime. This specifically deals with oceans.

    To many South Africans, the slogan Fourth Industrial Revolution, instils fear for their jobs when Statistics SA recently announced that 29% of South Africans do not have jobs which are equal to 600 000 homes with no income every month. A worrying factor not only for new graduates, but also the country. “What we can not divulge from is that more than 500 students enrolled for various courses in Gert Sibande TVET College in Evander a few years ago, only to find out that only approximately 200 students actually graduate today,” says the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC), Mr Sihle Mathibela, at a Graduation ceremony held at Kruik Church, Secunda, on Friday, 2 August.
    The program started with a former student from GS TVET, Mr Joel Magagula, giving a heart-warming poetry recital which led to a standing ovation. Miss Gugu Mahlangu, the program director, introduced the partners present as well as sponsors of the College, included in them: the media partners, of which The Bulletin news was part of.
    A sponsor who plays a very important role in a day to day running of the college is the Kalulu Foundation. A very young man was introduced to give a message of support. Dr Sizwe Mkhwanazi, who is doing his Doctoral Degree in the (UK), explained the term “Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
    The Fourth Industrial Revolution is simply a new way of thinking, meaning students must be able to use education to benefit the community they live in. He also said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is here to replace CVs. Dr Mkhwanazi continued his speech by emphasising the importance of TVET colleges as they render required skills in the working environment. He concluded his powerful speech by giving a short story of a man who died at the hands of post-apartheid soldiers. When he died, he said: “Rona Re Bantu” meaning why do you kill or dislike us? We are also humans. By that line, he challenges the employment sector to stop undermining college graduates because they are also qualified as university graduates.
    The next speaker was introduced, Dr Enhle Sambo, who didn’t waste time as she raised her concerns about the unemployment rate in South Africa which is 29%. 56% of the unemployed population is young people that are graduates. She continued with her speech as she told the new graduates that life begins after this joyous moment. She said the time of brokenness is beginning, but graduates must keep on persevering because it will bring good results. She also explained the difference between losing and failing. Sambo said losing is simply dying but failing is all about going down and getting back up again and continuing to do it until you are successful. With those words, Sambo told graduates to keep on knocking and sending those CVs and that it will get better. A huge applaud as she concluded her speech by wishing South African women a joyous: “HAPPY WOMENS MONTH!!!”
    Gert Sibande TVET College Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs P. Mange, gave her vote of thanks to the partners present as well as the students dedication for the past few years. Mange recognised their hard work as she broke the good news that the Gert Sibande College, Evander campus, is currently leading with the highest pass rate in the province of Mpumalanga. A new department was also launched that students may start enrolling in called Maritime. This specifically deals with oceans. A great excitement aroused as students started making their way to the podium to get their hard-earned certificates. There were mixed emotions as parents were singing and shouting of joy saying: “USIGCINE KWAZEKWABALA!!!” (God has kept us till this far!)
    Some cried out of joy, some were very excited to graduate in front of the big crowd that attended. The event was also attended by Pastor Peter Dos Santos who prayed for blessings upon anyone who attended the graduation. – Sandile Mkhwanazi

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    Gert Sibande TVET College’s Fourth Industrial Revolution class graduated