DUT Proud Host of ETDP.SETA

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosted the Provincial Indaba 2013/14 which highlighted the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training (ETDP.SETA).

The programme began with a warm opening from Alan Khan, the Director of Co-operate affairs at DUT, who proudly spoke about how Durban was ranked the 7th best city in the world. Khan also said that this morning, approximately 4000 people gathered outside the municipality because there are 50 vacancies available at the fire department. “This tells us that there is still a lot to be done.”

The second speaker for the day was former Mayor of Durban, Logie Naidoo, who still plays a crucial role in the growth and development of Durban and South Africa. Naidoo emphasised the importance of education and training in order to have a conducive environment where learning and teaching takes place. Naidoo used the example of Gordan Murray, a DUT graduate, who currently designs high speed motor cars for racing at the Formula one (F1). “South Africa has the potential and the rest of the world recognises that. We are a nation recognised for leadership and we need to put our shoulder to the wheel to make sure that SETA works.”

The programme commenced with Zandile Ntshangase, Director of ETDP.SETA who gave feedback on the provincial implementation for 2013/14. Ntshangase covered aspects on how EDTP.SETA has developed people in industry by training teachers and creating places for experiential learning of students. There was R168 000 allocated to internships and DUT was one of the universities that had benefited from this. Some of the challenges they have faced are contract management and staff capacity as well as the attendance and drop out rate of pupils at schools and colleges.

Within the four hour programme there were two power shortages, but the programme still continued. There was a Q&A session that allowed guests to interact with members of the ETDP.SETA which was followed by the planning for 2016 and the future.

The programme ended on a good note with hope for Durban at approximately 14h00.

– Laeeka Edries

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