THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING OVERSIGHT VISIT
The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training oversight visit at Goldfields TVET COLLEGE ,Welkom Campus. On the 31 January 2019 to assess mainly the 2019 registration process,teaching and learning , infrastructure and governance at the college .
LEBOHANG MOLEFI TO REPRESENT THE COLLEGE AT NATIONAL SKILLS COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN DURBAN
During October 2018, The College hosted a World Skills Competition in masonry (bricklaying) that was held at Tosa Campus in collaboration with the Construct Industry Development Board(CIDB) on behalf of World Skills South Africa. World Skills Competition is an International competition held bi-annually at the elected venue around the world. The last competition was held in 2017 at Dubai. This year’s competitions will be held in Kazan, Russia.
Lebohang Molefi a student at Tosa Campus won the Provincial leg of the competitions in bricklaying last year. All this was achieved under the supervision and guidance of Ivan van der Ross, bricklaying Lecturer at Tosa Campus. On the 04th February Lebohang built a model for the purpose of best preparing him for the National Competitions which will be held on 23rd of February 2019. At this level all Provincial winners in bricklaying will compete against each other to enable them to compete in Kazan later this year.
The focus of this competition is centred around many other trades which comprise of: plumbing; hospitality; carpentry; welding; automotive repairs; fitting and turning; hairdressing etcetera. The College is excited and looking forward to support Lebohang Molefi in Durban and is hopeful that he will fly the College Banner and represent the College well at the International competitions in Kazan.
ANNUAL BEST PRACTICE ACADEMIC SEMINAR 2019
On the 07th of February 2019 The Lecturers attended the Annual Best Practice Seminar at Welkom Campus. The purpose of behind this seminar was to afford the College lecturers, management coupled with the invited guests from sister Colleges, Department of Higher Education and Training to share best practices and express mission to achieve academic excellence.
The Seminar had Dr Pitso Kheza Student Support Services Manager and Mr Peka Qhojeng Project Manager for Occupational Programmes as Programme Directors. Mr Francis Mahlangu the College Principal welcomed guests while Dr Rachere Radile Deputy Principal for Academic Services unpacked the College’s 2018 academic performance and he also indicated that lecturers should endeavour to benchmark with other best performing Colleges in South Africa.
Engineering Studies Lecturer Mr Jasper Cotzee and Business Studies Lecturer Mr Mxolisi Makasi shared best practices on teaching National Certificate Vocational NC(V) programmes. Other Lecturers who made presentations include Mr Aaron Nkukuma Business Studies Lecturer and Engineering Lecturer Mr Ngagazibini Zonyane shared best practices for teaching Report 191 programmes.
It was explained that students spend the better part of their lives in the classrooms and that it was therefore crucial to create the correct environment for them to learn and grow. Also, that dealing with students from different backgrounds required high levels of understanding from the lecturers coupled with great determination to establish good communication between lecturers and students. Presenting Lecturers cited on how all College lecturers should be game-changers, provide inspiration, and encourage the students to dream big converse to their history of being previously classified as poor performing in some subjects by their “unimaginative” high school educators.
One Lecturer revealed that his formula for success could be attributed to his successful spiritual connection with his students. He indicated that each lecture was started with prayer in order to enhance the spirituality of the students. Another focal issue raised was that concerted efforts must be made to instill a positive attitude on the Psyche of the students and to steer them away from being armchair critics of the government. It was also highlighted that the students were supposed to be schooled in the reality of life and be equipped with foresight of the challenges they were to face following the successful completion of their studies at Goldfields TVET College.
Several discussions were held as part of the seminar during which a number of issues were put up for deliberations. Mrs Selloane Maqelepo, Campus Manager at Tosa Campus and Mr. Ratsilo Maleke Welkom Campus Manager, led some of discussions on the Campus Life and the relationship of Lecturers and their students. Ms Nozipho Khumalo, Deputy Director Student Development & Support spoke on contextualizing Academic Support within the TVET Colleges while Mr Sello Sethusha, Director for Lecturer Development at Department of Higher Education and Training spoke on Lecturer Development activities within the TVET College sector and the benefits thereof. Mr Mahlangu mentioned that the College was planning to bestow awards to those lecturers who performed best during the 2018 Academic Year lecturers in terms of student results later in the year as part of Employee Recognition Awards.