Eskom unveiled yesterday state-of-the-art equipment it donated to the electrical engineering centre at the Vhembe Further Education and Training College in Thohoyandou, Limpopo.
Eskom said the unveiling formed part of activities planned to commemorate Eskom’s 90 years of existence and of giving back to the communities in which it operates.
Unveiling the newly equipped centre, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said: “We are thrilled by the fact that Eskom is making this contribution at the college at a time when the country is celebrating youth month. This contribution not only demonstrates Eskom’s commitment to the empowerment of youth, but also goes a long way in addressing the on-going issue of unemployment and the shortage of specialised skills in the country.”
Gigaba said Eskom’s strategic intent to invest in education, and particularly focusing on the development of further education and training colleges in South Africa was commendable.
“This commitment is in line with government’s objective to create an enabling environment for all FET colleges in the country in order for them to deliver quality education,” he said.
Elaborating further on the significance of the day, Eskom’s Chairman, Zola Tsotsi said that for the past nine decades, the dedication and commitment of Eskom employees have contributed immensely to Eskom playing a huge role in the empowerment of various sectors of society, especially the youth, – adding quality to the lives of South Africans, and enabling the country’s economic growth.
“The unveiling of this centre today, just a few days before we commemorate national Youth Day, is just one of many ways in which Eskom makes a difference in the communities in which it operates. As a state-owned company, our performance is also measured by the overall value that we add to the lives of the public. Eskom’s developmental mandate is about creating a foundation on which South Africa can grow, helping to transform the lives of the large percentage of the population that lives in poverty,” Tsotsi said.
In the short-term, the college’s 874 electrical engineering learners, comprising 397 males and 477 females will directly benefit from this initiative. Over the longer term, it is expected that thousands of other learners will benefit from this electrical engineering equipment over its lifespan.
“We are extremely happy as Vhembe FET College to receive this massive donation of Electrical Engineering Equipment from Eskom. This will surely impact positively in our teaching and learning activities as our core business, and will help us in the improvement of our results, thereby producing more Artisans and Electrical Engineers in our Country,” said“ Dr. JG Tshifularo , CEO and Principal at Vhembe FET College.