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The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) extends a warm welcome to Dr Manager Mhangarai Muswaba, newly appointed Principal and CEO of the College of Cape Town for TVET (CCT).
“We are delighted to welcome Dr Muswaba with his wealth of experience and academic qualifications and look forward to continuing the strong relationship established by Mr. Louis van Niekerk and his team in the drive to deliver quality apprentices,” says Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI).
Over the last couple of years, the RMI and the CCT have built up a strong partnership following the establishment of the DHET Centre of Specialisation (Automotive Motor Mechanic Trade) programme. The delivery of the Occupational Certificate: Automotive Motor Mechanic, on the principles of the German dual-system, demands industry participation in CCT structures, the CoS Reference Group and Implementation Committee.
Olivier says the working relationship between the various structures ensures a close relationship with the industry and direct input by industry into the CCT Academic Board. “Our Occupational Team Convener (OTC) collaborates frequently with the CCT top-structures, campus management, as well as support and teaching staff.”
CCT has a proud history of establishing partnerships with automotive suppliers and providers of goods and services. “The RMI has been able to assist in this by facilitating introductions of various industry suppliers including Haynes Pro; Electude and Autel.”
Abie Dunn, the RMI’s National Executive Training Committee Chairperson, says, “The CoS on the Athlone campus has the potential to become the public provider of choice with employers in the automotive aftermarket sector, in and around the Cape Town metropole. Working with, and in support of, participating employers will set this institution apart. The delivery method of the occupational certificates demands innovative and creative thinking as learning areas in the occupational certificate curriculum need to be covered with theory and simulated practical sessions at the TVET college. Further, the monitoring of progress and scrutinisation of apprentice logbooks in the employer’s workplace, needs to be carried out by the CCT.”
Jeanne Esterhuizen, President of the RMI, says public providers will increasingly play a key role, along with private providers, in reaching the Government’s targets for apprentice training. “The automotive aftermarket, sales, repairs and maintenance sector is a significant contributor to our country’s GDP. Along with local auto and component manufacturers and importers, the GDP contribution is close to double figures. There is no better time than now for all of these role players to take hands with Government to consider ingenious methods which will assist in the reconstruction of the economy,” she says.
Louis van Huyssteen, RMI’s National Director Training, and DHET appointed Occupational Team Convener for the automotive motor mechanic at both the CCT and the Port Elizabeth TVET College concurs highlighting the importance of continuous capacity building between industry, Government Departments, Sector Education Authorities and skills development providers. “The industry has the responsibility to share technological advances and accompanied skills-need-challenges and to make any necessary submissions,” concludes Van Huyssteen.