As we continue to celebrate TVET and National Women’s Month, we asked Mr. Sanele Mlotshwa, Principal from Majuba TVET College: What does it mean to celebrate TVET and Women’s Month in August? Mr. Mlotshwa responds: The month of August remains significant in the South African calendar. Not only because of the celebration of women as the pillars of strength who have immensely contributed to the liberation of this country but also for the recognition and positioning of the TVET sector as the first choice for prospective students to complete their qualifications in higher education and training.
2021 as “The year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke” where the country is realising women’s rights, we call upon everyone to join hands in the constant fight against gender inequality, GBV, and any other form of injustice to women at the workplace, as well as in the society.
As the President of South African Colleges of Principals Organisation (SACPO), and the principal of the Majuba TVET College, I have been privileged to work with several powerful women. We work to shape the future that works for all of us. I have seen female students excelling and making their mark on the previously male-dominated fields such as Construction, Engineering, and Artisanal trades. The TVET sector strives to produce quality graduates with skills that meet global industry standards.
I, therefore, urge all women, particularly young females to stand tall and seize the opportunities that are brought by technological advancements in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are now living in a new era with a lot of changes, including the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ours is to use this “New Normal” to our advantage as we move forward to reach greater heights together.
We pray for a happy Women’s Month to all women in our country, and successful TVET Month campaigns to the TVET Sector family.