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Zenande Mpame | 18 April 2023

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Related Services Education and Training Authority (MerSETA) at the University of the Free State, South Campus, in Bloemfontein, on 17 April 2023.

This signing was done by the Premier of the Free State province, Mxolisi Dukwana, at the Free State Skills Development programme.

In February when the premier delivered his State of the Province Address, he said the government's partnership with different SETAs has borne incredible results. He further committed that a skills development conference will be held later in the year.

“Our work with the SETAs has led to the provision of 4 389 internships, leadership, and apprenticeship opportunities for young people since 2019.

“We will convene a provincial Skills Development Conference with all the SETAs during August to enhance our initiatives to maximise our skills development programmes,” he said.

Addressing students at the South Campus, Dukwana said young people must be supported. In the same breath, he asked them to steer clear of destructive elements.

"The youth must be encouraged to use their talents to the optimal level. However, many of them are drowning in alcohol, and that negatively affects their growth. If the youth are the future, our thinking must change. We must have a serious discussion about where we want to take this country," said Dukwana.

The Free State Provincial Government has made a significant first step in tackling the problems the state is now facing, notably the skills deficit.

MerSETA has pledged R300 million towards student debt which will assist approximately 1 500 students.

‘Disclaimer - The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the BEE CHAMBER’.


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