Hard work pays off!

Graduates, invited guests and representatives from Mass Computer Training TVET College captured shortly after the graduation ceremonyGraduates, invited guests and representatives from Mass Computer Training TVET College captured shortly after the graduation ceremony

More than 100 students, who include Musina Municipality employees, recently graduated in the fields of municipal finance, public administration and general forestry. This is part of the government skills programme offered through the Local Government Education and Training Authority (LGSETA) and Mass Computer Training TVET College. The event was held at the new Nancefield community hall.

When addressing the 127 graduates, facilitators, invited guests and councilors, Cllr Siyaphi Shirilele said the municipality and country need different expertise because they are key to reviving the South African economy, job creation and growth. Shirilele was representing Mayor Mihloti Muhlope who could not grace the event due to other official engagements.

Shirilele added: “I stand before you with a sense of great pride at being able to welcome another batch of graduates into the financial management, general forestry and administration fraternity. I thank all the students for choosing to study these fields when they could have chosen any career that they wanted in our democratic country. I extend my gratitude to you as well, on your choice and to your families for supporting you.”

She said skills training and acquisition is one of the most important tools to develop Musina Municipality. “This graduation ceremony is a remarkable contribution to skills development and I also want to thank all involved stakeholders for their dedication and hard work. Please keep up this excellent track record. To our graduates, please do not forget the valuable lessons that you have learnt and use your knowledge to help others who were not as fortunate to get the opportunities you got.”

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Mass Computer Training TVET, Mr Collins Nthangeni said his institution and the LGSETA have partnered to facilitate skills training in various municipalities. “Musina is one of the beneficiaries and we are happy that the training went on very well.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the municipality for the massive support and the graduates for their hard work. Personally I am delighted to be with you today, as we celebrate your achievements.”

David Mokobi is one of the municipal employees and graduates who completed his diploma in finance management and administration. He said: “I’m so happy to be counted amongst the achievers. I will use my new acquired knowledge to contribute to the development of our society because the course content was very relevant to today’s changing world” 

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