FALETHU SKILLS CENTRE SIGNS AN MOU WITH MTHASHANA TVET
The Falethu Skills Centre in the skills centre is located Zungu Traditional Authority. ZAC was approached to create a skills training centre for the communities near the mine. Although the centre is located in the Zungu Traditional Authority area, it is open to all members of the four local communities. Following negotiations among the four traditional councils in the area, Zungu, Matheni, Mlaba and Mandlakazi, and with the Zululand District Municipality, it was agreed to locate the centre in the Zungu area under Inkosi Zungu.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Mthashana Technical Vocational Educational Training College (TVET) and Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) is the culmination of many years of discussions and planning and symbolises a beacon of hope for employment opportunities for the community members who will benefit from easier access to further education and training.
The four host communities had been involved in the planning and implementation of the project. Indunas from the Zungu Traditional Authority were taken on visits to other similar centres and were involved during the construction of the centre.
The facility includes four workshops that can each accommodate between 15 and 20 students, four classrooms, an administration block and ablution block – all built to “green building” specifications that include rainwater harvesting and storage. The facility can cater for up to 300 trainees at any one time which will have a huge impact.
Some of the training will be catering to mine employees while others will gain the necessary skills to be employable elsewhere in the country. The partnership between ZAC and Mthashana TVET College provides a facility that affords local school leavers an opportunity to obtain meaningful skills training close to home and which ultimately result in better employment opportunities.