Ekurhuleni West TVET College And NAFCOC Tie The Knot.

12 April 2019

Ekurhuleni West TVET College and NAFCOC (National African Federation of Commerce and Industry) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 12 April 2019. The signing took place at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubation at EWC's Kathorus campus.

In her welcome address, Ms Ntombizodwa Dangazela, Acting Principal EWC, expressed her appreciation of the work that had resulted in NAFCOC and EWC signing the MOU. She welcomed NAFCOC as one of the many partners that the college already has. She said that partnerships are key drivers in broadening the service scope of the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

She went on the say, "We are excited to be partnering with NAFCOC with the aspiration of developing the culture of entrepreneurship in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. I can unequivocally say that NAFCOC will play a significant role in crafting 21st Century entrepreneurs.

"There is no doubt that the partnership between NAFCOC and EWC will open the doors for local business to connect with the students and the community of Ekurhuleni, and expose them to the world of entrepreneurship. As a result, it will benefit the city of Ekurhuleni and the country at large."

In his address, Mr George Ratswana, chairperson of NAFCOC - Ekurhuleni, acknowledged that the signing of the memorandum is a positive move in the right direction in the quest to develop and grow the economy of the country. He said that the objective of partnering with the College is to bring in the private sector, both big and small, with the aim to contribute to the establishment and development of entrepreneurs. He furthermore said that this partnership is the first of its kind, and that they are planning to roll it out to other provinces. "What we are lacking, as a country, is the establishment partnerships, and not "just partnerships," but partnerships that work," said Mr Ratswana.

The signed MOU will see EWC and NAFCOC creating opportunities for EWC students to gain access to experiential learning, equipping EWC lecturers with the relevant skills to meet the demands of skills training, and creating opportunities for students to become entrepreneurs.

NAFCOC has a programme called Integrated Multi-sector Growth initiative, which brings small businesses and cooperatives together to ensure that they develop emerging entrepreneurs. This programme is concurrent to the Rapid Incubation, and is another function of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubation.

The EWC Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubation was officially opened on 14 June 2018 by Minister Lindiwe Zulu, in the presence of the Executive Mayor of City of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Mzwandile Masina.

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