Year-end Function 2017
|Ms Hellen Manakedi Ntlatleng
19 October 2017 - St. George's Hotel
Programme Director, Vusi Thembekwayo; Chairperson of the College Council.
Dr Mpho Mohlala and Council members present; Management and staff of EWC,
ladies and gentlemen - good afternoon
It is that time of the year when we come together as a family to take
stock of what EWC had for us over 2017. Each and every one of us should be
in a position to ask oneself on the contribution made to make EWC, a
leading college in South Africa.
We are just coming back from 2018-2021 Strategic Planning Review - which
was a challenging exercise. In it, we were also reviewing Imagination of EWC
in 2020. I hope that we remember that our Corporate Motto for 2017 was to
Imagine the Possibilities.
"If you cannot imagine it – you cannot do it."
We will all agree that this does not need negative energy, which some of
us have perfected the art thereof. Maybe we should ask ourselves once more
if our negative energy is engraved somewhere to be able to be rewarded.
Allow me to remind you that in 2015-2016 our Business Motto was:
"If it is not visible, it is not measurable."
I can attest to the fact that Management has been able to produce
evidence - actually scrolls and scrolls of the work done, for history to
judge them fairly. I am forever indebted against you - ladies and gentlemen.
I am immensely proud of the work the college has been able to produce
over the years and in 2017. We have displayed that TVET Colleges are at the
centre of the Skills revolution of the country. Everybody in the sector and
business world likes to associate themselves with EWC. Let us always remind
ourselves that the student is in the centre of the college. We have produced
a cohort of cadres, ready for the market.
Let us agree that EWC was built by a collective of us, and no individual,
or individuals, will destroy us - from the grounds to the classroom. We are
as strong as our weakest link. In whatever we do, let us avoid complacency,
because we will be destroying our own souls.
In 2017, in particular - as I go down memory lane - there are a number
of things to be proud of, namely:
- EWC was able to send nine (9) students to the World Skills Competition
South Africa, at the Durban ICC, representing Gauteng.
- EWC was also able to host the Gauteng chapter of the World Skills
Competition in our state-of-the-art kitchens.
- Five (5) of EWC's lecturers were judges at the Albert Lethuli
International Convention Centre - all from Germiston Campus - thanks very
- At the end of the competition, we received two (2) silver medals in Mechatronics... 2nd
to BMW - and in Electrical Installation, with a
difference of one (1) mark from a private Training Centre in KZN.
- EWC was among the nine (9) Public TVET colleges in the country to
receive a clean audit from the Auditor General – we even received an award
from the AG.
- EWC recently received two (2) awards at the DHET Imbizo from the
Minister’s office for being:
- The best Financially Managed College;
- The most progressive college in
the artisan development field.
- EWC was able to receive many donations from external funders, namely,
- Three (3) Ford Rangers from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (Kathorus,
Kempton and Tembisa Campuses).
- Fiat Chrysler South Africa - parts of vehicles to be
able to build three (3) cars (Boksburg Campus).
- Engines from Volkswagen - about eight (8) donated (to Tembisa Campus).
- ReadytoWear clothes and ReadytoWork training from ABSA (from the CEO herself,
Maria Ramos) as part of the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa's project.
- We were able to refurbish and equip the following engineering
I am proud to mention that they are all state-of-the-art equipment.
Please make use of them and leave excuses that you were not trained.
- Fitting and Turning at Kathorus Campus;
- Electrical on DSPP
Project at Tembisa Campus funded by DHET;
- Electrical at Kempton Campus;
- Welding at Kathorus Campus.
- Refurbishment of the Germiston Hall has been concluded.
- EWC was able to complete construction of the Enterprise Hub at Kathorus
Campus - hope the CfE is excited about a number of projects that would be
taking place there.
- EWC has started with a number of new building constructions e.g.:
- Building of the Resource Centre and Auditorium at Boksburg Campus -
construction at 50%.
- Building of the Student Support Centre at Kathorus Campus – construction is
- Construction of the Hall and Auditorium was started a week ago.
- Extension of all Engineering workshops at Tembisa Campus - handover to
contractor has taken place.
- Construction of the brick wall at Tembisa Campus is at 90%.
A number of construction projects are scheduled to start at the beginning of
2018. It should be also noted that a lot of money is being invested in
these projects that are benefiting you and I, including students and the
entire community. One cannot start comparing such constructions to iPads or
tablets people want to use for their own benefit.
The college has invested in lecturers’ preparation rooms and resource
centres, where there is connectivity - people are hardly ever there. The
college has invested in inter-active boards and they are used as
white-boards, thus damaged.
The 4th Industrial Revolution is around the corner - are we going to
The college and DHET have been able to send people for training among
others in other countries, namely:
- Italy - one (1) staff member (DSPP);
- Germany - five (5) staff members
- Germany - three (5) staff members and two (2) students on an exchange programme;
- China - two (2) students (Merseta);
- China - one (1) staff
member (DHET training);
- New Zealand - three (3) staff members (IVETA
- UK - four (4) staff members (QMS training);
- Abu Dhabi - three (3) staff members (World Skills Competition).
Ladies and gentlemen, let me remind you of our moral obligation as far as
teaching and learning is concerned, and that cannot be compromised. When and where it is
being compromised, it shall be dealt with severely. The moral compass within
me will not rest until this is understood and dealt with accordingly.
Whilst we enjoy this day, let us also remember that we have already set
ourselves targets of results which are baselines for 2017 examinations
results. Our average pass rate for NC (V) 2016 was 83,83% - up from 2015 which
was 81,84%. I wish to recognise Kathorus for great improvement. I am
expecting an 80% pass rate from you. In Report 191, Engineering was 63,63% -
up from 53,10% and
in Business Studies, it was 80,26% - up from 78,15%. I still stand by the fact
that each student that enters the gates of EWC deserves to pass.
I am also proud to mention that our projects in DSPP and Artisan
Development are progressing well, with students being placed at workplaces at
all times. We need more projects of such a nature - it is cool to be a 21st
Century Artisan. Artisan development is the way to go.
Colleagues, let me also make you aware, if you didn’t know, that in our
recent Strategic Planning, we adopted a new Corporate motto, namely:
"Be Accountable Regardless."
It doesn’t matter what the situation, you are accountable for the job you
have been appointed and you shall take that accountability. If you do not
know – we shall teach you.
I am Accountable Regardless.
Let me encourage you by reminding you that being accountable gives you
power, and accounting for your words enables your performance.
By accounting for your word, you can maintain a high level of workability
for yourself and others as even when you cannot always keep your promise,
you can still account for your word and thereby create a workable
relationship and trust. Let us use time given in life to practice and
demonstrate being accountable regardless.
Allow me to express my gratitude to a few individuals in our staff - Lerato Mokoena and Pretty Mbatha
- the Auditor General sent greetings of
appreciations to these individuals during the audit. They felt the good in
you for responding on time and with correct and relevant documents and
information needed. Thank you so much.
Much as it is not good to mention bad behaviour at such a function,
because you sort of market people - I need to make it clear to some
individuals that Campus Managers report to me, and they represent me at the
different campuses. Whilst they share information to staff, they do not owe
you explanations - please stop putting them in witness boxes to explain
themselves. If you think you are bigger and better than them, you are surely
misplaced. Look for a better place not to harass them.
Whilst concluding, let me thank the Almighty for the life given and
opportunities before us that we use them correctly. Indeed, God is good - it
is a good day for EWC. A brand I am happy to be associated with and will
challenge at all times.
Let me also thank the College Council for the support and sharing of ideas
with us. Well done, thy servants of God.
Give my many thanks to your families that give you support throughout the
year to be able to perform your functions.
Thanks to our programme director for always availing yourself to EWC - we
are indebted to you. Every word that you utter it always engraved in our
hearts. Thank you - thank you - thank you.
Though last to be mentioned, but not least in love, thanks to the Corporate
Services division and staff members who made this possible. Your ownership
in it touches my heart.
When you drink your glass of wine, remember it is not the last supper, but
a way of thanking you. I do not have silver and gold to give you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Enjoy the day.
Hellen Manakedi Ntlatleng