Samsung Academy Hosts Graduation Ceremony At EWC
In preparing young people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Samsung Academy hosted a successful
graduation ceremony at EWC's Boksburg Campus hall, where over 160 students from TVET Colleges and Technical
High Schools graduated, in April 2019.
After welcoming the guests and graduates, Acting Principal EWC, Ms Ntombizodwa Dangazele, spoke of the college's
many collaborations with different companies and institutions. She expressed appreciation of the partnership with
Samsung Academy, one of the partners heeding the call of ensuring that the country achieves its
National Development Plan (NDP) Vision 2030. She further stated that Ekurhuleni West TVET College recognises
that government and its entities alone, will not achieve more in terms of growing the country’s economy and
responding to all the needs of the communities as well as working towards emergence of the fourth Industrial
Revolution. She made a call to everyone in the public and private sector to put hands together in working
towards improving the lives of the people.
"As a college, we appreciate the efforts of Samsung Africa in providing access to their learning facilities,
with a vision of transferring learning skills and enhancing youth employability skills and job creation in
South Africa," said Ms Dangazele.
Mr Sung Yoon, CEO and President of Samsung Africa, in his address, stressed the importance of working together
to provide access to learning facilities with the vision of transferring learning skills and enhancing youth
employability in South Africa. He said that equipping young people with the latest technological skills to assist
them to compete effectively in the job market is part of Samsung’s theme, "Education for Future Generations,"
which is aimed at developing skilled technicians and engineers across Africa.
"The ultimate aim is to give all youth an opportunity to change the narrative around what it means to be an
artisan and break down the barriers to success," said Mr Yoon.
Samsung Electronics Academy provides hands-on skills training, at no cost, to grade 10 - 12 students from Technical
High Schools and TVET Colleges in Gauteng. Samsung Electronics’ initiative also supports the South African
government’s drive to address the problem of youth unemployment, by ensuring that qualifying students are provided
with job opportunities within the electronic industry. More students enrol yearly on the programme to bridge the
technical skills gap amongst underprivileged young South Africans.
Messages of encouragement to students and the audience in general were given by Dr Musa Mthombeni, who is a
medical doctor, social influencer and TV presenter. He encouraged graduates to set GOALS. He then expounded on the
word GOALS under the headings Gathering, Objectives, Action, Live and Support.
The ceremony was attended by Mr Sung Yoon, CEO and President of Samsung Africa, and Professor Nicky Padayachee,
advisor to the former Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Nkosazana Zuma, and
officials from the Department of Basic Education, merSETA and MICT SETA.
Mr Nithia Pillay, Samsung Customer Services Director, Mr Sung Yoon, CEO Samsung, and Acting Principal EWC,
Ms Ntombizodwa Dangazele, on stage with a graduate of the Samsung Academy,
and his very proud parent!
Samsung Academy graduates, listening to the speakers at their graduation ceremony.