Cooperation Agreement Between South African Airways Technical (SAAT) And
Ekurhukeni West College (EWC)
30 June 2011
The Principal and CEO of Ekurhuleni West College, Me Manakedi Hellen
Ntlatleng, and the CEO of SAAT, Mr Musa Zwane, signed a Cooperation Agreement
between Ekurhuleni West College (EWC) and South African Airways Technical (SAAT).
The signing ceremony was held on Thursday 30 June 2011, between 07h00 and
08h30, at the SAAT Training Centre.
The significance of the cooperation, other than forming a partnership, is how
the two entities interpreted the imperatives of the National Skills Development
Strategy III and the New Growth Path of our country. This partnership between
SAAT and EWC represents a firm commitment to encourage the links of skills
development to career pathing, career development and promoting sustainable
employment and job placements. Through this partnership, parties commit to,
- Equipping EWC lecturers and students with the relevant practical skills to
meet the demands of Aviation Training;
- Creating opportunities for EWC students to acquire occupational
qualifications and relevant work experience; and
- Increase opportunities for job placements for EWC students at SAA, its
subsidiaries, parastatals and other aviation companies.
- Contributing to the Government plan to produce 10 000 Artisans per
- Improve pedagogical, vocational and technical skills of EWC
- Facilitating the exposure of EWC to SAAT's subsidiaries, other parastatals
and any other relevant aviation company.
The signing was witnessed by esteemed leaders of our society, amongst others,
the Honourable Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande; the
Honourable Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Malusi Gigaba; Honourable Deputy
Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Ben Dikobe Martins; SAA Chairperson, Ms
Cheryl Carolus; EWC College Council Chairperson, Mr Thembani Bukula; SAAT
Chairperson, Mr Teddy Daka; the Acting Director General Department of Higher
Education and Training, Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde.
An initiative of this magnitude is rendered miniscule by the absence of high
level support. The presence of two Ministers concerned bears testimony to this
government's commitment to upskilling South Africa's workforce and the creation
of job opportunities for many. We are particularly enthused by the commitment
made by both Ministers to support this initiative and hope that this initiative
will herald the birth of many such in all sectors of our economy.
Ekurhuleni West College is elated by the fact that more and more young South
Africans can be aided to participate fully and productively in a thriving
economy, by gaining the skills and experience necessary to smooth the path
between the classroom and the world of work. As we celebrate this partnership,
we also celebrate with the many South African families who by virtue of this
partnership will be able to bear testimony to the benefits of the partnership
and its direct impact on the livelihoods of many families within SA's
Honourable Ministers – Mr Malusi Gigaba (left) and Dr Blade Nzimande
shaking hands at the Signing Ceremony between EWC and SAAT.