Khayelitsha skills development summit


By Lungisa Mbulawa

The main objective of the Khayelitsha Skills Development Summit was to
create a roadmap towards developing the skills, competency and progress of the
community of Khayelitsha in order to advance economic and social upliftment.

The summit was co-hosted by the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF)
Khayelitsha Community Trust (KCT), False Bay College and Ithalomso Projects (KSDS)
on 3-4 October 2014 at False Bay College’s Khayelitsha Campus.

The Khayelitsha Skills Development Summit forms part of the government's
National Development Plan (NDP), which states that it is activities like artisanship
"that provide shock absorbers for extreme poverty and platforms for self-
employment" in developing countries.

The lack of artisans in our region could have a devastating impact on our
economy as they play a critical role in the delivery of services, especially in the
engineering trades. 

The Khayelitsha Development Forum is a body that was established in 1995 to
bring about development & regulation focusing on Infrastructure Development,
Education, Business and many other spheres of development.

The event encompassed solutions through skills training and bridging the gaps for
Khayelitsha youth to ensure that they are integrated into all educational structures.
It provided a platform to interrogate the DHET White Paper pertaining to Community
Colleges and looked at the possibilities for the creation of funds and bursaries.

Time was dedicated to the design of short courses aimed at artisanship to
enhance youth empowerment and development as well as the conversion of the
Khayelitsha Training Centre into an all-encompassing Information Community and
Training Centre.

False Bay College co-hosted the Skills Summit and provided the necessary
logistical support to ensure its success. The summit was aligned to the mandate of
artisan training and it offered an ideal platform to drive awareness about artisan skills
development for broader community of Khayelitsha.

Highlights of the event included an announcement by the Deputy Minister of
Higher Education and Training, the Honourable Mduduzi Manana, that False Bay
College will be awarded the Swartklip site as well as confirmation from the NYDA
Deputy Chairperson, Mr Kenny Morolong, that 2015 will see the opening of a new
NYDA office in Khayelitsha. This offered a great marketing opportunity for the
College and its services to the entire community of Khayelitsha.

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