The Limpopo Department of Health has officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Limpopo’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.  Acting HOD, Dr. Frank Ndhambi signed the memorandum on behalf of the Department during a ceremony held at Waterberg TVET College IT Campus in Mahwelereng on Thursday the 25th May 2017.  The ceremony brought all Limpopo’s TVET colleges under one roof to witness this occasion which aims to unlock experiential training opportunities to students from different study fields.  During the ceremony, the MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba was lauded as the first political leader to create such an opportunity which seeks to expose Limpopo TVET college students to a formal workplace environment. 

MEC Ramathuba is the first political leader in the province to pioneer this project and ensure its implementation.“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding in between our two institutions today symbolizes a partnership which we believe will lead to many new joint initiatives that produce new synergies.  This is part of the implementation of the pronouncements which we have made during the 2017/18 Financial Year Budget speech. This means that we go to the Provincial Legislature to make commitments not promises,” said Ramathuba in her keynote address.The signing of the memorandum symbolises a move to formalise a working relationship with TVET colleges in Limpopo which will see these students gain access to train within the Department’s health facilities and offices.  

TVET college students have always had a challenge in accessing the workplace environment which is a necessary step to equip them to hone their skills in their different fields of study.  As part of the day’s proceedings a total of 226 Tradesmen and Tradesmen-Aids were awarded their certificates as qualified artisans.  These men and women will continue to benefit the Department and their communities through their acquired skills.The day’s main activities were preceded by the MEC adopting 3 girls from Nkakabidi Secondary School at Sekgakgapeng Village in Mokopane.

The 3 learners Lerato Mabena, Dipuo Kekana and Lebo Zamela were adopted by MEC Ramathuba as part of the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign which is aimed at exposing girls at secondary school level to a variety of career options. The trio was presented with bags which contained the essentials for young girls as well as food parcels, courtesy of the Department of Social Development.

By Meodi Mothapo