Prof. Waswa Balunywa, CAPA Executive Board Member Addressing Delegates at South Africa TVETCGC AGM
Prof. Waswa Balunywa, CAPA Executive Board Member Addressing Delegates at South Africa TVETCGC AGM

Buffalo TVET College in Buffalo city, East London, on 9 – 10 of March 2018, hosted a gathering of Governing Councils of over 50 public TVET colleges in South Africa for their annual general meeting (AGM).These colleges cater for the widest range of education and training opportunities at post-school level by offering a wide range of skills training for the world of work.
In his welcome address, the Secretary General of TVETCGC Advocate XolileXuma, acknowledged the presence of CAPA representatives led by Professor Balunywa. He said that TVETCGC was ready to engage with other stakeholders in the continent in promoting TVET skills development to spur economic development in Africa.

Giving her keynote address to the gathering, Chair of TVET Portfolio in South Africa Parliament, Honourable Connie September (MP), said that parliament was keen to promote and support TVET in South Africa. She said that the focus was now on widening access and providing free higher education.
Hon. September further reiterated that the Government was conducting research on impact of TVET on youth employability. In this regard, the Honourable Member of Parliament was targeting serving the skills needs for local industry.
Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) was among organisations invited to participate as observers in the TVETCGC 2018 AGM. Others included representatives of South Africa College Principals Organisation (SACPO), South Africa Auditor General’s Office, Mercedes Benz East London Plant, National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) andSouth African Further Education and Training Student Association (SAFETSA).
Professor WaswaBalunywa, a member of the Executive Board and Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) represented CAPA. Accompanying Professor Balunywa at the event were Mr. KiokoMuoka - CAPA Senior Project Manager, and Mr. Barry Masoga who is Executive Director, Education-Industry-Exchange (EIE-SA) and one of CAPA’s partners in South Africa.
Speaking at the meeting, Professor Balunywasaid that TVET must provide solutions to African problems by addressing changing skills needs. “Africa needs to devise partnerships that would generate solutions to address our many challenges”, said Balunywa.
Professor Balunywa went on to say that one of the critical challenges confronting Africa is the large number of young people with no skills or occupation to enable them to actively participate in economic development.He challenged South Africa to take a leadership role in championing TVET in the continent by working with CAPA and building partnerships with TVET colleges in Africa.
Some of the challenges highlighted by speakers at the event were; the lack of enough opportunities for industrial attachment and for apprenticeships, the fast changing technology landscape requiring frequent revision of curriculum and inadequate funding for programmes,
Other matters raised include inadequate student accommodation facilities in and around colleges, as well as lack of training programmesthat are locally aligned to economic activities in the surroundings of the colleges,and which take cognizance of prior learning and experience.
The TVETCGC was established in 2007 as the sole representative for council members in the sector and a champion of the public colleges in the Republic of South Africa.