In order to open the doors of learning and culture and contribute to economic growth a new landscape for FET colleges had to be shaped which represents a
significant and decisive breach from the old apartheid system of technical
vocational education and training (TVET).
In the new democratic society, the apartheid legacy of fragmentation and unequal
provision of technical and vocational education necessitated a different vision
to create a coordinated, accessible and responsive system. Equity, redress,
access and provision of quality education and training became the agenda for the
This led to the merger of the 152 colleges in South Africa into 50, a process
that gave birth to Ehlanzeni FET College.
The College comprises of seven merged campuses. The seventh Campus, which is
Mapulaneng has just been merged under Ehlanzeni FET College following the newly
demarcated boundaries of Ehlanzeni Region which have been extended to cover the
former Bohlabelo Region.
These campuses include the former Nelspruit, Mlumati, and Kanyamazane Technical
Colleges. The former Waterval Boven Environmental Centre and Mthimba Foundation
for Education with Production (FEP) were also merged into the Ehlanzeni FET
The KaNyamazane and Barberton campuses were given campus status as they
previously operated as satellites of Nelspruit campus.
The College inherited campuses, which were almost dysfunctional and dilapidated
with the exception of Nelspruit. It is worth mentioning that the situation has
been addressed and the campuses now have students and renovations have been
completed. Additional facilities are being constructed and improvements done in
All campuses have been provided with computer facilities, which were really
needed. Mlumati campus has now a new appearance with renovated kitchen
facilities, residences, classrooms and the administration block. Classrooms in
this campus have also been air-conditioned.
The recapitalization program has been embarked upon which will further improve
the teaching, learning and facilitation conditions. The recap program focuses on
the development of infrastructure, Human resource, business systems and
procedures and purchase of LTSM and workshop equipment.
We wish to thank both the National and Provincial Departments of Education for
2007 will be historical as the FET Colleges will break from the past by
delivering high skills and highly technical programs which are a product of
consultation between commerce business, industry and the Government. The new
Curriculum will offer a variety of programs that articulate the demands of
Government, business, industry and commerce, the PGDS, ASGISA / JIPSA, MDG and
Whilst facing out the old programs, Waterval Boven will focus on Hospitality and
Tourism and Mthimba Campus will strictly be offering agriculture. Nelspruit
campus will specialize in electrical infrastructure construction, office
administration, finance, economics and accounting.
Mlumati will deliver engineering and related designs, electrical infrastructure
construction and office administration.
KaNyamazane will concentrate on engineering and related designs.
Barberton campus will deliver management courses only.
Mapulaneng campus will focus on engineering courses.
Mathematics or mathematical literacy, life orientation and a language will be
compulsory in the new curriculum. This will further add quality to the kind of
gradates we intend to produce. Our graduates will be able to either work or
proceed to higher education.
In addition to the nated programs that are delivered presently, the College is
offering learnerships and skills programs which are aimed at providing skills to
the adults, employed and out of school youth (OSY). Computer skills,
dressmaking, carpentry and plumbing are being offered as skills programs.
Concrete Moulding and driver’s license skills will be provided in 2007. SAPPI
employees participate in the ABET program offered by the College.
The College has successfully delivered the local economic development (LED) and
public administration (PA) learnerships.
It is worth mentioning that the College has successfully implemented its 2003 –
2006 strategic plan which culminated in numerous achievements and gains. The
first three years was aimed at consolidating the intentions and goals of the
merger process, which focused on infrastructure, curriculum development, learner
support, human resource development, marketing and communication, projects and
partnerships and good governance. It is now time to move to another new era that
will be characterized by increasing enrolments at all sites, meaningful
participation by business, commerce and industry and delivery of high tech
skills that will lead to employment and better opportunities.
The support of parents, Government, learners and business has become necessary
and more critical than before. We therefore appeal to all of you to be part of
this wonderful, historical and empowering development in education and training.
Let us open the window, there is a big world out there waiting for us.