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MISA sees more than 150 graduates for 2018/19 financial year

Game changing opportunity for young Engineering Graduates.

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The Department of Governance and Traditional Affairs held an Induction and Orientation programme for Young Graduates in celebration of their achievement.  The graduates were hosted at the Emperor’s Palace on the 26 February 2019.

With the dire need of technical skills amongst the youth, particularly in the field of Engineering, the Department of Governance and Traditional Affairs through Municipal Infrastructure Agent has set itself out on a mission to provide support to dysfunctional and distressed Municipalities.

“What motivated MISA to run this project is the challenge we all know it terms of the infrastructure in Municipalities and the deficit of skills, in particular technical skills in Municipalities”, said Goodman Mlandazo Vimba, CEO of MISA.

MISA has set its focus on supporting Municipalities with skilled pipeline, creating more pool of professionals that municipalities could “dip” in and absorb in the environment.

The Response of the programme has been satisfactory, with 159 graduates ready to take on the world as qualified and professional Engineers.

Vimba further said, MISA is not only looking to create a sector filled with skilled Engineers but they are also working on diversifying the Engineering sector.

“ The aim is to recruit as many young graduates in Engineering, Town Planning and Regional Planning as well as other built environment professionals to increase the pool of skills particulary withregards to engineering skills”, Vimba said.  

The aim is to give graduates enough experience so they could register with a professional body and grow the economy.

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Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era

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In an era where the standard between basic education systems and higher education and training systems are worlds apart. With 30% being good enough to get you a National Senior Certificate, while standards at a tertiary level requires 80%.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, introduces technological advances which are bound to have an impact on every institution within the country.

At the University South Africa’s recent national higher education conference session titled Imagining the exponential and entrepreneurial university of the 21st century, 4IR was at the center of discussions with Prof Bavesh Kana asking “We have all this technological advancement but we still have a lot of human suffering.”

“Is the technology where it needs to be?” he asked.

Taking that the unemployment rate is at its highest reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With a lot of graduates still unemployed.

With the 4IR and looking at our current education system one can not help but ask, How can graduates use their acquired qualifications to ensure that they compatible with the technological revolution?

With those already in school and those about to enter tertiary, what is done to ensure that the cycle of unemployment is broken, is the curriculum altered to accommodate the 4IR and are higher education institutions offering courses which are still of value enough to ensure security for graduates and lastly how are we preparing our institutions’ curriculum to be able to compete at a global scale.

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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MR and MRS City Waldorf Pageant IMAGE: Ndumiso Ngwenya

From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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