Thank you, hon Chair. The ANC has always maintained that unlocking the energy and creativity of South Africa's young and working people by building their skills and capacities is critical to the eradication of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
We thus welcome the recent official opening of the centre of specialisation at the Boland Tvet College in Worcester, Western Cape focus on welding robotics.
The Centres of Specialisation Programme is a Department of Higher Education and Training initiative designed to meet two objectives simultaneously. Firstly, to address the demand for priority trades needed for the implementation of government's National Development Plan in general and National Infrastructure Plan in particularly. Secondly, to contribute towards the building of the capacity of its public Tvet college system to deliver trade qualifications with the support of employer partners. This programme was created to assist selected Tvet, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, colleges to improve their capacity to develop competent artisans with industry partners, and to pioneer the way for transformation of the college system to make them more relevant and responsive to the demand of industry labour needs. Thank you.