On Monday, October 8, South African minister of higher education Naledi Pandor and Indian High commissioner to South Africa, Ruchira Kamboj launched Gandhi-Mandela Centre of Specialization for Artisan Skills at the Tshwane South Technical and Vocational Education and Training College in Pretoria.
Pandor said that it is an extremely exciting birthday gift for the two grate leaders and the centre is expected to start operations next year.
The plan to start the centre was finalized during the BRICS summit in South Africa in July, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Government of India will bear the expenses of planning, supply, installation, equipments and machinery for the Centre.
Once this centre is established and operational, these centres will be opened all over the country. In the Centre youngsters will be given the industrial training for skill enhancement.
South African minister Pandor said, “The link between centres of specialization, in India and South Africa, provides an assurance that it will be sustainable in the long term”.
Kamboj said that the centre will promote quality vocational education and training to meet requirements of young people.
She said, “The centre is the practical manifestation, as envisioned by the leaders of both countries, to promote quality vocational education and training to meet the requirements of young people as well as the artisan skills requirements of South Africa”.
Assistant General Manager Projects at HMTL, Murlidhara Rao said that they want to help in transforming South Africa into a developed state by training both unskilled and semi-skilled youth. He said, “Our track record in Africa is well-known and we now want to assist in helping transform South Africa into a developed state”.