POLOKWANE, LIMPOPO – Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA)  today  handed over  engines  to four  Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges in Limpopo province – Capricorn, Mopani South East, Sekhukhune and Vhembe Colleges. The handover was carried out at Capricorn FET College, one of the four colleges that were identified by Limpopo's Department of Education to be in pressing need of this practical learning tool.

The automotive engines are intended to provide experiential training for predominantly previously disadvantaged individuals who are studying motor mechanics in the Engineering Department of their respective institutions.  It is anticipated that learning delivery will be enhanced by practical demonstration and application of subject content. A total of 574 students enrolled for the motor mechanics course at the aforementioned colleges, all of whom will benefit from direct training on the equipment. Students will work towards a N2, N3 and N4 Certificate in specific course subjects and a NC (V) – National Curriculum (Vocation) -  L2 qualification in engineering and related design. 

In handing over the automotive equipment Mal'bongwe Qolo, Strategic Projects Administrator in Nissan's Corporate Affairs and Communication Department, said that he was delighted to be part of an initiative to enhance community upliftment and skills training: "An important focus in our corporate social investment (CSI) programme is education, training and development – both among our employees, their families and communities, and the community at large.

"Indeed the engine donation programme came about through a request from Limpopo's MEC for Education at a previous CSI event when Nissan donated adbags – schoolbags made from recycled billboard material – to around 4 000 school children in the rural reaches of Limpopo province. Dr Aaron Motsoaledi   indicated that students at one of the provincial colleges were making do with practical training on an old 1964 Chevrolet. So we are especially pleased to be able to respond directly to Dr Motsoaledi's request.  In providing colleges with engines to assist in the practical training of learners, we ultimately benefit not only Nissan but the whole automotive industry."

Rev. Zwoitwaho Nevhutalu, Head of Department, Limpopo Department of Education,  accepted the engines on behalf of the four provincial FET colleges.  "This is a welcome investment in the education and training of the province's motor mechanics, boosting not only their practical learning experience but also their confidence. The donation complements our FET recapitalisation programme aimed at enhancing the delivery of skills training at our colleges – crucial to the success of  government's Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (AsgiSA) which targets an economic rate of six percent per annum. So we thank Nissan for the tools which will enable our colleges to meet their commitment to students, the government and the country as a whole."

A memorandum of understanding (MOU), outlining terms of the agreement, was signed by both parties at today's handover.

Today's handover is the third in a series of engine donations aimed at the development of skills and competencies under Nissan's CSI programme.  A total of 11 engines have already been donated to colleges in the North West and Gauteng provinces.

Added Qolo: "Nissan's manufacturing plant in Rosslyn draws its employees predominantly from the provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo and North West and while we feel it is important to serve our communities in the immediate vicinity of our operations, we also want to make an impact on the greater community in these three areas."

Nissan anticipates that the engine handover programme will continue in 2008.


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