Lentswe, Klerksdorp - Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Matlosana in partnership with Mbuso Management Solutions to explore ways of having the Klerksdorp Site of Delivery re-opened in the NW Province in the near future.
The campus was closed down in 2008 due to dwindling student enrolments which made the campus unsustainable.
VUT will conduct a feasibility study to understand and assess the needs of the community and industry of the City of Matlosana.
This will help them to prevent making the same mistake that happened when the Klerksdorp Site of Delivery was initially established.
Macro City, Planning and Development MMC Tshepo Khoza said on Monday 24 July, a delegation from VUT visited the City of Matlosana to meet with its leadership and view the mining infrastructure that could be used as a campus when the time comes.
The VUT delegation, led by Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Gordon Zide, was warmly welcomed in Matlosana.
Lentswe learned that the Executive Mayor, Cllr Maetu Kgaile and the ANC Caucus in the city were part of the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality and the local chamber of business.
Together, all the parties toured the city and the surrounding areas to view the facilities available. Three facilities are said to be in Stilfontein and one in Orkney.
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Zide said that seeing the Klerksdorp campus closing down was not a comforting experience.
“But it had to happen because of the drop in student enrolments and the fact that the government does not subsidise sites of delivery as compared to satellite campuses,” Zide said.
He further said that the initiative to re-open the campus provides a great opportunity to take South Africa to the next level, adding that every community should embrace the dream like this.
“The White Paper on post school education and the National Development Plan speak in length on provision of education and secondary education in South Africa. For VUT to succeed in spearheading this project, all players must work together. These include VUT, government, community and industry.
“Together we can do more. We want to see the partnership develop and it can only happen if we work together,” he added.
Daddy Khuselo of Mbuso Management Solutions, who facilitated the process of the campus reinstatement, explained that even the mining industry is declining in the City of Matlosana, this city has a lot of business potential and opportunity.
Khuselo said that the conventional methods of mining were no longer relevant and appropriate, adding that the initiative to re-open the campus may assist in innovatively looking at the latest technology for mining.
“The City of Matlosana is the gateway to all mega cities of South Africa. All national roads leading to the mega cities in the country go through the City of Matlosana and this cannot be ignored. I am proud that the concept I had envisaged for some time is now being realised. Agro-processing and manufacturing are key to the development of the economy of this city,” he advised.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal of the VUT then suggested that a task team would have to be established in order to kickstart the process and that from the side of VUT.
The meeting concluded by emphasising the importance of a follow-up meeting which would hopefully be attended by the Premier, Supra Mahumapelo and the MEC for Education, Sello Lehari.