Graduation Ceremony 2017

PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS – DIPLOMA CEREMONY, 19 MAY, 2017      

Thanks Mr Marais for the scripture and prayer

There is no better way to start an occasion such as this, except to look up to the Creator!

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.

Chairperson of the Council of the college – Ms Tsokolibane and all other members of the Council in attendance.

Honoured GuestSpeaker

Officials of the Department of Higher Education and Training in attendance

Friends of the college fromindustry, commerce, NGOs and Setas, sister colleges and community organizations present

Deputy Principals of the college, Mr Andre Schlemmer,  college CFO, Mr PiweMakaula

Members of the college’s Broad Management Team ; Campus Management Teams

President of the college Students Representative Council, Mr Mani and other members of the college’s SRC present.

Members of the college’s prestigious Platinum Club 100, which club, Programme Director, ladies and gentlemen, is made of the lecturers in the college whose aggregate results for the year, is between 90% and 100%! These are our gallant ‘high-flyers’, ladies and gentlemen!

Colleagues – member of staff from all the college’s sites of delivery from Soweto to Roodepoort to Randburg, to Sterkfontein, where the college offers Primary Agriculture.

Parents and relatives accompanying our graduating students on this special day – and leaving best for last, our very dear graduating students! You all look just splendid!

Once again, good morning to you all, ladies and gentlemen!

A graduation is a special occasion for the students graduating,  for their parents and indeed for the institution and members of staff from whose hands the graduating students are marching out of, honourably and majestically.  I am saying ‘honourably’ and ‘majestically’ because that is the only way one marches out of South West Gauteng TVET College!

You don’t just complete your studies and vanish from SWGC! You wait for this occasion and you stride out majestically and honourably on this stage, as we will see our graduates do this morning.  It is a special moment – one that the late Whitney Houston, in one of her songs, referred to, as a ‘moment in time’! A moment in time for each of our graduating students – when the universe, in its entirety, appears to conspire in each one’s favour as an individual!

This occasion, ladies and gentlemen is special even to me for personal reasons.  It is special to a number of us, if not all of us, for both similar and different reasons.

Normally, I leave most of the talking to the Guest Speaker, on this occasion, but I don’t do this without dedicating a few words of my own to these beautiful and handsome students of ours.  Today will not be any different.

I always start by making the solemn declaration or testament that we are very proud of the education we have given to you, my dear students.  We believe it is second to none in vocational education terms.  After all, you are graduating from the biggest TVET college in the land, in terms of the programmes you are graduating in! That adds to our pride in the education we have provided to you!

But education is nothing more than a tool, a formidable one at that – an enabler,  but one that belongs and must be used only by you who have attained it. Unfortunately, despite our advancement in many areas, including technology – it is still not possible to bequeath an education in your will.  But although your education is yours and only yours to use, it can and should benefit and change a family, a clan, a village and indeed an entire society. It is very important that you see your own education in this way.

Let me, however, hasten to warn you that the Diploma or Certificate which we will be giving to you today is a mere symbol or evidence of the education you have attained – it is not itself the education you have attained.  If you have attained any education, and I bet you have, that education must ooze out of you, for, we did not educate the piece of paper that we will be giving to you.  We educated YOU and your education must shine through you!  I want to stretch this further and even become deliberately provocative:  “If your education does not shine in your character, it is not there and it never was”.   If you take anything into your journey of life from what I am saying this morning, let it be this: ‘ If your education does not shine in your character, it is not there and it never was’.

Here’s another nugget of simple wisdom to take with you -Your most important currency ever, will always be  – not the amount of money you earn, or the size of the house you live in, or the car you drive – but your name, your character and your integrity! Throughout your life, steer clear of anything that may taint or blemish your name, your character or integrity!

South Africa and the whole continent of Africa are potentially the new growth points of the world and with this should come many opportunities for South Africans and other Africans, such as yourselves, but you will need to become enterprising ‘go- getters’, which you can be!

So, I am asking you to become enterprising ‘go-getters’ and take advantage of what this new growth point of the world, Africa, has to offer! This, by the way, is Africa Month!

One of your duties as South Africans and Africans, will be to change the mostly negative news reports about  our country and continent in the world and to make South Africa and Africamake correct moves to ensure that the potential of Africa as the new growth point of the world is realized sooner rather than later!

I wish to congratulate you and your parents and relatives for this achievement and hope that the education you have attained does indeed, open many doors for you and that, once those doors are open, you are able walk in and prove yourselves and excel.

Programme Director, some of the students who are graduating today were part of our Top ten Students of 2014 and 2015 and they got to visit our partner college, Noorderpoort, in the Netherlands in 2015 and 2016, at absolutely no cost to them – just for doing exceptionally well in their studies and making the Top Ten at SWGC –  and making the TopTen at ‘SWGC, Period!  Enough Said!’

The Top Ten students of 2016 and Top Educators in terms of 2016 results will, themselves, be leaving on this dream trip to the Netherlands in June this year!

Programme Director in the course of today’s occasion, we are also going to be announcing our prestigious Rainmaker Award for 2017.  The Award recognizes members of the community who have caused it to rain for other people, by positively touching the lives of those who are less fortunate than them,ie people who have lived the creed of ‘service above self’ in the community – Ozanemvula!

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen and welcome!

SWGC 2017 GRADUATION CEREMONY.

 HumbulaniKhorommbi

 Student Recruiter

‘’We reap what we sow.’’ Those who reign themselves to work around the clock to attain academic excellence do worth recognitions and praises! So, indeed, it was a glorious day of jubilee, excitements and praises at the Walter Sisulu Square hall, Kliptown, Soweto.

The ongoingbusiness of the College is to strive to strike the balance betweenunemployment gaps and employmentopportunities through offering quality education and training that matches the industry requirements! By the way, that was depicted by the high number of students who graduated with the college on the day. Enough said!

Accordingly, on the 19th of May 2017 the South West Gauteng (TVET) College hosted a historic graduation ceremony at the Walter Sisulu Square Hall to confer Diplomas and National Certificate(Vocational)NQF Level 4 on graduates. In that regard 490 students graduated on programmes such as Business Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Management Assistant, Marketing, Public Management, Educare, Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Finance, Economics & Accounting, Management, Marketing, Office Administration, Civil Engineering & Building Construction, Electrical Infrastructure Construction, Engineering and Related Design, Education and Development, Hospitality, Information and Communications Technology, Primary Health, Safety in Society, Tourism and Transport and Logistics respectively.

In the mist of the crowd which was packed the venue to its capacity to eyewitness and cherish their children, brothers and sisters when ascending the stage to receive their hard-fought qualifications, there wasa Victor/ VictrixLaudorum Academic and Rainmaker award winner for 2017.

Victor/ VicrixLaudorum Academic Award for 2017

 Without the employees who put the College on their shoulders and take it to the highest level the college would not have been where it is today! These are the people who think about the College, dream about it and decisively act on its mission to make a conscious realisation of its vision. Period!

And no mistake, Ms RikhotsoSigcinweyinkosi(lecturer)at the Technisa Campus had proven to be the best soldier of 2016 academia year who raised the flag of SWGC during the times of storms, thunders and rains, in and outside of the College without any hesitation. Her preparedness to reign to work extra hours, assisting her fellow employees, connecting the college with different external stakeholders for the benefit of our students, and her managerial skills to control the situations were enough to make the College proud.

Surpassing all the employees of the South west Gauteng College in going an extra mile did set a stage for her to walk away with an award of Victor/Victrix

Laudorum Academic 2017 Nomination.

 2017 Rainmaker

 South Africa can be a better place to live in if the conception of humanity, love, compassion spreads amongst people to a pointwhere all of us have an adequate amount of it.

The recipients of this award are people who, without exception, prove to put the lives of others before themselves, and do everything humanly possible to improve the lives of others without expecting some gains.

Beyond the onus of Teaching and Learning the college has stretched at a height of identifying those who work tirelessly to transform and improve the lives of others.

The College identified Nkosi’s Haven, a non-profit organisation, renowned for adapting the late Nkosi Johnson who was fostered by Ms Gail Johnson. The organisation is allocated at acre plot in Alan Manor, near Southgate. It is a safe and nurturing home environment for mothers, their children and orphans left destitute by HIV/AIDS. Currently, the organisation has134 residents under its wing.

In consideration ofwork they are doing for the people, the college awarded the non-profit organisation with

Rainmaker award2017.

Picture 1:Students who graduated on the day of the 19th May 2017

Picture 2:Mr. Dan L. Nkosi – Principal, sashing the Graduate

SWGC 2017 GRADUATION CEREMONY.

‘’We reap what we sow.’’ Those who reign themselves to work around the clock to attain academic excellence do worth recognitions and praises! So, indeed, it was a glorious day of jubilee, excitements and praises at the Walter Sisulu Square hall, Kliptown, Soweto.

The ongoing business of the College is to strive to strike the balance between unemployment gaps and employment opportunities through offering quality education and training that matches the industry requirements! By the way, that was depicted by the high number of students who graduated with the college on the day. Enough said!
Accordingly, on the 19th of May 2017 the South West Gauteng (TVET) College hosted a historic graduation ceremony at the Walter Sisulu Square Hall to confer Diplomas and National Certificate (Vocational) NQF Level 4 on graduates. In that regard 490 students graduated on programmes such as Business Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Management Assistant, Marketing, Public Management, Educare, Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Finance, Economics & Accounting, Management, Marketing, Office Administration, Civil Engineering & Building Construction, Electrical Infrastructure Construction, Engineering and Related Design, Education and Development, Hospitality, Information and Communications Technology, Primary Health, Safety in Society, Tourism and Transport and Logistics respectively.

In the mist of the crowd which was packed the venue to its capacity to eyewitness and cherish their children, brothers and sisters when ascending the stage to receive their hard-fought qualifications, there was a Victor/ Victrix Laudorum Academic and Rainmaker award winner for 2017.

VICTOR/ VICRIX LAUDORUM ACADEMIC AWARD FOR 2017

Without the employees who put the College on their shoulders and take it to the highest level the college would not have been where it is today! These are the people who think about the College, dream about it and decisively act on its mission to make a conscious realisation of its vision. Period!

And no mistake, Ms Rikhotso Sigcinweynkosi (lecturer) at the Technisa Campus had proven to be the best soldier of 2016 academia year who raised the flag of SWGC during the times of storms, thunders and rains, in and outside of the College without any hesitation. Her preparedness to reign to work extra hours, assisting her fellow employees, connecting the college with different external stakeholders for the benefit of our students, and her managerial skills to control the situations were enough to make the College proud.

Surpassing all the employees of the South west Gauteng College in going an extra mile did set a stage for her to walk away with an award of VICTOR/VICTRIX LAUDORUM ACADEMIC 2017 NOMINATION.

RAINMAKER AWARD FOR 2017

South Africa can be a better place to live in if the conception of humanity, love, compassion spreads amongst people to a point where all of us have an adequate amount of it.

The recipients of this award are people who, without exception, prove to put the lives of others before themselves, and do everything humanly possible to improve the lives of others without expecting some gains.
Beyond the onus of Teaching and Learning the college has stretched at a height of identifying those who work tirelessly to transform and improve the lives of others.

The College identified Nkosi’s Haven, a non-profit organisation, renowned for adapting the late Nkosi Johnson who was fostered by Ms Gail Johnson. The organisation is allocated at acre plot in Alan Manor, near Southgate. It is a safe and nurturing home environment for mothers, their children and orphans left destitute by HIV/AIDS. Currently, the organisation has 134 residents under its wing.

In consideration of work they are doing for the people, the college awarded the non-profit organisation with the Rainmaker award 2017.