Letter to College Personnel, 11 January, 2012
A HEARTY WELCOME TO ALL!
Welcome back from what we want to believe was a relaxing and even rejuvenating break! Our congratulations to the African National Congress on achieving a centenary! Their history is an important part of our history as a nation.
A hearty and special welcome to the personnel who have just joined the college! And ‘malebo’ to the personnel who were around and helping to drive the ship last year! 2012 is a year of possibilities, of the pursuit of dreams and ideals! A year to dare to touch the sky!
2011 RESULTS – ‘WE ARE GOING, GOING HIGHER AND HIGHER…’
At the time of writing up to 90% of the results were available and were mostly, in a number of our campuses - telling an encouraging story: improved pass rates, improved retention, improved certification and an almost doubling of the number of distinctions and Platinum Club members. Leading this avalanche of improvements were George Tabor Campus, followed by Technisa, then Dobsonvile, with Roodepoort, Roodepoort West and Molapo following respectively. Though our aggregate percentage is currently 4% below the aggregate of last year, the quality of the results in general and especially in the higher performing campuses is significantly higher.
With +- 10 % of the results still pending, indications are that the ultimate aggregate percentage will top that of 2010. There are screws to be tightened in some areas, but these results give us reasons to be satisfied and even happy, for now.
We take our hats off to all the personnel at all campuses who laboured to see us achieving this feat – and, of course, the personnel who rendered support in different ways. Once again, this is another new platform to build on, in our journey of becoming a top college in the province and in the country. Congratulation to the campus management and staff of George Tabor for leading the pack so convincingly! Theirs is a story to be told and retold for posterity!
In general, our priorities remain mostly those that we followed in 2011: putting students’ first, ‘upping’ workplace integration, further improving retention, greater use of technology in teaching, and of course, striving to ensure that it all culminates in us being a top college. And last year, we did fairly well on most of these priorities, though there were some areas of improvement. We resolve to do even better in 2012!
During the end of year function, all staff, regardless of their station or nature of work, were implored to join hands and play a part in using their personal contacts to link our students with industry / prospective employers. Not only that, and even more importantly, we said we want to be ‘an employer of choice’. We want all of the college’s personnel – each one of you – to be happy, meaningfully engaged / fulfilled and hardworking! We want you to sing and hum when you do your work. For this to happen, we want you to tell us, through your campus management teams, which screws we need to tighten, what things we need to do to reach this goal of having you – the personnel of the college – declaring the college ‘ an employer of choice. The one thing we know and do not need to be told about is – paying newly employed personnel on time. We will look at this as a priority.
As management, we have woken up to the reality that if we want to seriously put students’ first, we must put first the people who interact with the students on a regular basis, for these people –you- to make every encounter with the students, a first class encounter! Tell us anything, but tell us!
A QUOTATION FROM LAST YEAR’S LETTER…
‘Our resolve and intention (of becoming a top college in the country) depends on its personalization by all of us. The target of being the leading college in all the fronts named above and more, will materialize when all of us achieve the bits and pieces of this target that are related to our individual corners of work! As for us, we believe in the capability of every personnel member of this college to achieve this target in their own sphere of responsibility.’
We believe in your capability to brighten the corner where you are so that the whole college can be brightened! We are counting on you!
TAKE A BOW!
There is a reason for every personnel member of this college to take a bow and bask in the glory of modest but significant improvements registered with the results of 2011. The weak areas and areas of not-so-bright performance, are just that – they do not define us - and they can and will also be brightened.
We will soon be announcing our 2011 Platinum Club Members, Top Ten students (70% and above!) and the Bon Voyage Team!
Welcome all! Enjoy your stay and work at SWGC in 2012
Dan L Nkosi
Ps. One of the requirements of newly promulgated Education Amendment Laws (FETC Amendment Bill, 2011), is that institutions should have a Financial Disclosure Policy and managers and employees in institutions should regularly sign disclosure declarations, indicating their financial interests and if they, or members of their immediate families are doing any business with the college. The college’s HR unit will be visiting campuses, explaining the college’s Financial Disclosure Policy and assisting with the signing of the declarations. These declarations are confidential and will need to be treated with absolute confidentiality by HR.
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