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Satellite Dish Installer students graduate

It was a day of jubilation as students took center stage at the Certified Satellite Installer Programme graduation held at eSikhawini Campus on 18 August 2017.

The group of 44 unemployed youth – 28 of them females have completed a 3 months unit standard-based training programme for satellite installers. This came after the former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi launched the Digital Migration (DTT) Project to prepare the country for the migration process from analogue to digital.  The project was launched after the discovery that there was no formal qualification that exists to train Satellite Dish and Set-Top Box Installers and Technicians, no accredited institution or colleges to train installers, no national competency levels for installers and that there was a severe lack of women installers and women-owned dish installing companies. uMfolozi TVET College partnered with Digilab Communications Academy, MICTSETA and Multichoice to respond to these issues. 

Trained installers will benefit from the Digital Migration Project as well as become Multichoice (DSTV) installers.  The inclusion of women in this project allows them an opportunity to own installation companies and do business with Multichoice in so doing giving women access to this R6.5 billion industry.

Skhumbuzo Hlongwane who graduated top of his class didn’t waste any time registering his company.  The 35 year-old from Empangeni said the training programme took him from nowhere and made him somebody.  Skhumbuzo’s company already employs 2 other youth that were also part of the programme. 

Skhumbuzo says in the short time that he has been in business he has already had more than 30 customers who were all very happy with his services.

Another high-flyer was Mbali Sokhulu who performed above industry standards.  Mbali surprised her trainers when she assembled and installed the satellite dishes in less than ten minutes.  According to Sibusiso Kunene from Digilab Communications Academy, this is something that has never been accomplished before, not even by people who have been in the industry for years.  Mbali’s word of advice to the youth is to go to TVET Colleges and learn a skill so that they too can be able to create their own employment opportunities. 

 

 

 

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toprow1Certificates, Umfolozi College offers a range of Certificate and Diploma Courses in the fields of Business and Engineering Studies as well as a vast range of skills training programmes. 

 


toprow1Diplomas, A National Diploma (M+3/NQF5) Qualification is awarded to students who have completed their N4 - N6 in a specific field at an FET College.

 


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