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Welcome to Umfolozi TVET College

From security guard to College graduate

Abraham Gwala

After completing his matric in 2007, a College graduate spent some time working as a security guard and after noting how unfavorable the conditions of working there were, he decided to study during the day and head back to work in the evening.

However, before enrolling at the College Abraham Gwala (31), registered at a private institution to study towards a Maritime Diploma and after having insufficient funds to complete the course he was forced to drop out. uMfolozi College was a better option for him as there are 100% NSFAS bursaries for needy   students. It was in 2015 when he enrolled for a Financial Management course at Chief Albert Luthuli Campus.

“Sometimes it was difficult to concentrate during lectures after a long night of work. I would then approach the lecturer to explain to me some of the information I’d missed. I realized that studying is not based on your background or financial standing but how you manage to balance your time for studies and other activities and if you really give it your all you’re bound to succeed,” said Gwala who hails from Manguzi.

Being the first to graduate at home made him ecstatic as he will now be a great role model to his siblings who are still studying. “Studying at uMfolozi really changed my life. As it is I only spent 3 months of my in-service training and thereafter was employed permanently by the company. My manager can attest to the fact that I brought a lot of beautiful changes to the company. I can now see that my future is very bright which is something I was uncertain of as a security guard. I can now go back home and change the home I grew up in,” said the young lad who is an Accounts and Admin Assistant for IPSS Medical and Rescue in Stanger.

Gwala now plans to study further and hopes to one day own an accounting firm. “Thanks to uMfolozi College for the enormous change it brought to my life. The youth should stay focused and know that education is really the key to success. You may come from a disadvantaged home but that doesn’t mean that’s where your life should end,” concluded Gwala.



What we Offer

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.


toprow1Skills Training, Short duration skills based programmes offered by FET Colleges, usually from rurally located skills campuses. 


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TEL: +27(35) 902 9501
Fax: +27(35) 789 2585

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Richards Bay, South Africa, 3900

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