NWU Mafikeng Campus hosts Deputy Minister of Transport to celebrate Youth Month
As part of youth month celebrations, the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) hosted the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, on Friday, 12 June 2015.
The Deputy Minister engaged in a round table dialogue with third-year Transport students on transport issues. The students are funded by the Department of Transport and are studying fields such as Transport Logistics and Economics.
Subjects discussed included how youth see transport moving forward, access to transport-related opportunities, entrepreneurship within the world of transportation and socio-economic challenges in relation to transport
In addressing these topics the Deputy Minister highlighted that the transport sector has been regarded by the government as key contributor to South Africa's competiveness in global markets. It is viewed as a crucial engine for economic growth and social development and that the government has unveiled plans to invest substantially to improve the country's roads, railways and ports.
"Programmes that South Africa's universities, technical and vocational education and training colleges offer to students who will eventually graduate, must have the skills and knowledge to meet the present and future needs of the economy and society'" said Deputy Minister Chikunga.
The campus rector, Prof Mashudu Davhana-Maselesele, thanked the Department of Transport for the good working relationship they have with the NWU. She further stated that the university will keep on making a difference by uplifting, developing and supporting our society.
Among the attendees was a representative of the MEC of Public Works and Roads in North West, Mr Madoda Sambatha, the MEC of Community Safety and Transport Management, Mr Gaoage Molapisi from the Mafikeng and Ngaka Modiri Molema Municipality, and members of the campus's senior management.