College Council Chairperson Welcome Message
When the College Council took over the College governance reins, it committed itself to introduce several reforms and sustain the good systems that have made Gert Sibande TVET College one of the leading brands in the South African higher education sector. Council further committed itself to build a sustained good relationship with the student leadership of the College as one of the strategic stakeholders representing the students of the College.
The Council has embarked in several transformative and innovation journey, which seeks to produce a student cohort with relevant skills, attitude and attributes, ready to confront the Industry 4.0 and to contribute to the economy. This is in line with the College motto, reaffirmed by Council, to position Gert Sibande TVET College as the Leading College Brand in South Africa. I personally think that Gert Sibande TVET College is already a leading college brand in South Africa. Our footprint in the national and international higher education is gravely printed.
Council’s vision is to see the College leading in all spheres and deliver an ideal African college: innovation and modernisation, commercialisation, leadership and good governance, academic performance, good financial management, stakeholder relations etc. However, the Council shall never achieve this in isolation. The College, therefore, requires the special calibre of student leadership that embodies distinct standards. A student leader and a student from Gert Sibande TVET College must be differentiated from the rest in terms of character, thinking, behaviour and performance. Our student should take pride that they are part of the great College named after the struggle stalwart Gert Sibande.
Academic performance is a non-negotiable for the College Council. Therefore, students should be striving for excellence and should resist the temptation to elect leadership performing below the expected levels. But again, the student leadership should be preoccupied with the programmes that would enhance academic performance. It is for this reason that the College require student leadership that would assist the College to produce the cohort described on this message. Working together, we shall make Gert Sibande TVET College a leading college brand in a true sense of the word.
Dr Bongani June Mwale
Chairperson of Council