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OVERVIEW Social and Economic Research. Fort Hare is supported by the National Research Foundation and participates and has approved research programmes in Water Resource Management, Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use Strategies. There are several examples in the Eastern Cape of collaboration between the manufacturing sector and educational institutions: General Motors SA has assigned R3.6-million to a Chair in Mechatronics at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). NMMU offers a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, covering electronics, mechanical engineering and computer-aided design. Volkswagen supports the International Chair in Automotive Engineering at NMMU. Rhodes University’s Centre for Environmental Water Quality, within the Institute for Water Research, is sponsored by Unilever. InnoVenton: NMMU Institute of Chemical Technology commercialises research and has several clients in the private sector.

Colleges and schools The provincial government has committed a sum of R1.5-billion over five years to aligning TVET colleges more closely with the needs of the local economy through learnerships. The Eastern Cape has eight Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges, most of which have more

than one campus: Buffalo City, Port Elizabeth, Lovedale, King Hintsa, Ingwe, King Sabata Dalinyebo, Ikhala and Eastcape Midlands College. King Sabata Dalinyebo offers business and engineering studies among its formal programmes, and short courses in bricklaying and computer studies. Over 20 000 students are enrolled at this level in the province. The Eastcape Midlands TVET College has five sites: in Graaff-Reinet and Grahamstown and three in Uitenhage, where students can study Business Studies, Electrical Engineering, ICT and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. The other campuses specialise in Business Studies. Lovedale Public TVET College serves the community through three campuses at King William’s Town, Alice and Zwelitsha, near King William’s Town. The programmes of each campus reflect the economic priorities of that region. In Alice, the focus is on agriculture, King William’s Town offers business diplomas, while engineering is available to students at the Zwelitsha facility. Buffalo City TVET College, with two large campuses in East London and Mdantsane, specialises in Business and Engineering for full-time studies, but offers a wide range of part-time courses as well. The college’s School of Occupational Training is located at St Marks Road. In the Eastern Cape, more than 90% of children in public schools benefit from a non-fee policy. Grade R classes are attached to more than 90% of primary schools. The province’s school-nutrition programme feeds 1.6-million children, while the transport programme delivers approximately 56 461 children to 614 schools. Infrastructure is still lacking in many areas, something that the developmental NGO Mvula Trust is putting right. With funding from the Eastern Cape Department of Education, the trust in 2016/17 provided: • 89 schools with sanitation • 1 676 toilets • 309 water tanks.

ONLINE RESOURCES Eastern Cape Department of Education: www.ecdoe.gov.za National Department of Basic Education: www.education.gov.za National Department of Higher Education: www.dhet.gov.za National Research Foundation: www.nrf.ac.za Ocean Sciences campus: www.oceansciences.mandela.ac.za Technology Innovation Agency: www.tia.org.za

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EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

Eastern Cape Business 2018 edition  

The 2018 edition of Eastern Cape Business is the ninth issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2006, has estab...

Eastern Cape Business 2018 edition  

The 2018 edition of Eastern Cape Business is the ninth issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2006, has estab...

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