Majuba TVET College successfully placed a few of their Engineering Graduates at Sibanye Gold mine in Johannesburg

Sithabile Sibeko

Article and Photos by Nashveer Nemesar (Marketing Dept. – Majuba TVET College)

Majuba TVET College recently placed 10 of their Engineering Graduates into an Apprenticeship opportunity with Sibanye Gold mine in Johannesburg. The excelling engineering graduates who completed their National Certificate Vocational (NCV) NQF Level 4 qualification at the College are relishing at the opportunity and making good progress at the gold mine.

Sibanye Gold mine is known to be the largest individual producer of gold from South Africa and is one of the world’s 10 largest gold producers. Sibanye Gold is listed on the JSE Limited in South Africa (primary listing) and the NYSE.

The graduates from Majuba TVET College were successfully placed at the mine after Interviews and Aptitude testing had taken place with Sibanye Gold Mine.

The graduates are currently being trained at one of Sibanye Gold mine’s Training Centres accredited by MQA in the following trades: Boilermaking; Fitting and Turning; and Electrical. They will serve their practical experience at the mine before meeting the requirements of Trade Test and finally qualifying as Artisans.

The Acting Head of Unit for Student Work-Placement at Majuba TVET College, Mr. D.S Mohan stated that, “This opportunity for our graduates has come at an appropriate time with the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training declaring 2014 to 2024 as the Decade of the Artisan. Our graduates are not only academically qualified but disciplined, have the right attitude and strong work ethics so I urge companies to engage with our College for Apprenticeship opportunities going forward.”

Mr. David Nagar, Supervisor Head Consultant and Coach for the students at Sibanye Gold mine, further added that, “These NCV students from Majuba TVET College are of a high calibre. Their practical knowledge in both the mechanical and electrical disciplines combined with their hardworking ethic demonstrates an assertive attribute in their work.”

The Council and Senior Management of the College would like to extend their gratitude to Sibanye Gold Mine and the MQA for embarking in this significant partnership. Majuba TVET College welcomes all mining companies to contact the Student Work-Placement Unit on (034) 326 4888 should they require graduates to be placed at their mine.

Interview with an Engineering Graduate placed at Sibanye Gold mine

Name: Sithabile Sibeko

Age: 25

Course Studied: NCV: Engineering and Related Design (Boilermaking)

College: Majuba TVET College

Campus: Newcastle Technology Centre

How did you get selected for this Apprenticeship opportunity?

Fortunately, I have been performing exceptionally well at all levels in my course. I was rewarded for that by being selected by the College for this wonderful opportunity.

How has the Apprenticeship training at Sibanye Gold benefitted you thus far?

The management and mentors have been very supportive. They timeously ensure that we comply to all Sibanye Gold’s assessments, guidelines and standard procedures in conjunction with MQA. The mentors have helped us to grow and gain more knowledge. This has been my first opportunity in industry and it has indeed helped me to mature as an individual. I have also learnt how to communicate better with other people since joining Sibanye Gold.

What advice can you give to other young individuals who would like to pursue in a career in Engineering?

Firstly education is the key to any success. To follow your dreams, you have to study, study and study until you achieve that dream.  

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