A strategic partnership signed between Mnquma Local
Municipality and five renowned Eastern Cape tertiary institutions has raised the
hopes of eradicating youth unemployment, addressing the skills shortage and
enhance job creation.
This was evident during the ceremonial launch of the
strategic partnership agreement between the Mnquma municipality and the University
of Fort Hare (UFH), Nelson Mandela University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University
of Technology, Fort Cox College of Agriculture, King Hintsa Technical, Vocational,
Education and Training (TVET) College.
Already, the partnerships have seen over 120 young people from
the towns of Ngqamakhwe, Centane and Butterworth benefit from agricultural
studies which include poultry farming, livestock and crop production and
Traditional leaders, university professors, heads of
departments, lecturers, Masters and PhD students, Mnquma Local Municipality senior
management and community members witnessed the
ceremonial launch which was held at Msobomvu Community Hall
on June 21, 2016
These partnerships would help the municipality to speedily
realise its dream of revitalising the local economy as envisaged in the action
plan of the Mnquma Investment Summit and the Transport Indaba held earlier this
The beneficiaries have created jobs and transferred skills
through SMME’s that they started after being trained.