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Media Release: KNP launches artisan training programme in Skukuza

Date: 2012-08-21

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The Kruger National Park (KNP) together with Scarce Skills Development and Training (SSDT), P.D Naidoo and Associates (PDNA), Automobile Training Academy (ATA); Nkangala Further Education & Training College and Eskom, launched an artisan training programme on Friday, 17 August 2012. The programme is aimed at training engineering students to become artisans.

The KNP’ is currently training eight (8) students, who are based at different sections within the Technical Services Department. The eight students form part of the 14 who are placed at different companies within the Mpumalanga Province as part of their experiential training.

Speaking at the function on Friday[, Mr Ben du Plessis; Manager: Water, Mechanical and Waste Management indicated that there is a need for artisans in the country. “This is the second group of students that we are receiving in the KNP to help shape them for the future. We are placing them at different areas where on a daily basis they do wielding, pipe fitting, fix laundry machines, generators and water pumps” said Mr du Plessis.

This relationship started last year (2011) in which students from Nkangala FET College are given an opportunity to do an experiential learning in the KNP for a period of six months to become artisans. This forms part of the KNP’s broader strategy of community empowerment and Corporate Social Investment. With the shortage of artisans in South African this relationship will certainly go a long way in producing qualified artisans.

Artisan training programme in KNP
Training students: Ms Secy Magane, Ms Dineo Masha, Mr Given Nkosi and Ms Sophy Mbuyane posing with Mr Bennet Magagula (Second from left) who is their mentor at Technical Services Department; KNP.


Artisan training program in Skukuza
Back row: Mr Gladson Dupwa ( Director of operations SSDT), Ms Semodi Phiri ( manager: SETA  Limpopo & Mpumalanga), Mr Devon Govender ( Director: PDNA Projects), Ms Thembakazi Mgaguli (Manager: Eskom Kusile Project), Mr Given Nkosi ( Training student), Ms Mandisa Vilakazi ( Project Manager: Eskom), Mr Davis Mposi ( Senior Advisor: Eskom), Mr Charl Louw (Manager Business Development: ATA), Mr Ben du Plessis (Manager: Water, Mechanical & Waste Management; KNP). Front row: Ms Dineo Masha, Ms Sophy Mbuyane and Secy Magane during the launch of artisan training programme at Skukuza.

Issued by:
Public Relations Department,
Kruger National Park,

William Mabasa, 
HOD: Public Relations and Communication, 
Kruger National Park. 
Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 



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