The Deputy Minister of the Department of Basic Education Hon. Enver Surty, speaking at the opening of the Sasol Technical Teachers Conference, held in Secunda (Mpumalanga)


Sasol hosts Technical Teachers conference for the first time in Mpumalanga

Secunda, Mpumalanga – The Sasol Technical Teachers conference was held at the Sasol Secunda Recreation Club. The conference ran from Thursday, 29 June to Saturday, 01 July 2017.

Hosted by Sasol Inzalo Foundation, the foundation focuses on boosting vocational skills pool for the country to meet the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 target of 30 000 artisans through its Technical Schools of Excellence Network (TechSENet) programme.

According  Mr Alex Anderson, Sasol Group’s Head of Media Relations,  since 2015, the foundation has invested in 5 500 learners and their teachers from 5 technical schools in Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga, with an aim to develop schools to technical excellence and build a pipeline for artisans, STEM technicians and technologists.

“This will be realised by increasing the numbers and calibre of learners doing technical subjects and upgrading the equipment status in the technical workshops,” he said.

In 2016, an Inaugural Technical Teachers Symposium brought together various role players in the technical education including government departments, Technical High schools practitioners from seven provinces, industry partners, SETAs and artisan training academies.

“Today is the continuation of the partnership that was established in rallying together for skills and education development in South Africa.” he added.

The Conference was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of the Department of Basic Education Hon. Enver Surty   More than 300 delegates from across all nine provinces attended the three-day conference.