Johannesburg, 26 March 2019: Today the Moses Kotane Skills Development Centre celebrated its first 1000 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Beneficiary graduates at a certification ceremony held at University of Johannesburg (UJ) Doornfontein Campus. The graduates have completed vocational orientated technical or non- technical skills training according to their preference. In attendance at the ceremony was Mr Jacob Mamabolo, MEC for Infrastructure Development and Professor Marwala, UJ Vice-Chancellor.

The Moses Kotane Skills Centre was spearheaded by Mr Jacob Mamabola in 2018, to provide skills development training across various vocations in an effort to help alleviate unemployment and drive entrepreneurship across Gauteng. In support of this vision, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) signed a five-year memorandum of understanding which tasked Resolution Circle to build and operate the Moses Kotane Skills Centre.

“We are pleased to see so many people benefiting from Mr Mamabolo’s vision,” said Corrie Smit, Project Manager at Resolution Circle. “By helping the current cohort of EPWP beneficiaries gain well-needed technical and non-technical skills training, we are not equipping them with skills for jobs of the future, helping them to change their futures and improving the lives of residents across Gauteng.”

The graduates were trained at UJ’s Doornfontein campus while the DID Westhoven Depot is being repurposed into the Moses Kotane Skill Centre. The Moses Kotane Skills Centre aims to be ready to take on its first trainees in its new facilities from May 2019 where it will provide vocational training on the following tracks: mechanical, electrical, automation, electronics, carpentry, building and fitting and turning.

The Moses Kotane Skills Development Centre aims to train 3 200 participants in 2019.

To find out more about the Moses Kotane Skills Centre or to learn more about this programme please contact:

Mr Wesley Jacobs Department of Infrastructure Development Wesley.Jacobs@gauteng.gov.za
Mr. Kgabo Sebina EPWP Programme Kgabo.Sebina@gauteng.gov.za
Mr Corrie Smit Resolution Circle (Pty) Ltd corries@resolutioncircle.co.za