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Message from the Acting Principal: Mr. JM Zwane

Coastal KZN TVET College has experienced a challenging period recently. The institution has lost more than five staff members due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The untimely death of a lecturer and HOD, Mr. TC Bhengu, has impacted negatively on the College Staff and Students. The Hammarsdale Site experienced a loss of their student Phakamani Zondi – a young man who achieved the third position in the World Skills Competition and who had recently passed his Trade test in Electrical.   

Heartfelt thoughts go out to the families of Mr. CT Bhengu and Phakamani Zondi. “With each new day may PEACE find a place in your hearts. As you walk through the time of loss, may you know that the Lord walks with you and that he will comfort you”, said Mr Zwane.

Despite the challenges there has been some good news: Lungelo Mtetwa from Appelsbosch Campus flew our flag high in Namibia during the World Skills Competition where he received a gold trophy in the bricklaying competition. Also, our College has excelled in the National Athletic Competition in Limpopo.

The Graduation Ceremony hosted in August, was a huge success. I must thank the Marketing Team, College Staff and Students for their hard work in ensuring the success of the Graduation Ceremony.

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr. Blade Nzimande has appointed me to assist Coastal KZN TVET College. Part of my duties is to ensure that the culture of teaching and learning is restored.

One of my greatest tasks will be to set up mechanisms to address concerns that have been raised by stakeholders on the state of functionality of the college. All these matters will be fully addressed as we move the College towards the appointment of permanent Senior Management including the College Principal.

It is important that we work together to address these challenges. I wish to invite all stakeholders including Staff Members, Labour Unions and Students to work with my office to ensure that academic progress is not compromised.

My Office and College Management are aware that you are concerned about the uncertainties and lack of support in these trying times.

I wish to encourage everyone to continue doing their best as we approach the end of the year.

I hereby acknowledge the hard work of the College Senior Management for their dedication and resilience during a period of challenging situations.

In conclusion, my appointment at Coastal KZN TVET College requires that normality and stability be restored at the institution.

Warmest Regards

Mr. JM Zwane
Acting Principal of Coastal KZN TVET College