Dr Vathiswa-Papu Zamxaka.
Dr Vathiswa-Papu Zamxaka who spearheads the University’s Research, Innovation and Engagement, was delighted about the news. “TUT welcomes TETA’s scholarship awards and the opportunities it will provide our students. The relationship we have formed with TETA was initially cemented when we launched the Gibela Research Chair in Manufacturing and Skills Development, under the leadership of Prof Khumbulani Mpofu, in 2021. The many engagements that followed resulted in the scholarship awards we celebrate today,” said Dr Papu-Zamxaka.
She added: “Building a more comprehensive relationship with industry and funders, has enabled us to learn more about their interests and motivations. Through engagements and interactions, we were able to gather more information, which enabled us to tweak or tailor our applications to be even more relevant to their interests. It enabled us to share the great stories of our work and University, which resonated with them. This deeper understanding of their motivations truly brought us to where we are now. We are excited and proud of the relation we have with TETA.”
TETA is one of the 21 SETAs mandated to facilitate skills development and training in different economic sectors of South Africa. TETA’s areas of operation cut across rail, aerospace, maritime, road freight, road passenger, taxi, freight handling, and forwarding and clearing subsectors. The authority is committed to ensuring that through the implementation of the National Skills Development Plan (NSDP) a pool of individuals highly skilled, competitive and competent to function effectively within the transport sector is built.