Pres Zuma to inspect TUT’s studying, living conditions

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday undertake a siyahlola monitoring visit to Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Soshanguve campus, to assess the effectiveness of government’s interventions aimed at supporting youth to acquire higher and post-school education and skills.

The visit forms part of government's Youth Month programme, which focuses on education, skills development and job creation, under the theme "Youth Moving South Africa Forward”.

The visit is also aimed at promoting access to quality education and skills training for youth and to create a conducive environment for young people to learn and obtain skills that will help to grow the economy.

TUT was established in January 2004, following merger of the then Pretoria Technikon, located near the city centre, with the then Soshanguve-based Technikon Northern Gauteng and Technikon North-West in Ga-Rankuwa.

Among the complaints from students at TUT’s Soshanguve campus are the scarcity and quality of residential accommodation, security on campus and funding for education.

The President will also visit the Botho Socio-Psychology centre, a youth skills development centre, which has been adopted by TUT integrated communication department students as a corporate social investment project.

The centre focuses on the empowerment of Soshanguve youth in areas such as life skills, computer literacy, agriculture and welding. Such intervention is critical, given the lack of skills and unemployment levels of youth in the Soshanguve area.

President Zuma will at the end of the monitoring tour address students and the community of Soshanguve. –

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