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'No radical economic transformation without investment in skills'

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says so-called radical economic transformation will not be realised without investment in skills development.

He was addressing the South African College Principals Organisation's conference in Kempton Park on Tuesday.

Nzimande says Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Colleges, seen as key in producing skilled workers to help grow the economy, are highly under-funded.

“You cannot transform any economy without provision of skills, especially in SA we need mid-level skills, most of which are being offered at college level. Artisans, the training is done by the colleges and industry.”

“For instance, government has a programme of creating black industrialists; you can't do that without skills provision at all levels ... but especially your mid-level skills. That's why I’m saying Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges are very central in every project of transformation,” adds Nzimande.

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