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SASCE Delegation Study Tour to Western Digital (WD)

SASCE Delegation Study Tour to Western Digital (WD)

The SASCE Delegation to extract more value from the attendance of World Conference in Cooperative Education in Thailand also planned study visits to Thailand Institutions who are involved in the implementation of Cooperative and Work Integrated Education (CWIE) one of these was Western Digital (WD). WD is the largest manufacturer of hard drives in the world and a significant industry player in Thailand Co-operative and Work Integrated Education (CWIE). This company is also a believer and participant in the international student exchange programme, it hosts a number of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students from a number of countries including South Africa. The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has leveraged this opportunity and sent a number of WIL students to Western Digital whilst in exchange hosting some Thai WIL students. The highlight of our visit to WD was the confirmation by participating students that the programme was indeed valuable to them and their future carriers whilst we were also shown the meaningful projects given to students to work on during their placement, some of the projects are taken at research and development stage. WD is open to expanding its partnership with other Institutions in SA on reciprocal basis, SASCE undertook to facilitate the exposure of its member institutions through the Thai Association for Cooperative Education (TACE) with whom SASCE has a Memorandum of Understanding. SASCE wishes extend its appreciation to TACE and WD for their hospitality and support during our visit. As a SASCE Member Institution if you want to leverage SASCE – TACE relationship and establish collaborative relationships with relevant Thai Institutions please feel free to contact our Administrator...



The SASCE Symposium and AGM on 20/21 November 2014 at CPUT in Cape Town was successful. Thank you to those that were able to attend given the short notice.

The Symposium on 20 November attracted 170 people from universities, TVET colleges, SETAs, NSA, DHET, QCTO and industry. Presentations were well-received, with the highlight being the presentation by Mr Nhlanhla Dimba on the KZN Retail School of Excellence. The presentation by the Dept of Rural Development on the NARYSEC Program did not take place. Dr Anton van Staden, the Manager of Narysec, apologises. (The representative from the local Cape Dept of Rural Dev, did not stay long enough to make the presentation due to his being called away on other business).

The Board meeting that took place after the symposium was quorate and there was some discussion about contracting MCI to administer SASCE from 2015 onwards. The Exco took note of the comments and is addressing the issues raised.

The dinner that evening was well-received at a lovely venue.

On 21 November, Mr Eubert Mashabane (DHET), Acting Chief Director WIL, presented on funding of WIL. Mr Iida from JICA also presented on JICA’s project with the UoTs.

There were no major issues raised at the AGM. The elections for each position were not contested, with there being only one nomination for each.

The SASCE Office-bearers are therefore:

President: Shakeel Ori

Vice-President: Boni Gantile

Treasurer: Carva Pop

Secretary: Annie Moletsane

The remaining 4 positions on Exco will be filled at the first Board meeting in 2015.

Appreciation is conveyed to outgoing Exco members.

Appreciation also to Fundi Nofemela & her CPUT team for all arrangements made for this event and for the sponsorship from CPUT.

Gratitude also to other sponsors: SANLAM; VUT; DUT (all printing, including the AGM issue of the Journal)


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