This year the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) hosted the Mandela Day Career Development Festival to provide career guidance and counselling to learners from previously disadvantaged areas and to impart information on various career opportunities available for post schooling. The event is held in honour of the great leader, Nelson Mandela. The event was hosted in the Gauteng Province at the Sedibeng Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) College, in Sebokeng, and saw over 6000 learners from local communities and surrounding schools and TVET colleges.
The Services SETA attended the 4 day event and educated the learners about the Services SETA and explained the various career options and learning interventions. This year the government issued a special call to people to use Mandela Day to "clean up South Africa“. Prior to the Minister addressing the learners, community members and all delegates on Friday, 18 July 2014, he shared in the 67 Minutes campaign, where he took his VIP guests and heeded to the special call by the President of South Africa.
The Minister led a delegation of SETA CEO's delegation to the Sebokeng Hostel to clean up the surrounding area. Upon his return from the clean-up campaign, the Minister gave his keynote address, whereby he commended the SETAs for driving the department's goals by initiating projects that are aimed at addressing key challenges faced by the youth in accessing skills development opportunities. He also encouraged learners to take advantage of such career opportunities, and utilise the exhibition stalls with valuable information.