Tuesday, 02 August 2022

CPUT hosts Heritage Careers Expo

HERITAGE ECONOMY: Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo and Department of Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela flanked by high school leaners at the Annual Heritage Career Expo held at Bellville campus. HERITAGE ECONOMY: Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo and Department of Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela flanked by high school leaners at the Annual Heritage Career Expo held at Bellville campus.

Department of Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, recently visited CPUT to host a Food Day Expo for the third Annual Heritage Career Expo at Bellville campus.

The Expo was held under the theme: Unlocking the Wealth in Our Heritage and aims to expose young people in the post schooling education and training sector to the heritage industry. The exposure was essentially focused at high school learners and students in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges and universities.

This programme is steered by Manamela, in partnership with nine Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs): Food and Beverages SETA, Services SETA, Transport Education Training Authority, Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport SETA, Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA and Media, Information, and Communication Technologies SETA.

In his opening speech, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo said: “We feel especially honoured to have been given the singular privilege of hosting the Food Day version of these series of events… It is appropriate given that we boast the very best Agri-food Technology Station. ATS is well nestled in the state-of-the-art complex here in Bellville. This includes a pilot plant with five different processing areas: bakery, meat products, extrusion and milling, chocolate and sugar confectionary, spray drying and heat processing”.

Nhlapo said the University’s ten-year plan is to build a “One Smart University” (OSU) and that the One Smart CPUT is a construct with two dimensions, smartness and oneness. “We are a University of Technology, and we revel in a culture of learning by doing (DNA). Our strategies are focused on technological developments and innovations. We strive to make a better world through education, research, and technological innovation… Oneness, three Us:  Ubunye, Ukungafani, Ubuntu. Thus, we ascribe to an African philosophy of “ukuhamba unxibe izihlangu zomnye umntu” to walk in someone else’s shoes.”

Speaking at the event, Manamela said there were several things they wish to achieve with the concept of the Heritage Expo. “The first is to educate our young people about the value of heritage and expose them to a vast array of careers in the heritage sector.

“Through the training and skills development opportunities provided by our SETAs, TVET colleges and universities of technology, we also seek to encourage and support the young people of our country to take up entrepreneurial ventures in the heritage sector,” he said.

The deputy minister added that they want young people to become “highly successful and globally competitive entrepreneurs in the heritage sector”.

He said the second objective was to dispel the myth that heritage was just about expressing or celebrating languages, songs, dance or cuisine. “In other words, that heritage only has performative value.”

Through the expos, the deputy minister wishes to make young people understand that there is much more to heritage and that heritage is also about the creation and preservation of sustainable livelihoods and passing these on from one generation to the other.

“In this sense, heritage must give and sustain life. It is for this reason that it is important for our young people to understand the economic potential of the heritage economy as a contributor to South Africa’s long-term economic growth, and in particular its importance for the revitalisation of local economies, especially after the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Manamela. The deputy minister also encouraged the high school learners to enroll at CPUT once they pass their matric.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce