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Skills building in the spotlight 

Today's students are tomorrow's industry leaders - but are they up to the challenge? Find out here.
Reemo Swart, Regional Manager and MIWA Associational Rep: Free State and Northern Cape

Reemo Swartz, Regional Manager and MIWA Associational Rep: Free State and Northern Cape, continues to contribute to the success of the Technical Schools Skills Competition, most recently through his role as convenor and judge in the mechanical sector of the competition’s regional finals. 

Reemo notes that the competition was started in 2018, and from its humble beginnings with a sole focus on welding, it now covers nine specialisations. This year’s provincial finals were especially successful, with students from around the Free State participating in the only event of its kind in the province.

He notes that the quality of participants was exceptional, commenting on the amount of knowledge displayed by the Grade 10 and 11 students taking part. Congratulations go to Automotive skills competition winners Unathi Kula from HTS Welkom, Jacques Smit from HTS Sasolburg and Olebogeng Merafe from HTS Welkom. 

The competition is sponsored by the Department of Education, Kagiso Trust and the Sasol Foundation and, due to the success of the event, these sponsors are considering inviting other provinces to take part – important, because at present, the Free State is the only province in the country to boast a competition of this size and scale. Extending the competition to other provinces would increase the pool of winners, making it possible for us to select a first-class team to represent South Africa at the Junior World Skills Competition.

Special thanks go to Basil Field from Diesel Electric Bloemfontein, Dewald Ranft of Dyno Tech, and Jonathan Stanley from JM Automotive for their generous sponsorship and assistance with final arrangements. Their help ensured this year’s event was the best in its four-year history.

Wimpie Lodewyk, organiser of the event