It was an exciting day on 23 November at the College of Cape Town where representatives from HaynesPro, Ken and Donovan Harwick, donated 30 HaynesPro licenses to the College. The College was selected by the honourable Minister Nzimande of Higher Education and Training in October 2017 as a Centre of Specialisation for the Automotive Motor Mechanic trade.
“This donation is significant because students completing their studies in motor mechanics now have access to a wealth of information and will become proficient in using the manual ahead of entering the workforce,” says Ken Harwick, the South African representative of HaynesPro.
Pieter Niemand, Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), says MIWA and the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) have been working closely with HaynesPro locally and internationally and saw an opportunity for skills upliftment in South Africa. “Traditionally the training in this sector was left to the larger dealer bodies. This is, however, no longer sustainable and if we really want to be successful in addressing the skills deficit in SA, all stakeholders need to get involved. We need to create opportunities for up-and-coming youngsters who are passionate about the industry and need to be trained,” he says. “These HaynesPro licenses will go a long way to upskilling not only students but lecturers too.”
A UK based HaynesPro specialist also skyped in to run an hour-long training session showcasing the possibilities of the programmes which included the generating of invoices; job cards and looking up on parts and fault finding.
The licenses will be available to the College for the next four years and are valued at around R1,6 million.
“This is indeed a first not only for a TVET College like the College of Cape Town, but for the country and Africa,” says Louis van Huyssteen, Training Director for the RMI. Currently, the College is the first, and only college in Africa to be able to supply its students with undated technical information that has been directly obtained from the various car manufactures. He adds that feedback from one of the lecturers was very positive. “The lecturer felt the tool would be of great value as the scope of vehicles covered is vast, the specifications of each vehicle is easily accessible, it shows where components are fitted on every vehicle, and how to replace these components.”
“We extend our sincere thanks to HaynesPro for its involvement and generosity to the upliftment of our sector,” concludes Niemand.