With the completion of the installation of additional facilities and upgrades at the Vhembe TVET College Musina campus, the new infrastructure and improved academic activities are building confidence and enthusiasm for learning among the students.

Following an extensive 3-month long and R4 million project, students can now experience modern facilities when attending classes at the college, which now hosts a new intake of students. Upgrades to the college include classrooms, a resource centre, office blocks, a guard house, tuck shop, ablution facilities, the paving of the entire campus and furniture for both additional facilities and offices. Further upgrades include the installation of all services i.e. water, sanitation, electrical work as well as security upgrades to the TVET
The Musina campus is the seventh campus of the Vhembe TVET College in Vhembe and offers electrical, civil, mechanical and chemical engineering curriculums, and at full capacity will cater for more than 600 students.
The college currently has 330 students enrolled supported by 10 lecturers and administrative staff.

Captured shortly after a walkabout across the campus are from left to right: De Beers Group Managed Operations Chief Financial Officer – Avischen Moodley, Head of Corporate Affairs – Innocent Mabusela, Venetia Mine’s Senior Manager: Corporate Affairs – Chris Botha, Vhembe TVET College Principal – Basani Hlekane, De Beers Group Managed Operations Managing Director – Mpumi Zikalala, Vhembe TVET College Council Chairperson – Dr Thiathu Ravhura, Venetia Mine’s General Manager – Gerrie Nortje, and Vhembe TVET Musina Campus Coordinator – Daniel Makushu.

Vhembe TVET College principal, Basani Hlekane, said the campus had been established through the partnerships between the De Beers Venetia Mine, Department of Education and the Musina Municipality.
“Establishing this campus was about trying to provide access and reaching out to young people. We started with 120 students last year, and I am proud to say with the assistance from Venetia mine and our other stakeholders, we have no doubt that this campus will grow to be one of the biggest here in the district,” said

Vhembe TVET College Principal Basani Hlekane presenting to De Beers Group Managed Operations Executives the college’s strategic plan.

“We initially thought this (Musina) campus would be temporal accommodation, but the plan is to keep it and make it a site which will be inclined to theoretical teaching and learning. We hope that one day our vision of expanding this campus beyond what it is currently will come to life. We are moving ahead, and we are grateful to have Venetia mine help us do so,” she said.

As part of its Social and Labour Plans, Venetia mine prioritized the Vhembe TVET College and is committed to upgrading it to a modern training facility to produce technical skills for the industry, particularly with the rising demand for use of technologies and new types of automation.
General Manager, Gerrie Nortje said that the partnership between the mine and the college would bear major fruit for years to come. “Our business is heavily dependent on technical resources and we, too, have a vision for the future – just
like you. We are building the mine of the future which will be highly automated and technologically advanced, and it is important that we envisage what that future will look like. I see endless opportunity and I’m truly excited about this partnership. We have been struggling with technical skills in and around Musina and we believe that this partnership is one that will bring lots of opportunities for us as Venetia mine. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to partner with you,” he said.

Venetia Mine General Manager, Gerrie Nortje (left) and De Beers Group Managed Operations Managing Director, Mpumi Zikalala (right).

Going forward, the principal envisages setting a future permanent state of the art TVET college facility in Musina and repositioning it as the focal point for technical and vocational education with technology upgrades in the workshops, examination and lecture rooms, amongst others. The college will aim to further improve student academic achievement by developing ever-changing critical skills and catering for the education requirements of all its students.

Musina Field Band Is Off To The nationals!

The Field Band Foundation National Championships
The Field Band Foundation in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is proud to inform you of the National Championships which will take place on 15 February 2020 for the second time, at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Illovo.
The thirteen qualifying Field Bands will compete to be crowned National Champions. The day will be filled with joy brought about by the sounds of percussion, marimba, brass, steel drums and cheers accompanied by colourful flags, dazzling costumes and a display of passion and commitment through tightly choreographed formations.

Welcoming addresses from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, the De Beers Group and FBF CEO will kick-start the event.

The qualifying bands are Investec- Black Like Me Soweto (who will be defending their title), De Beers Musina, De Beers Kimberley, The Cape Whalers, Ponahalo De Beers Parys, Investec Alexandra, Ponahalo De Beers Kroonstad, Londolusha Springs, Ponahalo De Beers Viljoenskroon, Italtile and Ceramic Industries Setlabotjha, Scatec Solar Petrusville/Philipstown, Dorper Wind Farm
Sterkstroom/Molteno, Scatec Solar Hanover and the De Beers Blouberg Field Bands.

Click here; Media Release 31 January 2019 for the entire media release.

Zenzele Fitness

Did you know about the “NEW YEAR NEW ME” Challenge at your gym?
Its a 6 Week Fitness Challenge in which you could stand the chance to win R5000.00

Registration for the competition closes on the 16th of February.

This challenge will run from 17/02/2020 – 27/03/2020

If you have a friend or a loved one who is NOT A MEMBER of the gym, that is not  problem, because they too can enter the challenge for as little as R300.00 for the 6 WEEKS ONLY.

A 6 week Fitness program will be included when a participant signs up for the challenge.

For more information kindly speak to our Zenzele Staff.

Kind regards.
Zenzele Fitness Team Musina.

Messina Rugby Club vs Louis Trichardt Rugby Club

Yesterday, Saturday 15th February, Musina’s 1st and 2nd rugby teams played against their old rivals, who had come visiting, from Louis Trichardt.

Unfortunately, both local sides were beaten by their respective opponents, but an excellent, festive atmosphere was enjoyed by all of the spectators who were treated to some 1st class rugby.

Here are just a few photos from the day.  Click on the images to enlarge them.

Follow this link; View Photos, for an album of over 70 photographs.  I find the Slideshow option as the best way to view them. If you are having problems viewing this email, copy and paste the following into your browser:

Be warned, though, the link will only stay active for two weeks. You’re welcome to copy the images, which are resized into smaller files, but if you want the original image, in a much bigger, clearer format, contact me. at