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University of Venda (Univen) held a farewell function of National Research Foundation (NRF) and Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) interns

On 20 March 2018, the University of Venda (Univen) held a farewell function of National Research Foundation (NRF) and Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) interns. The farewell function was held at the University’s Art Gallery.

Interns posing with their certificates outside the university’s Art Gallery

SASSETA interns were also awarded certificates during the farewell function.

Mr Patrick Rachidi, Head of Organisational Development and Training at Univen told the outgoing interns to start thinking about creating job opportunities for themselves and others. He further advised students to be careful of what they write on social media platforms as this can work against them in future. “This might create a lot of likes on social media platforms but can damage your reputation,” said Mr Rachidi.

Dr Thakhani Takalani, Head of Univen Centre for Continuing Education at Univen Innovative Growth Company (UIGC), in his closing remarks told interns that their good conducts and behavior during their tenure as interns will make the UIGC and the University to remember them when opportunities arise. He said most interns have the ability to manage offices hence it is difficult to call them interns. Dr Mudau further advised those with business ideas to start implementing them and change the economy of the country.

Ms Ntsieni Mukhunama, from Department of Labour advised the interns about Job Hunting skills. She told them to be able to write a resume which will be able to stand alone and secure them an interview. She said marital status, hobbies and religion should not be included on the Curriculum Vitae (CV) because they are not important. Ms Makhunama further told them to update their CV everytime they apply for a new post. She said the CV should respond to the requirements on the advertisement. “Be honest in your CV because that is the first impression you should give to the potential employer.”

Mrs Phathutshedzo Mapholi, Univen Recruitment Specialist advised the interns on issues related to proper conducts, frequently asked questions and expected responses during interviews. She said, “when you are being shortlisted, it means you qualify for that position, prepare yourself and be able to prove that indeed you qualify for that position.” Mrs Mapholi further advised them to frequently check their emails and answer private telephone calls in a professional manner. “Do not be rude when answering phone calls from private numbers because it might be from your prospective employers.” Some of the things that she highlighted includes punctuality on the day of interview; dress code to impress panel members and knowing the organization which shortlisted them. “Make sure to take details regarding the person to meet when you arrive, correct venue, date and time of interview.

Thabelo Tshilukwa from National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) presented about Graduate opportunities at NYDA. She advised interns to visit their nearest NYDA offices to seek information regarding available opportunities for graduates at NYDA.

Interns and speakers listening to representative from NYDA during the function

Issued by:
Department of Communications & Marketing
University of Venda
Tel: (015) 962 8525
Date: 22 March 2018

Dr Mudau J: Visionery leader and a great team leader

Currently resides in: Limpopo, South Africa

Born in Thohoyandou South Africa

Has more than 15 years experience as a researcher and academic during which I have supervised several Masters and PhD students. a Hard worker and visionary leader of note. Has capacity to manage diverse groups and highly competent team. Has turn around a company from loss to great profit within 12 months.




Chief Executive Officer | UIGC
Thohoyandou, South Africa | April 2013 – present

Academia, Education and Training

An Accounting officer. Responsible for the company strategic direction and implementing the company strategy as approved by the Board. Promoting the company brand and ensure that the company has a winning formula at all times and making sure that the company remains profitable.


Deputy Director | Centre for Rural Development | University of Venda
Thohoyandou, South Africa | April 2008 – April 2013

Academia, Education and Training

Administration, Research and supervision of post-graduate students. writing funding proposals for both research and contract consultancy work.


  • Leadership & Strategic Development



Tswane University of Technology – Pretoria

Thohoyandou, South Africa | January 2014 – present

MBA – Human Resources Management, Marketing, Operations, Managerial Accounting, International Marketing

Also Have a PhD in Rural Development from the University of Venda and a Masters Degree in Supervision and Management from the University of Pretoria.



AB Xuma Scholarship | 2006

Award given to South African young Academics who want to study at Oxford. I was granted the award as part of my PhD program to go to Oxford University for a thorough literature search


AB Xuma Scholarship | 2006

In support of my PhD studies at Oxford University which I completed at UNIVEN in 2008



South African Council for Social Services Professions

Member, 1993 – present

A member of a council which regulates the social work practice in South Africa


Black Management Forum

Chairperson of Limpopo Province, March 2015 – present

As Chairperson of the Black Management Forum (BMF) I need to ensure that the development of Black Managerial Leadership and Transformation issues are given a priority in the province. It is my responsibility as the face of BMF in the province to ensure that the province has more responsible and well developed managers


GIS short course


A quality –driven, financially sustainable, comprehensive University

The University of Venda is offering the following short course under the Univen Centre for Continuing Education (UCCE), a unit of Univen Income Generation Centre.


OBJECTIVES: To equip participants with knowledge and practical skills to apply Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to solving spatial problems and decision making to familiarize delegates with ArcGIS 10.4.1, the market leading GIS software package by ESRI.

TARGET GROUPS; Town planners. Geologists, Hydrologists, Surveyors, educators, researchers, undergraduate and post-graduate students, companies, local government authorities, regulatory authorities, farmers, health practitioners, NGOs, environmental consultants, etc.

PRESENTATION: One block session of maximum capacity: 20 participants. One week of lectures and practical’s.

INTAKE DATES: 2nd – 6th April, 18th – 22nd June, 24th -28th September and 3rd – 7th December 2018

PACKAGE: learning materials, tea, coffee and full lunch.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: R7000, 00 per participant, Univen student only R6000, 00 which includes tea, coffee, full lunch and learning materials. Delegates are required to pay a deposit of R5000, 00 which can be deposited at FNB, acc name: Univen Income Generation Centre; acc no: 62302437042, Branch code: 260549 ref; no; GIS & SURNAME. Confirm booking one week before commencement of lectures to ensure a place for the intake of the course. The balance is payable before or on the first day of the course.

Enquiries: Zongho Kom.  Cell: 0726123244,

Ms.Mathivha-Netshisaulu Cell: 0762081516,

Tel: (015) 962 8594


Graduations are so flexible that it is near impossible to explain exactly how helpful and memorable they can be for a person. However, it is impossible to illustrate how much a graduation can come to mean for a singular person.

Dr. Nghonyama and Mr Vincent  Kanyongolo handing a certificate to a student

“I must first and foremost thank God for this blessing and honor to stand before you today as Valedictorian of the Class of 2011. Yet, today is not only my day to shine. Every graduate present here is deserving of high praise and recognition and I would like to congratulate each of you on reaching this milestone in life. I think I speak for my fellow graduates when I say that this is a moment we have always imagined and one we will remember for the rest of our lives.” say the student.


Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) had organized their Annual General Meeting at the Emperors Palace on 20th October 2017 in style, to celebrate their success in fulfilling their mission and for having had a Clean Audit for 2016/2017.

The Directors of the Ceremony were Mr. Robert Semenya and Ms. Joyce Tsipa. The CETA Board Members headed by the Chairperson, Mr. Raymond Cele and the CETA Senior Management and members headed by the CEO, Ms. Sonja Pilusa ran the show. The occasion was opened by the CETA choir.

CETA Choir welcoming delegates to the CETA AGM.

The delegates were welcomed and introduced by Ms. Sonja Pilusa while the keynote address was presented by Mr. Raymond Cele.

Ms Sonja Pilusa welcoming delegates and Mr. Raymond Cele delivering a Keynote Address.

The Highlights of CETA performance for the year 2016/2017 were presented by CETA stakeholders:

 CETA Learner – Ms. Valessa Baadjes
 CETA Bursary Recipient – Ms. Alice Madisha
 Disabled People of South Africa – Mr. Herman Tsebe
 Master Builders of South Africa – Mr. Roy Mnisi
 South Africa Forum of Civil Engineers – Mr. Robert Simelane
 National African Federation Building Industry – Mr. Aubrey Tshalata
 Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Prof. Carva Pop
 University of Venda – Prof. Jason S. Ogola
 King Hintsa TVET College – Mr. Thabo Masombuka

Prof. JS Ogola delivering a speech on CETA/UNIVEN partnership

The delegates were also addressed by the former Administrator of CETA, Mr. Themba Mhambi, who had visited UNIVEN with Ms. Sonja Pilusa, then Acting CEO on 11th September 2012 and offered UNIVEN seven projects worth R 22,000,000.00. Since then, CETA has supported new projects worth R 10,500,000.00. This month, CETA and UNIVEN had identified New Areas of Future Collaboration running from 2018 to 2020. The latest Agreement includes: Infrastructure Development, Research Development, Lecturer Development, Qualification Development, Programme Development, Learning Pathways through Discretionary Grants, and Accreditation of the UNIVEN Innovative Growth Company (UIGC)for it to participate in skills training supported by CETA.

Mr Themba Mhambi addressing delegates.

The CETA Corporate Video was also displayed, followed by Presentations of the Financial Audit and Discussion as follows:

 Annual Financial Statement of the Accounting Authority for 2016/17 by Member of the Accounting Authority, Mr Piet Matosa;
 Annual Report of the Accounting Authority’s Affairs for 2016/17 by Member of the Accounting Authority, Mr. Webster Mfebe;
 Report of The Auditor General on the Accounting Authority for 2016/17 by Auditor General, Mr. Godfrey Diale; and
 Acceptance for recommendation to The Director General of the CETA’s Annual Budget and Annual Performance Plan (2018/19) by Member of the Accounting Authority, Mr. Mhbekani Ngcobo.

The function was concluded by CETA Executive Management Awards to the most successful stakeholders in implementing the CETA projects and also to those who presented the Highlights of CETA Performance. UNIVEN received an Award as “Most Innovative Rural Training Initiative-University of Venda.” As one of the Presenters, Prof. JS Ogola received an Award “You are in the Right Hands.”

Trough awarded to University of Venda for excellence performance of CETA projects.

Award to Presenters of the Highlights of CETA Performance in 2016/17.

Issued by:
Department of Communications and Marketing
University of Venda
Tel: 015 962 8525
Date: 30 October 2017

Environmental practice National Qualification level 4 Graduation

It is always in the heart of UIGC to promote further Education and Training certificate and to offer free skills to people who are from a poor background through learnership, internships etc. UIGC celebrates with Environmental practice (National qualification level 4) graduates at the department of Public works, Mopani District Hall, Giyani Limpopo.

Dr. T.K Takalani head of Univen consultancy for continuing education (Programme director).

The purpose of the graduation ceremony is to certificate learners for the qualification of Environmental practice (National qualification level 4 ) .The learners started with their qualification in 2015 which was a 12 months Programme. However, this Programme was managed by three stake holders namely ETDP SETA (funding provider), University of Venda (training provider) and LEDET (host employer). The graduates did not pay anything to get this wonderfully qualifications but all this happened through the help of ETDP SETA. “Said by Dr TK Takalani who’s also an acting head of short skills in UIGC”.

Ms. M. Khuzwayo (District coordinator at the department of public works, Mopani district hall, Giyani). Ms Khuzwayo welcomed every Individuals who attend the ceremony.

Words of response from Mr. Clement Sithole ETDP SETA (Skills Advisor).

Sithole began his speech by explaining how in his culture they express themselves when they are happy and that’s why he feel honored to come and celebrate this ceremony with the graduates since the qualification will work to open doors in their lives. Further he acknowledged the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) for accommodating the learners in their working environment and the University of Venda for providing training. He wrapped his speech by quoting words of the late president of South Africa Nelson Mandela ‘education is the most powerful weapon that you need to use everywhere you go’

Graduate representative

Graduate response with countless thanks to the University of Venda for the knowledge that they have imbedded in them. It was not an easy journey but throuth the help of LEDET and the University of Venda they made it through. Today they can regard themselves as hard workers through the experience they received. He acknowledged the ETDP SETA for funding the program and the stipend that they used to get monthly. He further quoted the words of our Late President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela “The  won’t be a development in a village if people are not educated”.

Mr M.J Malebati LEDET (Acting Director)

Mr Malebati congratulated and told the learners that, the graduation day is a season of hard work and hope. His words to the graduates was that they cannot train and let go but they will make sure that they travel the journey together.

Graduation entertainment from Tsonga Ladies, dancing xibhelane.

Dr. N.V Mudau facilitator of the Environmental practice NQF level 4 leading the graduates into the hall.



Issued by: UCCE department
UIGC (Pty) Ltd
University of Venda


UIGC celebrates with Braille and South African Sign Language (SASL) graduates

More than 150 students received Braille and South African Sign Language certificates

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruits are sweet. The Braille and SASL graduates have proved that learning is not age restricted. Educators from special schools around Limpopo Province gathered at the University of Venda (Univen) Senate Chambers on 29 September 2017 for the graduation ceremony as they were recognised for their commitment and hard work.

Braille and SASL are short courses offered by Univen Innovative Growth Company (UIGC).

The UIGC CEO, Dr John Mudau, congratulated the graduates and also indicated that the graduates are now part of the Univen Alumni structure because the certificates were issued by the University.
Dr Tshifhiwa Mbuvha the Head of the Univen Disability Unit and Project Leader congratulated them for completing the course.

“It is always an honor for The Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA) to take part in this
prestigious event that celebrate excellence,” said Mr Isaiah Mphaphuli as he commended the graduates for their achievements.

Mr Mphaphuli further added that the certificates handed to the graduates are a confirmation that they have mastered Braille and SASL skills. “Education is vital in South Africa hence ETDP SETA has set aside funds around R75 million to support teachers’ development in Limpopo Province and we are even taking it further by not only focusing on teachers but also on principles in areas like financial management and leadership. This can only be achieved through unity between the educators, the department and the sponsors,” Mr Mphaphuli said.

Mr Wilfred Leshilo from the Limpopo Department of Education who was part of the procession also praised the graduates. “At first it must have been hard for you because you had no Braille and SASL skills and knowledge but you took your precious time to learn SASL and with that you also took part in developing our province,” he said. He added that the graduates are expected to pass on the skills and knowledge that they have acquired to help make education easily accessible for people with disabilities.

An educator from Siloe School for the Blind, Mrs Sethose Tebogo, expressed her joy and also added that she can’t wait to pass on what she has learnt during the course to her blind students.

Studying can be hard especially if the student has responsibilities like working and taking care of the family. It can take a strain to the family due to time management but Mr Walter Nkhwashu from Mariven special school did not let this stop him from achieving his goals. “It has not been an easy journey but I pulled through, indeed hard work pays off,” he said as he expressed the hardships that he had to overcome prior to his graduation.

A graduate posing for a photo

One of the graduates beamed with smile after receiving the certificate

Certificate for end user computing

Registration fee: R2 500 (Total cost)

University of Venda community computer training outreach project is offering the following modules:

  • Introduction windows 10
  • Theory
  • MS Word 2013
  • MS excel 2013
  • MS Access
  • MS PowerPoint 2013
  • Internet And Email
  • Typing Skills/Tutor

You can select the best group that suits your schedule from the following sessions:

Group Time Session Days Duration
A 08h00-10h00 Morning Monday to Friday 8 Weeks
B 11h00-13h00 Morning Monday to Friday 8 Weeks
C 14h00-16h00 Afternoon Monday to Friday 8 Weeks
D 17h00-19h00 Evening Monday to Friday 8 Weeks
E 08h00-12h00 Morning Saturday only 4 months

N.B In 8 weeks only, you can be a computer literate

Registration forms can be collected from the University of Venda reception at the main admin and UIGC Buildings.

For more information please contact:

Mrs Mukhodobwane: 076 961 4990
Mrs RC Phaswana: 072 329 3059
Ms R.G Budeli: 072 146 2842/071 924 0093

Construction Seta is inviting interested and qualifying members of the public to participate in the following opportunities.

1. 25x Civil Engineering Internships.
Requirements: Individuals MUST have completed an N6 programme in
building and construction course.

2. 50 x Building and Civil Construction learnerships.
Requirements: Individuals with Grade 12 who are interested in Civil and Construction field
Individuals with NCV Level 4 qualification in Civil Engineering

3. 150 short-skills programmes in the following programmes: Plumbing, Building (Masonry), Electrical and Carpentry.
Requirements: Any individual who is currently working within any of the above-mentioned fields but holds no formal qualifications.

Interested individuals are requested to go and see Tshigoda, Nhlanhla
or Senciah at the University of Venda’s UIGC UNIT with the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. 1 ID photo
  3. Proof of residence
  4. Certified copies of educational qualifications and ID
  5. Bank statements for those interested in the internship and learnership programmes

For more information please call the following numbers during office hours:

Tel: 015 962 9168/9173
Closing date: 25 August 2017
From: Dr. Nghonyama: Training

Mandela day Event At Tshifulanani Denzhe old age day care


Denzhe old age drop in centre is located in Tshifulanani Village, Lwamondo. The centre was started in 2007 till to date. The centre takes care of 95 old people, 62 of them come to the centre every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the remaining they do home visits. Hence, the centre provides them with breakfast, lunch, exercises and extra teaching lessons.

The centre has a one roomed shelter which they use as an office, kitchen and store room. The challenge is that centre does not have electricity, water, proper fencing, shelter. the centre has one sponsor which started funding them last year and they receive funding quarterly. Hence, this has an impact on the provision of food and building a shelter.

Reason for the visit

The UIGC search team was referred to the centre by Lydia form P East Thohoyandou who was a former teacher and a caregiver for orphans and vulnerable children in the community. After the visitation the team felt that it would be proper to pay a visit and spend the day with the old people and engage themselves with the activities that they are involved in.