Minister encourages Co-ops

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Minister encourages Co-ops

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Mr Mike Mabuyakhulu has encouraged University of Zululand (UNIZULU) students to go for the opportunities presented by government.

The MEC was speaking at the 3rd Annual Gala Dinner for students enrolled for Diploma in the Management of Co-operatives held at Richards Bay Campus on 19 October 2013.

Mr Mabuyakhulu said it was a pleasure to be part of the august occasion to interact with those who are at the forefront of endeavours to accelerate the transformation of our society through economic transformation.

He said what is of critical importance was that the students are reminded of the historical mission that they have to undertake in the service of this country.

“The mission that you need to accomplish is that of breathing life to our freedom by bringing about a tangible change to our people’s lives. Twenty years after the democratic breakthrough, you are charged with giving physical expression to our freedom. This, like all other missions, is a difficult task, but it is one you have to fulfil in order for future generations to inherit a South Africa that is free, prosperous and stable,” Mr Mabuyakhulu said.

He expressed his gratitude to the UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor, the Management and staff for heeding the call by Provincial Government to incorporate co-operative training as one of the career choices in the curriculum.

“We also wish to express our appreciation for the work that has gone to this project from inception to the time it was accredited and recognized as one of the career offerings by UNIZULU.

“Also, we acknowledge and appreciate the efforts and work of lecturers, administrative support and all who are involved in the education and nurturing of our young students,” he said.

UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko said the Co-operative Management Students Society is a hallmark of visionary and dynamic leadership.

“The University wishes to applaud and salute you for your remarkable foresight and deep sense of patriotism. “We wish you well in your future endeavours.  We are confident that your training and exposure in the sphere of Co-ops has empowered you sufficiently for the challenges that await you,” said Prof Mazibuko.

She motivated students to not be overwhelmed; not to be intimidated but to turn those challenges that await them into opportunities.

Pictured: Mr Mike Mabuyakhulu (KZN MEC: Economic Development and Tourism), Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko (UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor), Councillor Elphas Mbatha (Mayor: uMhlathuze Municipality) and Dr Isaac Machi (Executive Director: Richards Bay Campus)