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In a contribution aimed at providing skills training for previously disadvantaged individuals in Pneumatics, Electro-Pneumatics and Siemens PLC Programming, Siemens Southern Africa recently donated R30 000 to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).
Administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the engineering short courses will be for the specific benefit of thirty students.
“The donation from Siemens will enable the School of Engineering to uplift previously disadvantaged individuals by providing additional skills training to ensure that they have the relevant skills required by the manufacturing sector in the Eastern Cape,” says Karl du Preez, head of Mechanical Engineering at NMMU.
Professor Kotie Grove, executive director of the NMMU Trust, says the contribution by Siemens towards skills training at underprivileged schools and institutions is just what is needed to address the dire skills shortages in South Africa.
“It is the commitment and vision of companies such as Siemens to worthwhile projects such as this one initiated by NMMU that will go a long way to addressing our country's problems and creating a powerful future generation," he says.
Martin Taverner, corporate account manager for the automotive industry at Siemens in the Eastern Cape, says every year, the company sponsors R30 000 towards an NMMU project or event that will benefit students.
“In May 2006, Siemens launched a Mechatronics Laboratory at the NMMU to complement the University’s BEng (Mechatronics) degree,” he says. “Siemens is intensively focused on the automotive market and is permanently adjusting our workforce to meet the demands of the automotive industry.”