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17 March 2017

Seven ORBIT TVET College students travelled to Beijing, China, on Thursday, 16 March 2017, on a 12 month internship programme which forms part of a collaboration between the Chinese Culture and International Exchange Centre and Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (MerSETA).

The Chinese Culture and international Exchange Centre is a leading official Chinese Education Institution in South Africa, which focuses on educational collaborations between China and SA. The programme is aimed at bridging the skills gap and contributing positively towards the growth and development plan of the country.

Oarabile Marumula, Olerato Tshenye, Phemelo Selelo, Bokamoso Cwienyane, Piet Seloba, Boikhutso Makati and Buyelani Mgcina- all NC (V) Level 4 Engineering graduates from ORBIT College Mankwe Campus in Mogwase, are among the 200 students who were selected from various TVET Colleges and Universities of Technologies, to take part in an ‘all expenses paid’ internship programme.

The Magnificent Seven from ORBIT College, Mankwe Campus; from left; Piet Seloba, Phemelo Selelo, Boikhutso Makati, Dr Zhilei Lu (Director at Chinese Culture & International Education Exchange Centre), Ms Matseleng Motsoeneng (Project Coordinator), Olerato Tshenye, Bokamoso Cwieyane, Buyelani Mcqina and Oarabile Marumula.
The Magnificent Seven from ORBIT College, Mankwe Campus; from left; Piet Seloba, Phemelo Selelo, Boikhutso Makati, Dr Zhilei Lu (Director at Chinese Culture & International Education Exchange Centre), Ms Matseleng Motsoeneng (Project Coordinator), Olerato Tshenye, Bokamoso Cwieyane, Buyelani Mcqina and Oarabile Marumula.

The Magnificent Seven proved that they are worthy of being part of the ‘cream of the crop’, after making it into the top 200 from the1748 applications received.

During their stay in China, they will be enrolled as students at Beijing Union University, for a period of six months, coupled with six months of manufactory/work-based training at some of the top 500 Chinese companies. Upon completion of the 12 months, they will be awarded with a University Certificate of Achievement and a manufacturing Intern certificate.

The thrilled students have not been able to contain their excitement and disbelief at having been chosen out of thousands of entrants. One of the students, Olerato Chauke said, “We wholeheartedly appreciate the love and support we have received from ORBIT College, especially the staff from Mankwe Campus. We were not selected because we are smart, but because of the immense support and assistance the institution afforded us. They believed in us, and for that, we will not disappoint them.”

The benefits of the internship programme include return flights, visa fees, accommodation, monthly stipends, university fees, daily transport to university & workplace, meals, workplace training fees, medical cover, and accident/death benefits.

ORBIT College Principal, Ms Maryna Marais says she is ecstatic for the students, and can only hope that they will use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the best of their ability. Ms Marais added that going to a country where the daily way of life, the language and culture is different to ours will have its fair share of challenges, but that the students should always be reminded of the words of Ho Chi Minh: “Remember the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strengths and their stability”.  

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