Education Minister Confirms New University Campus In Limpopo

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For almost 20 years, residents of the Giyani community in Limpopo have called for the construction of a new campus build. Their cries appear to finally be heard, following an intervention by the education department.  

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Facilities at the former Giyani College of Education have not been used for educational purposes since the College’s closure in 2003. 

Following a set feasibility studies that were conducted, Minister Blade Nzimande has confirmed that renovations for the college will soon commence.

The new campus will be attached to the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), presenting an opportunity for TUT to expand its reach and offerings benefitting the people in Giyani and surrounding areas.

Speaking at the first stakeholder meeting for the new campus, The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Blade Nzimande explained that the department's long-term plan is to establish a multipurpose educational and science centre in Giyani.

Our plan is to start offering the first university programmes at the beginning of 2024.

Nzimande says that the subjects and programmes that will be offered will mainly be diploma programmes.

Community members have expressed that they are excited about the new university campus and that the institution will provide a space for their children to study in the years to come.  

“We are happy that we won’t have to travel far to acquire tertiary education.” says a Giyani resident.

Nzimade says that the Giyani Campus presents a unique opportunity for government to take education, science, and technology to rural South Africa and the campus will make a significant contribution towards unemployment and job creation.


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