Cedric Mboyisa

From left: STC General Manager Thami Mathe, Mthokozisi Sanga, STC Technical Training Officer Bongekile Ntshingila and National Electrical Installation Expert Nick du Plessis.

A Shukela Training Centre (STC) learner is off to Abu Dhabi to compete against the best of the best from all over the globe after winning the South African leg of the World Skills Competition.

After a gruelling competition at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, 21-year-old Mthokozisi Sanga was declared the winner in the electrical installations skill category, “narrowly edging” the other two contenders from Gauteng (second) and the Western Cape (third). Since the top three contestants were “so close in terms of points”, it was decided they would be put through a one-month rigorous training conducted and overseen by National Electrical Installation Expert Nick du Plessis in Gauteng. 

The training was used to determine who among the three top guns was the most technically, physically and mentally fit to represent South Africa in Abu Dhabi in October by taking on other competitors from 37 countries. The competition in Abu Dhabi is the stuff of Olympics in terms of magnitude.

Sanga triumphed. “I am very happy that I won. This is just the beginning. I will now compete on the international stage. I am aiming for gold – I will only rest after winning gold. I am going to make our country proud,” he said. The STC Technical Training Officer Bongekile Ntshingila has been instrumental in preparing Sanga for the competition. Ray van Heerden, the STC Technical Training Manager, also played a pivotal role in the process of planning and ensuring a successful SA chapter of the World Skills Competition.

“The Shukela Training Centre is very excited about having one of its learners representing SA in the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi towards the end of this year. What excites us even more is that Mthokozisi was doing Phase 1 when he entered for the regionals of this competition. We have seen him grow in leaps and bounds during the periods leading to the national competition and now as he prepares for the global leg of this competition,” said STC General Manager Thami Mathe.

He added: “I have full confidence in him because I have personally seen his commitment. Mthokozisi’s achievement is a reflection of what can be achieved when a training provider works closely with the workplace learning employer. In this case, I would like to thank Bulk Connections for their cooperation and support during this period.”

The World Skills Competition was founded in 1950 and is the largest skills contest in the world. It happens every two years. The Department of Higher Education and Training drives the competition in South Africa, having been formally established in April 2013 by deputy minister Mduduzi Manana. The competition promotes vocational, technological, service oriented education and training. The contestants are between the ages of 18 and 22.