Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina on Thursday called on business to support the call for the establishment of a university in the City of Ekurhuleni.
Speaking during the Manufacturing Indaba at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Masina said: “The City of Ekurhuleni is the only metro in the world that doesn’t have a university. Given the industrial nature of the Ekurhuleni economy, it is not a sustainable status quo. We need engineers, innovators and specialists in the field of aviation, logistics and manufacturing. A university is no longer a matter to converse on, we must start the journey towards building the institution.”
The mayor placed emphasis on the need for skills development, in order to drive the manufacturing industry.
“As the region of Ekurhuleni we will make submissions in the upcoming ANC national Policy Conference for the University establishment to become part of resolutions in the policy conference, as it requires buy-in from the National Department of Higher Education and other major stakeholders across the country,” Masina said.
The mayor is also set to address the Mail & Guardian dinner in honour of 200 outstanding young South Africans at the Emperors Palace, with four of the nominees being from the City of Ekurhuleni. “We need a conducive environment to grow and nurture such talent and a university remains an integral incubation to stimulate young minds in all spheres of life,” Masina added.