College Background

Vhembe TVET College is located in the Vhembe District Municipality, which is far north of the Limpopo Province. The District is comprised of four municipalities, namely, Thulamela, Makhado, Mutale and Musina, with the seat located in Thohoyandou. It covers 21000 square kilometres or 18% of the province. The college has six campuses which are Makwarela, Tshisimani, Mashamba, Mavhoi, Thengwe and Makhado. The Central Office of Vhembe TVET College is situated in Sibasa about 2km from Makwarela Campus, 52km from Mavhoi, 72km from Mashamba and 31km from Tshisimani campus. The college has a satellite campus at Thengwe that specialises with learnerships and short skills and a hospitality campus at Makhado.

The economic activity in the area is very low, characterized by small enterprises, e.g. agricultural activities, car servicing and welding among the rural settlement. Unemployment and poverty are tremendous problems. The unemployment rate is incredibly high, much more than the provincial average. There is high shortage of infrastructure and big industries.

The main drivers of the local economy are farming, tourism & hospitality, services industry, informal sectors, mining sector and transport. The college plans to contribute in the growth of the economy by encouraging small enterprises, partnering with industries in and out the province for the purposes of placement and skills development. The college has relationships with Municipalities, Universities, Local Government Departments, Small Medium and Micro Enterprises and traditional authorities. The college also has linkages with Correctional Services, Provincial Department of Education, Department of Health, Economic Development and Tourism, Madzivhandila Agricultural College, Eskom, National Department of Justice and Expanded Public Works Programme.