Higher Education Launches Decade of the Artisan Programme
Issued: 23 January 2014
The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi, Manana, MP, in partnership with key partners in the higher education landscape, will officially launch the Decade of the Artisan Programme following the success of last year’s Decade of the Artisan Programme.
The Decade of the Artisan campaign, which will commence in 2014 until 2014, seeks to promote artisanry as a career of choice to South Africa’s youth within the post school education and training system as well as to highlight skills development opportunities that are available in artisanry.
Following the official launch of The Year of the Artisan campaign by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande in February 2013.
One of the key priorities of the South African Government is to develop qualified artisans in an effort to support the South African economy, particularly in light of the successful implementation of the Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) that were announced by President Jacob Zuma in his 2012 State of the Nation Address.
The SIPs include the building of roads, schools, universities, harbours, power stations and other social and economic infrastructure.
The pronouncement by the Minister, therefore, of 2013 as The Decade of the Artisan seeks to bring into sharp focus the need for the production of artisans as part of the national strategy to deal with the shortage of critical skills in South Africa.