CUT, Centlec forge a mutually-benefiting working relationship

Delegates from CUT, Centlec and the municipality are looking forward to finding technological solutions to societal challenges. PHOTO: Supplied

The Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, in Bloemfontein has joined hands with Centlec to make their facilities available for academic and experiential learning purposes that will benefit both parties.

According to the statement shared with the media, the power utility company and the CUT have signed a memorandum of understanding in which both parties agree to make their faculties available for the purposes of training, classes and completion of studies/qualifications in various fields.

Prof. Alfred Ngowi, the acting Vice-Chancellor at CUT, said that this MoU signing bears testament to the university’s commitment to creating a network that will allow CUT to remain grounded within the community of Mangaung.

“We will be engaging in mutual collaboration to conduct experiential training and applied research for Centlec employees, using our state-of-art machinery and vice versa,” said Prof. Ngowi.

The statement also declares that the two parties will not only enjoy a cordial working relationship but will also pledge their commitment and support the activities of each other that are detailed in the agreement.

“This agreement commits both parties to working more closely together to reach their shared goal of empowering employees by exposing them to further training, offering them the opportunity to improve themselves and the quality of their work,” the statement read.

A Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Infrastructure in Mangaung, councillor Molefi Morake, welcomed the news. “As the municipality, we acknowledge that institutions of higher learning are key catalysts in terms of transformation, skills development, and innovation. Energy is key for economic development and this skills programme will be part of the process, ensuring that our communities benefit from partnerships such as this one,” Morake said.

Centlec’s CEO, Malefane Sekoboto, said they expect that this relationship between themselves and the CUT, which has always been there, is now taken to a higher level to explore how best they can utilise the resources they have to make sure that the community reaps the benefits.

Compiled by Mampho Khitsane