Mnambithi TVET College
Mnambithi TVET College was born in 2002 from the merger of the Ladysmith Technical College, Ezakheni Technical College, Ezakheni Ex-college of Education and Ezakheni Skills Centre. Mnambithi TVET College is situated in Ladysmith and Estcourt in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. Its catchment areas are Estcourt, Weenen, Bergville, Winterton, Pomeroy, Msinga, Dundee, Van Reneen, Mooi River, Greytown and Ladysmith surroundings.
Ladysmith Technical College was established in the early 1960’s under the Department of Education and Culture. It started by offering self-enrichment courses for adults. By 1984 the college offered formal training from N1 – N3 commercial courses. In 1991 this was expanded to N4 – N6, both in Business and Engineering studies.
Ezakheni Technical College and Skills Centre were established by the then Department of Education in the early 1980’s. Both training centre’s offered an artisan training based on the scheduled block-release system as well as short skills courses in Plumbing, Motor Mechanic, Welding and Carpentry of three months duration. In the 1990’s Nated courses from N1 – N6 Engineering courses were offered. The College’s Central Office and Ladysmith Campus are situated on the banks of the Klipriver and are located in the central Ladysmith. The Ezakheni campuses are situated at Ezakheni Township, in approximately 25 km away from the town.
In the new developments towards the better part of 2008, the former Ezakheni Ex-College of Education buildings was transferred to Mnambithi TVET College by the Department of Education. State-of-art workshops were built on this site and it will be niched as the engineering campus. In 2009 Mnambithi TVET College also inherited buildings at Estcourt and a new campus will be built in Bergville soon. With more satellite a campus offering in the near future, Mnambithi TVET College’s aim is to reach more people and meet their educational needs.