#FutureFriday features Mihle Mvelakubi a former College of Cape Town TVET student
By TVET Website
Happy #FutureFriday everyone!
On this #FutureFriday we are proud to celebrate 24-year old Mihle Mvelakubi, a qualified bricklaying artisan. The former College of Cape Town TVET student used the skills and expertise gained from the College to open his own engineering company, Mvelakubi Civil Engineering Projects (PTY) LTD, which provides the following services: bricklaying, tiling, plumbing and paving. He says one of their main aims is to create job opportunities in order to lower unemployment, and boost the economy of South Africa. One of his proud achievements was representing the South African team in the bricklaying trade at the 2017 WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi (UAE), where there was competition with 76 other countries.
One of the main intentions of the Decade of the Artisan by TVET Colleges was to instill the idea of entrepreneurship among students. That has certainly been the case for Mvelakubi. His passion for engineering began when he was a learner at Agulhas School of Skills in Napier (Western Cape) were his main focus was bricklaying and plastering, woodwork, welding and agriculture. He then enrolled for the NC(V) Civil Engineering and Building Construction Level 2-4 programme at a TVET College, and then decided to further his studies by obtaining a National Diploma in Civil Engineering and Building after completing his N4-N6 at the College of Cape Town TVET.
Studying at College of Cape Town TVET opened the doors for him to represent South Africa at the 2017 WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi. In 2016, Mvelakubi was asked by his lecturer if he would like to participate in the WordSkills Competition. He had no idea of what he was about to embark on, but jumped at the opportunity.
After winning the provincial level of the competition, he invested most of this time practising, as he knew that he was going to compete against the best in South Africa. “Being at the National stage, was the best feeling. What was in my mind was that I made it, even if I don't win here, I still am a winner. What made the competition tougher was the crowds of people, which was completely different from the Provincial leg of the competition. The competition ended with me being recognised as the best bricklayer among my competitors, and I was going to represent South Africa at the global stage in Abu Dhabi” said Mvelakubi.
Mvelakubi enrolled for a trade test in bricklaying which he completed while he was busy with his N5 Civil Engineering ad Building studies at the College. He recently completed his Assessor and Moderator training with the College of Cape Town TVET, Crawford campus. In 2019, he decided that he would use the skills and expertise gained from the College to open his own engineering company. Mvelakubi believes that success is not defined by where you at, or what you have right now, but where you are heading.
Mihle Mvelakubi, a former College of Cape Town TVET student used the skills and expertise gained from the College to open his own engineering company, Mvelakubi Civil Engineering Projects (PTY) LTD.
Mihle’s business provides the following services: bricklaying, tiling, plumbing and paving.
Studying at College of Cape Town TVET opened the doors for him to represent South Africa in the bricklaying trade at the 2017 WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Mihle relished the opportunity to compete against 76 other countries at the WorldSkills International Competition.
The practicals, advanced equipment and highly skilled lecturers at College of Cape Town TVET made it all possible for Mihle to fulfil his dreams.
Mihle adding the finishing touches of a tiling job for a customer.