Jacky Li, CEO of Launch Technologies S.A. (Pty) Ltd says that China’s phenomenal economic growth of 10% per annum since the 1980s has been based on education. He adds that this is the key to South Africa’s future, and he identifies technical education as the focal point, and particularly in the rural areas.

This was the gist of Jacky Li’s speech at the official handover of four Launch Injector Cleaners / Testers worth over R100 000 to the Limpopo Business Support Agency (LIBSA) at the Lwamondo Training Centre in Thohoyandou, Limpopo on Wednesday, 27 October 2010. These four machines are destined for the four technical training centres in Limpopo, situated at Polokwane ( Seshego Training Centre), Tzaneen (Nkowankowa Training Centre), Giyani (Giyani Training Centre), and Thohoyandou (Lwamondo Training Centre), and will be utilised in assisting students in acquiring in-depth knowledge of injector technology and to allow students to study electronic injector systems in petrol engines. Jacky Li emphasised that technology I the future, and that training centres need up to date equipment to allow for hands-on training. 

Launch Technologies is in an ideal situation to address these needs, being a leader in diagnostic and workshop equipment, and in a position to supply these technical training centers with practical equipment at special prices. Hans Coetzee, Launch Technologies Marketing / Training Manager, adds that practical training aids are critical in skills development and that cut-away engines, running engines, electronic and electrical layouts together with interactive modules are sorely needed at these centers and that he would welcome other companies getting involved in doing something for the future. Launch Technologies has specifically identified rural training centers as being the most in need, thus the tie-up with LIBSA and the support of this agency with equipment at discounted prices, donations and theoretical and practical training for the trainers and lecturers. BR made a special trip to Thohoyandou to cover this event and used the opportunity to talk to Albert Moloto, General Manager of Training & Development at the four training centers.

December 2010 / January 2011


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