Northlink College Wingfield Campus, home of Tooling and Die Making (TDM) students, graduated as part of the National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP). The celebration took place at the Goodwood Civic Centre in September 2014 as part of the TDM graduation ceremony.
Among the guests were parents, friends and lecturers who came to witness this event and to share in the festivities of students who successfully completed their course. Leon Beech (Northlink College CEO and Principal along with Dirk van Dyk (CEO: National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP)), Rahima Loghdey (Director: Skills Development and Innovation – Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism) and Bob Williamson (Executive Chairman of Intsimbi) spoke to the students about TDM Powered Programme achievements an addressed the students by giving them a clear view of how the TDM industry is looking both nationally and internationally from a business and government perspective.
The proud graduates walked across the stage and accepted their certificates with great enthusiasm, while cheering each other on. There were three special awards handed to Joseph Moni (Best theory student), Roland Fielding (Best practical student) Jacques Tredoux (Best overall student) as they performed above average during their three year course at Wingfield.
Waldu Langehoven, one of the graduates who gave the valedictory speech, encouraged his fellow students for the future. He also thanked all the stakeholders who allowed them to reach this milestone. “Never give up this is only the beginning of great things to come,” added Waldu.
The afternoon was concluded with a vote of thanks by John McEwan, CEO: Western Cape Tooling Initiative.