Mitchells Plain will soon be home to Cape Town’s latest tertiary institution following the sale of land by the City of Cape Town to the False Bay College. The college, which will have the capacity to cater to approximately 10 000 students, will address a great need for the education and training of youth in the Mitchells Plain and Strandfontein areas and surrounds. It will serve as the first large-scale tertiary institution for the area.


Research which was done in 2005 by the City at the request of the False Bay College, revealed the need for a tertiary education facility in the Mitchells Plain and Strandfontein areas.  


The City has long supported the idea of granting False Bay College a piece of land to build a comprehensive tertiary facility to cater for the greater Mitchells Plain community and surrounds. We are pleased that, following a funding commitment from the National Government, the building of this facility for higher learning can now get under way.


The facility will offer tuition in the key sectors of tourism, film, information technology, call centre training, retail programmes, business studies, paralegal qualifications and the creative media. It will also have a cosmetology academy and the college will offer bridging programmes for youth who do not meet the minimum requirements for entry into technical and vocational education and training colleges.


The establishment of a campus that serves the communities of Mitchells Plain and surrounding communities represents a significant opportunity to promote access to education for young people in vulnerable communities on the Cape Flats.


The City is encouraged that with the allocation of R380 million by the National Department of Higher Education and Training, the project can now progress to the construction phase.


Part of the funding will go towards purchasing the 6,5 ha piece of land, which the City made available at a nominal amount. This will enable the bulk of the allocated funding to go towards the construction.


False Bay College has campuses in Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, and Westlake and serves some of the most marginalised communities in Cape Town.


The proposed new larger campus will help to address this challenge by eventually being able to cater for about 10 000 students. The construction of the new campus is a welcome display of collaborative governance as it sees the local, provincial and national governments working together for the empowerment of our residents, especially youth who are the future of our country.


We believe that quality and responsive education and training is the most effective way of empowering people and preparing them for work. I look forward to seeing the doors of this world-class education facility open in the near future.

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