Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship Development
The Institute is inspired by the Brazilian National Service for Industrial Apprenticeship, SENAI Institute, whose mission is “To promote vocational and technological education, the innovation and transfer of industrial technologies, contributing to increase the competitiveness of Brazilian industry.” Dr Maponya was introduced to SENAI Institute during his business visit to Brazil, as a member of the delegation of the South African President, Hon. Jacob Zuma. He remained behind in Brazil, and was introduced to the SENAI Model.
This trip to Brazil and the discussions he held with the Brazilians gave birth to the idea of establishing the Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship Development.