Mthokozisi Sanga
  1. Age: 21
  2. Hometown: KwaDabeka D, in Durban KZN
  3. Which College or Institute are you studying at or have studied at?
    • Shukela Training Centre (STC)
  4. What are your hobbies?
    • Swimming, Playing soccer, writing.
  5. Where are you currently employed at?
    • Bulk Connections in Durban Harbourd.
  6. What are you looking forward to the most in Abu Dhabi?
    • Am looking forward to having an experience of a lifetime, meeting different Cultures and types of people from all over the world, testing my capabilities against the world and mostly am looking forward to (The price giving day when I take my Gold Price.
  7. What was the reaction of your friends and family when you were selected to participate in the World Skills International Competition in Abu Dhabi and how have they supported you thus far?
    • When my mother found out about this achievement she was elated. Her years of sacrifices and investing in my education had finally produced fruit. Being the first in my family to go abroad made it all the more exciting for my mother. My siblings were as equally excited for me. They could not believe that their own brother won a competition of this magnitude and is now going to compete in Abu Dhabi. Many of my friends and the community are also very excited and happy for me. Coming from a place that is increasingly being known as a nest for drug addicts and criminals, I am now seen as one of the shinning starts in my community.
  8. What are your strengths that you are relying on to win this competition?
    • High performance, high productivity, high inspiration
    • This will be possible if I believe in me for me and no-one else, with a positive attitude "As if someone can stop me from taking number One position".
Renier Wepener
  1. Age: 22
  2. Hometown: Paarl Western Cape
  3. Which College or Institute are you studying at or have studied at?
    • Northlink College Wingfield campus and NWU Potchefstroom
  4. What are your hobbies?
    • I like working out at the gym, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, Playing video games.
  5. Where are you currently employed at?
    • Kobot Precision Engineering.
  6. What are you looking forward to the most in Abu Dhabi?
    • I’m excited to be competing against the best of the best in the world. To meet new people and to make South Africa proud. Team SA and I are committed in showing the world that South Africa is a fierce growing country within the field of the Artisan.
  7. How have you improved your skills from the National WorldSkills South Africa competition that took place in February up until now?
    • I’ve travelled from Cape Town to Durban as well as Johannesburg for training sessions on advanced machinery and technology. In my specific field (CNC Turning), time and precision is everything. From the drawing to the programming, and machine setup has to be 100% correct. I’ve been working very hard to decrease my drawing and setup time. I’m working on the software every day and getting great advice from my expert and lecturers which will help me overcome the challenges to face in Abu Dhabi. Further training is scheduled in Germany so I can improve my software skills knowing exactly how to setup any tool in the machine, knowing what is the best speeds and feeds for every tool to decrease machining time. I’ve also been working hard to get my part sizes spot on to be able to work very accurate in Abu Dhabi.
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
    • I want to qualify as an artisan, have my own business and be successful in what I do.