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Border Technikon
Private Bag 1421

Old Berlin Road
Fort Jackson

TEL (+27) 043 708-5200

FAX (+27) 043 708-5331

cnr Buffalo Street
East London

TEL (+27) 043 702-9200

FAX (+27) 043 702-9275

cnr Terminus Street
East London

TEL (+27) 043 702-9200

FAX (+27) 043 702-9300


Border Technikon South Africa

The modern custom-designed Main Campus is situated at Potsdam,
midway between East London and King Williams Town, adjacent to the N2 Highway.

The geographical situation in the Border region makes high level vocational education accessible to students who would otherwise have left the Eastern Cape to study elsewhere, many never to return. The drain of young talent from our region is thus being curtailed.

Entrance to the campus, which forms a part of the beautiful Eastern Cape countryside, is gained via the old East London/King William's Town road i.e. Old Berlin Road

Starting as the Ciskei Technikon and resulting from the promulgation of the Ciskei Technikon Act No. 15 of 1984, academic programmes commenced in January 1988. The first intake of 66 students was accommodated in the Wongama Building at Zwelitsha, a building which had previously housed the senior government departments of the region prior to the establishment of Bisho as the seat of Government for Ciskei.
Initially only certificate courses were offered, but in mid 1989, diploma courses were introduced and more courses have been offered to meet regional requirements during successive years.
The modern buildings and lush surrounding landscape of the Potsdam Campus are a far cry from the humble beginnings at Zwelitsha. Every detail has been carefully planned to create an environment conducive to study and learning, whilst ensuring that the campus buildings enhance the countryside. Extensive landscaping has, at a modest cost, transformed the grounds from grazing farmland into well-kept lawns and planted areas. A natural spring and dam around which the Campus was designed has been expanded to provide a recirculating water feature and fountain as a focal centrepiece. This campus was officially opened in 1997. At this joint ceremony the first Chancellor, the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Rev. M.A. Stofile and Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof L.R. Brunyee, were inaugurated and approximately 400 students graduated at the first Graduation Ceremony.
The buildings were constructed from traditional materials requiring low maintenance, but are of a modern style. The building design and layout sought to reflect the distinctive nature of technikon education and the Border Technikon in particular, whilst at the same time blending into the surrounding countryside. The result is a development providing modern functional facilities which enhance the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Accommodation for students is provided in residences. These residences are filled to capacity each semester, thus providing accommodation for 400 residential students.

On-campus recreational facilities provide for entertainment and relaxation of the students. Twenty different sports are played by technikon students, the most popular being soccer, netball, tennis and rugby. Indoor as well as outdoor sports can be accommodated. For indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball, karate and aerobics, extensive use is made of the Great Hall, which can also be used for formal functions and has a seating capacity of 800.
A Campus Health Services Unit has been established over the years as part of the Department of Student Affairs. The Health Services Unit is in a process of continuous development in response to the health needs of the students. National and international guidelines concerning Student Health Services are followed in this process.
The Border Technikon attracts students from a large area of the Eastern Cape Province. Whilst most students live in the vicinities of East London and King William's Town, many are drawn from as far afield as Port Elizabeth, Queenstown and Umtata. School leavers who were previously forced to leave the Border region, now have facilities which are more conveniently situated, thereby offering more affordable study opportunities. This has in turn assisted local commerce and industry to recruit qualified people within the region with direct benefits to the Eastern Cape Province.
In collaboration with other technikons, as part of its strategic plan, the Border Technikon established satellite campuses in East London and Bisho to cater for specific needs within the Eastern Cape boundaries, in keeping with its market related strategy. The Faculty of Applied Technology was officially opened in East London in 1998.

There are also two campuses situated in the city of East London,
College Street Campus and Cambrige Street Campus

Border Technikon feels confident that it will therefore enjoy expansion in keeping with the region's growing demand for high quality tertiary vocational education, in order to support the well-being of the Eastern Cape Province.
In keeping with market related demand and regional requirements, Border Technikon will expand the scope of courses offered to include the scientific and technological needs of industry.
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