SA College for Tourism

We train marginalised youths of economically deprived/impoverished circumstances in southern Africa (SADC), which preclude them from furthering their schooling/acquiring marketable skills.We provide them with the expertise & self-confidence to successfully compete for employment in SADC's fastest growing industry, tourism, providing our graduates with sustainable livelihoods & reducing poverty/government grant dependency.Our ultimate goals is for graduates to start their own business enterprises
Feb 20, 2014

New horizons for 93 graduates from rural southern African communities!

Peacemaker of the year in 2013.
Peacemaker of the year in 2013.

Eighty eight young women and five young men graduated at the College on Friday, 22nd November 2013 in hospitality service operations.

The pre-graduation dinner on Thursday evening the 21st November and the graduation ceremony were hosted by Mrs Gaynor Rupert, Chairperson of the Board, for a number of South African and international guests, all friends and supporters of the College.

Guest Speaker of the day was Ms Unathi Msengana, South African singer, actress and radio personality. After her speech which held her audience of young graduates spellbound, Ms Msengana handed out certificates to the graduates who were capped by South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa.

The Top Hospitality Student of the Year from Malawi and her runner up from Namibia were announced by Mrs Barbara Pudel of Switzerland who congratulated the two ladies on being the recipients of a four month, all expenses paid, working holiday at Mrs Pudel’s guest house in Portofino, Italy.

The Top Culinary Art Student of the Year, a South African, was awarded the Thornybush Collections Trophy, received a cheque of ZAR 5,000 and won a year-long internship with the Executive Chef of Thornybush Collections.

Mr Werner Myburgh, Chief Executive Officer of Peace Parks Foundation brought the day’s proceedings to a close by handing the Peacemaker of the Year Award, one of a limited number of copies of a pen sketch of President Nelson R Mandela commissioned especially for the College by the artist, Sir Harold Riley, court painter of Queen Elizabeth II, to a graduate from Jagersfontein in the Free State Province.

Copies of the book, Moments of Truth, written by Mr Jan Carlzon about his years as Chief Executive Officer of Scandinavian Airlines and donated by the author and his wife to each member of the graduating Class of 2013, were presented by Mr Myburgh to the graduates as they sang during their procession out of the graduation hall.

The SA College for Tourism wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all its donors, sponsors and friends for their generosity and loyal support.

Food preparation for the formal dinner
Food preparation for the formal dinner
Graduates of 2013
Graduates of 2013
Nov 18, 2013

Together we changed her life forever!

Busi
Busi's guesthouse - Villa Dinne

Before attending the SA College for Tourism in South Africa in 2006,
Busi had never travelled outside of Zimbabwe but had many dreams she wished to
accomplish.

After completing her studies at the College, Busi returned to Zimbabwe
and took up employment at the Zimbabwean National Park as a reservation agent.
This is when Busi realized that she did not need to know people in other
countries in order to travel and explore the world.

In 2009 Busi travelled to China for the first time which sparked the
idea to start a small operation of importing goods for resale in Zimbabwe. In
2010 she left the Zimbabwean National Park and realising that the sky was the
limit, Busi started travelling to Dubai, China and Hong Kong to develop her
small imports business, which is now very successful.

After the SA College for Tourism 10-year reunion in November 2010,
Busi returned home to work on her idea of opening a guesthouse which in
February 2011 became a reality when she opened the doors of the Villa Dinne Guesthouse, in Harare
(Zimbabwe) - now also a thriving business!

Busi keeps progressing to achieve the most out of life. She is
currently involved in her guesthouse, poultry farming, the imports business,
selling “forever living” products and more recently opened a nail bar for
ladies.  

Busi made contact with us few weeks ago to explore how she could
support the College, because of her success and out of gratitude for the study opportunity
which so enormously benefited her career and life. A week later Busi pledged an
amount of US$ 500 to the College as part of its Adopt a Student funding
campaign. 

We wish the current students of 2013 all the very best as they
complete their final exams and look forward to the formal pre-graduation dinner
prepared and served by them, as the well as graduation day. We cannot wait to
hear of their successes as they launch their careers in 2014!

Busi in the Villa Dinne kitchen
Busi in the Villa Dinne kitchen
Practice makes perfect!
Practice makes perfect!
Students are taught how to plate food
Students are taught how to plate food
Jul 24, 2013

A final word of thanks on "Greening a girl's school in South Africa".

Skills development - young southern African women
Skills development - young southern African women

By 18th January eighty women had arrived at the Graaff-Reinet campus of the College where they were subjected to five days of orientation before formal training started on the 28th. A week later another fourteen learners from Mozambique and Namibia arrived at the College for their year-long hospitality services training sojourn.

Among the ninety four learners accepted for hospitality training are three from Lesotho, twelve from Mozambique, three from Malawi, five from Namibia, two from Swaziland, four from Zambia and one from Zimbabwe. Ten of the Mozambican students are from the Chemucane area where they will, upon graduation, join the staff of an up-market lodge being established as part of the Chemucane Tourism Development Project.

The sixty four South Africans hail from the Eastern and Western Cape, the Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape. Learners from the latter four provinces were all recruited from rural communities adjacent to transfrontier conservation areas.

Statistics gathered on 2012 graduates indicated that by 20 March, thirty eight of eighty nine graduates were gainfully employed. This number increased when 24 of the graduates accepted internships with SANParks during April.

By 25 March the hospitality training division had covered an average of 15 to 20% of training material in respect of both core modules and generic modules. The first session of tests (two sessions per module per term) was completed with good results and all assessments done by assessors, successfully moderated.

During this time, learners attended a two-day HIV/Aids Awareness and Prevention seminar and a demonstration by Fridge Foods on the preparation of chicken dishes and the cooking techniques involved. Learners also had their first experience of preparing for and serving the public at a cheese and wine three course meal for 80 guests on 15 March.

The ETQA (Education and Training Quality Assurance) division of the Arts, Culture, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Sectoral Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) of South Africa subjected the College to a verification audit in March. Six management spheres namely Assets -, Financial -, General -, Human Resources -, Leaner- and Training Management were audited. The College achieved four Best Practice marks (the highest possible mark) and two Meet All Requirements marks.

This is the final report from the SA College for Tourism regards the “Greening a girl’s school in South Africa” project. Please look out for us in future as we launch our new project on GlobalGiving encouraging you to support the skills development and employment of unskilled, unemployed, young women from extremely poor rural communities in southern Africa.

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Thank you

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Training is 70% practical & 30% theoretical
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Culinary Art - Building skills and confidence!

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