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
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.

Your donations have made an incredible difference!

Thank you

Training is 70% practical & 30% theoretical
Training is 70% practical & 30% theoretical
Culinary Art - Building skills and confidence!
Culinary Art - Building skills and confidence!
Jan 22, 2013

Previously unemployed SACT graduates launch their new careers in 2013!

SACT graduation - 100% pass rate in 2012!
SACT graduation - 100% pass rate in 2012!

On Friday, 16 November 2012, ninety previously unemployed young women from across southern Africa graduated at the SA College for Tourism (SACT) in Graaff-Reinet. The women graduated with a Certificate in Small Hospitality Establishment Operations conferred by the School of Tourism, Hospitality &Sport of the Central University of Technology, and with four national skills development certificates in hospitality services awarded by the Culture, Arts,Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).

The certificates were handed to the graduates by Ms Anele Mdoda well-known South African television and radio personality and author. In her keynote address Ms Mdoda encouraged the graduates to work hard at their own success which no one could guarantee but themselves. In congratulating them on a 100% pass rate, Ms Mdoda said that judging by the success in which they have managed their first step into the tourism industry, she was convinced that all faced a bright future.

Exciting news for the top two hospitality graduates was an all-expenses paid work experience of four months to a
guesthouse in Portofino, Italy on the Mediterranean Sea, in 2013.

The top culinary art student received the Thornybush Collections trophy with a prize of R5 000 and a six months internship with the Thornybush Collections Executive Chef.

The day’s proceedings were brought to a close by Ms Jo-Ann Strauss, business woman and TV personality, who wished the graduates well on their journey.

Graduation crowned a successful year at the College during which it was recognized for its work by the likes of BHP Billiton who awarded the College an Achievers Award for the Best Tourism Training Programme in South Africa, and by the Mail & Guardian who bestowed on the College the Investing in the Future Education Award.

Top Culinary Art Student in 2012.
Top Culinary Art Student in 2012.

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