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
Oct 9, 2012

Mid-year exam results and achievements!

Students plating food for a luncheon
Students plating food for a luncheon

There was much nervous excitement and a tangible sense of anticipation as the ninety hospitality students of the Class of 2012 sat for their mid-year practical and theory exams.  The 100% success rate achieved just weeks earlier during the external moderation had everyone feeling optimistic, including the two students from the Chemucane
region of Mozambique, who would only sit the practical exams as their English is not strong enough to write the theory exams. They were accepted for training by the College in April as part of a pilot training project that will assist the impoverished Chemucane Community members to improve their livelihoods and standard of living via eco-tourism development.

Again a few weeks later, students’ faces mirrored the same anxious excitement, this time as they eagerly awaited the release of their achievements and results. There were cheers of exhilaration and audible relief as a class average of 67% was announced, and a resounding roar of applause and ululating for one learner scoring above 80% on aggregate, and further celebrating for the twenty four with above 70%, thirty three with above 60%, and the rest with above 50%. Only four learners did not manage to pass all four core training modules and the required generic subjects. These mid-year exams are often a first-time experience for these students, and by the end of the
year, with a bit more work and experience behind them, they too should enjoy success!

Thank you! It is your generous funding that helps make this life changing training available to these enthusiastic and appreciative students.

Jun 11, 2012

What it's all about

Busi
Busi

'Busi's Guest House'. Those were the words on everyone's lips as the story of a previous graduate's success spread through the hallways of the College like wildfire. And what good timing! With mid-year examinations looming, the news of Sibusiswe Chamanga, a graduate of the College, having realised her dream, inspired the students to give it their all.

Busi, the single mother of a four year old girl, arrived at the College in 2006, and completed the syllabus with energy and enthusiasm. Following her graduation, she returned to her home country of Zimbabwe. Armed with her new skills, she worked for six years in various national game parks, until earlier this year, thirty year old Busi obtained a loan and opened her own guest house. Congratulations, Busi, we are so glad to have been a part of your magnificent story.

2012 is shaping up to be another fantastic year at the SA College for Tourism. The current students have already catered for 5 large functions, one of which has been heralded by a local newspaper as the best function held in the town of Graaff-Reinet in half a century, comparing it to a town centenary celebration in 1976.

We are confident that the year will continue in the same style, and as always, we have each of you to thank for it. It is your kind contributions which makes it all possible.

Feb 7, 2012

Graduation 2011

2011 marked three major milestones for the SA College for Tourism (SACT). As well as being formally recognised as an Institute of Excellence by the South African education and training authorities, we celebrated our tenth anniversary and achieved our first ever 100% pass rate. We couldn’t be more proud of the Class of 2011!

An inspiring graduation ceremony on 18 November, we bid farewell to the 89 young women who came to the College from 8 different countries across the sub-continent. Special tribute was paid to Dr Anton Rupert and Mrs Huberte Rupert, whose shared  dream of establishing the College as a stepping stone to a brighter future for the marginalized youth of rural South and southern Africa, made the day possible.

The festivities continued a week later with a reunion of past students of SACT. Eighty seven women gathered on campus for a weekend of fun, cultural activities with good food (prepared and served by twelve of the 2011 graduates who stayed on to assist), good wine, and hours of reminiscing.

We are also very proud to announce that at least 73% of our graduates for the years 2001 to 2010 are gainfully employed, while seven are successfully operating their own small businesses, bravo ladies!

As we gear up for an exciting 2012, we stop to thank our donors and ‘Adopt a Student’ sponsors; you have helped to keep this dream alive and have become a part of the SA College for Tourism family. Our most sincere thanks go to each of you and we look forward to sharing our continued successes with you.

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