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 5, 2016

SA College for Tourism Graduation 2015

The graduating class of 2015
The graduating class of 2015

SA College for Tourism ended its Crystal Anniversary Year on a high note on Friday morning, 20th November, when it celebrated the graduation of 89 young women from rural southern Africa with national certificates in hospitality services. The celebrations kicked off the night before with a dinner hosted by Mrs Gaynor Rupert, Chairperson of the college company for her guests who were addressed by His Excellency Marcus Cornaro the Head of the European Union Delegation to South Africa.  Ambassador Cornaro attended the graduation celebrations with Mrs Cornaro and the  Deputy Head of his delegation, Ms  Sofia Moreira de Sousa.  

Guests were welcomed to the graduation ceremony by Mrs Gaynor Rupert, Chairperson of the college company. Congratulating Team SACT on achieving this milestone, Mrs Rupert paid tribute to the donors, supporters and friends of the college and thanked them for making it possible for the college to go from strength to strength year after year.

Ms Minnie Dlamini, one of South Africa’s most up and coming TV personalities and who is said to have the largest Twitter and Facebook following among young people in the country, delivered the keynote address. Minnie congratulated the young women and men on having taken the risk to come to the college to study and to better their lives. This she said boded well for success in future.

Mrs Anu Saxen, Deputy Head of Mission of Finland which has been supporting SA College for Tourism for half a decade, brought the day’s proceedings to an end with her closing remarks, encouraging fellow donors and supporters to continue to support the college and wishing the graduates the very best in their future endeavours.

A special touch to the celebrations was a personal message to all involved with SA College for Tourism and to this year’s graduates from HRH Prince Irene of the Netherlands.

 

SA COLLEGE FOR TOURISM THANKS ALL ITS DONORS, SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS FOR THEIR MAGNIFICENT SUPPORT OF THE COLLEGE DURING THE 2015 TRAINING YEAR.

 

WE ARE GRATEFUL AND HAPPY TO SHARE OUR SUCCESSES WITH YOU!

 

WISHING YOU EVERYTHING OF THE VERY BEST FOR 2016

Sep 4, 2015

Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations

Candle light tribute for Nelson Mandela
Candle light tribute for Nelson Mandela

July was a quiet month at the hospitality training division of the SA College for Tourism with most of the students on mid-year break. The second semester training commenced again on 20 July.

A highlight for the ladies was the visit by a large group of motorcyclists from Mandela Foundation in Graaff-Reinet. “Bikers for Mandela Foundation” was founded by Dr Nelson Mandela’s former personal assistant Zelda la Grange and as part of their response to Dr Mandela's call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place. The bikers travelled to George and Beaufort West where they kick-started a community development project for the poor in each town on the 16th and 17th of July. This was their 5th annual Mandela Day celebration road tour.

On Saturday, 18 July, the bikers overnighted at Drostdy Hotel where a candle light tribute was held for Madiba on the steps leading to the hotel. Students of the College, joined by the SA Police Academy choir, sang an African prayer at the start of the proceedings and later teamed up with well-known South African singer and songwriter, Karen Zoid, entertaining a large crowd who had gathered in celebration of Dr Mandela's life.

Ms La Grange who delivered the tribute, advocated greater awareness of the abuse against women and children prevalent in South Africa and urged the town to join hands to protect each and every woman and child in Graaff-Reinet.

The students left the event contemplating: “What can I do to make every day, a Mandela day.”

Jun 4, 2015

College update 2015

Culinary training at SACT
Culinary training at SACT

Unemployment rates continue to be a critical concern across South Africa. Youths comprise the majority of the unemployed and many lack marketable skills and experience to enter the job market and find meaningful employment. The demographic worst affected is young rural African women.

The SA College for Tourism since its inception in 2001 has facilitated nationally accredited hospitality and life skills training for unskilled, unemployed, young African women aged between 18-35 years annually. On completion of the course, graduates are placed in paid internships/employment in small accommodation establishments and guest lodges linked to eco-tourism.

Seventy two young South African women arrived in Graaff-Reinet, South Africa between 16 and 18 January 2015 to commence their hospitality service training at the SA College for Tourism. They were joined in the two weeks following by fourteen students from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Orientation Week commenced on 19 January  and formal training for the 86 members of the hospitality training Class of 2015 commenced on 2 February.

On 3 March students performed practical duty at the local Police Academy working as ushers and waiters for a formal dinner function attended by senior government officials and politicians. Two days later the Learner Committee was elected. On 28 March the students assisted in preparing a three course buffet meal which they served to 70 wedding guests. A very busy start to the year!

We are happy to announce that sixty five of the 89 young women who graduated in November 2014 have been successfully deployed in the hospitality industry with a further 19 taking up internships with South African National Parks Board in April. Thus making the deployment rate to date more than 95%! An incredible achievement.

The SA College for Tourism thanks all its donors for their magnificent support, without which none of the College’s achievements would be possible.

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