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HCET teacher graduates

In 2014, Thembakazi Matyeka successfully completed her studies towards a National Professional Teacher’s Diploma at Free State University. She received her certificate at a graduation ceremony in December.

Thembakazi Matyeke graduation

Hospitality students assessed

In November, Hospitality School students were assessed by Maritha Steyn of Steyn’s Culinary School in Pretoria, and a representative of City & Guilds (UK). The students prepared a delicious breakfast for 24 invited guests on consecutive days. Standards were exceptional, and all the students passed.

hcet hospitality breakfast 1

hcet hospitality breakfast 2

Prize giving ceremony

In October 2014, the HCET held its annual school prize giving ceremony in the Colesberg High School hall. It was very well attended by both farm and town parents and relatives. Below are learners who came first in their grade.

hcet school prize giving

New jerseys

In April, children enrolled in the nursery school in the Fundisana Early Learning Centre received beautiful new jerseys knitted for them by a women’s group in George.

hcet new jerseys

Science festival

In March 2014, Grade 9 pupils attended the Science Festival in Grahamstown. They attended workshops on the maths of beading; attended a laser show; made rockets; made a racing car; visited the National and Observatory Museum; and swam in the sea at Port Alfred (many of the children had not seen the sea before!).

hcet science festival workshop

BCP refresher course

In January 2014, Dr Louis Benjamin conducted a refresher course in the Basic Concepts Programme with Early Childhood Development Phase teachers (also see

In March and August 2014, the maths educator Aarnout Bromberger conducted a two-week maths upgrade training through Number Sense course at the HCET.

HCET benefits from Charity Golf Day

EVERY YEAR, Jacques Pienaar, who grew up on a farm near the HCET, and his wife Elmien, who now live in Johannesburg, arrange a Charity Golf Day. This year they selected the HCET as their beneficiary, and the handsome sum of R150 000 was raised. Eighty-eight golfers played the BetterballStableford format at the event, held at the Park View Golf Course. The Pienaars were assisted by Ken Osler, son of HCET co-ordinator Lesley Osler, and his team from his company SizweAfrica. We are extremely grateful to everyone involved for their very generous contribution to the Hantam Trust !

Hope in South Africa assists with FASD awareness

hcet visit form rotariansIN AUGUST, the HCET received a visit by Rotarians from Frederick, Maryland in the United States participating in the Hope in South Africa programme. They were accompanied by four members of Living Community in the United States, which assists people with learning barriers to become self-sufficient.

Hope in South Africa arranged a meeting in Kimberley for FASD stakeholders aimed at developing a curriculum for FASD awareness in schools. The meeting was attended by Estelle Jacobs in her capacity as the Northern Cape representative responsible for improving community awareness of FASD. Other stakeholders present were the Western Cape Department of Education, the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR), and Fasfacts (spreading awareness of FASD in communities).

Hospitality School graduation

HCET hospitality graduates 2014IN JULY, Hospitality School graduates received their City & Guilds and Steyn’s Culinary School certificates at a graduation ceremony held at the Plattelander Restaurant in Colesberg.

The ceremony was attended by ten students accompanied by their parents, guardian parents, or two other family members. This was a very special occasion, and the graduates saved money to dress up smartly for the evening.

The ceremony was also attended by Lesley Osler, Clare Barnes-Webb and Estelle Jacobs from the HCET; friends of the HCET; Mathilda Steynberg, facilitator of the Youth Development Programme; and Maritha Steyn, assessor and representative of City & Guilds United Kingdom), who handed out the certificates.

Ten graduates received Steyn’s Culinary School and City & Guilds certificates. Four students received Merit Certificates for Best in Housekeeping, Best in Cooking and Best in Reception; and one student received a certificate for showing the most perseverance.

Graduates, parents, and others who attended then enjoyed an excellent three-course meal. Well done and congratulations,  graduates !

Les Osler nominated for top award

HCET ANN7 awards ceremony
LES OSLER, the HCET’s project co-ordinator, and Anja Pienaar, its financial controller, recently travelled to Johannesburg to attend the ANN7 South African Of The Year Awards ceremony, held in the Sandton Convention Centre on 6 September 2014.

Les was one of seven nominees in the Spirit of Humanities category. The eventual winner in this category was John Perlman of the Dreamfields Project.

The award winners were selected in a novel way. More than 1 000 000 votes were received through a public voting process. These votes were combined with the votes of a special jury as well as those of the ‘Masterminds’, a grouping of the country’s foremost editors who compiled the original nomination lists.

The awards were organised by Africa News Network7 (ANN7) to mark its first anniversary. The glittering ceremony was attended by leading politicians, business people, sportsmen and entertainers, and was broadcast across the continent. The award winners were:

South African of the year: Advocate Thuli Madonsela
Trendsetting celebrity of the year: Mafikizolo
Business person of the year Patrice Motsepe
Young South African of the year Sandile Kubheka
Campaign of the year: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela
Sports Person of the year: Hashim Amla
Spirit of Humanity: John Perlman, Dreamfields Project
Lifetime Achievemers: Andrew Mlangeni, Richard Maponya, Advocate George Bizos, Mama Gertrude Shope and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn