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Two HCET interns graduate at the Custoda Trust

Delia Allens with Janet Marx of one of our loyal donor organisations, The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.

On 31 July, two HCET teacher interns – Delia Allens and Unathi Asiya — received their Level 5 ECD Certificates from the Custoda Trust in Delportshoop after completing their distance studies, undertaken over several years. Delia Allens was the top student. This is a huge achievement, and we salute both of you !

Unathi Asyia and Delia Allens.

HCET 30th anniversary celebrations

On 30 July 2019, we celebrated the HCET’s 30th anniversary with a wonderful production of dance and music in the Coleserg High School hall, depicting the journey of children from our humble beginnings to the present.

The storyline was developed by Ann Hill, our English language and literacy consultant. Gay Morris, a retired professor of Drama at the University of Cape Town, who trained the Grade 7, 8 and 9 learners in acting and mime, and Mzo Gasa and Nkosinathi Mngomezulu, two outstanding choreographers, managed to train the novices in one week to bring the story to life. More scenes from the production follow.

Donors fund new maths classroom

The new classroom nears completion.

Two of our most generous and loyal donors have funded the purchase of a pre-fabricated classroom. Our principal, Marie Botha, will use the classroom for her maths classes. Given the recent growth in learners at Umthombo Wolwazi, she has been teaching maths in the school hall since the beginning of the year.

The Gerber School Room has been named after Mr and Mrs Jack Gerber, who live in the United Kingdom, and have supported the HCET for many years. The foundations were cast in June, and the classroom itself was erected in July.

The interior, complete with whiteboards.

The efficient team from Dynamic African Projects casting the concrete slab.



New vehicles for the HCET fleet

Clare Barnes-Webb and Les Osler with the Dampier sales team.

On 4 June, we took delivery of four new Isuzu bakkies from Dampier Motors in Aliwal North, to replace our bus which was involved in an accident and will be repaired and sold.

Grade Nines visit the Eastern Cape

Grade Nines on the beautiful mosaic Nelson Mandela Walkway to Freedom on the Port Elizabeth beachfront.

In May, the Grade 9 class went on an excursion to Port Elizabeth, accompanied by Anja Pienaar and Cat Cronje. As previously, the trip was a great success, enjoyed by learners and teachers alike.

Learners and Cat Cronje during a visit to BKB, where most of the Colesberg wool clip is auctioned.

For most of the learners, this was their first visit to the sea.

Ice cream time !


Northern Cape Provincial athletics meeting

Our three athletes who went to Upington, with driver Steytler Sifuba. from left to right are Anesipho Fax, Liyema Goliath and Aqhama Martiens.

The Northern Cape Provincial Athletics meeting was held in Upington on 1 and 2 March. Three of our athletes did well enough in Prieska to compete. They were driven by Steytler Sifuba and accompanied by teacher Cat Cronje, and they all spent the night at a B&B in Upington. The excursion was funded by the Trust.

Liyema Goliath (Grade 5) came third in the Under 11 distance race over 1 200 metres, Aqhama Martiens (Grade 9) came second in the long jump for his age group, and Anesipho Fax (Grade 9) came fourth in the shot put for her age group. We are very proud of our learners who acquitted themselves so well against stiff competition.

Aqhama Martiens on the podium.

Liyema Goliath prepares for her race.

Anesipho Fax during her shotput event.

Pixley ka Seme regional athletics in Prieska

On 27 February, 12 learners participated in the Pixley ka Seme regional athletics meeting in Prieska. The athletes had to be in Prieska by 8h00, so they had to make a very early start. They were accompanied by teachers Hanna Phemba and Lizandi Breytenbach, and driven by Steytler Sifuba and Zollie Maquina. Estelle Jacobs provided food for their journey. Thanks for the teamwork !

Annual athletics meeting

Parents gather in the shade while learners prepare for a track event.

On 22 February, Umthombo Wolwazi held its annual athletics meeting on the athletics field of the Colesberg High School. It was one of the hottest days of the year! Nevertheless, the day went off successfully. The Green Team won.

Teachers try to keep cool while keeping records.

Learners prepare for a long-distance track event.

Mary Ann Smith joins the HCET

Mary Ann Murdoch Smith joined the HCET in January. She will become the Financial/Administration Manager by the end of the year. She previously worked on Rietfontein, the thoroughbred horse breeding farm owned by Gary Player, for 20 years, first in various positions in administration and finance, and then as General Manager for the past five years.

New Culinary Arts intake

The first of two intakes for the HCET’s diploma course in Culinary Arts for 2019 started their formal training at the HCET Youth Development Centre in Colesberg in January. They will also complete a certified SkillsWise computer literacy course. With them are Chef Maryke Jeffrey, the Culinary Artrs trainer, and Theo Kleinhans, SkillsWise trainer and Hospitality Certificate Course facilitator.