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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.

Annual prize-giving

Our annual school prize-giving was held in the Colesberg High School hall on Friday 19 October. The hall was packed with learners, staff, parents, family and friends.

Grade 1 pupils receive their certificates from their teacher, Rene Botha. Principal Marié Botha is officiating, with the assistance of Hantam Trust Project Manager Estelle Jacobs.

A performance by Grade 1 learners, which stole the show.

Family Day 2018

Our annual family day was held on Saturday 13 October. Organised by our field workers, supported by other members of staff, it was a great success. About 600 people from surrounding farms and Colesberg attended.

The day was aimed at raising awareness of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) and good nutrition. Prizes were handed out to people who had the best vegetable gardens.

Activities included a jumble sale, a jumping castle for the children; and a soccer match for the grown-ups. Cakes, cookies, sweets, popcorn and cold drinks were on sale.

There were lots of things to eat, including 4 600 packets of popcorn kindly donated by Manhattan (Premier).

Almost 1 000 cold drinks were sold.

For the children, the highlight of the day was the Jumping Castle.

The two soccer teams, made up of young men from the farms in the district, were presented with complete soccer kits, purchased with the proceeds of last year’s Family Day. The teams are managed by Zollie Maquina and Vuyisani Phemba.

Team Manager Zollie Maquina with his team in their brand new soccer kit. The match ended in a draw.

HCET annual report 2017

We’ve just released our annual report for 2017. It reflects on another busy, eventful but mostly successful year for the HCET. Our thanks to all our staff who continue to sustain this project!

Hard copies are available from the HCET. To download a desktop version, click here.