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Hantam learner graduates from Fort Hare

graduate vertical finalSINE TUTUSE, a former learner at Umthombo Wolwazi Intermediate School, has graduated from Fort Hare University with a B Admin degree in Human Resources Management. He received his certificate at a graduation ceremony held in June 2016. He has now registered for a post-graduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management.

Bursary for top hospitality student

HANNELIEZE PERRIES, the top HCET hospitality student for 2015, has won a bursary enabling her to attend a Chef’s course at the Steyn’s Culinary School in Pretoria. The bursary is jointly funded by the HCET and Steyn’s Culinary School. The course last for six months, and is due to end in November 2016. From December onwards, Hannelieze is due to complete a six month practical training period at Fancourt Hotel in Knysna, which will provide her with accommodation and a basic salary. She is due to qualify as a chef in 2017.

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Hannelieze Perries in her room at Steyn’s Culinary School in Pretoria.

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Students at Steyn’s Culinary School in a light-hearted moment.


Hospitality school graduation

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Hospitality graduates with Maritha Steyn, City & Guilds assessor, and Mathilda Steynberg, the previous course facilitator who retired at end 2014.

At the end of April 2016, the HCET Hospitality School held a graduation ceremony at the Colesberg Golf Club for the class of 2015. Eighteen students graduated, and received City & Guilds certificates. The ceremony was attended by HCET trustees, students, and family members. The catering was undertaken by the student intake for 2016.

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Maritha Steyn (right) and Annekie Collier (left), the present course facilitator, with a proud graduate.

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Estelle Jacobs (second from right), the HCET project manager, with happy graduates.

Computer skills

nosipho finalTHE HCET has begun to offer computer training at its hospitality training centre in Colesberg. The course is affiliated with Skillwise Computer Training, which provides simulation-based computer training for members of previously disadvangated communities in multiple learning centres across South Africa.

While still being adapted to local circumstances, the HCET course lasts for about three months, with an intake of ten students per course. Successful students receive an internationally recognised certificate in computer literacy.

Following the first course, a prize-giving ceremony was held at the Colesberg Gold Club on 28 April 2016. Nosipho Abrahams from Groot Poortjie Farm in the Hantam district was the top performer, passing with an average of 90%.

HCET graduate joins as ECD intern

plaatjies vertical finalAnthonique Plaatjies, an HCET graduate, has joined the Hantam staff as an ECD intern. She is working in  Lettie Martins’s class for three- and four-year-olds. She is also studying for her NQF Level 4 ECD diploma with the Custoda Trust in Delportshoop.

Anthonique, who comes from Lowryville in Colesberg, completed Grade 9 at Umthombo Wolwazi Intermediate School. She then matriculated at the Colesberg High School, where her boarding fees were paid by the Trust.

HCET receives donation from National Lottery

NLC-Logo-Lotto-Funded-loresTHE HCET has received a generous donation from the National Lotteries Commission. It will be spent on the ECD Programme, the Effective Parenting Programme, and the Youth Development Programme. Our heartfelt thanks to the National Lotteries Commission for this donation, which will help us maintain and improve these key HCET programmes in 2016-20157.

HCET Charity Golf Day 2016

ON 27 October 2016, SizweAfrica will hold a Charity Golf Day on behalf of the HCET at the Steyn City Golf Club in Johannesburg.

The event will be a 4-Ball Alliance. Participation will cost R12 000 per four-ball. This will include lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks, gift bags, as well as prizes and cart hire. A well-known and respected business leader who rarely makes guest appearances will be the guest speaker.

Green fees, prizes, food and drinks will be covered by SizweAfrica, the Steyn Golf Club, Giuseppe Plumari, and other donor companies. All proceeds from the day will go towards the HCET.

Steyn City has one of the best golf courses in South Africa, and traffic levels are fairly low. The golf course is always in excellent condition. Registration will be at 9 am.

To enter, please contact Ken Osler of SizweAFrica at, mobile 082 805 3360.

Our thanks to Ken for taking the time and trouble to organise this great event !

New principal appointed

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Following the retirement of Niekie Pretorius, Marié Botha has been appointed as principal of Umthombo Wolwazi Farm School. She has been on the staff since 2001.


Family Fun Day at the HCET

Family Fun Day at the HCETMORE THAN 250 parents and children attended a Family Fun Day held at the HCET complex on 5 September 2015.

Organised by the Trust’s FASD field workers, Hanna Mphemba, Roos Pergoo, Lettie Martins, Lolly van der Ranse and Nandi Seekoei, it was held to mark world FASD Day, and to reinforce the message that drinking during pregnancy can seriously harm unborn children and affect their subsequent development.

Each family painted a family tree on a poster. A jumble sale was held, largely comprising good second-hand clothing, shoes, and household items. Items sold for between R5 and R20 each so that everyone could buy something. Sweets, cold drinks, cakes, popcorn, and hot dogs were on sale.

A soccer match was staged between workers from Tweefontein and Weltevreden farms, which was won by the former. A light lunch was served for everyone.

Everyone agreed that the day was a great success, and spoke of a wonderful community spirit. The proceeds will be donated towards costs of the next TLC camp for learners with emotional difficulties to be held at Poplar Grove Farm.

TLC camp at Poplar Grove Farm

The lay consellor Lettie Martins with learners at Poplar Grove Farm.

The lay consellor Lettie Martins with learners at Poplar Grove Farm.

ON 28 August 2015, another three-day TLC camp was held for a junior group of HCET learners at Poplar Grove Farm. These camps are held for learners experiencing emotional difficulties, often due to challenging circumstances at home. They are provided with various forms of support and counselling, including a range of focused leisure activities.

The support team included Erica van Lingen, a pastoral psychologist from Philippolis who counsels the children and trains the lay counsellors, and Estelle Jacobs, who – besides her role as HCET project manager — provides meals for everyone at all the camps.

A drumming session in progress.

A drumming session in progress.

The pastoral psychologist Erica van Lingen with learners at Poplar Grove Farm.

The pastoral psychologist Erica van Lingen with learners at Poplar Grove Farm.