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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

FASD Awareness Day

fasd awareness day 1On Saturday 13 September 2014, the HCET held a Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) awareness day at the HCET campus. All families in the community were invited to join. Fathers, mothers and children made ‘happy family’ posters, including family photos. The posters were laminated, and each family took its poster home.

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Tribute to Nelson Madiba

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The Hantam Community Education Trust mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. He was and remains our inspiration. May his hopes for the education of South Africa’s children live on in our collective work.

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that a peasant’s daughter can become a doctor, that the son of mine worker can become the head of the mine, that the child of farm workers can become the president of a country. – Nelson Mandela

Death of Angelina Allens

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Angelina Allens, who taught special needs children at the HCET, died suddenly in early November 2013. She was buried at Grootfontein after a service at Hanglip Farm.

Angelina, the daughter of Dawid and Taisie Allens, was born on Grootfontein Farm on 29 June 1981. She attended the Poortjie Farm School, the Umthombo Wolwazi Combined Farm School at the HCET, and a high school in Michell’s Plain in Cape Town. She then studied at the Motheo Further Education and Training College in Bloemfontein.

She started working at Umthombo Wolwazi in 2005. During her eight years at the Trust, she completed a course in Early Childhood Development at Khululeka in Queenstown, and obtained a Higher Certificate in ECD (NQF Level 5) at the Custoda Trust in Delportshoop.

Angelina impressed everyone with her dedication and commitment to her work. She was a beloved friend and colleague, and will be missed by all.

HCET graduate chosen as head boy

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Fransie Boorman, second from the left, an HCET graduate and bursary holder, has been chosen as Head Boy of Colesberg High School and Head Boy of the school hostel for 2014.

Maths performance analysed

The HCET has commissioned Aarnout Brombacher of Brombacher & Associates to analyse performance levels in mathematics in every grade and educational phase, and identify the interventions necessary to address gaps and shortcomings. He spent a week at the school in early September, and is seen with the Grade 3 class in the picture below.

Brombacher & Associates is a consultancy in the field of mathematics education, founded in 2003 by Aarnout Brombacher, a mathematics teacher and leader in the South African mathematics education community. It focuses on teacher training and development, materials development, and research.

For more details, visit

brombacher at hcet


Grade 3 and 5 camps at Poplar Grove

In September, the Grade 3 and Grade 5 classes and their teachers spent two days each with teacher developer Margie Osler on Poplar Grove Farm¸ in order to reinforce teaching and learning methods and processes.

Fun activities with a learning content included walking trails with various challenges, including balancing on fallen trees; walking a labyrinth; climbing koppies; and making music. But some activities  – like swimming in the farm dam – were just for fun !

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