Inside the Hospitality Academy

The Good Work Foundation (GWF) Hospitality Academy offers internationally recognised hospitality management modules, from Food and Beverage Management to Housekeeping and Coffee.

The content is provided in a structured, curriculum-based format, allowing learners to progress through the content systematically, and the majority of tests are written and marked online.

These modules begin two to three months after a student has begun the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) – the idea is that a student must first become computer-literate, and only then can he or she enroll in a course that is presented in a digital format.


The Hospitality Academy modules are made up predominantly of online content. The theory is supported by practical outings, demonstrations and assessments, which are facilitated by Witness Mnisi (bottom right).

The Hospitality Academy was added to our Mpumalanga campuses for three reasons:

1)    It is aligned to the job opportunities available in Mpumalanga province, which is South Africa’s major tourism hub after Cape Town

2)    Regardless of the career that a student pursues, service is a major part of most professional vocations. To be competitive in today’s job market, young people need to be trained in a high-quality service culture

3)    The modules are all online, providing a great example to young people of the studying opportunities that are available online once they become fluent in digital and English

Many of our previous students have been placed, or are currently working, in the tourism industry. One student even went on to open her own catering business that now services the Mpumalanga government (as well as many of GWF’s own special functions).

As we start nearing the end of this academic year, the majority of our students have completed their IT modules as well as their online hospitality tests, and are now in the process of their practical hospitality assessments, which are facilitated by Londolozi’s Witness Mnisi, who has been in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years.

Of course, the practical happens away from a computer, but everything else in the Hospitality Academy happens online.

No textbooks. No exam pads. No blackboards.

A student at the Hazyview Hospitality Academy navigating through the Food & Beverage Management component of the programme.

A student at the Hazyview Hospitality Academy navigating through the Food & Beverage Management component of the programme. 200 of our students are supported by full academic bursaries paid for by Absa and Nedbank.

Students from the Hazyview Hospitality Academy receiving "silver service" at the local Numbi Hotel.

Students from the Hazyview Hospitality Academy receiving “silver service” at the local Numbi Hotel. Outings like this make up part of the practical component of the syllabus.

Good Work Foundation uplifts rural communities through access to world-class education. Our Digital Learning Centres are made up of academies that deliver basic literacy and career-training to school aged and adult learners. Open Learning Academies focus on English literacy, maths literacy, digital literacy and life skills for school-aged learners. Career-Training Academies provide vocational skills courses and digital literacy tuition to adult learners. In all areas, and collaborating with strategic partners, we focus on delivering digital curriculums, state-of-the-art facilities and expert tuition.