Our Top Achieving Students for 2014

With our 2014 graduations wrapped up, we wanted to celebrate this year’s top Good Work Foundation (GWF) adult students. Our Absa-sponsored foundation or “bridging year” course for adults is made up of computer literacy, English literacy, and an online hospitality management course. We also awarded a prize for the top second year (or advanced) computer literacy student. The categories were:

  • Top International Computer Driving Licence Student (ICDL)
  • Top International Computer Driving Licence Advanced Student
  • Top Lobster Ink Hospitality Food & Beverage Management Student
  • Top English for Access Student

Helen Sibuyi: Top English for Access Student and Top Lobster Ink Hospitality Food & Beverage Management Student

Helen Sibuyi recently graduated with her International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), English For Access, and Hospitality Food & Beverage Management certificate. She is one of two young ladies with a bursary to study at the South African College of Tourism in the Eastern Cape in 2015. At GWF’s last graduation ceremony for 2014, Helen was presented with two trophies for being the top performing student in both English and Hospitality.

According to Helen: “I honestly cannot wait to go to Graaff-Reinet to proceed with my studies in Hospitality, so that I can pursue my dream of owning a coffee shop and a restaurant one day. I want to be an independent woman. But most importantly, I want to be my own boss. Being presented with these trophies is just overwhelming and humbling. These trophies will always remind me that hard work and perseverance do pay off.”


Helen Sibuyi (centre) with Crispen Bvumbghe (left) and sister, Gay Sibuyi (right).

Rirhandzu Khosa: Top International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) Student

Rirhandzu Khosa is a determined young lady who values education, but the road has not been easy. New to computers, at the beginning of the year Rirhandzu struggled to transition between the different Microsoft Office programs. Additionally, Rirhandzu admits that she has always been very shy. “There were times when I would be on the verge of giving up.  But now I am standing here as a proud top ICDL student. Yes I have got my ICDL, but English for Access, oral presentations, and debate classes have prepared me for being able to interact better. I had to force myself to participate in every activity in the classroom. I had to learn to face people. I had to get over my shyness,” said Rirhandzu. “I feel like I am ready to further my studies in Business Management.”


Rirhandzu Khosa with ICDL Africa facilitators, Deon Hancke and Ockie Klopper.

Thokozile Ngobeni: Top ICDL Advanced Student

Thokozile Ngobeni, from Londolozi Digital Learning Centre, is this year’s top ICDL Advanced student, graduating with Excel Advanced. As a chef by profession, Thokozile’s zeal to continue with ICDL Advanced modules will be of great use. “I want to continue with PowerPoint and Database Advanced. I have to run spreadsheets and create menus at work. So I have to acquire knowledge in all that,” said Thokozile. “It helps that we have great facilitators who are very attentive.”

“What makes South Africa great? There are people who will go out of their way and jump at the chance of helping others in need. It’s all about Ubuntu.”

Chef Anna with Thoko Ngobeni.

Thoko Ngobeni with Londolozi Exec Chef, Anna Ridgewell.

Written by Mpho Lebyane. Created by the Good Work Foundation Media Academy.