Potential + Partners = Possibility

On the weekend of the 11th and 12th of November 2016 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Graduation at the South African College of Tourism (SACT). The chance to see a number of our Bridging Year Graduates celebrate their next graduation.

GWF has partnered with SACT for the past few years in facilitating students with potential, our top Bridging Year/Hospitality students to attend a year at SACT to further refine their hospitality skills.

It meant a trip to the Eastern Cape to Graaf Reinet and a stay at The Drosty. It was a weekend of highlights for this #TravellingCEO but being greeted by Nelisiwe Silaule at the reception of The Drosty has to be one of them. To see a young woman from Mpumalanga working in a World Class Hotel in another province was amazing, who would have thought it was possible. Each year the top SACT graduates are selected to continue their studies through learnerships and internships at this wonderful hotel.

That evening I attended the pre-graduation Dinner hosted at The Drosty. A wonderful and wonder-filled evening that I was able to share with Helen Sibuyi. Another HDLC graduate. And last year’s top achiever at SACT, who is also working at The Drosty this year and will soon be heading off to Italy for work experience.

Could the highlights get any better? Well it turns out they can. The graduation ceremony was held up at the college (and home for the 8 GWF students who have been studying there this year). I felt as if I was carrying the pride for all their families as they stepped up to receive their certificates after a year of learning. I was bursting with pride. Amazed at how these young people had grown in skills and confidence. Just imagining how their potential will be realised and how they will uncover even more possibility as they continue their lives.

Then to watch Helen give a speech at the graduation. It just got better and better. I had a wonderful time after the ceremony celebrating with our GWF family. Hugs, photos, introductions all round.

Then back on the road to head back to Mpumalanga. And time to reflect on how through partnership, these young people with such amazing potential can make their own successful lives possible. What a privilege to be a small part in that. So grateful and proud of them all.

Then it was home to make sure the next GWF Graduates get ready for their year at SACT.


GWF CEO Kate Groch and Bridging Academy and SACT graduate Monica Sibuyi.

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A group photo of the graduates at SACT and our CEO Kate Groch Among them.


GWF CEO Kate Groch and the nine graduates from our Bridging Academy programme who are now SACT graduates.

Written by: GWF CEO Kate Groch