The Month in Pictures #13

In terms of airtime on our blog and social media, we often neglect the Hospitality Academy.

Over the last two years this “career academy” for school-leavers in rural Mpumalanga has grown considerably and in the last few months, there have been some remarkable stories, stats and additions.

We’ve summarised those stories in this edition of “The Month in Pictures”.

Tourism is one of this country’s most exciting industries. It is one of Mpumalanga’s biggest employers. So we are extremely excited to grow Hospitality on the Hazyview campus.

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Six months ago, the Hospitality Academy team consisted of a “team” of one. In January 2015, meet the new team (from left): Teaman Manzini, Nikiwe Mabanga, Mercyful Mathebula and Njabulo Mashele. These are the young people connecting our students to job opportunities in tourism in Mpumalanga province and beyond.

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

The Hospitality Academy offers internationally recognised hospitality management modules, from Food and Beverage Management to Housekeeping and Coffee. The content is provided in an online structured, curriculum-based format, supported by real-world practicals. In 2014, over 7000 online hospitality modules were passed by Good Work Foundation students, as part of the Absa-sponsored “Bridging Year.”

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Akani Mhlaba (pictured right) is one of five Good Work Foundation students to have won a bursary to study Small Establishment Management at the South African College of Tourism.

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Our first ever class of baristas have started the eight-week barista training course, which we are presenting in association with vida e caffe. The objective: dramatically improve the standard of coffee in Mpumalanga – we can produce “flat whites” just like everyone else. It’s time to “get with it.”

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Njabulo Mashele presenting a lecture on the vida e caffe brand, starting with an explanation of “life and coffee”.

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A very busy barn at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre: children from Majika Primary School under the “digital tree” in the foreground and the first ever vida e caffe practical in the background.

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As part of the programme, vida e caffe installed an espresso bar at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre. Teaman Manzini (pictured here) is our hands-on practical assessor.

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Built into the Hospitality Academy’s curriculum are special outings, to restaurants, hotels and tourism-related sites. This week, out team of baristas went on a full coffee tour at Sabie Valley Coffee.

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All practical assessments are moderated by Witness Mnisi from the Londolozi Digital Learning Centre. With experience as a camp manager at a 5-star Relais and Chateaux establishment, Witty is the perfect guide for our young students.

About 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 Academy also offers a Barista training course in association with vida e caffe, and a programme that enables students to apply for bursaries to the South African College of Tourism.

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