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Signing ceremony of the MoU between TUT and FET Colleges

With sadness we are forced to inform you that the signing ceremony of the MoU between TUT and various FET Colleges in the northern region will be postponed to a suitable date in September/October 2013.

There are various reasons that work together which make the signing ceremony for the 2nd of August 2013, impossible to take place.

In the meantime, Hennie and Toit will engage with other FET colleges, who is still outside the agreed and finalised MoU group, to be included and their MoU’s finalised.(4 colleges so far)

As soon as a new date is set between the Ministry and the VC, we will inform you in due course.

Thanks a million for your patience and co-operation so far.

Mr W.J.Du Toit De Beer
Faculty She, Quality & Strategic Planning Officer
Tshwane University of Technology

Posted on 01 Aug 2013
NWPTB-Peermont Relationship Benefits Hospitality Students

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The General Manager of Peermont Global (Pty) Ltd’s Mmabatho Palms Hotel and Casino Convention, Tracy Mkhize, handed over a cheque amounting to R60 000 to the Rector of the Mafikeng Hotel School on Wednesday, 20th March 2013,  in aid of 3 needy students who each qualify for R20 000 bursary.

Mmabatho Palms Hotel and Casino Convention and the North West Parks and Tourism Board have over the years, established a sound relationship which continues to benefit local deserving students who are enrolled with the Mafikeng Hotel School for a variety of three year courses within Tourism and Hospitality Management curriculum.

In addressing the students at a formal handover ceremony, Tracy Mkhize said it was always a pleasure to come back to the Mafikeng Hotel School every year to honour their commitment to a worthy course.  “You really have to take the opportunity very seriously.  There is nothing you can do without education. It does pay off in the end if you work hard, since there will be plenty of time to do other things later in life. Only the best students get best opportunities”.

Mmabatho Palms Hotel had been sponsoring 2 students at R40 000 per annum in the past, and have this year increased the number of bursary recipients to 3. Tracy has urged the Rector of the Hotel School, Joseph Akwa, to use the additional R20 000 provided this year, to assist a deserving first year student.

Mmabatho Palms cheque handover was, the following week, followed by Klerksdorp Rio Casino and Convention’s annual R200 000 cheque handover by Peermont’s Clive Tarvener, to the same institution, which  sponsored 10 students.

Compiled by:
Mamaki Phoolo
Chief Information Officer – NWPTB

Back row: Group photo of the Mafikeng Hotel School students with the  General Manager of Mmabatho Palms Casino and Convention Resort, Tracy Mkhize and her Finance Manager during the cheque presentation.  They were joined by the NWPTB  officials, Mamaki Phoolo, Cathrine Malambo and Monica Molefi (extreme right)

General Manager of Mmabatho Palms Casino and Convention Resort, Tracy Mkhize and Finance Manager, pictured with two of the Mafikeng Hotel School bursary recipients.

Posted on 30 Apr 2013

Monday, 30th July 2012

The two provincial Institutes of Hotel and Tourism Management, Mafikeng and Ga-Rankuwa Hotel Schools held their combined 17th graduations last Saturday, at the Mmabatho Civic Centre.  The 2012 graduation ceremony also provided a platform for the North West Parks and Tourism Board Hotel Schools Division to highlight and showcase other achievements to date, among which were the 60 years of existence of both institutions.

Having been established 20 (Mafikeng) and 40 (Ga-Rankuwa) years ago, plans are afoot to ensure that the combined 60 years are accorded a befitting celebration in October 2012.  In his opening remarks, the Rector of the Hotels Schools, Joseph Akwa said there were many things to be thankful for and celebrated ranging from the turnaround strategy, record numbers of students enrolments, important strategic partnerships and support enjoyed from the Peermont Group, Anglo American, Standard Bank of South Africa, the Department of Economic Development, Environment and Conservation & Tourism (DEDECT) and the National Department of Tourism (NDT).  He added, “Through these established partnerships, the Hotel Schools today boasts a very favourable balance sheet.”

Historic to the 17th graduations is the fact that they were graced by the presence of the MEC for DEDECT, Hon Motlalepula Rosho and the Deputy Minister of the Department of Tourism, Hon. Tokozile Xasa.  MEC Rosho congratulated students and praised the corporate groups mentioned for their generous kind support of the Hotel Schools, which in turn benefits underprivileged youths, despite the difficult economic times which prevail in the country and globally. She called on other private companies to emulate the examples of Peermont, Anglo American and the Standard Bank groups.

In her speech presentation, Deputy Minister Xasa congratulated the students for choosing tourism as a career of choice and added, “There are so many opportunities within the tourism sector, which is why it makes me very happy when I see so many young people passionate about tourism and prepared to make a decent living through tourism.  Among the benefits that we continue to yield from this sector is that tourism can provide immediate employment.  This automatically contributes towards addressing our challenge of high unemployment and poverty.  What is also critical to note is that tourism employs a multiplicity of skills.  Apart from chefs, housekeepers, front line staff, the sector also requires people with expertise tourism infrastructure building, engineering, landscaping, technicians, etc.. As a result the sector has created a number of entrepreneurs.”

One of the ways in which the Department of Tourism has supported the  Hotel Schools previously, was bringing in the expertise of the Amadeus Global IT Company based in Madrid, Spain into the Mafikeng Hotel School systems, students training, emerging tourism enterprises, communities and small business owners to benefit in the global travel and tourism markets, using the technology and marketing platforms of Amadeus. To this end, over 100 computers were donated by Amadeus through this programme.

63 students graduated with National Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas in Professional Cookery, Events Coordination, Food and Beverage Management, and Hospitality Management


Compiled by: Mamaki Phoolo
Chief Information Officer
Contact Details: 018 – 397 1500 or 083 419 5974

For more information, please contact:
Joseph Akwa
NWPTB Hotel Schools Division

Posted on 13 Nov 2012

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