The Tertiary Education Assistance fund is the final step in Sustainable Coffee Bays drive to promote education as an agent of change in the surrounding communities.

Sustainable Coffee Bay - SACT Hospitality students
Nomvana Khalipha, Ntombodidi Mvunge, Ncumisa Maqambayi, Babalwa Rixi on their way to the SACT in Graaff Reinet – January 2012

The fund has been assisting students from the greater Coffee Bay area to further their studies beyond school, by providing access to funds for living expenses and transport whilst at university and accessing bursaries for skills development to youth from our area.

We are very grateful to the South African College of Tourism in Graaff Reinet for the annual bursaries that they have been supplying for ladies from our area aged 18 – 35.  The ladies go and spend 1 year at the college and complete a certificate in Small Accommodation Establishment Operations – Hospitality Training. Their course includes:

  • Management Skills including Communication and Information Technology (Entrepreneurship)
  • Culinary Art including Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety (Culinary Art)
  • Food & Beverage Services
  • Hospitality Reception
  • Accommodation Services
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Basic calculations
  • Writing of a curriculum vitae
  • Develop self within the job role
  • Life Skills
  • Fire Fighting & Prevention Course

The college is really doing a fantastic job and all ten ladies that have passed through this programme are currently employed.  Thank you to

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SA College for Tourism

The brother college of the South African College of Tourism is The SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy and we have been very lucky to receive 2 bursaries from them in the past 2 years.  This course is for males aged 18 – 35 years and there are only eight very carefully chosen students to attend this one-year full-time tracker training course. The Tracker Academy is a partnership between the SA College for Tourism, Samara Game Reserve, Londolozi Game Reserve and Alex van den Heever. Their one year full-time intensive tracking course, lead by three highly experienced trainers, is the first school of its kind in southern Africa. The course focuses on developing the traditional skills of tracking amongst poor rural people who live adjacent to wildlife areas in the country. Included in the curriculum they teach conservation ethics, life skills and a guiding qualification. A massive thanks to the Tracker Academy for their support!

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SA Tracker Academy

If anyone knows of any bursaries, learnerships or skills development bursaries, please do contact us – we would really like to develop this fund to assist many more youth to gain skills.


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