CCT speak out ama talk talk... May 2008 WE CELEBRATE OUR STUDENTS ACHIEVEMENTS The College of Cape Town hosted its annual certificate ceremonies on Friday, 16 May and Saturday, 17 May 2008. The General, Business and Engineering Studies certificate ceremonies were held at the College's Crawford Campus, where students from all eight campuses received their formal exit level certificates and diplomas. At the respective ceremonies graduates were given the opportunity to listen and gain knowledge from two well spoken and accomplished speakers. Our guest speaker on Friday was Viola Manuel, Executive Director of CITI (Cape IT Initiative), an organization assisting with the growth and promotion of the IT industry in the Western Cape is also an active member of our College Council. She presented the graduates with an insightful message on the future and importance of Further Education and Training (FET) and encouraged them to accept the future challenges that they will face, as hard work always pays off. On Saturday our guest speaker was Sipho Zungu, CEO of Calling the Cape, a regional body in the Western Cape whose objective is to support and provide skills to the unemployed. He presented a poignant and supportive message to the graduates on the day. The graduates were given the ultimatum to take up the challenge of furthering their education and becoming responsible and outstanding individuals to benefit the future of this country. We are proud of our graduates academic achievements and wish them well in their future endeavours. The College has made it a priority to continue to support and contribute to the skills development needs of the Western Cape by empowering our people and ultimately our country. Graduates enjoying the graduation. Viola Manuel addressing students. Sipho Zungu encouraging students. Wilha entertaining the crowd. OUR NEWSLETTER HAS NOW GONE DIGITAL, FIND IT IN YOUR MAILBOX EVERY MONTH Another two ISOE awards! Just after our first Institute of Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE) award from the MERSETA we are proud to announce that we received another two of its kind. ETDP SETA The College of Cape Town was one of eight service providers in South Africa that received the ISOE award from the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education Training Authority (ETDP SETA). After a lengthy process in which an evaluation was made of the institutions ability to fulfill the role of an ISOE, the College of Cape Town was given the award. Through this we are expected to form a consortium with South Cape FET College, Grassroots Roots Adult Education and Training Trust. (Taken at the ISOE awards function): The College of Cape Town, especially Gardens Campus, takes pride in the award. The Gardens From left Mr Jannie Isaacs (CEO), Mr Thulo Campus Academic Manager, Getruida Nieuwoudt is of the opinion that the award could not have Nkomo (ETP SETA ISOE Technical Committee come at a better time and will motivate the Education and Development Department at the Member), Nombulelo Sesi Nxesi (CEO ETP Gardens Campus to reach even higher heights. SETA), Wilma De Villiers (Gardens Campus Project Manager: Learnerships). INSETA INSETA promotes and enables quality skills development through funding education and training in South Africa to meet the national skills agenda, and contributes to transformation in the sector. The College of Cape Town will be receiving financial assistance from INSETA for Business studies offered at the College. Mr Mike Abels, CEO of INSETA, congratulated the College of Cape Town at a recent event on the high standard of education that we are providing to our students. He added that he hopes to build a long-term relationship with the College - to contribute to the development of our community. Mr Jannie Isaacs thanked INSETA on behalf of the College for the confidence that has been put in the College as they use strict criteria when choosing the ISOE candidates. It is envisaged that students will make use of the skills they have received to make a positive contribution to the country. Hilton Scheepers (LPU Manager) and This third ISOE awarded to the College of Cape Town during 2008, will assist the College to Dumisani Kweyama (Skills Development stand proud as a frontrunner in education and training in the Western Cape. Manager, INSETA) at the ISOE award ceremony. THIS NEWSLETTER IS PRINTER FRIENDLY Please print copies for those who do not have access to computers COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN & SEDA MAKING A DIFFERENCE The SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency) SHINTSHA Project partnered with the College of Cape Town to support learners with existing technical skills to initiate and grow their own small businesses through a business skills programmes, mentoring and business development support. 21 Learners from the College of Cape Town who completed their studies partook in this programme. The College provided the business skills (elements of the New Venture Creation skills programme) and support for grassroots incubator centres. The SEDA branch office provided business development services, i.e. mentoring and support. Learners were supported to ensure that the businesses were registered; they had a completed business plan and a business bank account. The result after 10 months was sustainable small businesses of which the breakdown is as follows: New entreprenuers with Mr Chris Murray 8 beauty businesses; 3 haircare; 2 interior design; 8 jewellery learners. (National Projects Manager for SEDA) and Rhazia Hamza. The certificate ceremony on the 8 May 2008 signified the beginning of an exciting new chapter for these budding entrepreneurs. One such person, Christalene Dampies, an ex beauty learner from the Wynberg campus has done exceptionally well in this programme. She was employed at a large chain store prior to the commencement of this project and through this intervention gained the necessary courage and confidence to venture out on her own. Today she runs a successful salon in the heart of Paarl and the business is growing in leaps and bounds. Learners were supported to ensure that they completed a business plan, had a business bank account and their businesses registered. National Pool Champion in our midst Neil Johnson, a general assistant at the Crawford Campus, represented the Western Cape at the National Senior and Master Pool Championships in Boksburg. Neil, one of a team of nine members, represented the Western Cape at the National Senior Pool Championships. This was a tough competition where over 102 participants from all over South Africa were vying to be the ultimate pool champion. The competition went well for Neil and we are proud to report that he finished in ninth place. Neil is well known as 'Speedy' in the pool fraternity because of the speed at which he finishes off opponents. He started playing pool at the age of 16 and has developed his passion for the game over the years. He is currently playing for the Breakaway Pool Club. His goal is ultimately to become a Springbok and if he performs as consistently as he is now, that goal will become a Neil with a team photo of the reality very soon. Western Cape team. Neil would like to thank everyone that contributed financially in order for him to attend the championship. KONING WILLEM 1 COLLEGE STUDENTS RETURN HOME Four months ago two Art students, Lisanne Van Happen and Lindy Van Dongen from Koning Willem 1 College in Den Bos, Netherlands were welcomed at City Campus by staff and management for a truly unique South African experience. Lindy and Lisanne adapted very well with their fellow students and were amazed by the different cultures and languages. On one special occasion they learned the “TUMBA”, danced to kwaito music and really enjoyed the “JIVA.” We served them delicious cuisines, and Boerewors-and-pap was one of their favorites. Lisanne, an Ajax Football Club (Netherlands) fan enjoyed a local clash between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs with fellow students and staff. The stadium was packed and filled with excitement; with the sounds of Vuvuzela's lingering. City Hostel say goodbye with a smile. We will surely miss Lindy and Lisanne and there will always be a place for them at our City Campus and residence. Humba Kahle Leadership is doing things right Academic staff from several campuses attended a leadership course to improve their leadership skills. The University of the Free State in conjunction with Thinking Fusion has developed a programme called “leadership in the connection economy”. For the past eight months the group worked closely and had contact classes with their facilitators Philip Lochner and Idilette van Deventer. The course work included topics such as: the art of leading, to lead is to follow, value diversity, the skills of power, being a leader and personal wholeness. The project involved plotting their leadership journey, repositioning themselves as leaders and also one-on-one success projects. Fellow leaders. At a recent presentation to Executive and Senior Management the leadership group reported back on their findings of the research project they conducted “how staff of the College of Cape Town perceive their leaders”. On behalf of the College we would like to congratulate the group on their achievements, and we place confidence in them to become better leaders for this institution. The group consisted of the following staff members: Melanie Anthonie Brenda Maasdorp Faaikah Boltman Melody Marescia Marion Counsell Nathaniel Masiza Jolandi Daniels Andile Mayaba Wilma de Villiers Dilawer Mowzer Achmat Gafieldien Truida Nieuwoudt Lodene Groenewald Frikkie O’Connell Marie Kropman Elsie Potgieter Madri le Roux Hilton Scheepers Bonnie Liebenberg Mike van der Heever SAVE MONEY... In these difficult financial times here are some tips to save money. It may sound obvious but when you aren't in the room, switching the lights off can save you money. Massive savings can be made if you just flick a switch when you leave a room. Turning appliances off rather than leaving them on standby really does save money on your electricity bills. Generic drugs are cheaper and just as effective as their branded equivalents. Arranging your finances can save you money by avoiding late payment fees or overdraft charges. These charges can be prevented by writing down the deadlines for paying bills in a diary, on a calendar or on an excel spreadsheet. Alternatively set up direct debits. Keeping a list of how much you spend each day, week and month can give you ideas on how to cut back as well as stopping you going into your overdraft. SET goals and KEEP to a budget. CLEAR your credit card debt. MAKE a shopping list when you shop for groceries (and STICK to it). LEARN to distinguish between "wants" and "needs". RENT movies instead of going to the cinema. BRING your own lunch to work, it'll save you a few rands every day. Remember June is World Blood Donor Month. Blood donation is easy, safe and it saves lives. To become a blood donor, contact: l Western Province Blood Transfusion Service at www.wpblood.org.za or 021 507 6300 l The South African National Blood Service: www.sanbs.org.za or 0800 119 031 May 2008 Please email your articles to Sunel du Plessis: firstname.lastname@example.org the editorial committee. td harry 11806 Ruqaya Adams: email@example.com We look forward to receiving Alaric Jacobs: firstname.lastname@example.org any newsworthy articles.