Events, Awards & General Activities
The Honourable Minister for Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Minister Dr BE Nzimande officially opened and unveiled the College of Cape Town for TVET’s first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art-twenty-first-century centre and historic Triple Modular Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Skills Centre on Friday, 28 July 2023.
The Hybrid Triple Modular BPO Skills Centre is through the Honourable Minister, Dr BE Nzimande’s visionary leadership and commitment to the advancement of sustainable skills development, and the great contribution to the TVET Sector.
Caping Graduates and Passing out Artisans
The Crawford Campus Main Hall was the home to the 2023 College of Cape Town Graduation and Certificate Ceremony on the 18th of May 2023. This year’s annual event brought in some new editions to the annual event, which included the passing out of artisans. According to the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) “Decade of the Artisans” mandate, all colleges need to produce and celebrate artisans, intending to address and promote skills development in the nation. All passing-out artisans received a toolkit according to their trades; they were so happy and said they will now be able to begin their careers of being self-employed in their communities.
Since 2022 the College has reached a resolution that only the National Diploma and Artisans will form part of the College Graduation and Certificate ceremony which is a huge event on the college calendar. With that being agreed upon, the Wynberg Skills Centre Management sat down and planned to have their own graduation and top achiever ceremony to ensure that the students at Wynberg don’t feel side-lined.
World Plumbing Day was first established in 2010 by the World Plumbing Council to recognize the critical role of plumbing in promoting public health and environmental sustainability. The day has been celebrated ever since to promote awareness about the importance of plumbing and its contribution to society, and its purpose to preserve and improve sanitation. As well as highlight access to clean water and hygienic conditions, and safe sanitary facilities to reduce the spread of diseases.
Automotive Motor Mechanic students at the College of Cape Town’s Athlone Campus launched their first racing car in December 2019. The 1986 Jetta Mach model which was modified by 20 students who stripped the vehicle from scratch, are now participating in competitive racing at the Killarney Racetrack. Race Car Driver Azhar Davids joined the Athlone Campus in early 2022 and found out about this amazing car and immediately volunteered to be the driver as the previous driver was in the process of completing his studies. Azhar started racing at home in 2015 as his father is also a racing driver and he inspired him to join racing.
Earlier this year, the College of Cape Town Hospitality Department was approached by Ralph Gottschalk, Culinary Director of the Kofler Group Middle East LLC, to select N6 Hospitality and Catering Services students to apply for an opportunity to work as Front of House Facing Commis Chefs at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. We are proud to announce that four of our students were selected after a difficult interview process. The students will depart for Doha on the 1st of November 2022 and return home on the 11th of December 2022. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to gain an international perspective of the Hospitality Industry, especially at a world-renowned event such as the FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, we would like to take the opportunity to wish our students well.
The student modified and re-built racing car by the College of Cape Town’s Athlone Campus Automotive Motor Mechanic students, under the Young Engineers Motor Development Programme (YEMDP) has thus far participated in four competitive Clubman’s saloon events/races (entry class X). The vehicle is currently being raced (driven) by Mr Lucin Downes, Facilitator at Athlone Campus for Automotive Motor Mechanic.
Marsha Solomon, the former Program Manager of Hospitality and Catering at the College of Cape Town formed part of the Trade Test Work Group (TWG) in 2015 who developed the first Trade Test for the Chef industry in South Africa. She worked alongside 8 other members from industry and private culinary schools to realise this dream for many Chefs in South Africa whose culinary skills were previously not recognized as an official trade.