Latest News10 December 2014
2014 Graduation: SA College for Tourism
Winner of the BHP Billiton Achiever Award and the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Education Award in 2012
Although Africa currently accounts for only 4% of the global tourism market, the continent’s wealth of natural diversity offers a unique opportunity to expand this market through nature-based tourism. In order to capitalise on the rapid growth of tourism worldwide, ecotourism destinations in Africa – and southern Africa specifically – need professional staff and the necessary infrastructure to cater for those who come to experience Africa’s natural wonders.
The SA College for Tourism has recognised these opportunities and provides professional training for hospitality staff and trackers.
The SA College for Tourism was established in 2001 by Dr Anton Rupert, renowned financier and philanthropist and at the time chairman of Peace Parks Foundation, in partnership with international agencies and public donors. The college operates under the auspices of Peace Parks Foundation and, like the foundation, supports the principles of responsible tourism while minimising exploitation. It is the first training centre in southern Africa to focus its training programmes on the development of operational and management skills for the lodge and guesthouse industry. In addition, it offers courses in the age-old skill of wildlife tracking to preserve this precious indigenous knowledge. Every year 90 young women and 16 young men – all unemployed and from impoverished rural backgrounds – are sponsored for a year-long training course in hospitality service skills and tracking skills respectively.
One of the outcomes of the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) or peace parks in southern Africa is creating an economically sustainable livelihood for the people living in or adjacent to these parks. It is the aim of the SA College for Tourism to return its graduates to their villages and towns to work in the lodges and guesthouses and for the game reserves that form part of the tourism infrastructure of these peace parks. Upon graduation, these young people are also equipped to establish themselves as entrepreneurs in small tourism businesses.
In 2012 the college won the following two awards:
- BHP Billiton Achiever Award – Best Training Programme: Tourism
- Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Education Award
The SA College for Tourism is a non-profit organisation.
- Public benefit organisation number: 18/11/13/349
- Fundraising number: 080-778-NPO
If you would like to make a donation to the SA College for Tourism please contact Lisa Thompson-Smeddle on +27 (0)21 880 5115.
Donors supporting the SA College for Tourism
The SA College for Tourism would like to thank the following donors currently supporting its work, as well as past donors listed in previous years' Annual Reviews.
- Absa Bank
- Anglo American Chairman’s Fund
- Wendy Appelbaum
- Empowers Africa (including Brian and Lisa McCarthy)
- Embassy of Finland to South Africa
- Stephen Falcke
- The Foschini Group
- Kristen Henley
- Jagersfontein Developments
- Richard & Lucille Lewin
- Lloyds Travel
- Londolozi Game Reserve
- Marsh Africa
- National Heritage Council
- Nhlayisa Nutritional Solutions
- Guillaume Pictet Family
- Barbara Pudel
- Frank and Ida Raimondo
- Elizabeth Rees-Jones
- Reinet Foundation
- Eugen and Sal Roux
- Koos and Rona Rupert Education Trust
- Rupert Nature Foundation
- Hansjürg and Francesca Saager
- Samara Private Game Reserve
- The Smythe Family
- South African National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund
- Irene Staehelin
- Swedish Postcode Lottery
- Bill Thompson
- Julian Ogilvie Thompson
- The Thornybush Collection
- The Van Zyl Family