SA College for Tourism

EU Partners With SA College For Tourism To Empower Women In Job Creation Iniiative

The European Union (EU) Delegation to South Africa has undertaken to support the SA College for Tourism (SACT) until May 2018, with financing of close to €700 000 over three years.

This essential funding will ensure that 180 young, marginalised South African women will receive accredited training in hospitality skills and subsequent deployment into the tourism industry after graduation. In addition, the grant provides funding for urgently required maintenance/repairs at SACT as well as funding for equipment and the installation of a new solar water heating and grey-water system to make the facility environmentally sustainable and cheaper to run.

EU Ambassador-Designate Marcus Cornaro noted that “unemployment, poverty and inequality remain the overriding challenges faced by South Africa. At the EU Delegation, we believe that encouraging the development of the skills needed in key labour-intensive sectors, as in the case of the South African hospitality sector, will contribute positively to changing peoples’ lives for the better. We are delighted to be able to support the SACT’s project.”

Chairperson of SACT Gaynor Rupert, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the EU, saying: “It fills me with a sense of pride in as much as it is also an acknowledgement by the EU Delegation of the importance of the work of the college. This donation will have a huge impact on the lives of the young, unemployed and marginalised rural women, receiving training at the college. We are sincerely grateful, Thank you”.

SACT, a fully accredited private further education and training institution, has trained over 1 100 unskilled and unemployed young women from rural communities in hospitality service skills since its inception in 2001. With the assistance of the EU and wider donor community, the college will continue its valuable programme. To date more than 90% of past graduates at SACT have been placed in full-time employment or in paid internships within the hospitality sector of the tourism industry.

For more information please contact:
André Kilian
Executive Director
SA College for Tourism



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