“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
18 July 2017: With unemployment in South Africa at its highest rate (27,7%) since 2003, one of the strongest calls to action this Mandela Day is to create long term employment. Inspired by the Mandela Day message of “Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day”, Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town today did just that, tailor making employment opportunities for unskilled individuals at the hotel. The team today celebrated Mandela Day by welcoming three previously unemployed candidates to the first day of their new careers in the hospitality sector.
The five-star luxury hotel, situated in the heart of the city, today launched its Mandela Day Pepperclub Hotel & Spa Upskilling Programme, which benefits three candidates from the Fisantekraal Centre for Development – a non-profit centre for training and development for the unemployed in Durbanville. As part of the programme these candidates have been afforded the opportunity to receive 67 days of on-the-job training at the hotel, with the aim of guiding these individuals to launch their careers in the local hospitality sector.
“With unemployment at its highest level in years and youth unemployment at 38,6%, we were inspired to do more this year, taking the Mandela Day initiative from 67 minutes to 67 days,” says Josiah Montsho, general manager at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, who explained that after the conclusion of the two-month training programming, these candidates will be offered permanent, full-time employment at the hotel in the departments in which they excel the most.
The candidates to take part in the inaugural training programme are Zoliwe Thame, Kwanele Kawe and Victoria Jada.
Zoliwe Thame (28) of Bloekombos in Kraaifontein completed her training in job readiness and computer skills at the Fisantekraal Centre for Development, and describes herself as a hard worker who is able to manage any challenge that comes her way. She endeavours to use this training programme to the best of her ability, and aims to be promoted to supervisor level within the next five years.
Victoria Jada (21) of Durbanville studied a job readiness and office basics course at Fisantekraal Centre for Development. Excited to learn as much as possible about the industry, she sees this opportunity as a new beginning and plans to work her way up to management level within a few years.
Kwanele Kawe (23), originally from the Eastern Cape, is looking forward to furthering her studies in marketing, recognising the importance that this skill plays in the business sector. Kawe strives to be a positive influence in her community, and aims to use this opportunity to inspire others.
“The two-month training programme is an initiative that the hotel will aim to implement every year on Mandela Day,” says Montsho. “We feel that everyone deserves a fighting chance at building their career, and as an industry that continues to outperform in the current challenging economic conditions, it is more important than ever that we make a greater effort to contribute to broader growth.”
Montsho has also put the challenge out to other hospitality establishments in the city to do the same or similar this Mandela Day – to take the 67-minute initiative well beyond expectations and create opportunities for growth with far reaching effects.
“Nelson Mandela once said that a fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world a better place, and, together with the ‘teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’ proverb in mind, we look forward to welcoming these three candidates into our hotel team and embarking on their new career path alongside them,” concludes Montsho.
South Africa is synonymous with the Big 5 – in fact, the Big 5 are likely some of the most famous icons representing our country. The Cape, however, has in recent years become home to its own set of famous icons, today favourably known as the Cape Town Big 7. It may surprise you to know that this list has very little to do with wildlife, and instead incorporates a list of the top 7 attractions that visitors to Cape Town should add to their trip’s itinerary:
Your Cape Town bucket-list includes:Cape Point. At the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies Cape Point – a scenic nature reserve which falls part of the Table Mountain National Park – famous for its wildlife, beaches, marine life, rocky shores, look-out points, birds and majestic views. This spot is often included in city tours, and for good reason.
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City Walk. If you are seeking a way to take in the city’s top sights, this route is a must-try. This pedestrian must-do runs from the Iziko South African Museum at the entrance of Company’s Gardens, all the way up the Fan Walk that leads into Green Point. Be sure to pop into one of the many art galleries and coffee shops that make this walk a truly unique experience.
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Groot Constantia. One of the oldest wine regions in the country, the Constantia Winelands boasts a small but exceptional selection of wine farms along the Constantia Valley Wine Route, including arguably one of the most famous, Groot Constantia. Here you can explore the gardens, visit the on-site museum, stop for lunch, conduct a wine tasting or join a cellar tour.
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Situated in Newlands, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is popular with visitors as well as locals. Day passes can be purchased at the ticket office and during Summer, the gardens also host weekly music concerts and open-air cinemas. In the gardens, you will find a gift shop, a few restaurants and tearooms, a tree-top canopy walkway and plenty of beautiful garden areas and paths to explore.
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Robben Island. A ferry boat leaves from the Gateway Museum at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower and will transport you to the island where a guided tour will help you gain a deeper understanding of where former South African president, Nelson Mandela, spent many of his years of imprisonment during the Apartheid era. A guided tour of the prison, hosted by former political prisoners, includes a tour of the island and the prison, including Mandela’s exact prison cell.
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Table Mountain. Likely one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, Table Mountain is South Africa’s own New 7 Wonder of Nature. The flat-topped shape of the mountain is what gives it its name. Take a trip up the cable car to see the mountain in its full glory – and if you are in luck with good weather, you may be able to see as far as the Hottentots Holland mountain range in the Boland, just outside of Cape Town. Enjoy mesmerising the views from the top while having a bite to eat at the Table Mountain Café.
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V&A Waterfront. Home to a number of designer stores, restaurants, cafés, markets and a cinema, the V&A Waterfront is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. The Waterfront also boasts numerous activities, which include the Two Oceans Aquarium, Mineral World Scratch Patch, the Springbok Rugby Museum, the Wheel of Excellence and a few museums. Within the Clock Tower, you will find the Robben Island Gateway Museum along with the Shimansky Diamond Museum (free tours are offered here daily). Also on offer are various boat trips and sunset cruises.
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Ready to start planning your dream trip to the Cape Town? Contact the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa teamfor help with accommodation bookings, concierge and other exclusive services that are available to our guests. We look forward to showing you the Cape Town Big 7 and many other wonders during your stay!
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