Mary Wa­ters tour CT

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The Mary Wa­ters Sec­ondary School Tourism de­part­ment re­cently took a group of pupils on a tour of Cape Town. Nandipha Citwa, who heads the de­part­ment, said they chose Cape Town “be­cause it has world at­trac­tions”. The ed­u­ca­tors who ac­com­pa­nied the pupils were Citwa, Joanne Bai­ley and Gis­card Ja­cobs. The main aim of the tour was “that learn­ers could ex­pe­ri­ence what they learn in text­books,” ac­cord­ing to Ja­cobs. Once their pro­posal was ac­cepted by the school and school gov­ern­ing body, the fundrais­ing for the trip be­gan.

“We fi­nally took to the tour on 24 Septem­ber”, said Citwa.

The tour group stopped over at the Big Tree in Tsit­sikamma be­fore head­ing to Oud­shoorn, where they spent a night at Môrester School Hos­tel.

“Vis­it­ing the Cango Caves was an ex­cit­ing life ex­pe­ri­ence, as all of us have never been there,” said Citwa. Their sched­uled stopover at the Sa­fari Os­trich Farm was can­celled due to rain. In Cape Town, the group was amazed at the bumper-to­bumper traf­fic be­fore check­ing in at the Happy Haven Ro­tary Youth Camp, their home for five days.

The tour group vis­ited the Si­mon­stown Navy Base for an ed­u­ca­tional tour where learn­ers ex­pe­ri­enced be­ing inside a sub­ma­rine and saw the his­toric SAS MENDI. Pupils also heard about the dif­fer­ent ca­reers in the SA Navy.

Cape Point was closed due to bad weather con­di­tions al­though Ta­ble Moun­tain proved to be the high­light of the tour. The two-hour queue was well worth it for the pupils, as they mim­icked the dif­fer­ent lan­guages of the tourists around them at the bot­tom of the ca­ble car. The ca­ble car op­er­a­tor, who was an ex-Rhodes Uni­ver­sity stu­dent was ex­cited to see Gra­ham­sto­ni­ans and en­cour­aged the pupils to do bet­ter at their school work.

They ended the day by go­ing to UCT Fes­ti­val and watched the show named Boy Ntu­likazi. A mag­nif­i­cent one man show. Other at­trac­tions were the Vic­to­ria and Al­fred Wa­ter­front, Robben Is­land and a shop­ping spree at the Ac­cess Park, Ken­nil­worth. Ratanga Junc­tion was the high­light on the last day as pupils and ed­u­ca­tors had fun on the rides, es­pe­cially on the Co­bra. “Tour­ing gave our learn­ers a new per­spec­tive on school­work. We were never short of food and money thanks to our gen­er­ous spon­sors,” said Citwa.

Pho­tos: Sup­plied

Mary Wa­ters pupils at the Cango Caves. The Mary Wa­ters Tourism pupils at the Big Tree in Tsit­sikama.

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