Food safety train­ing feeds young­ster’s dream

Vuk'uzenzele - - Yoguetnhefroaclus - Al­bert Pule

A GOV­ERN­MENT-RUN skills de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme is giv­ing the youth a chance to grow their fu­ture in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

Afew months af­ter bury­ing his mother, Sman­gal­iso Radebe was shot, spent time in hospi­tal and was al­most aban­doned by fam­ily and close friends. The 27-year-old from Zola in Soweto was liv­ing on bor­rowed time, hang­ing out with the wrong crowd and los­ing touch with loved ones. Get­ting shot was his wake-up call and he de­cided to mend his ways and fo­cus on his ed­u­ca­tion.

He reg­is­tered for a hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment course at the South West Gaut­eng Col­lege in 2013 and grad­u­ated in 2016.

He then did an in­tern­ship at the col­lege be­fore join­ing the na­tional De­part­ment of Tourism's Na­tional Food Safety As­sur­ers Youth Train­ing Pro­gramme.

Radebe and over 20 of his coun­ter­parts from the North West and about 140 from Gaut­eng re­cently grad­u­ated from the youth train­ing pro­gramme.

"When we started, things were sim­ple but as time went by, it started get­ting tougher. But with de­ter­mi­na­tion and the will to learn, we made it and it feels good to be recog­nised by your own gov­ern­ment."

The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was of­fi­ci­ated by Deputy Min­is­ter of Tourism El­iz­a­beth Tha­bethe and MEC for Tourism in the North West Desbo Mo­hono.

En­dorsed by Food and Bev­er­age Seta, learn­ers re­ceived ac­cred­ited NQF level 2, 3 and 5 qual­i­fi­ca­tions in prac­tices re­lated to the man­u­fac­tur­ing, stor­age and pro­cess­ing of food in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

In the 2017/2018 fi­nan­cial year, the De­part­ment of Tourism ap­proved the train­ing of 500 learn­ers as Food Safety As­sur­ers na­tion­wide. The train­ing pro­gramme con­sists of 30 per­cent the­ory and 70 per­cent prac­ti­cal train­ing. Learn­ers are placed at var­i­ous hos­pi­tal­ity es­tab­lish­ments for ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing.

Radebe says he is thank­ful to the de­part­ment for the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther his stud­ies.

"Be­fore my mother died she told me that she saw me as a grad­u­ate and I'm glad that I could amount to some­thing in my life."

Radebe is cur­rently do­ing a six-month in­tern­ship at Glen­burn Lodge in Mul­der­s­drift.

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