Inspiring change with 67 days of training

Online since 5.09.2017 • Filed under Tourism • From Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 page(s) 92-93
Inspiring change with 67 days of training

Using Mandela Day as an opportunity to inspire change, the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town tailor-made three long-term employment opportunities for unskilled personnel at the hotel.

In July, the five-star luxury hotel, situated in the heart of the city, 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 were afforded the opportunity to receive 67 days of on-the job training at the hotel to guide them in launching their careers in the 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.’ He explains that after the conclusion of the two-month training programme, these candidates will be offered permanent, full-time employment at the hotel in the departments in which they excel the most. The candidates taking part in the inaugural training programme are Zoliwe Thame, Kwanele Kawe and Victoria Jada.

Zoliwe Thame (28), from 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 can manage any challenge that comes her way. Her aim is to be promoted to supervisor level within the next five years.

Victoria Jada (21), from 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. 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.’ ‘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.

Developed by Solomon Brothers Property Holdings, Pepperclub is a R400-million luxury hotel and spa situated in the heart of Cape Town.The 20-storey hotel caters for discerning business and leisure travellers. For more information, visit

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

This article was featured on page 92-93 of SABI Magazine Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 .

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