The Eastern Cape Department of Education in collaboration with National Department of Tourism, the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa, Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency conducted a 2022 National Tourism Career Expo, at Nasrec in Johannesburg recently.
26 Consumer Studies, Tourism and Hospitality learners accompanied by three subject advisors from various districts across the Eastern Cape represented the Province at this years National Tourism Careers Expo.
Subject Planner for Business Studies, Tourism and Consumer Studies, Dr Babini Rantsane said that the National Tourism Career Expo is aimed at providing a platform for the tourism sector and create awareness and promote tourism as a career, profession and business of choice.
"It also aims at simultaneously promote the industry as an employer of choice," said Rantsane.
Moni Lulame from Executive Academy in the Amathole East District, won 2nd place in the competition and was awarded with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet together with a scholarship to study journalism at the University of Johannesburg. The scholarship comes with a monthly stipend, book allowance as well as fully paid accommodation.
A grade 11 learner from Ndamase Senior Secondary School in the OR Thambo Coastal District, Phindiwe Nkala came in 3rd place and was awarded with a cellphone, a medal and a certificate for participation. Nkala said that the Career Expo taught them that patience, faith, dedication and commitment goes a long way.
Nkala further said that the skills and techniques that they have acquired at the expo will pave a way for their future in tourism. "To my peers who did not make it be glad that you were given a chance, the exposure matters and never underestimate yourselves," added Nkala.
A Tourism Educator at Executive Academy Ziyanda Dyubele encouraged learners to remain positive and optimistic. "When you put your mind to something you can actually conquer a lot of things. Always aspire to inspire before you expire" concluded Dyubele.