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Following closely on the incredible success of the UWC-student-produced Awear SA fashion show

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Following closely on the incredible success of the UWC-student-produced Awear SA fashion show – #RootedInFashion – students from the University of Cape Town (UCT), will show South Africa what it is to be part of #SAKotini on 22nd September 2018, when they take to the stage with their own version of Wear SA.

As part of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union’s (SACTWU) campaign to bring South African made fashion to the youth, the Wear SA Movement has been conducting pilot workshops aimed at unlocking the entrepreneurial spirit in tomorrow’s purchasing generation.  Through the producing of a fashion show – from start to finish – the students learn all about self-belief, pulling together as a team and the skills to overcome whatever obstacles are thrown at them.  The practical lessons will prove invaluable on their life’s journey.  Comments received from the UWC students attest to the whole experience being positively life-changing and the UCT and CPUT cohort expect nothing less, (CPUT is collaborating with UCT on this event).

The #SAKotini moniker created by the students, speaks to their desire to support the local clothing and textile industry.  Based on a popular tune, they hope to spread a message across the campus (and beyond), that the fruit of labour needs to be retained in the local economy.

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The Awear SA #SAKotini Fashion show will take place at Memorial Hall, UCT Upper Campus on Saturday 22nd September 2018.  Tickets are R50 each and all the monies raised will go to the UCT Student Bursary Fund to help on-campus students who need a boost.  Tickets are available from Level 5 Student Treasury, Steve Biko Building, UCT.

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Township Tourism, An experience of local crafts

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A tour down the streets of Langa, to experience local talent, creativity and gain knowledge about artists from Ikhaya le Langa (the house of the sun). Street walls marked with art from local artists, bringing out the vibrant culture which exists within our local grounds.

Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi- Ngubane took to the streets of ikhaya le langa where local artists showcase as well as give tourists a feel of the local experiences through their arts and crafts. Artists within South African are not given as much support and due to the lack of funds are unable to take their art to greater heights; this is where the department of Tourism sees the need to step in through sustainable Township upliftment initiative which aims to grow tourism within Townships.

Adding a fresh take on township tourism can greatly benefit South Africa’s economy.

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Tourism, introducing you to the innovative world of wineries

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A fact about tourism is that it contributes immensely towards economic growth and has the ability to get industries of the world as well, student entrepreneurs to develop through its industry.

Day 1 of the Department of Tourism’s visit to the western Cape-led us into the world of winemakers, the wine industry and wine service trainers. The first day was marked with a visit to the Simomsig wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

The deputy minister of Tourism Amos Fish Mahlalela graced the finest restaurant in Stallenbosch, Simonsig, and Lanzerac, where he shed light on how the wine industry has contributed towards the development of the youth development and with a lot of wineries establishing themselves in light of tourists attractions.

One of the programmes which recruit young people in tourism, looking for them to enter the industry of winemakers as entrepreneurs.

The wine service training programme takes in grade eight, nine, ten and university students and introduces them to the worlds finest restaurants which are center of tourist’s attractions within South Africa. These programmes include 60% of of training and 40% of theory.

This initiative was put in place to encourage the youth to take on this innovative industry, it recruits youth across the country, providing them the opportunity to break into tourism.

The minister shared that he is looking to have innovations where all industries and various fields work together and contribute towards tourism. He highlighted the apex priorities which his department should take on and this includes:

  • Ensuring that the department contributes towards economic growth at the same time ensuring inclusivity
  • ensuring that young people are able to be absorbed by the system
  • Assisting government with job creation
  • Working towards doubling the number of Tourists visiting South Africa by 2030 which now sits on over 10 million
  • Mobilising South African’s to contribute more towards tourism

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2019 NSTF Award goes to, Eskom Expo for Young Scientists

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The National Science and Technology Forum hosts awards annually which are aimed at recognising the outstanding contributions made within the field of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and the innovation of South Africa. The NSTF has been doing so for the past 5-10 years.

This year, Eskom Expo for young Scientists scooped an award in the Non-Governmental Organisation category. The award was won based on the outstanding contribution it has made in providing young scientists with opportunities to develop them within the field of science and Technology, at the same advancing their knowledge.

According to Executive Director Parthy Chetty, The Eskom Expo has developed over the years, ever since its introduction which took place in Pretoria by the late Dr. Derek Gray.

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