The Minister on Tuesday spoke to learners at a stakeholder engagement and career expo at Rocklands High School in Mitchells Plain.The event was attended by over a 1 000 learners from seven schools that offer tourism in their curriculum.
Minister Hanekom told learners that they were the industry’s future ambassadors and they should make full use of every opportunity to learn more about tourism before embarking on careers in this field.
“The role of government is not to create business, that is the private sector’s role. We are here to facilitate the process and to contribute to the training and development of resources where we can, and this is what we are doing through our constant engagement between the three spheres of government,” said the Minister.
Rocklands High School received a top prize in 2014 during a national heritage schools competition organised by the National Heritage Council and the South African Heritage Resources Agency. Over 500 learners at the school are taking tourism as a subject.
Speakers from the various spheres of the tourism industry encouraged learners to do well in their studies and grab the opportunities at their disposal.
Speakers included the Marketing and Communications Manager from South African Tourism, Mabeka Makola, Hilton Group Regional Human Resource Manager, Peter Thomas and tour operator for Escape to the Cape, Shaheed Ebrahim. They shared their personal stories of their work experience in the tourism industry.
The formal programme was followed by an exhibition walkabout, where 18 exhibitors displayed their products.