OUR SUCCESS STORIES
The HCET has transformed the lives of many families and individuals in the Hantam district. The stories of four local families follow.
The HCET offers bursaries to learners in its catchment area who wish to continue their formal education and training beyond Grade 9, and whose parents earn less than R10 000 a month.
The Matyeka Family
Nombulelo, Thembakazi, Thembinkosi and Bulelwa Matyeka were born on a farm in the Hantam district. Nombulelo, who had passed Grade 6, was trained as an ECD teacher when the HCET was established 27 years ago. Since then she has worked at the Trust as an ECD teacher, librarian, and school administrative clerk.
Nombulelo’s daughter Pamela attended HCET institutions from preschool to Grade 9. Benefiting from Trust bursaries, she completed her matric in Colesberg and obtained a degree in social work (cum laude) from the Huguenot College in Wellington. She now works as a social worker in Vredenburg in the Western Cape.
Nombulelo’s son Luwando was also educated at the Trust from preschool to Grade 9. Benefiting from a Trust bursary, he completed his matric at St Andrew’s School in Bloemfontein, where he was perfect in his final year. He is currently studying radiography at the Free State University of Technology.
Nombulelo’s sister Thembakazi was also trained as an ECD teacher when the HCET started and still works at the Trust as a Grade R teacher. She continued her studies part-time and has obtained a teacher’s diploma from the University of the Free State. In 2015, she came second in the Northern Cape ECD awards.
Thembakazi’s daughter Sisiont attended HCET institutions from preschool to Grade 9. Benefiting from Trust bursaries, she completed her matric in Colesberg and completed a welding course at the West Coast FET College. She now workers as a welder in Saldanha Bay.
Nombulelo’s younger brother, Thembinkosi, also attended HCET institutions from preschool to Grade 9. Utilizing Trust bursaries, he completed his matric in Colesberg and trained as a welder at the Pelindaba Skills Institute in Pretoria. A star pupil, he became junior South African welding champion and represented South Africa at the Skills Olympiad in Helsinki. After several years as a senior welding instructor at the West Coast FET College, he now works as a specialist welder for Afrox in Germiston.
Nombulelo’s younger sister Bulelwa utilized a Trust bursary to obtain a diploma in financial management from the Bloemfontein Technicon and now works for Metropolitan Life in Colesberg. Both her children are in the Trust school.
The Meyer family
Juanita, Leon and Krisjan Meyer are the children of Adriaan and Charmain Meyer, who live and work on a farm in the Hantam district. After dropping out of the Trust school in Grade 9, Juanita completed the HCET hospitality course, where she was the top student. She won a bursary to a chef’s course in Pretoria, where she was again the best performer. She now works as a chef at En Route Restaurant in Colesberg.
Benefiting from Trust bursaries, both Leon and Krisjan completed their matric at the Colesberg High School, where Leon was the head boy of the hostel. Both have been trained as bank clerks, and they currently work for Standard Bank in Johannesburg.
The Maliti family
Patricia, Honey, Lunga, Sonwabo, and Azola are the children of Nzame and Rosy Maliti, who live and work on a farm in the Hantam district.
Patricia utilized a Trust bursary to obtain a diploma in public relations and currently works at Volkswagen in Uitenhage.
Honey taught at the HCET for eight years, benefiting from intensive classroom coaching, and now teaches at the DM Pretorius High School in Noupoort.
Lunga attended the Trust school from grade R to Grade 9. Benefiting from Trust bursaries, he completed his matric and obtained a diploma in administration at the Bloemfontein Technikon. He now holds a senior managerial position at a large panel beating company in Bloemfontein.
Sonwabo and Azola also utilized Trust bursaries to complete their matric and train as welders at the Pelindaba Skills Institute in Pretoria. Both are employed by the Atomic Energy Board.
Luyolo Maliti, a relative, also attended the Trust school. He was assisted to complete his matric and obtain a BSc in microbiology at the University of the Free State. He works for Nestlé in East London.
The Allens family
Angelina and Paula are the children of David and Tysie Allens, who live and work on a farm in the district. A third daughter, Angelina, passed away in 2013.
Delia studied hospitality at the Mother FET College in Bloemfontein, and then managed a restaurant in Colesberg. She is currently an intern at the Trust school and is studying towards a Level 4 ECD certificate through the Custody Trust in Delportshoop.
Paula utilized a Trust bursary to complete her matric and works as an auxiliary social worker with the ACVV in Prieska.
THE HCET SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM
Bursaries are granted to students at high schools, technical training colleges and other training institutions as well as universities.
The Trust has taken active steps over a number of years to identify suitable education and training institutions. Bursary holders are supported and mentored. If necessary, the Trust helps them to find their first jobs.
A total of 178 bursaries have been granted over the past 21 years. The success rate has been very high, and 87% of all bursary holders are gainfully employed.
A former learner at the HCET, was given a bursary to attend the South African Tracker Academy in Graaff-Reinet, where he became Tracker of the Year. He is now employed at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and assists with training student trackers.
A former HCET bursary holder works for Metropolitan Life in Colesberg.
A former HCET bursary holder works for Capitec Bank in De Aar.
The top student in 2010, received a bursary from the Steyn’s Culinary Institute, passed her exams with distinction, received a merit award for the best student in practical work, and became a fully qualified chef. She currently works as head chef at a restaurant in Colesberg
Another top student who received a bursary opportunity and today work at the OK Grocer in Colesberg.