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Bergzicht Training alumnus shares journey to becoming chef at Muratie

Bergzicht Training alumnus and Muratie chef Marco Williams, 28, was the guest speaker at a recent canapé brunch event prepared by 14 students who completed seven weeks of the non- governmental organisation’s 10-week City & Guilds’ Professional Cooking and Food and Beverage Service Programme. Bergzicht helps poor, unskilled, semi-skilled and unemployed persons in the Western

2016-12-14T13:38:37+00:00 News, Success Stories|

Monica Lekay on building a career in the NGO sector

In 1999, after completing a BA Honours in Human Ecology at the University of the Western Cape, Bergzicht Training’s newly appointed Training Manager, Ms Monica Lekay, would complete an internship at this non-governmental organisation (NGO) that would inspire her to spend most of her working years building a career in this sector. She would return

2016-12-12T08:29:50+00:00 News|

Howard Bergins steps up to bat for the unemployed via Bergzicht Training

In 1975, just as political unrest was breaking out on the campus of the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, young cricketer Howard Bergins (photo) got the opportunity of a life-time to travel to England and pursue his dream of becoming a professional cricketer on foreign soil. With South Africa banned from the international

2016-12-12T08:28:16+00:00 News|

International donor’s support leads to better learning spaces for NGO’s beneficiaries

Thanks to a generous donation from the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HFS), Bergizcht Training – a non-governmental organisation situated in the Western Cape and focused on skills development – is now able to offer its beneficiaries access to an educational environment that is more conducive to optimal learning. The HSF is a non-profit organisation based in

2016-12-15T20:41:46+00:00 News|

Mowers inspired to become frail care assistant after caring for bedridden grandmother

When Krystal Mowers from Kylemore was 13 years old, she became a caretaker to her bedridden grandmother along with her mother and aunt. This experience would years later fuel her dream to become a frail care assistant. “My grandmother was bedridden and lived with my aunt most of the year, but during the holidays, she

2016-12-12T08:11:40+00:00 Success Stories|

Bergzicht Training becomes fourth HWSETA-accredited health and frail care trainer in Western Cape

Bergzicht Training has become the fourth organisation in the Western Cape to now offer Community Health Work education and training accredited by the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) in South Africa. “The HWSETA has in place strict criteria for the accreditation of Skills Development Providers and Bergzicht Training has met the

2016-12-12T08:06:33+00:00 News|

Former unemployed youngster now first assistant chef at well-known wine estate

If you had met Wesley Smith last year, you would have been forgiven for mistaking him as yet another young man focused only on partying and having a good time. Today, 21-year-old Smith from Idas Valley in Stellenbosch has changed his life around and works as a first assistant chef at the Wine Lounge of

2016-12-05T13:52:15+00:00 Success Stories|

The world may be unequal, but everyone can contribute to changing it

German exchange student Leonie Schmidt talks about her internship experience at Bergzicht Training and the reasons she believe that “empowering young people and guiding them into secure employment is one of the most difficult, yet most important tasks for contemporary South Africa”. In 2015, Leonie Schmidt, a 22-year old German exchange student in Psychology from

2016-12-06T12:36:39+00:00 News, Volunteer Stories|