Success Stories

Taryn Baadjies has dreams of opening a restaurant one day

Twenty-two year old, Simonsig-born, Taryn Bianca Baadjies is one to look out for in the hospitality industry. Raised by her grandparents, the Bergzicht Training graduate experienced loss at a young age. “I lost my grandmother from cancer when I was 15 years old and unfortunately my grandfather passed away as well the following week. I

Bergzicht Training celebrates our COVID-19 frail care heroes

Celebrating heroes who have overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic was the theme of the day as Bergzicht Training honoured its frail care alumni who have been in employment for a year or longer. Addressing the alumni, Nathalie Skippers, who is responsible for Student Mentoring and Support at Bergzicht Training, said: “This event

Bergzicht Training’s team leaves no one behind

On 23 March 2020, when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a hard lockdown of 21 days that would start three days later, the staff at Bergzicht Training immediately sprang into action to counter the impact that the temporary shutdown of the campus would have on its beneficiaries. Thanks to this early intervention, of the 50 students

Denise succeeds despite another obstacle along the way

After overcoming many obstacles to get to where she is today, Denise Windvogel (photo) is determined to deal with another – the dangers and challenges posed by COVID-19 to those working in the health care profession and on the frontline to save lives. “At the beginning, one felt helpless because you knew so little about

“There is nothing in the world that can come in my way”

In 2017, after finishing matric, Sisanda Hayizani (photo) from Kayamandi took the December holidays to mull over what she wanted to study the following year. She had grown up being taught by her grandmother how to cook, from cabbage to pap and everything else. It was therefore no surprise that she set her mind on

Lungelwa works as pastry chef at Jardine’s Wine and Food Bar

While lockdown in South Africa led to many restaurants having to close shop for months and others having to close shop permanently, LungelwaBooysen (photo) did not only take on the responsibilities of a pastry chef at the restaurant where she works, but the restaurant itself underwent a transformation to offer customers even more delectable choices.

Taking care of children is in Yolanda’s genes

Taking care of children it seems is in Yolanda Kiewiets(photo) genes. After completing the Child Care Programme at Bergzicht Training in 2019, 35-year old Yolanda now works as a child carer at the Sonstraaltjie Educare Centre in her neighbourhood of Eerste River. Yolanda has however been taking care of children for much longer than the

Not even COVID-19 can stop Lauren’s study goals

Lauren Baadties(photo) has faced many challenges. In 2013, while she was only in Grade 10, her mom passed away. Seven years later, she is having to adjust her plans slightly as she faces new setbacks to complete her studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of it all, Lauren is using her loss and setbacks

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