Mpumalanga School Learners Triumph at Tourism Expo

Mpumalanga schools were the clear winners at the recent National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) which took place in Gauteng this week and attracted 4042 participants. The expo was targeted at Grade 10 to 12 learners, university, FET (further education and training), TVET (technical and vocational education and training) college students and unemployed graduates eager to learn what the tourism and hospitality industries have to offer in terms of career, entrepreneurial and job opportunities. Various competitions were held during the three-day event. The full list of winners were:


Hospitality category – Novelty High Cake:

Each competing learner had to create a three-layer novelty cake using at least three advanced garnishing methods, perfect for a delightful South African high tea.

  • Elizabeth Du Preez – Lydenburg High School in Mpumalanga (first)
  • Alnrie Hefer – E.L. Deigre in Gauteng (second)
  • Bianca Theart – Belfast Academy in Mpumalanga (third)


Consumer Food Prep

  • Vuyolwethu Mhlaba- Cyril Clark High School in Mpumalanga (first)
  • Tshepang Mdakane – Phoenix High School in Vereeniging, Gauteng (second)
  • Ayanda Ngwenya – Cyril Clark High School in Mpumalanga (third)


Public Speaking:

Grade 11 learners were invited to share their thoughts on restarting, rejuvenating and recovering the tourism industry.

  • Thandokuhle Sidyiyo – Esizwakele High School in Mpumalanga (first)
  • Chichi Chiloane – Khanyisile High School in Mpumalanga (second)
  • Nombulelo Mambane – Thembisa High School in Gauteng (third)


Soft Furnishing Category:

Each province was represented by one learner who sewed a cushion that meets the Grade 11 2021 PAT Guidelines’ criteria.

  • Khensani Khoza – Lovunywa High School in Mpumalanga (first)
  • Ayanda Ntuli – Sizwakele High School in Mpumalanga (second)


The event was hosted by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education Training Authority (CATHSSETA), the Gauteng Department of Economic Development represented by its provincial marketing agenc, the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA).