MEC for Tourism in the North West Desbo Mohono officially opened the Taung Hotel School and Convention Centre on Monday. The Institution which has already started with the students intake will operate at full steam as from the beginning of March this year. Thus far 30 students have already being admitted for the academic year and the possibility of admitting more towards the middle of the year is envisaged.
According to MEC Mohono the institution will bring socio-economic revolution to the people of Taung, more especially among women and the youth. She said that people of Taung should be jealous about the institution as it will be a hallmark which the future generation will be proud of. “The opening of this institution further gives impetus approach in seriously championing the issues affecting our youth in general. All affected spheres of government on youth development issues have to radically implement ways and means that will lure our youth to have hunger for education. This is the only way in giving them freedom to a better life,” said the elated Mohono.
MEC Mohono further said that the institution will focus on the education and training of skills and competencies that are required to grow the tourism economy of the North West province. The institution will also bring an added economic momentum to the Taung region with additional employment opportunities as well as boosting local businesses.
Neonyana Morolong is one of the students admitted for this academic year. She said that she was grateful that she is one of the first students to be admitted and hope to finish her studies in record time. The 35 year old mother of three wants to be a professional chef and finally end up owning her own professional restaurant in Taung.
Meanwhile, MEC Mohono was supported by the local Taung Mayor Kaone Lobelo and Chief Tshepo Mankurwane of the Batlhaping boo Phuduhutswana and the Acting Mayor of Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality Mme Kelebogile Serei who both called for corporation and coordination among government institutions around Taung. They said that through communication and pulling together buy government institutions as one, the institutions will yield positive results and create a booming economy for the people of Taung. They both hailed the gesture by government and further gave it thumps up.
Learners will be offered practical courses of Professional Cookery; Food, Beverage and Accommodation Services for this academic year. The institution will further introduce additional courses by June this year, which will include the Higher Education programmes in Tourism and Hospitality Management. The expansion in curriculum will also be realised as additional infrastructure and the necessary lecturing and support staff will have been appointed.
The infrastructure will be known as the PENTAGON and will house the administration block, lecturers offices, lecture blocks, male and female students residences, a chapel, an auditorium, students canteen, libraries and reading rooms and many others.
Dineo Lolokwane, Spokesperson
Cell: 072 542 8444
Tel: 018 388 2081
SOURCE: South African Official News