Graduation Ceremony of Class of 2015

Saturday, 21 Januray 2017

Graduation is a time of reflection of the labors of the past, the accomplishments of the present and the possibilities of the future.

The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy is proud to commend another group of incredible young people who donned their robes and caps and was celebrated for their achievement as the Graduating Class of 2015.


This year we celebrated a milestone with a grand number of 67 Graduates accross the national and international qualifications offered by CHS.  We also included Melekwana Maphutha, Jimmy Mathabathe and Paballo Sithole as part of the celebrations from the Skills Programme presented to Capital Craft.

The venue for the Class of 2015 Graduation ceremony was the grandiose Sierra Burgers Park Hotel.   Truly an oasis from the city’s hustle and bustle.  CHS would like to thank Linda Stoltz (Banqueting Manager) and Derick Shafers (Managing Director) for their contribution with the venue and their assistance in the preparation as well as the flawless execution of the ceremony and the activities on the day.

During the opening ceremony Ronel Bezuidenhout, Managing Director of The Capital Hotel School and Training Academy, thanked the following valued sponsors:

  • Cape Wine Academy – Kristina Beuthner (Principal)
  • City & Guilds – Wadile Yengwa (Account Manager)
  • HR Management Consultant & Academic Advisor – Cecilia Cronje
  • Core Catering Supplies – Gail van Rensburg
  • Court Classique Hotel – Gretchen Oswald
  • Elba Equipment – Muhammed Kahn
  • Fortis Hotel Group – Grant Mclachlan (CEO) and Derick Tait (Managing Director)
  • Garden Court Hatfield – Maggi Mashiane
  • Gina @ Work – Samantha Carreira
  • Hemingways Restaurant at Leriba Hotel & Spa
  • Manhattan Hotel
  • M&G Sales – Marlien van Rensburg
  • Olympia Trophies
  • Premier Hotel Pretoria – Trevor Pienaar (Food and Beverage Manager)
  • Priva Lounge and Gastropub
  • Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference venue
  • South African Board of People Practices
  • Sabrina Brokers – Hannes Grobler (Owner)
  • South African Chefs Association
  • Sasko
  • Sharp Edge Sharp Shooter
  • Southern Sun
  • W L Cole

The following representatives from the accreditation bodies joined in the day’s celebrations:

  • Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) – Itumeleng Ganyane
  • The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) – Sharon Mukhola
  • Cape Wine Academy – Kristina Beuthner
  • City & Guilds – Wandile Yengwa

And a special mention to the guest speaker, Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism: Sisa Ntshona.

Mr Ntshona shared his passion for tourism in the South African market and how we all can play a small part in the tourism ecosystem.  He also referred to the South African tourism and hospitality market as “the new gold”. Encouraging all the Graduates make South Africa a shining beacon of tourism.  He also shared some insight into the live and times of a hospitality professional:

As I’m sure your lecturers have made you aware, hospitality is not always glamorous and it’s certainly no picnic. You will work hard and sometimes, long hours. You will often be the unsung heroes behind the scenes while others get the praise and recognition. – Mr Sisa Ntshona


Mrs Ronel Bezuidenhout shared her message in the form of a video, which even in today’s time of instant gratification and technology, speaks volumes about humanity and how you have to conduct yourself in society. See for yourself…

Special thanks to Rapetsoa Thobela (PC) and Blaiden Blignaut (HM) for sharing their “Voice of the students” as they reflected on the past two years.

“Together we made it. We made it even though we had our backs up against the wall. I stand here today, proud because I passed, proud because U have a job, but MOST proud because I got to do it with all of you.  I am honored to say that I knew all of you. – Blaiden Blignaut

Look out for the special Graduation video, which will be available soon on the CHS Express Youtube channel.

“I hope your dreams take you…

to the corners of your smiles,

to the highest of your hopes,

to the windows of your opportunities,

and to the most special places

your heart has ever known”


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