EWC Students To Represent South Africa In International World Skills Competition

The National World Skills Competition was held at the Durban International Convention Centre in KwaZulu-Natal in February 2019.

The aim of the World Skills South Africa competition is to promote Artisanship among young South Africans and to promote the country as a competitive player on the international stage. Participation in the competition has a huge influence in the development and employability of the South African youth. It also serves as an instrument to increase awareness of apprenticeships and artisan skills, thereby promoting Vocational Education and Training. The World Skills Competition is open to students from TVET Colleges, Universities, Private Colleges and Apprentices.

After a gruelling campus and regional World Skills competition, eleven Ekurhuleni West TVET College students aced the challenge and went on to compete with hundreds of other contenders in Electrical Construction, Mechatronics, Hair Dressing, Cooking and Restaurant Services, among the skills areas being contested.

Ntsako Shidzinga and Melanie De Lange, who represented EWC and Gauteng TVET Colleges in Restaurant Services and Food Preparation and Cooking at the competition respectively, walked away with gold medals in their fields, and will be representing South Africa at the International World Skills Competition, to be staged in Kazan, Russia, around August 2019.

Ntsako and Melanie said they give all acclaim for their success to the lecturing staff in the hospitality faculty for all the training and support they gave to them. They further said that they were also encouraged by the words of the Acting Principal, Ms Ntombizodwa Dangazele, when she spoke during the send-off function, and told the participants not to be intimidated, as by being chosen to go to the competition, they are already winners. With the amount of hard work and training behind them, Ntsako and Melanie believe that they will represent the country well and bring the Gold medals home from Russia.

The road to Kazan in Russia for Melanie and Ntsako and other contestants started with inter-campus competitions, where EWC students were competing amongst themselves. Ntsako and Melanie were among the winners who went on to contest in the regional leg of the World Skills Competition, where they were contesting with other TVET Colleges in Gauteng. They emerged as winners and went on to represent the Gauteng TVET Colleges in the National World Skills Competition in Durban, where they triumphed.

EWC wishes them well on their journey to Russia. May they hoist our country's flag high and bring the trophy home!

Melanie de Lange in action during the National World Skills Competition.
Ntsako Shidzinga at the National World Skills Competition.
Melanie de Lange, Chef Citrum Khumalo, and Ntsako Shidzinga at EWC's N6 Graduation Ceremony. Melanie and Ntsako will be representing South Africa at the International World Skills Competition in Kazan, Russia.



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