FEDHASA Cape Youth Chairman announces winners of the 2014 Bursary Award
November 2014: It is estimated that the hospitality industry will generate an estimated R161 billion per year, that’s 3.5% of South Africa’s GDP by 2017. Hospitality management, a part of the service industry, together with the tourism industry not only creates direct revenue for the country, but more jobs than any other industry in South Africa.
It is with this understanding that FEDHASA Cape a non-profit organisation and private sector’s voice for the hospitality industry to stakeholders and decision makers such as government, have identified investing in education as the biggest return on investment for the industry, and as such established the FEDHASA Cape Youth Bursary.
“The FEDHASA Cape Youth Bursary is our pledge to new members joining our ranks that this industry rewards a commitment to education and when coupled with experience, members are well on their way to success,” says Jamie Pieters, youth segment chairman. “As an added bonus we have offered our bursary winners a free FEDHASA Cape Youth membership to encourage them in their future studies and journey through the industry.”
The FEDHASA Cape Youth Bursary is open to students and trainees currently in the employ or studying at FEDHASA Cape member institutions and establishments. Entrants should have successfully completed their second year of study and have entered or will be entering their third year of study.
Casey Roskilly (19) and Janice Paulsen (24) have been announced as the 2014 FEDHASA Cape Youth Bursary winners with a prize value of R25 000.00 each. Roskilly and Paulsen were selected from a shortlist of five out of nearly 17 applications received from all over South Africa, through a rigorous screening and interview process which took place over the course of a week.
Roskilly attends The Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch and Paulsen is a student at The Cape Town Hotel School in Granger Bay, both are completing the second year of their Hospitality Management Diploma.
Roskilly originally from East London and Paulsen based in Paarl are acknowledged for their dedication to the hospitality industry and their commitment to achieving the academic and professional results to meet the FEDHASA Cape Youth Bursary requirements.
“The Hospitality industry is meant for people who truly love what they do, we both have a passion for this industry and it is what fuels the dreams of our future success,” said Paulsen on hearing news of the announcement.
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