Monday, 15 June 2015
False Bay TVET College hosted their Annual Top Achiever and Diploma Ceremony at Heathfield High School.
The event took place to acknowledge the outstanding academic performance of students in the qualifications of National Certificate (Vocational), Nated Report 191 and various Occupational qualifications.
The event was attended by various stakeholders including members of the College Council and Chairperson, Principals from surrounding schools, representitives from companies who have afforded students the opportunity to complete internship or Work Integrated Learning components linked to their specific courses as well as a very special guest speaker Professor Eltie Links.
The Heathfield High School Jazz Band performed as guests were entering the venue and also during the transition break between speeches made by the CEO and Principal Cassie Kruger and Professor Links to the awarding of Top Achievers and Diploma Recipients.
Professor Elias Links (affectionately known as Eltie) is a trained economist with Masters Degrees and a PHD in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch and the State University of New York.
He has taught International and African Business courses at the Stellenbosch University Business School and was actively involved in the transitional activities between the end of Apartheid and the start of South African Democracy.
Professor Links used his negotiating skills to play a strategic role in many processes such as South Africa’s re-entry in to the World Bank, the international monetary fund and the African development bank as a fully-functioning member after 1994.
This extremely interesting gentleman also serves as chairman and trustee to various organisations and trusts and for the last three years has served on the president’s council for Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment.
The message of Professor Links’ speech was that of motivation for the Award Recipients.
He said “Parents, do not dream dreams for your children for they have dreams of their own.” Students were encouraged to not allow anything to stand in the way of them fulfilling their hopes and dreams.
A complete total of 70 Top Achievers were awarded for academic performance in the fields of Business, Information Technology, Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism and Safety in Society and Diplomas were issued for Financial Management and Management Assistant National Diploma Programmes.
The CEO Award was received by Alcino Van Rooyen from the Fish Hoek Campus. This student had received the Provincial TVET Award in the field of Engineering and Information Technology in May 2015.
He was recognised for the highest achievement in the NC (V) Information Technology and Computer Science Programme as well as having the highest aggregate in the Province. Alcino has achieved 18 distinctions out of the 21 subjects for the NC (V) Programme.
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