The Soccer World Cup has come and gone and South Africa is gradually returning to a semblance of normality. This event was hailed as the best World Cup ever by FIFA and it certainly went a long way to building unity and spirit in our country while ensuring that the tourism industry did, and will continue to receive a huge financial injection. Unfortunately, it has had a negative impact on training and productivity, but I suppose one cannot have it all.

We have been kept very busy on the administrative and marketing fronts. Our learning program approval with the Services SETA has been extended to 30 September 2011 and we can thus actively market our Employee Relations Officer and Shop Steward training programmes to existing and new clients. Maintaining accreditation and learning program approval with, together with assessor and moderator registrations at the different SETAs, is a full-time job but this is ongoing and in place. This ensures that we are able to offer our clients training that will not only meet their skills needs, but that is also nationally recognised and SAQA aligned.

In June, DSIH received an invitation to attend the annual NOSA awards banquet due to be held at Durban Country Club on 15 July 2010. This was duly attended by Alice and Michelle and we received not one, but two awards and this after only being in operation for 9 months at the time of the audit! The awards were for the KZN Midlands Branch Winner: Category B and also the NOSA Eastern Region Winner: Category B. This is a real achievement and the challenge now lies not only in maintaining this level but in continuously striving to implement our safety system and also improve on what is already in place. Accolades must however go to all involved in implementing and maintaining the safety system as no system can work without the efforts of everyone who forms part of it.

Work on the Hospitality School is going well and our first batch of learners attended a week’s cheffing course in the school holidays. The aromas wafting from the kitchen were extremely hard to resist and everyone reported that not only had they enjoyed it tremendously, but that their waistlines had increased as well. The first intake of full-time learners will be in August 2010. On the engineering side, our numbers have stabilised and training and learning continue on a daily basis. Some of the learners have already returned to the workplace as they have completed their theoretical training, all of which points to the fact that time waits for no-one. The demand for short skills courses is also growing.

Although we have settled into a daily rhythm, there is never a dull moment and all of this makes for interesting times. The final quote does however sum up what it is we are trying to achieve.
“It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained. (Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)”

Dianne Naudé