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Taung tourism school opens for learning
North West MEC for Tourism Desbo Mohono has officially opened the Taung Hotel School and Convention Centre.

The institution, which has already started accepting students, will operate at full steam from the beginning of March this year.

Thus far, 30 students have already been admitted for the academic year and the possibility of admitting more towards the middle of the year is foreseen.

MEC Mohono said the institution will change the socio-economic status of the people of Taung, especially women and youth.

She said the people of Taung should jealously guard the institution as it will be a hallmark which the future generation will be proud of.

“All spheres of government that are affected by youth development issues have to radically implement ways to lure our youth to have a hunger for education. This is the only way to give them a better life,” said the MEC.

She said the institution will focus on skills and competencies that are required to grow the tourism economy of the North West in line with the objectives of the National Development Plan, which identifies tourism as one of the key growth sectors of South Africa's economy.

MEC Mohono said the institution will also bring welcomed economic development to the Taung region with additional employment opportunities as well as boosting local businesses.

Neonyana Morolong, a student at the school, said she is grateful to be one of the first students and hopes to finish her studies in record time.

The 35-year-old mother of three wants to be a professional chef and to ultimately own her own professional restaurant in Taung.

Learners at the school will be offered practical courses in professional cookery, food and beverages and accommodation services for this academic year.

The school will introduce additional courses by June this year, which will include higher education programmes in tourism and hospitality management.

The school will be known as The Pentagon and will house an administration block, lecturers’ offices, lecture blocks, male and female students’ residences, a chapel, auditorium, student canteen, libraries and reading rooms. –

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