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Sparrow College – a way forward

5 Feb

My life is one of remarkable blessing – currently completing my third year at varsity full-time for my second degree is a rare story that not everyone can to tell. Education is essential in our Country, South Africa and it needs to be a greater more poignant focus.

Towards the end of last year, I was invited to a VERY delicious luncheon (you’ll know how I love food) served by the student chefs at Sparrow College in the Johannesburg, Westrand. Let me just tell you that I got to learn a thing or two that day, especially about palate cleansers and I’m not talking about that wooden-thingy a doctor uses to check your throat! Delectable lemon sorbet! Enough said.

This FET (further education training) was established in 2011 and is the first FET College in South Africa for learners with barriers to learning. I was given an opportunity to interview an instructor whose passion lies in educating young people and equipping them with life skills, as well as one of the graduands who was full of life and grateful for the opportunity afforded to her. It was a place where young adults who have had trouble finding suitable employment are being equipped with necessary skills AND the chance to be put into a working environment that provides them with a sense of dignity rather than strife. Thanks so collaboration from Spar and a few Industry representatives, all these SETA accredited courses are offered in partnership with these Industry representatives, which offer the relevant insight, work experience and sometimes tuition funding for learners who are unable to meet the financial demands of the training.


A perfect example of this mutually beneficial model is the Assistant Chef NQF Level 2 Bursary Program endorsed by SPAR. Sixteen candidates were enrolled on this nationally recognized program. Students started the fast-paced 17-week training program in basic food preparation and presentation. Following 9 weeks of intensive training at the college, students spend 8 weeks at a SPAR outlet as part of the required work experience. This fully funded program gives the learner an incredible opportunity; they are able to study at no cost, receive valuable work experience, with the possibility of full time employment with Spar once they have successfully completed their qualification. This places specialized training and employment within reach of individuals who would not have been able to access such opportunities without the participation of training providers and companies such as Sparrow FET and SPAR. One such individual is Palesa Majila, who was previously unemployed and is now based at a SPAR outlet, completing her workplace experience.



Students are offered full qualifications and skills programmes in the following:

  • Furniture and Cabinet Making accredited by FP&M SETA
  • Automotive and Repair accredited by MERSETA
  • Welding accredited by MERSETA
  • Floorlaying with CETA
  • Catering with CATHSETA

On completion of the qualification our learners are awarded with a National Certificate. And that is very good news for someone looking for a hand-up rather than a hand-out. Well done Sparrow. Watch the video below and donate towards this great initiative, with a 26% youth unemployment rate, the vibrant youth of South Africa need all the help that they can get.


McDonald’s new Chicken McBites

26 Aug

If any of you are like me, like convenience and now starting to make healthier options, you too also from time to time pass by McD’s for a quick bite. SunnyMcDonald's Chicken McBites Bunny loves chicken, he can eat it for breakfast, lunch and supper so getting him Pops from KFC has been easy. Now that McD’s are also starting to provide healthy options I don’t see why I wouldn’t pass by to check out the new chicken McBites made from REAL chicken breasts.

At first McDonald’s revealed the delicious Grand Chicken burger. An exciting ‘taste trip’ around the world followed with the introduction of three delectable big burgers with exotic flavours in the ‘Tastes of the World’ journey. To add a sweet treat to the mix they brought you scrumptious Cinnamon Melts. Now for a limited time only get snacking with McDonald’s latest tasty offering, Chicken McBites. 

Containing golden, succulent bite-size pieces of 100% premium chicken breast, covered in a crispy seasoned coating, McDonalds Chicken McBites offer the ideal tasty fun filler for those in-between meals, snack attack moments, or to share with friends. Enjoy as part of a McDonald’s Share Box offering or on its own as a 10-piece McDonald’s Chicken McBites delight for only R16.

Available between 26 August and 6 October 2013 or until stocks last, McDonalds Chicken McBites can be found at all participating McDonald’s stores countrywide for a limited time only. McDonald’s South Africa restaurants are all Halaal certified and offers a full product range to suit all needs.

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Winter Wonderland

19 Oct

On the 7th of August 2012, the South African Weather Service records showed that it has snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years. So as students, we took full advantage of playing in the snow because who knew when this would happen again…..

Just so that you are not too confused, this was a Wordless Wednesday post that I had in draft since August, yes, you read right, August! Three months later, I decided to remind us of how quickly the seasons have changed!

This actually turns into a really great life lesson: in life, there’s a season and a time for everything.

Have a good weekend xxx


A Life In Full Color

20 Aug

I recently attended a wedding and was blown away by the guests. Blown away is a bit far out, it was more like intrigued, bewildered and definitely taken aback for this day and age or for my little world.

The weather was wonderful for a Joburg winter’s day, seemingly warm but windy. As any bride would be on her special day, she was beautiful and breath-taking to say the least and the groom was clearly smitten. The ceremony was intimate and short-lived. The guests mingled and had drinks while the wedding party took gorgeous photos. The reception was filled with tearful speeches, shared words of love, a moment of silence for family members who had passed and dancing to celebrate the new union.

Sounds like a perfect wedding right? It does if someone had just read this to me but being there as the ONLY couple of colour was somewhat surprisingly stifling to be honest. Let me explain. I grew up as a coloured child that attended a “white” primary school and participated in extra-murals like music and dancing with fellow classmates, none of which were my coloured friends  were involved in. My parents tell me that as a young child, I would make friends with anyone who wanted to play with me regardless of race. So understand that being the only person of colour in an only “white” setting was not new to me but what I did find odd was that if my husband was not there to officiate the ceremony, we wouldn’t have been there. It got me wondering, if in all the wedded couple’s interactions in their daily lives, did they not have any people of colour (other than us) to share in their celebration? Not a colleague? Or perhaps a varsity friend? Or did none of the guests have cross-cultural relationships?

Am I being judgemental? I don’t know but I’m not going to assume off the bat that any of the people who attended are racist in any way. They seemed like genuinely warm and friendly people and who they choose to have at their wedding is entirely their discretion.  There were no weird vibes towards us but having a mixture of races and cultures in my little world just mad me assume that it was like that everywhere else.

The rich tapestry that is our rainbow nation for me is a beautiful thing to behold and I hope that as fellow South Africans we treasure that and never lose sight of how wonderful we all are together. It just made me realise that our indigenous blend of cultures, races, nations and languages makes us is precious…. no offense but that’s just my thoughts on an observation I made.

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