Marcu Williams was introduced to Bergzicht Training Centre by a friend who also did a course with them.
Before Bergzicht, Williams was unemployed and didn’t really know what to do with his life.
Before I went to Bergzicht Training Centre I was down and without a job. I didn’t know where to go or who will help me.— MMarcu Williams
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Williams’s dream was to one day become a chef, a dream he told one of his teachers at Bergzicht.
He did a Home Management course for 5 weeks and later did Catercare course at the hotel school for 10 weeks.
He is currently working at Muratie Wine Estate as assistant chef.
Cape Talk’s Pippa Hudson also spoke to Renske Minnaar , who started as a volunteer and now CEO of Bergzicht Training Centre.
According to Minaar, Bergzicht Training Centre opened 23 years ago in the historic Bergzicht Town Square, Stellenbosch to give young South Africans an opportunity to turn their lives around and acquire practical skills they can use in the workplace.
Courses that were initially offered by the centre were Home Management, Frail Care and Educare, and later added Catercare and Literacy programmes.