From the CTICC to Walt Disney

CTICC graduates Nosihle Zondo and Kwanele Makhaye.

CTICC graduates, Nosihle Zondo and Kwanele Makhaye, this year returned to the CTICC to complete their graduate programme after a lifetime opportunity to work as interns at the famous Walt Disney World Resort in America.


Zondo, who holds a National Diploma in Hospitality Management, and Makhaye, who holds a National Diploma in Catering Management, were put through their paces when they first arrived and had to study at the “Disney university” before they could get to the nitty-gritty of the job.


At the resort they were stationed at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge and gave visitors a real-life experience of Africa.


“At the lodge we could share our cultures and we had so many opportunities to express ourselves through our culture. There was staff from different parts of Africa – South Africa, Namibia, and Morocco – and we had the opportunity to share our world with the guests,” said Zondo.


For Makhaye his African cuisine hit just the right spot.


“The African Lodge has three restaurants, Bomo, Jiko and Sanaa, and I was lucky enough to have one of my dishes made a signature dish at one of the restaurants,” said Makhaye.


Chief Executive Officer of the CTICC, Julie-May Ellingson, reiterated that opportunities for CTICC staff and graduates to experience the industry outside of CTICC walls is extremely important as the industry is continuously changing and evolving.


“Experiencing other venues can only be beneficial for our staff and in this case, our graduates, so that they can experience how other venues operate and function. These types of opportunities can only contribute positively to the CTICC and the industry as a whole,” said Ellingson.

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