Cape Town students to show SA skills in Dubai

Cape Town - Siyabonga Hopewell never thought he would board a plane in his life, especially for something he is passionate about.

Hopewell, 21, a plumber from Athlone, Cape Town, is among eight young people who will fly to Dubai in October to represent the country in their various professions at an international skills competition.

Young professionals from 72 countries will showcase their skills at the three-day competition.

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File photo: Young professionals from 72 countries will showcase their skills at the three-day competition.

Sixteen young people won medals in the national leg of the world skills competition in Durban last month.

The competition recognises excellence in technical expertise in careers such as electrical work, bricklaying, plumbing, car body repair, graphic design, restaurant service, IT system administration, IT network solutions, hairdressing, computer numerical control (CNC), turning and beauty therapy.

The students hail come from institutions such as Northlink TVET College, College of Cape Town, False Bay TVET College, International Hotel School, NX Hair Academy and 124 Wireless.

Hopewell said he had chosen to study plumbing as a trade at the Northlink College campus in Belhar because he was curious about pipes and the drainage system.

“I’m very happy to have made my parents proud. I’m happy that I can see I’m excelling in something I’m passionate about. I never thought my career would send me overseas,” he said.

Insaan Claasen, 19, an IT specialist from Athlone, commended the competition and said it provided opportunities for young professionals.

He said the trip would also help them consolidate their CVs.

MEC of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde congratulated the gold medalists.

“The winners of the competition will represent their institutions and communities on the international stage. It is important to celebrate their achievements."

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