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Adult Literacy School in Centurion produces excellent results

The Leriba Hotel adult literacy school has been running since August 2011. It offers adult learners the chance to enrol for Adult Education and Training (AET) programme and offers free classes twice a week for Leriba Hotel staff and adults who wish to improve their education that live in the Centurion area.

The school focuses on teaching these adults to be functionally literate, in order to reach their full potential. Reading with understanding is a vital skill in finding a good job. A person is limited in what they can accomplish without proper reading and comprehension skills.  It is a long term commitment that has shown proven results and significant changes in the learners. They are more positive and recognise that they now have the opportunity to improve their lives.

Most of the learners are currently employed by Leriba Hotel, except for one. There are 12 learners working their way through the different course levels in the AET training programme:

  • Robert Rasweswe has been the Maintenance Manager at the hotel for nearly 5 years now. He is a firm favourite in the class as he always helps the other learners with their lessons. He has completed all four Communications in English levels and achieved a pass rate of 74% for Level 4. He hopes to become a Facilitator one day, as he really enjoys teaching the other learners. Robert is now working through Mathematics Level 1.


  • Angie Modisapudi is the Housekeeping Supervisor. She is currently completing Communication in English Level 4 and is looking forward to starting her Maths Level 1 course when she has written her exams. She achieved a pass rate of 64% for Level 3. Angie enjoys the course work as it has helped her with her communication skills. She plans to have a chicken farm one day after completing her training and studying further.


  • Cecilia Maine is a Housekeeper who is in the process of completing Communication in English Level 3. She achieved a pass rate of 59% for Level 2. She is looking forward to finishing the AET programme that has made her life much easier and improved her confidence.


  • David Rapitso is a Porter. He is looking forward to working his way up in the Leriba Hotel business once he has completed his AET training. He is currently completing Communication in English Level 2. He achieved a pass mark of 50% for Level 1.


  • Steve Tshabangu previously worked as a Garden Engineer at the hotel. In January 2016, he started his current job as a Learner Chef – in 2017, he will start working as a Chef! Steve is currently working through Communications in English Level 2. He achieved a pass rate of 83% for Level 1. The AET programme has given him a lot of confidence and has helped him a lot during his training to be a chef.


  • Rina Lekgetho (affectionately known as Ouma) is a Housekeeper. She is continuing with the Oral Bridging course.


  • Thabiso Masombuka who recently enrolled is currently working on Communications in English Level 1. He works as a Garden Engineer. He completed his matric, but decided to enrol for AET training to improve his results so that he can work towards becoming an Electrical Engineer.


  • Themba Jiyane, another new learner at the school, is a Garden Engineer. He decided to sign up for the programme to be able to complete his matric and then work in IT in the future.


  • Maria Makunyane was a domestic worker before she was employed as a Housekeeper in February 2016. She has completed Communication in English Level 2 and achieved a pass rate of 65%. She enjoys participating in the AET training and is looking forward to completing Level 3.


  • Koos Moabi is a Maintenance Assistant who recently enrolled at the school. He is completing Communication in English Level 1. His favourite part about the programme is working on the computer. Koos is determined to study hard to improve his education.placeholder
  • Sophia Moloto is a Housekeeper and new learner who is currently working through Communication in English Level 1. This is the first time she has worked on a computer and she really enjoys it!


  • Sakeena Padia, a home executive based in the Centurion area, is completing Communications in English Level 3 at the moment. She achieved a pass rate of 95% for Level 2. She wants to improve her education so that she can get a good job to provide for her family.placeholder

Elsie de Villiers, an Independent Project Manager (IPM) who represents Media Works – a leading adult education and training (AET) provider – together with Peet du Preez, owner of Leriba Hotel and Spa and Hennie van Graan from WHM Labour Law Advisors, started the school. Charlé Cockrell manages, leads and supports the project as the Facilitator on behalf of WHM. She is supported by Betsie Pretorius, the HR Manager for Leriba Hotel. Together they ensure that the learners are motivated and excited to continue with their studies.


Notes to the Editor:

WHM Labour Law Advisors

WHM Labour Law Advisors has over 17 years’ experience within the Human Resources and Industrial Relations environment. Hennie van Graan has been a partner at WHM Labour Law Advisors for 14 years. He has a firm footing in South Africa’s labour landscape and understands the cultures that influence it well.

Media Works

Media Works is the leading AET provider in South Africa with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. They offer a number of training delivery methods including computer-assisted, face-to-face and a combination of the two, which has enabled thousands of ABET learners to access learning and upskill themselves.

Leriba Hotel and Spa

Leriba Hotel and Spa, 4 and 5 Star Hotel is nestled on 13 hectares of indigenous flora on the banks of the Hennops River, Centurion. The Hotel boast 73 luxury rooms, 18 conference venues, two full a la carte restaurants, fully equipped gymnasium and physiotherapist on site. It’s strategically located and easy accessible from Pretoria and Johannesburg.