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Luminaries among guests of Stellenbosch's Private Hotel School:

The Private Hotel School celebrated the opening of its restaurant

Private Hotel School opening of its student library


The Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch celebrated the opening of its restaurant and student library on Monday along with prominent local and international guests.
Among the hospitality industry luminaries who attended were veteran US hotelier Ali Kasikci and his wife Donanne, along with former Witwatersrand hotel school chief executive Dr Reinier Mornet and the heads of several of Cape Town's top hotels. A special guest at the event was Kasikci close family friend Hal David, legendary American writer of songs including Raindrops keep fallin' on my head, and his wife Eunice.

As a guest speaker at the event, Dr Mornet held high praise for The Private Hotel School. He gave an overview of the South African hospitality industry, ranking The Private Hotel School as "within the top six" of the country's 38 hotel schools. He said a degree programme in the planning would only add to the institution's prominence.

Mr Kasikci congratulated the school on its achievements, highlighting the dire need for quality education in Africa and across the world. "I am so proud of you in this commitment to education," he said to the management team. "Learning is the future and it was worth flying all the way from Los Angeles to be here tonight."Private Hotel School founder Hein Olckers said it was a rare privilege for him, co-director Susina Jooste and their team to share the occasion with such leading lights of the hospitality industry. A valuable collection of cooking and hospitality books donated by Mr Kasikci and his wife make up the core of the school's new library, which was named in their honour.

The official opening of the restaurant, called 33 Dine, was celebrated with a showpiece menu. Dishes prepared by chefs Mariëtte Collins and Louw Kotze, were paired with wines from top Stellenbosch producer, De Trafford – chosen specifically because the estate is a favourite of Mr Kasikci's and discussed at the dinner by winemaker David Trafford. Inspiration for dishes served at the intimate, fine-dining venue is derived from Mediterranean and African influences, under the maxim "Beautiful food served beautifully".

Guests were treated to Chorizo and Prawn St Germaine with the De Trafford Chenin Blanc Reserve 2007 and the Sijn White 2009. Duck comprised the main course, served with De Trafford Shiraz 2004 and the meal was rounded off with a dessert of summer fruits with the De Trafford Blueprint Shiraz 2008. Florentines were served with De Trafford Straw Wine 2005.

The musical ensemble Trium provided the evening's music, giving special renditions of songs written by Mr David.
A master license holder for the American Hospitality Academy (AHA) and the first American Hotel School in SA, the Private Hotel School presents a variety of hospitality and culinary arts diplomas and certificate courses, developed in the South African context, as well as informal cooking classes. Its Higher and Advanced Certificates were both accredited with South Africa's Council on Higher Education (CHE) this year, along with the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education, meaning the school now has accredited qualifications on NQF levels 5, 6 and 7. It is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until December 31, 2013 as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997.

The Private Hotel School was established in 2005. Initially based at Stellenbosch's renowned Lanzerac wine estate, the school moved to Vlottenburg on the outskirts of Stellenbosch last year. In addition to its guesthouse and restaurant, the school also has lecture halls, which are available for functions. Upgrades to the auditorium and training kitchen are to take place over coming months.

For more information about the school, please contact Mr Hein Olckers on tel: (021) 881 3792 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



HOSTEX CAPE 2010 at the CTICC:

Thank you to all students for attending HOSTEX CAPE 2010

students of THPS

On Wednesday 10 March, the students of The Private Hotel School made a trip to the Hospitality Exhibition (Hostex) which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It was a unique and memorable experience, as well as an eye-opener for the students as they learnt the current trends in the hospitality industry. It was also a great opportunity for the students to get an insight on how an exhibition in the hospitality industry took place. There were definitely a few parts of Hostex that caught the students' eye. The focal point of the event was how the hospitality industry is implementing 'Going Green.' Items selling included coffee machines that use less power, dish washing machines that save 70 000 litres of water per year, and Bio-citrus laundry detergents that are environmentally friendly.

It is inspirational to know that the industry that we are in truly care about the environmental impacts. Another trend is striving to become healthier, which inspired the creation of an oven that cooks with steam. You put the item in and specify what degree of doneness you would like it, and it will roast, bake and grill many different dishes at once. This saves time as well as energy, because it holds the heat inside. A famous event of Hostex is the Chef Cook Off, sponsored by Nestle Professional. This year, competitors included four of the youngest chefs from across the country. Members of the public got to see how top chefs prepare and cook their meals, and this was specifically a motivation point for students who wish to follow this career path. One of the chef's creations was using liquid nitrogen to make an instant sorbet.

The visitors also got to participate in fun and interesting games, and as a bonus, got to watch and taste the deliciously cooked three course meals. Students learnt how important networking is, as it may be a great benefit in the future when they apply for internships or are seeking jobs. Overall, it was a great experience and made visitors realize how dynamic the industry is and how many opportunities lie out there for hospitality students



Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7 November 2007 – The Private Hotel School in Stellenbosch has recently been granted the license for South Africa to offer tuition for the Diploma in International Hospitality Management and the Diploma in Culinary Arts programmes from the American Hospitality Academy. This makes the Private Hotel School the first American Hotel School in South Africa!

The American Hospitality Academy – the world's leading provider of USA hospitality internships and exchange programmes – has partnered with some of the most prestigious members of the USA hospitality industry and academic institutions around the globe to create a comprehensive hotel management school curriculum. It has been specifically designed to develop future hospitality leaders who possess and demonstrate positive attitudes, strong work values and the ability to lead in a multicultural workplace.


The mission of AHA-IHMS is to provide tomorrow's hospitality industry leaders with the practical training and educational and cultural awareness skills necessary to succeed in today's global economy, while fostering international goodwill and friendship.

The management techniques and practices of the USA hospitality industry are viewed by many as the best in the world. AHA International Hotel Management Schools provide students access to these American hospitality management methodologies in an international educational setting.

Our curriculum combines innovative, leading-edge hospitality instruction with premier, practical "real-world" USA internships to ensure students receive the very best of both educational worlds – attitude and aptitude. Industry experts agree that leading hotel companies around the world hire for attitude and train for aptitude. AHA-IHMS trains students in both.

This unique, comprehensive hospitality education and practical training model is the only of its kind in the world!


Whether in the Philippines, Nepal, China, India, Romania, Vietnam or elsewhere, each AHA-IHMS campus is founded and focused on the same impeccable professional standards that have made AHA a world leader in hospitality internships: Quality in Education, Commitment to Excellence, Leading Edge Teaching and Practical Training methods, and an emphasis on Cultural Diversity and Leadership.


Students graduate with AHA-IHMS world-class Diplomas in International Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts. Additionally, certifications may be earned from three leading American Hotel and Restaurant Associations in the United States.



The AHA USA Internship Programme is an integral part of all diploma programmes at AHA International Hotel Management Schools. For most of our students, this internship will be their first working experience in the global hospitality industry.

The AHA-IHMS' main competitive difference is our internationally renowned structured USA internship programme. With 20 years of proven training experience, AHA provides students with world class practical training at some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts in the United States. AHA Partner Hotels include: Marriott, Hilton, Ritz Carlton, Westin, Starwood, Holiday Inn, Radisson and many premier vacation ownership properties.


• Paid Internships in the United States at Premier Hotel Companies
• Furnished Housing, Utilities and Transportation
• SERVLEAD Internship Manual
• Real "On the Job" Training
• Training Plans and Competencies
• Classroom Training on Leadership and Cultural Awareness
• Passport to Culture Program
• Community Service Involvement
• Evaluations
• AH&LA Certification


The AHA is a designated, US Department of State J-1 Visa Sponsor. This designation allows the AHA to issue the DS-2019 form, or Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Exchange Programmes. The DS-2019 form is the legal paperwork required for all students participating in the training programme in the United States.


AHA assists all graduates with career placement at top hotel companies throughout the world. Local job fairs are hosted throughout the year at our school for both the USA industry partners and hotel partners in South Africa.


AHA at The Private Hotel School provides professional certification courses for industry practitioners interested in enhancing their current skills or for those gearing-up for a career shift to be part of the dynamic hospitality industry. Participants have the opportunity to complete a short term course and receive a certification from AHA-IHMS and the two premier hotel and restaurant educational organizations in the USA. Emphasis is on hands-on training.

Professional Certification Courses offered:


• Concentrates on the development of 10 essential positive work ethics that have been identified by industry leaders as the necessary traits to succeed in any hotel or service organization.


• Focuses on building the participants' hospitality related vocabulary and deals with essential English grammar and sentence structure.


• Develops participants' food service skills and provides a foundation for understanding the various challenges and responsibilities involved in food and beverage operations.


• Provides participants with a hands-on approach in the main aspects of front office operations including, and not limited to: reservations, registration, night audit, check in and check out.


• Provides participants with hands-on training on the basic functions of a guest room attendant. Emphasis is on observance of proper procedures with maximum efficiency that meet high quality standards.


This is the unique motto of a unique hotel school which opened its doors in January 2006. The Private Hotel School is nestled at the foot of the Helderberg at the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa outside Stellenbosch. It is the only hotel school forming part of a 5 star hotel, which makes it exceptional and one of a kind.

Although The Private Hotel School is fairly new, it is already renowned for its commitment to excellence. Our students are in demand, nationally and internationally.

Numerous applications have been received for next year, from both locally and abroad.

Students will experience the best of both worlds. The campus is surrounded by the breathtaking Helderberg mountain range and its lovely wine farms, with Stellenbosch's bustling student-life only a few minutes away.

Enquiries can be directed to Hein Olckers or Merwede Snyman at tel (021) 881-3792, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,


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