AFRICA'S PREMIER DRAUGHTING & DESIGN ACADEMY

Students from the NQF4 2009 Class and NQF5 Architectural class of 2010 graduated from African Academy. The graduation ceremony was hosted at the Birchwood Hotel in November 2011 and was a joyous event shared with friends and family of these aspiring draughtspersons. It was not only an occasion to celebrate their successes, but also a symbol of the 2009 class moving into a new phase of their lives. The majority of these students have been placed into industry positions and are already getting a taste of the working arena.
Students from the 2008 Class graduated from African Academy. The graduation ceremony was hosted at the Birchwood Hotel in March 2010 and was a joyous event shared with friends and family of these aspiring draughtspersons. It was not only an occasion to celebrate their successes, but also a symbol of the 2008 class moving into a new phase of their lives. The majority of these students have been placed into industry positions and are already getting a taste of the working arena.
This function took place at African Academy in December 2009 to formally launch the new Piping Draughting course which began in January 2010. It also gave the Academy the opportunity to formally thank Bentley Systems for their contribution in assisting with the creation of this new course.

The official unveiling of African Academy’s New Campus Wing took place at African Academy in March 2009. The New Wing sponsors, Hatch were also present and handed African Academy a cheque for R1 Million to be used for student bursaries.

Hatch, a large global engineering company, has invested R1 million in the Academy. The donation has been used to fund the building of the Academy’s new wing. Previously, Hatch provided employment to ten of the Academy’s graduates per annum. They have now pledged to increase this quota to forty per annum – an increase of 400%. This is in recognition of the excellent skills and world-class qualifications successful graduates of the Academy possess.

As part of its quest to increase the number of learners participating in scarce and critical learning programmes, MERSETA has awarded 100 grants to students studying at African Academy, where the programme was launched on 3 September 2008.