Donor Tributes

We pay tribute to our wonderful sponsors who are helping African Academy to change lives.

Company Name: Hatch Africa

Sponsorship: Hatch, a large multinational 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, Now, with increased commitment, Hatch has pledged to up this quota to forty – an increase of 400%. This is in recognition of the excellent skills and world-class qualifications successful graduates of the Academy possess. It is no secret that good caliber Draughtpersons are in short supply in South Africa, and it is to this end that Hatch has offered its support.

Organization Name: MERSETA

Sponsorship: The Manufacturing and Engineering SETA has joined the Hatch challenge and has awarded 100 Learnerships with a grant to the value oF R3.5 million. This means that 100 eager, aspiring draughtpersons will have an opportunity to pursue their passion and be placed in a rewarding career. Watch this space for more information.

Organization Name: Autodesk

Sponsorship: Since 1982, Autodesk has ushered in state-of-the-art 2D and3D technologies that let customers visualize, simulate, and analyze the real-world performance of their ideas early in the design process. This leading design software developer has realized the potential of African Academy and the great need for skilled draughtpersons in South Africa. Autodesk was fundamental in making the Academy’s move to their new premises possible, by sponsoring their new furniture to the value of R250 000. Autodesk has also donated close to R1 million worth of software(AutoCAD, Revit & Inventor), which is fundamental to the course methodology at African Academy.

Company Name: Bateman Project Holdings

Sponsorship: Bateman, process engineering and project management specialists, have donated over half a million rand since the inception of the African Academy in 1994. Bateman were fundamental to the Academy’s existence in the beginning, providing African Academy with its first facilities, providing the platform for the Academy to grow into its new premises.

Organization Name: Bentley Systems

Sponsorship: Bentley Systems kindly sponsored the expertise of a curriculum development specialist, Mr. Terry Rice from the USA to enable the African Academy to develop the new industry-related NQF 5 Piping Draughting course which was launched in January 2010. Developments are currently in place for a Civil course and a Control and Instrumentation course which will, hopefully, be launched in 2011. The value of this expertise offered by Bentley Systems is in excess of R1 million.

Organisation Name: Kellogg Brown and Root South Africa (KBR)

Donation: KBR kindly assisted and contributed to the development of the NQF 5 Piping course by hosting the course at the premises and then offering Mr. Vernon Riggs (an employee of KBR) to lecture this course for the duration of 2010 at the African Academy. KBR also donated computer equipment and stationery to enable students to study at the African Academy.

The African Academy was established in 1994 to address the critical need for well-trained and skilled Draughtspersons, and to contribute towards reducing unemployment in South Africa. The African Academy is recognized as one of Africa’s leading Draughting Education & Training Institutions. The African Academy has proven its worth by achieving an above 80% pass rate and an above 80% placement of graduates in employment. Industry attests to the high calibre of graduate that the African Academy produces.

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