Making tourism fashionable

2018-12-14 06:00
Promoting tourism is Shayamoya Secondary School teacher Loyiso Bavuma. PHOTO: supplied

Promoting tourism is Shayamoya Secondary School teacher Loyiso Bavuma. PHOTO: supplied

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WHEN Loyiso Bavuma started teaching tourism at Shayamoya Secondary School in 2011, he said pupils did not like the subject and their performance was poor. However, due to his efforts, tourism is now getting enough recognition from teachers, pupils and parents.

He said he created a love of tourism in his pupils and, as a result, in the past seven years, tourism as a subject has received a 100% matric pass rate in the school.

“Every year I make sure that pupils attend educational tours to various places to learn more about tourism. I always tell pupils to work hard and to understand the wonderful opportunities there are in this sector,” he said, adding that young people can work at game reserves, restaurants and hotels or can own businesses through tourism.

He said his love of tourism began when he was young. He said he wanted to study law at tertiary level, but due to lack of funds he ended up going into teaching.

Apart from teaching tourism, he also teaches dramatic arts to a Grade 11 class, saying: “When I was young, I wrote songs and did stage performances.”

To cope with pressure of teaching two subjects, he said he conducts extra classes on weekends and holidays and has been getting good results.

He encouraged pupils who were writing matric exams not to enjoy the festive season by over-indulging in alcohol.

Last month, Bavuma, who loves travelling, said he was appointed as deputy chair for the Greater Kokstad Community Tourism Organisation which is tasked to market Kokstad to tourists. Speaking about the appointment, he said he will work hard to promote local tourism to boost the economy.

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