Sheppie’s smooth new ice-cream makers

2016-03-03 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna At the certificate handover (from left) Mike Lavin, Malanga Melusi, Peggy Shoba, Joep Biemans (facilitator), Annaline Grobler, Shikaar Sookdavu and Victor Nkonzo.

PHOTO: candyce krishna At the certificate handover (from left) Mike Lavin, Malanga Melusi, Peggy Shoba, Joep Biemans (facilitator), Annaline Grobler, Shikaar Sookdavu and Victor Nkonzo.

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SIX people on the lower South Coast are now skilled ice-cream makers and are certified to work at any ice-cream parlour in Europe and were recently presented with certificates in this regard.

Joep Biemans, travels from Holland­ to Port Shepstone twice a year to teach pupils and teachers at St Martin­ de Porres how to make ice cream.

“It’s been six years since I started this programme. I find it very fulfilling. I’m happy to be able to teach people how to make ice cream,” he said.

Biemans has been making ice cream since 1972 and it’s not only ice cream he specialises in - he is adept at making sorbet as well.

The project is funded by Eyes For Africa and is held at no cost to the school.

“At the moment the programme is only open to teachers and pupils at the school, but we are looking at extending it to the public and introducing new programmes,” said St Martin de Porres­ principal Dion Davey.

The additional course will be an ice cream, cake-making course.

“We are very pleased to have Joep invest his time and skills here. He makes ice cream for royalty in Britain and the Netherlands and his qualification is internationally recognised,” he said.

The project doesn’t end there - the six graduates will make ice cream and sorbet for the school, which Davey is hoping, will eventually be sold at local grocery outlets.

“We already have the machinery we need to make the products, but it’s used for the purpose of the project only­. Once the health department gives us the go ahead, the project will be commercialised,” he said.

Once that is been finalised, the product will be marketed to local grocery stores. Proceeds will go towards the machinery maintenance and upkeep of the school.

“We also have mentally challenged pupils who cannot sit in a classroom the entire day. This project will also be of benefit to them and they will learn a skill which will equip them for the future­,” he added.

The next course takes place in September­.

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