Pre-Conference Site-Visits (educational fieldtrips/tours)

Pre-Conference Site Visits are scheduled for 5 December 2107.

To attend either a half day or full day Pre-Conference Site Visit, you should arrive in Grahamstown on 4 December. Book your preferred Pre-Conference Site Visit in advance, as numbers will be limited to 24 delegates per excursion. A small additional fee is required to cover your meals and transport, and should be paid at the time of registration. Places are allocated on a first paid, first secured basis. Note that Pre-Conference Workshops will run concurrently with the Pre-Conference Site Visits You can therefore choose either a workshop or an excursion for 5 December, but not both.

Please note that short walking tours will be on offer during the conference programme (6-8 December). These will be free of charge and you can book one at the start of the conference. For the tourist experience of the beaches and game parks of the Eastern Cape and the rest of South Africa, we encourage you to make your own arrangements as soon as possible. Please be advised that our annual summer holiday season starts on 6 December, so if you are lucky enough to have some holiday time, do make those bookings immediately.

Pre-Conference Site Visits:

  1. Bathurst Art Collective (full day trip) - FULLY BOOKED
  2. Eastcape Midlands College, Volkswagen and Addo Park (full day trip) - FULLY BOOKED


Bathurst Art Collective

A comfortable one-hour bus drive through the rural Eastern Cape will take us to the village of Bathurst, where artists, academics, and amaXhosa families seek a good quality of life amid the ever present threat of poverty.  From this tranquil haven artist Tori Stowe creates products for national high end chain stores and boutiques, in the process also creating markets for locally produced fabrics and opportunities for others to make a living through arts and crafts. Meet Tori and other artists who seized the opportunity to make a novel kind of living where unemployment is rife. Enjoy the scenery, the creativity and the local produce while contemplating how work and learning can be enhanced through global connections and well used technology in country side pockets. and for examples of the work produced.


Eastcape Midlands College and Volkswagen Training Academy

This full day excursion takes us 135 km south of Grahamstown to the industrial area of Uitenhage, where we will visit the Volkswagen factory and a campus of the Eastcape Midlands College, which serves among other roles as a training academy for the Eastern Cape province’s automobile industry. The students at this vocational college come from the Nelson Mandela metropole, as well as the rural western part of the province. The college is challenged to provide for the needs of an advanced industrial economy on the one hand and a widespread rural area with high rates of unemployment and poverty, as well as the low educational achievement in many of the Eastern Cape’s primary and secondary schools.

We will also visit the Volkswagen manufacturing plant to see skills in action. Volkswagen established five Learning Academies in 2009 to provide advanced training for its employees, and to offer training services to local suppliers and businesses in general. These academies specialise in production, leadership, technical, commercial, and sales and marketing, and are supported by a sophisticated learner management system.

On the way home the excursion may offer (to be confirmed) a drive through the Addo Elephant Park. Addo is the only national park in South Africa that offers the “big 7”: the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, rhinoceros, sharks and whales! Although our excursion will not include the two marine biggies, there is a good chance of seeing at least the ellies!!

Lead Person: Mr Klasie Claassen, Registrar: Institutional Development and Occupational Training