Singita Community Culinary School
A unique program that serves to fulfill a real need in the community, as well as for the South African hospitality industry as a whole
Offering a rigorous, Singita-crafted professional cookery course that sees young people from local communities graduating as commis chefs of the highest calibre, there are three Singita Community Culinary Schools (SCCSs) – located in South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda respectively. Admission into the programme is competitive and graduates emerge with highly sought-after skills and strong employment prospects.
- 2007: SCCS opens at Singita Kruger National Park
- 2015: SCCS opens at Singita Serengeti
- 2021: SCCS opens at Singita Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
From 2021 onwards, all three schools will offer the same internationally recognised Worldchefs certificate – a curriculum that combines the grounding of theory with intensive practical training. Graduates proceed to an internship programme and receive job placement support, while exchanges with local and international kitchens are also available. The Singita Community Culinary Schools constitute a significant step towards achieving Singita’s long-term community development goal of assisting the families that live in and around the reserves to thrive – both economically and socially.
Singita Lowveld Trust, our conservation partner in South Africa, sponsors 10 students per year and guests generously fund additional scholarships through donations to our SCCS Expansion Fund. Our goal is to double the number of students who graduate from the programme annually.
Singita Lowveld Trust
In South Africa, the Singita Lowveld Trust manages a wide range of conservation projects in Singita Sabi Sand and Singita Kruger National Park – from anti-poaching initiatives to wildlife research & land management, sustainability efforts and community developments projects such as early childhood development, digital learning and a world-class culinary school.
A highly skilled team of tracking dogs and handlers enhance anti-poaching efforts in the Sabi Sand Reserve, while the Trust’s partnership with the global conservation NGO Panthera has shown that the area is home to the largest density of leopards of any protected area surveyed in South Africa. The Panthera’s Furs for Life project – of which Singita is a partner – has reduced the demand for leopard skins with 50%, and Singita is also a strategic founding partner of the Lionscape Coalition, supporting the Lion Recovery Fund’s goal to double wild lion numbers by 2050.