Leaver’s Dance

We can’t stress enough how vital it is as a young adult to learn the importance of how to strike a balance between work and play, so events such as the ELMI College Leavers Dance which was held on Friday 16 September 2016 is one of the many ways in which we aim to help our students let their hair down every now and again. The Leavers Dance is one of the more elegant evening events on the annual ELMI College calendar. An evening of dressing up and fine dining, followed by kicking off our shoes and taking to the dance floor with our best moves… or our two left feet!

We know and understand the various pressures faced by today’s youth and so the evening is just to reassure our students that they’re running a good race, and encourage them to keep their heads up. The evening was held in the dazzling East London Golf Course. Inhibitions were packed away, the students and the Dream Team dressed up – we were all looking rather dapper and/or funky. We took loads of crazy and super cool photos in the photo booth – because what’s an evening out on the town without photos. We ate, we laughed, we danced, we were merry and bold and every now and again we all look back on that night and say, “That was fantastic”.

To our extraordinary final year students of 2016; the Leaver’s Dance is an acknowledgement that it’s nearly time for you to Graduate and move on. We have every confidence in the fact that you will, and although it is a bittersweet moment for us when you do, we know you will all fly. You’ve come full circle! You did Dream it and then Do it (you are currently), it’s now time for you to Be it too. Thank you for trusting us and allowing us be a part of your dream chasing journey.


ELMI’s vision of Dream it – Do it – Be it; is more than a framed picture on the wall of the institution, it’s a legacy that we believe in and live by whole heartedly each passing day. In order to help young adults to identify their dreams so that they can pursue them, ELMI offers a number of initiatives to the scholars in and around East London.

ELMI College delivers the innovative, interactive and super fun CREW (Career Readiness Workshops) during the June/July school holidays. These three day workshops, offered free of charge to Grade 12’s, give these soon to be students the opportunity to test their interest, skill and ability in a variety of fields. The aim is to help the individual identify which course/s or field/s of study best suits them.




Budding Graphic designers spread their creative wings delving into the finer aspects of Photoshop, whilst IT Whizzkids busy themselves in the Computer Workshop studying wireless networking and security. The Financial, Marketing, HR and Business learners familiarise themselves with Essential Entrepreneurship, Business, Sales and Marketing Workshops.

Some of the scholars who attended the 2016 CREW had this to say after the three days was up:

“I just want to take this moment to say thanks for the best three days of my life not only were they educational but fun too…” Kyle Thatchell – Greenpoint Secondary School

“I made new friends that I know I can keep for a long time all thanks to you guys…” Sisabonga Ndamane – Queenstown Girls’ High School

“The CREW workshop was worth me always being on Dolly’s case about inviting me, please tell her I’m sorry as I really wanted to be a part of this workshop, it was incredible…” Cwayita Silinga – Hudson Park High School

“The crew taught me a lot of things about what kind of person I really am and what kind of field is better for me and now I’m sure marketing is my calling all thanks to Dolly and Abi, you guys really played a huge role in my future I’m so thankful…” Lutholwethu Gafini – Dale College Boys’ High School

“I just want to say please DON’T STOP what you guys are doing, as it does make a difference in people’s lives “DREAM IT DO IT BE IT”…” Bongani Mxinwa – Cambridge High School


Hundreds of thousands of students countrywide dream of obtaining a recognised and accredited educational qualification, sadly however; due to various divergent circumstances, many only dream of graduating and the reality of such an achievement is often seldom achieved. Staying true to our slogan “Dream it – Do it – Be it” at ELMI College we know and believe that each and every student who enrols with us has graduating as the end goal; and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We know the vast amounts of hard work that each and every one of our students puts in to achieve this goal and that is one of the reasons why we put so much into our annual grad ceremony.

The purpose of this fine evening in any year, is not only for us as the staff and the families of these students to celebrate and acknowledge the students’ achievements, but also for the student to acknowledge and revel in their successes, it’s all about honour and validation. The graduation ceremony for the class of 2015 was held on 3 May 2016; at what was and is still undeniably one of the most outstanding venues The Dirty East aka Slum Town has to offer; The Guild Theatre. Our guest speaker on the night was the highly esteemed & acclaimed Professor Dovhani Thakhathi and our students as well as invited guests lavished in the prowess of his repertoire in rhetoric.

Although ELMI College endeavours to celebrate its students, new and old – year round; Grad night is the one night that the students and lecturers who have played a vital role in getting our graduates to this point in their academic careers can really sit back and pride themselves in the fine, unparalleled attainment of their successes.

Pick-up Clean-up Green-up

By now you will have gathered that our students are out of this world, and so the next bit of news may or may not be of any surprise to you. Have you ever walked, run, driven or cycled the block between St Georges Street, Oxford Street, St James Street and King Street? If you have, then you will know the immense volumes of litter that can accumulate and subsequently be found in and amongst all of those points

Drumroll please… and allow us to introduce the Pick-up Clean-up Green-up project (PCG)! An incredible and tremendously successful project and a simple initiative that we are proud to say will now be an annual drive on the ELMI College Calendar. PCG is the brainchild of some of ELMI College’s 2016 second year Graphic Design students.

Never in the history of rubbish collection have we ever seen 25+ 16 – 30 year olds as excited as the ELMI College students and staff were to collect rubbish in Southernwood – all in the name of a cleaner, greener East London. The clean-up was opened up to local businesses and churches in the area. The students encountered and braved severely mouldy foods, used diapers, maggots, used condoms, dead cats, rats and various other gruesome trash we’d rather not mention to spare your stomach. In two hours, more than 60 black bin bags filled to the brim with garbage were collected.

The campaign hopes to create awareness and action and suggests that if we act together, cleaning “one block at a time” we can restore a cleaner and greener environment.

For years to come, ELMI College will continue to challenge all East London business owners, landlords, tenants, churches and education institutions to take responsibility for the cleanliness of our beautiful city.