Image Details:From Left-Collin Naicker (British Council South Africa Head of Resources), Adrian Greer (British Council COO), Andy Burch (UKTI Deputy Trade Commissioner) and Colm McGivern (British Council South Africa Country Director).

On the 3rd of June 2014, the British Council in South Africa launched a new exams venue at the Bordeaux Centre in Randburg, Johannesburg. The event showcased British Council Examinations products and guests also had the opportunity to meet the British Council Chief Operations Officer, Adrian Greer.

British Council Country Examinations Manager-South Africa, Thenjiwe Ntini said;

“We are excited to be launching this new exams venue in Johannesburg. Our new permanent Examination Centre is now open to the public, providing better access, more convenience and extending our service to all our Exams customers. We started administering IELTS in 2 cities Johannesburg and CapeTown, but we have since extended our exams delivery to 5 cities in South Africa. We have also transitioned from traditional forms of Listening tests (CD Players) to news forms through the use of headphones; which shows that we ensure that we keep track of news ways of delivering our services to our customers.

British Council COO, Adrian Greer said;

"Taking an internationally recognised exam is a big deal for candidates. Successful results can be life-changing.They can lead to international university study, a new job or permanent moves to other countries. We are therefore proud as an organisation to enable and open up such opportunity for candidates.In South Africa last year over 14 000 people took 15 000 exams with the British Council to open up their world. That’s a lot of people, so we want to provide the best facilities and experience for people choosing us as their provider. Which is why I’m here today, to officially open our new exam centre here in Johannesburg. As you can see, it's a great space but we also hope it will also make a real difference to our customers and partners."

The new exams venue provides value added services for customers from the moment they arrive, which includes a comfortable waiting area, TV room and refreshments prior to the start of the candidates’ exams. Exams take place in climate controlled rooms with individual audio equipment to make the experience as pleasant as possible for candidates.