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Northern Cape Schools Struggling With Attendance

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 16:36Author: Simbongile Makanda

Schools in the Northern Cape have been struggling to get learners to return since lockdown regulations were eased. Experts have predicted that South Africa will have a high drop out rate this year because of disruptions caused by the lockdown.

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More than 10 000 learners in the Northern Cape have still not returned to school. About 3 000 of the learners who didn't return are in grades R, 1 and 2. 

Basic education acting head of department in the Northern Cape, Sandile Beuzana said the department has tried to follow up on these learners by talking to their parents. 

“The department is currently using different strategies to secure accurate data on absenteeism due to parents choosing not to send learners to school for reasons covered under the Disaster Management Act,” Beuzana said. 

In September, the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) partly blamed the high rate of absenteeism on the department's use of a rotational timetable. 

Cosas provincial secretary, Scalo Mahladisa said learners in lower grades were being negatively affected by the rotational timetable.

"They go to school once or twice a week and they forget what they have been doing at schools. The rotational basis leads to a loss of interest in schooling because many of the pupils don't have access to online learning."

Merle Mansfield from The Zero Dropout Campaign said it has become difficult to accurately track the number of learners who drop out. 

The Zero Dropout Campaign did an analysis which showed that a number of learners disappear from the school system before they reach grade 12.

It is still unclear how many more are leaving the school system because the way South Africa currently tracks data doesn't allow for the movement of learners to be seen. 

What Mansfield also found is that learners are leaving school because of factors influenced by the school environment. 

"Learners are leaving school because of disengagement and drop out is the ultimate consequence of disengagement. Disengagement is impacted by a range of factors that learners have to face. These factors can happen within the school. They're issues like failing a grade, repeating a grade, struggling academically, struggling to read, experiencing corporal punishment."

The Basic Education Department has been pleading with parents for months to get them to send their children to school. 

 “We appreciate the support we get from some parents and going forward, we would like to plead with everyone to allow the kids to come back to catch up on lost time," said Basic Education Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule.

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Cosatu Caught Off Guard By WCED's Request

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 15:59Author: Simbongile Makanda

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is not happy with the budget cuts it has faced this year, and there could be more to come. Cosatu has now found itself in the middle of the provincial department's war with national government.

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The WCED has called on organisations like Cosatu to help make the government prioritise education. Cosatu was surprised by the department's request. 

Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer released a statement speaking out against budget cuts for the education department. Schäfer fears that budget cuts will mean the department will have less money to provide quality education to learners. 

"If these organisations are genuinely serious about solving the challenges we face, they will join us in demanding that national government prioritise the education of our children over the continued looting of State Owned Enterprises."

Schäfer wants the organisations to publically state that they want the government to reverse any budget cuts that were made this year. She also wants the national government to increase the funding allocated to the Western Cape. 

There are fears that more budget cuts will affect the department's plans to provide transport to learners and improve school infrastructure.

"Budget cuts mean we cannot build enough schools for the additional 18 000 learners added to our province’s schools each year, so there will be a major struggle to find school places every single year."

Another concern that Schäfer has is how the budget cuts will affect the employment of teachers. This will also affect learners who will most likely be in overcrowded classrooms. 

Cosatu's provincial secretary Malvern de Bruyn said the union was caught off guard by the minister's statement. 

De Bruyn said Schäfer didn't approach Cosatu before releasing the statement. He questioned the department's motives as the statement was released ahead of Cosatu's press statement today. 

"I think it's more of a plot or a ploy by the MEC to make such requests. Not once in their history have they ever made such requests to Cosatu."

Despite this, de Bruyn has made it clear that Cosatu is against any budget cuts that affect the education department.

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Department Plans To Do Better With Student Accommodation

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 13:44Author: Sakinah Samuels

Blade Nzimande, the Minister who oversees Higher Education, has said that his Department aims to improve student accommodation in the country. This has always been a major issue in the higher education sector with students constantly seeking suitable accommodation spaces.

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Blade Nzimande, the Minister who oversees Higher Education, has said that his Department aims to improve student accommodation in the country. This has always been a major issue in the higher education sector with students constantly seeking suitable accommodation spaces.

During a meeting with the Portfolio Committee, he said that Government will be restructuring the whole issue of managing student accommodation in the Higher Education sector and hopefully the system as a whole.

"We have different types of student accommodation. Perhaps it will always be like this but we aren't managing this thing very clearly," he said. As far as student accommodation goes, there are institution owned accommodation, various types of private accommodation, institution leased private accommodation and also private accommodation which are next to institutions and seeked out by a lot of students.

Government is said to be pursuing the issue of Government buildings which are either not being used properly or not being used at all which are under the Department of Public Works. Nzimanade says these buildings can be turned into student accommodation buildings.

The Minister said that his Department has a strategy to restructure student accommodation in the sector and that "we need to co-ordinate properly the issue of student accommodation".

Another point which the Minister addressed was to say that non-University institutions should be taken seriously and seen as important as well, including Community Education and Training Centres.

Nzimande believes that the Community Training sector should be a larger sector and wants smaller sectors of higher education to be given the same attention the university sector gets.

He said that "we try our best to cater to that" and have extended the help of Higher Health to deal with Community Education and Training Centres and that the Department is working closely with the Department of Basic Education. 

Government has backed Higher Health financially as Nzimande said they have competent staff and are doing great work.

The Minister acknowledged that Covid-19 has hit the Higher Education sector with the realities of inequalities. 

The Minister does however say that poverty and inequalities were here already and that it is unfair to get surprised that the Department was unable to do away with it. "This can't be done overnight," said the Minister. 

He further said that his Department has done very well in expanding opportunities for vulnerable youth and that he is proud.

He urged everyone else to acknowledge the progress everyone has made and to focus on what has to be done in the future.

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Government Won't Tolerate Corruption From Students

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 13:31Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Minister of Higher Education has re-addressed the situation where NSFAS pulled the funding of 5000 students. NSFAS and the Department received a lot of scrutiny after this process and were seen as irresponsible and an attack on the missing middle.

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The Minister of Higher Education has re-addressed the situation where NSFAS pulled the funding of 5000 students. He said that Government does not tolerate corruption and that students are not excluded from this.

During a meeting with the Portfolio Committee, the Minister said, "we're not going to tolerate corruption, whoever is doing it. We cant say because they are corrupt activities done by students then we throw some kind of revolutionized solidarity with them. The fact of the matter is that NSFAS has discovered that there are students who lied about their family income."

We must name them just as the Zondo commission is naming people. Just like the MPA. Just like The Hawks.

Nzimande said that Government can't want to appear to be revolutionary by tolerating corruption in sectors but that, "as a caring Government, we said that it may be possible that amongst these students, there are those whose circumstances have changed. Either because of Covid-19 or for other reasons."

Students who had their funding pulled were then given a chance to appeal to have their funding restored. 

We can't say that we are fighting corruption in the whole of society except where students are involved. We're going to have problems.

Funding was taken away from these 5000 students after NSFAS received information on their households from the South African Revenue Services (SARS). The information showed that these students who were unfunded have total household family incomes which were above R350,000. A key NSFAS requirement is that your combined household income should not be more than R350,000 per annum.

He then spoke on the student from Walter Sisulu University who received millions from NSFAS due to an error to further explain his point. "It means that that student who got millions of Rands from Water Sisulu should've been left alone in the interest of so called revolutionary solidarity," said the Minister.

I'm not going to be apologetic. NSFAS was precisely right ... I'm going to defend that with my life as part of what Government is committed to.

"There are many poor kids who come from parents who have nothing who are very bright, who might not have benefited from NSFAS because there are students who come from better families who are smart enough to cheat the system."

NSFAS and the Department received heaps of scrutiny after this decision was made and action was taken and was seen as irresponsible and an attack on the missing middle.

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Minister Is Unhappy About Delay Of Laptops From NSFAS

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 13:16Author: Sakinah Samuels

Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that he is unhappy when it comes to the procurement of laptops for students which is being run by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The Department is now questioning whether the process of procuring laptops for students is still needed.

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Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that he is unhappy when it comes to the procurement of laptops for students which is being run by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The Department is now questioning whether the process of procuring laptops for students is still needed.

I'm not happy about the fact that this process is delayed. 

- Minister Blade Nzimande

During a meeting with the Portfolio Committee for Higher Education, the Minister also responded to accusations that the Minister interfered in the tender process for laptops and said, "I want to make this clear. The laptop process was driven by NSFAS which means the accounting officer and the accounting authority for NSFAS, which is Dr Carolissen, is the one who was responsible for the entire process".

"I tried single-sourcing and failed. I am open about that. I was concerned that these laptops must come sooner rather than later," said the Minister.

Nzimande said he had been informed by NSFAS administrator Randall Carolissen that the phase one of the procurement is finished without finding a relevant service provider.

On procuring the devices, he further explained, "As Government, we are able to dictate and take cheaper prices. As Government, we must look after the tax payers money".

He also said that there are Universities who have indicated that they will wait for NSFAS to deliver laptops.

Nzimande responded to a member of the Portfolio Committee and said that they are not dependent on the devices for learning and that "we actually embarked on multi-modal learning".

The NSFAS Administrator has not told Nzimande about the other issues he's having, said Nzimande, and said that they are right to dismiss the issue of 'the hand of God'. It was made clear that this does not refer to procurement of devices but rather concerning NSFAS applications.

The 'hand of God' situation was brought up by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union who told the portfolio committee two weeks ago that NSFAS applications for students get lost in the system and that there is no explanation for it. They then came up with the term 'hand of God' in this way.

Government has said that they are still dealing with the issue and that NSFAS has given them an explanation which they plan on dealing with.

University education branch deputy director-general, Diane Parker, said 68% of University students already have access to devices.

Due to this statement, Committee chairperson Philly Mapulane, then said that the question that could be asked is whether this procurement process is still needed due to laptops not being needed for this year, except for the 32% of University students who still need them. The procurement of laptops for students was announced in April.  

This thing has been a headache. There's been a lot of delays which we say, and the Minister agrees with us, these delays are unacceptable. Completely unacceptable. If the Universities can do it in a month, it takes us six months to procure and we're not even done yet ... Is it still necessary for us to continue with this headache when in actual fact there is no longer a need.

- Philly Mapulane

Acting deputy director general for TVET education, Aruna Singh, said no college had issued laptops. She said the procurement and distribution of laptops would not make sense to the 2020 academic year as the students would soon write exams and some won't be returning next year. 

TVET Colleges have indicated that they don't need the devices for this year and that they will be used during the 2021 academic year. Mapulane said further, "There is a need next year for TVETs but not as a part of saving the 2020 academic year but as part of the normal allocation of the gadgets to the students."

The Minister, along with NSFAS, has received much scrutiny on this laptop procurement process and to this, Nzimande says we should look at progress instead such as the R35 billion going towards NSFAS in a year and that South Africa is the only developing country supporting education in this way.

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School That Grows Its Own Food Feeds Hundreds Daily

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:58Author: GroundUp

Levana Primary School in Lavender Hill is one of a 1,010 Western Cape schools that depend on government’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) feeding scheme. The school has 1,090 learners. Only half of them attend at any one time because of rotational classes introduced due to Covid-19, but “those children must still eat”, says Shamiega Charity, Acting Principal at Levana Primary.

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Before the pandemic, she says they were feeding 300 to 400 children. The numbers have doubled.

Once the learners are fed, any remaining food is distributed to the community. At the start of the lockdown, the school would feed up to 800 children and people in the community. “We would run out of food,” she said.

A grade 7 learner told GroundUp that she will sometimes take a loaf of bread home for her family.

Lavender Hill has “severe poverty”, gangsterism, unemployment and substance abuse, says Charity. Teenage pregnancies are “the norm once you leave primary school” and “because the parents are young, they don’t know how to be a parent”.

Most learners live in crowded shacks, some located right next to the school’s bulletproof fence. Children need clothes and food to take home; teachers assist where they can, she says.

Levana Primary was established in 1977 and is a no-fee school. The feeding scheme started over 13 years ago with peanut butter and bread.

Today, the school has two organic vegetable gardens growing lettuce, potatoes and spring onions. There is also a medicinal and fynbos garden. As an eco school, environmental issues and sustainability are taught as part of the syllabus.

The food is sponsored by a network of organisations and people, but it is largely dependent on the NSNP.

“The program provides funding to the school to purchase the required cooking equipment and eating utensils, as well as for the monthly gas purchases for cooking. There are two food preparers funded by the NSNP, as well as three gardeners to assist with food production,” says Kerry Mauchline, spokesperson for education MEC Debbie Schäfer.

The NSNP provides dry food items to the school every second week and fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables and milk twice a week. Five days a week children are fed two meals a day. On Monday, it’s fish breyani, Tuesday, samp and beans, Wednesdays and Thursday, vegetables, and Friday, soup or breyani.

“For many of these children, a school meal might be the only one they have that day,” says Mauchline.

The situation has got dramatically worse because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the Western Cape, 473,174 learners are registered on the program, she says.

Children can’t focus on learning if they are hungry, says Charity.

She says one day she would like there to be a food dining hall where the children can sit together and eat around a table.

 

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Distell Internship Programme 2021

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Distell Ltd offers exciting opportunities for candidates with potential for placement in our Quality Department. This  position will be based at Distell Worcester and Goudini Laboratories.

Distell Internship Programme 2021

Internship Quality Control Worcester & Goudini

The intention is to give practical work experience to students who are currently studying towards a relevant formal qualification.

Key Learning Areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Quality Assurance (Intrinsic & extrinsic quality control; Quality Management Systems; etc.)
  • Research
  • Production

 Qualifications:

  • South African citizenship.
  • Satisfactory academic record and in final year of obtaining relevant tertiary qualification / recently qualified (e.g. National Diploma in Food Technology;  National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry; B Sc Bio Technology; etc).
  • Basic computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).
  • Sound communication and presentation skills.
  • Effective time management skills with the ability to multi-task and perform under pressure.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to cope with the inherent physical demands of the position.
  • Willing and able to work extended hours.
  • Willing to relocate to Worcester
  • Must be willing, able and committed to enter into and complete the 12 month internship programme.

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GroupM Graduate Internship Programme 2021

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GroupM and sister agencies, Wavemaker, Mediacom and Mindshare are hiring 15 newly qualified Math Nerds, Social Media Guru's and Budding Entrepreneurs for our 2021 GradX Program. 

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This is a paid Internship program for 12 months, kicking off around February 2021. You will get some great formal training along with invaluable work experience in the media and advertising industry. If this doesnt sound cool enough, just Google us and look at some pics of our amazing office space in Bryanston.

Company GroupM, Mediacom, Mindshare, Wavemaker, Yonder

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12 Months

Salary R 10,000.00 - 10,000.00 Monthly

Location Bryanston, Gauteng, South Africa

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There are no Job Specifications as you will be exposed to a variety of roles within the Media Agency.
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Tertiary Qualification in:

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School Principal Shot At School

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 11:01Author: Simbongile Makanda

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has spoken out against the shooting of a school principal and another incident linked to the crime. According to Provincial education MEC Kwazi Mshengu, learners and staff members at the school saw the shooting take place.

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Two men allegedly drove into the school around 2pm, went to the principal's office and shot him at point-blank range. They then left the school but had some car problems along the way and this is when they hijacked a teacher.

The teacher was allegedly hijacked on her way home and the suspects got away with her car. 

“The suspects fled with their getaway vehicle, which was found on fire a few kilometres from the scene,” said Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker

Police eventually managed to catch the suspects at KwaDolo Reserve in Greytown. A total of six suspects were arrested and police managed to seize weapons, cellphones and the vehicle that the suspects hijacked from the teacher. 

Naicker said the six suspects will be appearing at the Greytown magistrate's court on Monday.

"We are trying by all means as a department of education to ensure that schools are safe, including re-fencing all those schools that were not properly fenced. We have employed community safety volunteer to be in schools and we are also working with the police to ensure that there is police visibility and continuous patrolling from time to time in different parts of our schools." said Mshengu.

He said although the department has been trying to make schools a safe environment, communities need to step in because an incident like the school shooting is a societal problem.

Mshengu has called for communities to be more vigilant and protect schools from being targets where violence can easily take place. 

"We need our communities to claim back their schools to ensure that their schools are safe, to ensure that all these ills that we find in our societies don't spill into our schools because they disrupt teaching and learning"

The school had to cancel Saturday classes for matric learners after the shooting took place, making the learners fall more behind on school work.

Mshengu said the department is offering counselling to learners, parents and teachers who witnessed the shooting.

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Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) 2021 Bursary Opportunity 2021

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THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES IS INVITING FULL-TIME STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR BURSARIES, TO BE AWARDED IN THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR.

DEFF Bursary Opportunity

Fields of Study:

CHEMICALS AND WASTE MANAGEMENT (REF: CWM/01/2021)

Requirements:

  • National Diploma/ B Tech/B Degree/Hons/ Masters: Waste Management
  • National Diploma/ B Tech/B Degree/Hons/ Masters: Environmental Management
  • National Diploma/ B Tech/B Degree/Hons/ Masters: Environmental Science
  • B Degree/Hons/ Masters: Natural Science (Geography, Chemistry, Hydrology, Water)
  • BSc/ Hons/ Masters: Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND SECTOR MONITORING (REF: RCSM/01/2021)

  • Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (majoring in Animal and wildlife management)
  • majoring in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • BSc Chemistry, Botany
  • BSc/ Honours in Geography or Geoinformatics
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management
  • LLB (Major courses Administrative law, legislative drafting, Environmental Law)
  • LLM
  • BA Law
  •  A Diploma or Degree in Paralegal

CLIMATE CHANGE, AIR QUALITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (REF: CCAS/01/2021)

  • BSc / National Diploma Environmental Science
  • BSc / National Diploma Environmental Management
  • National Diploma/ B Degree Earth Science
  • National Diploma/ B Degree Natural Science
  • National Diploma/ B Degree Conservation
  • BSc Chemistry
  • National Diploma/ B Degree Hydrology

BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION (REF: B&C/01/2021)

  • National Diploma: Nature Conservation
  • BA Environmental Management / Science
  • National Diploma: Eco-tourism/ Game range management
  • BA Environmental Economics
  • BSc Zoology and Botany
  • BSc Environmental Management majoring Environmental Law
  • BSc Geology

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES (REF: EP/01/2021)

  • B Sc/ Hons/ Masters Environmental Science / Environmental Law/ Environmental Economics/ Water Resource
  • Hons Economics
  • BSc Biological Science
  • B Degree/ Hons/ Masters: Social Science
  • BSc Environmental Science majoring Biological Resources

OCEANS AND COAST (REF: OC/01/2021)

  • ND/B Tech/ BSc Hons/ MSc/ PhD: Marine Science
  • BSc/ Hons/ Masters Environmental Economics
  • B Tech/ M Tech/ Hons/ MSc/ Oceanography
  • BSc Environmental Science/ Management
  • B Tech/ M Tech/ Hons/ MA Environmental Economics
  • B Degree Coastal Management
  • B Environmental Law
  • ND/ BTech / BEng / Hons/ Electronics /Mechanical/ Electro-mechanical Engineering.
  • BSc/Hons/MSc Mathematical Modelling, Computer Science or Information Systems Engineering

FISHERIES (REF: FI/01/2021)

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.)
  • B.Sc./ Hons/ M.Tech./ M.Sc./ D.Tech/ Ph.D: Marine Biology
  • B.Sc./ Hons./ M.Tech./ M.Sc./ D.Tech/ Ph.D: Oceanography and Marine Biology
  • B.Sc./ Hons. / M.Tech./ M.Sc./ D.Tech./ Ph.D: Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture
  • ND/ B.Sc./ Hons./ M.Tech/ M.Sc./ D.Tech/ Ph.D.
  • Marine Science

FORESTRY (REF: FO /01/2021)

  • National Diploma/ BTech/ MTech Forestry
  • BSc Forestry/ Bachelor of Forestry Management
  • BHons Forestry
  • Msc Forestry
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Youth, dependents of Compensation Fund pensioners and current Compensation Fund pensioners, who are South African Citizens between the ages of 17 – 25 years and accepted to study at listed Universities Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town and University of Kwa-Zulu Natal for the academic year 2021 for the critical scarce skills identified by the Fund.

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SAB Graduate Talent Acceleration Programme 2021

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Discover your true potential through the ABInBev Africa graduate development and leadership programme.

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Talent Acceleration Programme 2021

If you want to accelerate your career, build your skills through cross functional development and build your profile to be a future leader the Talent Acceleration Programme is for you!

The programme offers the following:

  • Frequent evaluation
  • 6 Month cycles
  • Rotation of work experience and teams
  • Individual and team evaluations
  • Future forward development
  • Cross functional experiences
  • On the job learning
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Leadership development
  • Accelerated growth and graduation (Global Management Trainees will be chosen from the TAP Programme)
  • Accelerated career growth (top performers' programme will be shorter in duration)
  • You'll need to be ambitious, curious, bold and resilient, ready to take on tough challenges and be determined to deliver results.  We're looking for a global mindset and a desire to connect with people at all levels.  We prize a sense of ownership and a desire to make an impact.

Qualifications

  • Recent University graduate
  • No more than 3 years TOTAL of full-time formal working experience by the programme start date. (Internship, vac work, short duration contracts and  does not apply
  • Minimum GPA (Gross Point Average) of 60% and above at university
  • By programme start completed bachelors’ degree (from a recognised tertiary institution) achieved within requisite  timeframe
  • Legal work authorization (full citizenship) in the country for which application is being submitted
  • Geographical mobility – you should be willing to relocate throughout your career (a valid passport is required)
  • Fully proficient in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and ability to quickly adapt to new systems

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Discover your true potential through the ABInBev Africa graduate development and leadership programme.

Read More Trainee Accountant (CA) Opportunities At Mazars Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:54

Mazars is now accepting applications for their Trainee Accountant (CA) SA programme for 2021. 3 year SAIPA Training Contracts are available to postgraduates who have completed an auditing or accounting degree at an accredited university.

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Your journey with TWK will start of as Trainee Branch Manager, gaining experience for a future Branch Manager role.

Read More BDO 2021 Financial Planner Trainee Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:53

So, you are considering joining BDO in South Africa for a traineeship position. You would be joining an organisation with representation in over 167 countries and territories, including 58 Africa countries.

Read More Traffic Officer Programme Western Cape Government Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:44

The Department of Transport and Public Works will be recruiting Traffic Students for the completion of a Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement. This is a twelve (12) month training course which will commence on 1 February 2021

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Leadership Qualities Every Student Needs

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 10:15Author: Terrique Alie

There are many ways to become a leader. Anyone can become a leader but not everyone can be an effective leader. No one is born with all the leadership qualities, and to become a good leader, you require important leadership skills.

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Leaders are those individuals that help shape our nation, communities, and businesses. We need effective leaders to help guide us and make informed decisions that keep the world moving.

The benefits of being a student leader:

  • You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself
  • Developing your soft skills 
  • Learning how to work independently and within a team
  • Establish and build your network opportunities 
  • Learning how to engage with a diverse group of people  

The qualities that every student need to become an effective leader

Have a SMART goal planning strategy:

When you are planning your goals, always remember the SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) acronym. This will help student leaders set goals with their desired results in mind. 

Learn from your mistakes and failures:

We know that mistakes are bound to happen as it is part of life. This helps us to grow in every aspect of one's life. In order to be an effective leader, students need to know how to overcome their mistakes and failures. A good leader will admit and recognise their mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Learning how to overcome adversity including your own, allows you to focus on becoming successful rather than focusing on the problem and mistakes of the past. 

Develop yourself:

One of the most difficult challenges as a student leader is to work hard on yourself. You cannot lead someone else if you are not heading in the right direction. As a leader, you need to work on yourself by setting a good example for others. Learning to be hard on yourself and improving yourself is an essential element that every student leader must-have.

Be open-minded and flexible:

One of the key elements is to be open-minded and flexible to change. Many things around us are constantly changing and we need to find effective ways to adapt to these changes. A good leader will be open to suggestions, ideas, and viewpoints from others to help make informed decisions regarding a particular issue. 

Be a good role model:

As a student leader, you have to be committed to doing your work ethically. This sets an example for others and builds trust with your fellow classmates. As a leader, you do not need to achieve perfect grades, however, you need to have a positive attitude and ensure that you are making the effort to achieve the very best.

In order to become an effective leader, one has to consider the above mentioned. Leadership is a great skill that can help many students become successful one day in their career field. 

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Limpopo Dept of Public Works Bursary 2021

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Limpopo Province experiences a shortage of qualified Engineers, technicians and other needed scarce skills to establish, maintain and manage government office building, efficiently.

Limpopo Dept of Public Works Bursary 2020

Candidates must be:

  • South African students residing in Limpopo Province.
  • Students attending to or already studying towards a degree/diploma at a recognized South African tertiary institute and within the built environment.
  • Able to provide proof of academic results for grade 12 or alternatively be in possession of an acceptable alternate qualification.
  • Accepted by the university/technikon

Eligibility for Considerations
 

  •  South African
  •  Intending to or studying towards a degree/diploma at a recognized South African tertiary institute.
  • Accepted by the university/technikon.
  • Final year students at institutions of higher learning.

Bursaries / Targeted Areas
 

  • Degree in Building Engineering
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Degree in Civil EngineeringDegree in Quantity Surveying
  • Degree in Architectural Science
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Landscaping
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Asset Management
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Financial Management
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Property and Facility Management
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The Benefits Of Becoming A Lifelong Learner

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 09:49Author: Terrique Alie

Lifelong learning refers to the process of broadening your knowledge and developing a set of new skills. It refers to learning that is self-initiated and focuses on personal development. Today, we are living in a world that requires us to constantly develop ourselves and adapt to the constantly changing environment.

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Lifelong learning is an important element in our lives as it advances our skills, broadens our knowledge, and keeps us updated with the current and latest trends.

There is no age limit and timeline as to when we have to complete certain goals or tasks in our lives. Lifelong learning requires us to embrace the opportunity to learn. As individuals, we have to realise and know that we all have the potential to change and grow through our knowledge and experiences. 

Tips to becoming a lifelong learner

Hold yourself accountable for your own learning experience:
Let’s face it, we have all experienced a point in our lives where we have faced obstacles that affected our educational learning. However, we have to acknowledge that we are responsible for our own learning outcomes. The more time and effort you spend on learning, then you will reap the success of your efforts.

Turn your mistakes into opportunities:
In life, we are faced with many obstacles and sometimes we are bound to make mistakes. Instead of focusing on the negatives, try and take the negative situation and take something positive from it. There is so much that we can learn from making mistakes. This is also a reminder to ourselves that we are only human and that we have tried, regardless of the outcome. 

Create  learning “go-to” toolbox:
Everyone has their own learning style or tricks to help them learn. Identify what tools will be helpful for your own learning, and create new ones to add to your collection or toolbox.

For example:

  • A sing-along song
  • Mental repetition 
  • Mind mapping 
  • Podcasts 
  • Writing/highlighting keywords

Try new things:

Whether it's a new hobby or passion, trying new things keeps our brain stimulated and boosts our mindsets. When you broaden your perspective, you will start to realise that there is more to learn about the world than you could ever imagine. 

For example:

  • Volunteering
  • Journaling 
  • Blogging 
  • Public speaking 
  • Meditating 

Put the work into practice:

Skill-based learning will not be effective if it is not applied in your everyday life. When you have the knowledge, you have the responsibility to put the skills into practice and achieve your desired goals. Once you put your mind to it, nothing can stop you from achieving what you have set for yourself. It takes a lot of dedication, commitment, and hard work and you will soon reap what you have sowed. 

Therefore, no matter where we are in life, every individual has the opportunity to learn and grow.
 

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Project-based Learning to Reduce Youth Unemployment

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Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 14:27Author: Lauren Chawula

The Basic Education Department plans to introduce Project-based learning to reduce future youth unemployment in South Africa. 

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Youth unemployment rates in South Africa are very high, with 10,3 million young people aged 15-34 years not being in employment, education or training in the first quarter of 2020. Therefore more young people must be encouraged to partake in employment and education to reduce these numbers.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic schools in South Africa has needed to become more innovative in terms of teaching and learning in classrooms, as the national lockdown affected the way education was structured.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects works with marginalized and vulnerable youth to find ways of teaching these learners to be more employable and cope with life in general.

This institute together with the department of Education and the retired Professor Tom Ryan, who is the academic architect of Project-based learning, aim to implement this type of learning to help those who come from a disadvantaged background.

Frieda Pehlivan, the Marketing Communications Manager at the Salesian Institute Youth Projects states that:

"Traditional teaching methodologies does not really work anymore for us, specifically our learners who come from an underserved background,"

She says that Project-based learning serves as a solution by making young people more employable when they leave the schooling environment. 

Pehlivan explains that Project-based learning encourages independent thinking, creavity, problem solving and resilience. Students would go through different learning spaces in a 6-hour day for five days a week, in which they engage in projects involving real world problems and challenges. They will then solve this through creative thinking and problem-solving and present this solution in a more artistic way. 

"It really touches on all the different facets of normal education and the normal classes they would do like mathematics and languages,"

-Frieda Pehlivan, the Marketing Communications Manager at the Salisian Institute Youth Projects

 Students are also provided with a vocational skills training curriculum.

The future of the education system may take on this way of learning to decrease the amount of students who leave schools  and struggle to find employment. 

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16 SA universities expected to complete academic year in 2021

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Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 13:31Author: Lauren Chawula

Only 10 South African universities aim to complete the academic year before the end of the 2020 calendar year, while 16 universities are expected to complete the 2020 academic year between January and March 2021, due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande and his senior officials had a virtual meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education on Friday. 

This meeting provided the expectations of completing the 2020 academic year at South African universities. 

Four of the 26 universities that were assessed are expected to end the second semester in January 2021, seven in the following month, and the remaining five are expected to complete the academic year by March. 

"As we grapple with the completion of the year, we have to look at the role of post-school education and training in our economic recovery. We are not just saving the 2020 academic year, for its own sake, we are saving it for our economy because these are our future skills,"

-Blade Nzimande, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister

19 universities are categorised as low risk while 7 others are considered medium risk. The institutions were categorised according to the amount of time they will need to complete the semester programme. Those who were deemed medium risk had a long way to go in terms of completing the semester programme, as assessment processes were still to get underway and a significant number of students did not fully engage in teaching and learning. 

Deputy director general for university education Diane Parker said they were working with the seven institutions categorised as medium risk. 

She notes that:

"At the moment no universities are considered to be at high risk. We are going to have a situation where we see completion of the academic year across all institutions as being more likely," 

The 10 universities that aim to complete before the end of the 2020 calendar year are: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Sol Plaatjie University, Stellenbosch University, UCT, University of Free State, University of Johannesburg, Unisa, University Of the Western Cape and Wits.

"Universities that had already developed online teaching and learning capacity were able to transition to an online modality more rapidly. Universities have extended teaching and learning time to more effectively support students who could not be fully engaged during the lockdown,"

-Diane Parker, Deputy director general for university education

Parker also said four other universities planned to complete the academic year in January 2021. These are Durban University of Technology, North West University, Rhodes University and the University of Mpumalanga.

Central University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Nelson Mandela University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Venda and Vaal University of Technology - aimed to complete in February 2021.

While the five that would complete their academic years in March 2021 are: Sefako Makgatho University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Fort hare, University of Zululandand Walter Sisulu University.

Parker, who spoke during the briefing to the higher education Portfolio Committee said that some universities lost time at the beginning of the 2020 academic year, before the national lockdown commenced, due to various reasons including protests. 

"They could not get the academic year off the ground before lockdown. It makes sense to stretch to a later period in 2021," 

-Diane Parker, Deputy director general for university education

Parker stated that students who were not able to engage in remote teaching and learning were prioritized for return to campus. However, restrictions remain in place due to the need for social distancing. 

She added:

"[There has been an] extension of the academic year to enable modules to be delivered successfully. Blended teaching and learning modalities are being used, including contact, and in compliance with the Covid-19 regulations. In some cases, platoon systems are being used to ensure students have access to campus-based support. Catch-up programmes and schools are being implemented for students who require these and some universities are offering modules a number of times to enable multiple opportunities for students. "

In September, universities reported that of the students who indicated a need for a laptop, only 68% were attended to. 

Parker said that the devices are available but that students are not taking them up. She also said that approximately 94% of students were being provided with mobile data. 

South African Union of Students president Misheck Mugabe stated that the coronavirus pandemic had entrenched academic and financial exclusion of students. 

"Some of the students voluntarily de-registered during lockdown. The academic year is highly compromised and our qualifications are under threat,"

- Misheck Mugabe, South African Union of Students president 

He added that the national lockdown posed challenges which included the closure of internet cafes, which made it difficult for students to submit tasks. 

Deputy director general for university education, Diane Parker remains positive that universities would complete the academic year with a very good opportunity for all students to succeed. 

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SA Schools' Rotation System Ineffective?

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Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 11:41Author: Lauren Chawula

South African Schools have had to take on a rotation system in which learners have only been going to school once or twice a week, due to the restricted space available for social distancing. This has compromised the quality of education learners receive. 

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Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga has said that her department will make changes to South African schools as it continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic. One of these specifically dealing with a review of the social distancing rules in classrooms. 

The current rotation system where students alternate days at school, in order to comply with Covid-19 protocols, means that too much learning time is being lost, according to Motshekga.

She says that schools have also had to cut out parts of the curriculum because of the reduced contact time. This means that part of the curriculum will be carried over into 2021. 

Minister Motshekga says that her department might adopt the measures of bigger schools who make use of body screens to keep the same number of learners in the classroom. 

“We are looking also at other measures. Other big schools for instance are using body screens not distancing because physical distancing is very expensive for us because it means we have to cut classes in half. At a school where DG went in KZN, they are using screens. It is the same class of 35 and they are using screens. You just manage the movement of learners, so which means they able to have a normal timetable which is our biggest challenge now.”

-Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister 

The National Teachers Union (NATU) finds that the current rotation system compromises the quality of education. It has also emerged that in some schools students only go to school after two weeks. 

“Teachers are not happy with the current arrangement of seeing learners once after two weeks of teaching, learners one week and they come back after three weeks. That is definitely compromising the curriculum coverage and is also compromising the quality of learners produced for the next grade. They need to prioritise infrastructure in our schools.”

-Allan Thompson, NATU President

However, the teacher union Naptosa says that the current system just needs to be refined. Naptosa president Basil Manuel says the rotation system is currently the only system that can keep schools safe and cautions schools against bringing students back without having enough space. 

“The rotation system is working at the moment but I think we need to refine it and some of the choices we have where some schools have one week on and one week off, we are now learning that that might not be the best idea, but the one-day-on one-day-off is working. Remember we have no choice because of social distancing and COVID-19. I want to caution the schools that want to bring people back even if they don’t have enough space.”

-Basil Manuel, Naptosa President

 

Outside of the classroom learners are now allowed to partake in certain sporting activities, this comes as a part of the changes brought about by minister Motshekga and her department. In a new gazette published by minister Angie Motshekga, the resumption of some sports at South African schools were given the go ahead. 

The directive states that the following activities are permitted to resume, subject to social distancing, hygiene and safety measures and without spectators:

  • Non-contact sport training;
  • Inter-school non-contact sport matches;
  • Non-contact sport-related activities;
  • Arts and culture school-based activities in schools.

The number of persons in the sporting venues, training area or change rooms, at any given time, must not exceed 50% of the capacity of the venue with all persons observing the social distancing requirements, as well as, wearing masks except athletes participating or training in matches. 

Schools that compete in inter-school activities must adhere to the limitation of:

  • 250 persons or fewer, in the case of an indoor activity; and
  • 500 or fewer, in the case of an outdoor activity;
  • Provided that no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue is used with persons observing the social distancing requirements.

Other regulations include the provision of hand sanitizers, the keeping of a register for all participants and the disinfection and cleaning of all sporting venues. 

Find the full Government Gazette here

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COVID-19 Testing Available at V&A Waterfront

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Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 10:12Author: Lauren Chawula

The V&A Waterfront in partnership with Dis-Chem Pharmacy is launching its drive-through Covid-19 testing facility, increasing convenience for locals and tourists. 

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The drive-through facility launched on Saturday, October 24 and is located at Battery Park in the V&A's Canal District, with entrances via Alfred Street or Dock Road. 

It is open for visitors of all ages and will operate between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. 

The only requirements are that all visitors must produce an identity document or passport and that all patrons should wear a mask at the site, however no doctor's referral is needed. 

V&A Waterfront spokesperson Donald Kau says the testing facility is a convenient option for locals, international tourists and business visitors. 

"They will be using the throat test and it will be administered by Dis-Chem's trained nurses."

Donald Kau, Head of PR and Communications - V&A Waterfront

This nasopharyngeal swab test involves inserting a 6-inch long swab into the cavity between the nose and mouth for 15 seconds and rotating it several times. This is repeated on the other side of the nose to ensure enough material is collected and then the swab is inserted into a container and sent to a lab for testing. 

This testing method has discouraged many as they deem it painful but medical personnel insist that it should not be and that it is only uncomfortable.

People are encouraged to visit this testing facility so that the country is able to get infections under control, thus allowing economic activity to slowly return to normal. 

The test comes at a cost of R850 and anyone visiting the Waterfront specifically for the testing will not be required to pay for parking. The results will be available the next day and will be sent via SMS or e-mail. Customers should print the physical certificate at home or their hotel for travelling purposes.

"You are encouraged to pre-book on the Dis-Chem website... but there is a walk-in option too."

Donald Kau, Head of PR and Communications - V&A Waterfront

Patrons are encouraged to make a pre-register to control the number of tests per day; per station to avoid any backlog and delay in results from the labs. 

Book on the Dis-Chem website here

 

 

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Breathing For Exam Success! Ensure Your Best Exam Performance

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Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 14:03

Exams are coming soon and you want to give your best performance. Did you know that you can use breathing techniques to reduce stress, manage anxiety, enhance your concentration and balance your emotions? Sign up now for this free webinar where you can learn how to give your very best exam performance.

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Fundi Invites you to a Breathing Session before the Exams.

Learn Calming Techniques.

Breathing for Success!

2020 has been the year that has flipped all known into the unknown!

The stress of this unpredictable year has caused higher levels of anxiety and stress.

But don’t stress stop you have achieving your dreams, even in 2020.

Did you know that you can use breathing techniques to reduce stress, manage anxiety,

enhance your concentration and balance your emotions?

Managing your emotions is critical for a calm mind in an Exam.

 

Join this webinar and learn to Breathe for a Focused state of being.

 

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Date: 30th October 2020

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Platform: Zoom (link to be emailed when you register)

Host: Lesa Claesson-Burger from BrainWorks

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Online Or In Classroom Lessons? Or Both?

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Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 09:47Author: Raigan Cloete

South Africa’s education system faces the decision of implementing online learning or delaying learning completely, which may compromise the future of youth in South Africa.

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Currently students are back at school, which is the best time to review how online learning has impacted them. Whether it has been positive or negative.

According to many experts a combination of online and contact learning, is what is required to improve the way learners learn and develop their skills.

A survey was recently conducted by Smartick, a math, coding, and logic e-learning programme which is adapted for each student and tracks their progress. This survey was taken by South African parents whose children make use of the platform.

The survey revealed that most parents agreed that in order to improve the skills of learners, a combination of contact and online learning was needed.

70% of parents found that due to the current pandemic, it will be in the best interest of the learners to consider digital learning more seriously, while 86% of parents thought that a combination of the two was needed, while at school.

While online learning worked better for subjects like maths, it did not work too well with sciences, reading and language, as these subjects require face to face learning.

A blend of the two learning techniques would be beneficial to accommodate those learners who may have a shorter attention span than others.

As children respond more to shorter, more engaging learning methods this could help them achieve better results.

An AI-based learning programme has many advantages, namely being able to adapt to each child’s different skill level and pace, keep them interested in learning, and teachers are left with less work to do.

By implementing a blended teaching approach, it will do away with “uniform learning”, where all learners in the same grade are taught at the same pace.

Introducing online learning programmes into the mix will ensure that learners have access to different sources of knowledge and prepare them with the skills that they require to succeed in the world.

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This bursary is open to students who have applied to a recognized tertiary institution in KwaZulu-Natal and have received a letter of acceptance.

The South African Reserve Bank (the Bank), as part of addressing the severe shortage of skills in South Africa, provides bursaries to students in relevant fields of study who are from disadvantaged

Students awarded a bursary by SUBTROP will be required to work for SUBTROP for a period of one year for each year that the bursary is awarded, provided that a position is available.

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