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This Is Your Chance To Teach English As A Foreign Language

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:26 Author Raigan Cloete

Now is the perfect time to pursue a career in teaching English as a foreign language online, since the current pandemic has allowed few opportunities for traditional workplace jobs.

Young South Africans are encouraged to consider teaching English as a foreign language online since the current pandemic has allowed youth few opportunities for traditional workplace jobs.

The TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Academy offers young people the opportunity to teach English online as a foreign language.

Applicants are required to take an exam to see their level of English before they begin the course. The exam is required for the academy to get an idea of how the applicant handles the language and how they will grasp the rules.

A the moment the unemployment rate is quite high in South Africa, which is why these opportunities are so precious and beneficial to the South African youth.

Since youth are tech-savvy, this is the perfect working environment for them to thrive. All they need is to bring an enthusiastic attitude to their role and the way they teach for it to be successful.

TEFL Academy is in need of qualified teachers and youth to teach their students.

The demand for learning English does not only come from places where English is not a first language, such as China and South America, however, also in countries where English is a popular language, such as South Africa, Ireland, UK, and America.

For a young person in South Africa to qualify to teach at TEFL Academy, they will need to have a good grasp of the English language or even better to be a university graduate with a high level of English.

Those interested in this teaching opportunity may apply by contacting their customer service via their website: https://www.theteflacademy.com/

At the moment the course is on a January sale which is about 50% off. The course is 168 hours to qualify their teachers for teaching English as a foreign language.

Once the course is completed, the person will receive about R200 to R550 per hour teaching online at the TEFL Academy.

For more information about the TEFL Academy, click here.

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Capturing Of Matric Marks Is Now Underway

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 11:34 Author Sakinah Samuels

Mark capturing for this years National Senior Certificate exams have now begun. The department is said to be days ahead of schedule during this years matric marking season.

Mark capturing for this years National Senior Certificate exams have now begun. The department is said to be days ahead of schedule during this years matric marking season.

Most provinces started the capture of marks on 11 January after marking commenced on 4 January, with others having started on 5 January already.

The capturing process is expected to come to an end on 25 January. All marks should then be on the system.

There are 34 capturing centres in the country and there are 611 capturers have been appointed. There were 7 capturers who withdrew for various reasons.

Director-General (DG) of Basic Education (DBE), Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, gave an update on the marking of matric scripts following the conclusion of his visits to all 181 marking centres. 

2 capturers tested positive at the gate in Eastern Cape and were then released. These capturers haven't been replaced yet but there are enough capturers to ensure that they finish on time.

No other capturers in other provinces tested positive. 

There are 11 capturers in a room. Should one test positive, the department will then not have to close down the entire marking centre.

The capturing process is a three phase process: capturing, verification and mark transfer. There is a double capture which sees two people capturing a mark and they must then tally the marks.

This is to ensure marks are correctly and accurately captured.

This marking season saw the combination of NSC and Senior certificate exam papers being marked after they were written at the end of last year.

Capturers have the same health and safety protocols in place that markers did.

Six provinces have backup generators to be safe should loadshedding happen. In the other three provinces, there are generators in some of the centres.

"In the case of centres where they don't have backup generators, the plan is that they're capturing in line with the planned loadshedding," said Director for Examinations, Ms Priscilla Ogunbanjo.

Most marking centres are packing up now as mark capturing is in process. Pre-standardisation processes have already been done and then the Department will present to Umalusi on irregularities on 12 February and how they managed it.

After Umalusi approves the results, DBE will then release the data to higher education. 

The Minister will release the results on 23 February.

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Matric Marking Is Days Ahead Of Schedule

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 10:52 Author Sakinah Samuels

With the department nearing the end of this years Matric marking session, they are said to be ahead of schedule which further motivates there being no delay in the release of results.

With the department nearing the end of this years Matric marking session, they are said to be ahead of schedule which further motivates there being no delay in the release of results.

Director-General (DG) of Basic Education (DBE), Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, gave an update on the marking of matric scripts following the conclusion of his visits to all 181 marking centres. 

The assignment is almost completed, three to four days ahead of schedule, which gives us enough time to capture the marks of each learner.

Some provinces, including Gauteng, Limpopo, Northern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal, have already completed their marking. The other provinces have mostly completed.

"We carried out this marking against all odds," said Priscilla Ogunbanjo, the Director for Examination and Assessment.

For us to conclude the exam marking of 2020 against the background of Covid risk alert level 3, I think it is really something to be grateful for and we are very grateful that at least we can finalise and release results to our candidates.

The sector has suffered many losses during this marking season with chief markers and internal moderators having lost their lives.

The department is providing support in offices where there are limited staff. 

At least 94,6% of the 45 272 markers reported for duty. 0,7% of these markers have tested positive for Covid, either on arrival or shortly after marking began.

We are eternally grateful to each and every marker. I saw them working tirelessly in the morning until the evening and in some instances going even beyond the stipulated time in our centres.

- Director-General of Basic Education, Hubert Mathanzima Mweli

2463 markers withdrew for various reasons. 1736 of these markers were replaced. All markers weren't replaced as scripts received were less than expected in some provinces.

315 staff members tested positive with 168 tested positive at the gate and were then not allowed to enter the premises.

"Numbers who have tested positive is not alarmingly high, especially if you compare it with what is going on in the rest of the country," said Ogunbanjo.

As for marker deaths, KZN had 3, Gauteng 1, Limpopo 1, Western Cape 1 and at the DBE Centralised marking centre there was 1 as well. This brings the total of marker deaths to 7.

Loadshedding caused little to no disruptions during marking. 

Mweli is also heading the standardisation process which is being prepared for now as well as getting qualitative inputs. This is done so that they can see how learners encounted the paper now that they have marked them and have the results.

Marking commenced on 4 January and is expected to end on 22 January.

Most marking centres are packing up now as mark capturing is in process. Pre-standardisation processes have already been done and then the Department will present to Umalusi on irregularities on 12 February and how they managed it.

After Umalusi approves the results, DBE will then release the data to higher education. 

The Minister will release the results on 23 February.

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How To Re-Apply To Funza Lushaka Bursary

How To Re-Apply To Funza Lushaka Bursary Sakinah Samuels Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:43

Wanting to re-apply to the Funza Lushaka bursary? We can help. Here's a guide on how to re-apply to the Funza Lushaka Bursary administered by the Department of Basic Education.

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Your Options After Matric

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 10:13 Author Raigan Cloete

Even though COVID-19 is still among South Africans, matriculants are encouraged to continue to follow their dreams and make plans to continue on their chosen career path. It is important to have hope that better days are ahead.

Matriculants are awaiting their NSC results on 23 February 2021, which a little later than usual.

2020 was a tough year for matriculants, however, they persevered and came out on the other side in one piece. These learners need to keep pursuing their dreams and making plans to achieve their goals.

Peter Kriel, an Education expert, believes that matriculants should review their plans for the year to ensure that they continue on their chosen career paths even if new and unexpected circumstances arise.

Kriel advises learners to consider the ability and readiness of institutions that they have chosen to seamlessly continue with the academic year even in the event of another hard lockdown.

Learners are encouraged to stick to their chosen institution and preferred method of study, however, to be realistic with regards to how their institution will continue the academic year if there is a lockdown.

For example, if a learner is interested in studying at a tertiary institution that offers contact learning, they need to be prepared for the possibility that it may change to online learning and they need to decide how they will cope with that.

Waiting for the matric results can cause learners a lot of stress and anxiety, which is normal however they should not let the fear of not passing stop them from following their dreams. If the outcome of the results is not what was expected, learners still have options to help them reach their dreams.

Learners have the choice of either rewriting a subject or redoing the school year, which will help them get the results that they need to pursue their dreams.

Click here to read about your options if you fail matric or wish to rewrite a subject.

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Study Now At The Academy Of Learning

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 10:12 Author Terrique Alie

The Academy of Learning was established in 1985 an a South African owned and registered company that specialises in computer and business training skills.  All Academy of Learning institutions must abide with Government Further Education and Training regulations. The main aim is to fulfil the needs of learners and the business community by identifying the gap between higher education and the reality of the corporate environment. Through identifying this need, they provide a customised program for each learner by ensuring they meet the requirements for effective training at an affordable cost.

What are the learning methods at Academy Of Learning?

To ensure that the institution meets the specialised needs of learners, some programs are based on the integrated learning system which is a step-by-step competency based method of learning through flexible scheduling. All learning is result-orientated which means that learners can define what they have learnt and execute their new-found skills into the working environment. Other programs include self-study, assisted learning at colleges or lectured based which may not be as effective as the integrated learning system method. 

The academy has shifted their focus from teaching to learning. All programs are designed in a way that allows students to learn by doing and not just by listening. All lessons are presented in two-hour modules which are built level by level which ensures that students are competent and mastered the course material. Should a learner find a specific module difficult, they are able to pause and repeat a lesson or alternatively call the facilitator who will then provide assistance until the issue has been resolved.

Each learner will receive a customised workbook that contains practical exercises and the function process. Each objective will be clearly defined at the start of each workbook and some CD’s will contain the necessary guidelines and instructions on how to complete the task.If a learner is not able to grasp a specific task, the facilitator can also provide instructions on the program. Learners will slowly progress through the program one step at a time until they have completed each exercise. The workbook is a continuous source of information that can be used after the program has been completed.

What does the Academy of Learning ensure?

  • Respond to the ever-changing markets and provide solutions to clients and students
  • Ensure constant commitment to students success and employability
  • Creating an opportunity for growth and success
  • Providing a high standard of quality training products and services
  • Ensuring that the integrated learning system and other learning techniques are relevant and effective
  • Building meaningful partnerships with communities 
  • Meeting clients and students requirements through flexible and customised learning methods
  • Provide advice and treat each client and student with care and sensitivity

 

For more information on the Academy of Learning, you can visit  www.academyoflearning.co.za  or call 011 314 5115.
 

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Unisa Will Only Have One Registration Period

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 09:49 Author Sakinah Samuels

Unisa has made some changes to the registration period for 2021 as the University now announced that there will only be one for 2021. Registration season at Unisa commenced on 5 January.

Unisa has made some changes to the registration period for 2021 as the University now announced that there will only be one for 2021. Registration season at Unisa commenced on 5 January.

Unisa released a statement and clearly stated:

There will be only one registration period for the 2021 academic year. This means that you must register for all your modules for 2021.

The modules students will need to register for include semester 1 and 2 modules, pre-requisites, co-requisites and follow-on modules.

Registration is due to close on 12 March 2021.

Registration dates Undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, diplomas & degrees, advanced certificates, advanced diplomas, BTechs & postgraduate certificates)
  • Semester modules: 5 January - 12 February 2021
  • Year modules: 5 January - 11 March 2021
Master's and doctoral
  • 5 January - 31 March 2021 (some exceptions apply)

Students who are writing supplementary examinations in January/February 2021 can register for the same modules, including pre-requisites and follow-on modules, this is for both semesters 1 & 2, by 12 March 2021.

On this, Unisa explained:

"If you pass your supplementary examinations, the affected modules will be automatically cancelled and the fees paid credited to your account. If you fail and you wish to cancel the module, you will be liable for the cancellation fees in order to cancel the follow-on modules."

As there will be no semester 2 registration period, Unisa has explicitly said that there will be no exceptions or registration extensions permitted.

Visit this page for a guide on how to register at Unisa online.

If you're a student at Unisa and you have queries they have implemented a specific system of how you may contact the university. 

The following options have been put in place for calls, when calling the toll free number 0800 203 785:

  • Option 1: Applications and registrations
  • Option 2: myLife and myUnisa
  • Option 3: Library
  • Option 4: Exams
  • Option 0: General enquiries

Students are asked to listen to the options carefully so as to streamline the calls. 

The following details are needed when sending an enquiry via e-mail to [email protected]:

  • All e-mails must be sent via your myLife e-mail address with the exception of new students
  • Subject: A short description of your challenge
  • Student number
  • Contact details
  • A screen grab of your error where necessary

Students must follow the above mentioned directions to ensure that the university can assist them as soon as possible. 

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What Benefits Does NSFAS Offer Students?

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 09:43 Author Terrique Alie

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was established in 1991 and replaced the Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa (TEFSA) in 1999 with the gazetting of the NSFAS Act of 1999. NSFAS is fully supported by the Department of Education and training. The main aim of NSFAS is to provide financial support to eligible students to help pay for the cost of their tertiary education at any TVET college or private institution.

What benefits does NSFAS offer students?

NSFAS will cover the following to students studying at a national university:

  • Tuition fees: NSFAS will cover a course from any university, vocational education and training education if students performs academically well and pass all the modules that are within the course material
  • Accommodation: NSFAS will only cover residence accommodation and will not cover any form of private accommodation if students exceed the cost of staying in a university residence
  • Transport: Funding will only be provided to students travelling up to 40km from a university which typically accumulates to R10 000 a year.
  • Students are also allocated a living allowance amounting to R14 400 per annum 
  • Students will also receive a book allowance of R5 000 per annum

 

NSFAS will cover the following to students studying at a TVET institution:

  • Accommodation: Students living in an urban area will receive R24 000 a year, any area between the city center and the outskirts of a central town will receive a budget of R18 000 per annum and lastly an allowance of R15 000 is allocated for students living in a rural area.
  • Transport is only covered to students travelling up to 40km from an institution and the budget amounts to R10 000 per annum.
  • In addition there is a personal care allowance of R2 750 per annum.
  • There is also a personal care budget which amounts to R2 850 per annum for students based in catered residences

 

All candidates applying for a NSFAS loan will only be funded for a maximum of 5 years based on the availability of funding in each year. In an event where students change their course of study and your studies take more than 5 years to complete, students will have to pay for their own studies until they graduate.
 

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Hospitality On Show

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 09:42 Author False Bay TVET College

In 2019, the False Bay TVET College Muizenberg Campus, known for its exceptional Hospitality and Catering graduates were approached by the Afternoon Express Show to not only host the competition qualifying heats but to include a selection of N6 Hospitality students to partake in the SABC 3 Taste Master Competition. 

In 2019, the False Bay TVET College Muizenberg Campus, known for its exceptional Hospitality and Catering graduates were approached by the Afternoon Express Show to not only host the competition qualifying heats but to include a selection of N6 Hospitality students to partake in the SABC 3 Taste Master Competition. 

The Competition places SA’s hottest culinary talent to the test with a series of challenging tasks, in the hopes of the winner becoming the resident chef on Afternoon Express. 

A welcome introduction to competitive cooking and presentation, the College students didn’t make the final cut in the televised kitchens, but their talents and skills did not go unnoticed. Five of the False Bay TVET College Hospitality and Catering N6 students were invited to complete their 18 months in-service training with SABC 3. 

Not your conventional internship, the learning experience and exposure the students received over the period was exceptionally insightful. 

While under the guardianship of mentor Ms Sharon Worrall, intern placement specialist, she uncovered hidden talents and skills amongst the interns. Ms Worrall said, “We have been so delighted with level of talent and the general well roundedness of the interns, they have been exposed to a wide variety of skills and have taken up the challenge and really made the most of the opportunity.”

“The interns have added a real layer of skill to our production team and we are extremely proud of the way in which they are progressing. They have added a lot of value to our team” says Patience Stevens owner of Morning Expresso and Afternoon Express.

Miss Mookho Motseki, who in addition to her hospitality training specialises in make-up and skin care was afforded the opportunity to share the stage with the segment host to demonstrate the Afriderm product range. 

The ladies, Aneeba Sabodien, Miss Kelly Damon, Siya Moyi and Tiffany shared the screen with the programme hosts for a special Heritage Day cooking segment. 

College Principal, Karin Hendricks has always said “Every College student that graduates with us has the knowledge, skills and attributes to add value in the workplace.” Further than the learnt skills and knowledge, False Bay TVET College provide opportunities and a space for all students to be part of an inclusive and safe environment where other abilities and talents are encouraged.  

Click here to view the Afternoon Express segments:

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Scammers Are On The Hunt For NSFAS Money Again

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 09:29 Author Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS has issued and another fraud alert, something which seems to always be happening. It is therefore important that NSFAS beneficiaries are extra careful when it comes to their NSFAS accounts.

NSFAS has issued and another fraud alert, something which seems to always be happening. It is therefore important that NSFAS beneficiaries are extra careful when it comes to their NSFAS accounts.

The financial aid scheme shared the following on their social media accompanying an image:

Scammers are sending SMS communication and calling NSFAS students requesting personal information such as NSFAS Wallet details. Do not share any of your personal or login details with anyone.

The image shared shows a message that beneficiaries might have been receiving and reads:

"Dear student, we will be adding your allowance as per initial agreement. An agent will contact you to validate your details. Issued by NSFAS. Ref no:"

NSFAS has made it clear that this is a fake message and that beneficiaries should not share any important information with anyone. 

If you are receiving suspicious messages or calls from fraudsters regarding such advertisement, please ignore and report immediately.

NSFAS has previously stated that their agents will never ask for your password or other login info over the phone and should you be asked to do this, you are then probably speaking to a scammer.

Report any fraudulent activities, suspicious messages or calls from fraudsters posing as NSFAS staff via the Vuvuzela Hotline by contacting:

 

FRAUD ALERT: Scammers are sending SMS communication and calling NSFAS students requesting personal information such as NSFAS Wallet details. Do not share any of your personal or login details with anyone.

Posted by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) on Tuesday, 19 January 2021

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YearBeyond Programme Applications Are Now Open!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 08:59 Author Westerncape Government

We're looking for keen, compassionate matrics and recent graduates with great English and Maths marks to join the YearBeyond volunteer programme. In addition to the work you'll be doing to support learners in schools, as a volunteer you'll be building your personal profile and setting yourself up for success in the long term.

Looking for awesome youth! VOLUNTEER to help learners in schools with YearBeyond in 2021!

YearBeyond is calling on young people under 25 to give a year beyond their matric or tertiary studies to help expand the educational horizons of learners in township schools.

You'll be providing English literacy and numeracy support to primary schools, and English, maths and homework support to high schools.

What's in it for you?

  • Gain valuable life and leadership skills
  • Expand your social and economic networks
  • Access bursary and work experience opportunities
  • Acquire a leadership qualification
  • Make a real contribution towards positive change in South Africa

The programme aims to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes, inspire a culture of learning, stem school dropouts and improve matric results. It also aims to build bridges between communities and expand the horizons and skills of participants.

The programme provides volunteer tutors (aged 18 - 25) as peer educators after normal school hours. These volunteers offer literacy, numeracy and homework support.

The programme is run in selected schools providing literacy and numeracy academic support to grade 2 - 4 learners who are struggling. Volunteers assist in the classroom during the school day and run after school literacy and numeracy classes at the end of the formal school day.

NOTE: YearBeyond offers a small travel stipend to remunerate volunteers for transport costs incurred through their participation in the programme. Volunteers are NOT salaried employees and the stipend offered is not sufficient to support dependants. Volunteers do not receive any benefits that salaried employees receive.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND APPLY

In addition to the work you'll be doing to support learners in schools, as a volunteer you'll be building your personal profile and setting yourself up for success in the long term.

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Boland TVET College Registrations Are Open

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 15:50 Author Lauren Chawula

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Boland TVET College. Boland College's aim is to provide students with an affordable, lifelong, quality education necessary to successfully navigate the social and economical needs of the community they live in.

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Boland TVET College. Boland College's aim is to provide students with an affordable, lifelong, quality education necessary to successfully navigate the social and economical needs of the community they live in.

At Boland College, education is something they strongly believe in and they therefore produce top students. What sets them apart from other establishments in their field is their absolute dedication to the quality of education being offered. 

Boland College is situated across five campuses offering courses in nine different faculties. Boland College aims to create committed, creative and innovative leaders in Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

Registration Dates
  • New students 19 January onwards
  • Senior students (N5 & N6) 21 January  
  • L3 and L4 students February 2021

Campuses will be operating from 8am until 3pm. 

The registration for the new students are only for those who have been approved by the university. 

Students are asked to observe all Covid-19 health and safety protocols such as sanitizing while entering the campuses and arriving with a mask which covers both the mouth and nose. They are also asked to keep a safe social distance of 1.5 metres on campus. 

Students are required to bring their own pen in addition to the certiified documents listed below to fill out and sign documents. 

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO BRING FOR REGISTRATION: FOR MY COLLEGE REGISTRATION: - 2/3 certified copy of my ID -...

Posted by Boland College on Friday, January 15, 2021

While the College understands that students are excited they ask that students do not bring an excessive amount of family members along, especially children and the elderly, so as to avoid crowding and superspreader events. 

We will be opening our gates and doors in the next 5 mins for the official registration of 2021 to start. Please...

Posted by Boland College on Monday, January 18, 2021

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Gert Sibande TVET College Registrations Are Open

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 15:07 Author Raigan Cloete

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Gert Sibande TVET College. Gert Sibande TVET College aims to provide affordable education and practical skills to students by offering a wide range of technical and academic courses.

Gert Sibande TVET College is located in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The college offers nationally certified training programmes that are unit standard-based and SAQA approved.

Qualified and competent staff is available to give relevant education and training in Educational Programmes which aim to enable learners to lead productive lives and make meaningful contributions to their community and the Nation as a whole.

Registrations are currently open to returning students. Click here to register online.

Gert Sibande TVET College offers the following courses:

  • Finance, Economics, and Accounting
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Office Administration
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Hospitality
  • Primary Agriculture
  • Civil Engineering Construction
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Engineering and Related Design
  • Mechatronics

For more information about Gert Sibande TVET College, click here.

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Can Foreign Students Apply For NSFAS?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 14:42 Author Raigan Cloete

Are you wondering if NSFAS funds foreign students? Keep on reading to find out who qualifies for their bursary.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government entity under the Department of Higher Education and Training, which provides financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to further their studies at public universities or TVET colleges.

The following are eligible for the bursary:

  • All South African citizens.
  • All SASSA grant recipients.
  • Applicants whose combined household income is not more than R350 000 per annum.
  • A person with a disability and the combined household income of no more than R600 000 per annum.
  • Students who started studying before 2018 whose household income is not more than R122 000 per annum.

The following do not qualify for funding:

  • Foreign students (any student who is not a South African citizen).
  • Students that have completed a previous qualification.
  • Students with a combined household income of more than R350 000 per annum.
  • Students who have already applied, qualified and received funding. They are automatically funded for the duration of their studies provided they pass their modules and meet the academic requirements.

NSFAS covers accommodation, transport, living allowances, book allowances, and personal/incident care allowance.

Click here to find out how to apply to NSFAS.

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What Job Skills Are In Demand Right Now?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 14:35 Author Lauren Chawula

CareerJunction recently published its latest monthly job index listing the job skills which are in high demand in South Africa. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Many will be seeking employment as 2021 kicks off and people navigate through the world of work during the coronavirus pandemic.

CareerJunction has published its latest CareerJunction Index for December 2020 which shows which job skills are the most sought-after in South Africa. 

Paul Byrne from CareerJunction says that they have seen roles like business analysts, data analysts and people working in data warehousing in IT have been on the rise.  

Byrne says that over the past year the demand for roles in data warehousing has been up by 86% in terms of job content that has been advertised on the CareerJunction website. 

The manufacturing & assembly, marketing, sales and architecture & engineering sectors have all also shown an increase in recruitment activity over the last couple of months. 

 The following job skills are in high demand:

  • Software development skills - these skills remain the most sought after especially now that digital platforms are being used due to people working from home.  Demand for software developers decreased by 6% year-on-year.
  • Middle/department management skills - the demand for these skils grew by 14% in the last 6 months. 
  • Representative/sales consulting skills - these skills are very useful in the recruitment market and there is a constant need for them year by year. 

Jobs which are currently trending include:

Senior Management

Average salary offerings for a skilled level position per month:

  • Gauteng – R64,335 to R80,931
  • Western Cape –  R53,285 to R66,508
  • KZN – R50,297 to R58,505

Representative / Sales Consulting

Average salary offerings for a skilled level position per month:

  • Gauteng – R19,542 to R24,631
  • Western Cape – R20,782 to R26,406
  • KZN – R19,061 to R23,717

Team Leader & Supervisor

Average salary offerings for a skilled level position per month:

  • Gauteng – R17,825 to R22,589
  • Westen Cape – R20,758 to R23,671
  • KZN – R18,024 to R22,053

The finance, business and management and IT sectors continue to be the most sought after sectors this is followed by the sales, admin, office & support and architecture & engineering sectors, among others listed.

"There are lots of people without jobs... but the positive news is that there is this change that is starting to happen now where we're seeing these future jobs coming through," says Byrne. 

 

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Will I Have To Pay My Funza Lushaka Bursary Back?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 13:27 Author Sakinah Samuels

Interested in the Funza Lushaka Bursary? Wanting to know more about it? Maybe you're asking whether you'll have to repay it? We have the answer.

Interested in the Funza Lushaka Bursary? Wanting to know more about it? Maybe you're asking whether you'll have to repay it? We have the answer.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession.  

Students who are funded through the Funza Lushaka Bursary programme are required to accept a teaching post immediately after qualifying and will need to occupy this teaching position for the amount of years they were funded.

So, will you have to repay your bursary? Well, it depends. You will only need to repay the bursary should you fall under one of the following cases:

  • if the recipient fails to qualify
  • registers for a course of study that is not in a designated priority area
  • fails to apply for a teaching post with a Provincial Education Department at a public school, following the stipulated processes
  • fails to take up a teaching post with a Provincial Education Department at a public school
  • leaves a teaching post with a Provincial Education Department before the end of the contracted service period
  • fails to meet a requirement of the bursary agreement

You will then to repay the full amount of the bursary received in terms of the programme, with accrued interest. 

Interest shall be compounded monthly at the rate of interest determined by NSFAS from time to time. 

The bursary programme is designed to boost recruitment into teaching, especially in priority subject areas. In most cases, Faculty or School of Education staff will be able to assist students with the Funza Lushaka priority subjects to determine a student's teaching priority subjects. 

Visit the Funza Lushaka Bursary website for more information.

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Buffalo City College Registrations Are Now Open

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 13:26 Author Raigan Cloete

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Buffalo City College. Buffalo City College aims to provide affordable education and practical skills to students by offering a wide range of technical and academic courses.

Buffalo City College aims to provide its students with good quality education so that they can gain practical and theory career directed skills. This is to prepare them for the job market or further education and training at Universities. 

The college is based in East London with three campuses namely East London Campus, John Knox Bokwe Campus and St Marks Campus, as well as the King Street Site and an Administration Centre.

You are now able to register online from 19 January and close on 22 January 2021 for the following students:

  • New Level 2 students
  • New Semester 1 students
  • Returning Business Studies Semester 1 students

A second registration period will open on 8 February and close on 11 February 2021 for the following students:

  • Returning Engineering Trimester 1 students
  • Returning NCV students
  • Former Level 4 students accepted for Business Studies Programmes (Semester 1)

Please note that there will be no new full-time intake for Engineering students.

N4 and N1 full-time offerings will only be available in Trimester 2.

Only students who received an SMS notification, informing them that they have been admitted will be able to register.

For more information about Buffalo City College, click here.

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Brand Assistant At Fourways Aircon

Terrique Alie Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 12:41

Fourways originally started as a “one man band” so to speak. A small little company imagined by one of our founders Richard Perry with a staff compliment of 4. Richard saw a gap in the market. Big brands such as Samsung were selling air con units, then considered luxury goods or mainly for commercial purposes, but didn’t have the backing in terms of spare parts when it came to repairs and maintenance of units

Opportunity Details

Fast forward 21 years and 4 months, we are now National and International corporation with over 200 employees, 9 branches and 2000 customers. We’re a family orientated business who care about each other, we call ourselves the #fourwaysfam, and we believe it’s important to have a proper work life balance.  With that being said though the saying is true when it comes to “work hard, play hard”. If you put in the efforts you will reap what you sow. We believe every single person in the organisation has an important role to play in giving the absolute best service to our clients and a strong team is only as strong as its weakest link. Above all else; service is what we sell!

As a Brand Assistant you will be required to do the following tasks:

  • Undertake daily administrative tasks to ensure the functionality and coordination of the department’s activities
  • Support marketing executives in organizing various projects
  • Conduct market research and analyze consumer rating reports/ questionnaires
  • Employ marketing analytics techniques to gather important data (social media, web analytics, rankings etc.)
  • Update spreadsheets, databases and inventories with statistical, financial and non-financial information
  • Assist in the organizing of promotional events and traditional or digital campaigns and attend them to facilitate their success
  • Prepare and deliver promotional presentations
  • Prepare and deliver promotional point of sale and promotional items and materials
  • Write marketing literature (brochures, press releases, editorial and advertorial content etc) to augment the company’s presence in the market
  • Assist in designing and compiling promotions/specials/incentives for internal and external stakeholders
  • Communicate directly with clients and encourage trusting relationships
  • Conducting/facilitating specific branch marketing/customer events and activities to ensure smooth operations between other branches  

Requirements

  • Proven experience as a marketing/brand assistant
  • Demonstrable ability to multi-task and adhere to deadlines
  • Well-organized with a customer-oriented approach
  • Good knowledge of market research techniques and databases
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office, marketing computer software and online applications (CRM tools, Online analytics, Google Adwords etc.) Design software an added advantage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and people skills
  • Ability to work effectively within a team as well as independently.
  • Excellent attention to detail

Education

  • Qualification in marketing/branding/communications and   

Experience

  • 2 years work experience
 

HOW TO APPLY

Applying for this job opportunity is simple. Simply click here to apply now.

Opportunity Closing Date Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Fourways Aircon Article Categories Article Category Careers Tags Tags

2021 Registrations Now Open At Northlink College

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 12:40 Author Sakinah Samuels

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Northlink College. Northlink College aims to provide affordable education and practical skills to students by offering a wide range of technical and academic courses.

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Northlink College. Northlink College aims to provide affordable education and practical skills to students by offering a wide range of technical and academic courses.

Northlink College was established in 2002 when a merge between four colleges in the Northern Suburbs of the greater Cape Metropole occured. Northlink College is a nationally registered TVET institute with 7 other campuses around Cape Town. It is fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education and Department of Higher Education and Training. 

Registration Dates
  • NC(V), Business and Utilities Studies 19 January onwards
  • Engineering Studies N1 19 - 22 January
  • Engineering Studies N2 - N6 25 - 29 January

You are advised to bring along all your required documents when reporting to your Campus to register. Please adhere to Covid-19 regulations. 

Should you require any other additional information, you can contact one of the below campuses:

  • Belhar campus: 021 952 2113/9
  • Bellville campus: 021 951 2231
  • Goodwood campus: 021 591 3181
  • Parow campus: 021 931 8238
  • Protea campus: 021 946 2250
  • Tygerberg campus: 021 524 2200
  • Wingfiled campus: 021 591 9207

You can also send an email to [email protected]

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Join the SharpSpring team

Terrique Alie Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 12:34

More than just a tech company

Imagine working for one of the top companies in the USA, all from the comfort of your home in South Africa? Now’s your chance. 

We’re real people, with real perspectives and deep respect for what makes you, you. We believe that every individual has the power to open minds, make an impact, and inspire change. Our goal at SharpSpring is to be inclusive, intersectional, and intentional about how we foster equity both at work and in our local and global community.

Opportunity Details

Join the team

We are transparent, generous and focused on empowering both our customers and employees – we’re real people who are passionate about what we do. The team is still small so everyone gets to contribute in a way that really matters.

The Details

  • Live local, work global
  • Laptop and training provided
  • R27 000 to R38 000 per month
  • Based anywhere in South Africa
  • Suitable for anyone with a positive attitude

Responsibilities

  • Outbound calling and emailing to identify, nurture, and transform marketing-qualified leads into sales-ready leads
  • “Pitching” potential clients on the value of a product demo
  • Successfully overcoming prospective customer objections
  • Scheduling SharpSpring demos with the Sales team
  • Tracking lead activity in SharpSpring’s CRM
  • Use of video recording software to make interactive videos to personalize outreach with prospective partners
  • Analyzing and reporting on the success of efforts to turn marketing-qualified leads into opportunities
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of potential clients for effective follow-ups
  • Scheduling and partaking in callbacks to assess and understand the potential client’s needs/desires, discuss marketing automation and educate them on SharpSpring
  • Consulting with and updating team supervisor on progress and action plans
  • Attending team meetings aimed at growth, understanding, and collaboration
  • Strategy planning, both individually and as a team

The person

  • Cold-calling and/or B2B sales experience preferred
  • SaaS selling experience preferred
  • Minimum of two years sales experience preferred
  • Demonstrated sales aptitude; assertive, persistent, good listener, self-motivated and coachable
  • High comfort level communicating on the phone
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Well organized and flexible with effective time-management skills
  • Goal-oriented, able to meet and exceed monthly goals
  • Knowledge of CRM or marketing automation software preferred
  • Self-confident with the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to work independently as well as on a team
  • Bachelor’s in business administration, marketing, or related field preferred
  • Ability to be a brand ambassador for SharpSpring: Be inspiring, ambitious and fun!
 

HOW TO APPLY

Applying for this opportunity is simple. Simply click here and then click on "apply now". 

Get your application in FAST!

Opportunity Closing Date Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity SharpSpring Article Categories Article Category Careers Tags Tags

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