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Animation - a COVID-resistant industry

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 10:57Author: False Bay College

False Bay TVET College has recognized the need for transforming access to studying animation skills and in response has been running a fully funded 1-year certificate in 2D Animation. Digital animation is a career that is integral within the 4th Industrial Revolution where it is applied not only for entertainment but increasingly in bringing to life in many ways. 

By Cate Hunter, False Bay TVET College 2D Animation Lecturer.

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With the easing of lockdown regulations, the False Bay TVET College, 2D Animation program was able to host two, one day stop-frame animation workshops. The workshop was facilitated by animation artist Thulani Yose-Simantov through the auspices of the Triggerfish Foundation which is the educational platform for the Bergvliet based Animation company Triggerfish. False Bay TVET College has recognized the need for transforming access to studying animation skills and in response has been running a fully funded 1-year certificate in 2D Animation funded by the MICT SETA and various other funding partners

The current group of students is funded through the Department of Labour Youth Activation Programme. The National Certificate in 2 D Animation is one-year a foundation course at level 5 and introduces artists to the animation pipeline process and all the various skills and roles and therefore employment opportunities there are within the industry. The course also provides learners with the digital-skills necessary to create motion graphics, a fast-growing area of employment that is used across a wide variety of digital media from mobile devices, websites, online educational content, news and sports casts.

As the current students are wrapping up their training, this was a good time to show the students how they can create stop frame animation on their own phones with the free Stop Motion Studio applications. Thulani spoke to the students about how the course they are studying is going to prepare them for careers within the 4th Industrial Revolution. The course delivers the animation content to the learners through a system that mimics the animation production pipeline. However, with the stop motion app, the learners were able to go from concept to finished short film in one day, thanks to the focused guidance provided by Thulani. It was a very inspiring and energising experience as the animators learnt an extra skill set through the Stop Motion Studio App which they can use to tell their own stories.

Thulani, an acclaimed animation artist, works with the foundation to introduce animation as a viable career to scholars.

Reiterating the viability of Animation as a viable career path, in a recent Forbes article Africa Angles To Be Animation’s Next Global Hotspot, Rob Salkowitz reported that the animation industry was one of the few broadcast industries that was able to be take their work process online during the global COVID 19 pandemic and lockdown. This is because much of the animation working system already involved animators working from remote or home-based studios across continents and time zones. Digital animation (whether 2D or 3D) is a career that is integral within the 4th Industrial Revolution where it is applied not only for entertainment but increasingly in bringing to life medical illustrations and diagrams, scientific discoveries and educational content, to name only a few applications of animation.

“From Cape Town to Cairo, Lagos to Nairobi, animation is fueling the emergence of a creative economy across the African continent and helping to satisfy increasing global demand for new programming and production capacity. Just this month, a series of announcements underscores the rising prominence of African voices in one of the few COVID-resistant segments of the media and entertainment industry.” Rob Salkowitz states in the Forbes article Africa Angles To Be Animation’s Next Global Hotspot

If you are interested in a career using applied animation skills, applications are now open for the False Bay TVET College 2D Animation 2021 program. For more information, please visit our website at www.falsebaycollege.co.za or contact the Muizenberg campus at 021 7888373.

Mthembu, Senior Manager, Industry Support Development at the GFC (Gauteng Film Commission) notes that: “Animation is not only a pandemic-resistant industry, it has the potential to create a significant amount of employment for the youth of South Africa in a period when Africa is positioning itself as a global hotspot for animation services.” 

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No Worries, Laptops From NSFAS Are Still Coming

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 10:48Author: Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS has now issued a new tender for the supplier of laptops they promised to students. However, NSFAS has now edited their specifications for this laptops after having to settle with budget cuts. Students will however still have to wait a little while before they can have the laptops in their hands.

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Questions have not stopped from students and institutions asking where the laptops NSFAS and Government promised are. NSFAS has issued a new tender with less specifications for the laptops than before. This could be seen as students getting a 'less fancy' laptop but the laptops will still have everything a student needs for online learning. 

NSFAS will be supplying 730 000 students across the higher educations sector with laptops. This is broken down into 430 000 students from Universities and 300 000 from TVET Colleges.

NSFAS students who qualify for a laptop will be receiving a laptop, a charger and a laptop bag to carry the laptop. Students can expect to receive this laptops around the end of January 2021, or at least that's what NSFAS and the Department are hoping for.

Towards the end of August, Parliament expressed concern that students still have not received the laptops they were promised by Government and that this could also be involved with an alleged interference in the process. About these delays, NSFAS responded, "NSFAS did some groundwork to ensure that there are no further delays on this project" and continued to apologise for the delay saying that they take the issue of compliance, thorough and fair processes firmly.

Following the announcement, “NSFAS then prepared the tender document and advertised a tender on 26 June 2020 for the supply and delivery of the digital learning devices (laptops) for NSFAS funded students.” However, it was established that no acceptable bid was received and that the tender did not meet all the requirements and had to be cancelled. A new tender was then advertised on 4 September and will close on 21 September. 

Specifications for these laptops have now changed since they were first laid out in June. Things such as the laptop having an HDMI port to plug into a TV or projector, keyboards which are spill-proof, a battery life of at least five hours and being able to be upgraded to 8GB of RAM. These, however, are not what was specified in the most recent tender. 

Now, NSFAS asks that the laptops supplied have a dual core CPU, at least two USB ports, 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and 512MB of video RAM and for it to have the Academic version of Windows 10 Professional loaded. Screens were also asked to be HD and at least 14,1 inches with 4G capability. 

Another difference in what was asked earlier in the year and now is that the laptop won't be having software which will report on how it's being used or whether students are using software that is not approved by the Department. They also wanted the laptops to be able to freeze if they were stolen but this too is not included as a specification in the new tender. 

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, announced in April that students will have laptops delivered to them and the laptops were originally supposed to be delivered in September. However, due to issues with a tender, NSFAS has had to delay the procurement process. 

The new tender issued also shows adjustments and requirements for potential suppliers to ensure that irregularities are not seen. Business Insider reported, "Potential suppliers no longer have to prove that they have delivered laptops "of similar value and quantities" – so on the order of three quarters of a million units – in the last five years. Instead, the new bid says, they need only show they have sold 5,000 laptops at a time."

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NSFAS Has Already Received Near To 190 000 Applications

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 20:47Author: Sakinah Samuels

At the beginning of August, a whole month earlier than usual, NSFAS opened up their applications for those wanting to be funded by the financial aid scheme for 2021. Now, as we are five months into the application cycle, they have provided updates on the applications process. 

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When we reached the end of August, NSFAS had already received over 160 536 applications from students wanting to be funded in 2021. This is only a month after applications opened and they are set to close on 30 November 2020. 

This means that NSFAS received around 5000 applications daily and around 6000 as August came to an end. As for how many applications were sent to the financial aid scheme as of 7 September, that total would come to 188 733.

A statement from NSFAS says, "NSFAS anticipates a high volume in applications leading up to the closing date due to the recent economic suffocation due to Covid-19". It's also important for TVET College students or those wanting to study at a TVET College to know that they can get funded by NSFAS and that it's not only for University students.

NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, said NSFAS continuously provides easy access, reachability, and free access to information by forging and retaining relationships with stakeholder partnerships.

Applications are to be done online or at an application center of NSFAS partners such as the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The NYDA makes nine centres available to students across the country and will be open from 14 September, every Monday to Friday.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, along with Carolissen, have previously said that they want to reach more high school learners and are looking to communicate with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on this. Now, NSFAS has said, "DBE will link NSFAS with Provinces and District offices and provide database of National Teachers Centres which will assist with applications."

Those wishing to apply for funding from NSFAS are encouraged to apply for NSFAS and admission at universities or TVET colleges for 2021 at the same time. 

NSFAS Contact Centre is opened Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00:

  • Email: [email protected]
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  • Twitter: myNSFAS
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  • NSFAS Connect: www.nsfas.org.za and log into your myNSFAS account

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Nxesi Wants UIF Board To Own Up

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 15:14Author: Simbongile Makanda

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has been in hot water since a recent audit uncovered some shocking details about the UIF covid-19 relief fund. Many questions have been raised about UIF Senior Management. How did they let so much money slip through the cracks?

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Thulas Nxesi, Employment and Labour Minister, said the UIF board must take accountability for the irregularities found in the Auditor-General report.

"I am saying the board should also own up and the board is representing the different stakeholders, they must also account.

"I am arguing that to move forward we must also look at the solutions together with the board because it's also accountable," the minister said.

He said although he is in a position of power as a minister, he could not interfere with the everyday operations of the UIF.

"Ministers, in terms of the PFMA are prohibited from influencing and participating in the day to day activities of the supply chain processes, the procurement and the financial operations and even micromanaging the departments because they will enter into the areas which are not theirs."

Nxesi said he wants all issues raised by the audit to be dealt with urgently. 

This comes after Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu found that there were many irregularities with the UIF Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). The irregularities found by Makwetu include overpayments, underpayments, invalid rejection of beneficiaries, fraud and double-dipping. 

The investigation started in August after President Cyril Ramaphosa asked Makwetu to audit a number of covid-19 relief funds that the government had set up.

"We've identified some overpayments because the period of inactivity was not taken into account in determining the payment that was supposed to be made to the employers."

UIF senior management: the CFO, COO and Head of the Supply Chain, was suspended by the Director-General of the Department of Employment and Labour. He stated that the auditor-general’s report on UIF Ters, pointed to numerous gaps, risks and inadequate controls and verification processes. 

The audit report, put together by Makwetu found that R140 556 822 was paid by the UIF to 35 043 applicants who had already received benefits from other state institutions (including remuneration in some instances).

The report stated:

  • NSFAS students who received stipends, were paid Ters benefit claims of R10 335 344.
  • Beneficiaries by the SANDF received benefit claims of R327 638.
  • Employees paid through PERSAL were paid benefit claims of R41 009 737. 
  • Disability grant recipients were paid Ters benefit claims of R69 419. 
  • Old age grant recipients were paid benefit claims of R88 814 684.

“This has resulted in illegal payments, amongst others, to recipients of other state grants, students receiving NSFAS payments, public servants, and even inmates, deceased persons and minors. There is also evidence of overpayments (and underpayments) as well as inflated claims. I take these breaches very seriously,” said Nxesi.

The Auditor-General has called for changes to be made to the system and the overall payment of TERS.

Labour and Employment Minister, Thulas Nxesi, says the UIF Board must also account for irregularities. He sacked the entire top management of the fund in an effort to clean up corruption but his comrades in labour federation, Cosatu, are not impressed. pic.twitter.com/O4yvs02led

— eNCA (@eNCA) September 6, 2020

 

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Student Congress Wants NSFAS Criteria For Funding To Be Expanded

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:47Author: Sakinah Samuels

The South African Students Congress wants NSFAS to make the household income criteria to be increased so that more students can qualify for funding. This comes as the missing middle was placed at the forefront as an issue in South Africa when NSFAS made the decision to unfund 5000 students.

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The South African Students Congress wants government to set up a student bank and also change the criteria for students to get funded by NSFAS to expand the number of students who can get the fees paid by the financial aid scheme.

SAfm reported, "The South African Students Congress (SASCO) President, Bamaye Matiwane, has warned that the youth will make the country ungovernable due to their frustrations".

SASCO wants NSFAS to change the current criteria of students qualifying for NSFAS to be change from having an annual household income that comes to R350 000 or less to having it be set to R600 000 or less. 

These demands were issued to President Ramaphosa by SASCO's president, Bamanye Matiwane, during the past weekend while the congress was celebrating their 29th anniversary.

As for the student bank, Matiwane said, "A student bank that understands that before getting NSAFS, you do not have anything as a student. We want a student bank that can assist students but not take from students".

This, he says, would allow there to be understanding when it comes to what the financial obligations and pressures are of those studying. 

Along with that, the organisation wants the financial aid scheme to do faster work when it comes to providing students with the laptops they were promised to enable students to participate in online learning. 

Amongst other things, the organisations also wanted the following to be introduced:

  • A speedy appointment of the NSFAS board
  • A 24 hour economy to stimulate consumer demand and the creation of jobs
  • The immediate appointment of a NYDA (National Youth Development Agency) board that is pro-poor and working class
  • An immediate end to corruption in government

To the President, Matiwane said, "we know that you do not have a police station and handcuffs at your house. But we are saying we demand immediate arrest of all those who are stealing from the masses of our people and the poor." 

He believes that these individuals should be arrested no matter what position they hold and to do it before it's too late. He wants the President to renew the ANC while also facilitating these changes. 

Speaking for the youth of South Africa, the SASCO President said, "Young people are frustrated and need their own leadership that is going to speak our language, we do not need old people to speak on our behalf.”

 

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Public Protector Shocked By State Of Schools

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:41Author: Simbongile Makanda

Mokibe Primary School in Mpumalanga was built in the 70s but it recently closed its doors because the school building is in a terrible condition. The community is calling for the school building to be fixed, so classes can continue but this has been difficult to make a reality. 

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Public Protector, Busiswe Mkhwebane along with her deputy Kholeka Gcaleka visited several schools, including Mokibe Primary School. Many learners from the school have had to move to other schools nearby with better resources. 

The community is not happy with the fact that learners have had to move to other schools because they have to use transport everyday. Members of the community spoke to the Public Protector asking for the school to be fixed instead of being shut down. 

“This school is our legacy ... It was built by a white farmer who said that he wanted to accommodate all the children in the area. I went to the school and my children went to this school. It may look bad but we, the community would come and clean and take care of the school ourselves,” said community leader Oupa Mashiane.

Mashiane said people were reluctant to donate money towards rebuilding the school.

"When people want to help us, they step back because they say they cannot put their money, 3 months down the line the school is going to be moved, so the school must remain as you see it now. I have fought this war alone, but I can see I have lost the battle."

“One thing I am begging for is for the government to assist us in rebuilding this school or bring mobile containers and park them here. We will take care of it,” he said. 

Some learners have to travel long distances daily and there are safety concerns, especially with the younger learners. One parent said: 

"My child is very young. I wake up early every morning to accompany her to the bus stop and make sure she catches the bus, but I don't feel comfortable because she is very young."

Mkhwebane has promised that the issue of the school building will be dealt with urgently. She was also concerned that some children had stopped attending classes after the school shut down.

Her deputy, Gcaleka said both the education and health system are facing similar challenges. 

“Challenges that we’ve observed that there is a huge leadership, management gap. And there is also a challenge with financial controls both in the education and health system," said Gcaleka.

 

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Applications For 2021 Are Open At Ingwe TVET College

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:24Author: Sakinah Samuels

You can now apply to study at Ingwe TVET College in 2021. They have five campuses, each only offering certain courses. Ingwe TVET College offers a variety of courses and also offers learnerships to their students. 

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Applications for 2021 are now open at Ingwe College so apply now!

Ingwe TVET College offers a variety of courses and also offers learnerships to their students. They have five campuses, each only offering certain courses. At Ingwe TVET College, they strive to be a world class institution of learning, training and development.

They provide diverse quality technical vocational education and training responsive to the needs of our economy. Ingwe TVET College is located in Maluti in the Eastern Cape.

Courses Report 191 Courses
  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies
National Certificate Vocational Courses
  • Business Studies
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Courses are categorized by campus. Consult the website for more information here.

Campuses
  • Mount Fletcher Campus
  • Mount Frere Campus
  • Maluti Campus
  • Siteto Campus
  • Ngqungqushe Campus

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2020. Spaces are limited.

How To Apply CLICK HERE TO START APPLYING

For more information on Ingwe TVET College, click here.

 

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TVET College Problems Comes Down To Being Underfunded, says Principals

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:11Author: Sakinah Samuels

Staff and students at TVET Colleges have been lodging many complaints when it comes to operations and treatment at institutions. Now, it's been found that all these issues stem from the Colleges being underfunded. 

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Many problems have been brought up when it comes to TVET Colleges and now, a Principal has revealed that these issues come from being underfunded.

Nkosinathi Mchunu, College Principal of eThekwini TVET College, said, "We are underfunded. With the money that we get from government, we have strike a balance between the six (Durban) campuses that we have".

Several problems were seen when the Democratic Alliance (DA) visited a TVET Campus. These problems ranged from lack of lecturers, inadequate safety for students, outdated equipment and poor infrastructure. 

DA Students Organisation eThekwini Councillor, Siboniso Sibisi, said "The engine the students use for practicals is outdated, there are no cars like these anymore".

As for health issues, a dumping site is located near to the College and is then causing problems when it comes to the cleanliness at the institution. This, Mchunu said they have been trying to figure out with the municipality for years.

He said, "It is beyond our control. We have spent so much money on fencing but there are still openings. We have raised the issue with the municipality, some days they will come and clear up the rubbish but it will be back there again in a day or two.”

There is also a lack of security at the campus which calls into question the safety available for students. There were also no safety protocols in place as far as guarding against Covid.  

To this, the Principal said that they will have to look into it. According to Berea Mail, he also said the DA had an ulterior motive of wanting to score political points because they did not speak to him prior to their oversight visits.

At eThekwini TVET College's Umbilo campus, students got into an altercation with law enforcement after they blocked the entrance to the campus on Monday. This is due to the issues seen at many other TVET Colleges such as students not receiving NSFAS allowances, lack of lecturers and devices and once again, neglect experienced through management.

The Deputy Minister of higher education, Buti Manamela, has urged higher education institutions to ensure that student and worker challenges are addressed. 

The Deputy Minister has continued his tour of TVET Colleges and Universities to see how ready they are to have students back on campuses and to see which safety interventions are in place. He wants to "make sure that we have zero fatalities, we have as few infections as possible and also that students can learn in this environment".

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HCI Foundation Bursary Programme

HCI Foundation bursaries are primarily for students who will be in their 1st year of study in 2021 and our current bursary recipients. Applications for other years of study will only be considered if we have spaces available.

BURSARY APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE NOW OPEN

The HCI Foundation Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to academically deserving and financially needy students, pursuing an undergraduate degree up to Honours level in any field of study, at a public university or university of technology in South Africa. 

Applications for other years of study will only be considered if we have spaces available.

DO I QUALIFY FOR A BURSARY?

South African citizens, refugees and asylum seekers who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Current HCI Foundation bursary recipients who are still studying at their respective institutions throughout South Africa.
  • New applicants at the level of Honours and Postgraduate Diploma who will be studying at the selected institutions.
  • Studying at a public university.
  • With a gross family income of less than R37 500 per month.
  • Age 35 years or under on 30 November 2020.
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Monday, November 30, 2020Opportunity is closing in 84 daysOpportunities Offered By : HCI FoundationArticle Category: Bursaries 2020Tags: HCIbursaryfundingstudygraduatelearninguniversityOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

JICA Internship Program for Youth & SDGs Global Leadership

The ABE Initiative aims at fostering leaders with proven ability to contribute towards Africa's development in collaboration with the Japanese private sector. JICA is looking for prominent young South African nationals who are or anticipating to be involved in industrial development activities in both public and private sectors, and who have strong motivation to strengthen economic ties between South Africa and Japan.

ABE Initiative Master's and Internship Program for Youth 8th Batch & SDGs Global Leader Masters and PhD Program 2021

September 2021 - August 2024

Up to two and half years will be allocated for a Master's Degree.

Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be citizens of South Africa
  • Be less than 40 (as of 1 April 2021)
  • Have some work experience
  • Have good health condition, both physically and mentally, to complete the program
  • Bachelor's degree (B-Tech included) with honours or equivalent to NQF8 or above
  • Minimum average of 65% score in academic transcript Have good understanding of the ABE Initiative's objectives
  • Have adequate English skills in both written and oral communication
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PAU Scholarship Opportunity To Study PhD Degree

Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below.

Scholarship To Study PhD Degree

The Pan African University is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa.

Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Admission Requirements for Masters Programmes

Requirements

  • Maximum age of 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants
  • Undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field;
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school)
  • Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page)
  • Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm)
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  • Recommendation letter from ONE of his/her former University lecturers
  • Names of 3 Reference University lecturers (with email adress and whatsapp number) (*Mandatory)

 

Admission Requirements for Doctoral Programmes

Requirements:

  • Maximum age of 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants;
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university;
  • Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts
  • Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page);
  • Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm);
  • Detail CV;
  • Recommendation letters from 2 Professors;
  • A 3 to 4 page Research Concept Note (tentaive title, research questions, objectives, significance of the research etc…);
  • Names of 3 Reference University Teachers (with email adress and whatsapp number);(Mandatory);
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British Chevening Scholarships for International Students 2021/2022

Applications for 2021/2022 Chevening Scholarships are open. Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK.  If you have ambition, leadership qualities, and a strong academic background, we encourage you to apply during the application window.

Applications for 2021/2022 Chevening Awards are now open

Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK.

These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from your country and beyond to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

We encourage you to apply if you meet our eligibility criteria and other requirements.

Your gender, age (there is no upper age limit), sexual orientation, religion, marriage or parenthood status, caste, class, or other attributes do not matter to us.

What matters is your ability to submit a strong application that demonstrates you are capable of excelling on an intense master’s course in the UK, and that you have a clear vision for your future – and maybe even that of your sector or your country.

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Opportunity Closing Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020Opportunity is closing in 57 daysOpportunities Offered By : CheveningArticle Category: ScholarshipsTags: cheveningskillslearningstudentsscholarshipfundinguniversitystudyOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

Finance Internship Opportunity At Elundini Local Municipality

Finance Opportunity for applications from experienced, qualified and committed individuals to the following positions and Finance internship candidates

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SAASTA Graduate / Internship Programme

Call for applications to participate in the Department of Science and Innovation’s National Youth Service Programme. Unemployed graduates (18-35 years of age) are invited to apply to join the 2020/21 intake for the Department of Science and Innovation’s National Youth Service Programme.

A total of 550 places are available, mainly for science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates.

The programme, which is part of the government-wide National Youth Service initiative, places selected volunteers at various institutions (e.g. schools, universities, science councils and NGOs) across the country, allowing them to gain workplace experience for 12 months while offering a service to the community.

Participating volunteers will be paid monthly stipends.

Volunteers are responsible for their own travel and relocation costs.

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School Rotation System Adding Pressure On Teachers

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 14:38Author: Raigan Cloete

During COVID-19, the teacher shortages at schools has become quite serious. According to National Teachers Union (NATU), the rotation system that is currently being adopted for students has placed more pressure on teachers and schools are battling to cope.

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The rotation system was put in place during August. The system works by students being divided into groups and those groups attend school on different days. Certain groups attend classes for two days in the week and others thrice a week.

This system has been put into place to ensure that those who attend and work at schools remain safe from the virus.

According to Allan Thompson, union president, the rotation system will result in teachers not covering all of the syllabus.

”The Department promised to employ substitute educators but there are no substitute educators that are employed that are coming to school, we have seen teachers who are having very serious comorbidities being compelled to by their principals. Some have already started reporting for duties but we are worried that those people are likely to die in the working environment.”

During this week Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that she has approached National Treasury for money to pay for the 22 000 substitute teachers required nationwide.

National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) President, Basil Manuel, brought it up that they raised the matter in May already and does not understand why the national Department didn’t approach Treasury sooner.

“So we are very concerned about the Minister’s statement what makes one particularly unhappy is that the Department has had three months to do this, the agreement was signed on the 30th of May and we are now in September, three months later after promising these people would be appointed now they are saying they are looking for money. What have they been doing for 3 months? At the same time, we see that schools are really battling.”

A few schools are filling the shortages by allowing teachers to teach subjects that they’re not familiar with. The Union says that some learners are left without teachers, including those in matric.

In Gauteng, more than 4 500 teachers were allowed to work from home. The Department says schools have been getting stand-in teachers from their database and so far that process has been smooth.

Those teachers who work from home record their lectures and mark their school work at home.

“We have enough educators so when there is a need we go into the database, and make sure that we get the necessary profile of what is needed at the school and that post will go at school level they will conduct necessary recruitment processes and a replacement will then be appointed.”

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UIF Ters Paid To The Dead

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 13:46Author: Raigan Cloete

An audit was done on the UIF and the report showed interesting abnormalities. Payments were made to people who had passed on and those with invalid ID numbers.

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A report on the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) was released by the Auditor-General of South Africa Kimi Makwetu.

Not only did the report reveal that Ters payments were incorrectly disbursed, but it also stipulated how much was given to prisoners and the deceased.

For instance, a claim of R4 027 was paid to an individual who happened to have the same ID number as that of a UIF employee.

However, this is not the worst of it. A total of R169 900 was paid to individuals who were indicated as being in prison according to the Department of Correctional Services database.

The report revealed that citizens who were indicated as dead as per Home Affairs database, received Ters payments totaling R441 144.

It was reported that the audit report stated an investigation was to take place to invest payments made to illegitimate beneficiaries, including deceased persons.

Ters payments as at 31 July 2020 were recorded at R37.7 billion.

Regarding overpayments, the UIF used the incorrect number of days to calculate payments to 723 applicants amounting to a total of R10 215 765.

R140 556 822 was paid by the UIF to 35 043 applicants who had already received benefits from other state institutions (including remuneration in some instances).

The report stated the following:

  • NSFAS students who received stipends, were paid Ters benefit claims of R10 335 344.
  • Beneficiaries by the SANDF received benefit claims of R327 638.
  • Employees paid through PERSAL were paid benefit claims of R41 009 737. 
  • Disability grant recipients were paid Ters benefit claims of R69 419. 
  • Old age grant recipients were paid benefit claims of R88 814 684.

A total of 4 161 payments amounting to R 30 071 248 were also made to individuals with invalid identity numbers when checked against the Department of Home Affairs database.

Thulas Nxesi, Employment and Labour Minister, held a media briefing on Wednesday 2 September. He stated that the auditor-general’s report on UIF Ters, pointed to numerous gaps, risks and inadequate controls and verification processes. 

“This has resulted in illegal payments, amongst others, to recipients of other state grants, students receiving NSFAS payments, public servants, and even inmates, deceased persons and minors. There is also evidence of overpayments (and underpayments) as well as inflated claims. I take these breaches very seriously,” said Nxesi.

UIF senior management: the CFO, COO and Head of the Supply Chain, was suspended by the Director-General of the Department of Employment and Labour.

The suspension is to allow SIU to undertake a successful and accurate investigation.

Following the report, UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping was also suspended. 

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South African Drop Out Rate Increase

Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 12:36Author: Raigan Cloete

Basic Education Minister Reginah Mhaule and director-general Mathanzima Mweli presented the dropout projections earlier this week to the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education. “It is devastating to anticipate even greater dropout rates than South Africa was seeing before the pandemic,” says Equal Education.

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Due to the pandemic, learners have felt a lot of pressure and have had to adapt to a new way of learning during the lockdown.

In August, the education department had given schools the go ahead to reopen, however not all students have returned. Although, all learners were expected to return.

Even though the government put regulations in place to mitigate the spread of the virus at schools, more than 10 000 teachers had contracted the virus and 2 331 non-teaching staff and 3 270 pupils had been infected.

Due to this situation, parents are worried about their children's safety and choose not to send them back to school.

In KZN, the education department expects a dropout projection of 38 541 learners in Grade 7 and another 18 708 in Grade 12.

However, this does not necessarily mean that all these children are not getting an education.

 “Before Covid-19 we were already faced with a situation where over the years 2014 to 2018, around 50 per cent of all 22 to 25-year-olds didn’t have a matric qualification,” says Equal Education’s Co-Head of Research, Roné McFarlane.

Although a large workload awaits students, many are happy to be back at school. Matriculants however are feeling the pressure, which has caused some of them to drop out.

Due to the matriculant dropout rate, the government needs to encourage students to return to school or continue learning from home with the support of the school.

Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga announced that universities will extend the academic year to February 2021 so that matriculants will not be compromised by the late release of the Grade 12 results.

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Students Left Homeless After NSFAS Applications Disappear

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 21:50Author: Sakinah Samuels

College students have been left homeless due to financial difficulties. This, they say is due to NSFAS being insufficient in their service and students then having many blanks when it comes to their funding situations.

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Students at Mnambithi TVET College have been left homeless due to not being able to pay their rent. This comes as a result of NSFAS not processing their applications or paying their allowances to pay rent, according to students.

The blame is also being shifted to the college because their funding applications weren't looked at due to not being sent to NSFAS.  One student said, "We have not been paying rent for three months, some of us for longer than that. We submitted our applications for NSFAS and responses to these applications took longer than usual, and we thought it was because of the lockdown".

When asking NSFAS about their applications, they were then told that the financial aid scheme never received them.

Thirty students desperate for a roof to sleep under have now resorted to sleeping in a corridor of a radio station. They have been locked out from their accommodation spaces by their landlords because they can't pay rent while some have been paying using their own money since the beginning of the year.

Some students then were only able to pay half of their rent and then were later found to be kicked out.

Rent for these students were between R700 and R1000 and some owed between R1500 and R2000. When speaking to Daily News, a student said, "My grandmother would borrow money from a loan shark for me to pay part of the rent since January and that didn’t work out for her because she also has to buy groceries from the pension she receives. Our belongings have been locked in the cottages since Monday and appeals to our landlord fell on deaf ears. We are all victims in this situation. What’s worse is that the college doesn’t explain to us why our applications have not been submitted to NSFAS".

When looking at the situation from the view of the landlords, one has said, "I have been accepting any amount these students have been giving me but now that doesn’t help me. They begged me to give them their belongings but I gave them only the essentials and the rest are locked in their cottages until I get the outstanding amounts they owe".

On how the college has responded to this issue, the Deputy Principal of Academic Services, Beatrice Mpangase, said, "The college met affected students on September 1, and deliberated on the matter at hand. Unfortunately, the college has no control on the disbursements of NSFAS allowance to students; these are deposited directly from NSFAS to the student accounts.”

Students TVET Colleges have said that they have been left behind while others have continued with online learning and that the Department is ignoring the challenges they are facing. This while also battling institutions over accommodation issues.

In residences at Lovedale TVET College, students have said that the toilets, showers and stoves don't work and that the toilets aren't always cleaned. The kitchens are also not safe or in good hygiene. They have said that there is nothing to disinfect the surfaces and they can't trust it to cook in there, saying that management is reckless. 

Students have also been upset by the campus management which they say is poor and neglectful and that they have poor communication. Management is said to not take questions and if they do, they don't want to answer any. Students say they are failing them and they feel lied to.

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Buti Manamela, has urged higher education institutions to ensure that student and worker challenges are addressed. 

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Free Online Resources For Matriculants

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 15:49Author: Terrique Alie

As we all know by now, we are living in a world that is constantly changing. This has had an impact on learning and finding adaptive tools and techniques to continuously improve students' learning. Most students use technology as part of their everyday lives which creates a better opportunity for learning to be more effective. With the many available online resources the quality of education opens a door of opportunities. These opportunities range from advanced research, quality information, increased knowledge and discovering new ways to improve educational outcomes. 

 

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What online sources are available to matrics:

1. Previous exam papers - These academic past-papers can be found on the Department of Education’s website (https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/search/results/past%20papers) . These past exam question papers are available to all matriculants to work through and prepare themselves for the final year end exams. 

The benefits of using past exam question papers:

  • Indicates typical questions that may appear is tests/ exams
  • Identifying how much time  each question will take
  • What type/style of exam questions to expect (multiple choice, short/ long questions or essay questions)
  • Helps identify any subject area that requires more focus 
  • The past papers will be a guide and help improve your marks 

2. Google scholar -This is a platform which enables students to access any academic literature. This too allows students to search across a broad spectrum from articles, academic books, abstracts, university sites and many more. 

Benefits:

  • Easily accessible 
  • Provides information from reliable websites
  • Access to a wide range of online sources
  • Ability to save and read articles at a later stage 

3. Harvard referencing - This is one of the most important tools that can be used when writing an essay. The purpose of referencing is to indicate that you have not directly copied work that is not your own. Referencing allows you to acknowledge authors for their work which is used in your writing. The harvard reference style consists of the in-text citation and a reference list. Once your essay is completed, the citation will be generated into a reference list or bibliography and appear at the end of your assignment/ essay. 

4. Blog posts - A blog is more than just a website, it is an online platform that allows you to express, create and keep track of your thoughts. Students that have access to educational blog posts can enhance and have a sense of control over their learning by motivating them to become better readers and writers. 

5. Google classroom - This online platform encourages student engagement and collaboration which can be a great help to matriculants when preparing for tests and exams. Teachers can utilize this platform by doing revision, setting up mock question papers and uploading any relevant documents that will be useful to students. 

There are many other tools and online resources that are available to students. Having access to these resources can enhance students academic outcomes and achieve their desired results. 

 

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Grade 11 Past Papers: Maths & Physics

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 14:45Author: Simbongile Makanda

Maths and physics can be tough to understand, but we've got some past papers to give you a guide of what to expect in some of your grade 11 exams. The past papers cover maths, maths literacy, technical maths and technical science. 

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Mathematical Literacy 2013

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Technical Mathematics 2017

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Technical Science 2017

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Physical Sciences 2013

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