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How To Prepare For Unisa Take-Home Assessment on myExams?

How To Prepare For Unisa Take-Home Assessment on myExams? Raigan Cloete Thu, 01/14/2021 - 13:03

Preparing for exams can be quite stressful, however, with these guidelines it should be a lot less stressful. Below Unisa has compiled guidelines for taking a take-home assessment on myExams.

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Register At IIE's Rosebank College NOW

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 11:58

The IIE's Rosebank College is now open for registration for individuals wanting to study in 2021. Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers.

The IIE's Rosebank College is now open for registration for individuals wanting to study in 2021. Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers.

With over 70 years in the education industry, nine campuses nationally and over 19 000 students studying online and full-time, Rosebank College is proving that education is accessible. Students can start with an IIE Higher Certificate and progress to an IIE Diploma or IIE Degree. IIE graduates from Rosebank College have the competitive edge to compete on the global stage with over 12 000 of them placed in employment since 2012. 

What do I need to register at Rosebank College?
  • Certified Statement of Results or National Senior Certificate
  • Certified copy of your ID
  • Registration and application fees (non-refundable)
  • Study visa for international students
  • Parent/guardian/account payer’s certified copy of ID
How do I register?
  1. Visit the Rosebank College campus near you.
  2. Ensure that you meet the entry criteria for your qualification of choice. To view the qualifications Rosebank offers, click here.
  3. Confirm the duration you'll be studying and the tuition fees
  4. Complete an application form on arrival at one of the campuses
  5. Speak to a Student Advisor and pay your application fee (non-refundable). Please note that late application fees apply.
  6. Complete a registration form and pay your registration fee (non-refundable)
  7. Pay your registration fee (non-refundable)
  8. Await confirmation of your acceptance

You can study from as little as R990 per month at Rosebank College. Studying has never been more affordable. You can also choose a payment option that suits your budget as Rosebank has your best interests at heart.

IIE Qualifications offered at Rosebank College are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered on the NQF by SAQA.

For more information on the IIE's Rosebank College, click here.

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What Does Transnet Bursaries Cover?

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 11:53 Author Terrique Alie

Transnet is one of the largest freight logistics companies that delivers goods to South Africans and is fully owned by the government. Transnet aims to create a positive impact by contributing to society by delivering a fast, reliable and cost effective logistic service. They also aim to promote economic growth and improve the lives of many South Africans through their integrated service. 

Transnet is also known for helping students to reach their dreams by acquiring the necessary skills they need to become successful in their chosen career industry. Bursaries are awarded to students based on the employment needs of the company. All students studying full-time are viewed as potential applicants depending on the vacancies available after successfully completing their qualification.

What does Transnet bursaries cover?

  • Students are allowed to study at any South African academic institution of their choice. The comprehensive bursary will cover expenses such as:
  • Tuition fees
  • Accomodation and meals
  • Textbooks
  • Experiential learning 


To apply for a bursary you will need the following documents:

  • You must be a South African Citizen
  • You must meet the standard for entry in your chosen field at the institute
  • You have already partially completed some kind of qualification and thus are higher than the normal achiever
  • A valid South African ID


How are applicants awarded a Transnet bursary?

The Transnet bursary department will screen all applicants. All candidates need to meet the requirements to qualify for the bursary. The selection of the applicants will be based on your academic performances either at a secondary or tertiary level. Once you have been selected, you will be invited for an interview which will either take pace in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein ,Cape Town or Durban depending on where you reside. The final selection and award will be based on the interview, academic results and medical fitness of the candidate. 

What is expected from the candidate?

Students are obliged to undertake a 1 year service for every financial reward received from Transnet after completing their qualification. Should a student not qualify for any subject, the repeated module must be done at the students own cost and the bursary will be terminated. Should a student fail to comply with the agreed requirements of the bursary, it will become payable in terms of the agreement. The bursary will also be reviewed annually by the sponsor if the students academic performance is satisfactory. 

For more information on Transnet’s bursaries, you can email the bursary office at [email protected]  and enquire about what their requirements are for a specific field of study or you can click here.

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Which Courses Does The Funza Lushaka Bursary Fund?

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 11:39 Author Sakinah Samuels

The Department of Basic Education aims to increase the number of educators in the country. This is being done through the Funza Lushaka Bursary which provides funding to students wishing to study in the Education field. Here are the programmes the bursary covers.

The Department of Basic Education aims to increase the number of educators in the country. This is being done through the Funza Lushaka Bursary which provides funding to students wishing to study in the Education field. Here are the programmes the bursary covers.

To qualify for funding through the Funza Lushaka bursary, you need to be studying or wishing to study a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

It's important to note that the distribution of bursaries by programme will be determined by the Department of Basic Education depending on identified priorities subject areas.

When deciding who should get the bursary, the department looks at which subjects are being studied. The national priority subject areas which the department gives preference to with the Funza Lushaka Bursary are the following:

Foundation Phase (i.e. Grades R-3): Foundation Phase (with preference for African Languages), Neurodevelopment Needs, Braille, South African Sign Language.

Intermediate and Senior Phase (i.e. Grades 4-9): 

Preference will be given for a teaching major in TWO of the following:

Languages, Mathematics, and Natural Science & Technology

FET phase (i.e. Grades 10-12): 

Preference will be given for a teaching major in TWO of the following:

Accounting; Agricultural Sciences; Agricultural Technology; Civil Technology; Computer Applications Technology; Economics; Electrical Technology; Engineering Graphics and Design; Geography; Information Technology; Life Sciences; Mathematics; Mechanical Technology; Physical Sciences, Languages, Technical Mathematics and Technical Science.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. The bursaries are provided so that eligible students may complete a teaching qualification in an area recognised as priority.

University can cost a lot of money, taking into consideration learning material, transport costs, accommodation and living expenses. The Funza Lushaka Bursary can take care of those for you. 

For more information on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme, click here

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How To Prepare For Unisa's Online Exams

How To Prepare For Unisa's Online Exams Raigan Cloete Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:18

Preparing for exams can be quite stressful, however, with these guidelines it should be a lot less stressful. Below Unisa has compiled guidelines for various types of examinations and some other rules and information you might need.

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VKB Group Learnership Programmes 2021

Bronwyn Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:30

VKB Group is offering a Learnership program to offer unemployed individuals the opportunity to learn and develop within the Agricultural environment, specifically in Marketing.

Skills are acquired through a learning period and are developed through constant application and correction.

Opportunity Details Learner Branch Marketer - Commercial, Cornelia

Location: Cornelia, Free State



  • Grade 12 or NQF 4.

Skilled Required

  • Bilingual in Afrikaans and English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Orientation towards marketing and client service
  • Team orientated
  • Willing to undergo continuous training.


  • Stockcontrol
  • Stockorders
  • Marketing of agricultural commodities
  • Other ad-hoc job related duties
  • Paypoint sales
  • Other administrative duties
  • Client service


The company can expire jobs at any time on their own discretion.

If you do not hear anything from us within 30 days after the expiry date, you can assume that your application was unsuccessful.


Opportunity Closing Date Friday, October 23, 2020 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity VKB Group Article Categories Article Category Learnerships 2021 Tags Tags

Nest Student Accommodation Applications Are Now Open

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:30 Author Terrique Alie

Nest student accommodation caters for all students and provides a dynamic environment for students. It is designed with a modern style in mind with a furnished look that provides comfort for students of all ages. This student accommodation is situated in Rosebank and is in close proximity to most academic institutions. There is also swift access to transport for all students travelling to and from university.

What does Nest accommodation offer students?

The apartment is fitted for 2 people and fully furnished with a two plate stove top, an oven, a fridge and freezer combo with counters and desks provided. The following is also all inclusive:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Access to gym facilities
  • Outdoor recreational  and braai area
  • Private rooms
  • Undercover parking with 24/7 security
  • 15 Gigs of wifi access
  • Laundry facilities


All applications are completed online by clicking on the link and it should not take you more than 20 minutes to complete. If you are having any difficulties completing the application form or have any additional accommodation queries you can email [email protected] or contact Debbie on 0743304222. Once your application is successful, you will receive a room number and lease agreement. The length of the lease starts from the 1st of February and ends on the 31st of January the following year.

Come and check out these modernised stylish apartments today as applications for 2021 are now open. 

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Masks Not Mandatory For Children Under Six

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:27 Author Sakinah Samuels

In the Minister's new government gazette, Dlamini-Zuma said that it is not mandatory for children who are younger than six years old to wear masks in public.

In the Minister's new government gazette, Dlamini-Zuma said that it is not mandatory for children who are younger than six years old to wear masks in public.

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) clearly states:

The wearing of a mask is mandatory for every person when in a public place, excluding a child under the age of six years

A child under six years old can wear a mask in public should they want or should parents want them to.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that children wearing masks, "is based on the safety and overall interest of the child and the capacity to appropriately use a mask with minimal assistance".

However, should anyone above the age of six years old neglect to wear a mask when out in public and does not comply with instruction from an enforcement officer will receive a fine or even be imprisoned.

Should you be wearing a mask, make sure that it not only covers your mouth but that it covers your nose as well.

To read the full government gazette, click here.

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SASSA Beneficiaries Camp Outside Cape Town Offices

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:22 Author Raigan Cloete

Since Tuesday night, many grant beneficiaries have found themselves sleeping outside SASSA offices to ensure that they were the first in line when the offices opened in the morning.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices in Cape Town are currently becoming potential hotspots for the coronavirus as many beneficiaries have been camping outside their offices since Tuesday evening in some areas.

These beneficiaries feel that they have no choice but to sleep outside the offices so that they can be first in line when the offices open or be forced to wait in the hot weather for hours.

As part of the COVID-19 regulations, SASSA branches are only permitted to allow a limited number of people to enter, which causes many people to be turned away since their offices are only open until 4 pm.

Many of these people are waiting to receive the Older Persons Grant and are being forced to wait in long queues due to lack of staff at these offices.

These offices have been operating with limited staff in compliance with the COVID-19 regulations, which have been put into place to ensure the safety of all.

At the Eersterivier SASSA office, several metro police officers were doing their best to ensure that those who are waiting in line are maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between them and those around them.

Some of them have been waiting in the heat without food or water which can be quite dangerous, however, they need the social grant to support their families so they push through until they receive their grants.

Outside the Gugulethu office, some people wait in the long queue to either receive their grant or to renew and re-apply for their grants.

Bandile Maqetuka, SASSA's Regional Executive Manager, said that a booking system has been implemented for grant beneficiaries in an effort to make operations run smoothly.

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Marriott Graduate Careers 2021

Bronwyn Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:11

If you have a passion for delivering every guest a personalized service experience and desire to be part of the ‘Coolest Hotel Brand in South Africa’, join the Marriott® team today!

Opportunity Details Various Graduate Internships 2021

Our Hotel Internship Program allows you to truly experience the industry from the ground up, where our founders and many of our leaders began.

You will get immersed in Marriott's culture and business and find your true calling in the travel industry.

Our internships are typically available in many different areas of the hotel.

By gaining hands-on experience in the exciting world of hotel management, you'll be better prepared to pursue opportunities post graduation.

University Intern-MEA - African Pride Melrose Arch, Autograph Collection

Job Number 21004098
Job Category Management Development Programs/Interns
Location African Pride Melrose Arch Autograph Collection®, 1 Melrose Square Melrose Arch, Melrose Arch, South Africa, South Africa 

University Intern-MEA_SA - Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch

Job Number 21004078
Job Category Management Development Programs/Interns
Location Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Johannesburg Melrose Arch, 22 Whitely Street, Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa

University Intern-MEA_SA - Protea Hotel Loftus Park

Job Number 21004103
Job Category Management Development Programs/Interns
Location Protea Hotel Pretoria Loftus Park, 416 Kirkness Street Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa, South Africa


  • To be considered for an internship, you must be a current college or university student.

Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer. 

We believe in hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive, people-first culture. 

We are committed to non-discrimination on any protected basis, such as disability and veteran status, or any other basis covered under applicable law.

Want to join us? Apply now! Opportunity Closing Date Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00 Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

Willis Towers Watson Graduate Internship Program 2021

Bronwyn Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:02

As a Graduate intern you will be part of a collaborative team, working alongside some of the industry’s top Client Servicing Brokers and Risk Management Consultants.

This will enable you to gain workplace experience and training within the Insurance Broking and Risk Management industry.

Opportunity Details Graduate Internship

Location: Johannesburg, ZA

Other Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape


  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree in the following fields: (Risk and Safety Management, Financial Accounting, Bcom Law)
  • Less than 30 years of age
  • Not more than one year working experience
  • Good understanding of computer software packages – Microsoft
  • Good communication and writing skills in English

Preference will be given to applicants from designated groups, in line with the Willis South Africa Employment Equity plan Opportunity Closing Date Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 12:00 Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

Many Are Against Schools Reopening

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 09:59 Author Sakinah Samuels

Schools are due to open this month but with the country going through the crisis of the second Covid wave, many are now speaking against schools reopening. A survey done showed that over 50% of adults do not agree with schools reopening.

Schools are due to on 27 January but with the country going through the crisis of the second Covid wave, many are now speaking against schools reopening. 

A survey done by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Science Research Centre showed that at least 53% of adults think schools should not open.

Professor Carin Runciman from the University of Johannesburg said:

Last year in July we faced a very similar circumstance with rising cases and at that time our findings also showed that a majority of adults oppose the reopenings of schools at a time when cases are high and again this is what we are seeing at the moment as most adults are opposing the idea.

19% believe that schools should reopen only for grade 7s and grade 12s. 

Many factors can contribute to parents not wanting their children to return to schools. 


It was also found that people who receive lower incomes are much more likely to oppose the reopening of schools compared to those who receive higher incomes. One must then also think about the types of schools children attend according to their household incomes.

Different schools are able to have different standards and qualities of safety measures in place according to the number of resources they have available.


Responses to whether schools should open are also affected by race.

Through the survey, it was seen that 77% of indian respondents were more likely to oppose while only 37% of white adults opposed the reopening.

Runciman said that this should be unpacked more.

Rural VS Urban Areas

People living in backyards seemed to be the most against schools opening soon when compared to those in urban areas.

If you're living in a small space, it's difficult to maintain social distancing. 

Parents and adults seem to be concerned about children going back to schools due to the possibilities surrounding the virus being spread and being brought from schools to families and communities.

This survey has also highlighted inequalities which exist as one sees wealthier and privileged parents being more open to having schools open due to being confident that schools are able to provide safety.

However, should schools not open, online learning will need to take place which would bring in further issues such as data costs and shortages.

Many South Africans have appealed to government to lower costs or to assist with providing data so that more resources can be available to learners, even those who come from more vulnerable circumstances. 

Learners are expected to adhere to the rotational attendance timetable for the 2021 school year as well.

DBE Minister Angie Motshekga said public schools will spend the next 3 years catching up with the content trimmed from the curriculum. 

With calls for government to shift the school calendar once again and for schools to reopen later, government has still not given further information. The public now awaits rulings concerning the plans of the Department of Basic Education.

The National Coronavirus Command Council is currently in conversations with government on schools reopening.

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How To Check Your SASSA Balance

How To Check Your SASSA Balance Sakinah Samuels Thu, 01/14/2021 - 09:42

Are you a SASSA beneficiary and you wondering how to check your SASSA balance? Here's how and a plus side is that it's actually quite simple.

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NSFAS Covers Your Registration Fee

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 09:26 Author Sakinah Samuels

Registration season is now happening at Universities and TVET Colleges. Along with this comes a registration fee. If you're funded by NSFAS, here's more information on them covering the registration fee.

Registration season is now happening at Universities and TVET Colleges. Along with this comes a registration fee. If you're funded by The National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), here's more information on them covering the registration fee.

When you're approved for funding by NSFAS, your registration fee is included in what the bursary covers.

Should you be asked for a registration fee when you register, you will just need to clarify that you are funded by NSFAS.

Through NSFAS, bursaries are available for public universities, universities of technology or TVET colleges. 

Besides the registration fee, this bursary from NSFAS will also cover:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Living & personal care allowances
  • Books & learning materials

NSFAS funding covers approved funded programmes at universities which are all undergraduate whole qualifications. It's important to note that they do not fund short courses and private colleges.

If you are approved for NSFAS funding, you will be required to meet the academic admission requirements of the university or TVET college before NSFAS allocates any funding to you.

If you haven't received any word on whether you've been approved for NSFAS yet, it will be communicated soon but you can check your application status by logging into your myNSFAS account and track your application progress. Here you will receive more information on which stage your application is at.

For more information on NSFAS, click here.

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Volkswagen 2021 Trainee Graduate Programme

Bronwyn Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 22:34

Are you motivated, driven with great communication and leadership skills? Volkswagen could be your next step with various graduate trainee programmes available

Opportunity Details Experiential Trainee Programme

Reference Number: VWS210112-1

Location: South Africa, Eastern Cape, Uitenhage


Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Successful applicants should have completed their N6 certificate in the past three years.
  • Should still require practical experience to obtain their National N Diploma.

Students who are or have studied N6 in one of the following fields and have an above average academic record:

  • Management Assistant N6
  • Office Management N6
  • Business Management N6
  • Financial Management N6
  • Information Technology N6
  • HR Management N6

Skills and Attributes

  • Computer literate
  • Good communication skills
  • A driver’s license will be highly advantageous

Volkswagen Group South Africa is committed to Employment Equity when recruiting internally and externally, this includes persons with disabilities.

It is company policy to promote from within wherever possible.

Therefore, please be aware that internal candidates will be considered first before reviewing external applicants, provided that this supports the achievement of our Employment Equity goals.

Successful applicants will be contracted as a temporary employee, for a period of 18 months, commencing 1 March 2021 until 31 August 2022.


Opportunity Closing Date Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Volkswagen Article Categories Article Category Graduates Tags Tags

NMU Online Registrations Are Open

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 15:46

Applicants who have already matriculated and been admitted to study at Nelson Mandela University this year or those students who will be returning to campus can now register for the 2021 academic year.

Applicants who have already matriculated and been admitted to study at Nelson Mandela University this year or those students who will be returning to campus can now register for the 2021 academic year.

Due to the uncertainty of the current situation and trajectory of the timescales with COVID-19, all students will be required to register online.

How To Register


1. You will need to log in with your student number and PIN. You can request a PIN if you don’t have one by following the instructions on the screen. The PIN will be sent to your Nelson Mandela University email address.

2. Select registration. This can be found at the top left of your screen.

3. Select declaration by applicant. Please read  and acknowledge the content and then select I accept. You have to complete this process before you will be allowed to continue with your registration. This is only applicable if this is your first online registration. Select register now (on the left side of your screen).

4. Your qualification information for 2021 will be displayed. Enter your employment status by selecting a value from the list. Select save and continue.

5. The modules for your qualification will be displayed. Make your selection from the text box on the left. Select save and continue once you have selected the modules for which you want to register.

Note: you may only register for 120 credits or the annual total of your programme for any specific academic year.

6. Select continue and view modules selected.

7. Select I accept to confirm the registration of modules. Select accept registration in order to finalise your registration. Your proof of registration will be displayed.

NMU will be providing information sessions at campuses. Should you need further assistance registering and want to take part, click here. You will find information on where and when to go according to the course you plan on studying.

If your registration has been blocked for financial reasons, email your enquiries to [email protected].

If you're a first year student and you do not comply with the minimum admission requirements, you need to contact the Access and Enrolment Section at 041 504-1111.

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SASSA Advises Temporary Disability Grantholders To Apply For R350 Grant

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 15:14 Author Sakinah Samuels

SASSA is now on a mission to clear up misunderstandings when it came to the agency suspending over 200 000 grants. They are now advising beneficiaries to apply for the SRD R350 grant.

SASSA is now on a mission to clear up misunderstandings when it came to the agency suspending over 200 000 temporary disability grants. They are now advising beneficiaries to apply for the SRD R350 grant.

If applicants are in dire need, they are advised to apply for the Special Relief of Distress grant so that they have sustenance while they wait to be assessed and approved for the temporary disability grant.

210 778 beneficiaries had their temporary disability grant suspended. This was due to the grant reaching the end of it's period where beneficiaries did not need to submit medical reviews. Now, if they want to continue receiving funding through this grant, they have to obtain medical reviews. 

SASSA's CEO, Busi Memela, said:

The affected people will only be temporary disabled persons. Therefore, not unless people got confused because it was extended for a year, that they thought they were under permanent disability but in each and every case where a person has been assessed, it's indicated that it's temporary and the period that the grant will exist for is always indicated to the client upfront.

The temporary disability grant is there to provide relief to anyone who has a condition which results in them not being able to work temporarily. This grant is not for individuals with long standing or permanent conditions which makes them unable to work long term. These individuals would then have to apply for SASSA's disability grant. 

In order to benefit from the temporary disability grant, a medical review is needed which states that the individual is temporarily unable to work due to a medical condition for six to twelve months. 

They would need to go to the doctor, get assessed and then receive a letter from the doctor. Following this, they would then apply for the grant and then be seen by one of SASSA's medical doctors. From here, SASSA then decides whether they qualify or not.

Clients are currently going to all the different branches so that they can assess and decide which ones can be given temporary relief while they going through this process.

This is being done on a case by case basis and has put immense pressure on SASSA branches. They will now put plans in place so that they can begin to use other halls or work with SASSA doctors in their own environments.

Each applicant should go to a branch nearby and get an appointment to be assessed.  


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EXPLORE Data Science Academy introduces its first online course in Data Engineering

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 15:07 Author EXPLORE Data Science Academy

EXPLORE Data Science Academy is now introducing its first online course in Data Engineering. This course is in response to data centre expansion and new job prospects through explosive growth in cloud services.

Africa’s largest data science academy EXPLORE Data Science Academy has added Data Engineering to its online training offerings.

Starting Monday January 18, 2021, the 12-month course will provide applicants with the specific skill set required to become data engineers - a key role in the successful digital transformation of a business.

Shaun Dippnall, CEO of EXPLORE, explains, “The use of vast quantities of data by data scientists now requires those with a specialised skill set to organise data and ensure its quality, security and availability to the organisation.  These are data engineers.” 

According to Dippnall apart from the skill set, there is a shortage of training courses online that offer both the content and practical application of data engineering skills required in the work place.  This is particularly true of the South African market.

Course attendees will learn:

·       SQL basics, 

·       Python programming, 

·       Data modelling 

·       Cloud computing 

To these will be added specific data architecture skills such as: 

·       Big data concepts

·       Data warehousing and lakes, 

·       Data automation. 

“In the digital world of today data engineering has become a specific job category as the amount of data produced by businesses engaged in digital transformation, increases exponentially,” Dippnall says.

Two distinct roles

“Today’s businesses produce new types of data in vast quantities.  While data scientists have traditionally been expected to build the necessary infrastructure and data pipelines to do their work, the volume and speed of data production has resulted in the roles of data scientist and data engineer becoming separate and distinct,” he says. 

“It is now recognized that companies need both data scientists and data engineers in an advanced analytics team.  Naturally there is frequent collaboration between the two roles but their skills sets and tools remain different”, he adds.

Essentially, data engineers design and build pipelines that transform and transport data into a format so that, by the time it reaches the data scientists, it is usable. These pipelines take data from numerous sources and collect them into a single warehouse that presents the data uniformly as a single source.

Data centre stimulus

The importance of data engineering is underscored by the fact that two of the world’s largest cloud computing hyper scalers - Microsoft and Amazon - have recently established data centres in South Africa. 

Microsoft launched two Azure cloud data centres in South Africa in 2019 to tap into the growing demand for hyperscale cloud infrastructure and services in the region. While Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region - the company’s first in Africa – in April last year.

According to AWS, the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region will stimulate innovation across the country. “South African organizations from start-ups to enterprise and the public sector now have infrastructure in their country to leverage advanced technologies such as Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Database, and Internet of Things (IoT). 

Further, the addition of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region will enable organizations to provide lower latency to end users across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Explosive growth expected

“These critical developments by two of the world’s largest corporations underline just how important the data warehousing is in the modern digital environment.  Customers can now store their data in South Africa with the assurance that they can retain complete ownership of it,” says Dippnall.

The EXPLORE Data Engineering course requires applicants to have a basic analytical background and will involve ten hours of study a week.  

Relevant jobs

“We at EXPLORE have always been aware of the need to create jobs for talented and hard-working young South Africans,” Dippnall says.  

According to research from International Data Corporation, spending on public cloud services in South Africa will nearly triple over five years from 2017 to 2022.  

“Crucially for us, this study estimates that the exponential adoption of cloud services will generate 112 000 net new jobs in South Africa by the end of 2022.  For us at EXPLORE, that is reason enough to introduce this new course,” he concluded.

Those interested in knowing more about EXPLORE’s Data Engineering course can go to  

EXPLORE also has financing options available to successful applicants. A loan option enables eligible students to fund their studies at an affordable rate.  Candidates will have 36 months to pay.

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Latest Bursaries

Bushbuckridge Local Municipality is hereby inviting new students who qualify for bursary assistance to apply for one of the fields below.

Pilanesberg Platinum Mines invites students to apply for their 2021 Bursary Programme.

Students in the following fields are invited to apply:

  • Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Mining)
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Environmental Management

The Embassy of France is offering scholarships to South Africans who wish to pursue Master’s or Doctoral studies at French higher education institutions, starting in academic year 2021.

South African Bulk Terminals (Pty) Ltd (SABT), a major business unit within Bidvest Freight, the freight management arm of the Bidvest Group, invites qualifying unemployed learners to apply for bursaries for the 2021 academic year.


Pyrotechnical Marketing (Pty) Ltd endeavours to contribute to the growth and fulfilment of the youth in South Africa in as many ways as possible and hence intends to award bursary opportunities.

Fields of study covered by the bursary: