Archive for August, 2012

Find the Apartment. Find the Car. Find the Course. Find the Training. Find your Career. Find it all at THE STUDENT EXPO

23 Aug 12 | Event News

 The Student is an exciting event for anyone seeking to explore their studies, training and career options. Making the right decision on accommodation and options for buying your dream car.

The Student Expo is South Africa’s first and largest expo of its kind and the ideal event for all senior school students, parents, mature age and prospective post-graduate students as well as career seekers. With exhibits from every University, as well as Colleges and Culinary Schools, visitors can gain a comprehensive insight into the institutions, programs, vehicles and accommodation that best suit them. The Student Expo gives you access to over 250 qualified representatives in one location!

The Student Expo also features representatives from The Education Department, student support services, recruitment agencies, as well as a significant number of Cell phone, Computer & Scooter agencies eager to assist you.

There are great prizes such a BigBoy Scooters and Cell phones to be won, so the quicker you get your ticket, the better your chances are to winning one of these great prizes.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to map out your future!

NEWS FLASH – Funding for poor students to increase

23 Aug 12 | Event News

Pretoria – Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says he will make sure that funding for poor students and those who perform well academically in higher education and training institutions continues to grow every year.

Nzimande said this at the COSATU Education and Skills Conference held in Benoni, Johannesburg, on Tuesday. He was speaking as part of a panel discussion on the topic, “Critically engaging the current education and training landscape: government’s transformation agenda”.

According to the department, funding grew from R2.375 billion in 2008 to R6 billion in 2011. Many Further Education and Training (FET) college students, who would normally have qualified for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa (NSFAS) loan, now no longer have to pay fees and in many cases, they can also get their accommodation or transport subsidised. “An important feature of our skills development policies is our emphasis on expanding workplace-based training opportunities to complement classroom-based education. Many programmes require learners to have experience in workshops as well as in workplaces in order to qualify,” said Nzimande.

Workplaces which are prepared to accept learners are often in short supply, and one of the most important thrusts is ensuring that more employers provide opportunities for apprentices, learner, interns, cadets, and articled clerks, among others. Nzimande said the numbers of new artisan learners has now started to increase again after a long decline from the mid-1980s. He said the numbers of people passing their trade tests to qualify as artisans has more than doubled in the last four years, from 6 030 in 2007/08 to 13 168 in 2011/12.

He told conference delegates that the continued growth in these numbers was essential if the country was to successfully undertake the planned strategic infrastructure projects and all the peripheral industries which will grow to complement them. Nzimande further called on delegates to start developing a comprehensive skills strategy per union-member of COSATU and per economic sector in the country to guide negotiating strategies at all levels.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant also made inputs into the discussion with Nzimande. –

Being a student is about living as well as studying!

23 Aug 12 | Event News

 As students we know you often have times where work is needed to be done, but, well let’s face it, you just don’t feel like it – either it’s the hangover or the afternoon lull. But you can’t always concentrate on studious work for long periods. Fear not! There are ways to slack off work without being judged – positive procrastination.

This is the perfect way to (temporarily) avoid your studies whilst still sorting your life out and finishing the odd jobs that never seem to get done. Being a student can be tough, as living on your own comes with its own jobs and responsibilities (such as keeping yourself fed and, well, alive) so sometimes it’s actually better to stop work and procrastinate positively (at least, that’s what I used to tell myself). Below are my top ways to efficiently avoid work!

1. Cleaning

My parents always tried to convince me that a clean room = a clean mind. Now, I’m not sure if that’s true but cleaning your room does help you to concentrate on work – just because you can find your work under all the empty pizza boxes and beer cans!

Cleaning your room gives you the satisfaction of having achieved something without actually having to think too much which is usually required to do university work. Also, extending this cleaning trend to the kitchen or other communal areas not only has the sense of achievement but also puts you in favour with you housemates – which will come in handy next time you need a favour!

2. Bills/Budgeting

Essential for life at University. Personally, first year was an economical nightmare in regards to my expenditure. Little by little (and because I have taken time out of my usual work to budget) I have been able to curb my spending by recording how much money I spend on what and where I can cut down if possible. Also checking online banking (for those pesky card payments) and making sure I do this at least once a week is definitely a positive way to spend time – and it does take time if maths is not your strong point.

3. Laundry!!!

This takes up so much time so it’s perfect for avoiding doing work! Also, unless you want to be taking it home every weekend, doing laundry is a good idea – especially if you want to make friends in first year (no one likes a smelly student). The beauty of this is that you don’t actually have to do much; throw it in the washing machine, and then wait around to hang it up – takes up time, gets something done and is very little work…perfect.

4. CV fix

This is always helpful, whether you are looking for a part time job or just stockpiling for a post-university job – CVs are needed for both. As an English Literature student obvious CV

fillers include such things as blogging and writing for the student paper, however other subjects have relevant work experience too which would be a good investment of time; not actually studying but helping your future – now that’s positive.

5. Tea Break

Honestly, this is positive. Making a cup of tea, or just having a sit down doing nothing strenuous helps to rest the brain, boosts moral and improves concentration for when you eventually restart your work. BUT it is only beneficial when relatively short – 15-20 minutes max!

So there we have it, ways to feel industrious without having to over-indulge in effort or actual studious work. Remember being a student is about living as well as studying!