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Should a business mogul get government funding?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tshabalala Ambilias Phofa Aug 18, 2013. 10 Replies

A R34 million loan was approved by the National Empowerment Fund to open a high-end boutique store in Joburg.  However the owner, celebrity Khanyi Dhlomo and the transaction are now under…Continue

Who offers real estate training in Joburg?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Payle Jul 30, 2013. 2 Replies

I'm looking for companies that offer real estate training in Randburg or the broader Johannesburg area. Or can anyone suggest how to begin a career in this field? what are the first steps?Your…Continue

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Is Amcu's wage demand unreasonable?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Payle Jul 1, 2013. 9 Replies

Demands for a 100% wage increase by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) means that role-players in the mining industry will have to face another harrowing collective…Continue

Should universities be allowed to withhold degrees?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patricia Lucas Jun 11, 2013. 1 Reply

The story of 44 year old Joseph Khohlokoane, who waited 17 years to graduate at UCT has inspired and horrified many South Africans.On Friday IOL reported that Khohlokoane worked as a petrol attendant…Continue


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Top Five Regrets By Bronnie Ware

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me

This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn't work so hard

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends

Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying. Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

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Who wants to be a public servant?

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It seems that working as a public servant no longer holds the prestige it once did. Occupations like teaching and other public sector services have taken a back seat.

Very often the brightest graduates set their sights on joining the biggest corporate companies or worse, opt to leave the country taking their shiny new skills with them.

Why is this happening? where is our sense of civic duty? Or our desire to give back?

There is a lot of…


Discretionary grant applications

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 14:36 0 Comments

The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Skills Development Act of (1998) as amended, to enable stakeholders to advance skills levels in the services sector.

The Services SETA invites suitable stakeholders to apply for Discretionary Grant funding. The Discretionary Grants…


Training providers being scammed

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:02 11 Comments

Corporate Wise recently reported an incident where a scam artist used their accreditation information and brand name to perform training. Training providers are now being warned to watch out for similar suspicious behaviour. This is their story:

On Thursday of last week our Durban office was contacted by a company asking if we had an employee working for us in Cape Town. It turns out that a gentlemen by the name of Vusi, working as a broker for HA Group, had taken our…


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At 2:51pm on April 16, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Cindy Payle a gift
At 7:08 on September 21, 2011,
Des Squire

Hi Cindy

It's about time you and Sylvia became friends.

At 10:21 on September 13, 2011, Rujeko Nazare said…

Hi Cindy,

Sincere apologies for the late response. I haven't been active on skills-universe for some time. I will send you an email shortly. Regards!

At 12:56 on April 19, 2011, Dorothy Vieira said…
Sometimes it's just the words one needs to hear at a given time that can spur one on to achieve greater things - or move one closer to an intention. It's people like you who take the time to post clips, information etc that provide the catalyst someone is needing - so thanks once again!
At 8:44 on March 18, 2011,
Des Squire

Hi Cindy

Lovely to have you as a friend and welcome to the Skills Portal team. Watch out for Alan he drinks Kilkenny and not guinness - no taste.  

At 18:27 on March 14, 2011, Jean Michel Cateaux said…

God Bless you Cindy

It's good to see that the Lord is with us. I am looking forward to deepening my learner's awareness of the Living God by not only study but more importantly, that personal relationship with their Creator. I will be Assessing and Moderating full Qulaifications in Theology, Ministry as well as Pastoral Counselling which is my area of extertise. For the moment, I have also been given the FETC: Youth Developmentin order to assess, as I worked and taught Religion in rural schools before even since my student days 1997.


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