March 2012 Blog Posts (36)

Dr Nzimande's response to Humanities & Social Sciences Charter Report - HSS Charter Conference

Programme Director

Director General of Higher Education and Training, Gwebs Qonde

Prof Ari Sitas

Honoured guests from South Africa and abroad

I’d like to welcome you all to this conference and to thank you for joining us to participate in charting a way forward to revitalise the study of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) in our universities. I’d specially like to welcome our international participants who have come from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Senegal, Russia, India and…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 31, 2012 at 23:02 — No Comments

INSETA pledges to make training opportunities more accessible for micro brokers

In a bid to overcome uncertainty facing small and micro brokers, the Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA) has pledged a partnership with the sector to address their most critical skills needs.

The industry has faced numerous changes in recent years – statutory and otherwise – leading to concerns over the future of small and micro brokers, who have not always had access to helpful skills development material.

Sandra Dunn, INSETA CEO, says that INSETA is…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 29, 2012 at 19:45 — No Comments


South Africa has just launched its Service Excellence campaign which is aimed at supporting the country's Tourism strategies and policies.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, launched the National Tourism Service Excellence Requirements (SANS 1197) in Johannesburg yesterday. They have the potential of being adopted by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) into becoming an international standard.

Boni Mehlomakulu, CEO of the SABS said: “The… Continue

Added by Don Leffler on March 29, 2012 at 17:16 — No Comments


The existing regulatory systems are complex and difficult to understand.  Post-school education is governed by a variety of legislation and statutory bodies. The system need to be streamlined.  There is no single co-ordinated system in South Africa.  Post-school education is fragmented.  There are no coordination and there is a lack of coherence within  educational provision(Green Paper,2012, p.xii). The Department of Higher Education and Training was established in 2009, bringing together…


Added by Wilma de Villiers on March 28, 2012 at 14:51 — No Comments

A journey of passion, learning and adventure spanning 2,750 km in 33 days, from Cunene to Cape Town!

As learning professionals we often talk about learning as a structured, qualification-driven experience or perhaps an informal process than qualifies us by experience (QBE), well I think we have forgotten just how powerful adventure and personal challenges can be in driving intense learning about ourselves and the world around us. I know I have forgotten about how much setting a challenge of this scale could take me so much further within myself and in the value I add to this world and…


Added by Ashwell Glasson on March 27, 2012 at 14:06 — 2 Comments

Youth Development Training Event: Study habits and methods

Date event took place:  17 March 2012  

Many children are struggling to memorise schoolwork and with this need in mind a special training was held in order to assist the children with regards to their study habits.

The following topics were addressed: 

  • The importance of studies and completing school – at least Grade 12.
  • Goals in life
  • Study environment
  • Smart study habits
  • Study methods – mind-mapping
  • Attitude towards your…

Added by Liezel Grobler on March 27, 2012 at 9:20 — 1 Comment

Colloquium on Green Paper

SAQA is hosting a Colloquium on the Green Paper at the Midrand Conference Centre, Midrand from 8:00 - 14:00 on 26 March 2012. The topics that will be addressed includes Articulation, Simplification of the NQF and the Simplication of the Quality Assurance system. Speakers from Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa.

Added by Joe Samuels on March 25, 2012 at 13:51 — 11 Comments





By Don Leffler, Tourism Centre of Excellence, THSBS and a Founding Member of CCTNSA (Countrystyle Community…


Added by Don Leffler on March 25, 2012 at 12:40 — No Comments

Harlequin Foundation - creating a common culture through carnival

Harlequin Foundation in Cape Town

The Harlequin Foundation is proud to announce that UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity has approved a grant of US$81000 to the eMzantsi   mapiko training project for “Encouraging creative entrepreneurship in South   Africa through recycled…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 23, 2012 at 15:32 — No Comments

Getting it right

With the birth of SAQA, Seta's, unit standards and the dreaded POE's, training providers have been burdened with loads of admnistration, quality standards, impossible demands in terms of learning programme development and of course you know all the rest of it!

I have experienced endless frustration trying to please all stakeholders involved in the process.  The client, the needs of the learner, the Seta's ever shifting goal…


Added by Lizelle Jacobs on March 23, 2012 at 10:13 — 3 Comments

School @ the Centre of Community - societal change process


Mobilising citizens and communities to partner with teachers to educate our children


Dear Sylvia


We have received many requests for more information about the School @ the Centre of Community societal change process and specifically the Partner for Possibility leadership development part of the process. I am sure you would know that this makes me very happy as we remain committed to mobilise South…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 23, 2012 at 0:34 — 6 Comments

Bursary postgraduate research in field of welfare indicators - UJ Humanities Faculty

Are you interested in research on contributing to the welfare and social service fields in South Africa? Are you committed to a developmental welfare approach?

The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) at the University of Johannesburg, in association with the National Council of Social Services (NACOSS), invites those who meet the criteria to apply for a generous bursary for a Masters level research degree to develop indicators for developmental welfare in the South African…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 23, 2012 at 0:09 — No Comments

President Zuma on Human Rights Day - to visit FET principals on skills development

Deputy President of the Republic, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe;  

NCOP Chairperson, Mr Mninawa Mahlangu; 

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and all Ministers and Deputy Ministers present,

Gauteng Premier, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane; 

Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, 

Councillor Parks Tau;  

Representatives of Chapter 9 Institutions; 

The Dean of the…


Added by sylvia hammond on March 21, 2012 at 13:32 — No Comments

3 words that guarantee failure


People who fail to achieve goals almost always signal their intent to fail by using three little words:

"I will try..."


There are no three words in the English language that are more deceptive, both to the person who says them and the person who hears them.


People who say "I will try" have given themselves permission to fail.  No matter what happens, they can always claim that they "tried."


People who hear "I will try"…


Added by Cindy Payle on March 20, 2012 at 12:19 — 1 Comment

Beat the Midday Slump

Perhaps there are many of you out there that do not have this happen... but invariably somewhere in the afternoon our energy levels drop. I personally go and sit outside or go for a walk. But here are some tips and tools to help you. Taken from

If you’re like many people, shortly after lunch your head begins buzzing, your…


Added by Tass Schwab on March 19, 2012 at 15:22 — 3 Comments

A brick in the wall ...

As a part of my studies I am busy with this module on learning in the workplace and it makes me sad to see what is happening in some of our schools. 

I read about this school in the Eastern Cape. The classrooms were appalling at Menziwa High School. It lacked significant portions of their walls. Windows were broken or blow out by strong wings exposed.  (Past tense, because the school was burned down)

 Pupils’ anger was ignited into an explosion last…


Added by Wilma de Villiers on March 18, 2012 at 12:37 — 17 Comments

Consciousness in Business and Training

What is the meaning of Consciousness in business? Contrary to popular belief this is not a foreign concept. We as training professionals can really take this straight into the business environment. The concepts definitions are really very wide, but I would like to just highlight one topic, “being aware of your self”. Wiki has the following definition: Self-Awareness Theory states that when we focus our attention on ourselves, we evaluate and compare our current behavior to our internal…


Added by Tass Schwab on March 16, 2012 at 14:16 — 2 Comments

The Downside of Downsizing

The Financial Mail reported that banking giant ABSA may be planning to cut 3000 jobs as a result of its business reorganization initiative. The bank has not made an official announcement, but rumours already abound, and employees are concerned about job losses. ABSA has expressed concern that staff costs have increased by 9%, while other costs grew by just 6%. Staff costs account for around 54% of the total expenses.

Cutting expenses seems to make sense in tough times, but while…


Added by Alan Hill on March 16, 2012 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

Lessons from The Broken Window Theory

So there I was - chairing another disciplinary. The iniator was doing his level best to convince me (without success) that the accussed's infraction merited dismissal. Unfortunately - it was one of those cases of deja vu all over again. I had no doubt that the individual was a problem child deserving some harsher sanction. The problem lay more with the inability of the company to present me with sufficient evidence of previous misconduct. The incident used as the basis of the charge was…


Added by Alan Hill on March 14, 2012 at 15:48 — 1 Comment

Beware: Top 10 scams

laptop march 14

Unless you’re a recluse with no internet, cellphone, bank card or car, you will have encountered a fraudster intent on scamming you. The more advanced the technology, it seems, the more imaginative the con.

Like most…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on March 14, 2012 at 15:22 — No Comments

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