April 2009 Blog Posts (38)

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Added by Ute Gass on April 30, 2009 at 13:44 — No Comments

Swine flu outbreak tests management skills

Flu is a disease that we usually think of as not much more than an inconvenience. But in 1918 as many as 100 million people died from a global outbreak that lasted for two years.

News of 159 deaths in Mexico from an outbreak of Swine Flu has got the attention of the world.

The SA Cabinet discussed the swine flu at its meeting this week and called on the country to remain calm, even as the first two suspected cases in South Africa were being investigated.

The two… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on April 29, 2009 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

The end of university as we know it?

This op ed in the New York Times reminds me of a comment I read recently about how graduates in South Africa should acquire skills for which there is a primary demand (the comment came from Cheryl James over at Fasset).

The article mentions the crippling effect of student loans (I've had some experience with this myself) and the fact that current graduates are the employment group most… Continue

Added by Caitlin Smythe on April 29, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

CTU Randburg - MS Office & Networking

Added by Melinda Spies on April 28, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

Facilitation and Assessor Pricing

Hi all Assessors,

I am new in the profession having been a teacher at High school for five years and a lecturer for a year and experience in HR and recruitment. I am registered with the SSETA for various Unit Standards and I am in the process of extending the scope of registration to include many qualifications that are business and HR related. I hold a BCom Hons in HR and a Social Science degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies majoring in HR.

I need… Continue

Added by Fikile Motsamai Dube on April 28, 2009 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Never under estimate your potential

You are born with everything you need to make a success of your life...Its no use you compare yourself with someone else, you will only miss your mark each time you do that because your mark is different than that of the other person.

You have inborn skills, talents and passions. You might have done training in something you might not even like but now you have the skill - use it. Remember, no man is an island, so you have to share your knowledge thus ensuring that you multiply… Continue

Added by Fatima abdool on April 27, 2009 at 20:05 — No Comments


All training Providers, in PTA, Midrand and JHB, if you need a venue all inclusive please contact me for all your needs.

Added by Nadenza Jones on April 24, 2009 at 7:24 — 1 Comment

Dealing with exam cheats

Is cheating in an exam going to be an on-going problem? I first encountered exam cheats at school. Years ago I was naive to think that this does not happen when dealing with adults but was I so wrong. Over the years I have specialised in the area of distance learning and worked for many of the colleges in South Africa and abroad. It's an on-going battle! Are there only some of us in the world that expect that you actually do need to study and gain the skills before going to write an exam? I… Continue

Added by Linda Ingram on April 23, 2009 at 22:41 — No Comments

Higher Education Act (101/1997) Gov Gazette 32038 - Call for Comment on Draft on Draft Amendments

Invitations have gone out to providers to comment on the draft amendments on the regulations for regsitration for Higher Education Institutions. I'd be interested to see how many of you have seen the Government Gazette and have had an opportunity to comment.

For service providers already registered with the DoE and CHE, there is no impact, but for those of us dealing with institutions worldwide, there could be a huge impact to the way in which we conduct our business in future. We… Continue

Added by Linda Ingram on April 23, 2009 at 22:16 — 1 Comment



Can some 1 please help, I need to find out what are the cost, if a consultant have to do a WSP/ATR.

Added by Nadenza Jones on April 23, 2009 at 14:48 — No Comments

Elections over, now it's time to get down to work

We’ll the voting is over and the counting is well under way. As everyone expected the ANC will form the next government, with the DA set to take control in the Western Cape.

What can we expect from the next national government? The skills development framework is unlikely to see any significant changes, with the establishment of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations already set in motion.

Labour brokers are likely to be the focus of the next Labour Minister who… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on April 23, 2009 at 12:15 — 1 Comment

Are we really “over the rainbow”?

When admiring a good band playing, a person may comment that the band was “tight” - meaning that every chord is spot on, that every member of the band came in exactly on time & that they finish together - clear & sharp.

In writing there is an equivalent - a well written article where nothing is superfluous - in the content or in words used – and a graphic picture is painted.

As professionals in fields where presentation is critical, a recent article featured by Time… Continue

Added by sylvia hammond on April 16, 2009 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Will merging of poor-performing Setas just bring the standards down?

What will happen to the Setas?

Every five years the training authorities, the Setas, come up for renewal. In 2004 there was talk of radical changes but in the end only two Setas were merged with others.

In October this year we will hear if the Seta system is to be adjusted slightly, or in for a major overhaul.

The Setas representing the financial, banking and insurance sectors were considered for a merger in the last shake-up and this possibility has been… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on April 16, 2009 at 9:56 — 6 Comments

Course Designers


I need people that can design 3 courses for me or if possible purchase these courses, but would like to have it with my company logo ect, is there help out there? please assist

 Secretarial Training
 PRO Training
 Admin Training

Added by Nadenza Jones on April 16, 2009 at 9:33 — 5 Comments


The global financial melt down has brought untold misery to countless organizations and has put so much pressure on the leadership of many organizations. It is time for the leadership of these organizations to take a hard look at the skills-base and look for people who can help them out of their predicament. The global financial melt down risk can be managed without closing down your organization. If you are one of those CEOs who have run out of options or run out of run-way. We can help you… Continue

Added by Dr John Mbuya on April 15, 2009 at 16:15 — No Comments

Philosophy of Learning Frameworks

If you're in Education, Training or even the business of education and training, does it not strike you as odd that although the market for the provision of such services is saturated, there is STILL such a huge need in all sectors?

For me the logic seems simple enough: 1 + 1 = 2 - need the skills, get the skills, use the skills. But why then, is this formula not so evident in the market place? Why is there still such huge gaps in the useage of skills? Is it a perception? What… Continue

Added by Natasha van Rooyen on April 15, 2009 at 11:47 — 7 Comments

Greeting Fellow Assessors

Hi all, its good to know that there is a whole new world out there to communicate with regarding assessments, POE's etc. I'm registered with INSETA and in the process of registering with Services Seta as well. If there is anyone looking for people to assess Portfolios of Evidence for Banking and Insurance or do examination script marking, please let me know. I find the whole facilitiation, moderating, assessing quite fascinating, it opens up new avenues for people who want to try something… Continue

Added by Janine Tracey Meyer on April 14, 2009 at 10:21 — No Comments

Greeting fellow Assessors and Moderators

i am very happy to have found a medium whereby I can chat to people in the same field as me. I am a newly qualified and registered Assessor (ETDP) and have also applied to Sevices ETA for registration. I am currently facilitating Mathematics and Finance Unit Standards which I find fascinating as there are so many willing learners out there who are enthusiastic and career driven, but never had the opportunity to study further. I have come into this field with a banking/financial planning… Continue

Added by Christopher Pretorius on April 9, 2009 at 15:05 — No Comments

Skills Development Facilitator training

I am interested in information regarding learner success rates for SDF workshops. Various Providers are offering courses of between 4 and 8 days in duration and it seems that many Learners loose interest after attending contact sessions and never submit their portfolios.

Added by Russell Healey McDiarmid on April 9, 2009 at 9:37 — 1 Comment

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