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The anticipation is over and the stage is set. The much vaunted 15th Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) Summit kicks off at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The Summit is held under the theme: “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Mutually Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development, and Inclusive Multilateralism” and is expected to last until Thursday.

Urgent notice:

The virtual workshop is for skills development and training providers, who want to offer occupational qualifications, but are unsure about the accreditation process.

The time of the meeting on 11 August 2023 in the original logo published - has changed,

and the virtual workshop will now be  from 12h00 to 14h00.

To join the QCTO Virtual Workshop - double click on the title of this post to open the full post and click on the URL link provided:

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has cast the spotlight on investing in young scholars, as a number of academics in public universities are nearing retirement. 

Citing the 2023 Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators Report, Nzimande noted that the proportion of staff over the age of 60 increased from 7.3% in 2011 to 10.4% in 2020.  

“This trend implies that public universities will lose about 10% of permanent staff with doctoral qualifications due to retirement within the next five years,” he said. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says a total of 53 206 student appeals have been approved for the 2023 academic year, pending registration at a public university or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college. 

Briefing media on the 2023 academic year current state of affairs on Monday, NSFAS Board Chairperson, Ernest Khosa, said a total of 6 107 appeals have been rejected for either financial or academic ineligibility, and those students cannot submit any further appeals. 

John Botha: COO of Global Business Solutions The World Health Organisation estimates that around 300 million people across the globe suffer from depression. This has become the leading cause of disability worldwide. While there are effective treatments for depression, anxiety, emptiness, a lack of energy and hopelessness all of these symptoms can have a significant impact on an employee’s performance at work as well as adverse effects on interpersonal relationships among workplace team members.

Much has been said about the impact of Covid-19 and the current state of our economy on the livelihood of so many people. People unfortunately have died, jobs are being lost, companies are restructuring and closing, employees are being retrenched and many workers are unsure as to what the future holds in store. What is of concern to me is the way in which companies are going about firing or retrenchment employees based on operational reasons or whatever other reasons they give. In many instances there is no proper consultation taking place or there is consultation after the fact.

The first paragraph of the chapter on the thinking brain:

Homo sapiens is destined to think, and thus all information on earth is created by human brains. The fact that the brain is a knowledge creator is acknowledged everywhere in the world, except in schools where learners’ brains are turned into knowledge duplicators.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) published Regulations for the introduction of the National Apprentice and Artisan Development Advisory Board (NAADAB) via Government Gazette 48524 No. 3383 dated 5 May 2023.

Please see attached for a copy of the Government Gazette.


Employees who wish to access the revised parental leave benefits of 10 days per annum paid by the Unemployment Insurance Fund will be able to do so with full rights under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) as of 1 January 2020. This was contained in Gazette 42925 which was published on 23 December 2019. 

Many people think that being a good leader comes from an innate ability. Conversely, others think that anyone can be a leader as long as they have enough experience in the line of work their team is concerned with. Neither of these ideas are accurate. 


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