Labour broker ruling forces a change in employment strategies
The recent Constitutional Court ruling in which someone automatically becomes a permanent employee after three months, forces a rethink of hiring practices in South Africa.  The idea of hiring a person after three months’ probation may no longer be a best practice.  This opinion does not want to focus... Read more
Waterberg summit aims to get youth employed
Education stakeholders in Limpopo’s Waterberg District have been urged to drive youth towards employment opportunities that are prevalent in the district. Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, on Monday addressed the Waterberg District Education Summit in Mokopane, Limpopo, where he called for targeted campaigns to open up... Read more
Rhodes Student leaders to be invited to hearings
The decision was taken in light of the need to hear all voices on the quality of action by law-enforcement agencies in dealing with gender-based violence complaints The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, said that Rhodes University student leaders will be invited to attend... Read more
Young people urged to be agents of change
Young people have been urged to rise up and defend South Africa’s democracy, while also effecting change in their communities. “We, as the youth, need to rise up and defend democracy. We have a purpose to fulfil. We must decolonise our State, minds and live up to the democracy... Read more
Enabling youth to power the digital economy
Hundreds descended upon Wits to hear the legendary Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, address entrepreneurs, students and policy makers. Wits University was selected as the site of the important event, Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions, organised by Alibaba and the United Nations Conference on Trade and... Read more
Reitz: the road to reconciliation nearly a decade later
People who work to reconcile communities, to bring about change and transformation, need to do more than get people to sit and talk. They need to go on and make something work afterwards, said the former UFS Dean of Student Affairs Dr Rudi Buys. Dr Buys launched his book,... Read more
Select Committee concerned by backlog in certification of TVET students
The Select Committee on Education and Recreation is concerned by a 10-year backlog in certification of students from technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges, and implored the Department of Higher Education and Training(DHET) to address the challenge. The committee was briefed by the South African College Principals’... Read more
University of Pretoria launches new tech business incubator
UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey and Minister Lindiwe Zulu of the Department of Small Business Development at the launch   The University of Pretoria has announced the launch of Tuksnovation, a new high-tech business incubator which will initially support postgraduate students within the Engineering, Built... Read more
Minibus taxis crucial in public transport overhaul
There are signs of a fundamental shift in the South African government’s attitude towards the minibus-taxi sector and its role in urban transport. Since its origins in the 1920s in the form of independently owned sedan vehicles, the minibus-taxi sector has been both a reviled and welcomed part of... Read more
Multilingual HE is possible but will take great effort and commitment
All is not lost in the quest for multilingual higher education in South Africa. Other indigenous languages elsewhere have succeeded in establishing themselves as viable academic languages and the same can be done with South African languages, especially with technology emerging as the decisive game changer. However, it will... Read more