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y favourite Instagram selfie is one where I’m parking off on my couch binge watching season seven of Game of Thrones – brushing up on who did what to win the Iron Throne before winter finally came in April this year, as a rushed fiery torrent that felt a bit meh – with my kitten watching curiously over my shoulder. The expression on inn’s face was the cutest thing ever, so, of course, I whipped out my smartphone to capture the moment. I admit there are actually about 0 takes of the same shot, with only slight shifts

in angle. ut I never did manage to lock that moment down digitally, not the way I remember it anyway. e’s a young adult now in cat years, nine months in human years, 18. ut he continues to give me moments of oy and tons of cute pics. e’s left the den’, struck out on his own. e’s chosen to attend the niversity of the ild. igned up for a oc degree, with hunting, sleeping and purring loudly in my face at am as his main sub ects (I’m firmly encouraging him to change the latter next semester to cat behaviour 101).

In many ways, cats are no different from humans. They too need love and encouragement to follow their instincts in choosing how to survive in the adult world. ut humans have so much more freedom more choice. And these days, we have all the information we need, literally at our fingertips. Post Matric is one such resource. ith inspiration from andice Thurston, who is breaking down the barriers of beauty and haircare, the latest trends in post school options and NabbingThat und, and a bunch of lit career ideas and


websites to spark you off in the right direction, we’ve got your back, totes Now, go out there and capture as many moments as you can. ut remember not to miss them play out in real life, because there will always be another best ever moment for the perfect Instagram pic.

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The World of Biotechnology Biotechnology is the use of living things (bio) to make or change products or processes (technology). It has been used for centuries in baking bread, brewing beer and making cheese. Modern biotechnology became possible when scientists began to understand the structure of DNA and how it is coded to make up our ‘genetic recipes’, or genes. Today researchers can move single genes between species, and switch genes on and off to change how they function. More controversial areas of modern biotechnology include genetically modified (GM) foods, stem cell research and cloning. Biotechnology is a broad field of science, which uses living things such as plants, animals and micro-organisms, and their biological processes, to make useful products or to perform functions for us. Biotechnology is used widely in many fields such as medicine, agriculture, industry and mining.

Traditional Biotechnology Some principles and techniques of biotechnology are ancient. For example, micro-organisms such as yeast and bacteria have been used for thousands of years in the process of fermentation. Bacteria are used to make yoghurt and cheese; yeast is used to make bread rise and to make beer. Traditional ways of selective animal and plant breeding is also an example of biotechnology. Ever since it was discovered that certain characteristics are inherited i.e. passed down from one generation to the next, farmers chose plants or animals with specific characteristics for breeding. Future generations could then be improved for those characteristics. In this way, plants can be bred that have better fruit, for example, or animals can be bred that produce better meat or are healthier. 1. Biotechnology in Agriculture Biotechnology in agriculture includes food and animal biotechnology. “Green biotechnology” refers to using biotechnology to find environmentally friendly (or “green”) alternatives to traditional methods of agriculture which use large quantities of fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals. (a) Food Biotechnology The creation of genetically modified crops is one of the major areas of developments and applications of biotechnology. In South Africa, four GM crops are grown. These include maize and cotton which are resistant to insect attack. This means farmers can use fewer pesticides on their crops to kill insects. Also, maize and soybeans are grown which are tolerant to herbicides. This allows farmers to use herbicide to kill weeds without affecting their crop. Scentists are also trying to create plants using genetic engineering that are resistant to drought, plants that are tolerant to frost, crops and fruit with additional nutrients such as more proteins or extra vitamins, and plants that do not rot. (b) Animal Biotechnology Scientists are developing animals which grow faster, with leaner muscle to give better quality meat, which produce more milk, and which produce milk with improved qualities such as higher protein content or lower fat content. Animal biotechnology not only has application in agriculture but also in human health, in the conservation of endangered wildlife, and in industrial applications. 2. Industrial Biotechnology Industrial biotechnology uses natural processes, primarily enzymes, for industrial manufacturing. Genetically modified organisms can be created to make a useful chemical. Biological enzymes can be used to produce valuable chemicals or to breakdown pollution. Enzymes can be used in laundry

detergents, in textile and fabric industries, in biofuel industries, in the leather industry, food industry, and in the animal feed industry.

Biotechnology in the context of South Africa: Organisations in Biotechnology 1. The Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) The Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) is an initiative of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that provides technical product and process development support to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the biomanufacturing sector, with the aim of creating and expanding biomanufacturing activity and associated job creation. The biomanufacturing activities at BIDC also includes agroprocessing, which relates to extraction of biologically-active ingredients from natural sources and formulation thereof in dietary supplements, food and feed products and cosmetics. This initiative is aligned with the Bio-economy Strategy of the Department of Science and Technology which aims to drive economic growth and socioeconomic development in South Africa. 2. Onderstepoort Biological Products Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) translates science into biological product, knowledge and technology resulting in improved animal and human health, food security and safety for all stakeholders. OBP exists to prevent and control animal diseases that impact food security, human health and livelihood. 3. Inqaba biotech Inqaba biotec™ is Africa’s Genomics Company, offering local DNA synthesis and Genotyping, Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing services. They have more than 50 years combined technical expertise coupled with a state of the art laboratory to meet demands in production of high-quality synthetic oligonucleotides. The laboratory is proudly South African, allowing them to provide their customers with affordable DNA synthesis options, personal customer consultation and fastest delivery time in South Africa.

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Dr Ghaneshree Moonsamy: Bioprocessing Researcher 1. What influenced you to pursue this career path and why choose it? I have always had an avid interest in the sciences from my early childhood days. Upon selecting subjects for higher grades in high school, I knew that I would either enter into a career in the sciences or in the accounting field. During my high school studies, my love for biology far exceeded my interest in accounting, and decided to stick to the sciences when looking for a future career path. I matriculated with an “A” in Biology and thereafter pursued a degree in Biological Sciences. My reason for studying this was that the programme offered a few modules on Biotechnology and this sparked my interest. During my first year of studies, the over-generalised course material did not maintain my interest and I felt as if I was in the wrong programme. I then researched Biotechnology further and learnt that a University of Technology in Durban (DUT) offered a full-time Biotechnology programme. I then asked my parents if I could make the change between institutions and degrees, and the rest is history. 2. What qualification does one need to pursue biotechnology as a career, and what courses should one major in at a university? In general, a BSc degree in a related discipline should suffice. Common offerings include: microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and / or genetics.. Some universities offer a specific biotechnology degree as well. 3. Where can one work with a Biotechnology degree? The biotechnology field offers a vast domain of job opportunities; these may include, but are not limited to, researchers based in R&D institutions, science-based sales and marketing, quality assurance and quality control environments, food industries, brewing industries, as well as biological product manufacturers such as enzyme, animal feed supplements, probiotics and vaccine producers.

4. What area of biotechnology do you specialise in and what does it entail? I work as a researcher in the field of Bioprocess Development, which entails the development of production processes for microorganisms or products made by microorganisms. These processes are designed in such a manner that we provide an optimum cultivation environment for these organisms and then extract either the entire organism or the product made by the organism. This is then formulated into biological products. Each research project is unique and entails a specific set of conditions, and R&D must occur in order to develop individual, high efficiency production processes for each application. 5. What would you say is fulfilling about your career and three words to describe your occupation? My career is fulfilling in that there is constant learning and development, and there is always new knowledge and applications to seek, understand and investigate. My curious mind as a scientist is constantly engaged, and there are rare occasions when I actually find myself bored due to a mundane routine or being unoccupied. Passion, purpose, perseverance are my three words to describe my career. 6. Briefly take us through your day-to-day job responsibilities? This differs depending on the type of R&D project I am working on, or if we are manufacturing product for a client. It usually entails planning and execution of experiments, collecting and analysing data and writing reports. Due to the nature of the environment we conduct on-the-job training to several students, interns and in-service training such that they gain on-the-job training. 7. What skills/talents does one need to excel in this field? Keen reader and communicator, pay attention to detail, analytical yet creative mind, stay abreast of new trends in science, technology and innovation. 8. What are the pros and cons of biotechnology as a career? The pros: Due to its versatility, you can find employment in several industries and also potentially change jobs and find something that is most closely aligned with your passion or purpose. The cons: There aren’t any specific cons that I can think of as I thoroughly enjoy my career, however, one must be prepared to undertake further studies in order to truly make a successful career as a biotechnologist.

Public Understanding of Biotechnology The Public Understanding of Biotechnology (PUB) programme is an initiative funded by the DST and implemented by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF). The mandate of SAASTA is to promote public understanding, appreciation and engagement with science and technology among South Africans. PUB promotes a credible, fact-based understanding of biotechnology, to enable informed decision making on biotech innovations to improve the quality of life through awareness, dialogue and education. For more information, contact us on or visit our website: You can follow us on facebook: Public_Understanding_of_Biotechnology or on twitter: pub_outreach

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CONTENTS FEATURES 8 Own your hair, own your confidence


Entrepreneur Candice Thurston is building a brand that breaks down racial barriers and builds confidence with revolutionary beauty and haircare.

CONTRIBUTORS Jo Spies, Christina Kennedy, Gavin Dudley, Cindy Glass, JS Smit

13 Navigate your next move



You have to be in it, to win it up for grabs.

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31 5 Ways to boost your brain

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32 Grab a pen, pal

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SMART TIPS FOR WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS andice Thurston says that entrepreneurship is not for everyone and okes that all entrepreneurs are a little bit cra y , but if you have your sights firmly set on starting a business, she has some advice for you

hen andice Thurston was a young mixed race girl growing up in a small (and often small minded) mining town in Mpumalanga, she had to endure the indignity of going to a hair salon and being told that the stylists there could either cater to her long, straight hair or her mother’s curly hair, but not both. air was always a big thing in our family, she relates. And the hair space for women of colour was not great – you couldn’t find hair salons catering for ethnic hair that were neat or clean. he couldn’t understand why, in an African country such as outh Africa, most hairdressers in the formal space still focused on Eurocentric, estern ideals of hairstyling – and beauty. eauty was defined as light skin and straight hair, whatever race you were, she notes. rowing up in a place like ecunda, we had to overcome a lot of racial barriers. ut my parents grew me up with the approach that if you work hard and respect people, you’ll be successful in whatever you do. o, inspired and encouraged by Ian uhr, the founder of the orbet group of beauty salons, this brainy om graduate decided to take the plunge and act. Pooling her knowledge of beauty, business and brand building that she’d built up while working in marketing and customer service at nilever and MTN, she came up with a kick ass business proposal for orbet And at the end of it, they were like e love it, where do we sign ’ And so andi o was born. This chain of classy yet accessible hair and beauty salons under the orbet umbrella caters specifically

(but not exclusively) for ethnic hair. rom braids, weaves and dreadlocks to curls, twists and knots – and all the natural products needed to keep your hair in tip top condition – andi o is all about making women feel like a million bucks. e want you to love your hair, whatever it looks like, and use the right products to get the most out of your hair, Thurston says. rom the original pilot store that was opened in 01 , it has now grown to eight stores in auteng, with plans to expand, plus a training school for stylists and women entrepreneurs who wish to own their own beauty business. ver 100 people have been employed since its inception. I wanted to deracialise hair and create a space where all race groups can sit next to each other and en oy themselves, the year old says. I often use this analogy about bras it’s like when girls buy bras, you don’t have panish or Portuguese boobs – you have a bra type. air is exactly the same – if you pull your hair out and stretch it, it looks the same but when you let it go, everyone’s got a different hair type. Thurston didn’t stumble upon a winning concept by accident – it was the culmination of personal experience, research, workplace insights and, most importantly, passion and persistence. aving been exposed to apartheid in ustice first hand when growing up, she was determined to chart a successful path in life. he initially wanted to be a chartered accountant but then decided to study marketing at the niversity of Pretoria ( P), while keeping accounting as a ma or – I’m both left and right brain inclined, she says.

Start young: I’m a firm believer that you need to start running a business from as young as three years old. tart a business today, whether it’s selling socks or sweets or developing an app. You’ll learn different business skills from each business, like how to manage cashflow and expenses. uild that mindset from a young age. Put together a tight business case: “Make sure you understand your idea, costs, your market, the amount of investment you need. Talk to a lot of people and focus groups – you need others to rip it apart and build it up for you. Start small: Even if you start with R1 000, start small and register your business. Plough money back into it. This will help you when you approach the banks for financing by showing proof of concept. Be passionate: “Make sure you are passionate about your business. I’m not passionate about cars, for example, so I wouldn’t start a car business. ut I’m passionate about beauty. • Build a purpose-driven brand: People don’t want to be part of brands that are ust seen to make money. They want to be part of brands that are driven by a purpose to change the world, whether it be through sustainability, changing lives, driving e uality, eradicating poverty. Put people before profits: “If you look after your people – whether it be your employees or guests – the money will come. Prepare and plan: o your research. e the hardest working and best prepared person in the room. Be humble: There’s a level of entitlement in the millennial space. Remember that no one owes you anything you have to work, as no one’s going to give you anything on a silver platter. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. Be a slashie: on’t ust focus on one skill. e a forward slasher with a multitude of skills – become a photographer and a copywriter learn how to build a website and manage your own social media accounts. I’ve worked in every department of my business and know how each works. POST MATRIC 2019 | 9

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After graduating with a om, she did her honours at the niversity of the itwatersrand, before being accepted into nilever’s Integrated usiness Management hallenge internship programme at P. Thurston laid the groundwork for her future entrepreneurial venture while at nilever, working on its deodorant and haircare brands, as well as at MTN. This is where the dream of opening her own orbet franchise began germinating – as a user of the salons herself. rom my experience in MTN and nilever, I’d developed concepts from scratch, so I put together a very detailed business proposal, looking at the market and spending time developing the concept, she recalls. These insights enabled her to carefully craft a bright and entertaining brand that appeals to the M to 10 market, mainly women with an average age of 0, and children. he knew what it was about the consumer experience that would set andi o apart from the rest of the pack. e give you an ama ing experience, she says – from a loyalty programme where you earn points and get a 0 discount on your birthday to en oying free wine, champagne and i i in salons, as well as professional stylists and nail technicians, retail products and weekly promotions, not to mention regular trend reports. As a brand, we’re not ust a hair salon, we’re a brand that builds confidence, says Thurston. e want women to come in and do their hair and ownit. e want them to feel they can take over the world, and we help them with that ourney. No wonder Thurston likes to think of herself as a gardener – cultivating confidence, growing self esteem, nurturing a proudly African concept of beauty that comes from the self belief within. The sky’s truly the limit for this hair guru

People (if you focus on them, profits will follow) Patience (in bucketfuls) Planning (lots of it ) Pride (swallow it) Passion (a must) Purpose (another essential)

TAKE FIVE ON CANDICE What are you reading?

More Important than Money: An Entrepreneur’s Team by Robert iyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad).

What are you listening to?

potify playlists according to my mood – hip hop, romance, ’90s music.

What and who inspires you?

eing part of bringing out the best in people – that gets my heart pumping. ther people’s success excites me more than my own And my parents. My mom and dad came from poor backgrounds, and they worked so hard to support my brother and me, and instil the values in us to be successful and change lives.

Travel goals?

oh, I love travelling This year I did Tel Aviv and last year I did ietnam and Ibi a, next up is roatia and ali. I’ve done agos and imbabwe, but also want to travel to more African countries.

Your motto in life?

To be respected, respect. To be trusted, trust. To be loved, love.

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July 2019 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is a multidisciplinary institution empowered by diverse and highly skilled researchers who are encouraged to develop their capabilities and knowledge according to national imperatives. These researchers enable the CGS to develop onshore and offshore geoscientific information using several specialisations, including Geoscience Mapping, Economic Geology and Geochemistry, Geophysics and Remote Sensing, Water and Environmental Geology and Seismology and Geohazard Research.





Students from Grade 12 with a Level 6 and above achievement in Mathematics and Physical Science, as well as students who would like to pursue an Honours, Masters, Doctorate or Post-Doctorate qualification in Geoscience.

There are no specific dates for internships. Internships are dependent on the needs of the Business Units. You are advised to continually check the CGS website.

WHEN WILL YOU GET FEEDBACK? In December or the beginning of January, depending on when the Skills Development Committee make recommendations.

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HOW LONG DO INTERNSHIPS LAST? The CGS also provides an Experiential Learning Programme to students who are studying towards a National Diploma in Geology for a period of six months.

A period of two years.

DO INTERNS GET PAID A STIPEND? Yes, the CGS pays R13 000 per month to interns.

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emember the tingle of excitement and anticipation about starting ‘big school’? The crisp, slightly oversized new uniform; the satchel or backpack carrying virgin stationery – possibly even an eraser that smelt of fruit. I bet you (or your proud parents) still have your first day of school photo either tucked away safely in their wallet or displayed somewhere prominent: the beginning of the epic adventure that is school. And in a flash, 1 years of firsts – first besty’, first homework, first exam, first kiss, first re ection, first success, first failure – have culminated in the threshold of adulthood: your matric year, and all the (overwhelming) decisions about your future. To some it is clear what direction to follow, while to the ma ority, the future is a blank page. But that can be a good thing. There are endless avenues to explore. And, it may not feel like it with the pressure of finals and life choices looming large, but you have time, a lifetime in fact, to figure out and grow into what it is that you want to spend your days doing. That doesn’t mean you can ust kick back and wait for the good times to roll – here are some practical tips on navigating your next move:


Knowing who you are and what you are interested in or passionate about is key to finding a career that you will fully embrace and stick with. Grab your notebook (digital or paper), take down your answers to the

following questions, and then share them with a few people you trust to help you decide – not make the decision for you! Ask yourself:

• What will make me happiest? Figure out what makes you tick, and do that. But be open to other options if your first choice doesn’t work out.

• What does success mean to me? Create a vision board where you can write, draw or paste examples of what success looks like for you. Remember: you are a unique person with unique views on what you want to achieve. Don’t compare your dreams with others – say no to FOMO!


• What are my strengths and weaknesses? e honest and don’t udge yourself. nly you will see your answers and only you will benefit (or not) from them. • What skills will I need to achieve my goals? Think about the skills you have and find out how you can best develop those. Choose skills that will stay relevant in the changing world of work. • How well do I perform under pressure? Some people are slow and methodical, others thrive on adrenalin. If you’re the methodical type, steer clear of careers that require you to think on your feet. • Am I self-motivated and self-disciplined? Think about what you are willing, and not willing, to do to achieve your goals. And whether you have the discipline to be your own boss or need a little external push to get you going.

There are a whole bunch of career and post matric options, and not all of them involve having to get into varsity. The trick is to find your best fit’. Take a look at these STUDY FURTHER A great option if you’ve got a clear career path to follow. But also if you want to explore what you’re interested in. Not all institutions offer all study options, so where you study will depend on your chosen ourney. niversities offer degrees and postgraduate ualifications, which often lead to the more conventional professional careers, whereas Universities of Technology offer a wider range of degrees and diplomas which lead to titles like paramedic, graphic designer, chef. At a TVET college, you can do a certificate course for work in technical or vocational fields. To study at a niversity or University of Technology, you have to pass rade 1 . owever, you can start studying at a TVET college with only a Grade 9 pass. The 50 colleges around outh Africa have more than 0 campuses between them and study costs are very reasonable. POST MATRIC 2019 | 1 3

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a learning curve – offer to work for companies for free, gaining valuable knowledge and skills you can add to your . earch the online ob seeking websites like,, and regularly and register your application wherever you can – it can’t hurt.

T ET colleges offer a wide range of ualifications from design, engineering, business studies to education, hospitality, travel and tourism. In fact, it is now possible to complete your matric in the form of an N (National ertificate ocational) at one of these colleges, allowing you to leave matric with sub ects in these areas, rather than traditional academic sub ects like biology and geography. istance learning and online study are increasingly popular. And a good option if you want to earn while you learn. It’s cost effective and you can choose how long you want to take to complete your course. ell known distance learning facilities include NI A, amelin, INTE ollege, and even its niversity. hatever you decide, make sure the institution you pick is accredited – ask to see the certificate if you’re unsure. earch their name online for reviews from other students to check their reputation. GAP IT tudying is not the only A game. A gap year is a brilliant way to get to know the world of options out there, and yourself. And it doesn’t have to be all about fun in the sun. ther reasons to take a gap year ave money for your studies. Travel while working – working on a cruise ship and au pairing for an overseas family are popular (have your travel documents and re uirements sorted before heading off on these adventures). o volunteer work – it could lead to invaluable work and social experiences many companies leap at the opportunity to have extra hands available. earn new skills through short courses – incredibly valuable, especially if

you’re leaning towards becoming an entrepreneur or wanting to explore the latest technologies and digitisation. heck out the National carce kills ist (found at B E CO M E A N A P P R E N T I CE ombining studying with on the ob training is perfect if you’re into learning a trade. Internships and earnerships are exciting opportunities to gain experience and competitive skills. A earnership is a structured learning programme that includes theoretical and practical workplace experiential learning over a period of at least 1 months, leading to a ualification registered on the NQ (National Qualifications orum). earnerships are funded for both employed and unemployed learners through ETAs ( ector Educational and Training Authorities). There are ETAs in outh Africa – for example, one deals with the banking industry and another with the food and beverage industry – and one of their roles is to provide skills and training, which is vitally needed in various fields. ave a look at the list of ETA contacts provided to research this opportunity further. LA N D A J O B inding employment straight after school may be necessary, but a word of caution. A salary that looks good’ now may not be enough in a year or two’s time. arefully consider whether the ob offers you growth opportunities for personal and skills development. That said, it may be difficult to find employment straight after school without any experience behind you. Think of the first few months out of school as

GO DIGITAL There are literally thousands of ways to build a career using social media and other internet applications. Technology is constantly expanding the world is truly your oyster. se this uni ue position to create a platform on which to build a lucrative career. o, if you’re the entrepreneurial type, start your business small and grow it as opportunities arise. Make sure you seek advice from experienced business people along the way. It’s never too late to start working hard and putting in the effort to achieve your goals. I like the inspiring wisdom found in this old hinese proverb The best time to plant a tree was 0 years ago. The second best time is now. And don’t forget to ask for help when you need it. e’ve all either been or are going where you are.


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LE ARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!!! Accrediting Your Workplace Experience

Are you unemployed, between the ages of 18 and 33, looking for an opportunity to earn a stipend while you study? Then Advanced Assessments is the company to assist you! Advanced Assessments & Training is a learnership training provider based in Mount Edgecombe. The duration of our learnerships is 12 months and class attendance is required two – four days per month. We are currently offering the following learnerships:

We also offer various Skills Programmes which run over a shorter period. If you are interested, please come through to our offices with the following documents (we cannot accept electronic copies of ID and highest qualification): •


Originally certified ID copy (not older than 3 months)

Originally certified copy of highest qualification (not older than 3 months) – the minimum grade passed that we can accept is a Grade 10.

SARS Letter

Bank confirmation letter (not a bank statement)

Medical certificate (if you have a disability)

Hygiene & Cleaning NQF Level 1 Business Administration NQF Level 2 Business Administration NQF Level 3 Business Administration NQF Level 4 Generic Management NQF Level 3 Generic Management NQF Level 4 Generic Management NQF Level 5 IT Technical Support

You can find us at: Office Park, Unit 65, Piazza Building, Fairways, 13 – 15 Fairways Avenue, Mount Edgecombe For more information contact: Emritha Maharaj on 010 492 4007 or log onto our website: Company Registration Number: 2011/006079/07 - Services Seta Accreditation Number: 2291

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WITH A STREAMLINED ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE IT EASY TO APPLY FOR FREE TERTIARY EDUCATION reat news for future trailbla ers The process to apply for funding from the National tudent inancial Aid cheme (N A ) has been revised to allow for applications to be completed in, get this, five minutes. All of which means you have no excuse for not taking action to earn your degree, diploma or certificate and put yourself on course for a higher income – and a better life. Thanks to the eesMust all class of 01 , free tertiary education has become a reality and the time to make use of it is now. And there are many opportunities up for grabs. In 018, N A disbursed loans and bursaries to the tune of R billion for 9 000 ( 1 8 university and 88 1 T ET college) students. This amount is expected to increase in 019 to approximately R billion, which is estimated to fund about 00 9 0 T ET college students and 0 0 niversity students. ere are some tips on what bursaries, scholarships and loans you may be eligible for. This is your moment to shine – sei e it with both hands


irst, secure a place at your university or college of choice.

You will still have to meet the academic re uirements or criteria for a particular public university or T ET college. Each university will still set its own fees for its various programmes of study, which will be covered by the government bursary if you ualify. nce you have been offered a place, apply for your university or college bursary online through N A . N A reserves the right to verify your household income, to ensure that you are eligible for free tertiary education. If your funding application is successful, N A will pay your fees directly to the institution where you are enrolled. If you fail to secure a place in an institution, register on the epartment of igher Education’s entral Applications learing ouse ( A ) system once you’ve received your matric results. This online application portal will then share your information with all the universities, colleges, private institutions and ETAs that still have space available.


Your combined annual household income (or the income of your family) does not exceed R 0 000 per annum. You’re registering for the first time for an undergraduate ualification at a public university or you are registered at a T ET college for one of the National ertificate ocational or report 191 programme.

You’ve passed N A funding college. You’ve passed N A funding

rade 9 10 to receive to study at a T ET rade 1 to receive to study at a university.


Accommodation (and or transport), as well as study materials and meals will also be subsidised for students who ualify, but this will be capped at a certain amount. Qualifying students will have their tuition and registration fees at a public tertiary institution covered by the epartment of igher Education and Training’s ursary cheme. The bursary scheme started with first year students in 018 and will be phased in over five years. In 019, first year and second year students will be eligible for free education. tudents who have received N A loans in the past, and who are currently enrolled at a outh African university, will have their loans converted into grants.


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N AB your tertiary education studies after matric. A bursary is awarded based on an excellent academic record and/or proven financial need. It usually covers registration and tuition fees, and often includes accommodation and meals, as well as textbooks and stationery. To keep receiving the bursary, you will need to maintain a certain level of academic performance while studying. In some cases, this might mean simply passing. In others, you may have to maintain an average of 60% or more. Some bursaries give preference to previously disadvantaged groups. Pros: The government bursaries that are now being awarded to financially needy students do not come with any strings attached. And if you receive a private-sector bursary that you have to ‘work back’, it means you’re guaranteed a job after graduating. Cons: Certain bursaries are only offered for the second year of study onwards. Also, some students might resist the idea of being tied down to work back the study grant or complete some sort of training after graduating. Plus, if you fail some of your modules, you may have to repay the bursary or risk having it withdrawn.


A scholarship is similar to a bursary in that it is money for tertiary education that doesn’t need to be repaid. But it is based more on merit – such as artistic, academic or sporting ability – than on financial need. Scholarships can be awarded by universities, government institutions, companies or nonprofit organisations. The Rhodes scholarship, which enables exceptional students to study at England’s Oxford University, is a good example of this. Pros: No financial aftershock. A scholarship doesn’t need to be repaid – think of it as your reward for working hard, or having a special talent or ability! Cons: There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and scholarships are often awarded as an investment in the student rather than a gift. Sometimes there are strings attached – you will have

to pursue a certain career, or provide voluntary mentoring or coaching. Many scholarships require you to maintain a certain minimum level of academic performance.


If you’re already working, why not try to get your employer to pay for your studies? Companies with an annual payroll of more than R500 000 have to pay the South African Revenue Service a skills development levy (1% of their total monthly salary bill) to develop and improve employees’ skills. Companies can claim back a portion of the levy to train their own employees through the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). Pros: You can get your study costs covered by your boss – as long as it is related to your job. That means you can learn for free! Cons: Read the fine print carefully when enrolling for studies paid for by your company – you may be tied to your firm for a certain period afterwards, to work back your training costs.


Many companies – especially those in the scarce and critical skills sectors, such as mining and engineering – award contract bursaries for studies in a particular field. You will have to pass your subjects (or risk having to repay the grant), and sometimes you’ll have to work for the company for a few years after you graduate. ompanies that award bursaries include: Spoornet, Transnet, Sasol, Absa, Anglo American, Gold Fields, Anglo Platinum, Eskom, asol, Iscor, De Beers, Edgars, SA Breweries, armony, Mintek, AE I, Engen, Group 5, Murray & Roberts, PPC, the A Institute of Race Relations, the SA Weather Service, Vodacom and Old Mutual. undi (previously known as Eduloan) is a private credit provider that gives study loans to students whose parents are permanently employed. Visit


SECRETS TO SUCCESS tudy hard. ind out what the minimum admission requirements are for the degree, diploma or certificate course you want to follow. Try to exceed those requirements to improve your chances of being accepted. o the legwork. Attend the open days of universities and colleges, and gather information on all the funding options. Speak to your career guidance counsellor at school for tips. e thorough. ave certified copies made of your most recent results and your I book or card. This can be done for free at your local police station. Make sure you scan and save all your documents (or take photos of them with your phone), as many institutions require you to apply online. Remember that many public institutions such as libraries offer free internet access.


Approach your local municipality, or the provincial or national government department relevant to your studies. The un a ushaka bursary scheme, for example, is open to teaching students who intend working at a government school. Visit for more details.


National tudent inancial Aid cheme on 086 006 7327, or areer entre on 08 999 01 or epartment of igher Education and Training on 0800 087 2222 or National areer Advice Portal on or lists of bursaries available, check out or

BANK LOAN The four ma or banks offer loans to students to cover tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses. Once you have been accepted and have registered to study for a course, the bank will pay the amount directly to that institution and, if necessary, the residence. If you have applied for extra funding for textbooks and so on, that amount will be paid directly to you. If you are not working or if you earn less than R5 000 a month, someone (like a parent) will have to sign surety for you.

This means that if you default on your loan repayments after graduating, that person is liable for your debt. Pros: Investing in your chosen career path will ultimately pay off handsomely. Plus, you can apply for a bank loan to study at any university, public or private college accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority. Cons: While you’re studying, the person who has signed surety for you has to service the monthly interest on the loan. And once you’ve finished your studies, you have to start paying back a capital amount

that could run into hundreds of thousands of rands. Plus, if you don’t complete your degree, you have to repay the full loan amount – immediately. Contact the big four banks: tandard ank 08 0 1 000, irst National ank 08 0 100 , A A 08 0 100 , Nedbank 08 0 111, POST MATRIC 2019 | 17

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SASOL SECUNDA OPERATIONS STRIVING FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE STRIVING FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE asol is one of outh Africa’s largest investors in education. Through the asol oundation, which specialises in education, we collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify, formulate and execute a range of targeted interventions and solutions from early childhood education to tertiary education. asol together with si weni cience entre, its education agship implement the following programmes in municipalities around its operations and beyond. Early Childhood Education earner support Practitioner and management support Infrastructure and learning resources STEM Education TEM curriculum support earner and teacher support Resource development Technical Education earners support Teacher support Infrastructure support Tertiary Education ursaries Research support E uipment and infrastructure support

E learning is an online system, whereby schools connect to a central venue and oin in an interactive live broadcast. The programme offers live, interactive lessons as well as pre recorded video lessons in Mathematics and Physical cience. The boards allow teachers to interact with learners in different venues simultaneously. Teachers receive online tutoring, which assists in sub ect content delivery. This programme is implemented in the ipaliseng and ekwa areas. In ipaleseng there are now five secondary schools that are in the programme i.e I.M. Manchu econdary chool, alfour ombined chool, Isifisosethu, Nthoroane, etsheng and Tsepeha igh chools. The three schools from ekwa are hun uliwe econdary chool, olmedene econdary chool and o rskool tanderton. Mrs ubheka, principal of IM Manchu commented that the E earning programme has brought a positive impact on the rade 1 results. In 01 we achieved 9 pass rate, last year we improved and reached 9 .8 . E learning and other asol education initiatives contributed to this outcome as they have assisted learners to understand the sub ect content better. The learners that passed in 018 are not roaming the streets, but were absorbed in various tertiary institutions to further pursue their studies .

ome examples of initiatives implemented as part of these programmes include RALLY TO READ outh Africa is one of the countries ranked amongst those where learners’ reading and writing is a huge challenge. Therefore asol in support of the education fraternity has through various programmes, adopted the RA Y T REA initiative with an intent to support learner literacy and numeracy. This programme assists learners with reading from a young age as it can be challenging if the child does not know how to read the learner’s school years can be more difficult than normal. The Rally to Read programme aims to close the gap of learners who are unable to read and write at the expected age. It is scheduled to run from Monday to Thursday in eight different centres around ekwa, ipaleseng and ovan Mbeki local municipalities. There are twenty five schools in total from the ert ibande ub region that are benefiting from the programme, and 9 0 learners that attend weekly after school sessions for two hours in these centres. The programme gives learners an opportunity to interact with others on literacy activities which enhance their reading skills. The target audience for this initiative are rade and learners.

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SASOL FOUNDATION BURSARY PROGRAMME The aim of asol oundation undergraduate bursary programme is to create opportunities for disadvantaged students – particularly historically disadvantaged individuals from families with limited annual income to access university education and also to build a pool of ualifed outh African cientists and Engineers. In addition to financial support, the programme includes provision of laptops, peer mentoring, psycho social support, academic seminars, life skills workshops and vision care. In the 01 intake, the programme was broadened to include studies towards National iplomas, achelor of Technology ( Tech) degrees, and artisanship at niversities of Technology and T ET colleges. Progressively the bursary in 018 included employees’s children and those from asol fence line communities. asol employees’ children and learners in communities around the operations have received bursaries to study in a outh African institution of their choice in TEM and Non TEM related careers. There are nine learners that benefitted from this bursary extension, four of them are from ovan Mbeki, two from ipaleseng, two from ekwa, four from Metsimaholo ( ree tate) as well as one from Emfuleni municipalities. In 018 graduation ceremony, 1 students graduated after completion of their studies, obtained c and Eng undergraduate degrees and the others obtained postgraduate degrees including onours, Masters and Ph s.


E-LEARNING INTERACTIVE BOARDS The education system is evolving in order to embrace and keep up with the changes of the digital age, asol in support of effective learning, introduced E learning in high schools near its operations.

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ow shows, where scientific principles are demonstrated to inspire and motivate the next generation of scientists are a highlight on the daily programme. Many learners who attended previously, said that they were impressed with the easy access to information regarding possible career paths they can follow in future. Another not to be missed show is the alahari cientist who teaches scientific principles through demonstrations designed to inspire and motivate our country’s future leaders. is passionate way of presenting, coupled with clear explanations, makes it a truly memorable experience for learners and teachers.

asol Techno

019 is an exhibition that encourages youth to dream, explore and become. Photo caption

asol, in partnership with Mpumalanga government, will from 9 uly August 019 bring learners to asol Techno 019 in ecunda, which is regarded as the largest career guidance exhibition of its kind in the inland provinces. or the past 19 years asol has hosted the exhibition. ince 01 the exhibition has alternatively been hosted between asolburg and ecunda. asol Techno is an annual career exhibition that is part of the company’s programmes that promote sustainable socio economic development through education. It mainly promotes TEM education at schools to enable access to tertiary education, and ultimately boosts the pool of technical, vocational and TEM related skills among the youth of outh Africa. The exhibition is targeting high school learners from across the country and enables them to engage with the real world application of TEM sub ects in a way that creates interest and captivates the imagination.

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TOY LIBRARY The Toy ibrary which is a programme run through si weni cience entre, asol education flagship, provides an exciting space for discovery and learning. Educational materials are varied and engaging, from pu les and toys to easy to follow computer based activities. hildren are placed in two age groups, three to four and five to six, and their ourney of exploration and play is guided by trained practitioners as well as other key staff.

This will be the third time asol Techno is hosted in ecunda. uring 01 and 01 more than 8 000 learners from different provinces, with a large number from Mpumalanga province attended the exhibition. earners are given access to relevant information on careers within TEM related fields, career guidance and bursary opportunities from different institutions. earners further directly engage with academic institutions in order to get better insights on the fields of study they would like to pursue. The exhibition also offers learners an opportunity to enter various competitions (such as science, art and making fashion garments from used recyclable materials). Photo caption A practitioner assisting a child during the Toy

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A MODEL OF GLAMOUR DID YOU TRAIN TO MODEL? No, I had to learn through experience and watching Fashion TV, and looking through magazines.


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A MODEL? When I was young a relative encouraged me to enter a modeling competition. I received 1st position in my region (North West) and went on to represent my region in Gauteng. Coming from a small town, Rustenburg, representing my province in big cities was a big deal; it sparked my love for modeling. I also love travelling, so when I discovered that I would be travelling for competitions, my passion grew even more.

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY Modeling is seasonal, but when a gig is on it gets hectic! I usually do ramp modeling like fashion weeks and bridal expos, but I also model for magazines in fashion and beauty spreads. A photo shoot can take hours in cold weather and as a model you must always look on point until the photographer gets the perfect shot. During fashion week, in one day there could be about four to six shows. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? I enjoy the glamorous side of it. You get exposed to a sophisticated lifestyle. One day you’re wearing a dress worth R100 000 for a shoot; the next you get an allexpenses-paid trip to Cape Town or overseas.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? I don’t like the ridiculous hours waiting the whole day doing nothing until a show starts, or working in freezing cold weather. ANY HURDLES? I had to overcome dealing with rejection, being concerned about my body weight and how to handle jealousy and competition. ANY HIGHLIGHTS? The highlight was when I was booked for a big campaign in Cape Town for the Italian brand Carpisa during the Soccer World Cup. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? Currently, I offer a modeling masterclass called Ogorgeous to young aspiring models in Rustenburg. I started it with no capital and no business background, so I studied a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. I now have about

16 students in total. My goal is to guide them and educate them about the modeling industry, so they can identify scammers vs legit modeling platforms and choose the right direction. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO MODELING? You need to believe in yourself. It’s the era of Instagram – marketing companies don’t look for tall and skinny anymore but rather for people with a huge following or who are influencers. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOULD-BE MODELS? Do the research and educate yourself. Be respectful, be on time and always follow instructions. Get a degree so you have something to fall back on when there are no gigs. YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Glamorous and cut-throat.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME A SCULPTOR? I chose this work because I have always loved working with different types of wood. Sculpting reflects my feelings and allows me to show off my skills. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO? I trained in wood carving at Driefontein Mission in imbabwe, which is known for the excellent training artists receive. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY I design and create wood sculptures and carvings

from ideas I have and for commissioned work from customers. I manage my team, meet customers, prepare quotations, and see to packing and shipping bought pieces. My sculptures are bought by both overseas visitors and locals. I have also been invited to show work at exhibitions around the country, most recently at the Young Professionals Organisation’s annual convention, which was held this year in Cape Town. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT THE WORK THAT YOU DO? I really enjoy designing and creating, and engaging with those people who are interested in my work. WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? I don’t like it when people tell me what to do WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME OVER THE YEARS? Sometimes I have to deal with people who don’t

appreciate what I have carved, however, the work always appeals to someone WHAT HAVE BEEN THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR? The highlights are people being amazed by my creativity, always being able to express new ideas, and having my working sculpture garden at Montebello Design Centre in Cape Town. Its position is highly conducive to creativity and the opportunity that I have to engage with other artists, creatives and visitors is inspiring. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? My goal is to be the most recognised and best artist in my field. IN YOUR LINE OF WORK, IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Yes, it is. If you receive a good basic training, you can grow your skills and techniques as you work.

“Sculpting reflects my feelings and allows me to show off my skills” IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK, OR CERTAIN TRAITS ONE SHOULD HAVE (OR NOT HAVE)? No, I think anyone can be an artist, as long as you love the work. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER? You need to have focus and perseverance to be creative. DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Interesting • Creative • Dedication



WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME AN AU PAIR? I have loved babies and young children since I was very young, so being an au pair seemed to be the perfect job for me. I initially wanted to work part time only, while studying, but it evolved into full time work that I’ve been doing for 13 years now. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I didn’t do formal training, though there are places you can train as an au pair.

I started off babysitting children of all ages in my neighbourhood while I was in school. I also read child development books to gain a better understanding of them. I got my driver’s licence and attended first aid courses. I got my police clearance and form 0 done, which I renew once or twice a year. In my fourth year of studying early childhood education I met the first family I au paired for. I started off babysitting once or twice a week in the evenings, but it quickly developed into five days a week and earning a salary. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY I am now with my third family. The girls (twins) are 1 months old. I arrive at 0am; help feed the kids breakfast and get them dressed. lay at home or leave around am to take the kids somewhere fun (park, playdate or a class). Back home 11 1 am

and prepare lunch while the kids play. 12 1 pm, nap time. 2 1 pm, wake the kids. 2 0pm, snack time. 0pm, play at home or out. pm, prepare dinner. 1 pm, dinner time. 0pm, parents come home and I leave. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Spending time having fun with the children and becoming part of the family. WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? Changing nappies or cleaning up vomit when the kids are sick aha, but who likes that anyway WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? I’ve had to learn to speak up and set boundaries for myself more. ANY HIGHLIGHTS? Traveling overseas with various families I have been

to England, Switzerland, Spain, Dubai and Thailand. IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING IN AU PAIRING? I would say experience AND common sense is more important and formal training is a bonus. A driver’s license and first aid is a must. Just remember, any amount of experience or au pair training will still not completely prepare you, as all children are different. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK? This job would best suit an easy going, happy, friendly, super patient person willing to learn and adjust to different families. YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Fun, challenging and rewarding.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A PASTRY CHEF? My love for food started when I was still in primary school. Whenever I got home I’d watch these cooking shows and sometimes recreate what I had seen on TV. Taking up cheffing as a profession was never part of the plan, until my final term in high school. I went ahead and studied professional cookery, and then worked in various kitchens, looking for who I wanted to be in

the world of chefs. I found a true sense of belonging, but that wasn’t enough for me. I moved on after my three years in hotel school, applying for a pastry position. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I feel at home when I’m in the pastry kitchen. It has taught me a lot of patience. WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING? I studied Hospitality Management: ND Professional Cookery at the Cape Town Hotel School, CPUT. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT CHEFFING? I love it when things come together! It goes with being organised. Working with other people, working in a team. Honestly, it doesn’t matter how good a chef you are, you always learn something from the people you work with, be it at the junior or senior level.

“If it’s done in love, it’s done well” WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? I don’t like receiving complaints about work that I was involved in. Hence, it is important for me to do my best every day. ANY HURDLES? I guess it would have to be taking things personally. Over the few years that I’ve been training and have been a chef, I’ve learnt that everyone I serve will have an opinion of their own. Taking criticism in a constructive manner wasn’t easy, but it has helped me; it is slowly shaping me into the person I want to become. AND HIGHLIGHTS? Happy, content guests is a highlight of my every day!

IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS TRAINING? Definitely, some things you can’t be taught in class, or in a culinary lab. You get to pick up a whole lot more in the kitchen. As a chef, you do more practical work, and may find that the theoretical part of it is not as important. For me, if you have both then your work becomes a little bit less difficult. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK? Passion is key. You have to love what you do. As Vincent van Gogh once stated, “If it’s done in love, it’s done well.” ANY ADVICE? Always keep an open mind to others, and eventually find a style that illustrates your individuality. DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Sweet • Hard (work) • Fun



WHY DID YOU CHOOSE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN? As a kid, I was always getting my hands dirty making things and I constantly wondered how stuff worked. My dad had a background in carpentry and a career in electronics, which helped fuel my passion. My discovery of industrial design was by complete chance when we had someone come to speak about it at our school’s open day. The idea that a person could design products as a career seemed incredible to me.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO I design, develop, engineer and help bring to the market a wide variety of the consumer products/physical objects that a person sees around them every single day. These items can be as diverse as household consumer products, electronics, furniture, lighting or even cars. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I completed a four-year BTech degree in Industrial Design at what was then Cape Technikon (and is now CPUT). Subjects include design, drawing, theory, business, history, technology and professional practice. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK? You need to have a passion for design, making things and solving problems. Patience and persistence is also key.

It’s important not to take yourself or your design ideas too seriously. IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Absolutely! Every day you learn how to do something better through practice. Describe a typical day A typical day could consist of research and design exploration; meetings with clients and manufacturers; preparing product design specifications and briefs; putting together quotations for clients; engineering and detailed design development; rendering 3D models to look realistic for presentations. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? It is incredibly rewarding to see a concept sketch develop into a finished product on the store shelf. The design process, strategic thinking, problem solving, prototyping and often hands-

on work make for a truly dynamic environment that keeps me on my toes and surprises me every day. WHICH ASPECTS ARE YOU LEAST KEEN ON? Many clients do not understand the value of design and the lengthy process that needs to happen for a final product to be realised. This is a dayto-day struggle and can be quite draining. ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT? In order to be sufficiently prepared for a career in industrial design, one needs to do a lot of self-study around materials, processes, 3D modelling and other important computer skills. I would also encourage people to look at existing products to see how they are made and put together. So much can be learned from taking things apart.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A MIDWIFE? After school I did nursing training. During the course we did six months of midwifery. I loved it so much that I went straight on to specialising in midwifery after completing my nursing training. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO? I did a Diploma in Nursing (Psychiatry, Community Health and Midwifery) at Carinus Nursing College and a BSc in Midwifery Studies in the UK.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AS A MIDWIFE Every day is different: seeing pregnant women for routine pregnancy care, providing labour and birth care, teaching antenatal classes, doing home postnatal visits to support new families, doing admin. I’m glad I’m not working long shifts in a hospital. Because I work in a team, we take it in turns to be on call overnight for our clients, so I’m lucky to be at home with my family most afternoons and evenings. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? I can make a big difference to a new family’s beginning. A positive birth experience has a major impact on the mother and her baby and her partner. It is especially rewarding when families come back to you for their next births because they trust you.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? Being called out at night to go to a birth! Sometimes I work through the night; it’s difficult to fully catch up on sleep during the day. It can be stressful; it’s a big responsibility. ANY HURDLES? Learning to run a business – not something I was taught. WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT? I’ve been interviewed twice on the Expresso Morning Show. That was fun! Being part of the Birth Options Midwifery Team (since January 2016) has definitely been a highlight. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? I’d like to do a Master’s in Midwifery. I’m thinking about going into midwifery education. EXPERIENCE VS FORMAL TRAINING? You need lots of hospital labour ward experience

before setting up your own private practice. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK? You need to be nonjudgemental, calm, assertive, open-minded, and always ready to learn. ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT? Choose where you train carefully, and work in the government maternity service for at least five years – that is where you will gain invaluable experience. Do the advanced midwifery course. This will give you a much deeper understanding, and will make it easier to get jobs and with registering to practice in other countries. DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Safe • Supportive • Evidence-based



WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME A BARISTA? I wouldn’t say I chose to be a Barista; it came about because of limited opportunities after I finished my studies. But I grew to love it and I have zero regrets about what I do. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO? I did a short barista training course at Origin Coffee in Cape Town. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY The day usually starts with a morning rush, as customers

stop by to quickly pick up our breakfast and bagel special before they head off to work. We also get orders from Uber Eats and OrderIn throughout the day. In the afternoon, we mostly get orders for our main menu meals, but as they say, coffee knows no weather, so it is a favourite in the afternoon too. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? Making good coffee, pushing sales and offering the best service every day. Seeing customers happy is what brings joy to me. Being a barista has given me lots of friends – my motto is: “Beyond coffee towards making everyone family at the bakery”. WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? Working under pressure gives me a whole lot of stress and I make more mistakes. So, I’ve trained myself to multitask and work fast and smart. When I’m working

under pressure, sometimes my temper gets tested, but I always manage my anger – thankfully, a skill I acquired back in Varsity. WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT? Being mentioned by various clients and them making referrals to their families and relatives to come to Dolce and request their coffees to be specifically made by me. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? I’d like to start a business that involves working with people and growing to be a giant in the service industry through providing high quality products and services. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO BEING A BARISTA? Yes, you need to be punctual, patient, calm and more of an extrovert than an introvert – you’ll be dealing with people and you have

to entertain them while they’re waiting for their coffee. My goal is for people to come to the bakery because they enjoy talking to me, not just to get good coffee. There are plenty of places that sell good coffee, but who’s making the coffee? It’s important to be unique in terms of how you treat your clients and interact with them. ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT? Being a barista is something that people take lightly, but it’s one of the best and most interesting jobs for learning about people and the world. To those starting this journey, you have to stay focused and never be afraid of failing, because making mistakes and finding solutions to correct them is what makes people successful. YOUR JOB IN FOUR WORDS Making coffee brings family!

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? It was always my dream to be in the medical field. In Grade 11, I went to Vincent Pallotti Hospital to job shadow the radiographers, and it was there that my knowledge and passion for the field grew. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO? Radiographers work with cutting-edge technology that produces X-rays; CT (computed tomography), which are X-rays of slices in

the body on three different planes; fluoroscopy – an X-ray test that examines the internal body and shows moving images on a screen like a movie; and other medical images to assist clinical radiologists and other doctors to reach a diagnosis for the patient’s condition. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I studied theory at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for four years and started doing practical work in my second term of first year at Groote Schuur Hospital for the duration of my studies. We spent two weeks on campus and two weeks in the hospital every month. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY I start at 8am, check my list of patients and whether I can call for any ward patients. While doing the ray, I get a brief history of why they find themselves there. I ask them

about their painful anatomy while I am positioning them. I explain the process after the imaging: I send the images to one of our radiologists, who then sends a report to the referring doctor. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? Meeting new people, being able to play a small part in helping them and the doctors reach a diagnosis and, ultimately, treating the patient based on the diagnosis given from the ray images I take. WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? I need to position the patient in a specific way to get a proper anatomical image, so when the patient is in pain it is hard to watch, even though I know it’s beneficial to them. ANY FUTURE GOALS? To excel in the basic skills of radiography such as general and trauma radiography and CT. I would also like to

specialise in mammography (breast imaging). EXPERIENCE VS FORMAL TRAINING? The two go hand in hand: Formal training gives you a baseline of how to position the patient and what exposure to give when doing ray images. Experience gives you the ability to manipulate what you have learnt according to your patient and their abilities and needs. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED? You need excellent communication skills, a caring nature, good observation skills, and the ability to work under pressure and use technologies. ADVICE FOR NEWCOMERS? Remember, it’s not just hightech machinery that you’re working with, the patient and their well-being always comes first.


PLUGGED IN AND SWITCHED ON “There is always IN AND work available for SWITCHED electricians because ON it’s one of the most


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PROFESSION? BECOME ANTHIS ELECTRICIAN? I enjoy Iworking with people and prefer on the enjoy working withbeing people road than in an office. There is always work available and prefer being out on the for electricians because it’s one of the most common than being in an trades,road and there is always a lot of stuck growth potential offiwork ce. is always when you forThere a well-known company. work available for electricians WHAT because TRAINING DID it’s YOU one UNDERGO of AND theWHERE most DID YOU DO IT? common trades, and there I did an apprenticeship section 28 with ECA and Train is always a lot of growth All training centre in Cape Town. potential when you work for DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB a well known company.




We mainly work on maintenance on electrical work in houses and small buildings – like plug points, WHAT TRAINING DID day YOU light fittings, earth leakages, etc. Every there is UNDERGO? something different and we are always needed.

I did an apprenticeship WHAT section ARE THE BEST 2 PARTS? with ECA and I enjoy a good team spirit, and when a client is happy Train All training centre in with my work. Cape Town. WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? I don’t like it when sometimes a client thinks they know what is wrong and overrun my decisions when 26 a| problem, POST MATRIC I’m fixing in the end2019 realising that I did intend to do the right thing. This is why you need lots of patience and good social skills!

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB We mainly work on maintenance on electrical work in houses and small buildings – like plug points, light fittings, earth leakages, etc. Every day there is something different and we are always needed.


OF WORKING AS AN ELECTRICIAN? I enjoy a good team spirit, andBEEN when a client is happy HAVE THERE HURDLES TO OVERCOME? I have found in this industry you have to keep withthat my work.


your focus and be positive because when I started it was not easy. I did not get a lot of help and not many WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE ABOUT companies wanted to hire me because I hardly had YOUR JOB? any experience.

I don’t like it when sometimes CAREERaHIGHLIGHTS? client thinks they know When I what resolve the by giving to is problem wrong andsatisfaction overrun the ones in need and I can look back and be proud of myexperience decisions when I’m how much I have gained. fixing a problem, in the end YOUR FUTURE GOALSthat ARE… realising I did intend to To find myself managing a big electrical company. do the right thing. This is why you need lots of patience HOW DOES EXPERIENCE WEIGH UP AGAINST and good social skills! FORMAL TRAINING? The more experience you get, the better equipped you are mentally and physically. HAVE THERE BEEN HURDLES TO

OVERCOME? WHAT MAKES A ‘GOOD’ ELECTRICIAN? I have found that in this An electrician needs dedication, passion and a hard you have to keep workingindustry ethos.

ARE THERE ANY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE? The highlight for me is when I resolve the problem at hand by giving satisfaction to the ones in need, and I can look back at my work and be proud of how much experience I have gained in the process.

common trades, and there is always a lot of growth potential when you work for a wellknown company”

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? I’d like to find myself managing a big electrical company in the not too distant future.

WHAT MAKES A ‘GOOD’ ELECTRICIAN? An electrician needs dedication, passion and a hard working ethos. Be professional and patient with clients.

HOW DOES EXPERIENCE WEIGH UP AGAINST FORMAL TRAINING? The more experience you get, the better equipped you are mentally and physically to deal with challenges.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER? Always be willing to learn and take on new opportunities that come your way. And never give up.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER? Always be willing to learn and take on new opportunities. Never give up.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED IN FILM AND PRODUCTION? Growing up, I was always fascinated by the media industry, but it all seemed like a distant future until I landed a job in Public Service Radio. Having worked in the Public Broadcasting Service arena for several years, serving, empowering and protecting the South African citizen through my job has almost become like second nature, and it’s certainly fun. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO AND WHEREABOUTS DID YOU DO IT? I studied for a BCom Marketing degree and a BCom Honours in Strategic Management. I studied both at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). In addition to that, I undertook the Management Advancement Programme with Wits Business School and also completed an Online Marketing Course at the University of Cape Town. HOW DOES EXPERIENCE COMPARE TO FORMAL TRAINING? One needs to complement qualifications with relevant on-the-job training and experience in order to reach the highest level of effectiveness. DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY Firstly, I plan for the day and prioritise key projects and tasks. A key component of my job is ensuring that all content (film, games, publications) that’s submitted to the FPB is classified in line with the FPB Act and the relevant classification guidelines,

and that content that is in cinemas and at various retailers and distributors is monitored to ensure compliance with our regulations. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Knowing that each day we are making a difference in at least one child’s life, in terms of what media content they are exposed to is satisfying. WHICH ASPECTS ARE YOU LEAST KEEN ON? The thought and the reality that we live in a society wherein certain individuals have made it their life mission to exploit and expose young children to inappropriate adult experiences, such as child pornography.

“You must be passionate about public service” WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER THUS FAR? Having worked in the media industry (Radio and Film and Publication Board) where my work touches millions of people and brings about positive change in their lives. YOUR FUTURE GOALS? Not even the sky is the limit for me. Due to the rapidly changing environment, I align my goals to environmental requirements at that point in time. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG PEOPLE STARTING OUT? You must be passionate about public service, and love working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. This is not a typical 8 to 5 job; it requires complete dedication, commitment and selfmotivation. DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Exciting • Fulfilling • Edifying POST MATRIC 2019 | 00

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? It sort of chose me… I wanted to join the army and went to the police station to get my fingerprints done, papers stamped and signed, but one of the sergeants there, who later became a ‘big brother’ / mentor to me, convinced me otherwise. So, I walked out with forms to join the police instead.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO AND WHERE? In 2000, I started in Cape Town Central as a community patrol officer and did my basic police training. Two years later I decided to become permanent police and was transferred to Kraaifontein, where I did Crime Prevention and Complaints. But it was too dangerous, so I joined the K-9 Unit. I did my Patrol Dog Handler’s course in 2006, and in 2008, my Explosives Dog Handler’s course. I went on to do the K-9 Narcotics course in Pretoria. Three years ago I started at Mowbray Police Station as Section Manager.

trusted colleagues and go on searches, finding things like stolen property, drugs. My hours are from 7:30am4pm/12am-8pm/10pm-6am. A crime intelligence officer gives us a pattern analysis once every month and I plan according to that. I decide my hours and I put in my time.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AS A POLICEWOMAN I start with coffee, check my wall planner, do some admin, then you’ll have a walk in visitor and the day starts to go in all sorts of directions. The homeless people in the area sometimes come in with a tip-off. I brief my

ANY HURDLES YOU’VE HAD ALONG THE WAY? Getting my job done while getting around corruption. It’s only a tiny handful of corrupt people, so we just have to keep doing what we are doing to stamp it out and serve the community.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love the interaction with people. I missed that at the Dog Unit. WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? People telling me what to do, and corruption.

WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT? When the community thanks you. They send letters of recognition and thanks to you or your station commander and then you feel that you’re making a difference. The police also rewards you with long-service medals every ten years. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? I would like to keep doing courses like the next firefighting course and also, the Basic Ambulance Assistance course (paramedic line; three weeks). IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO POLICE WORK? You have to be on a different level of crazy! You must be a strong person; be able to work with the community; you must be level-headed; be able to take a lot of stress, think on your feet and walk away in certain situations.

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WHY THIS PROFESSION? My mother would tell you that I was always a water baby. I grew up in Sea Point, so spent a lot of time in or near the sea. I often boogieboarded, and began diving and snorkelling at the age of 12. I am very comfortable in the sea and have always loved exploring its depths.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO? At the age of 16 I completed my first Open Water I scuba FREDDY LEMOINE diving course at the Dive COMMERCIAL DIVER Centre. I then ventured to the South of France Freddy Lemoine WHAT DOES YOUR JOB AS A and sailed around the COMMERCIAL DIVER COMMERCIAL DIVER ENTAIL? Mediterranean for two I am a commercial opportunity todiver find outby if you years. Upon my return to profession. During the under-water relics, as well as the actually have sea warm legs. South Africa I completed an summer months I dive for quest for finding treasure. Yes, amateur marine archaeology DESCRIBE TYPICAL DAY it is possible to feel passionate scrap metal found Aaround course at the Maritime As a commercial diverfor (perlemoen, Museum, which deepened about both! I strongly believe in shipwrecks, modern and metal and year treasure) I have to the preservation of artifacts the twofor weeks of the I dive my passion for the sea and prepare theperlemoen night before for an sake of history and art,out but also my allocated sparked my interest in both early startmy the next enjoy the challenge andquota. prospect However, realmorning: diving the conservation of ancient packed, safety equipment of seeking a potential fortune. passion liesgear in the great under-water relics, as well permits and documents challenge verified, of researching as the quest for finding WHAT TYPE OF PERSONALITY on for hand,undiscovered boat fuelled, aqualungs and hunting treasure. Yes, it is possible MAKES A GOOD DIVER? filledshipwrecks with air. We are usually a treasure from at to feel passionate about You need to be passionate about team of three people: one skipper the bottom of the ocean. both! I strongly believe in the the sea and her endless mysteries. to man the boat and two divers. It is also important to enjoy history, WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST searching for clues, and have | POST ABOUT2019 YOUR WORK? endurance and drive –28 you’ll spend MATRIC Escaping the daily humdrum into countless days at the archives just a world of serene beauty. trying to find one clue! You also have to be physically fit and have IS THERE ANYTHING YOU good sea legs in order to withstand PMKZN2019.indd choppy waters when on a boat. 30 DON’T YOU LIKE? The freezing-cold water in the

preservation of artifacts for the sake of history and art, but also enjoy the challenge and prospect of seeking a potential fortune. WHAT TYPE OF PERSONALITY MAKES A GOOD DIVER? You need to be passionate about the sea and her endless mysteries. It is also important to enjoy history, searching for clues, and have endurance and drive – you’ll spend countless days at the archives just trying to find one clue! You also have to be physically fit and have good sea legs in order to withstand choppy waters when on a boat out at sea. EXPERIENCE VS TRAINING? Formal training is fundamental and the only starting point. But experience gives one the opportunity to find out if you actually have sea legs. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY As a commercial diver (perlemoen, metal and treasure) I have to prepare the night before for an

early start the next morning: diving gear packed, safety equipment verified, permits and documents on hand, boat fuelled, aqualungs filled with air. We are usually a team of three people: one skipper to man the boat and two divers. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Escaping the daily humdrum into a world of serene beauty.

“My real passion lies in the great challenge of researching and hunting for undiscovered treasure” IS THERE ANYTHING YOU DON’T YOU LIKE? The freezing-cold water in the summer months. SHARE A FUTURE GOAL I dream about finding a treasure ship laden with coins!

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? I was always fascinated by the vast expanse of knowledge and technical skills associated with the Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance Industry. I was also intrigued with knowing that no internationally traded goods can enter or leave any country across the world without first being declared to the relevant customs authority by a skilled clearing and freight forwarding agent. This made it an obvious choice to safeguard job security and global employment prospects. WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I completed a skills programme in Customs Compliance and Freight Forwarding and went on to complete a Diploma in Freight Science. IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK? Yes. Someone who is systematic, pays attention to detail and is self-driven. IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Yes, definitely, since you are provided with a practical platform in which to further apply your skills. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY At DSV, I processed Customs Declarations, provided daily shipment status updates to clients, controlled files end to end, and coordinated freight forwarding of all shipment categories.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? I enjoyed the opportunity I’ve had to interact with clients from around the world and gain invaluable insight into the dynamics of global freight forwarding. And, now, the satisfaction of being a part of the team that develops young minds toward becoming top performers in the C&F industry. WHICH ASPECTS ARE YOU LEAST ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT? The volume of shipments handled can at times be daunting. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? My goals are to develop an unmatched rapport with all roleplayers within the C&F Industry and to help as many youngsters as possible discover the limitless opportunities that exist within the Maritime, Freight Handling and Freight Forwarding business environment. WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER? Being awarded Employee of the Quarter consecutively at DSV, becoming their youngest Senior Import Controller, and the opportunity to work with many blue chip clients. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER? Pay attention to detail, develop a systematic approach, develop good interpersonal skills, be prepared to put in the extra hours on the odd day and ask as many questions as you can. Also, formal training and certification are imperative to solidify your foundation. YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Best job ever! POST MATRIC 2019 | 00

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KEEPING FIGURES IN SHAPE WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING AND WHEREABOUTS DID YOU DO YOUR TRAINING? I trained in full function of basic accounting bookkeeping and business management. I attended Boston College and Achievers Business College.


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE BOOKKEEPING AS YOUR CAREER? I actually wanted to do personal training, and decided to work parttime as a receptionist to generate a decent income in the meantime. I ended up thoroughly enjoying the reception work, so I enrolled as a part-time student at college and have never looked back.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB AS A BOOKKEEPER I start off with coffee and the most important meal of the day: breakie. Next, I log on, attend to any accounting queries and quotations that are needed, capture all invoices (both debtors and creditors), receipt all payments that have gone out, check the bank statements, and deal with the debt collecting. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT THE WORK THAT YOU DO? Interacting with my colleagues and clients is rewarding; my job plays an important role in the finished product.

WHAT IS THE LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECT? I REALLY don’t like having to harass clients for money that they owe us. ANY HURDLES YOU’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH ALONG YOUR PATH? I had to take a cut in salary due to the poor economy of our country at the moment. I constantly have a battle with my mind, but keep pushing myself to try to remain positive and continue even when the going gets tough. WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT? I’m truly blessed, working with an amazing team; it feels like home to me. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? To set up a business from home doing bookkeeping, tourism and full-time missions. IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Yes, formal training is very important, but then so is in-house training. What I experience in the workplace

cannot be taught. I learn daily through trial and error. WHAT TRAITS DO YOU NEED TO DO THIS JOB OR WHAT TYPE OF PERSONALITY SUITS THIS WORK BEST? You must be a people person, be approachable, and, most importantly, be sharp with figures.

“Try and stay ahead with accounting packages: knowledge is power!” WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO GET INTO ADMINISTRATION? I would definitely tell them to try and stay ahead with accounting packages: knowledge is power! YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Stimulating, challenging and rewarding.



WHY THIS UNUSUAL CAREER? I have always had a keen interest in politics, conflict and terrorism, and how these phenomena shape both global and continental security. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO? We provide a broad range of clients analysis on the political and security risks posing a threat to their safety and interests across Africa. This includes providing bespoke analysis and forecasting on terrorism, government stability, crime and social unrest.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO? I completed a university degree in political studies, and further pursed an Honours degree in the same discipline. During my postgraduate studies, I was offered a position at a Danish-based political risk consultancy, which allowed me to use the skillset I acquired to earn a living. I have been trained in various internal and external research and analytical methodologies, including those used by security agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other related institutions. WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED? This industry is tailor-made for individuals who excel at working under continuous pressure, who enjoy doing research and who are able to make decisions with a degree of spontaneity. Given the amount of written and verbal communication the role entails, candidates should also be confident communicators.

EXPERIENCE VS TRAINING? While experience is always important, the training regimen provided by many organisations in this industry is comprehensive and will definitely compensate for any lack of practical experience for candidates who apply themselves. DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK Monitoring of classified, declassified and open source intelligence, which I then assess and present to clients in written briefs of varying length and depth; verbal assessments; compilation and coordination of contingency and evacuation plans, which are used by our clients in the event of a crisis that could impact their safety or business continuity. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Many facets of my work. For one, as an analyst, you are constantly exposed to information, which provides you with a broad

understanding of many issues that are topical and of public interest. Also, there is a fair degree of dynamism involved in the work. WHICH ASPECTS ARE YOU LEAST ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT? As our company operates on a 24/7 basis, 365 days per year, I am often required to work shifts that some people would perceive as unsociable. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHT TO DATE? There have been many. My analysis of the security threats across the African continent has been published by various media publications and think tanks. I am also often requested to provide insight on topical issues for major news networks such as CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC. I was just recently commissioned to author my first book on the Nigerian insurgent group, Boko Haram; something I consider to be a significant milestone.

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eeling sad, hopeless, depressed You are not alone As much as of outh Africa’s youth have this experience and a further 1 have attempted suicide at least once. It’s no big surprise – living in a country with hostile politics, high crime, an uncertain future and super expensive living costs can really mess with your mental health (and your matric exam results). ut with a few simple tools you can boost your mood and be a happier, more relaxed version of you. The added bonus is the ripple effect more energy, more focus, better results. o, take charge and try these winning strategies SLEEP ENOUGH Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling cranky, paranoid, and even make you hallucinate. Insomnia and irregular sleep patterns can also lead to depression and other more severe mental disorders. et at least 9 hours of solid sleep a night. n nights when you have to cram for tests or exams or have social plans, s uee e in a mid afternoon nap. hile it may seem impossible, stay off your cellphone for at least an hour before bed – those i i waves can really ap the uality of your sleep. True story

LIFESTYLE COACH KATLYN PRATCHETT SPELLS OUT HOW TO KEEP YOUR MOOD IN CHECK BY GETTING THOSE HAPPY CHEMICALS KICKING NATURALLY ACTIVATE YOURSELF Many youngsters in schools around the country get virtually no exercise – no school sports and no active time at home either. hen you are active, your brain releases a stack of mood boosting endorphins. This is exactly why exercise is often seen as a good antidote to stress, depression and anxiety. e active for at least half an hour a day, even if it means walking around at school during break time. EAT HEALTHY hile nothing beats pigging out on a pile of hotwings or a packet of reos every couple of days, it doesn’t do your mental health any favours. hat you eat feeds your entire body, including your brain. unk food makes you tired, makes your brain foggy – it brings you down. y eating healthy proteins like eggs and grilled chicken every day, your body will produce enough dopamine and tyrosine – the chemicals in your brain that keep you alert. If you’re a snacker, make sure they’re brain pick me ups like nuts, seeds and fruit. Avoid the bring me down food at the tuck shop by packing a healthy lunch. Those veggies your mom nags you about, and fish, can also do wonders for your mood and stress levels.

DITCH ALCOHOL AND DRUGS It’s a mistake to think that smoking a oint or downing a few beers (we all know there are those that ump the gun and try it before they’re 18) will take away the stress of a day at school or lift you up when you’re down. The reality is that alcohol and drugs can wreak havoc on your mood and mental health. Psychoactive drugs – weed, alcohol, ecstasy, tik – can enhance certain emotions while suppressing others, with long term abuse resulting in anything from depression to schi ophrenia. Peer pressure may be hard to overcome, but saying no’ to any potentially dangerous substances will seem worth it when you’re living a happy, successful life. HOBBY UP obbies relax you and take you on a natural high, helping with anxiety, depression and a bunch of other mental and emotional issues. And being the sport and music and art loving nation that we are, there are loads of options out there from soccer, netball, swimming or running to music, drama, art, dancing and martial arts. Many schools offer these as after school activities, so lack of funds can’t hold you back. POST MATRIC 2019 | 31

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y favourite pen at school was a Parker. It was a bulky device with a huge cap and runny ink I thought would run dry for sure if I didn’t keep the cap on at all times. Even though I had a Space Case, the Parker didn’t ride along with the ballpoints and pencils and other loser stationery. I carried it proudly in the breast pocket of my blazer. If I had had a leather briefcase, I would have carried it in there neatly clipped to the velvet inner lining of the lid. These days I see fewer pens than ever before. What I do see a lot of is students taking pictures of noticeboards with their smartphones and lecture halls filled with laptops – the only person in the room with a writing instrument the lecturer, standing at the front with a piece of chalk in his hand like an idiot. The thing is, I’m with the idiot. I don’t think a world where everything we write is done with a keyboard or our fingertips on a screen is a good thing. As any artist will tell you, using your body to draw or paint – even spray graffiti – allows for ideas and emotions to flow from brain through heart to hand. Now, writing with a pen (or pencil) does very much the same – it forces you to move your arm from one side of a page to the other. You might roll your tongue and bite down lightly on it to improve your concentration. You might lean in close to make sure you stay on the line, and when you do, you might just hear the tip of the pen scrape along the paper, physically inscribing your thoughts for as long as humanity will have them. What’s written on paper, stays there, especially when done so with an early 90s Parker Refiller Executive. Maybe I’m being paranoid. Maybe a world in which pens have gone extinct is still a way off – a world where Parker pens are on display in museums and the Space Cases the ‘old people’ carried them in are also there. A world where there’s nothing to chew on when the teacher is


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being insanely boring and, heaven forbid, nothing to use as a peashooter. Maybe we’ll have many more years scratching itches behind our ears and carving hearts on our desks. Maybe. Even if that is the (space) case, the fact remains we don’t write as much as we used to. And that means handwriting, more specifically, my handwriting, has gone backward. I physically tremble when I have to sign a birthday card, regardless of whether I know and cherish the person or not. In the world of writing, it’s one of the few places you have to get it right the first time and I rarely do. My handwriting is currently limited to all caps print that often comes out as all caps hieroglyphics. Everything I write looks like I’m screaming. (There was a time when I could write beautiful cursive – near perfect, in fact – but sadly the muscles in my hand seem to have forgotten how to draw the curl of a G and have it progress seamlessly into an A.) Many of you might remember, or are sitting at one reading this, the school desks with the tops that open up. The ones where everything slides off onto your lap if you don’t pin it down with your arms. The ones with bubblegum hard as rock stuck underneath the seats, in1978. At the top of those desks, where there’s that little channel for stationery you’ll see a round hole, one on each side. Know what that was for? Ink bottles. True story. Back in the day, people stuck their pens in pots of ink to make them write. In modern times you won’t find pots of ink at universities or colleges unless, perhaps, you’re studying art. And that’s a good thing – pots spill and ink stains. You will, however, still find pens dangling from mouths in libraries and jotting down notes in class. There will still be pens around to press corks into wine bottles with when you can’t find an opener (and have waited until you turned 18, of course). You might even find for sale in the stationery store the new Parker IM Premium Emerald Pearl with Quinkflow®. And that, also, is a good thing.

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