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EDITOR Samantha Collins ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER Clare Schenk PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Ursula Munnik ASSISTANT / COPY EDITOR Olivia Main CONTRIBUTORS Gavin Dudley, Christina Kennedy Kgomotso Moncho, Robbie Stammers Jo Spies, Peter Rudden NATIONAL SALES MANAGER Jan Weiss PROJECT SALES MANAGER Shakier Groenewald ADVERTISING SALES Aaminah van Oudtshoorn Mac Nell Andy Nicholson TEL 021 447 6467 FAX 021 447 6351 EMAIL POSTAL ADDRESS PO Box 44383, Claremont 7735, South Africa WEBSITE PUBLISHER Yes! Media CEO Deon Muller PRINTED BY CTP Printers Post Matric is published by Yes!Media. All copyright in material appearing in this magazine belongs to Yes! Media and/or the individual contributors. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the editor or Yes! Media. No responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions in the contents of the magazine.


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If I had to think of an analogy to sum up my high school days, the way they made me feel and what it took to make it through them, I would probably compare surviving that (potentially) hellish last year to surviving a season on the hit game show Survivor. There you are, giving it your all, day after day, cramming more into your head than you ever thought possible, performing under immense pressure, and doing so surrounded by a tribe of people – some friendly, some less so – who are in the same boat. There’s been a general lack of sleep, nerves are frayed, tension is running high, and everyone has their eye on the prize. The only difference here is that the result of your efforts will determine, not whether you win a million bucks, but whether you get to walk away with the clue to the hidden immunity idol: that coveted piece of paper that will guarantee you a place in the career game – your Matric certificate. The principles of survival, however, remain the same. Three things will get you through this difficult time: determination, solid planning and a cunning strategy. If you strategise your approach to ensure that you have spread yourself as broadly as possible, enlisting all the help available to you – be it learning aids, online resources, additional tutorials, etc. – and plan your time wisely, then stick rigidly to this schedule, there’s a very good chance that you will make it through the finals without your flame being extinguished. We’ve put together this edition of Post Matric in the hope that it will enrich and inspire you to be the best you can be, both during this challenging time, and on the exciting road that lies ahead. Now go out there and prove what you are made of. You have our vote.


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Stenden South Africa is a leading Private Higher Education Institution situated in Port Alfred. The institution offers full degree programmes in Disaster Management and Hospitality Management. With campus sites in five locations around the world, Stenden offers students the flexibility to do the Grand Tour, which means students can spend either one or two modules at any one of the Global Campus sites and return to Stenden South Africa to complete the degree. Stenden’s philosophy towards higher education is that the student should be at the centre of the learning experience and that learning should translate into knowledge, skills and attitudes that hold value in the relevant industry. We believe that good education is the result of how much a student is challenged to perform.

HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT Hospitality Management is a fascinating and rapidly changing industry that, both in South Africa and internationally, is in great need of well-educated professionals. Our study programme sets out to equip students with the necessary in-depth knowledge, skills and appropriate attitude to behave professionally in the hospitality environment. Our industry partners include Mantis, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Tsogo Sun and Olery.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT Stenden South Africa’s BBA in Disaster Management is a four-year degree, including an internship in the final year. This innovative degree is accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and benchmarked at NQF Level 8 – an honours level qualification. Recent research indicated that there is a shortage in disaster management skills and that there are approximately 400 000 jobs available in the disaster management sector internationally. What’s missing is up-to-date training that evolves as the world constantly seeks new safety methods and requirements. The qualification is in collaboration with industry partners such as the Port Elizabeth International Airport, South African National Defence Force and South African Weather Service.

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It took a lot of determination in the face of adversity, but Asnath Mahapa knew that one day she would be sitting in the pilot’s seat.

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For many young people in South Africa a university education seems unobtainable, but that doesn’t need to stop you getting a firstrate tertiary qualification.



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Experienced students share tips on how to survive first-year in tertiary education.


We chat to KZN’s first-ever black female oncologist, Dr S’thembile Ngidi, about acheiving her dreams, and her desire to pave the way for others to do the same.


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A message to the matric class of 2016. From Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe, MP.

Our government and country has adopted a long-term vision and plan called the National Development Plan. It outlines a vision of the kind of country we want to be in 2030 and a plan of how to achieve that vision.The NDP highlights the importance of education in addressing many of the challenges facing our country today. One of the key priorities for our country is to grow the economy so that we can effectively address poverty, and to do this we need skilled people; Similarly, in order for people to secure employment they need to be educated. The greater the level of education and skills an individual achieves, the higher the salary they can earn and, in the process, begin to reduce income inequality. The NDP sets targets of a higher pass rate in matric, with a greater focus on subjects such as mathematics and science. It identifies the problem of too many young people dropping out before completing their matric and it sets goals for improving the quality of teaching in schools, colleges and universities to ensure that our young people obtain the best education possible. The NDP inspires us as follows: By 2030, South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality, leading to significantly improved learning outcomes. The performance of South African learners in international standardised tests should be comparable to the performance of learners from countries at a similar level of development and with similar levels of access. Government has introduced a bursary scheme called Fundza Lushaka, aimed at attracting young people into the teaching profession. Government is also offering career advice services in the form of a Career Development Services Helpline that you can call or send an SMS or “Please Call Me� for advice on career choices. To cater for those with access to internet, the National Career Advice Portal (NCAP) provides access to information about career options. Many of you will have challenges in your respective lives right now that can make this choice even harder, such as additional responsibilities at home, unsafe neighbourhoods, peer pressure in terms of drugs and crime, but keep focussing on your goals. It is not enough to just pass; your aim should not be to get the Certificate pass but to pass at Bachelor level so that TVETs and universities can compete for you.You need to pass very well in order to increase your chances for further training. Matric represents a milestone in the education of every child; it represents 12 years of sweat and perseverance. As you prepare for the National Senior Certificate exams, know that government is behind you and wishes you success. You can change this country to be better by taking advantage of the education that is provided for you. Make us proud, we believe in you.


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Earn While You Learn The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority, known as ‘MICT SETA’, was established in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 and is responsible for skills development in the Advertising, Electronic Media and Film, Electronics, Information Technology, and Telecommunications subsectors. MICT SETA offers Learnership, Internships, Skills Programmes and Bursaries.

What is a learnership? A learnership is a structured learning programme that consists of a theoretical and practical component and that leads to a qualification that is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). A learnership provides a learner with an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the labour market while studying towards a qualification. A learnership is regulated by a formal contract (learnership agreement) between an employer, a learner and a training provider. An employer can enter into learnership agreements with existing employees or with learners who are not employees. If the employer enters into a learnership agreement with a learner who is not an employee, the employer is not obliged to employ the learner when the learnership ends.

Who should participate in a learnership? A learnership involves three main parties: • The learner (employed and Unemployed) • The training provider and • The employer.

What is a Graduate Internship? An internship is a period of work experience offered by an employer to give graduates exposure to the working environment, often within a specific industry, which relates to their field of study.

Internships are usually undertaken by graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field. MICT SETA encourages unemployed graduates to apply for the programme. The internship usually involves just the intern as a potential employee to a company and the potential employer.

Who can apply for a learnership or an internship? The employer applies for these programmes. Individuals can only participate in internships through an employer. Potential learners interested in taking part in the programmes may apply for an opportunity to be recruited by sending their CVs to or

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Here’s a simple solution to the problem of moving large amounts between PCs and mobile devices. This flash drive has a microUSB plug on one end and a full-sized USB plug on the other, with up to 64GB of storage on board, so you plug in to upload files from one device, remove and plug in again to download them onto another. There’s also a version that uses the Lighting connector found on recent iPhones and iPads.

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Instamatic cameras, which print out their own photos, were replaced by smartphone selfies and Instagram but now, like vinyl records and single-speed bicycles, the hipsters are bringing them back. At nearly R20 a photo, it's not cheap, but the new Instax Wide produces a print that's less square and more like the proportions of a smartphone screen. And you'll only share it with the people who were with you to create that magical moment.



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Better known for their funky street styling, it’s easy to overlook the under-the-skin improvements that have come to the Skullcandy range. These almost boringlooking wireless Bluetooth buds are our sleeper hit of the year, delivering exciting but wellbalanced sound and an easy, comfortable fit. The cherry on top is the optional neckband, which keeps things neat and tidy.



There is almost nothing separating the top phones – with their lightning-fast processors and pin-sharp screens – from insanely great cameras. But LG’s new flagship has struck out on a bold new path. At the press of a button you can slide out the base of the phone and clip on one of two upgrades: a module to play high definition audio files, or a camera control with a zoom wheel and shutter button. More of these addons, called “Friends”, are expected during the year.


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SA’s first black female pilot proves the sky’s the limit. By Christina Kennedy

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, S G N I W E HAV L E V A R T L L I W Twenty years ago, Asnath Mahapa had never even set foot in an aeroplane. But she was determined to beat the odds and today, as South Africa’s first black woman commercial pilot, she flies for SAA and has established her own aviation school east of Johannesburg. It hasn’t been easy, but the 36-year-old mother of two hasn’t allowed gender obstacles to stand in the way of achieving her dream. As a pioneering force in the arena of local aviation, she is opening doors for young people – especially women – to fly high and soar above society’s expectations. From her office at the African College of Aviation at Rand Airport in Germiston, this Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year nominee recalls: “Back in the 1990s, you hardly heard of any black person flying. I’d never been in an aeroplane myself. And growing up in a rural area (in Limpopo), you hardly ever saw planes close up – apart from fighter jets practising, which scared us more than anything else.” But she had been fascinated by flying since she was 13. “I wanted to try it. I think it’s got a lot to do with personalities – I like being challenged, I like order. Things must be done properly – I lose my mind if they’re not. So I told my dad I wanted to become a pilot.” But Mahapa’s father wasn’t keen for his daughter to dabble in this ‘non-familiar thing’, and so the bright matriculant enrolled at the University of Cape Town to study electrical engineering. But she wasn’t happy. “It just didn’t work for me right from the start,” she confesses.

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INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE “I felt stupid and didn’t enjoy it at all. I called home and told them I couldn’t do it any more. In the meantime I was applying at SAA to find out what’s going on.” But the national airline turned down her application. Undaunted, she decided to go it alone, determined to become a pilot no matter what it took. So, in 1998 she began training to obtain her PPL (private pilot licence) through a Port Elizabeth flight academy. The following year, after clocking up 200 hours of flying, “When I was younger, I went for she secured her commercial pilot licence whatever I wanted. I never gave up.” (CPL). She was just 20 when she qualified, and 2012, eager to nurture future was still bright-eyed and idealistic. she joined SAA and became the generations of aviators. Currently, “That licence should open doors first African woman to acquire about six budding female pilots to look for opportunities in the job an airline transport pilot licence (as well as a number of men) are market. But in reality it was very in South Africa. But even then working towards obtaining their different, because everywhere I’d “it was not easy to get in; it’s a commercial licences, and another go they would ask for experience.” constant fight”. seven are finishing their PPL. Without the right contacts in In between, she flew for a Some of the trainees’ studies the commercial aviation industry, private company into war-torn Mahapa found herself out in the African countries such as Burundi, are funded by the government, while others are enrolled in their cold. “The whole of 2000 I didn’t Chad and Sudan. This mainly private capacity. have a job. I may have been the entailed transporting workers “Especially black women are first black woman commercial from aid organisations such as still going through what I went pilot in South Africa, which I the World Food Programme and through in 1999,” she observes. didn’t realise at the time, but it Red Cross. “I’ve seen people spending a lot was a rude awakening,” she recalls. “It was fun, but I wouldn’t do it of money and giving up along the “My rarefied status has never now,” she laughs. “It taught me a way because there was no one opened doors.” lot, and gave me independence there, holding their hand. Mahapa ended up joining the because I was flying a lot. I had I can at least guide them – I’ve South African National Defence a close call one night, when the been there, I can relate and I’ve Force for two years. But even then rebels’ missiles were targeting been through far worse.” she had to fight to get in, because the president’s house and we She wants to help squash the the air force didn’t recognise her were nearby. For me, that was perception that being a pilot is not qualifications. So the budding the worst.” a women’s profession, and that aviator had to swallow her pride Today, Mahapa usually pilots they can be anything they want and start from scratch. an Airbus 320 or 319 for SAA, as to be. Here, she quotes Nigerian “I realised it was the only way,” senior first officer (Africa), flying author Chimamanda Adichie’s she says matter-of-factly, without to destinations such as the Dar words about the stifling of self-pity, “even though I was es Salaam, Libreville and Nairobi. dreams: “We say to girls: grounded and couldn’t fly (initially).” She also serves as an in-flight ‘You can have ambition, but Despite having a tough time of it, relief pilot on the Airbus 340 on not too much’.” Mahapa obtained her pilots’ licence overseas flights. “There is a desperate need (again) through the air force. “I get paid to see the world,” to train up pilots, particularly she quips. “It’s one of the perks Eventually she managed to from previously disadvantaged of the job.” She founded the get into SA Express and, after backgrounds,” says Mahapa. African College of Aviation in undertaking mainly local flights, POST MATRIC 2016 | 17

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When I was younger, I went for whatever I wanted. I never gave up.” But it’s no picnic being a pioneer: “You carry this load on your shoulders all the time – I can’t mess up; I can’t fail. It’s not just about me – it’s about all these girls who want to become pilots. You have to be a role model and still be a mother – you get home, you’re tired. It’s hard. But it’s gratifying to be able to change the way our little girls think.” What does she enjoy most about being a pilot? “A good landing… When the wind is pumping and it’s bumpy and you’ve put the plane down nicely – that does it for me. You fight for a good landing!”

The reality is that a shortage of pilots worldwide is looming. Even up until recently, Mahapa has had an uphill battle to be recognised for what she does. She has never expected respect on the basis of her status as the country’s first black woman pilot, preferring to be judged on her merits and performance. But she has had to put up with suspicion, sexism and discrimination in her slow path up the ladder. “The ‘old guard’ initially resented it when they were forced to fly with black pilots, and having a female pilot in the cockpit was even worse for them,” she relates.

“They didn’t have a problem with me personally, but with what I represented,” she remembers. “It was more than a glass ceiling: people couldn’t accept me. It was humiliating. I got annoyed that my intelligence was being tested, and I became radical. I wasn’t popular! But I continued fighting.” But, adds Mahapa, “I think there’s a grudging respect coming through now.” She reflects: “When I look back at young Asnath, I was more assertive and fought for what I believed in. As you mature, you start calculating your moves more and compromising.



The African College of Aviation, located at Rand Airport in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, is South Africa’s first 100% African-owned flight school. Its seasoned instructors offer pilot training programmes for: • Student pilot licence • Private pilot licence • Night rating training (to fly at night) • Instrument training • Commercial pilot licence • Instructors’ rating (to become a flight instructor) • Multi-engine type rating (to fly a multi-engine aircraft). Contact: The African College of Aviation Tel: (011) 824 0536 Email: Website:

• You need a good matric pass, with maths and science. • Enrol at a good flying school that is accredited with the South African Civil Aviation Authority. • First train to get your private pilot licence (PPL) – you will need a minimum of 45 hours of flying time on your own and with instructors (entitles you to fly a plane privately and carry non-paying passengers). • Then start working towards your commercial pilot licence (CPL) – you will need a minimum of 200 hours of flying time (entitles you to pilot a plane and carry paying passengers for a commercial airline). • To get into a small airline, you’ll need to log at least 1000 hours. • You will need to pass a medical test. • To apply for a bursary to a flight academy, contact the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) by visiting

WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU NEED? • Discipline:“This career has a lot to do with discipline. If you don’t have discipline, you’re not going to last. We’re all human but you have to keep error to a minimum.” • Passion • Commitment • An ability to juggle your personal and professional lives: “It’s not ideal (to have both a family and a career as a pilot), but not impossible. You can have it all.” • An ability to think quickly, calculate and respond on the spot • A fear of heights may not be an obstacle: “I don’t particularly like heights, but being in a plane is completely different to being on the edge of a building.”

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NO DEGREE? JUST CHILL… So you can’t go to university? Don’t stress! From colleges to ‘learning while you earn’, there are plenty of other ways to get a foot in the workplace door.

Some of the world’s greatest trailblazers are university dropouts: actor Brad Pitt, talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey, music icon Lady Gaga and ace guitarist Eric Clapton never completed their degrees. Neither did Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple pioneer Steve Jobs or CNN tycoon Ted Turner. Abraham Lincoln left school at 12 to help out on the family farm – and he went on to become US President! In other words, many of society’s most admired go-getters have achieved great success outside the halls of academia, proving that you don’t need a degree to make a difference. So, take heart if you either didn’t crack the nod for university or can’t attend one for whatever reason. There is every reason to believe that you can still achieve personal and career success without a degree. OK, it’s no secret that having a university degree can open doors for you – you are certainly far more employable after graduating than those with no studies behind them at all. But it’s not the be-all and end-all. There are loads of decent jobs out there that don’t require that coveted piece of paper. And remember, if you have a good business brain on you, you may eventually have the luxury (and satisfaction) of writing your own pay cheque. Why not capitalise on your talents, skills and interests and forge a successful career by enrolling at a college, taking up an apprenticeship or signing up for an internship that appeals to you? The government has placed artisanal and technical skills (such as electricians, millwrights, nurses, fitters and turners, boiler-makers, carpenters, plumbers, diesel mechanics and welders) high on the scarce and critical skills list. In other words, these skills will be key to transforming the labour market, sparking economic growth and creating jobs in the areas of infrastructure development, housing and energy. Information and communications technology (ICT) skills are also going to be critical if we are to follow global trends and move towards a knowledge-based economy. The upshot is: if you choose to study or train for a vocation that addresses South Africa’s critical skills shortage, you shouldn’t struggle to find a job.

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Here are some career-focused alternatives to university: PRIVATE COLLEGES You could opt to attend a registered private college. These institutions offer tailored diplomas or certificates that are aimed at producing graduates who are trained and well-equipped to enter the workplace. Independent colleges may be dedicated to, for example, nursing, fitness, accounting and business skills, while others offer more general fields of study. Some operate as private universities, offering degrees instead of diplomas. Established brands, like AFDA, Boston, Damelin, Intec, Varsity College and Monash South Africa have a solid track record and credentials. But look out for flyby-nights! Make sure your desired college complies with industry standards: it must be accredited by Umalusi on behalf of the Department of Higher Education and Training, and its courses must be registered with the South African Qualifications Authority.

Otherwise, you may get a nasty shock when you find that your hard-earned qualification is not worth the paper it’s printed on. That’s why it’s important to do your homework in advance. There are pros and cons to private colleges and universities. They generally charge far higher tuition fees (in some cases, more than double) than their public counterparts do, because they receive no state subsidy. But often the entrance requirements are not as strict, so you have a better chance of being accepted.

PUBLIC COLLEGES/ VOCATIONAL TRAINING South Africa has 50 registered and accredited Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, which have recently been rebranded as Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. They operate on more than 250 campuses spread across the country’s urban and rural areas.

Despite the government subsidising them to the tune of about R8 billion per year, these public colleges don’t have the most glowing reputation. The general perception is that school-leavers will get an inferior education there. But the higher education and training department says it is pulling out the stops to transform and improve these institutions. At the moment they have an enrolment of about 700 000 students, but the plan is for this number to reach 1.2 million by the year 2020. This is because these colleges can impart a number of the country’s in-demand skills through job-specific or occupational training – at an affordable price, which is highly relevant in the light of the #FeesMustFall protests. But why should you opt for a public technical college? If you choose an approved one with a good reputation, you’ll gain practical skills and training in a field that makes you highly employable, especially if you are considering becoming an artisan or technician. POST MATRIC 2016 | 21

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VARSITY ALTERNATIVES Some of these colleges require only a Grade 9 or Grade 10 certificate, making them accessible to the average would-be student. They also offer vocational instruction to high school-age children who are able to obtain the technical equivalent of a matric. A college diploma can also serve as a bridging course for admission to universities of technology (the former technikons).

up work experience and it will also show anyone looking at your CV that you are a caring and socially responsible citizen.

Checklist: Is my college legit?

South Africa’s shortage of skilled tradespeople and artisans means that there are great opportunities in the hands-on ‘learn while you earn’ category. An apprenticeship is generally trade-based, while a learnership is usually profession-based. Both are connected to on-thejob workplace training. Several companies (such as SABMiller, Clicks, ArcelorMittal, Massmart, the major banks, Transnet) offer learnerships, where you work while studying and training towards your chosen qualification. These occupational learnerships, which are funded by employers via the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), combine theory and practical elements and are aimed at addressing the specific needs of the labour market. A trade apprenticeship also combines workplace and formal learning, and is based on an agreement between the individual who wants to learn the skill and the employer who needs a skilled worker – a win-win situation. You will gain practical skills on-site under the watchful eye and supervision of a qualified tradesman. In the case of both apprenticeships and learnerships, you will earn a salary while working towards what is essentially a free qualification. Because you are taught valuable skills in a practical environment, you have an excellent chance of securing a decent job at the end of your training.

✔ Check the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) level of your prospective qualification against the requirements of the marketplace. ✔ An NQF-registered grading means it is a nationally recognised qualification. ✔ Is the college accredited and can it produce a registration number? ✔ What NQF level are its diplomas, certificates and degrees? ✔ How much does the course cost, and are there flexible payment options? ✔ Are there any hidden costs, such as study materials and registration fees? ✔ What study resources – such as libraries, computers and internet – are available to students? ✔ Does it have a good reputation in the job market? ✔ Check out for a list of accredited and recommended colleges. ✔ Consult the South African Qualifications Authority website for info and careers advice –

INTERNSHIPS Interning – which usually involves working for a small stipend – is a valuable way to notch up professional skills, knowledge and experience. It’s also a great option if you’re thinking of taking a gap year after matric. A shorter-term version of interning is job shadowing, which usually only lasts for a few days so you can get the inside track on the day-to-day workings of a particular profession or career. Job seekers often complain they can’t get a foot in the door of any company because they lack experience. But by interning, you gain valuable real-world experience and references to beef up your CV. This, in turn, makes you more employable. The downside? Often you’ll get paid very little as an intern (perhaps just enough to cover your transport expenses), or

even nothing at all. And you may have to do the menial tasks around the office that no one else wants to do. But if the company is impressed with your spirit and enthusiasm, you may be offered a permanent (and paying) position at the end of the internship. Your boss may even be able to finance your salary from the government’s youth wage subsidy scheme. So, it’s definitely worth considering approaching a company and offering to work for mahala. By starting at the bottom and working your way up, you’ll be able to get closely acquainted with a particular industry. Alternatively, if you’re at a loose end, volunteer at your local SPCA, church, children’s shelter, soup kitchen or old age home. That way, you will notch


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Dear Agony Auntie Help me beat the varsity blues! I COMPLETED MY SCHOOL EDUCATION OUTSIDE SOUTH AFRICA. CAN I STILL REGISTER FOR A BACHELOR DEGREE? Yes, you can. You’ll need to apply for a certificate of conditional matric exemption to the Matriculation Board, which will evaluate your school qualification. Visit the Higher Education Enrolment Services Programme at

WHEN DO UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATIONS CLOSE FOR MOST SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES? They usually close at the end of September, the year before you intend going to study. But some close as early as June or July. So apply in good time! You can often apply online to avoid queues and red tape, but sometimes your documentation must be submitted in person or via courier.

WHAT RESULTS DO I NEED TO SUBMIT WHEN APPLYING? You must submit a certified copy of your final Grade 11 results, as well as your Grade 12 interim/ prelim results. You’ll also need to pay a non-refundable application fee of between R50 and R300 per university you apply to.

I HAVEN’T A CLUE WHAT TO STUDY. HELP! Choosing what to study is a huge decision and shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. Ask yourself a few key questions: • What are your values and ambitions? What things are important to you?

• What are you good at? Are you academically or practically inclined? Should you opt for a vocation-based diploma rather than a theory-oriented degree? • Why do you want to work – for money, for personal fulfillment, for the challenge, to serve others, to create something? • Think back to a task or project you really enjoyed. What did you like most; what motivated you? • Will the career you’re thinking of suit the sort of lifestyle you want? For example, will it involve irregular hours, a lot of travelling away from your family, or excessive pressure? • Check job adverts. Will the salary be suitable for your needs? Is there a demand for the type of career you’re considering? • Do you meet the entry requirements? If not, can you improve your marks and reapply? • For how many years are you prepared to study? And can you afford it? • Are you prepared to opt for parttime or distance-learning options, or must it be on-site learning? You can also speak to a career guidance counsellor at your school or the institution where you want to study, or pay to consult a professional counsellor who may give you a vocational aptitude test.

rewrite subjects via correspondence or distance learning. An alternative is to ask your district or regional education department office about writing a supplementary exam. Contact your school, the Matriculation Board, Umalusi ( or the Department of Higher Education and Training ( for a list of accredited colleges.


Yes. If you are 23 and older, you are regarded as a “mature student” and can apply for a conditional matric exemption certificate. Many academic institutions will accept you even if your original matric marks prevented you from studying at the time.

Go back to the school where you wrote your matric and re-register to take those subjects. You can also redo certain subjects through a college – it’s even possible to

WHAT IS RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING? Recognition of Prior Learning (or RPL) is when a tertiary institution accepts you into a field of study based on your experience and/ or qualifications. This includes both formal education (certificate, diploma or degree) and informal learning (including relevant workplace experience and community work). Approach Universities South Africa ( or a university with a copy of your matric certificate and details of your work experience. They will evaluate your application before issuing you with a certificate that recognises your prior learning.


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The dream of a free university education is still some way off in South Africa. But there are several funding options to help you clinch that degree or diploma. We all know about the #FeesMustFall student protests that swept across the country in 2015. University students, fed up with the skyrocketing cost of tuition, demanded an end to fee hikes. And they scored a historic victory by forcing the government to put a freeze on fee increases, while the feasibility of fee-free education is being investigated. So, while that may be good news for thousands of current and future students out there, the battle has only been half won: for the time being, you still have to find the money to fund your studies.

But the dilemma most would-be students face is: where to start? The good news is that if you put in the effort, you could get a bursary or a scholarship, or at the very least a student loan to ease the financial burden. The bad news is that despite the fees freeze, a university education is still very expensive. For example, at the University of the Witwatersrand you will have to make a minimum payment of more than R9 000 towards your studies before you enrol, unless you can show that your financial circumstances prevent you from doing so. At Wits, first-year tuition fees in 2016 ranged from R29 000 for a BEd and R32 000 for an LLB to to R42 000 for a BCom

to R58 000 for a BSc in health sciences. And fees for a catering residence, with all meals and accommodation provided, were pegged at between R48 000 and R61 000 a year. That means you’re R100 000 out of pocket, and that’s before you’ve even factored in transport, toiletries, books and socialising! And private colleges can cost even more. It’s pretty terrifying, right? But there’s no need to panic. If you do your homework and are smart about applying for financial aid, you could soon be well on your way to graduating with that prized scroll in your hands. The first place to start is the government-sponsored National Student Financial Aid Scheme,

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where you can get a low-interest loan that may be converted to a bursary, depending on your performance at your chosen college or university. Approach the financial aid office at the tertiary institution of your choosing, and get advice on which bursaries, scholarships and loans you are eligible for. You may be pleasantly surprised! Get in early with your funding applications and don’t wait till the last minute. See what’s best for you – if you don’t qualify for a bursary based on academic merit, perhaps a loan repayable over a certain term is a better option for you. The last thing you want is to take out a loan and subsequently

quit your studies – but still have to #PayBackTheMoney! So make sure you have the staying power to pursue a particular study path right to the end. Ask yourself these questions: Is your chosen degree or diploma course ideally suited to your abilities and personality? Will you be able to find a job at the end of it? What are the scarce skills that are in demand in the marketplace? Apply at local, provincial and national government departments, and at companies in your desired sector. Expect several letters of rejection but never give up – there is a bursary, loan or scholarship out there with your name on it!

If you do your homework and are smart about applying for financial aid, you could soon be well on your way to graduating with that prized scroll in your hands.

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• In 2015, South Africa’s matric pass rate was 70.7%, representing a drop of more than 5% from the previous year. Out of nearly 800 000 learners who wrote matric last year, about 166 000 qualified for admission to a bachelor’s degree. • Remember: A matric pass with university exemption does NOT guarantee you a place at a university. South Africa does not have enough places at its 25 public universities to cater for the demand from matriculants who want to study towards bachelor’s degrees. It’s been reported that only one in eight matrics who apply to universities will be accepted. • Many universities don’t think a matric certificate holds much value and you may be subject to an entrance test before being considered for some courses. • The national unemployment rate is about 24.5%, but that figure is almost double for young South Africans aged 30 and younger. But even in this tough economic climate, it’s estimated that only 7% of degree graduates are unemployed, and that only 12% of artisans with a trade won’t find work. So it’s in your best interests to pursue higher education.

• It’s vitally important to choose the correct subjects in Grade 10, ones that will help you ease your way into your dream career. Don’t just take the easiest subjects that you’re most likely to pass! • Find out what the minimum admission requirements are for the degree, diploma or certificate course you want to follow. Make sure you don’t merely meet those minimum standards, but exceed them. Popular courses are usually oversubscribed and you could be denied a place, even if you qualify for it on paper. • Attend the open days of universities and colleges, and gather information on all the funding options. • First impressions count, so make sure your CV is a knockout! It must look professional and neat. Get someone to proofread it for errors. Include any volunteer, church, NGO or holiday work you have done, especially if it’s relevant to your studies. • Have certified copies made of your results (Grade 11 and/or prelims) and your ID document. This can be done for free at your local police station.

• A bursary is a study grant that you don’t need to repay – unless you fail in your studies. But there may be conditions attached, such as doing volunteer work or maintaining a certain level of academic performance. • A bursary is based on financial need, while a scholarship is usually merit-based (artistic, academic or sporting ability). But you still need good marks to ensure you’re at the front of the funding queue. • Find out what marks you need to qualify for a bursary. Again, aim for higher marks than the minimum requirements. The better you fare academically, the better your chances of finding funding. • Apply early! The closing date for some bursary schemes can be as early as 12 months in advance of you starting your studies. • Apply for as many bursaries as you possibly can. • Invest in a copy of The Bursary Register (it costs about R120). This booklet will show you how to compile a CV, apply for bursaries, scholarships and loans. It will also give you tips on how to conduct yourself at an interview. Find it at bookshops, libraries and tertiary institutions’ financial aid offices. • Visit www.bursaries-southafrica. for a handy online (and searchable) database of all bursaries available in the country.


FUNDING OPTIONS TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS • Apply for a bursary at the university or college where you intend to study. Visit, email or phone their financial aid office well in advance to find out more. • Many of these bursaries are only made available to South African citizens.

• Once you are enrolled at university, you may also qualify for an academic merit award based on your results during your first year of study. • Some universities also offer partial bursaries for art, cultural, sporting or leadership achievements at school.

THE PRIVATE SECTOR • Many companies – particularly those operating in the scarce and critical skills sectors, such as mining and engineering – award contract bursaries.

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These often have conditions attached, such as: o You have to pass your subjects – otherwise you must pay for the courses you fail o You will be contractually bounded to work at the company for a specified number of years after completing your studies o You will be required to study in a field specified by the company (e.g. BCom Accounting, BSc Engineering). • Companies that award bursaries include: Spoornet, Transnet, Sasol, Absa, Anglo American, Gold Fields, Anglo Platinum, Eskom, Sasol, Iscor, De Beers, Edgars, SA Breweries, Harmony, Mintek, AECI, Engen, Group 5, Murray & Roberts, PPC, the SA Institute of Race Relations, the SA Weather Service, Vodacom and Old Mutual. • Eduloan is a private company that provides loans to students whose parents are permanently employed. Visit

GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS • Approach your local municipality, or the provincial or national government department relevant to your studies – they often have a number of bursaries up for grabs. • The Funza Lushaka bursary scheme, for example, is open to students studying for a teaching qualification. Visit www.funzalushaka.doe. for more details.

THE NATIONAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SCHEME (NSFAS) • The Department of Higher Education and Training’s National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) awards study loans and bursaries to financially needy and academically competent South African undergraduate students.

• In the 2016 academic year, NSFAS was given a R10 billion budget and expected to fund more than 400 000 students. • Students at the 26 public universities and 50 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges can apply for loans ranging from R2 000 to R30 000 to cover tuition, accommodation, transport, food and textbook costs. • You can’t apply for a NSFAS loan if you intend to study at a private college or university. • The scheme offers study loans at a low interest rate (below the repo rate) without the need for surety, and you only have to begin your repayments once you are earning R30 000 a year. You do, however, need to prove that your household income is less than R122 000 a year. • If you pass all your courses, you could get 40% of your NSFAS loan converted into a bursary. But if you fail or drop out, you’ll have to repay every cent. • NSFAS also administers bursary funds for aspiring teachers, social workers and those studying in scarce-skills disciplines, and FET college bursaries. • Apply through your university’s financial aid bureau, or contact NSFAS at 0860 NSFAS (067327). You can also email info@ or apply online at

STUDY WHILE YOU WORK • If you’re already working, why not find out if your employer can pay for your studies? Larger companies have to pay a skills development levy, which goes to Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and the Skills Development Fund. These funds are available to finance the training of a company’s own employees.

• Employers can claim a SARS refund if they train their workers. So, if you want to study through your company – as long as it is related to your job – you could get your tuition paid by your boss. Bonus!

BANK LOANS • All the major banks offer student loans, to be repaid with interest once you’ve completed your studies. You will need someone to sign surety for you. • South African citizens and non-South Africans with valid study permits can apply for these study loans, which can be taken out for studies at a university, FET college or SA Qualifications Authorityaccredited private college. Contact the big four banks: • Standard Bank: 0860 123 000, • First National Bank: 0860 100 762, • ABSA: 0860 100 372, • Nedbank: 0860 555 111,


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IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING One can go far in this life when armed with a well-thought-out plan and a bucketload of grit. Just take the good doctor, for example... By Kgomotso Moncho Recently, Dr S’thembile Ngidi, 32, made history when she graduated from the College of Medicine South Africa as KwaZulu-Natal’s first-ever black female oncologist – and only the country’s second. She admits this does come with some pressure, but she uses it to spur her on and to encourage others to get to where she is. This, together with her fierce determination and fearless attitude, makes her a force to be reckoned with. It’s been part of her grand plan to impact the world in a significant way. “I’ve always wanted to be different, to make a mark and leave a legacy. I look up to people like Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Richard Branson, and Hamilton Naki, who taught

himself science. I’ve also adopted the Adidas line ‘Impossible Is Nothing’ as my philosophy. I understand my worth and I know I belong here,” she says. As we speak, the importance of having a plan is something that comes up a lot, clearly a characteristic of her work ethic. In a month’s time Dr Ngidi will be completing her Master’s in Radiation Oncology, which is her specialty. Her plan to become a doctor was kick-started when, as an asthmatic little girl, she would marvel at how doctors had the ability to put a smile on the face of an ailing child. This had such a profound impact on her that she made up her mind well before her teens that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. She wanted to wear that white coat.

“I’ve always wanted to be different, to make a mark and leave a legacy.” The daughter of a nurse and a social worker, Dr Ngidi, who works at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, is from Port Shepstone and grew up in Gamalakhe township. She rates the support of her parents as monumental to her triumph. “My parents are very strict. As much as I grew up in a township, I was restricted to being indoors. I had to be home by a certain time. In order to watch TV, you had to earn that privilege by getting certain marks at school.”

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opportunities do exist in the various spheres of the health sector. I’m a specialist today because I got a helping hand from the department. I believe that people need to know that those opportunities do exist.” Oncology deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is one of the most rapidly-evolving areas of modern medicine due to technological advances and the ever-increasing understanding of cancer.

She attributes her success to sheer hard work and understanding the importance of devising a plan and sticking to it. “It’s always good to know from the word go what you want in your life, because then you can chart your life. I picked my subjects carefully, and then I performed at a certain level. I made sure I got the points I needed to get into medicine, and exceeded that just to get in. “My parents taught me that you can accomplish any goal, so long as you put your mind to it. I don’t believe in impossible. I thought to myself, ‘there’s no black female oncologist in KZN. That’s where I want to be’.” Getting excellent marks was part of her study plan; the main objective being to get above 70% for all her subjects, especially Biology, Science, Mathematics and English. “You need to start early because universities are always looking for high performers,” Dr Ngidi emphasises. “That’s how you get recognised.” A bookworm and selfconfessed ‘nerd’, she got four distinctions in matric.

She then pursued her medical studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson Mandela School of Medicine from 2002 until 2006. After doing her two-year internship, followed by one year of community service on her way to becoming a doctor, she then worked as a medical officer in the ARV clinic at KwaMashu Polyclinic in 2010. She obtained a medical officer post in oncology later that year. In 2012, she got a registrar post at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Radiation Oncology. She credits the KwaZuluNatal Department of Health for changing her life by awarding her a bursary to pursue her studies. “I had academic colours in high school. After being approached by the university and invited to study, I applied for a bursary with the Department of Health. That was a huge relief for us… when I actually got sponsored to fulfill my dreams. “Even with the student protests that we’ve been seeing, I always encourage people to apply for bursaries in the Health Department because

“I believe that people need to know that those opportunities do exist.” Dr Ngidi was attracted to it because there’s such a broad scope for research within this young scientific field, one that only came into existence in the 19th century. With ongoing research including Cancer Immunotherapy, which ‘wakes up’ a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer, it seems there are promising developments that aim to beat cancer in the not-sodistant future. “Cancer need not only be doom and gloom. Diseases are evolving and we’re beginning to target treatment at a molecular level. Right now in South Africa we’re doing things to change our surroundings.” In terms of Radiation Oncology – the treatment of cancer using radiation – Dr Ngidi believes SA is also doing well. “We have ideal machines for treatment and we have made good strides, but more still needs to be done. I got into the field because of its vast scope for research and advancement. POST MATRIC 2016 | 35

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I want to invent something,” she says. She believes, however, that early detection, regular pap smears and health screenings, as well as a healthy lifestyle, are still some of the best strategies to beat cancer. “If cancer is treated early, it can actually be cured.

So, what we always preach is that, ‘if you feel a lump, don’t waste any time’. Come forward and get it checked. We need to destigmatise disease and accelerate health education. It’s something that all of us, including the media, need to do.” After getting her Master’s in Radiation Oncology, Dr Ngidi

plans on obtaining a PhD in the field. “There are very few people with a PhD in my field,” she says. There is no stopping her. Dr Ngidi hopes her life story will inspire others who might want to follow in her footsteps. She is a great believer in building yourself, building your country and leaving a legacy.


Radiation oncology refers to the medical specialty that uses radiation (X-rays, gamma rays or electrons) to treat cancer. It is one of three main specialties, the other two being medical and surgical oncology, involved in the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses beams of intense energy to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy most often gets its power from X-rays, but the power can also come from protons or other types of energy. The high-energy beams come from a machine that aims these beams at the problematic point on your body that requires radiation treatment.


• Broaden your mind. Read a • Don’t be afraid. Decide what lot; Google is a good tool. you want to do, have a plan Research your field and think and align things in such a way outside the box. Don’t get into that you can get there. Nothing a market that’s oversaturated. comes easy; you need to be If you do your research, you’ll prepared to work. If you want know where you need to go. be a doctor, study hard and • Have a positive self-image and pick the right subjects. You don’t limit yourself in your must have goals and dreams: abilities. I face a lot of racism that’s the essence of life. in my work, but I use any • Early preparation is one of the discouragement to spur me on. most important building blocks. It’s important to understand Start getting good marks early your worth. I always tell myself, on; your consistency and hard ‘I belong here’. And I read work will get you noticed by the Maya Angelou poem, the right people. You have to Phenomenal Woman to myself. make people want you.

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he Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, told Parliament that science and technology could be the answer to challenges faced by young people in the country. Delivering the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) 2016/17 Budget Vote on 19 April in Parliament, the Minister said that the DST would pilot a grassroots innovation initiative in this financial year, focusing on supporting young innovators and technology entrepreneurs in the informal sector and in marginalised communities. A recent youth social profile report released by Statistics South Africa revealed that structural factors such as a lack of education and skills development are largely the problems faced by South Africa's youth. It also found that the new generation of black Africans – between 25 and 34 years – are less skilled than their parents, as well as every other race and age group. "The Department of Science and Technology funds various initiatives directed at improving the education and socioeconomic status of our youth. Science and technology can play an ef fective role in addressing the challenges faced by young people," said the Minister. She added that in 2015/16 the DST supported 1 276 youths through the Technology Innovation Agency. This included support for 52 youthowned SMEs, 951 youth-owned SMEs that receive support from the Technology Stations Programme, and 273 individuals trained through the Youth Skills Development Programme, with 85 of them receiving international training. Minister Pandor said that the DST was the largest funder of postgraduate students in the country:

"We will continue to support more young people and ensure that they learn how to create businesses and social enterprises, using advances in technology and knowledge." She said that the Department had invested R741 million to support some 14 500 postgraduate students (9 715 or 67% of them black and 8 265 or 57% of them female).

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As part of the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy, the Department had allocated R20 million to supporting aquaculture activities in marginalised coastal communities, with a focus on women and the youth. The Minister said her plan was to expand mLab Southern Africa, a mobile solutions laboratory and start-up accelerator designed to help young information and communication technology entrepreneurs. "An allocation of R6 million to the project will allow us to expand the initiative beyond Gauteng and the Western Cape to the Northern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. We also want to reach young people in Soweto, Mamelodi and Soshanguve." This year the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will support 50 students through the Data Science Skills Development Programme. Last year, 33 third-year Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Statistics students were trained. Students in this programme provide datarelated business solutions to various stakeholders, including government departments and industry.

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ard work pays of f; the adage rings true for a group of young scientists who competed with the world’s best and emerged at the top. Today is the second day of a two-day workshop organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for eight young scientists, who were selected to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany in June this year. The DST is hosting them as part of a send-of f for them ahead of next month’s meeting, where they will meet over 30 Nobel laureates. The successful participants are outstanding students under the age of 35 in the field of physics, which is the focus of this year’s meeting. They were selected after a multistage international selection process. Dr Luyanda Noto, a postdoctoral student in the physical sciences at the University of the Free State, is one of the eight young South Africans selected. He described the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as something that could motivate other young scientists in the country to work even harder.

“This is a chance for us as young scientists to learn from the best so that we can improve the calibre of scientists in South Africa,” said Noto. He said that meeting with the cream of the world’s crop of outstanding scientists would boost his confidence and encourage him to emulate their example and become a future leader in South African science.

Dr Auf Der Heyde said South Africa was working hard to be counted among the best in the world in terms of quality research outputs and innovation, and to meet the targets set out in the National Development Plan. “You must embrace this opportunity and the value it can bring to the development of your careers,” he said, urging the young scientists to build networks, seek excellence to enhance their career opportunities, and be aware of the complexities of where they were coming from. The group will leave for the meeting in June accompanied by the Association of Science of South Africa’s CEO, Prof. Roseanne Diab, and one of South Africa’s award-winning science journalists, Sarah Wild. The meeting was also attended by Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting alumnae. Dr Koofhethile Kegakilwe, who has a PhD in immunology, described her experienced there in 2014 as having changed her perspective on science completely. With her interest in HIV research, she was excited to meet Nobel prize-winner Dr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a French virologist who per formed some of the fundamental work in the identification of HIV as the cause of Aids. Dr Kegakilwe said this meeting motivated her to persevere and succeed. Her current research is focused on understanding HIV controllers people who have strong immune responses to HIV and who may hold the key to finding an ef fective HIV vaccine.

Nicholas Engelbrecht (North West University), Sphumelele Ndlovu and Adriana Marais (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Siyambonga Matshawule (University of the Western Cape), Agnes Mbonyiryivuze and Gregory Jackson (University of Cape Town), and Sidiki Zongo (University of South Africa) were also selected to attend the meeting. Speaking at the send-of f, the DST’s Dr Thomas Auf Der Heyde urged the students not to forget where they were coming from, and encouraged them to be ambassadors for science in South Africa.

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ombining social media like Facebook and Twitter with data science could prove valuable in solving real problems facing South Africa today. This kind of innovation proved popular among thirty young university students who participated in the Department of Science and Technology Data Science for Impact and Decision Enhancement (DSIDE) programme. The programme was implemented by the CSIR. Data science employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas, among others, extracting knowledge and insights from data in various forms. The students, who came from universities all over the country, were either in their third or final year of undergraduate studies in the fields of engineering, computer science, business informatics and statistics. The programme culminated in an exhibition held in the Department of Science and Technology foyer on 4 February. The projects had a common theme of adapting a visual analytics framework with goals that included understanding the data set through interactive visual exploration and model development. One of the projects, the Crime and Public Safety Incident Detection using Social Media, could prove very valuable in fighting crime in the country. This project aims to use social media data to locate possible crime or public safety incidents. To do this, the students focus on the detection, extraction and accuracy of information contained in posts on Facebook and Twitter. As such, the project developed methods to collect data from social media, extract location information, categorise incidents and calculate analytics to be visualised for an analyst.

When people visit the health facility they get registered on the HPRS system before proceeding to other sections for medical attention. The goal of this project is to analyse and model the patients’ visits. Another project, SMARTNDP (aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP)), proposes the development of an analysis and visualisation toolkit for policy makers to gain further insights into the way service delivery is being conducted in line with the NDP. In recent years, government service delivery has become increasingly technologydependent, and the way that policy makers interact with the NDP should therefore reflect this. ADST Planning and Per formance Dashboard was another innovation showcased at the exhibition. Every year the DST undertakes a survey of government funding for scientific and technological activities (STAs) across national government. Data is collected from national government departments that either fund or per form STAs, and there is an inventory of 29 national government departments that fall into this category; these are included in each round of the data collection.This dashboard aims to provide further insights into funding activities that may not be obvious through a paper-based medium.

Addressing health care disparities requires the full involvement of organisations that have existing infrastructure for quality measurement and improvement. The Health Patient Registration System (HPRS), developed by the CSIR for the Department of Health, facilitates the registration of individuals who use public health services.

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ive matric learners from the Northern Cape town of Carnarvon are benefitting from the Square Kilometre Array South Africa’s (SKA SA) Human Capital Development Programme, after obtaining matric exemptions in the 2015 National Senior Certificate examination. The learners, all from Carnarvon High School, will receive full bursaries for undergraduate studies. They are all set to study degrees in science-related fields. Anver Adams (18), Janethon de Klerk (18), Kyle Henderson (18), Cedwill Abdol (17) and Bradley Bosman (17) all per formed well in mathematics and physical science and have applied to study in science related fields such as BSc, BSc Computer Science, BSc Data Science, Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University of the Free State, Sol Plaatje University, North-West University, University of the Western Cape and University of Johannesburg. “Our goal is to ensure sustainability for the SKA and that site engineers be drawn from the local community and in turn provide a way for local young people to achieve their dreams of greatness through science. It is the first time that learners from the school with support from SKA SA have obtained matric results with exemptions to further their studies in science related fields,” says Dr Rob Adam, Project Director of SKA SA. Itumeleng Molefi, the physical science educator at Carnarvon High School, could not contain his pride: “Some of the learners come from severely challenging backgrounds and it is only through their own perseverance and determination that they have succeeded. We worked very hard and I am happy to see that they now have the chance to attend university because of their own ef forts,” says Molefi. Sam Rametse, Professional Officer: Schools and Outreach in the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme, says that the organisation is very proud of the learners. “We are reaping the benefits of appointing a science educator at Carnarvon High School who took the learners from Carnarvon and surrounding areas under his wing. It is due to his hard work that we see this success and we look forward to supporting the students in their further studies,” says Rametse.

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The SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme started in 2005 and has assisted more than 730 learners to study in science and engineering related fields at tertiary institutions.

Bradley Bosman: “I am glad that we persevered. It was very dif ficult at times because we did not have a science teacher in Grade 10. From Grade 11 onwards it was much easier after Mr Molefi joined the school.” Cedwill Abdol: “It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity and I am thankful for all the support that I had. I would like to improve my circumstances and will do anything to achieve my dreams.” Kyle Henderson: “My matric year was made easier knowing that I had the support of SKA SA for further studies. This motivated me to study harder and put in more effort above and beyond attending classes. I am looking forward to my future because I know that I have excellent privileges and opportunities.” Janethon de Klerk: “What you put in is what you will gain, and I want to work much harder because I do not want to disappoint my sponsors and support team. My results could have been much better, but I have confidence that I am capable of so much more,” she says. Janethon is keen on pursuing a BSc degree at the University of the Free State and has a special interest in astronomy. Anver Adams: “The matric year was a great one because I knew that I had the support of SKA SA. I knew that I had to put in all my effort and just pass and the rest will be taken care of. I am proud of my achievements and look forward to the future.”

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY? As a teenager, I didn’t know what it was about. I was awarded a bursary by the Department of Defense to study it and seized the opportunity. In essence, occupational therapy chose me. When I discovered that it was about empowering people to function at their full potential with whatever physical, mental or development deficit they may have, I knew that this was the right profession for me.

WHAT TRAINING HAVE YOU DONE? I completed my four-year Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria. I then did a postgraduate course in Functional Capacity Evaluation, offered by Dr Campbell from Occupational Rehabilitation Services Ltd Scotland. I also received training in the Australian-based job fit system and obtained certification in Practical Labour Law from the University of South Africa.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? The strain placed on our families as occupational therapists. The work we do has a big impact on the client or patient we are servicing. One often has to sacrifice personal time in order to ensure

that deadlines that may affect your client or patient are met, in order to ensure their well-being. This is, at times, overwhelming and not always properly understood by some families.

WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? Establishing my own company, Limitless Occupational Therapy Services, as it gave me the opportunity to explore the profession even more and allowed my creativity to flow, while applying core principles of occupational therapy.

IN YOUR LINE OF WORK, IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Yes, definitely. Our approach to patient handling is client centred. Therefore, the more patients and conditions you are exposed to, the more developed your skills will be to handle different cases efficiently.


Vital character traits to possess in the profession of occupational therapy include empathy, care, patience, good social skills, discipline, diligence, and the innate ability to extract the best “#EmpoweringPeople to out of anyone who function at their full potential.” interacts with you.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? I would like to see occupational therapy playing a more active and involved role in organisations, assisting with the formulation of employee assistance programmes and employee wellness programmes. Occupational therapists are experts when it comes to productivity management and disability management in the workplace and we are yet to own the space in the corporate environment.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER? Make sure that you gain exposure and experience in all the different facets of occupational therapy. These include physical and mental rehabilitation, paediatric work, medico-legal work and vocational rehabilitation. This will aid you in making informed decisions as to which field you are best suited for.

YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Rewarding, challenging and fun.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? Because it gives me the opportunity to be involved creatively in many varied projects. I can work on my own terms within the constraints of whichever project I am involved in.

YOU HAVE AN UNUSUAL CAREER. EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS THAT YOU DO I build models, which is a collective term for a large variety of items. The most common are architectural, topographical and landscaping models. We also make replicas and demonstration models, and build displays and exhibits, often with interactive lighting and sound.

CAN YOU TRAIN AS A MODEL BUILDER? There are no recognised training programmes. Some do give instruction in model building, for instance in interior design and some architectural courses, though the skills taught in these modules are generally not well suited. I started working for a model building and exhibition design business in 1979. My skills and knowledge have been built up over years of practical experience.

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY There is no such thing as a typical day, though the workday often requires long hours. The job you

are busy with tends to take over your mind, so even when you aren’t in the studio you are thinking about what needs to be done. Most days require time to be spent on research and identifying opportunities, marketing, client liaison, and production – which is, of course, the main task.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? The moment when, after many weeks or months of work, all the pieces come together. The surprise and enjoyment when the client sees his complete model for the first time is also wonderful.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? There are many tasks that are quite tedious in the process of making all the components. The part of my business I like the least is keeping up with administrative tasks!

WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? The work can be sporadic at times and it is difficult to ensure a constant flow of projects. The role of models has also changed and we have had to change with it. This means adopting new technologies, such as 3D printing and lasercutting. We also have to stay up to date with new materials, while remembering the classical model building skills and techniques.

WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER? It would have to be building a model of The Lost City at Sun City in the Pilanesberg.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? My goal is to build a sustainable business that will be the preferred supplier for the best solutions to our clients. Our medium-term goal is to own our studio property.

EXPERIENCE VS FORMAL TRAINING? Experience is definitely the most valuable in this field.

“Always think of #Solutions, not problems.”

IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK? To be a model builder you have to be a meticulous and patient person, but above all you must be prepared to do the long hours and never give up.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT? Do not think this job is like playing. It is hard work and you will make many mistakes, but the rewards are great. Always think of solutions, not problems.

YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Imagine • Interpret • Involve

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WHAT GOT YOU INTO THE FIELD OF EVENT MANAGEMENT? My dreams of being a ‘party planner’ all started when I was 12 years old; I attended a wedding that blew my mind. I couldn’t believe the décor, flowers, food and the way everybody and everything looked so beautiful and elegant. I made a descision that day that I would do it as a profession.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ACTUALLY DO? I have been focused on international and domestic events for the last ten years. A year ago, I took on an unusual challenge, assisting with the project management of Avenue, a new event venue. It’s a little different to creating an event, but the planning, research and implementation is the same.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO AND WHERE? I studied at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. I completed a 4-year BA (Hons) Degree in Event Management. Some of my most valuable training was the first year of working.

this, I do the financial aspects of the venue and events, sales and marketing, and client liaison.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? I enjoy creating events and the feeling of knowing that a client is happy with what you have created for them. It’s a great achievement.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? Sometimes I struggle with the long, exhausting hours!

WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? There are many small and large hurdles in the events business. Every event has its challenges, and not everything goes according to plan. You have to be ready to do crisis management at any point.

WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? I was headhunted to work for FIFA for the World Cup 2010 South Africa team. My responsibility was running the hospitality and ticketing at Ellis Park Stadium.



There isn’t really a typical day in the events industry. Each day brings on its own challenges and demands. Depending if it’s a build day, event day or break day, I am on-site with suppliers and clients. Inbetween

My current goal is to turn Avenue into an internationally recognised conference centre and venue within the first two years of opening. It’s a tough goal and the competition is fierce.

Technology is always advancing, so it’s important to keep up to date.

IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Experience is key in the events industry. There are always good and bad experiences in every event, you need to take those experiences and learn from them.

ARE THERE CERTAIN TRAITS ONE REQUIRES IN THIS INDUSTRY? Absolutely, you need to love working with people, but you also need to be organised and dedicated to your work. It’s not always as glamorous at it seems.

“You have to be ready to do #CrisisManagement at any point.”

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT WITHIN THE EVENTS INDUSTRY? Starting off at the bottom allows you to gain good insight into the industry. It also allows you to gain the fundamental organisational and administrative skills. It’s important to try your best to gain valuable exposure to the many different elements of event management.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE AN INTERNAL AUDITOR? I think I was just in the right place at the right time. After I learnt about internal auditing, I felt I could identify with the idea of having a broad understanding of a business or an organisation, in other words a helicopter view, and the ability to take a deep dive into specific areas. As a youngster I wanted to be a medical doctor, so the close association between what doctors do (checking the health of the human body) and what internal auditors do (checking the health of an organisation) appealed to me. Looking back now, I can proudly say it was the right choice.

WHAT TRAINING DO YOU ADVISE FOR A PERSON WANTING TO ENTER THE INTERNAL AUDITING PROFESSION? The basic academic qualification is an internal audit degree, however, due to the nature of work done by internal auditors, qualifications in finance, business, marketing, engineering, IT, and cybersecurity (especially in recent times) are also relevant. Once you have obtained your academic qualification, you should build your competence through the Institute of Internal Auditors’ learnerships, the IAT and PIA. You should also take advantage of opportunities to gain exposure in other parts of an organisation (secondments to other divisions). Finally, I would encourage all internal auditors to be certified.

“An internal auditor must have integrity and an #EnquiringMind.”

WHAT DO INTERNAL AUDITORS DO? Internal auditors provide comfort to stakeholders (usually internal stakeholders and oversight structures) about the likelihood of achieving an organisation’s goals in a cost-effective, responsible and ethical manner.


Technical skills are highly important for being an effective internal auditor, though nontechnical attributes are equally important. An internal auditor must have integrity and an enquiring mind. You have to be a negotiator, a business analyst, a good communicator, a team player,

comfortable with change, service orientated, courageous, and should possess business acumen.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? I enjoy the changing business, governance and risk landscape; laws and regulations; and globalisation. I am also fascinated with developments in information and communication technology, such as the internet and cloud computing; competition (including disruptors), mergers, acquisitions, and other organisational restructuring; and issues related to the global marketplace. These areas all contribute to the chaotic and ambiguous state in which internal audit operates. I like the fact that internal audit deals with various aspects of an organisation; the job remains exciting that way. I particularly like being able to contribute to solving difficult, complex organisational problems and assisting in the realisation of business opportunities. We help organisations to become more efficient, save costs, and protect and enhance enterprise value by contributing to building stakeholder confidence.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A PALAEONTOLOGIST? It was my honours year at UCT and I was still uncertain as to which field in geology I would pursue. Geology provides various subdisciplines; invertebrate palaeontology is one of them. My honours project required me to study the remains of small, strange little marine organisms called foraminifera. I was intrigued and immediately developed a keen interest in the study of creatures that lived millions of years ago.

questions about animals and extinct species that lived millions of years ago.

DESCRIBE WHAT GOES ON DURING A TYPICAL DAY AT THE MUSEUM Few days are the same and this is also what makes this profession interesting. I look through the fossil collections – see they are updated, do work in the laboratory, present lectures to students, and consult on fossils that members of the public have made enquiries about. Certain days also require that I undertake fieldwork.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? “Palaeontologists are passionate about #Fossils.”

Unravelling the secrets of a fossil that have been kept hidden throughout millions of years.



I completed my Honours degree in Geology a few years ago at the University of Cape Town and went on to do my Master’s degree.

Palaeontology is a very handson profession. Formal training provides the foundation on which experience is built.



Palaeontologists are passionate about fossils. Our work requires dedication and seeks to answer

When my research output proved to be valuable to an offshore mining company.

SHARE SOME OF YOUR CAREER GOALS FOR THE FUTURE My immediate goals are to complete my MSc and PhD degrees. I envisage the establishment and expansion of invertebrate palaeontology at certain universities to encourage and expose students to it. I would also like to see, and be actively involved in, an exhibit on the evolution of invertebrate animals through time.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSIDERING THIS AS A CAREER? Invertebrate palaeontology is certainly not a monotonous career. It can be used in various fields of study such as geology, entomology, zoology, etc. In this line of work you will grow in what you do; every day is about learning something different and interesting. So, if you are fascinated by history and you love to learn, this could be the career for you.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROFESSION IN THREE WORDS Fascinating • Rewarding • Interdisciplinary

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BE A BEAUTICIAN? From an early age I wanted to be a nurse. While I was at high school, I worked as a receptionist over the weekends and spent school holidays working at a beauty clinic. Everything changed thereafter, I fell in love with the beauty industry and decided to pursue it instead.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO? I completed two years Classique Nail and Beauty academic training and did other modules at the Institute of Thai Massage South Africa. I also attended a Beauty Specialist Training Centre.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD BEAUTICIAN? They must love working with clients and making people feel beautiful and happy. You need to be patient and able to create a relaxing environment.

IS EXPERIENCE MORE IMPORTANT THAN TRAINING? Formal training is vital in this industry, although with experience you learn even more each day. We work with dermatologists, doctors, physios – you name it!

Products and equipment change all the time, so you need to stay abreast of advancements in technology.

DESCRIBE A DAY AT WORK In the morning, I check that the clinic is clean and whether clients have birthdays on that day. I listen to messages, book clients, phone and remind clients of their appointments and ask about their last treatments. I do stocktaking, stock the rooms with products and towels and then tidy myself up before clients arrive. I offer them tea or coffee, but suggest they drink water as this is important before a treatment. Then we get on with the treatments themselves.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? My clients, they keep me motivated. They are like family and even when I am off work, I can’t wait to get back! I also enjoy working alongside my colleagues, we make such a nice team.


WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS? To open my own salon – I’ve got the experience now and would love to run my own business.

“Even when I am off #Work, I can’t wait to get back!”

ADVICE FOR YOUNGSTERS STARTING OUT? It’s a good career – you can lecture, work from home, you can take it anywhere. I want to say to those who have lost hope that it’s never too late. If you are working in another job during the day there are always beauty training centres that run night courses. Mothers with babies can choose to do the modules they like gradually and take it from there. Don’t give up!

YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Glamour • Beautilicious • Superb


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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? I think I always had a passion for research. I seem to think it originated at the age of about 12, when I conducted a research project on the death penalty. This made the decision to become an academic a natural one, where research is combined with teaching and mentoring students to conduct research.

IF YOU HAVE A MORE UNUSUAL CAREER, PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS THAT YOU DO I am an epidemiologist, which means I study disease distribution in societies, and factors that influence disease. My current research is on schizophrenia and the factors that influence the onset of schizophrenia. I also teach epidemiology at Stellenbosch University to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO, AND WHERE? I have five degrees. I studied a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT), followed by an honours degree, also at UCT. During this year, I became interested in human language, disability, the human brain and behaviour. I registered for a Master’s in Public Health at UCT, which led to a PhD degree at Stellenbosch University.

The research for my PhD encapsulated the disciplines of health, disability and human behaviour. I also completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York, which made me more proficient at statistics, a very necessary aspect of research.



I would like to remain in academia, attract research funding from international bodies, and mentor students from different backgrounds to pursue stimulating and rewarding research careers.

I spend most of the day interrogating data, writing research papers alone and collaboratively with colleagues, and thinking up new ideas for research. I also give lectures to students and meet with students about their projects.


The mentorship I have received has shaped me as a mentor to my students. I never tell students they can’t achieve something but rather encourage them to achieve their own realistic goals.


“The #Mentorship I have received has shaped me as a mentor to my students.”

I have a passion for research and discovery but also love the interaction with students.




Research can be lonely and difficult at times. It also requires a great deal of organisation and management. New research projects can also be quite daunting.

WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? I think the crossover of discipline from humanities to health sciences was tough, but the interdisciplinary aspect of my work is also rewarding.

Yes, it certainly is!

Patience is a good quality, and perhaps determination.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER? I would encourage passion for one’s work, resilience, determination, never giving up and discipline.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Stimulating, gruelling and rewarding!

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? One should choose a profession that you find interesting and that challenges your skills, in order for you to grow personally and professionally. I saw the actuarial profession as the perfect fit to accomplish these life goals.

EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS THAT YOU DO The role of an actuary is to make financial sense of the future by measuring the probability and risk of future events.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I attended the University of Stellenbosch, where I completed a BCom Honours Degree in Actuarial Science. After university, I completed the remaining subjects, while focusing on my career. It is also a requirement to continue developing your skills through an organised system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), facilitated by ASSA.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB There is no such thing as a typical day, due to my role as part of the executive team. It could be a day where I need to focus on technical work, such as product development and pricing, determining liability

values (reserving), making sure solvency requirements are met, or monitoring the actual claims experience versus the expected claims experience. On other days, I could be meeting with current and/or potential clients, engaging with the compliance team, assisting the marketing team or setting up new structures.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? Finding a solution: actuarial work, and business in general, is solution driven, and when you find the solution to a problem there is a mixed feeling of excitement, relief and the need to do it again.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? To be honest, I enjoy all aspects of my work. In any career you need to enjoy it. There might be aspects that you prefer above others, but as a whole you need to love what you do.

WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? My biggest hurdle to date has been to build on my capacity to recognise and use emotional information to guide my thinking and behaviour (emotional quotient) alongside the technical thinking that is embedded from an actuarial perspective (intelligence quotient).

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE HIGHLIGHTS? Meeting several influential individuals, being part of the growth of a company and structuring new ventures.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? My focus is on business, and it might sound clichéd, but in the near future I would like to run my own company.

IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? I have come to learn that formal training, which is extremely important, is only the building block of a successful career. Within business there are things that formal training cannot teach you, things that are only learned through experience.

“Make #FinancialSense of the future.”

ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING OUT? Don’t fool yourself into thinking it is an easy road, there will no doubt be bumps and pitfalls, but hard work will get you to where you want to go.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Technical • Responsibility • Fun

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AN OVERVIEW OF THE NANOTECHNOLOGY PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME (NPEP) The NPEP is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and implemented by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF). Launched in early 2008, the NPEP programme aims to promote credible, fact-based understanding of nanotechnology through awareness, dialogue and education to enable informed decisionmaking on nanotechnology innovations to improve the quality of life. The objectives of the Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme are to: • Create awareness around nanotechnology; • Educate the public on, and enhance their understanding of nanotechnology; • Enable and stimulate meaningful public debate around nanotechnology; • Stimulate interest in nanotechnology and nanoscience as a career in order to ensure long-term capacity building in the field; and • Get industry involved in the development of nanotechnology and taking the lead in nanotechnology innovation. The success of any awareness programme depends largely on how the message being conveyed is formulated and/ or articulated. For a variety of reasons, different societal groupings require different forms of information formulation and articulation. To enable the articulation of information to suit the needs of different societal groupings, the target

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audience has been divided into four categories, namely: (1) Learners, (2) Science Community, (3) General Public and (4) Industry. The main purpose of the NPEP is to implement the activities aimed at informing and educating the public about nanoscience and nanotechnology. The NPEP is therefore part of the implementation of the National Nanotechnology Strategy.

NANOTECHNOLOGY AS A CAREER IN SOUTH AFRICA Nanotechnology has been pronounced as the science of the miniature, and the technology of the future. It is one of the most exciting and widest areas of research which may lead to the greatest technological advances of the 21st century. Nanotechnology can be defined as the application of science, engineering and technology to develop novel materials and devices in different fields in the nano-range. While nanotechnology is popular overseas, in SA it is still in its initial stage. Many SA universities and scientific institutions are now doing research and development (R&D) in this field. The scope and application of nanotechnology is overwhelming. It is one of the most diverse fields and the hottest topic for many scientists and engineers. The interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience and nanotechnology allows for study in many fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, environmental science, agriculture, medicine, law, business, pharmacy, social science, e.g. ethics, etc. This has resulted in the opening up of job opportunities worldwide.

To pursue a career in the field of nanotechnology, candidates must possess a BSc degree qualification in the subject. Then they can register for both Honours or Masters to postdoctoral degrees in nanotechnology. The equivalent of this is typically a master’s or doctoraI degree in any of the physical sciences and engineering fields (e.g. chemistry, physics, biology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electronics, etc.) or pharmacy and medicine, where the degree is completed by research involving the exploitation of nanostructured materials (synthesis, properties and/or application).

NANOTECHNOLOGY AS A CAREER ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Candidates who wish to obtain a PhD/ DTech in any field in SA must have passed their high school (Matric), and have a BSc degree, BSc honours degree, and an MSc degree from a reputable institution in SA. The same route applies to obtaining a qualification in nanotechnology. Since nanotechnology is a new field of study in SA, the curriculum is still being developed, and since this involves different disciplines (e.g. physics, engineering, materials science, chemistry, biology), each discipline has its own eligibility criteria depending on the level of difficulty of the programme or the nature of the curriculum. Therefore, the criteria presented below are more generic in the South African context. Anybody who aspires to pursue a career in nanotechnology can contact the respective department at their university of choice for specific requirements.

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WHICH HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECTS ARE RECOMMENDED? Doing well in the sciences and mathematics is the first step necessary for an individual to become a nanotechnologist. Candidates at high school must strive to obtain points above the minimum entry requirements for a BSc degree in order to be considered. A mark above 60% in any of the science subjects is highly recommended. Universities generally have their own point systems with clear minimum requirements for any of the measures in the biological, physical, earth, mathematical or health sciences, as well as engineering (chemical, mechanical, industrial, metallurgical, electrical, etc.). This and more information can be obtained at faculty administrative offices as well as SA university websites. Since nanotechnology is multidisciplinary, it is up to the candidates to decide in which field (e.g. life sciences or engineering) they wish to obtain their BSc degrees. The driving factor is the candidate’s passion and strength in that field.

Some PhD students from the Chemistry Department, Wits University, studying carbon nanotubes using electron microscope.

WHERE CAN ONE STUDY TO BECOME A NANOTECHNOLOGIST IN SOUTH AFRICA? Most SA universities are now providing postgraduate degrees by research project in nanotechnology. Many SA universities do research in partnership with industry (e.g. Sasol, Element 6, Rand Water, Eskom etc.), research centres (e.g. CSIR, Mintek, NECSA, etc.) and other international universities around the world. Details of the research topics (master’s and PhD level) can be obtained



Science, engineering and technology have the potential to solve many of the challenges we face today. We at the South African Agency of Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) are passionate about people and science that improves lives. We seek to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. Chat to us on facebook SAASTA

from the institutions’ websites, which can be found by searching the name of the institution online. Institutions to search for include: • National Research Foundation (NRF) • The DST/NRF Centre of Excellence In Strong Materials (CoE-SM) • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) • Sasol NRFSAASTA


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The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) is a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF) which aims to advance awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. SAASTA manages and implements outreach and awareness programmes funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), namely the Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme (NPEP) and Hydrogen Public Awareness and Demonstration Platform (HYSA PADP), Public Understanding of Biotechnology (PUB) and Bloodhound (BH).

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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 sense of belonging, but that wasn’t enough. 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 alot of patience.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO, AND WHERE? I studied Hospitality Management: ND Professional Cookery at the Cape Town Hotel School, CPUT.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? 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. Most of us refuse to admit that you can always learn something through someone else’s work.

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.



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.

WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? 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.


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.”

“I feel at home when I’m in the #PastryKitchen.”

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER? Always keep an open mind to others, and eventually find a style that illustrates your individuality.


Happy, content guests is a highlight of my every day!

IN CHEFFING, IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Definitely, some things you can’t be taught in class, or in a culinary lab. You get to pick up a whole lot


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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER? I chose to become a flight attendant because I wanted to travel the world. I worked for Emirates for five years, and then moved into the private sector.

EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS THAT YOU DO I fly on the private aircrafts of the Royal Prince of Saudi Arabia.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I did my ab initio (initial) training at Emirates training college. Every year you have to do a course to renew your license. To get into private aviation, you need to have a few years’ airline experience as well as business or first class experience for at least a year.

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY My day starts four hours before departure with a pre-flight briefing, where we discuss the flight, special cases, and have a safety talk. We then go to the aircraft to perform a security search and prepare for the passengers, ensuring the catering is correct and the cabin is clean. Then we take off and supply the meal service. After landing we perform landing duties, stowing all equipment.



I really enjoy travelling to new destinations and experiencing the different cultures and food. I also enjoy meeting colleagues from all over the world.

I would say that they’re both equally important. You have to be properly trained as you have a big responsibility to ensure that any emergency on board is handled correctly. Once you’re comfortable with the job, you will be able to guide your fellow crew members, and this is where experience is essential.

DO YOU HAVE ANY WORK DISLIKES? Missing special occasions with my friends and family is especially difficult for me.

WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU BEEN REQUIRED TO OVERCOME? The biggest challenge has been to understand the differences in culture. In the Middle East there are rules and laws that aren’t the same as in South Africa. You have to be mindful of your actions as well as the way you dress and speak to ensure it is not perceived as insulting.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? The highlight so far was meeting Richard Branson on a flight I was operating. He was one of the three people I most wanted to meet because he has such a positive outlook on life.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? My future goal is to come back to South Africa and to start my own business.

ARE THERE CERTAIN TRAITS ONE SHOULD HAVE TO DO THIS WORK? You have to have a good attitude, and be very patient. There are many times that you’ll be disappointed with flight changes and delays, resulting in people becoming upset and asking questions.

“I wanted to #Travel the world.”

ADVICE FOR NEWCOMERS? You have to be disciplined and hard working. The job isn’t always glamorous and you have to be prepared to sacrifice time away from family and friends. You also have to have empathy; not everyone is travelling under pleasant circumstances.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Exciting • Disciplined • Challenging

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WHAT DOES YOUR PROFESSION INVOLVE? My function starts right at the beginning of the job and carries through to the end. It involves everything, from ensuring straight foundations, to setting out and working the levels to a certain height according to the plans. It’s about overseeing colleagues (I manage around 30 labourers), managing subcontractors, working on roof heights, and other stuff, right down to the finishes – details like tiles and cupboards.

HOW DID YOU GET TO BECOME A CONSTRUCTION FOREMAN? My father was a bricklayer and from when I was about nine years old I would spend school holidays on-site earning pocket money as a labourer. I didn’t like the effect the years of hard graft had on my father – he suffered back problems from all the physical work. He urged me not to follow in his footsteps, so once school was over I fell into tiling, which I did for a few years. While I was tiling, I witnessed countless struggles taking place between clients and builders. I noticed the lack of attention to detail, the

faults and poor workmanship. A few years later I was introduced to Yule (co-founder of Katull Projects) and he offered me a position as foreman.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO? On-the-job training. Everything I know is thanks to experience.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD FOREMAN? You have to be strong, hard but not too hard. It’s about balance, about not being overpowered. I’m a soft person by nature and am a different person at work to who I am at home. The labourers need to know who’s boss. You definitely need to be a good communicator.

WHAT PARTS OF YOUR JOB DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST? I love my work, there’s nothing I don’t like. I love being outside, not sitting in an office and working in all sorts of different places. I’m happy working for someone else too, I prefer it to always having to look for more work and struggling to meet payments. As long as I can put food on the table for my family and take the kids to the doctor, I’m happy. I believe money is evil, it changes personalities.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE ABOUT WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION? Winter when it’s cold and wet is particularly challenging.

“It’s #AboutBalance, about not being overpowered.”

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION Every day something goes wrong and I feel responsible! Mistakes mean cost implications. You need to be constantly on the ball. The daily routine depends on the job and the stage it’s at. My work involves all aspects of the job.


The same advice my father gave me: don’t do hard labour. Choose a trade and become good at it. Be humble, work hard, be prepared to learn and to take direction from others.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Challenging • Outdoors • Rewarding

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? I realised when studying international relations that media is the best way to effect political change, hence I chose this profession. I wanted to make a change in the world. Media is such a dynamic industry, constantly evolving, and it’s challenging and fun to have to keep being relevant.

That’s what I love about what I do, because I hate monotony.

IN THIS PROFESSION, HOW DOES EXPERIENCE COMPARE TO FORMAL TRAINING? Experience contributes so much to one’s ability to do the job effectively. In fact, in many cases I’d say that experience can be even more important than training.



Initially I studied politics in varsity, and then did unpaid internships in television before landing my first paid gig. Everything I learnt about media, I learnt on the job.

Being able to be a part of history by recording my take on life, hopefully influencing how people think by offering an authentic alternative to sheep mentality.

HOW DID YOU FUND YOUR STUDIES? I was very fortunate to get a full scholarship to Carleton College, a private liberal arts institution in Minnesota (USA). I found the college when I was a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholar at high school.

WHAT PERSONALITY TYPES AND TRAITS SUIT THIS LINE OF WORK? Ambitious, curious, patient and tenacious people.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB There’s no such thing! It depends on whether I’m producing, presenting, writing or fundraising.

partners Akin Omotoso and Robbie Thorpe. That we’ve not only survived the worst possible time in local TV and film, but we’re actually thriving and growing every year, is a testament to the incredible connection we have as partners.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? To make T.O.M. Pictures a leading global content provider, and to diversify our portfolio, would satisfy my hopes and goals for the future.


Trust your instincts, and be aggressive about getting “Trust your #Instincts, and be aggressive what you about getting what you want.” want. Don’t expect opportunities to fall into your lap, and always take responsibility IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU for initiating the next step. DON’T LIKE? Also, always have more than one The amount of popularity one job and be flexible so as to remain gets is not commensurate with infinitely employable. Oh, and the amount of money one earns, start putting away money from so you better do this job for the your very first pay cheque – don’t love of it! wait for the next one.


My highlight has to be starting T.O.M. Pictures in 2003 with my

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Stimulating • Dynamic • Fulfilling

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WHAT DOES A SOMMELIER DO? Well, simply put it’s all about aesthetic analysis of wine; being able to pair wine with food while brushing aside all the complications, and being able to explain and recommend wines to guests without coming across as arrogant or snobbish.

WHAT IS REQUIRED? One needs to have a combination of a complex love for viticulture, people and diversity within the culture of wine and service.

WHERE DID YOU STUDY? Through Getsmarter. I completed a course in Wine Evaluation under the University of Stellenbosch’s Faculty of Viticulture and Oenology, and completed a Tasting Diploma at UCT Graduate School of Business under Michael Friedjohn, as well as a certificate with the Cape Wine Academy.

DESCRIBE A DAY ON THE JOB Doing this interview; going through appointments with winemakers, suppliers, etc, and making sure all the wines are available as advertised with their correct vintages; doing wine training with staff; getting on with wine service and making

sure all diners get the very best service from me and my team – which is my main goal.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Everything about my job is a constant pleasure. Perhaps if computers were nonexistent, then my job would be the best in the world.

YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I don’t want to spoil the occasion, but I have massive and concrete plans for the future!

HOW DOES EXPERIENCE COMPARE WITH TRAINING? Academics do play a very important role in this work, while experience teaches one to seamlessly handle any situation that may arise.

“You have to be passionate about life and #HealthyLiving.”

SO WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? The aforementioned computers, and also bad-smelling people!

HURDLES YOU’VE OVERCOME... Having not been born in the world of wine, I had to work much harder on both the academic side and on the theoretical aspect of wines. With the Western Cape being the home of good wine, I also had to make a tough decision to be based there, while my family live in Durban.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR? Being awarded South Africa Young Sommelier of the Year 2008, and coming fourth in the world.


You have to be passionate about lifestyle and healthy living. You have to have a love and patience for people and not be snobbish about what you know. You absolutely have to be very well groomed… “a cheap-looking person will never sell me anything”.

ADVICE FOR YOUNGSTERS... You’ll need determination, patience, and a passion for life. Find something you love and then be prepared to work hard. Remember that, in the end, wine is a beverage that contains alcohol and those that have a love for wine will never abuse it.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Viticulture, people and diversity!

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I chose animation after being inspired by watching Disney classics as a child.

Being surrounded by such creative and talented artists means that I find every day inspiring.



A visual supervisor is the middleman between a director and the 3D artists. I’m responsible for maintaining the overall look of the animated film and ensuring all work from artists is of the best standard, to keep the directors happy.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO AND WHERE? I did a 3D Animation course (three years) at The Animation School in Woodstock, Cape Town.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB Mornings are spent reviewing artists’ work internally, ensuring that the quality is good and all the director’s notes have been addressed. Reviews with the directors then take place in the afternoon. Inbetween this, I prompt the look of the film by interpreting the look of assets through visual boards and other references in order to guide the artists creatively.

Stressful deadlines sometimes mean working long hours.

WHAT HURDLES HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? Much of film-based work is contract based/short term, which makes long-term planning a little tricky. I find the work/life balance is also a challenge when you’re a creative.

IS THERE A TYPE OF PERSONALITY BEST SUITED TO THIS WORK, OR CERTAIN TRAITS ONE SHOULD HAVE (OR NOT HAVE)? Having an ego as an artist is the quickest way to ruin teamwork. Show interest in those you work with, as it makes working together as a team more effective. Be openminded to continual learning and critique, as these will help you grow as an artist.


Research. Having realistic expectations about the career, and the nature of the industry is important. “Be #Humble and absorb Be humble and absorb all you can from those all you can from those around you.” around you.


DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Fun, creative and rewarding.

Sitting in a cinema watching people enjoying a film that I have worked on.

IN YOUR LINE OF WORK, IS EXPERIENCE AS IMPORTANT AS FORMAL TRAINING? Formal training is great for getting a solid foundation, but 95% of my learning was done within the working environment.


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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY? When I first started high school my mother told me to focus on accounting, so I eventually chose it as a subject. At the time I didn’t know much about the profession, but later on, in 1995, I read an article in The Sowetan about the first black chartered accountant in South Africa, Mr Wiseman Nkhuhlu. At the time there were only 96 qualified CA’s in South Africa. The article motivated me to defy this structural situation in which black people were being left out of this privileged career path and I made it my personal goal to become a qualified CA.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? Training to become a CA is a four-step process involving: a BCom degree in Accounting, an Honours degree with Certificate of Theory in Accounting, two board examinations, firstly through SAICA and secondly through IRBA and, finally, three years training at an auditing firm.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD CA? An analytical person who pays attention to detail. CA’s are required to analyse financial

data and advise management on organisational strategies based on this information.

EXPERIENCE VS TRAINING? Practical experience is definitely required, therefore CA’s are required to complete three years’ formal training, known as articles. Upon embarking on a career as a CA, one has to be an expert in accounting, management, taxation and auditing.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST? Giving meaning to rands and cents means the most to me, but money alone means nothing without efficient management. What matters above all else is bringing about change with the money we have. The meaning found in the rands and cents of the NYDA is the change it brings to a young person’s life.


I hate that I often have to disappoint other Executive Managers who need “100% #Commitment and passion is needed.” finances to implement new programmes or grow existing ones. Unfortunately, I have to be the person to tell them that there is simply no more money to DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AS A CHIEF put their plans into place. FINANCIAL OFFICER A large portion of my days are spent in meetings advising ADVICE FOR STUDENTS colleagues and management Chartered accountancy is a hectic on how to best deploy available career path, both educationally funds. In addition to this, and practically. 100% commitment financial information needs and passion is needed to succeed to be constantly analysed to and overcome the long hours inform management decisions. studying in order to qualify and I also have to oversee the daily then the long working hours. operations and functioning of the organisations procurement WHICH THREE WORDS BEST processes. I find that I generally DESCRIBE YOUR JOB? work an 18-hour day. Challenging • Fun • Progressive

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN NURSING? It started when I was 14 and my grandfather was 113 years old. There was a nurse who lived next door who would visit the elderly. She helped prevent my grandfather from getting bedsores and showed real love and care towards him. It was then that I knew I wanted to be one.


doing regular observations (blood pressure, etc). I deal with admission, transfers and discharge of patients. It’s a mighty full twelve-hour day!

DESCRIBE YOUR TAKE ON WHAT MAKES A ‘GOOD’ NURSE? You need to be down to earth and care about people. This profession is all about caring, understanding and love.

I did a Diploma in General Nursing Science, Community, Psychiatry and Midwifery. This was a four-year diploma with practical work.




I work in a general ward with a mix of medical and psychiatric patients. In the mornings the night staff hand over to the day shift, then we check medication. Breakfast is issued, followed by the dispensing of medication to patients. The ward sister then completes reports on the management of patients. Doctors come in during the day and I do rounds with them and take orders on each patient. Nurses continue

Dealing with difficult patients – psychiatric patients, for example. It is not easy.

I love it when patients smile and say thank you when they feel better and are going home happy.

everything and was telling the mother to push, but as she was pushing, so was I! I became hypoglycaemic and fainted! The doctor had to give me glucose to restore my blood sugar so I could continue. I finally helped her give birth to a healthy baby boy. I was so happy. I will never forget that crazy and wonderful experience.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? I plan to study further to become an educator and train nurses. I would like to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with others.


“Nurse because you #LoveIt!”

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHT SO FAR? I was still a student and it was my first delivery. I prepared

It doesn’t make any sense to take up nursing because of the money; you need to become a nurse because you want to love what you do!


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WHY THIS CAREER PATH? I always wanted to be a teacher; to influence and create positive change in people is inspiring. If I look back on my school life, there were great teachers that influenced me. Working with businesses and teaching the skills needed to live, lead, sell and present successfully is truly rewarding. Successful businesses contribute positively to the communities they serve (or service).

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I actually attended the sales course because I wanted to improve my personal skills set. I enjoyed it so much that I went on to become a graduate assistant and then a certified Sales Trainer and Dale Carnegie Course Instructor.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY I try to get three meetings in per day from Monday to Wednesday. Ideally, a 9am, 11:30am and 2pm meeting. This ensures that I am productive enough that when I am facilitating classes on Thursdays and Fridays, there is enough momentum behind the scenes to keep up my earnings.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Meeting new people and learning from them. I learned from one of

my mentors that the best learners are teachers. The programme we facilitate is the same… the group dynamic and innovation projects are different. What a privilege it is for me.

WHAT DON’T YOU LIKE? Admin is not so nice. As the quote goes, ‘no job is finished until the paperwork is done’.

WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? Being recognised as the global top five sales trainer within Dale Carnegie Training in 2004. Last year, being made a Carnegie Master. This means I am the custodian of trainer quality in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

and expose individuals to international opportunities.

EXPERIENCE VS FORMAL TRAINING? Both are vital. A formal qualification may open the door, but nothing can prepare us more than hard work, experience and sheer determination.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN THIS CAREER? Read, read, read and then read some more. We need to be current. My daughter came back from school with a flyer that read: Leaders are Readers. This is vital for adult learning programmes and also brings a lot of credibility to the facilitator.

“Successful businesses #ContributePositively to the communities they serve.”

ANY GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? To have a hand in developing young leaders in Southern Africa and in the greater Europe, Middle East and Africa Region. For our South African company, it would be to develop South African Trainers and put them on the Global stage with Dale Carnegie Training. We have so much talent here, we just need to nurture it


A friendly disposition is important, so that we are more approachable and likable. One must love working with people, and we need to be innovative and adaptable. Learning styles are constantly changing, so we must ensure that we are always relevant to the audience we are facilitating to.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Rewarding, challenging and fun.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE FASHION INDUSTRY? I was going to study law, but two weeks before varsity started a friend invited me to accompany them to design college. I fell in love with the place and changed my mind about studying law. My parents were not pleased, but later became very supportive of what I chose to do. Fashion design was a passion I didn’t know I had.

WHAT TRAINING DID YOU UNDERGO? I studied fashion technology at the North West School of Design for two years, but with two or three months left to go before I finished, I got a job with Anna Getaneh of African Mosaique. She mentored me and I worked on some of her collections. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, but I did later go back to complete my studies.

WHAT MAKES FOR A SUCCESSFUL FASHION DESIGNER? You definitely need energy, as you work long hours – and you need to look like you’ve had a good eight hours of sleep!

EXPERIENCE VERSUS FORMAL TRAINING? I would say experience is more

important than formal training. I know a lot of people who have studied fashion but have no experience, and this limits them. That’s why I seized the opportunity to gain experience before I’d even finished at college.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY ON THE JOB Between 5am and 7am, I plan my day. I usually have meetings, consultations and fittings with clients from about 8am. For the rest of the day there may be a photo shoot or a briefing session with the guys who work with me. It’s work, work, work all the way. After 8pm, I start slowing down.

“I #DressedLira at the South African Music Awards.”

SHARE A COUPLE OF YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS When I dressed Lira at the South African Music Awards a few years ago… yes, THAT green dress; it really launched my career. Debuting at SA Fashion Week comes a close second: showcasing my menswear collection, which drew a great response. It was a dream of mine that I thought would take 20 or 30 years to fulfill. It was quite an emotional experience and eye-opener for someone who hails from a small town (Mmabatho), believe me.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? In the short term, I’m working on opening my own store. In the long term, I’m looking at building my brand and presenting my stuff globally – hopefully at New York and Paris fashion weeks.



Working with different types of people and meeting amazing characters every day.

Be committed. It’s not a smooth ride, there are a lot of responsibilities and it requires hard graft – but slaving away at it does pay off, eventually.

WHICH ASPECTS OF THE JOB ARE YOU LEAST KEEN ON? That would have to be working with unreliable people… and that’s sugar-coating it!

YOUR JOB IN THREE WORDS Exciting • Challenging • Stimulating

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“Don’t give up your social life completely. you can’t just study.”

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YOU CAN HAVE YOUR WHIP AND NAE NAE Robbie Stammers on why he owns that dance floor “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on Earth.” So wrote author William W. Purkey, although I think it is safe to assume that he never got around to penning the last line: “…unless you are a parent of teenagers, in which case you should behave like everyone is watching (and listening), at all times”. Are you one of those young adults who turns crimson at family get-togethers and either attempts to drag your poor dad off the dance floor, or simply runs from the scene of the crime? Well, if you are, it is safe to say that you are among the 99% of offspring who react that way, so no need to feel bad. However, let me say that as one of those dads who likes to dance, and thinks he is quite good at it, it's laughable that you (Generation Z) think that we (Generation X) have no clue how to dance, considering the

dance floor contributions that your peer group can stake a claim to. Let’s have a look, shall we? First and foremost is, of course, the Miley Cyrus Twerk, where your behind seems like it has taken on a mind of its own, grinding into anything and anyone within a five-metre radius. Then there is the Harlem Shake, where you alternate between sitting still and randomly shaking your body as if in the throes of some sort of fit, all the while clothed in some strange costume, making anyone watching want to dash out and find you some serious medication. And finally, we have the coup de grace, as we watch you ‘Whip and Nae Nae’ all over YouTube and Vine. Come on people, this cannot be referred to as dancing! Yet, there you are at Uncle Bill’s 40th, standing in the corner with your buddies, doubled over in hysterics as you mock my superior dance floor moves. Now, even I admit we didn’t have incredible dances like the Charlton of the 1920s, or the Foxtrot, and we don’t own the sexy Salsa or the Sixties Twist

and Hippy Shake. All those dances stem from a bygone era, when every step had to be learnt, practised and perfected. But at least we have better claims than you guys for actual dancing. In our era, hip hop was born, Michael Jackson moonwalked, breakdancing took the world by storm (my breakdancing name was Electro and I could do a mean Windmill – not that you would even know what that is), and we are the ones who brought you the Robot! Ok, so we dipped slightly as we entered the '90s, introducing the Macarena and the MC Hammer Side Swiggle, but at least we still had moves, and ones that didn’t require censoring on MTV, or a guy dressed in a chicken suit going moggy and shaking his Harlem. So, next time you want to point and laugh at your folks on the dance floor, maybe take a step back and think about your own era’s moves, and then go and join your parentals. We can teach you the Robot and you can teach us to Twerk. After all, as they say in the classics: If you can’t beat them, join them!

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