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GPSOPA19: Student’s expectations ahead of SOPA 2019

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The State of the Nation Address set out to address the issues affecting South Africa as a whole, one which works based on the collaboration of the country’s government to move it forward.

Now we gear up for the provincial government to address citizens on how its contribution in aiding with the pressing issues within each province will serve to uplift and develop the people, various institutions and the economy.

Earlier this year, Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced that underused government buildings will be converted into student accommodation at universities and colleges in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Most of the issues raised by students center around the student accommodation.

These were among the issues raised and that students expect the premier to touch on during his address:

  • Students are still without funding and for some of those who have access to funding, funding is not enough to cover their educational expenses.
  • Students are still sleeping in libraries due to lack of accommodation
  • A concerning percentage of Students who have graduated are still without jobs
  • A lot of degrees offered to students are theory focused and offer little or no practical or work experience
  • Student’s traveling from far due to the lack of student residents.
  • Students looking for companies and private sectors that cater to different fields to collaborate with institutions for work experience and skills training purposes.
  • A sufficient number of “A” students from the secondary level are unable to register to study at varsity, even though they do qualify.
  • The inability of university degrees to prepare them for the workplace.
  • In every field, students should be exposed to the possibilities and successes of venturing into entrepreneurship within their field of study.

The SOPA will take place on the 1st of July 2019 at the Univerisity of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. The Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura will be addressing the province about the plans set out by the government to grow the greater Gauteng.

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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MR and MRS City Waldorf Pageant IMAGE: Ndumiso Ngwenya

From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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Supporting entrepreneurship ventures of SA varsities

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Entrepreneurship is growing within South Africa’s higher education spaces, from fresh ideas, innovations, to creative ventures set to contribute and stimulate the socio-economic growth in the region.

These ideas have been met by support from various industry experts, funding initiatives, and institutions transforming into innovative and entrepreneurial hubs that can spearhead socio-economic development.

This has been the culture around South African universities such as the University of the Western Cape (UWC),which in collaboration with WearSA, launched a retail clothing store – the first design and entrepreneurship incubator store of its kind in South Africa.

Recently we saw one of SA’s largest venture capital funds, the SA SME Fund, introducing students to entrepreneurial spaces, launching the first fund in Africa that commercialises ideas from tertiary institutions and gives access to funding and skills to CUT to promote entrepreneurs.

Today, we see the launch of the DUT retail leadership chair. This is a collaboration between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA).

This initiative is also set to “serve as a critical conduit between industry and the university, in terms of constructive engagements, best practice in the industry both locally and internationally, in curriculum relevance and work integrated learning.”


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