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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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EDHE: Second annual national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity

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The Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme is hosting the second annual national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity from January to July 2020.

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Entrepreneurship Intervarsity: developing student entrepreneurs

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Student life has its challenges, with different traits, needs, skills,talents, and careers, there are also some who choose to take the entrepreneurship route.

Taking that universities do not include entrepreneurship learning as part of the curriculum. Students may find themselves at a lock down with business ideas that have the potential to grow economies.

We can admit that anew scale for entrepreneurial support needs to be developed in order to cater for the current economy, and with moving forward in changing the scope of youth unemployment.

A platform for Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) supports Student entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship development in academia, Developing entrepreneurial universities .

The following are opportunities offered:

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Over 2000 bursaries go towards developing Gauteng’s Top learners

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The Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, and Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi expressed immense pride as they handed over 2000 bursaries to Gauteng’s Top Learner’s for the academic year of 2019.

The bursaries were awarded to top 3 performing learners from schools participating in the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), and Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) public ordinary schools.

“we believe with these investments the Gauteng province will be a province that takes care of its own children’, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said.

One of the biggest concerns with graduates and students has always been finding space within private sectors for skills training. This year we see the extended reach of the programmes, with placement of some graduates within the private sector.

This was achieved through private sector partners, such as Barloworld, Lazarus Motor Company, Scaw Metals Group, Eurospec Automotives, Muavha Auto Mechanics, Umfundiso and more.

Another issue of concern was governments support towards entrepreneurship, which Premier David Makhura highlighted as an important task that government is taking on.

He further stated the importance of having entrepreneurship as part of academic learning within higher education institutions, and having the necessary support from government to ensure that this fits in with the current economic status of the country.

” The focus is on areas called scarce skills areas to support our development mandate. The Gauteng’s development mandate focuses on the type of economy we want to build to ensure a capable developmental state”

Since the year 2014, the Gauteng Provincial Government has spent over a billion worth of investment on bursary packages.

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