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Higher education minister Naledi Pandor has graduated with a doctorate from the University of Pretoria.

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Minister Naledi Pandor has made sure she lives up to her portfolio, inspiring many as she graduates with a doctorate from the University of Pretoria.

Her wellwishers have already taken to social media to congratulate her over her Ph.D. in Education:

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Making entrepreneurship a top career, key in higher education institutions

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Unemployment has led a lot youth to venture into entrepreneurship. This has created a lot of conversations around including entrepreneurship as part of the academic programmes in higher education institutions.


Every career or qualification has a potential to lead one to venture into entrepreneurship.


“Universities do not necessarily need separate courses on enterprise and entrepreneurship. Instead, entrepreneurship should be a lens through which we look at all education and the world of work”, said Ms Ceri Nursaw, the Chief Executive of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE).


Entrepreneurship and the contribution it can make towards development remained the highlight at the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla 2020.


What was taken into consideration was; How South Africa rates in terms of entrepreneurial attitudes, Framework factors that inhibit entrepreneurship in South Africa, How to ensure entrepreneurialism becomes part of people’s behavior, How to drive change in entrepreneurialism, and How to become an entrepreneur while still a student.


It was revealed that, South Africa has greater opportunities in terms of entrepreneurship surpassing the global average. It was also found that this is also accommodated by the rights skills. However, intentions to actually start a business are low which has resulted in fewer people entering the entrepreneurship space.


“The good news was that within South African culture, enterprise and entrepreneurship commands a very high status and is seen as a really good career choice. This isn’t a natural state for many countries and it’s a significant opportunity for South Africa,” said Nursaw.


Another factor looking into Framework factors that inhibit entrepreneurship in South Africa was that growth and development of entrepreneurship in South Africa red tape and bureaucracy, and insufficient government support affected people starting businesses. Easier to control and do something about, though, is the need for entrepreneurial education, both at secondary and post-secondary levels.


In closing Narsaw said institutions should have to have incubator facilities so students have community support. Equally important, however, “is creating a mindset that this isn’t unusual; that you can do it; it is part and parcel of how you will need to be in the future.”

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CPUT students to face the law following protest

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Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology were forced to sleep on the streets after being evicted from their accommodation. This follows their lease agreements being terminated and an alleged court interdict.

Ndumiso Davsidson, the chief executive of the privately owned property explained that, the eviction follows after students’ protest which led to criminal charges which includes arson, public violence, and malicious intent to damage property.

Nine students were charged and asked to leave the accommodation premises on Sunday.

“The eviction must be seen in context. These students are accused of a range of criminal activities including damage to property, public violence, arson, and interfering with the operations of the residence,” said CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley.

Protests were sparked by students wanting their issues to be undertaken by the University in response to Covid-19. Students were asking that health protocols be relaxed. In response to this the university explained that it had little or no control over the regulations.

The SA Union of students spokesperson also added that, ” If South Point couldn’t accommodate the students then they had no business accommodating them in universities”.

Kansley agrees with the decision taken against the students and further said that the rights of the majority of students and staff to live, study and work should never be threatened.

” A further six students were arrested on the 1st of September and are currently awaiting trail.”

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Agriculture, A solution for youth unemployment?

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An investment in agriculture can potentially provide a solution to youth unemployment. Investing in the countries most lucrative sectors such as farming and agriculture will not only boost the agricultural sector but contribute greatly to the economy.

Various institutions have taken the initiative to provide the necessary support to their students who are looking to pursue careers in agriculture.

Institutions such as the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) has taken the initiative to further upskill its students through its collaboration with the Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSETA)

UKZN has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the AgriSETA and through this collaboration, it looks to work together in research within the authority’s focus areas and in training that will boost the agricultural sector in South Africa.

“By developing sustainable thematic research focus areas, we aim to build long-term projects and research teams which are sustainable beyond individualistic research projects,” said Dean and Head of SAEES Professor Fhatuwani Mudau.

The collaboration will provide an opportunity for the UKZN to produce strong proactive and participatory training and development components, contribute to the development of researchers and postgraduate students, be trans- or multi-disciplinary, feature diverse teams, focus on scarce skill areas and include robust knowledge dissemination plans.

“By establishing key partnerships with Higher Education Institutions, we ensure better quality research material for the agricultural sector and also advance our skills development focus areas,” said AgriSETA’s CEO Mr Zenzele Myeza.

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