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NTCE 2019, leading towards greater opportunities in Tourism

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The department of Tourism together with the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism launched the National Tourism Careers Expo(NTCE) 2019 in North West.

With this year’s target being 5000 learners, the NTCE aims to bridge the information gap between the industry, government, educators, learners and training authorities within the tourism industry. Creating a South Africa where the youth are skilled to take on the workforce through proper and essential training.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Fish Mahlalela also shed light on the dire unemployment issues faced by South African youth.

” The rate of young people that are unemployed is unacceptable. We sitting on close to 11 million people who are unemployed, it’s a time ticking bomb.”

He explained the government’s need to implement short term intervention strategies which will enable unemployment rates to decrease greatly in a short space of time.

This year the NTCE 2019 will run from the 19-21 September at the ROYAL Marang Hotel, the focus will on offering platforms such as Chef’s platform, Barristers and Mixology platform, Hospitality platform and the responsible Tourism platform.

Those learners between Grade 9-12, FET college students, unemployed graduates and university students are encouraged to partake in this programme.

A lot of the youth are constantly being absorbed by these training programmes however, most of them still question the success and measures put in place to ensure that these programmes are successful enough to yield high and sufficient employment rates.

The Deparment promises to turn this around through it’s contribution to ensure that through growth and training the youth are able to see the great benefit of the implemented programmes.

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Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era

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In an era where the standard between basic education systems and higher education and training systems are worlds apart. With 30% being good enough to get you a National Senior Certificate, while standards at a tertiary level requires 80%.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, introduces technological advances which are bound to have an impact on every institution within the country.

At the University South Africa’s recent national higher education conference session titled Imagining the exponential and entrepreneurial university of the 21st century, 4IR was at the center of discussions with Prof Bavesh Kana asking “We have all this technological advancement but we still have a lot of human suffering.”

“Is the technology where it needs to be?” he asked.

Taking that the unemployment rate is at its highest reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With a lot of graduates still unemployed.

With the 4IR and looking at our current education system one can not help but ask, How can graduates use their acquired qualifications to ensure that they compatible with the technological revolution?

With those already in school and those about to enter tertiary, what is done to ensure that the cycle of unemployment is broken, is the curriculum altered to accommodate the 4IR and are higher education institutions offering courses which are still of value enough to ensure security for graduates and lastly how are we preparing our institutions’ curriculum to be able to compete at a global scale.

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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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