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Students to benefit from future economic developments

Economic development to contribute more to the large population which are students moving forward.

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The Black Business Summit 2019 was held at Gallagher Estate where prominent public figures joined to discuss economic issues.

During the Black Business Council summit the Premier of Gauteng took time to shed light on how the government proposes to contribute to higher education and growth of graduates.

Government aims to have new developments such as new post-apartheid City Development together with Broadband infrastructure and transport to make a positive contribution to students’ lives. Taking into consideration transport, data, accommodation and safety.

Taking that there is a large population of students in Gauteng, the plan is to make these development contribute to the growth of graduates and infrastructure where students will reside.

 Premier of Gauteng David Makhura said, “We work closely with Universities Vice Chancellors on issues of infrastructure development.

In the past month student protests have flared up, and one of the ongoing grievances brought forward was the lack of accommodation which left some students sleeping on campus.

“Education institutions have to be part of our planning, particularly student accommodation”, David Makhura said.

The government’s proposed strategy with developing new Post-apartheid City Development is to get all these new settlements, human settlements, student villages to be part of the architecture of the new housing developments in Gauteng.

“To do so means we need multi Campus student accommodations and we need to create infrastructure and facilities for students”.

Another initiative put forward was the is the ” Tshepho one million “, a programme aimed at offering graduates employment opportunities including assisting future entrepreneurs.

“Education is the #NO 1 priority”

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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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