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Students wonder whether the elections will even have an impact on their woes

Political expert Ralph Mathekga says he struggles to find evidence where political parties specifically focus on the plight of students in the country

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As political parties are approaching the end of their rallies heading towards elections next week, students are still not confident about whether the elections will have an impact on their struggles.

48 political parties will take to the streets campaigning in a bid to appeal for more votes, this coming 2019 elections.

According to the Citizen, political expert Ralph Mathekga said he struggled to find evidence where political parties highlighted in their manifestos how they aim at tackling student issues.

Taking that black people have evolved in South Africa but political parties have over the years failed to understand that and instead continued to treat issues related to the black people by still focusing on the older identities of black people which were primarily based on class.

“I am not aware of any party focusing on smaller groups, but you do see students being represented, like what you see in the student command of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

“However, even with this I don’t see a sustained focus on students and I think the message gets swallowed with the bigger message for the nation,” said Mathekga.

Wits student activist Kamohelo Chauke expressed confidence in the Economic Freedom Fighters stating that this stands as the only political party that can answer to the plight of students struggling in tertiary institutions across the country.

“The political space is a walking contradiction,” Mbali Mashaba said.

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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 .

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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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