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The 4IR: In the mist of the rising unemployment rate

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the era where technology will drive the universe, changing the way we live and work.

South Africa has been under a lot of pressure as job security of many citizens is under threat or rather the fact that a lot of citizens are living with the lack of job security.

Jobless rate surges

what does this mean for those already in university trying to obtain a qualification and all the unemployed graduates trying to get jobs.

Taking that the unemployment rate has risen with 6.7 million people without jobs, and with the youth between 15-24 making up 54.6%, this is the scary reality that the youth is faced with.

The issue of unemployment is still set to rise and with the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramophosa mentioning that African economies are unable to accommodate a significant number of young people, especially since our education is not aligned with the needs of the country.

What does this really mean?

Taking into consideration, “fees must fall” movements, the fight for free education, one can not help but ask are we fighting for qualifications which won’t help us nor the country moving forward.

How will the government work to ensure that graduates use that same degree they went to univeristy for and have obtained to benefit and be competent leading to the 4IR.

Although the 4IR will bring new job opportunities especially for the upcoming generations and those in primary school.

what happens to graduates and students already in the process of obtaining their qualifications?

Those students who have already chosen their desired qualifications, how are they ensured that they are taking beneficial careeer paths which will not see them stranded come the 4IR?

What does this mean for all those who have already been retrenched?

Although solutions are being promised, these solutions should be accompanied with plans as to how these solutions will be carried out and what plans will be put in place to ensure that every qualification serves to be of value to survive the 4IR.

Imagine if we lived in country where corruption was not this dire, how many gaps were going to be filled to avoid the impact leading up to the 4IR?

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VARSITY RUNDOWN

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In this week’s varsity RUNDOWN

26 Vice-chancellors to meet up with the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to discuss plans on how deal with the crisis of Gender based violence.

Professor Ahmed Bawa, chief executive officer of Universities South Africa confirmed that a preparatorymeeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will take place today.

UCT

The University of Cape Town has put in place a range of measures in the hopes of keeping staff and students safe. It introduced what is called, a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender violence. The institution
also created an online reporting tool to ensure that the reporting of such incidents is easier.

Tourism Opportunities

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 2019 in North West.


This year the NTCE 2019 will take on a three day expo starting on the 19-21 September at the ROYAL Marang Hotel, Those learners between Grade 9-12, FET college students, unemployed graduates and university
students are encouraged to partake in this programme.

In Varsity Sports


In men’s Varsity football, the University of Western Cape sits top of log after 7 rounds of battling it out on the
field all the way to the semi-finals.

It all started with eight teams which fought for a chance to make it to the finals and now we gear up for semi-finals round 8 where the Tswane University of Technology football team will go head to head with University of Pretoria at the UWC Sports stadium later this afternoon at 4.


While on the other hand the Univerisity of Cape Town looks to claim the victory as it goes against North West University, in a bid to make the finals. Round 9 of the final match will take place on the 26th of September.

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A cry of a NATION in CRISIS

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Kidnappings, murder, looting, violence, hatred, division and ruthlessness. A nation in need or more than just redemption.

With trending hashtags

#AmINext

#Notallmen

#SAShutDown

What do we do, where do we seek shelter, who is really left to protect a nation in crisis, how do we mend and restore that trust lost even in places we meant to feel safe, when our justice system has also failed us, cry of a nation.

RIP Uyinene

Students and friends of the missing student have been using the #BringNeneHome and #BringNeneBack hashtags to raise awareness about the film and media student.

First year film and media studies student from the univeristy of Cape Town (UCT), was last seen on the 24th August and on Monday, outrage broke after learning that missing UCT student was raped and murdered at the Post Office in Claremont.

Students held a night Vigil at Stellenbosch University’s Rooi Plein in memory of #UyineneMrwetyana.

#RIPUyinene

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City Waldorf extends its care to Thuto Lesedi secondary

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City Waldorf cares together with students from various universities took part in the ” Keep a girl child in school” initiative, donating sanitary towels to learners at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School in Vosloorus .

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