Galway, Ireland – 23 March 2017: South African people are taking to the internet in greater numbers than ever before to gain workplace skills, according to new figures released by Alison. The organization, which is one of South Africa’s largest free e-learning providers, revealed that a small majority (57%) of its users in 2016 were female, and that the site is most popular in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison, said: “South Africa has been quick to take up online learning. The feedback we’re getting from learners here suggests that they value the flexibility and breadth of subjects we can offer. It’s not a surprise to us that the majority of our South African learners are women; this reflects a pattern we have seen in other parts of the world.” According to newly released figures for 2016, the most popular courses including Touch Typing Training, Diploma in Project Management, Human Resources and Business Management & Entrepreneurship. Other top courses South African learners took included Web Design, Workplace Health and Safety, Psychology and Customer Service. Eric Corbett, Course Publishing Manager at Alison, said: “Increasingly, we’re seeing learners turn to us for skills that are vital to the workplace but don’t tend to receive much focus in schools – South Africa is no different. The range of free courses we’re offering is set to grow dramatically over the next 12 months, and we expect to grow our learner-base in South Africa in tandem with this. “We would encourage students, jobseekers and workers who want to upskill to consider how a course might help them achieve their goals.” Alison will celebrate its 10th birthday next month. The site currently boasts almost 10 million individual learners studying hundreds of courses. WHAT THEY SAY What our South African learners say about Alison: “There are so many great options that I am excited about. I’ve just completed the Microsoft . . .
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), the multilateral trade financing institution and a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Istanbul Zaim University (ZIU), an institution of higher learning incorporated in Turkey that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in many branches of modern science and humanities. The purpose of the MoU is to provide a general framework for facilitating collaboration and cooperation between ITFC and IZU in order to raise the awareness for Islamic trade finance solutions and maintain joint research and studies on Islamic financial products. The signing ceremony took place in ITFC’s headquarters – Jeddah, where Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, the CEO of ITFC signed the memorandum for the corporation and Prof. Mehmet Bulut, the President of IZU signed for the university. ITFC provides trade financing facilities in addition to business advisory services to its clients, introduce them to different partners in other OIC Member Countries, building capacities of SMEs in collaboration with local institutions, and exchanging expertise and experiences among traders through Reverse Linkages. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
One of the coolest professions in the industry, the DJs are the biggest life-savors of any party. On the other side, the DJs hold the biggest responsibility for making or breaking your event, We look at it as the DJ is the Pilot of the plane and must navigate everyone on board to a great destination, a fun ride and good time. Based on different kinds of celebrations, sometimes you need different types of DJs like Sweet 16 DJ bar & Bat Mitzvah DJ, Wedding DJs, and others. It is an interesting thing to become a Disc Jockey, and the best part the profession can be pursued by both males and females. Here are things that you will need if you wish to become a DJ: Here's a significance of what you have to win and figure out how to end up an awesome DJ. Personality and Knowledge Needed Being a DJ requires two things from your identity - the capacity and simplicity of mixing and act of spontaneity. As it were, being the DJ for a party you have to advance a steady situation of enjoyment, paying little heed to the group or the place. You have to comprehend that group, read body language, age and nationalities, so you have to take in the stream of the masses to adjust and play the sort of music that will have individuals snared to your style constantly. Extra Duties A decent DJ will dependably educate the group about what's happening outside the room. Keep yourself redesigned on movement reports to tell the general population on the off chance that they can take a superior course when they head home. Fuse the crowd into your set, connect with them and take two or three demands every once in awhile. In some cases, great behavior function as fine just like a renegade DJ as well! Being a DJ is undoubtedly an intense calling. In the event that you don't love your occupation like it's justified regardless of your life, then I propose you find anothercareer as it’s a passion not a job. For the rest, the message is clear. There is an entire world past that, simply . . .
On 11 November, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in the Eastern Cape, in partnership with the British Council and the Office of the Premier, will host a Skills and Employability Conference at the Volkswagen People Pavilion in Uitenhage. This one-day programme will include a panel discussion on how the different sectors are contributing to the creation of quality and excellence in skills provision. There will be a breakaway session where delegates will respond to topics around skills development. The Skills and Employability Conference aims to: Promote dialogue on effective approaches to bridging the skills gap in South Africa. Map the role that key stakeholders like Industry, Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETA’s), Educational Institutions, Government, National & International development agencies can play in addressing skills gaps. Share and learn best practices on how the sector organisations can work together to address the skills challenge. Speakers at the conference will include Mr Glen McMahon, International Project Manager, Belfast Met College, Northern Ireland, Ms. Meike Wetsch, Programme Manager: Coega Human Capital Solutions, Mr Jean September, Deputy Country Director of the British Council (Cape Town Office) of the British Council, Mr Hein Luiters, Acting General Manager of the Office of the Premier, Ms Nombulelo Nxesi, CEO of ETDP SETA, Ms Kim Smallie Learning and Development Specialist and Mr Luvuyo Ngubelanga, Chairperson of Principals Forum of TVET Colleges in the Eastern Cape. The Provincial Conference co-ordinator, Ms Elmari van de Merwe said: “The Skills and Employability Conference is an opportunity for all stakeholders in the Eastern Cape, who have influence in skills development, to come together, look at the challenges the province is facing in enhancing quality and excellence in skills provision and come up with collaborative solutions that will bridge . . .
Senior Landscape Architect, Lizelle Wolmarans at GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms, presented a paper on child safety in playgrounds at the three-day Congress for the Institute of World Urban Parks (WUP) and Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) in Cape Town last month. Leading parks professionals and parks agencies from around the world resolving to protect and enhance the world’s urban parks and green spaces in the face of looming global challenges was present at this Congress. The paper, titled Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development focused on the construction of playgrounds, safety and safety standards of equipment used in playgrounds as well as the influence it has on physical and mental child development. Play experts such as Environmental Psychologists, Child Development Specialists, Landscape Architects and Educators are advocating a re-assessment of the play environment. While the safety of children should never be neglected, Wolmarans explained the dangers of being over-protective as potentially detrimental to a child’s development. “Our environment is not without risk and therefore, we need to learn how to manage risk continuously as a survival skill. However, where risk is eliminated from playgrounds, challenge is eliminated leading to boredom where children may potentially feel the need to take excessive risk using equipment inappropriately that can cause unintentional injury,” said Wolmarans. South Africa has adopted the international playground safety standards, these standards are not legalised but serve as a guideline to prevent hazardous risks. Locally, our decisions need to be influenced by security, economy and future sustainability. In the case of security, it is a fact that children are living in dangerous environments in their homes and neighbourhoods. Some of the dangers are traffic, kidnapping, crime and drugs. Supervision and . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
The beautiful 700ha Gwahumbe Game & Spa in Mid-Illovo, KwaZulu-Natal, is the latest private reserve to join the ranks of others which have dehorned their rhinos. Its partnership with Husqvarna and Hilton veterinary surgeon Dr Ryan van Deventer will, hopefully, ensure the survival of the lodge’s last remaining male rhino, eight-year-old Vuyo – and finally allow the expansion of its herd. Previously, said Gwahumbe Game & Spa director Shanon MacKenzie, “We were too anxious about Vuyo’s safety to allow him to be photographed, and we postponed adding to the herd because of the risk of poachers wanting their horns. We are extremely fond of him: he came here when he was just three. The decision to dehorn him was made with his survival and safety very much at the forefront of our minds.” The devastating decline in the rhino population – and the poachers’ savagery– is just one of the issues on the agenda for this year’s CITES COP17 Conference* (24 September-5 October in Johannesburg). Sadly, the battle for the animal’s survival has been a losing one, until recently. A local rhino-dehorning campaign, using Husqvarna outdoor power products, is proving highly successful in the bid to save these beautiful animals from poachers. In KwaZulu-Natal, particularly, the practice is gaining momentum, with increasing numbers of private game reserves voting for this option. The process was first used to help reduce poaching pressure in Zimbabwe in the 1980s. When rhinos are dehorned professionally, the horn is taken above the growth layer of the skin. Rhino horn is like a fingernail: you can cut it or trim it without stopping continued growth. But poachers brutally uproot the entire horn from its base under the skin in the bone. Vet Dr Ryan van Deventer started working on the dehorning project a year ago in various KwaZulu-Natal areas, including, more recently, at the popular Gwahumbe Game & Spa. “Before dehorning, many rhino owners used ankle bracelets and . . .
21 SEPTEMBER 2016, MPUMALANGA – This weekend, Kwanyoni Lodge in Nelspruit, is the host for South Africa’s top Warriors tackling Round 6 the country’s biggest obstacle races, the Jeep Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, taking place from 24 to 25 September 2016. A mere 16 km from Nelspruit, Kwanyoni Lodge will be packed with thousands of athletes who have entered to race over various course distances packed with obstacles, testing strength, skill and endurance, whilst having the most fun with family and friends. Nelspruit’s Kwanyoni Lodge is a new venue, which won a nationwide vote for new venues to host Jeep Warrior Races. It is described as a hidden jewel in the picturesque citrus valley of Alkmaar and is home to South Africa’s "Big 5". Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “The Jeep South Africa #Warrior6 powered by Reebok caters for all fitness levels and age groups. Kwanyoni Lodge is a fantastic venue and offers comfortable accommodation for the entire family. Bring your crew along as there is much fun to be had! There is something for everyone, including a Bratz Race and Bratz child-minding zone. Bring on the weekend!” Warrior Bratz caters for children ages 4 -12 years old, covering a distance of 500 metres; with 8 obstacles aimed at challenging the little athletes. Parents/guardians are welcome to accompany their children through the course, but may not attempt the obstacles themselves. Warrior Rookie is the perfect introduction to OCR for athletes 10 years and older, offering up to 15 fun obstacles over a distance from 5 to 8 km. This race is great for team building as well, plus if you’re unable to complete an obstacle, a 20-burpee penalty will see you on your way. Warrior Rookie Elite is for those that compete for prize money and there are no substitute penalties. All obstacles have to be completed. Warrior Commando is for those seeking a greater challenge and who want to test . . .
13 SEPTEMBER 2016, JOHANNESBURG – It is less than a month until the world’s top OCR athletes fight it out at the third OCR World Championships from 14-16 October 2016 at the Blue Mountain Resort, Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Jeep Team athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Carina Marx, have both qualified and have been in full Warrior mode ahead of the World Championship. Both Van Tonder and Marx were on fire at the recent Battlerush OCR fundraiser, a gruelling OCR Training event designed to push athletes through tough individual obstacles that may be seen at the World Champs; and both won the Savage Beast race at The Beast OCR event this past weekend. To have qualified for OCR World Champs, South Africans need to have achieved a Jeep Warrior Top 20 finish in an Elite category in their gender, or an Impi Challenge Top 20 finish in the Elite division in their gender. Van Tonder, over in the past 12 months, has achieved three 1st places, six 2nd places, and one 5th place. Marx, over the same period, has achieved four 2nd places, four 3rd places and two 5th places. Both athletes are well qualified for the Championships but won’t know how they truly compare against the rest of the world until they are neck deep in mud in Ontario. The OCR athletes selected for Team OCR South Africa to go to World Champs is Thomas van Tonder, Bradley Claase, Michael Joubert and Claude Eksteen (not going) for Men; and Hanneke Dannhauser, Carina Marx and Trish Bahlmann (not going) for Women. Joining van Tonder and Marx in Canada, is fellow Jeep OCR athlete, JJ Deysel, who was not selected for the SA OCR Team, but will compete in other races over the Championship weekend. According to the event organisers, the OCR World Championships will put the world’s top athletes through the ultimate physical and mental challenge across a series of obstacles over a distance of approximately 13km and will marry natural elements with some of the most challenging obstacles in OCR . . .
Important new fossil finds in South Africa are generating plenty of global interest in our rich heritage, but many schoolchildren in South Africa are not yet fully aware of what the hype is all about. Unearthing the lessons from the past provides a powerful foundation for the leaders of tomorrow to tackle a raft of challenges, from pollution to social investment. However, educational levels in important scientific fields like biology and palaeontology remain particularly low in South Africa – especially in outlying areas. The risk is the concept of evolution and its importance to the human race is being lost to the leaders of tomorrow. The rocks of the Karoo Basin, for example, contain the most complete record of the origins and evolution of mammals and the earliest dinosaurs, making South Africa one of the top palaeontological destinations in the world. However, the South African community does not share the wonder and interest noticed in visitors from other countries. Head of the Karoo Palaeontology Department, Dr Jennifer Botha-Brink, intends to change this weak dynamic in our education fabric. Together with the Palaeontological Scientific Trust’s (PAST) science theatre workshop called “Walking Tall”, she is embarking on a powerful initiative, called the Free State Evolution Education Programme, to awaken the power of knowledge in the palaeontological and other key sciences in classrooms across the country by using fossil casts to tell the stories in a way that they will resonate strongly with children and teachers everywhere. "The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) has played an integral part in developing all aspects of my career, says Dr Botha-Brink, "which is way I am so passionate about educating students about palaeontological and other key sciences in classrooms”. “They have provided funding for me to explore my interest in the recovery of vertebrates following the Permo-Triassic mass extinction, the most catastrophic mass extinction . . .