Tertiary institutions Re-opening!

Tertiary Institutions opening

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, has announced that they are on track to commence the 2021 academic year. 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, the academic year was disturbed which led to some universities having to complete their 2020 academic year in early 2021. 

“I am pleased to say that all institutions have aligned the start of the 2021 Academic Year for first time entries with the availability of Department of Basic Education National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination results. The Department will work closely with institutions in preparing the system for the opening of the 2021 academic year, which, as I have previously reported, will take place between early-March and mid-April this year”, he said. 

Students from various TVET colleges will continue with the existing timetable and will have a staggered return to their institutions from 25 January. 

More details on the reopening of institutions will be shared at a later stage.  

Minister Nzaimande, speaking at a press conference on Monday, 18 January, also mentioned that NSFAS applications window will not be re-opened.

Students were given a four-month period to apply for funding and the minister says the deadline will not be extended.    

The fund received over 750 000 applications for 2021. 

“The evaluation of applications commenced in December 2020 and is well underway, and final decisions for funding are due for completion in mid-February, in time for students registering for the new academic year”, Nzimande said.  

The minister commended students for adapting to difficult circumstances and developing new ways of learning and of coping.

All you need to know about late application!

Late Applications Blog

2020 was a tough year on everyone, dealing with a pandemic and interruptions to the academic year has been exhausting.  One can be forgiven for thinking they still have time to apply for tertiary education.  

If you did miss deadlines for applications, here are a few tips on how you need to prepare for late applications.  

  1. Research: 

By now you should have done your research on the tertiary institution you want to attend and the course you want to study. This will help you prepare for the requirements they want at the institution for that specific course. It’s important to have options and keep an open mind that you might not get into your first choice. 

  1. Documents: 

Ensure that you have all the required documents as per institution. It’s important to have multiple certified copies of each of the following documents:

  1. ID – Always have yours and your parents’ or guardians’ ID with you as well as certified copies. 
  2. Exam Results – Make sure you have all your exam results from Grade 11 and your June matric exam marks in hand. You will need to submit both sets of results to the institution with the application.
  3. Completed application forms – Download the forms from the institution’s website, complete it and have it with you. Forms can often be complicated to complete. Read the forms slowly and make sure you fill in each part of the form carefully. Ensure that you make use of a black pen, this is usually the accepted method for filling in forms. Remember, your parent or guardian needs to sign the forms. 
  4. Others – other supporting documents would include parents’ payslips, affidavits as proof of unemployment of a parent or guardian and proof of residence.
  1. TVET Colleges

Consider looking at TVET Colleges as they have several intakes during the year. You need to hurry as space is limited in these institutions as well. Government has improved the quality of qualifications offered in these institutions and the demand for spaces has increased over the years 

  1. Private higher learning institutions

These are the privately owned institutions. Compare the qualifications and check if you can’t find them in these institutions.  Much like TVET colleges, these institutions have several intakes in a year which will offer you time to do your research properly.  

Wishing all students a better 2021 academic year.  

South African Business’ Thinking Creatively

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Although the Coronavirus has brought change and uncertainty on how businesses function, it has pushed them to find creative ways sustain their activities and maintaining long relations with existing and new customers. 

Speaking to Sowetan, ICT SMME chamber chairperson, Muzi Makhaye, expressed the positive side of the pandemic saying, “I concur 100% with the view that says the coronavirus has put us all firmly on the digital economy springboard… Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, meetings will, henceforth, be virtual and travel budgets will be directed to online video conferencing facilities, licensing, and training. Planet earth will be a better place for us all if we can travel less than we have become accustomed to in the last few decades. Certainly, business will never be the same, post Covid-19. This is true for big and small business”, 

Restaurants that were dependent on walk-ins have now moved to digital platforms to engage with customers and delivering orders, Television game shows are now linking with audiences and contestants online. Selling of cars has moved online encouraging customers to watch videos designed to describe the cars performance in detail. Psychology and therapy sessions have moved to virtual consultations, as well as school classes and workout sessions. Healthcare is moving to telemedicine, retailers are now contactless and insurers have now created apps that allow self-services. 

Finding alternatives to run businesses has increased employee productivity and the running of the business. The new way of working has given employees more time to focus on tasks and has eliminated the stress of commuting, traffic, loadshedding and water issues.  Organisations are also finding that colleagues are more available for meetings scheduled due to more organised calendars. The effectiveness of the employees has resulted to people logging off on time due to using their time effectively. 

“72% of the CEOs saw benefit from remote working in terms of widening their talent pool. And why wouldn’t it? Many of us have considered a new job prospect in part based on where the job is located, commuting time in South Africa’s increasingly (until recently, at least) congested cities more-and-more an issue”, shares Loos.

The COVID-19 crisis provides a glimpse into a future where digital will become a central way of interaction, forcing both organsiations and individuals to adapt to the new way of living. This is now where digital is becoming the primary and in some instances the sole customer engagement model, a platform with automated processes and becoming the primary driver of productivity.