Whether you are looking for a change of scenery or visiting Tshwane during the lockdown period, you may find that your options are a little more different than before. Social distancing and various other laws and regulations have seen a big change in the way in which people find entertainment.
Here are three places you can visit in the City of Tshwane during lockdown:
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Established in 1929, the Rietveli Nature Reserve spans across 4000 hectares of land. While there are a few hiking trails, the reserve is only allowing self-drive viewing with only 50 cars allowed inside at a time. But we’ll take a day of game-viewing from our car over watching TV any day. For more information on the safety rules and regulations as well as the entry fees to the reserve, visit the Meetup site.
Pretoria Art Museum
Art is always a good idea. And if you cannot make art, you can at least appreciate the works of others. The Pretoria Art Museum offers pieces ranging from paper to ceramics, mixed media, painting and tons more. For only R25 to marvel at these works, we think it’s worth the visit.
National Botanical Gardens
We can’t stress enough how important it is to get out into the fresh air, just to clear one’s mind and reconnect with nature. The National Botanical Gardens is a great place to unwind and take in the beauty of nature right on your doorstep. Take a trail walk and admire the birds or simply sit in silence and experience bliss.
If you hate having to write out endless lists of tasks that need to be done, you are not alone. Many people find the tedious ask of planning a big schlep and so a lot of the time this is discarded and left to “wing-it”.
Creating a GSD journal is one way in which you can create a well-thought out plan for yourself. You will be able to decide exactly how much or how little you want to include in your journal, but we guarantee that once you start, you won’t want to stop.
What you will need:
- A hardcover book (preferably unlined), you will need one page per day so make sure your book is big enough.
- Coloured pens and khoki pens
- Washi tape (optional)
- Your creative juices
- A plan of what you want to keep track of – it can include your water intake, tasks, motivational quotes or verses, exercise routine, study schedule, savings goals and more
Start with a monthly plan and use two pages to map out what you need to get done, include important dates and appointments so that this is front and center of your plan.
You can then whittle these plans down into weekly goals and plans so that you are able to put more detail into your process
Create a page for every day, include a habit tracker which you can draw into a shape or image. Your to-do list, workout plans and schedules all need to go in here.
Watch this very quick tutorial on how you can create your own GSD journal.
The Khan Academy is a non-profit organisation aimed at providing quality, free education to all – students, teachers and parents alike. This Academy gives teachers the tools to be able to provide tailored, personalised educational content to learners as they grow at their own pace.
Visit The Khan Academy here
EduBlush is an online academy offering students from Grade 4 to Grade 12 quality education by qualified teachers with over 10 years experience. In these unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, education cannot be overlooked and is still as important as ever before. Giving students access to the best learning experience is at the forefront of EduBLush’s core offering.
Visit EduBlush online academy here
IBM Digital Nation Africa is a platform that allows technology students the opportunity to learn and explore various skills such as AI, IoT, Blockchain and many other skills. Not only do registered students get lifetime access to the course material, but they are able to find a job by setting up a profile relevant to their skills
Visit IBM Digital Nation Africa platform here
One of the biggest reasons why businesses either fail to launch or don’t stick around for long enough is access to finance. Regardless of the size of one’s company, there are costs that just cannot be avoided and are absolutely necessary to success.
SEFA (Small Enterprise Finance Agency) assists businesses with the loans required to open up and stay afloat.
The SEDA (Small Business Development Agency) offers information to those looking to start a business. From advice and information, to small enterprise training and even business registration, starting up has never been safer and easier.
See how you can benefit here
The City Of Tshwane offers opportunities for businesses of all sizes and sectors. From business parks to commercial properties. This strategically located city is ideal for the businessperson looking to put down roots as it offers fantastic education and research facilities, an extensive labour market and accessibility of affordable premises.
Learn more here
Recruitment in 2020 has become a very difficult task for both employers and job-seekers. With so many people losing their jobs due to covid-19, the markets are saturated with people desperately searching for work.
Here are a few ways in which you can put your best foot forward to finding the right job.
Apply for the job you want
By tailoring your CV to the spec of the job, you are able to highlight your best qualities that the specific job requires. If you are applying for an administrative-orientated position, highlight those capabilities instead of listing irrelevant competencies such as graphic design for example.
Don’t apply for every job you see advertised
Many recruiters are seeing people applying for each and every job they can find from specialised vacancies such as strategy for example to computer programming and reception work. By doing this, the applicant is diluting their talent and capabilities and makes the recruit sceptical about what their competencies really are. Stick to what you know.
Believe in yourself
Not every set-back means failure. Losing one’s job for whatever reason can leave you feeling rejected, demotivated and worthless. Understanding that you are great at what you do, taking the time to evaluate what you really want and then going out to get it is a massive step toward getting that job.
Be open to change
The way in which business is conducted today is quite literally not the same as it was just yesterday. By being adaptable and willing to go out of your comfort zone, you will find that you will learn a lot more, grow a lot faster and even pick up a few hidden talents you never knew you had.
Many students have struggled to come to terms with the new-way of schooling and studying in general. Whether at school or completing tertiary education, the uncertainty can be extremely overwhelming and at times distracting as well.
Here are five ways in which you can clear your mind, put your head down and make sure that those goals you have set for yourself are attainable, no matter what.
- FIND A CLUTTER-FREE STUDY SPACE
Setting up a space to study where you have minimal noise (if possible) with as little clutter and distraction as possible will assist in helping you clear your mind and focus on the task at hand. If you can, separate your study-space from your resting-space, so as to train your mind to know when it’s time to get down to business and when it’s time to chill.
- TURN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA
By taking a break from social media whilst studying you are not only relieving yourself from checking up on your friends’ whereabouts but you also give yourself a break from the news. This means that your focus and priority can be on your studies for that period of time.
- PUT TOGETHER A STUDY SCHEDULE
Nothing calms one’s mind better than a to-do list and study schedule. By breaking up your day into digestible chunks of priorities you save yourself from being overwhelmed by the enormity of the task at hand. Giving yourself time to prepare, organise and think through your day means you will have time to also plan breaks without feeling guilty.
- PRACTICE SELF-CARE
You cannot function properly if you are fatigued and unhealthy. By practicing self-care, you are not only boosting your energy levels, powering up your brain cells and getting more hours into the day but you are also going to feel motivated and confident. Make time to eat proper, regular meals. Avoid the caffeine-rush and rather drink lots of water. Instead of slouching on the couch, take a brisk walk or a run. And get enough sleep.
- REWARD YOURSELF
Good behaviour deserves to be rewarded. Once you have achieved your weekly or monthly study goals, reward yourself. These rewards could be indulging in your favourite treat, a day off to do absolutely nothing, a new item of clothing or even some extra time on Facebook. The rewards are totally up to you.
Here’s wishing you good luck, the future can’t wait to meet you!