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.  

Tshwane’s bustling student community

The City of Tshwane has a large student community, with many tertiary education facilities across the city. Student accommodation, “villages” and entertainment is situated close to most of the large universities, colleges and technikons.

Here is list of tertiary institutions in and around Tshwane:

      • University of Pretoria ( also known as UP, Tuks or Tukkies)

Website: www.up.ac.za
Contact details: 012 420 3111

      • University of South Africa ( also known as UNISA)

Website: www.unisa.ac.za
Contact details: 012 429 2614

      • Tshwane University of Technology

Website:  www.tut.ac.za
Contact details: 012 382 5114

      • Rosebank College

Website: www.rosebankcollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 320 7270 (CBD campus) or 012 343 2504 (Sunnyside campus)

      • Boston City Campus and Business College

Website: www.boston.co.za
Contact details: 012 546 7798 (Pretoria North Campus) or 012 343 1731 (Arcadia campus)

      • Open Window

Website: www.openwindow.co.za
Contact details: 012 648 9200

      • Damelin

Website: www.damelin.co.za
Contact details: 012 406 0000 (Pretoria campus) or 012 471 3300 (Menlyn campus)

      • Inscape Education Group

Website: www.inscape.ac
Contact details: 012 346 2189

      • Varsity College

Website: www.varsitycollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 348 2551

      • Tshwane North TVET College

Website: www.tsc.edu.za
Contact details: 012 323 8683

      • Tshwane South TVET College

Website: www.tsc.edu.za
Contact details: 012 401 5000

      • Academy for Facilities Management

Website: www.a4fm.ac.za
Contact details: 012 993 0533

      • Centurion Academy

Website: www.ca.ac.za/
Contact details: 012 648 9700

      • Midrand Graduate Institute

Website: www.mgi.ac.za
Contact details: 012 943 1001

      • Academy of Business & Computer Studies

Website: www.academystudies.co.za
Contact details: 012 326 0086

      • Central Technical College (Pty)Ltd

Website: www.ctc.edu.za
Contact details: 012 320 5109

      • Churchil Technical College (Pty) Ltd

Website: www.churchiltechnicalcollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 767 8870

      • CTU Training Solutions

Website: www.ctutraining.ac.za
Contact details: 012 998 2424

      • Dam Technical College Pretoria

Website: www.damtraining.co.za
Contact details: 012 326 0247

      • Denver Technical College

Website: www.denvercollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 320 8111

      • Gauteng Central College

Website: www.gautengcentralcollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 320 3691

      • Pro-Active Public Services College

Website: www.proactivecollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 346 6859

      • Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd

Website: www.rgit.co.za
Contact details: 012 323 4655

A guide to creating a Get Stuff Done (GSD) journal

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)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 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

Monthly Plans

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.

Weekly Plans

You can then whittle these plans down into weekly goals and plans so that you are able to put more detail into your process

Daily Plans

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.

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Five ways to keep a calm mind while focusing on your studies

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!