Applications for 2018 financial aid open

Applications for financial aid for all learners, who wish to enter the post-school system and students, who do not have financial assistance to continue their studies in 2018 academic year, has officially opened. National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Acting Executive Officer Lerato Nage made the announcement during a media briefing on Tuesday at Ratanda […]

Ramaphosa urges private sector to support youth empowerment

Original article on | 27 March 2017 | by Tshepo Ikaneng Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the private sector to support government initiatives to transform post-school education and training.  He was speaking at the National Skills Conference in Irene, Pretoria. Among the conference objectives are the strengthening of the skills development system to enhance […]

Integrating technical education is key to achieving the sustainability agenda

Original article on | 22 March 2016 |By Adil Popat | During the World Summit Sustainable Development held in South Africa in 2002, a very critical declaration was made. Key among them was the promulgation of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014). This was a major international effort to mainstream […]

Student fund scheme ‘on track’ despite hiccup

Original article on | 26 February 2017 | by Munyaradzi Makoni With a total budget of R15 billion (US$1.2 billion) for 2017, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme expects to fund “well over” 405,000 students at both universities and technical and vocational colleges this year. This is despite an admission that the system did not […]

A win-win solution to unemployment

Original article on |12 December 2016 | by Melanie Mulholland Demand-driven apprenticeships are a win-win in increasing the employment prospects of unemployed young people and closing the ever-increasing skills gap, but companies have to enable this process. South Africa’s  unemployment is at its lowest level for five years, but there are still major concerns about […]

Lovedale launches HIV programme

Original article on| 17 November 2016 | by Mbali Tanana Delay anything that may distract you from your studies – that’s the message from deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana to students. He was speaking at the launch of an HIV/Aids programme at Lovedale FET College’s Zwelitsha campus this week. Students from various surrounding institutions, […]