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Human Rights Day: What are my rights as a South African citizen?

Whether you’re around the braai, heading to the beach, or unfortunately stuck in the office, here’s hoping your Human Rights Day is as enjoyable as possible. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself what your human rights actually are in South Africa? Sure, we know we have one of the most progressive, modern constitutions in the world. So what does that guarantee us? This public holiday gives us all a chance to reflect on the fight for democracy, and those who lost their lives sticking it to apartheid. Thanks to those brave…

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Part 9 – Identity Literacy

The transformation of identity into political economy although tempting has its own consequences. Zille believes that Singapore, a human construct, with no power of causation and agency, can offer lessons to another human construct of diverse actors, SA. The idea of clothing nation-states with sovereignty and power to cause motion in the quest for solutions to real life challenges seems so entrenched to allow for any honest conversations on its bankruptcy as a useful tool in the kind of battle of ideas that are needed to lift sovereign human actors…...

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What Critics Get Wrong About Financial Education

Doubters of financial education make four great points but reach the wrong conclusion every time.     Is it really possible that dozens of nations, thousands of nonprofits and tens of thousands of educators are wrong to want to teach kids about money in school? That’s what critics would have us believe. Certainly there is room for skepticism, and consensus thinking isn’t always right after all. Yet crowd thinking usually has a solid foundation. What started as a given less than two decades ago (if you teach it they will…...

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Fee adjustment grant allocated to assist poor students

Government has allocated a “fee adjustment grant” to assist students from poor, working class and missing middle households to pay for increases of up to 8% on the 2017 higher education fees. © Oleksandr Mudretsov – 123RF.com Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said this when she led a media briefing of the Social Protection, Community and Human Development Cluster in Cape Town, on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. “This will be the first time in the history of post-school education and training that families with income levels above the NSFAS-Threshold, but…...

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Education

CONFERENCES | EXHIBITIONS | INDUSTRY AWARDS Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality, and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth. This is no truer than in sub-Saharan Africa where poverty is high and opportunities plentiful. In South Africa alone 20 percent of annual government expenditure is invested in education, amounting to R254-billion. Spintelligent’s Education portfolio comprises of industry leading events, African EduWeek and Career Indaba. The Education portfolio holds a unique media partnership agreement with national and international broadcaster Mutlichoice, to provide unprecedented…...

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Good Bosses Switch Between Two Leadership Styles

Think back to the last team project you participated in at work. How did the person running the project lead the group? Did they lead by presenting a plan and using their authority to insist that others follow along? Or did the person instead lead by explaining why a particular course of action seemed like the best one, allowing others to willfully get on board? These two leadership styles, which I and other researchers refer to as dominance and prestige, respectively, reflect two fundamental strategies people use to navigate their…...

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ABOUT THE 1873 MENTEE CIRCLE

The mentoring is a platform designed to provide an opportunity for you to take the time to reflect on issues that matter to you, and take actions to address them, supported by your mentor and your mentoring group. There might be a particular issue you’re having at work, you may be wondering how to progress in your career (inside or outside academia), be struggling with work-life balance, or it could be anything else that’s important to you. The program is self-driven and allows you to build your peer circle of…...

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