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Fighting digital colonialism, Q&A with Elizabeth Gould
Fighting digital colonialism, Q&A with Elizabeth Gould

The V&A Waterfront recently launched Workshop17, a multi-use innovation hub in support of start-ups, companies and initiatives working towards a better future...

By Cari Van Wyk 1 Sep 2015 13:24

[SA Innovation Summit] Reimagining the future
[SA Innovation Summit] Reimagining the future

"It ain't about us, it's about creating a space for our children to flourish. We have a responsibility to the future," says Gavin Mageni, Head of the SABS Design Institute...

By Nicci Botha 27 Aug 2015 11:29

[SA Innovation Summit] Emerging companies insights: Where do we stand?
[SA Innovation Summit] Emerging companies insights: Where do we stand?

In a good news, bad news scenario, people would rather hear the bad news first. And in the case of emerging entrepreneurial businesses in South Africa, local is not so lekker, say Maija de Riijk-Uys and Alexandra Fraser of PwC Accelerator and Silicon Cape respectively...

By Nicci Botha 27 Aug 2015 09:13

[SA Innovation Summit] The business of disruption
[SA Innovation Summit] The business of disruption

We're facing a brave new world, where disruption technology and e-commerce are forcing traditional industries to re-examine their take on doing business to include innovative solution-based thinking if they want to stay in the game...

By Nicci Botha 26 Aug 2015 14:51

Jackie Carroll
Do your homework before contracting training suppliers

Underlining the dire state of further education and training in South Africa is a story on the Mail & Guardian website, 'Limpopo youth lose out after R28m skills project grinds to halt'...

By Jackie Carroll 11 Aug 2015 14:22

The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA
The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA

Earlier this year, Business Day put the spotlight on the gravity of South Africa's unemployment problem. It's worse than it seems...

By Antoinette Pombo 9 Jun 2015 14:55

Schools can help in transformation of SA from "rainboo" to rainbow nation
Schools can help in transformation of SA from "rainboo" to rainbow nation

Nelson Mandela stated during the Rivonia Trial, 1964 that, "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 5 Jun 2015 09:30

Educational reform for the social media age
Educational reform for the social media age

Is the current system in sync with today's reality? How can education stakeholders harness the power of social networks to deliver on the promise of a quality education?

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 4 Jun 2015 16:30

Five for a chain reaction
Five for a chain reaction

As individuals experience the rewards of helping someone, they improve the communities they live and work in with a huge multiplier effect...

By Jessica Taylor 28 May 2015 08:00

Code word for the future
Code word for the future

Almost every child comes into contact everyday with some form of the digitised world, whether it is watching their parents swipe their credit card for a purchase in the supermarket or even watching them on their cellphones...

By Alta Greeff 27 May 2015 08:50

Failed: South Africa needs to invest in STEM
Failed: South Africa needs to invest in STEM

In October 2014, Adrian Schofield, Manager for Applied Research Unit of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) told Fin24 that a lack of improvement in South Africa's basic education system is putting the country at risk...

By John Eigelaar 14 May 2015 14:10

Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors
Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors

A recent exposé published in a South African daily newspaper and featured on the front page as "School Toilets of Shame", revealed the horrific truth about sanitation in Gauteng schools - in most cases there isn't any...

By Peter Cowan 2 Apr 2015 10:40

The future of mobile exam preparation, Q&A with George Burgess
The future of mobile exam preparation, Q&A with George Burgess

Inspired by the global mindset of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs while at Stanford, Burgess explains what Gojimo means for the industry, and why SA...

By Jessica Taylor 2 Apr 2015 07:00

The human right to a relevant education
The human right to a relevant education

Human Rights Day, 21 March serves as a reminder of past injustices and our achievements in working towards an equal society. The right to education is the key to the improvement of people's lives, no matter what life stage they are in...

By Jackie Carroll 17 Mar 2015 10:45

Individualisation, diversity sets education providers apart
Individualisation, diversity sets education providers apart

Digital technologies including cloud computing, mobile devices and the Internet have the potential to transform the content offerings of schools and universities. Education institutions are no longer limited to the usual subjects of maths, science and languages. They now have an opportunity to diversify their subject and course offerings to include unconventional choices such as aviation, catering, music, ballet and anything else in their curriculums...

By Murray de Villiers 10 Mar 2015 12:20

Why focusing on matric results isn't the solution to SA's education woes
Why focusing on matric results isn't the solution to SA's education woes

When interventions made to raise the levels of mathematics skills and knowledge among South African learners fail to bear fruit, it's understandable that many are quick to feel that we are in a state of crisis...

By Christina Watson 9 Mar 2015 11:25

Platform thinking is not a pipe dream; what SA can learn from Google
Platform thinking is not a pipe dream; what SA can learn from Google

Treat learners like platforms that can grow in intellectual potency to levels never imagined possible as opposed to pipes that are bounded by their very nature...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 25 Feb 2015 08:00

Throwing laptops at schools won't solve the maths problem
Throwing laptops at schools won't solve the maths problem

Private-public partnerships have seen technology arriving in classrooms at an unprecedented rate which surpasses the user's rate of ICT skills acquisition. The burning question now is how to maximize the return on investment in educational technology as an enhancing tool for learning...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 19 Feb 2015 12:20

Google Helpouts shuts down: Are live video tutorials viable?
Google Helpouts shuts down: Are live video tutorials viable?

Google has announced that it will be shutting down Helpouts on 20 April 2015...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 16 Feb 2015 15:15

[Learn Accounting] It's about people, team fit and technology
[Learn Accounting] It's about people, team fit and technology

At Tuesday's Learn Accounting launch, Jacqui Kew, Associate Professor at the UCT College of Accounting, explained that students are of the mindset that achieving very high marks is the most important thing...

By Jessica Taylor 12 Feb 2015 12:15

SA afflicted by maths anxiety
SA afflicted by maths anxiety

Mathematical anxiety is one of the diseases that have surely spread through the human race without being detected and treated as a pandemic...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 10 Feb 2015 12:00

Maths not SA's innovation holy grail
Maths not SA's innovation holy grail

Mathematics' contribution to the country's innovation process has been overrated as it is only a part of the process...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 9 Feb 2015 10:35

Edzai Conilias Zvobwo
Matric results: Learner retention should be at forefront

On Monday, 5 January 2015, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results for the country and the provinces. The results were received with mixed feelings and in the spotlight was the national retention rate...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 29 Jan 2015 09:00

Short courses as an alternative to degree programmes
Short courses as an alternative to degree programmes

For a host of reasons, many of South Africa's school-leavers will be unable to pursue a tertiary education in 2015. So what other options are available for these individuals?

By Rob Paddock 27 Jan 2015 15:30

Albert van Jaarsveld
Innovation, a catalyst for development

WEF is uniquely placed to offer South Africa a chance to position itself and communicate its value proposition to international decision makers...

By Albert van Jaarsveld 27 Jan 2015 13:53

What we've learned from institutions of higher learning - Brand Union
What we've learned from institutions of higher learning

According to figures released by the Department of Basic Education, 403,874 students passed their NSC this year. Amid the excitement of negotiating this hurdle, for many it brings the question: "Where to now?" into sharp focus. For higher education institution brands, this is peak season, with brands playing an important role in informing decisions...

By Christopher Human, Issued by Brand Union 26 Jan 2015 10:45

Miller Matola
South Africa's education system critical to our competitiveness

The nation brand is an extremely complex concept. I recently found a diagrammatic representation in a paper entitled the Nation Brand Molecule which illustrates exactly how complex this concept is...

By Miller Matola 22 Jan 2015 11:10

Bez Sangari
Warm-ware: schools readiness for ET

As with any technology, there are always early adopters, followed by users who implement the technology when it is already accepted, and finally late adopters, those who implement the technology after it is being widely used...

By Bez Sangari 13 Jan 2015 14:30

Robert Morris
Online resources that promote students' digital citizenship

Not all professors are keen on implementing digital strategies, but even the most obstinate educators must admit that the level of student engagement is positively affected when technology becomes an integrated part of their learning habits...

By Robert Morris 18 Dec 2014 11:00

Gizelle McIntyre
The importance of educated training choices

Building a career path isn't quite as easy as enrolling at university, completing a course and seeking employment...

By Gizelle McIntyre 28 Nov 2014 15:05

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