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How to make a Hotbox
2 days ago
Winter is on its way, and with it cold weather and coughs and colds! It’s also the time of year when electricity bills soar while you are just trying to keep warm. Here’s a way to save on those electricity bills while you make healthy food to help you to stay well this winter. If…
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How to Train your brain! [Part 2]
a week ago
The mind is a powerful storage device! But it’s how to access the information in your mind that is important. This is where: memory games, word and number games – like Sudoku, Crosswords and Scrabble – and strategy games, like chess, help the mind to stay active for longer. There are some tricks that will…
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How to train your brain!
2 weeks ago
The brain, like any other part of your body, needs exercise to stay fit and perform well. Just like physical games strengthen your muscles, mental games help to strengthen your brain and prevent cognitive degenerative diseases, like Alzheimers and Dementia. Memory games and puzzles, as well as strategy games like chess, can train your brain…
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Losing my Religion
yesterday
My two daughters go to a Catholic school. Earlier this year they came home with ash on their foreheads because they just celebrated the beginning of Lent. Lent is the forty day period where Christians count down to Easter. Both girls decided, as is tradition, to give up a treat each, in order to show…
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Encouraging a teen to read
a week ago
I started reading books when I was about nine years old. Although I can’t really remember exactly what drove me to get my first book and read it to completion, I do know that at that stage in my life I found socialising with my peers exhausting. Doing this at school was enough for me…
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The many faces of Prejudice
2 weeks ago
Religion, culture, nationality are some of the ways we find and express ourselves, and derive meaning from. But often they are used as tools of prejudice and discrimination. We need honest dialogue at the table of day-to-day conversation about this. Unattended to, or without critique, the likes of religion and nationality tend to morph into…
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Contributing to a SWOT analysis
3 weeks ago
You may be working somewhere and get told that your organisation, or a particular department, has decided to do a SWOT analysis. What does that mean, and how can you contribute to it? SWOT is an acronym that stands for Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats. Strengths and weaknesses analyse what is working well and what’s…
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Finding part-time work
a month ago
Perhaps you are studying or haven’t yet found a full-time job? What can you do to bring in some income and gain experience to add to your CV in the meantime? How about working part-time? Part-time could mean working some hours in the evening, mornings only or even just a few hours in a week.…
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Enterprising Entrepreneurs: Ntokozo Ndlovu
a month ago
The Work-Wise blog is looking into the lives of young entrepreneurs in South Africa because they are exciting people who have a positive impact on society. They often come up with new ideas on how to do things and they drive innovation. They create competition for existing competitors which drives economic growth and, best of…
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Building your self-esteem
2 months ago
Searching for a job or starting a new job can be quite overwhelming sometimes. We might think that we’re not good enough to even get a job or to be in the job we do have. We might feel battered by applying for jobs and not finding one. It’s almost inevitable that our self-esteem will…
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The value of working in a trade
2 months ago
Often, when we think of our working life, we think that finding a job is based only on our academic results. Perhaps you haven’t achieved the results you wanted, or you don’t actually know what you want to do. Have you considered a trade? This line of work is often ignored but is actually a…
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Soft skills and why they are especially important for young people
3 months ago
When we are at school, the focus of our education system is on developing knowledge and hard skills. For example, you acquire the skill to read, write and do maths and you gain knowledge about the world in the subjects that you take. But this isn’t enough for today’s world of work. Knowledge is much…
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Set your goals and find a meaningful job
3 months ago
The year has begun and things might have changed for you. Perhaps you have just received your matric results or your work contract came to an end in December? Now you need to find a new path. You want to find a job and, although you can get advice from family, friends and even the…
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Study for Free!
5 months ago
Yes, it is possible to study for free. If you find that you’re having difficulty getting employment, or haven’t managed to get into a tertiary institution next year, you could do some free online courses in the meantime to upskill yourself at no cost. There are many online courses available on the internet but many…