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How to help your young child to learn
4 days ago
Do you want to help your young child who’s in primary school, but you don’t know what to do? Remember, you as parent or care-giver are your child’s first teacher – think of all they have learnt already! And you can help your child with improving their academic ability as well. Here are some ways…
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How to lawfully clear and remove a criminal record
2 weeks ago
If you found yourself on the wrong side of the law when you were younger and have a criminal record it can be depressing and very challenging to find a job. Even if the offence was minor, if you were convicted and sentenced, you will have a criminal record. BUT you can get your record…
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How to get a Police Clearance Certificate
3 weeks ago
You're applying for a job working with young children at a creche, but the creche owner says you can't get the job unless you have a Police Clearance Certificate. What on earth is this? And, how can you get it? Don't worry, we've got some quick answers for you... What is a Police Clearance Certificate?…
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Languages at home
3 days ago
I am a millennial mom raising two boys in the city. I am aware of the importance of teaching them their home language, which is isiXhosa. A while back I came across a Facebook post saying that black people with children that can not speak their home language should be ashamed of themselves. This has…
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The conversation
a week ago
You wake up in the morning, half of your face ready to prepare for the day ahead, the other half in anguish and disgust of having to abandon sleep. Eyes half-dead, the corner of your mouth still dripping with drool, existential angst creeps in: “Why was I born?”, “Is living really worth it”- such scurrying…
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It's time we re-teach black girls about periods
2 weeks ago
I came home to find my 13-year-old cousin in a state. This was out of character for her - she is a happy child, a joker of sorts and she almost never wears her feelings on her face. Obviously concerned, I asked what the matter was. She told me, “The boys were laughing at me…
Work-Wise
The value of working in a trade
6 days 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 weeks 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
a month 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!
2 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…
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Why is it so difficult to find a job and what can you do about it?
3 months ago
Let’s be honest – it’s really hard to find a job. There aren’t enough jobs to go around and somehow we don’t feel prepared for those that are out there. Why is it like this? What has changed and, most importantly, what can you, the job hunter, do about it? Perhaps you’ve already done as…
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Understanding different leadership styles
3 months ago
We all come across leaders in many different areas of our life. Perhaps one or both of your parents may be the leaders of your family? Or perhaps your community has a leader that people look up to? In the work place you will have a leader too. This will be your manager, and they…
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Managing your salary can be challenging
4 months ago
It’s a really good feeling to have earned some money but all too often it doesn’t seem to go very far. Perhaps you get paid monthly? This means that you have to manage your money carefully for quite a long time. If you’re paid weekly or fortnightly it is a bit easier but you’ll still…
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Coping with job rejections
4 months ago
You’ve worked on your CV and applied for a few jobs and you’ve had no response from anyone! This is a tough situation to deal with and it often leads to us thinking negatively about ourselves. There’s so much competition for jobs that it’s really hard to get one. It can be very difficult to…