Unisa Council Bursary 2018

Are you a student who could not graduate because of outstanding debt or a new student who could not be assisted by NSFAS? We’ve got good news! Applications for the Unisa Council Bursary are now open.

Unisa Council has again made money available to assist Unisa students in the following categories:

  • Students who could not graduate because of outstanding debt
  • Continuing students with outstanding debt
  • New students who could not be assisted by NSFAS

To Qualify For This Bursary:

  • Be a South African student
  • Be registered for a formal qualification
  • Must have obtained at least a 55% average

How To Apply
The vetting of applications will be done by an external service provider to verify the authenticity of the information submitted. A means test will be conducted to determine financial neediness. Incomplete forms will not be considered.

Click here for the application form. Application forms are also available at Unisa regional offices. Completed applications should be submitted via e-mail to email protected.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018.

Please note that the outcome of your application will be communicated to you via SMS and your myLife e-mail account.

And we think 16 Days is enough?

And we think 16 Days is enough?

South Africa, we have failed our womxn and children.

This Saturday, 25 November, marks the start of 16 Days of Activism on No Violence against Women and Children, a campaign South Africa has participated in many times before this.

And what, frankly, has it done for us?

Spoiler alert: absolutely nothing.

Column by Conor Engelbrecht

And we think 16 Days is enough?

According to the South African Medical Research Council, 3 womxn are killed by their partners every day in South Africa. And that’s just the ones we know about. Which begs the question: how are 16 days enough?

In 2014, President Jacob Zuma called for a year-long campaign against gender-based violence, because no, 16 days are not enough. And, despite the #365Days campaign, the #CountMeIn campaign, we sit here in 2017 with too much blood on our hands.

Too many womxn have died this year alone. Too many men have been let off, have been forgiven by society, have had their deplorable behaviour excused, and that’s on all of us.

“We have failed our womxn and children”

As a nation, we have to do better. We cannot, a week after former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana walked away from his sentencing with little more than a fine and some community service, turn around and participate in a campaign against gender-based violence and seriously think that it is good enough.

Now, I’m not saying that 16 Days of Activism is a bad idea. It’s not. What I’m saying is that we, as South Africans, need to do more.

Our society is built around men. It supports them, rewards them, shields them from harm, protects them from attack, favours them over womxn. This patriarchal system, which shows itself in every “You know he has a temper”, every “Boys will be boys”, every “He didn’t mean it like that”, is killing womxn. And we think 16 days is enough?

In April 2017, a young South African womxn named Karabo Mokoena died. Her burnt remains were found in a ditch and her ex-boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe claimed that she had committed suicide. How did her body get burned? He panicked and doused her body in pool acid and petrol, before putting a tire around her and setting it alight. Riiiight. And we think 16 days is enough?

Mduduzi Manana Sandile Mantsoe Brickz

Kwaito star Brickz, also known as Sipho Ndlovu, was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a 17 year old relative in 2013. He threatened to kill her if she came forward about it. He has since been accused of rape by another womxn. And we think 16 days is enough?

The police has recorded 39 828 rapes in 2016 and 2017, averaging out to 109.1 rapes every. Single. Day. And we think 16 days is enough?

A 2012 study uncovered that 36% of womxn in KwaZulu-Natal, 45% of womxn in the Western Cape, 51% of womxn in Gauteng and 77% of womxn in Limpopo had experienced some form of gender-based violence. And we think 16 days is enough?

Between March 2010 and March 2011, seven womxn were killed every day. At least half of these deaths took place at the hands of their partner.

And we think 16 days is enough?

Our society, frankly, doesn’t value womxn. Certainly not on the same level that it values and protects men.

“Our society doesn’t value womxn”

So yes, we can have our 16 Days of Activism campaign, nothing wrong with that. But why limit ourselves? That right there is the problem – our entire way of dealing with gender-based violence is flawed, purely reactionary. When the next Karabo comes along, the next Noluthando Mahlaba, we will rise up, fire in our blood and bile in our throats. And then, when it all blows over, it’s forgotten – misogyny is excused, rape jokes laughed at, cat-calling condoned. Until another womxn dies.

And we think 16 days is enough?

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Column by Conor Engelbrecht

The views expressed herein are those of the columnist and do not necessarily reflect the views of Portal Publishing.

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Kingswood College Teacher Internship Opportunity 2017

Kingswood, founded in 1894, is an independent, boarding and day school that caters for girls and boys from pre-school to bridging year (post matric).

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It is very much a family school and has children from all over South Africa, as well as a number from various other countries. 73% of pupils, however, come from the Eastern Cape, giving the school its rich, local heritage.

In striving to address the College’s strategic vision, an opportunity exists for young South African men/women to apply for a

Students gain on the job training while studying through UNISA towards an education degree in either the FET or GET phases.

The ideal candidate should have the following qualities:

  • a proven track record of academic rigour;
  • be disciplined to embark on the UNISA distant learning platform;
  • coach sport and
  • do duties in the boarding houses.

Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the Employment Equity Act. It is the responsibility of the applicants to register with Unisa by mid-September 2017 regardless whether the College has completed the appointment process.

Students who have already embarked on studies through Unisa would also be considered on merit.

Applications, inclusive of a full Curriculum Vitae and motivating covering letter, must be submitted to Mrs Elmarie Retief on the email address below, by 28 July 2017.

The College reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. Candidates who have not heard from the College by 30 October 2017 must assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

How to Become a Computer Game Developer

Computer games are awesome. Whether you like strategy games, first-person shooters, adventure games, role-playing games, whatever, computer games are fantastic. If you like computer games as much as I do, then you might be thinking about making your own. So this week, we look at how to become a computer game developer.

How to Become a Computer Game Developer

So, a couple of things that we should look at: what kind of mind do you need to become a game developer and what do you need to study? With that in mind, let’s take a look.

Personality

Game development is hard. There is a huge amount of competition in the field, with as much as 70% of programmers having considered going into game development at some point.

This means that you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with the competitive nature of the field.

Additionally, game developers are often required to work very long hours, sometimes more than 60 hours per week.

Of course, the creative side of game development needs to be discussed as well: you’ll have to think outside the box to solve problems, especially if you’re going to be dealing with AI, artificial intelligence.

So if you want to become a game developer you’ll need to be competitive, hard-working and creative. Game development also requires strong programming and mathematics abilities, so you’ll absolutely have to have those down pat.

And that leads quite nicely to the next part of this article: what do you need to study to become a computer game developer?

Study Options

Obviously, in order to get into the field of game development you’ll have to study programming. Fortunately, South African universities have some great Computer Science programmes.

The University of Cape Town is the only university to offer a degree in Computer Game Development. This major has to be taken concurrently with Computer Science and only starts in the 2nd semester of 2nd year: that gives you plenty of time to hone your skills.

Stellenbosch University may not offer a degree in Game Development but they do have a very strong Computer Science department and that can provide you with a solid foundation for becoming a developer.

Many other South African universities also offer Computer Science:

So there you have it: how to become a Computer Game Developer. Once you’ve got your degree, you’ll want to start applying for jobs at major game development companies and then you’ll be on your way to a bright future.

Article by Conor Engelbrecht

Teacher Internship Opportunity at DSG 2017

The Diocesan School for Girls, situated in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, invites applications for the position of

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TEACHER INTERNSHIP (Afrikaans)

DSG is looking for self-motivated young women who would like to join our intern programme. We therefore invite applications from women who are under the age of 25 who:
Are currently working towards a career in teaching Afrikaans
OR
Will be completing their schooling this year and wish to pursue a career in teaching Afrikaans
Students will be studying through UNISA towards an education degree in the FET phase.
The following will form part of the internship programme:
UNISA fees and books
Board and lodging
A small stipend
Practical experience in teaching
The successful candidates will be required to:
Work closely with our academic staff in the classrooms for an average of 25 hours per week
Assist with boarding house duties and extramural activities
Candidates from previously disadvantaged groups will be favourably considered.

Send your application forms with your Curriculum Vitae and the names of three contactable referees, must be submitted by Thursday 29 June 2017 to: Ms Angela Southey at The Diocesan School for Girls.All applications will be treated in strict confidence. The school reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post.An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an interview.Closing Date: June 29, 2017Location: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
a.southey@dsgschool.com
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Thandulwazi Intern-Teacher Training Programme 2017

The Thandulwazi Maths & Science Academy is an educational programme offered by the Thandulwazi Trust and the St Stithians Foundation.

The academy is hosted by St Stithians College. Established in October 2005, the academy advances the teaching and learning of Maths and Science in schools in and around Gauteng.
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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A CAREER AS A TEACHER?

WITH SPECIALISATION IN MATHS, SCIENCE OR FOUNDATION PHASE (ECD)

The Thandulwazi Intern-Teacher Training Programme, in partnership with St Stithians College, is offering prospective teachers the opportunity to study towards a part-time 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) or 2-year postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), through UNISA, while gaining workplace experience at St Stithians College.

These positions will be appointed from January 2018.

Preference will be given to aspiring teachers who are:

  • Passionate about exploring a career in teaching Foundation Phase, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Physical or Natural Science.
  • Students already registered in or planning on registering with one of the above courses with UNISA.
  • Grade 12 learners eager to explore a career in teaching who display strong academic results especially in Maths and/or Science. Applicants need to have obtained a minimum of 60% in the required subjects in order to be considered.
  • South African citizens residing in Johannesburg.
  • From previously disadvantaged groups and/or students in need of financial assistance.
  • Benefits you will receive:
  • Mentoring by an experienced educator.
  • Valuable professional training and workplace experience within an IEB school environment.
  • In addition, you may qualify for one or more of the following benefits, depending on your financial needs analysis:
  • Payment of tuition fees at UNISA and a textbook allowance.
  • Daily meal allowance during term time.
  • Workshop conference allowance.
  • A monthly stipend.

Please note that there is no accommodation offered as part of this programme.

If you would like to apply for this wonderful opportunity, please apply online by clicking on the following link:

Location: Lyme Park, Sandton

Closing date for Applications: 29 May 2017.
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CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Please do not phone or email the College directly as we will only consider applications that have been submitted via the online application process. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by no later than 30 June 2017.

The Trust reserves the right not to proceed with filling this post. Applicants are invited from South African citizens. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

ISASA Teacher Intern Bursaries 2018

ISASA

The ISASA Mathematics and English (M&E) Programme has been recently rebranded as the South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP).

SAMSTIP, Investec and the Department of Basic Education are offering prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences an opportunity to win bursaries to study for a four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree or a one year postgraduate (PGCE) certificate at UNISA.

  • Learn from and be mentored by experienced school teachers
  • Access to excellent teaching, learning resources and technology
  • Training in ISASA schools
  • Targeted academic enrichment programme
  • The bursary will fully cover, amongst others, UNISA fees and textbooks.

Who can apply?

Application for Unisa Council Bursary Scheme 2017

UNISA

Unisa re-opens applications for Unisa Council funding. Unisa Council has made an amount of R99 million available to assist Unisa students in various categories.

Following Catagories:

  • Students who could not graduate because of outstanding debt
  • Continuing students with outstanding debt
  • New students who could not be assisted by NSFAS

To qualify for this bursary, students must apply and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a South African student
  • Be registered for a formal qualification
  • Must have obtained at least a 55% average

* Please do not apply if you have already applied for this funding and received feedback from Unisa.

The vetting of applications will be done by an external service provider to verify the authenticity of the information submitted.

A means test will be conducted to determine financial neediness.

Incomplete forms will not be considered.

Click Here to APPLICATION FORM

for the application form.

Application forms are also available at Unisa regional offices.

Completed applications should be submitted via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The deadline for applications is 12 May 2017.

Please note that the outcome of your application will be communicated to you via SMS and your myLife e-mail account.

HOW TO APPLY

Click Here to VIEW UNISA PAGE

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The Thandulwazi Intern-Teacher Training Programme, in partnership with St Stithians College, is offering prospective teachers the opportunity to study towards a part-time 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) or 2-year postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), through UNISA, while gaining workplace experience at St Stithians College. These positions will be appointed from January 2017.

Preference will be given to aspiring teachers who are:

  • Passionate about exploring a career in teaching Mathematics, Life Sciences, Physical or Natural Science.
  • Students already registered in one of the above courses with UNISA.
  • Grade 12 learners eager to explore a career in teaching who display strong academic results especially in Maths and/or Science. Applicants need to have obtained a minimum of 60% in the required subjects in order to be considered.
  • South African citizens residing in Johannesburg.
  • From previously disadvantaged groups and/or students in need of financial assistance. (Students who wish to gain on-the-job experience, but don’t need financial assistance may also apply).

Benefits you will receive:

  • Mentoring by an experienced educator.
  • Valuable professional training and workplace experience within an IEB school environment.

In addition, you may qualify for one or more of the following benefits, depending on your financial needs analysis:

  • Payment of tuition fees at UNISA and a textbook allowance.
  • Daily meal allowance during term time.
  • Workshop conference allowance.
  • A monthly stipend.

How to Apply

Please note that there is no accommodation offered as part of this programme.
If you would like to apply for this wonderful opportunity, please Apply Online for the Thandulwazi Maths Science Academy Teacher Training Programme

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