From Head and Heart: Enterprising School Leavers


Your Mandela Day to-do list: Grow empathy, connect to others, take action – but choose wisely

The message behind Mandela Day is that we all have the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.  In theory many people agree with this sentiment, judging from the 2.8K likes that a Nelson Mandela quote like “our society needs to re-establish a culture of caring” can garner on the Nelson Mandela […]

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Posted on 18 July 2016

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Expanding education and training opportunities for young people through online work-skills or vocational training programmes

In South Africa, e-learning has been used in corporates for some time to develop employee’s skills – functional and behavioural – and knowledge.  Increasingly, in recent years, we have also started to see Universities introduce online programmes as part of their degree or diploma offering, while a handful of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) […]

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Posted on 9 January 2015

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Internships – helping young people get a foot in the door. You might just be impressed by whom you let in.

There are countless scholarly articles describing and evaluating internship programmes in just about every industry. Although the quality of the internship experience varies from employer to employer, generally these studies find that internship programmes are valuable in helping students make a connection between their studies and the world of work. It also assists them to […]

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Posted on 29 October 2014

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‘If we believe we can do it, we can!’ – Imbasa Community Services reflects on an ABCD workshop

Imbasa Community Services (Imbasa) is a small grass roots organisation based in rural Eastern Cape, a 50 minute drive from the town of Idutywa. The community there has sought to address its most desperate problems by establishing a development organisation, spearheaded by two ambitious young men. There is a very pronounced community spirit or “Ubuntu” […]

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Posted on 18 July 2014

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“Why aren’t you working?” – A question that should be more loaded than you think

I started off being slightly amused when, during an exercise conducted at the 2014 CSI Conference, Tracey Chambers, Co-Founder of The Clothing bank, displayed a picture of a woman with no teeth and asked the audience “why doesn’t she have teeth?”  The typical responses were: “she didn’t brush her teeth”; “she didn’t have a toothbrush”; “there were no dental […]

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Posted on 3 July 2014

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Some people ‘just do it’: The story of Claudia Crowster and the New Beginnings Development Centre

Given my job and background in development work, I frequently get to participate in intellectualised thinking and discussion of South Africa’s social problems.  While this type of analysis is both necessary and stimulating, it also tends to distance you from the problem.   I am often left with the feeling that although all our complicated discussions […]

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Posted on 27 February 2012

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From cleaning classrooms to teaching in them, meet the Hanover Park father who’s hanging up his overalls to inspire young minds

Peter Hendricks has built his life on ‘doing’ words. At age 45, the school caretaker obtained his teaching degree from the University of the Western Cape – working two jobs to realise his dream of empowering his community from the inside out. “I was relieving a teacher when I discovered children in Grade 9 and […]

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Posted on 26 January 2012

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Youth led organisations: Reminding us how powerful young people have been and can be in shaping our future

In a week when education is very much on South Africans’ minds, I am doing a quick tour of some of the civil society organisations working to facilitate young people’s access to education and employment.  One of the organisations I visited today, Miyela, works with young high school learners at Naledi High School.  Naledi was […]

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Posted on 16 January 2012

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