Starting up a business in a struggling economy

Abraham Oliver: Centre for Entrepreneurship \ Rapid Incubator Programme Manager

The latest release by Statistics South Africa of unemployment rates makes sobering reading – the youth officially account for 59,5% of the total number of unemployed persons. Progress in improving access to education and entrepreneurship will undoubtedly lead to economic growth and an all-important increase in jobs created that will reduce the extremely high rate of youth unemployment. 

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Engineering gender equity


The United Nation Commission on the status of women made an astounding claim in 2014 that Sub-Saharan Africa needed 2,5 million engineers and technicians just to improve access to clean water and sanitiation. In 2013, the Engineering Council of South Africa said only 11% of the engineers registered with the council were women and only 4% were professional women engineers. Furthermore, the Council has estimated that, while growing numbers of women enrol for engineering at university, 70% of women with engineering degrees leave their jobs soon after starting, a rate far higher than that of men.

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Confronting the scourge of cyberbullying


Before COVID-19 reached our shores, many educators in the post-school education and training sector were not convinced of the need for online learning. After all, practical, hands-on experience has always formed the foundation of vocational training.
However, the restrictions imposed on in-person learning due to the pandemic forced many lecturers to revise their views on online learning, as online learning technology rapidly became the main mode of delivery in higher education. Students are increasingly learning remotely and attending in person in the classroom on a rotational basis, if at all.

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Statistics underline importance of TVET Month

Ten million. According to Stats SA, that’s how many young people in South Africa aged 15 to 24 are not in employment, education or training (NEET). Statistically, that’s every third youth you meet. This shocking statistic was released in August, in the middle of TVET Month, during which South Africa’s 50 TVET colleges showcase their offerings of certificate and diploma programme options to South Africa’s school-going youth.

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No glass ceiling in this repair shop

A violent jolt, the sickening crunch of buckling metal and a whole lot of stress usually precede anyone meeting Robyn Nienhaus professionally. She’s a trailblazing spraypainter, one of a growing number of women making inroads in the male-dominated automotive repair industry. 

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