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Tertiary education, The World most expensive commodity…

I sit here on my study table both sad and happy. Why such a dichotomy of feelings, you may wonder? Sad because tertiary education is becoming more commercialised. But also, happy and honoured that I am studying at a time when the university fees are still in five figures.

Well, you pick up a campus newspaper with a sheer determination to read a juicy and  inspiring stories, only to meet the soul crushing news of  the fees proposal by the university management. In the foreseeable future, tertiary education will become inaccessible to the poor and the middle class. It breaks my spirit that bursary opportunities in South Africa are being cut back and the tuition fees keep sky rocketing. Only the elite, will be able to  pay for tertiary education.

In South Africa, The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), the scheme that seek to support people from designate group (The poor and the middle class) seem not to be increasing their financial support proportionately with the rising tuition fees. This leaves those who rely from the said scheme to have deficit on their student account.  At the end of the year, those students fail to get their results or fail to register the following year.

The talent of passionate youth is going to waste. I somehow feel that the human capital of this rainbow nation is under severe pressure.  As long as the university fees keep hiking, South Africa will remain a country with a shortage of skill and greater income inequality.  Rising fees will discourage people especially those from rural areas to pursue higher education, a violation of basic human rights, right there!

I sometimes think that the South African university are becoming highly commercialised and highly branded. Ey look, my degree bears a Stellenbosch/UCT/WITS/TUKS logo, it is like buying Nike/Adidas branded shoe, that’s how our Universities are turning into. On that point, don’t you think that we will be better off, if this institutions just get listed on the JSE?An opportunity of of raising capital by selling shares to the public?

We have seen more recently how violent students become in protest of rising tuition costs, something that pains me.How come I got this far without questioning the role of government in this matter? Right, I understnad that the government subsidise the universities, unfortunately that’s all I know regarding this matter. Why don’t the government charge heavy tax to institutions that raises tuition fees way above the inflation rate?

Established issues attached to Fee increase.

  • More students will rely on bank loans to finance their studies.
  • More poor people will be discouraged from applying to universities. (Accessibility to higher education will be limited.)
  • South African human capital will go extinct.
  • More university resources will be damaged as a result of protesting students.

It is worthy of note to also acknowledge all businesses, foundation and NGO that support students who are under financial distress. The following organisations and people deserve special mention, Thuthuka bursary fund, REAP, The Study Trust, Ernest Oppenheimer, Gallagher Foundation, GT Ferreira and my very best NSFAS.

Education is to become inaccessible in South Africa.  That’s a sad reality considering that we are 16 years post apartheid government.

Oh, well let me stop whining and think of a possible solution to this problem, which will be released on this website in the near future. keep your eyes wide open.

Oh cry me a river!

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2010 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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The most innovative entrepreneurs in the digital era….

When I think about innovation, I think about something new, unique, fresh, creative or just a brilliant idea. Innovation is a new term that every company which is in the face of restructuring adopt.  INNOVATION IS POWERFUL….!

Well, here I am bringing you four people I think are the most innovative people in the digital era. Some of the people mentioned here made life of Generation Y’ers more fun, more bearable and/or more difficult for that matter. You will soon find out who those people are? Some of them made everybody looks smart. Unfortunately others made Generation Y’ers to abuse the Queens Language.

It is because of their bright minds, that made them where they are today. They were innovative enough to make their millions in no time. Okay, all of them have something in common, they give our fingers something to do.

The first entrepreneur, to take the tittle is the most loved Mark Zurkerberg. Mark is also Generation Y’er, born in 1984, he remain the youngest billionaire on earth. He is the founder and the CEO of Facebook, the networking site with most members. He takes the tittle first, because if facebook was a country it  would be the most populated country on earth following India and China.

The second innovators to walk with a price has to be google founders, Larry page and Sergey Brin. Google went public in 2004, and from there everybody seem to know everything and for that, they are the most innovative entrepreneur in today’s life according to Dumirocks. Watch the video, the world according to google and you will see that this guys are set to be ridiculously rich. Oh yes am feeling lucky!!!

The third is Steve Jobs. This man, and his co-founders made life difficult for most people in a sense that people seem not to know that Apple is actually a fruit and not a gadget. His company’s tagline “Think Different” just prove the fact that being innovative pays. Watch his inspiring video and listen to his three interesting stories and learn from him how to live before you die.      

And lastly, our very own(South African), Herman Heunis takes the crown. Herman Heunis is a founder of MXIT, oh, yes the social networking site which is responsible for ruining my spelling ability and the way I use the English grammar. He gets the crown because it is his mxit that gave birth to the so called MxIt LaNgUaGe. How many of you are lolling at this moment. LMAO, m cying Herman Heunis s de gr8test innova8r of  al tyms. Now this is classic.

It is all of the aforementioned entrepreneurs that make me believe that by joining the revolution, to think different and to connect to people, one can really make the difference in this world. Take note that the italised words are the slogan of MXIT, Apple, and facebook respectively.

“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”_____Peter Drucker.

This guys just proved him (Peter Drucker) right!!!

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Business

 

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Global Young Leader 2010…………….Khanyi

Founding editor Destiny Magazine

Thank you for landing on this blog-post, I will however not talk about Khanyi “The socialite” Mbau, I will rather talk about Khanyi “The woman of virtue” Dhlomo. Khanyi Dhlomo, the boss lady of Ndalo media and the founding editor of Destiny magazine has seen herself making a list of global young leaders. An only invitational club bestowed by World Economic Forum.

I personally take pride and joy  when I see a fellow South African shine on a global landscape. khanyi Dhlomo, was recently selected to be amongst Global Young Leaders (GYL) of 2010 by World Economic Forum. The Young Global Leaders are comprised of some of the most extraordinary leaders in various fields and around the globe. They are agent of change,  They are the people who will change the world by using their social awareness, entrepreneurial involvement and strong leadership skills.

khanyi Dhlomo did not get invited by mere luck. She boast a Master of Business Administration from the elite Harvard University. According to the  GYL selection committee, Ms Dhlomo was selected because of recognition of  her record of professional accomplishments, her commitment to society and her potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through her inspiring leadership.

Dhlomo commented by saying;

I’m thrilled and honoured to represent South Africa as part of this prestigious and dynamic international community. It’s a significant responsibility, but also an exciting opportunity to put the issues facing South Africa’s youth on the global agenda. As a new member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, I’m also inspired by the opportunity to join like-minded women and men from around the world in debates, collaborations and initiatives that will positively impact our world and its people.

Khanyi Dhlomo, is an award winning media personality and also sit on the Foschini group board of director where she sits  on her capacity as a Non-Executive director.

Khanyi Dhlomo  truly inspires the youth of Africa, South Africa and the world.  As for me, should you tell me about Khanyi, it must be a Dhlomo and not “you know who”.

source: BizCommunity and weforum.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2010 in Business

 

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TedX Stellenbosch….Ideas control the world

It is still fresh on my mind, because it just happened not so long ago. It was on the 13th of August 2010, when I attended TedX Stellenbosch. TedX are independently organised events licensed under TED.

Well it is a conference-like event where the curators of the event invites influential people from all walks of life. The speaker ranged from business people, academics and philanthropist. It was well attended by at least 550 people who share a common belief that  “Ideas must be shared”. It such an important event in a sense that people can use ideas to change the world. Furthermore, the attendees are exposed to innovative ideas and cutting-edge thinking in the areas of leadership, social responsibility, technology, education and governance, and to learn from people who have demonstrated success despite the unique challenges they faced.

On the opening of the event the video was played. Unfortunately I cannot get hold of it. But yeah it basically  says the following:….

Ideas control the world. They are the single most powerful force in our universe, and yet rarely do we openly test, celebrate and develop them in a communal setting. For ideas to impact the world, develop into innovations, ripple through communities and spread between cities, we need to tell their stories and rediscover a child-like state of wonder.

After digesting this quote, there I comfortably sat on my chair as I listened to awe-inspiring speakers. The speakers were equally good, but hey truth needs to be told, I was moved by Yusuf Randera-Rees, his entrepreneurial spirit inspired me to unleash mine. For Africa to change, people need to attend ideas stimulating events like this one, for I have said before, ideas change the world.

As for me I was greatly inspired, I believed more than ever that Africa need me to serve her unselfishly. Some speakers proved to me that the social work that I am doing  brings more positive change in society. I will continue with my social responsibility project for I believe that for Africa to prosper, people must serve her tirelessly.

Yes, it was TedX Stellebosch, It was an awesome event. For stream of photos visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxstellenbosch/page10/.

It was such a life changing experience. My special thanks goes to the organisers of the event Eeke de Miliano, Gareth Pearson, , Thibaut Marquis, Pieter Botha, Mariska du Preez, Catharine Powell, and Hugo Van Vuuren. For they have choosen me amongst hundreds of applicants.

Ted…..Ideas worth spreading!


550 TEDx Vuvuzelas in Stellenbosch…

“Ideas control the world. They are the single most powerful force in our universe, and yet rarely do we openly test, celebrate and develop them in a communal setting. For ideas to impact the world, develop into innovations, ripple through communities and spread between cities, we need to tell their stories and rediscover a child-like state of wonder.” Opening of TEDxStellenbosch, 13.08.2010

And so, after countless hours of skyping, sponsor cajoling, speaker prepping, and logistic lesson-learning our intrepid team brought the TEDx energy to a packed auditorium of more than 500 South Africans and visitors from across the world.

It was our goal, especially after the very successful soccer World Cup, to share exciting African concepts and jumpstart the exporting of ideas rather than minerals and skilled workers. Our talks were situated at the intersection between novel ideas and “makers;” and were rooted in Africa but applicable to the world. How could we not, after the World Cup, co-opt the Vuvuzela – global symbol of passion and excitement – to champion ideas and transform a traditional musical hall into a stadium of ideas 😉

// We were fortunate to draw from a rich local talent pool of entrepreneurs, researchers, student musicians, conservationists and leaders. Talks were divided into locally relevant themes: Storytelling, Innovation, Nature, and Community (Ubuntu).

Gustav Praekelt: The CEO and founder of the Praekelt foundation fascinates you with his quest to make Africa healthier through cellular technology.

Leslie Rochat: The Executive Director of AfriOceans Conservation Alliance shows you how to rethink the shark.
Peter Willis:The Director of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership awes you with the story of our future.
Yusuf Randera-Rees: A Rhodes Scholar and philanthropist inspires you with the Fellowship of Entrepreneurship.
Kumi Naidoo: The International Executive Director of Greenpeace astounds you with his vision of a greener world – video conferencing in!

Mugendi K. M’Rithaa: The first design doctorate at CPUT demonstrates a new way of meeting social needs through Design With Africa.
Miller Matola: The CEO of Brand South Africa persuades you with his story on how to showcase your country.
Barbara Nussbaum: A writer and visionary motivates you with the spirit of Ubuntu.
Dion Chang: A trend analyst shocks you by embracing a new world order – video conferencing in!
Marcel Mare: A research expert surprises you with insights on improving the African stove.
Nox Makunga: A PhD at Stellenbosch amazes you with the potential of a medicinal wonderland in our own backyard.
Vibha Pingle: The President and Founder of Ubuntu at Work enthuses you with her drive to bring employment to thousands of women all over the world.
And thanks to very creative and hard-working interns we had a surprize guest from the anti-slavery Not For Sale Campaign join us fresh off the plane from the States.
David Batstone: President of Not For Sale, a professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco, he is also founder and president of Right Reality, an international social venture firm.

// TEDxStellenbosch 2010 | With Africa

Africa is a continent with extreme constraints and disparities but also with under-utilized opportunities and unique cultures. In a post-recessionary world of uncertainty and scarce resources, we will depend more on local communities, require rapid technological progress, and see our fate merge with that of mother nature. Perhaps now more than ever, the world can learn from Africans–from our methods, our cultures and the unique blend of circumstances that inspire our resourceful nature. After all, “if it can work in Africa, it can work anywhere.”
The intersections and contrasts between African and Western history and thought fuel a growing international conversation. Increasingly, ideas are challenged, adopted, and exported from the so-called developing or dualistic economies to the first world. The idea economy is open, and no longer flowing one way.
What better locale than Stellenbosch, South Africa’s oldest university town and meeting point for African and European cultures industry, startups, multi-cultural art, interdisciplinary science,  and viticulture, as well as being home to some of the oldest games we play.
Now it is your turn. Plant the seed of an idea wherever you can, and water it with passion and energy, so that it may one day sustain us all.
A warm and special thanks goes out to our awesome partners – …XYZ Design and mdp Marketing – and student-team from Stellenbosch, Cape Town, and Harvard Universities, for fostering connections and idea sharing. Finally, thank you to the TED team, and TEDxBoston folks for helping us to build bridges and learn from each other.
Organizers
Eeke de Miliano, Gareth Pearson, , Thibaut Marquis, Pieter Botha, Mariska du Preez, Catharine Powell, and Hugo Van Vuuren.
 
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Posted by on September 12, 2010 in General

 

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