National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) 2020 application now open

Prospective students hoping to study through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have been urged to take advantage of the NSFAS 2020 application roadshows to apply for funding. NSFAS provides funding to applicants who come from poor and working-class families. Prospective NSFAS beneficiaries need to complete and submit the application as soon as possible […]

Advancing GIS in tertiary education in a time of budget cuts

Esri South Africa’s GIS Education Summit on 10 September 2019 looked at ways to advance GIS education at tertiary level. Dr Michael Gould, Esri’s international director of higher education, shared some best practices and resources with lecturers from various South African universities. Dr Gould recommended, as best practices, that lecturers start using geodatabases and feature […]

Hackathon prepares learners for fourth industrial revolution economy

Accenture hosted a STEM hackathon for learners from Alexandra, Diepsloot, and Olievenhoutbosch on 20 July 2019, to enable them to visualise the data used in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum in a practical manner. The hackathon stimulated learners’ interest in STEM careers and the experience will help prepare them for the fourth industrial […]

Partnership builds community relations practice in extractive industries

The Wits Mining Institute and Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (WMI/CSMI) has partnered with Synergy Global to deliver training to community relations practitioners across Africa. Completion of the four courses leads to a programme qualification at NQF Level 6. Each course is also available to delegates as a certificate of either attendance or […]

Six-month aerospace start-up programme concludes in Paris

The six-month accelerator concluded its final leg in Paris in June 2019, as ten participating African start-ups pitched on stage at the Paris Air Lab. The ten start-ups in Airbus Bizlab and GIZ Make-IT in Africa’s #Africa4Future accelerator programme got to pitch their businesses as part of the annual Paris Air Show — the world’s […]

Tax incentives for employing youth in your business

A useful tax incentive for employing youth is ETI or Employee Tax Incentive. ETI allows you to benefit up to R12 000 per year for every qualifying youth you employ. ETI was introduced to help make it more affordable for businesses to appoint new staff and assist young job seekers to find employment. Through ETI, […]

Course development grant seeks to build surveying capacity

The Aubrey Barker Fund and the FIG Foundation are seeking applications for grants of up to €20 000 euro (over two years) with the objective of building the capacity of academic institutions teaching surveying in developing countries, and of providing support in teaching and developing their curriculum more effectively. Grants will be awarded to individuals […]

Short course introduces other professions to geospatial analyses

The Centre for Geographical Analysis (CGA) at Stellenbosch University presented its Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) short course from 3 to 7 June 2019, which was attended by eight delegates. This beginners GIS course teaches the basic theoretical and practical functionality of GIS. The delegates were from a range of Stellenbosch University (SU) departments, […]

Mentoring to help young professionals attain registration

A candidacy mentoring programme run by integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom is ensuring newly-employed graduates attain professional registration. The programme, which includes monthly touchpoint and quarterly progress sessions, tracks performance and nurtures soft skills. The experience of being part of a global corporate like Aecom affords opportunities to be involved in a diverse range of […]