Oversharing on social media can be dangerous

Before we begin, there is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing happy, sad or exciting moments in your life on social media. That’s what social media is for – it’s for you to be social whilst sharing bits and pieces about your life. Posting graduation pictures, pictures with friends at your favourite restaurant or a selfie at a touristy location is something we all do. Why? Well, we like people to see what our lives are like now and then.

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Why is June 16th important to me?

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising which took place on 16th June 1976 where thousands of black students were protesting against having to learn in Afrikaans during the Apartheid regime. It is important to me because it marks a day that changed the lives of South African youth forever because youth now have access to education that is taught in a medium of instruction that students can understand.

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Email etiquette you should follow

We have reached a time in our lives where everything revolves around email. We have our email set up on our laptops, desktops and even our phones. It’s the one thing that has become so important to us even if we don’t realise it. We use it for school, work, banking, shopping – you literally cannot live without having an email address.

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The break of a new dawn: A journey of perseverance

We all have desires to break away from our current situations and to leave a mark. Well, that was me; a girl from Emdeni, a place where failure is the order of the day and success is just a myth. I only had one vision in mind which was to turn the myth into a reality. At that time, I had no clue how I was going to achieve my dream. The only thing I had at my disposal was an urge to avoid failure.

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Stand up for yourself!

Do you often find yourself just going ahead with what someone suggests? Do you hate yourself for it even though you wish you could just say no? It happens! Interacting with people is unavoidable, even with social distancing, you’re still engaging with others in your personal, professional and academic groups.

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I hated high school!

I know that this is not something that is uncommon because many individuals shared their experiences with me. So, where should I start? Could it be at the beginning where I absolutely hated high school? Or the part where I was failing English (to my standard), the subject that I excelled in every other year besides Grade 9? Imagine, Grade 9.

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Have you considered meditating?

With all the stress and anxiety we have to endure on a daily basis and a possible third wave on the horizon, meditation is a great way to break away from things that keep you in a dark space. Meditation is a great way to boost your health, change your mood and feel more connected to life around you. But it can be a bit difficult to get started.

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The Kasi Dream

People have always been singing endless praises about Cape Town. The first time I went there was on a school trip. We drove around and there was this weirdness about it. How can one group of people live in so much luxury, while others are fighting for mere survival? I am a girl from the township, and I have always known that there was a better life outside of what I had known.

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Boost your self-esteem!

Self-esteem has everything to do with the opinion you have about yourself and your abilities. You can experience highs, lows or somewhere in-between. Everyone has doubts about themselves and some people are brave enough to talk about them, which can also help others. However, sometimes, a low self-esteem can leave you feeling insecure and unmotivated.

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“Get a life!”, they said

As young people we are told to go to school, get an education so we can get a life, build something for ourselves and those around us. These words tend to leave a lot of young people under pressure, because some more than others are stunned by what getting a life looks like. It would seem that society has a certain standard of what getting a life should look like for those in their 20s or 30s.

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How to lose R1000: A mask era

I am sharing my experience as open awareness especially for the youth in rural communities where wearing a mask is still treated like a rumour. It’s real! We are so far gone into the pandemic that a time where we lived without a mask is a fantasy. It is hard to imagine a life without one even with the vaccines having arrived in South Africa.

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Four ways to become more adaptable to change

The world can appear to be a very scary and complicated place at times, especially considering the constant changes that have been happening as of recent. Many people aren’t afraid of big changes, and that’s completely okay, but there are many of us who are actively seeing these changes take place and we’re constantly wondering, ‘will I fit in?’

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Tips to handle your finances

Money is an important tool that can help you do a myriad of things and in fact, money does make the world go round. It can provide comfort and stability for you and your loved ones; make you plan for the future and allow you to save towards important milestones. But in order to achieve these things, you need to know and understand how to make your money work for you.

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Armour our learners for better futures

High school is arguably a beautiful place. Many lifetime friendships are conceived there, formed, and nurtured only to be separated after matric and rekindled on social media later on in life. For some, high school is horrible, a place of the devil. Some don’t even make it out. However handsome or horrid the place can be, it does possess a ubiquitous common denominator that is education.

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Failed Matric? Don’t stress!

Before you continue reading, we would like to tell you that you are more than your matric results. You are enough! We understand that you may feel like it’s the end of the world but this is just temporary. You may feel incompetent and wonder if this is the end of the road for you but remember, 2020 was not the easiest year we have experienced.

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How to become a better ally

We’ve all heard the word ‘ally’ before but what does it really mean? With the many movements that have made it to social media such as #BlackLivesMatter and #FeesMustFall, many individuals are taking some time to re-evaluate and reassess how they conduct themselves on a daily basis.

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Are we going through a pandemic that will limit the extent of our education?

Since the year 2020, our education system has been tested and proven to be very much behind. We are experiencing a very difficult time that is questioning us as to how much have we achieved throughout the years of democracy. Has the basic education system failed us? Well, I ask because currently, there are so many students who have passed without really meeting the requirements to pass.

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Learn to love yourself

We’ve heard the infamous saying “love yourself first” before loving someone else. In essence, loving yourself has to do with your actions. It’s about consistently carrying out these actions that are aligned to your heart, gut and intuition. If you’re telling yourself that you’re learning to love yourself but you’re overworking, not sleeping and eating unhealthily, you’re lying to yourself.

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How to deal with regret

Regret is recognised as one of the most powerful emotions and it’s difficult to just forget and move on with your life. Additionally, when you don’t deal with it, it can be extremely paralysing. Regret brings about other emotions such as fear, anger and even sadness. It even has the ability to interject its destructive presence into the happiest of moments.

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Financial struggles

My name is Selowa Rodney, 22 years of age, from Polokwane in Limpopo. I passed matric in 2017 at Mangoako Secondary School. I had financial struggles in my first year in 2018 at University of Venda. I had no bursary to aid my studies due to the lack of information. During my time at high school I never had the opportunity to attend career exhibitions and as a result I had problems of choosing a certain vocational discipline or opportunity.

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Tips on Social Media etiquette

Social media has become one of our best friends in the past year. Since we’ve been sitting at home, with rarely any contact with others, social media has kept us in contact with friends and family, and the rest of the world. Most of us use sites like Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter several times a day, and it’s become second nature that we may not even realise the do’s and don’ts of social media etiquette.

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TechTribe Youth Programme

The SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) celebrates the creative potential of the youth and the contribution they can make to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The TechTribe Youth Programme aims to expand its reach and exposure of youth in South Africa and the continent. The programmes encourage student entrepreneurship, participation in the ecosystem and network expansion.

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How to make money during the pandemic

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! And life sure gave us all the lemons in the world since 2020. Finances have been a struggle for many South Africans ever since we entered a hard lockdown towards the end of March 2020. It’s also difficult to believe that we are now on Day 313 of lockdown – time flies when you’re… sitting at home?

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We are truly not safe

Ladies! Remember that time you had to pretend that you’re on a phone call to avoid the group of men you’re approaching by the corner? Or the time that same group cat called you, whistling as you walk past calling you “mabebeza”? Or that time you were harassed by a guy for your phone number, so much so that you had to give him a fake number so he could leave you alone?

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My pillar

I am an orphan.
That is a very sombre way to start but it forms the basis of the story I’m about to tell so hold onto your tears. I promise the rest of my story will not be as daunting. I remember back in primary school, when they used to run those data collection tests to find out where students lived and whether or not they lived with both their parents, a single parent or a guardian and so on – you get the gist.

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Management of Technology, Innovation and People

The Da Vinci Institute is focused on the creation of knowledge that is trans-disciplinary in nature, socially relevant, actively promotes diversity and heterogeneity, and of which the intent is to apply situated learning, problem probing and decision making as critical constructs to solve work-based problems. In doing such, The Institute intends to contribute towards the professional development of the people involved.

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If you’ve lost a loved one…

Grief is an unwanted journey one has to go on after the loss of a loved one. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with emotions as you work through the phases of grief, so it’s important to remember to care for yourself. The finality of death can cause your body to go into shock and numbness, especially when it’s someone whose presence in your life may have never wavered.

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Challenges of being a UNISA student

My name is Valpre, a law student at the University of South Africa. Yoh! I do not know where to even start. Being a Unisan is a full-time job that requires all your time, energy and patience. I did not know what I was getting myself into when I applied to study at Unisa, but I’m glad I did, because I am now able to do quite a lot of things independently.

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How to succeed in 2021

After the year that was, I’m sure everyone is thrilled that it’s a new year with new chances. If you did not accomplish what you set out to do in the beginning of 2020, it’s okay! Productivity and accomplishments looked a lot different last year, and it probably may seem the same for this year as we’re still on ‘lockdown’ with limited meetings with friends and family.

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Home or Abroad?

From a very young age, I was always in awe with our country and its beauty, land, diversity, and culture – and as cliché as that sounds, that passion and love for my country has guided me. From my high school days, I have been an avid accounting geek and that continued with me until I finished school, I always dreamed of being this “big city” accountant and living this corporate world life.

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Are you really living?

Recently while attending a workshop, I came across a piece of advice that got me thinking. I would like to share this advice with you and expand on what I believe it means. The individual hosting the workshop opened their presentation with the line “If you don’t know what you’re living for, you haven’t yet lived.”

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The importance of emotional intelligence

Growing up being bullied I would like to believe that my emotional intelligence developed at an early age. Like many individuals out there, we all deal with stress that comes with our social and work relationships, however if we don’t understand our emotions, we are unable to manage the stress that comes with life which could lead to so many different mental and physical health issues.

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The dark side of a legacy

Legacy, a timeless gift or just peer pressure to keep the family name relevant in discussions?
The dictionary gives multiple definitions of the word. It is an inheritance left in a will, an applicant is given first preference because of parental or relational influences, and, (in computing) is relating to suspended software or hardware which is difficult to replace because of the way it is widespread.

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How to respect others even when they have different opinions

We live in a world that thrives on conflict. There are tons of views, opinions, likes and dislikes on various different topics. I mean, have you ever taken the time to read through the comments section of a post that may or may not being in your favour? Most of us think we’re tolerant towards others that may see the world differently but sometimes we find ourselves tolerant of people who see things our way. That’s what happens, right?

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There is always a way

“Every decision you make today will have a lasting influence on how you will live your life in the future,” Mother said. It was in my early childhood when my Mother told me this bold statement. I have always thought it is normal to forget some of the things our parents told us, especially when we were young.

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It’s okay to not be okay

Life comes at us in different ways and at different paces. Sometimes it’s a rough patch or a bad day, and sometimes it can be a major setback. Everyone’s story is different and no two journeys are alike. Sometimes an unexpected challenge or obstacle gets thrown at you, and you find yourself stressing or panicking and not knowing what to do. And, some days, you feel nothing. You’re numb. No motivation, no inspiration.

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She is not an animal!

We are now living in a world where respect for women has become a thing of the past. A world where beating up a woman has become a norm. A world where ‘getting away with murdering women’ has become the order of the day. A world where a husband beats up his wife to the point of leaving permanent scars. A world where a son rapes his sister, and nothing is done about it. A world where women are kidnapped by strangers only to be raped, tortured and later killed after they ‘satisfy their sexual desires’. Such a cruel world it is!

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Study Abroad

Africademics seeks to become a central information hub for funding opportunities, networking and support, and scholarship application assistance for African students. Through providing career advice, resources, and funding information, the organisation is able to support and empower the future leaders of Africa, both within and outside academia.

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Learn about what it takes to study abroad in Week 41: 16-22 November

In Week 41 of our Voices Unite initiative, we are introducing a new competition in collaboration with our partner, Africademics. We are giving away study abroad consultations to three lucky Voices Unite participants. If you are a student in your second-year or higher, and, would like to win a consultation with Africademics on studying abroad, make sure to complete the necessary surveys.

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Connecting Africa’s potential

IOA prides itself on its reporting, always prioritising clear, insight-driven and reader-friendly deliverables for our clients. With more than 13 years of experience in report development and design, IOA has built up its own in-house report and publication design capacity. Reporting for clients is an ongoing process, with weekly, monthly and/or quarterly deliverables, as may be required.

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8 simple ways to relieve stress

It’s been a stressful year with the COVID-19 pandemic, adjustments to the new normal and social distancing. Not to mention, productivity looks a lot different this year and for many, stress levels are through the roof. In addition, December 2020 is going to cause a lot more stress in many individuals as the country prepares for the festive season. We want you to relax! You deserve it, it’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think.

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Hygiene issues!

Cleanliness they say, is next to godliness; but this is hardly true today with the youth of my generation as many are more concerned with or about making money that they care less about washing their hands regularly. Especially before preparing meals, before and after eating, after visiting the toilet, taking their bath (at least twice a day), brushing their teeth, using a roll-on, deodorant, perfume or body spray…

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Shopping vouchers still up for grabs in Week 40: 09-15 November

We are in the fortieth week of our Voices Unite initiative and are continuing to celebrate all things, Summer! If you haven’t completed our surveys and would like to stand a chance of winning one of the vouchers, worry not. There is still time. We are still giving away shopping vouchers from Superbalist and Takealot for the next three weeks. All you have to do is to complete the necessary surveys.

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Is mental health considered a taboo?

On the 27th of October, CEO of In On Africa (IOA) and Founder of Voices Unite, Jonathan Mundell joined the initiative’s LIVE session with The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP), to discuss the topic about mental health awareness. The session unpacked the underlying causes for the prevalence of mental health issues in South Africa, what resources youth can get to deal with these issues and how we can raise awareness.

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7 ways to have a better conversation

Have you ever stepped onto an elevator and you make eye contact with the people in it, and you do the awkward head nod? Or have you ever carpooled with a few acquaintances? Or, have you ever been introduced to a group of people by a close friend of yours and you’re just standing there… stuck? Not knowing what to say or talk about can also affect you in social situations, which can make you seem tense and awkward.

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Setting your sail

Do you ever get that feeling of drowning in your own thoughts? The conversations you keep replaying in your heads about the future you should have but wishing it was today? This world has become fast-paced and oddly enough we have joined that race. But our race is different, it is one that takes time, effort and a lot of resilience. Is that not what success is?

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Fundamentals of Agribusiness

The AGRICOLLEGES international Fundamentals of Agribusiness short course is a 12-week programme designed to improve the student’s knowledge of the world of agribusiness. This course is well-suited for emerging farmers, recent school leavers or even established farmers wishing to formalise their farming procedures and expand their current operations.

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You can still win a bursary in Week 38: 26 October – 01 November

We are in the thirty-eighth week of our Voices Unite initiative and are still giving away bursaries from AGRICOLLEGES International in Agriculture. If you are interested in Agribusiness, Animal or Plant production, make sure you complete the necessary surveys. The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) tertiary support worth R30,000 is still up for grabs to 5 deserving Voices Unite participants who attended a rural high school.

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Friends

We begin to socialise with others from a very young age. As time goes by, we forget some people, but we will never forget the ones who brought sparks into our lives. The ones that made us laugh till our stomachs hurt, positively influenced and strengthened us, those who supported us in times of distress and encouraged us to pursue our passions. The ones we call our FRIENDS.

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Support local!

The economy took a beating when the Covid-19 lockdown was established and a major sector that was impacted were local businesses. And we all know, local is lekker! Despite the lockdown easing, businesses and entrepreneurs are still feeling the pressure. There are many South African businesses that produce high-quality products and services for your enjoyment but how can you support your favourite local brand?

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Respecting the vessel that carries you

When you think of your body do you think of it as a vessel you operate? A really helpful way to think about your body is the way you would think about a company. Although the job descriptions may differ, the principles are the same. Many things have to happen in order for the personal company to work. It needs income, but not too much. It needs to be clean, so cleaning services need to be arranged.

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Let her grow up!

I have come to realise that tomorrow is shaped by today, and who we are today determines what we are tomorrow. Now this realisation opened my mind to see that a child today is the leader of tomorrow. Becoming tomorrow’s leader, however, has become a ‘never-coming-true’ dream for the girl child.

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The benefits of doing an MBA

The news coming out of the rumour mill is that an MBA makes you rich. This may or may not be true. One thing we do know for sure is that if you have an entrepreneurial bone in your body and the tenacity to complete an MBA, you can make it in South Africa. There are many advantages that an MBA can offer you, especially when it’s from a well-known business school.

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Women are unstoppable!

Born in a country where women were conditioned to stay at home and be busy with house duties and taking care of the children and everyone else. It restricted a lot of women with great skills and ambition to go to the grave with those skills that could have changed the world and make it a better place for the future generation.

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Woman Womandla!

Undoubtedly, women are very important people in our society because without them, there would not even be a society to begin with. In the words of former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, “no country can ever fully flourish if it stifles the true potential of women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens.”

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Internship opportunities!

Internship programmes are a great step in the right direction as it provides you with a solid year or two of work experience which looks great on your CV. An internship could possibly land you a permanent job. Paid internships are now available and we have created a list of the latest internships you can apply for and find out if they are suitable for you.

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I wanted to be a doctor so bad!

You’re probably thinking who was the genius that gave the choice of their future to a 16-year-old. It’s a question I have asked multiple times. Truth of the matter is that it’s been this way for a long time and probably won’t be changing anytime soon. The way 16-year-old teenagers are being educated might change but that is a discussion for another day. This article will discuss what a passion looks like.

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‘Third Culture Kid’ in South Africa

From the coastal city of Durban to the colourful jacaranda lined streets of Pretoria, all the way to the snow-capped mountains of Austria, moving across to the mesmerising mirages of the desert in Saudi Arabia and finally back to sunny South Africa. Born just a few days before the first democratic elections took place in South Africa, in 1994. ‘Born Free’, free from the shackles of Apartheid but not free from life’s challenges.

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A powerhouse called South Africa

The variance and potency of cultures in our beautiful land brings a sense of pride in what may be esteemed as an extraordinary demonstration of humanity. It’s especially on days like Heritage Day where we get to be reminded that as a whole, we are greater than the sum of our parts. This Heritage Day, I point out our uniqueness as a nation, artistically woven from diverse cultures, as a reminder of a power that makes South Africa great.

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UJ bursaries are back up for grabs in Week 32:14-20 September

Voices Unite is in its thirty-second week and we are still giving away awesome prizes. Back up for grabs is 4x R5,000 bursaries from the University of Johannesburg for participants who are studying at any tertiary institution. If you would like to win this prize, you will need to complete all seven surveys on the Voices Unite platform. We are still giving away 30% off tickets to the virtual Summit to anyone who signs up onto the Voices Unite platform.

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Do you know when you are not coping?

I don’t know why, but I was the last person to find out that I wasn’t okay. I remember my psychiatrist asking “why are you here?”, I answered “I don’t know”. Even on a hospital bed, it still didn’t hit me that I was indeed sick. That’s the thing about mental illnesses, you don’t see blood coming out of a wound, you don’t feel a burning sensation or inflammation anywhere on your body. Really guys! Do you know when you are not coping?

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Diet culture and the backlash!

Have you ever woken up feeling like a greasy pizza box? Or find yourself out of breath running to fetch money to pay for the pizza you ordered? I think it’s something we have all felt at some point in our lives and its dreadful. This isn’t a blog about the next fad diet or a new exercise program. Consider this blog a gentle encouragement to remember what you’re living in, your body.

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The abortion

There is no denying that whenever the youth of my generation comes across the word “abortion”, what readily comes to mind is the idea of a lady visiting the hospital just to terminate an unwanted pregnancy or achieving the same result through some sort of unorthodox means. This act is usually described by our society as cruel and inhumane.

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Is education the key to success?

The challenge I am facing at the moment as a South African youth is getting the right job in the field I am qualified in. Being unemployed has weighed me down since graduating with my honours degree in 2016. Getting a job in my field has been harder than writing an exam you did not study for. Not being able to get a job has increased the financial challenges I have been facing all my life.

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Social media is not what it seems

Lockdown has been a very challenging time for all everyone. My time during lockdown has been very challenging as well. Growing up, I honestly felt like I have been living in the dinosaur age regarding technology and social media. It has only been this year, my first year, where I have full access to internet and social media. My time spent on different social media platforms has been very informative.

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The benefits of spending time on your own

Being left alone is not for everyone, especially during this lockdown period that we had to deal with since mid-March. But, are you among those who hate being left alone and are constantly looking for company? Or are you the type of person who loves their ‘me’ time? Remember, being alone and being lonely are two completely different things. Those who enjoy being left alone will never feel lonely and will always enjoy their own company as they prefer spending time on their own.

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Over-zoomed: A personal on the impact of constantly being in the virtual space

“That meeting should have been an email!” is what I exclaimed after my fourth meeting of the day at 5 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon. I had enough of sitting in front of my computer screen all day. I had been in one Zoom meeting after the other, throughout the day, dressed up in my pyjamas from my waist down and having a shirt on as a way to give the illusion that I had my act together.

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Living with a mental illness

I got diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder when I was 16, and since then I have lost count on the many times I have been referred to as ‘crazy’. There were so many times I would refrain from telling anybody that I am bipolar and would rather say I am stressed because that would make much more sense to them.

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The benefits of social media

In the current job market, information is everything. News spreads quickly, and there are many versions of it. Social media plays a significant role in what your future employer may know about you. Something posted in your high-school hey-day may affect you negatively because these days, everyone knows everything about everyone if they have a social media account on a well-known platform.

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‘Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo’

Do you still believe in change, standing up and fighting for what is right or do you believe that people in government positions are the ones responsible for the “CHANGE”?. I still remember as a child, reading a trending story about a woman being abused or treated differently at a workplace because of their gender and not given an opportunity to prove themselves because “women should stay at home and take care of the children and the house.”

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An ode to women

Recently, I asked God why was I a woman?
Society makes it feel like a curse so why am I a woman? All I know is only I and those who fall under the description of a woman, Have the greatest strength, Love the most,
Bring life into this world, Handle the monthly painful bleeding with grace,

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Be A Wealthsmith

A diversified financial services group, Sanlam is headquartered in South Africa, and operates across a number of selected global markets. It is one of the biggest internationally active insurance groups globally and is classified as a domestic systematically important financial institution on South Africa.

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The corridors of our time

Finally, I have decided to listen to the voice that has been whispering in wrath, demanding my presence to the world. The voice told me that it has gotten impatient with my hiding. Apparently, it has sent people to talk sense to me. All I can remember is my elders repeating the same words in different tones and styles.

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Overcoming challenges

We have to understand that challenges will come, challenges that are way beyond our control but that doesn’t mean that we have to change routes whenever we encounter a problem. We just have to be able to make the necessary adjustments and be patient. In 2018, I got admitted to the University of Johannesburg (Apk),

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Start learning today

AGRICOLLEGES international seeks to revolutionise the teaching and training of the Agri-Sciences by providing access to information in a blended learning environment, which combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods and experiential learning through practical sessions,

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How to write a cover letter

Ah, the terrifying cover letter! Yes, it can be dreadful, especially after curating the perfect CV, you now need to write a cover letter which goes hand in hand with that CV for the job position you want to apply for. As of recent, cover letters are necessary when applying for a job and the closer to perfect your letter is,

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Life as we know it

Life as we know it has come to a standstill. Despite the easing of lockdown bringing some sense of normality back in our lives, nothing is the same any more. It’s a small price to pay in these times, even when it doesn’t seem like it. As the world and the global community, we are faced with a full-on pandemic,

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The End.

Once upon a time, a family reminisced upon the land of their barren kraal. They painted empty stools previously accustomed to the warmth of foreign anatomy; a table holding bowls of steaming soup, their desperate faces and acres of sheer silence.

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Lockdown Diaries: Ulutho

Our Voices Unite Student Ambassadors will be sharing their personal experiences of the national lockdown and Covid-19 pandemic in a series of short videos titled Lockdown Diaries. The first video is narrated by Ulutho Kobese, a 23-year-old University of Johannesburg (UJ) student from the Eastern Cape.

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My journey

As a first-year student in university, I was excited about this new chapter of my life that was filled with a lot of opportunities and exposed to different experiences, and I was proud of myself for being accepted into university but all this excitement was short-lived by the harsh reality of university.

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Relationships…

I thought university would be a new start for me. A place for me to meet new people and start new friendships. Little did I know, that my experience was going to be a truckload of disappointment after disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, the prospect of ‘varsity life’ is an interesting one and exciting at best.

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Small classes, big thinking

The South Africa College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) is South Africa’s leading provider of accredited qualifications in Applied Psychology, Coaching and Counselling. With individual attention, rigorous academics and practical skills, SACAP aims to have graduates who are well-equipped and confident practitioners, and can make a meaningful transformational difference in the lives of others.

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I have a degree, now what?

After completing what may seem like the most tedious three to four years of your life, adjusting to life outside university can be tough. While graduation signifies and end to an important chapter in your life, many students are often left dazed, confused and wondering, ‘what’s next?’.

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How to succeed as an online student

Previously, obtaining a degree meant physically attending a class, which posed many challenges for students that have other commitments and complicated schedules. Thanks to the advances in technology, it’s much easier to obtain your degree while being allowed the flexibility you need to conquer other aspects in your life.

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Investing in youth in rural areas

It is well known that there is a shortage of staff in rural hospitals, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal. Research has attributed the lack of qualified healthcare professionals in rural areas to a number of issues; including an overall shortage of trained healthcare workers in the public sector and the difficulty that rural hospitals find in recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals.

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How to ace your interview day

Interviews are no easy task. They require preparation and efficiency, especially when they are arranged on short notice. Starting the job search process has a couple of prerequisites that ensure the interaction with prospective employers runs effectively. They require the three ‘’R’s” – research, retail therapy, and reassurance. These are all very standard tasks but require time and effort, and can give you the edge you need.

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Initial stakeholder engagement session for Voices Unite – September 2018

Planning a project like Voices Unite is no easy task. Nearly three years of long nights and early mornings, hundreds of meetings, endless strategizing (and re-strategizing) and truck-loads of coffee led us to this point where Voices Unite is finally a reality! Along this journey, we’ve been working with so many amazing people and in September 2018, we co-hosted a stakeholder engagement session at Henley Business School with some of them.

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Key challenges areas for youth in South Africa – The causes, effects, needs and potential solutions

During various stakeholder engagement sessions, we held targeted discussions among delegates regarding key challenge areas surrounding youth development. In doing so, we highlighted five challenge areas, all of which we cover on the Voices Unite platform:
– Education and skills development
– Funding
– Work experience
– Infrastructure
– Psychosocial health

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4 responses on this

  1. WILLET January 30, 2020 11:55 am

    I pray and I’m willing to fight until our voices are hd

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  2. Voices Unite January 30, 2020 1:28 pm

    Keep on fighting Willet!

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  3. Nhlalala Baloyi January 30, 2020 8:47 pm

    After completing my grade 12 with good grades, I could finally get into one of the biggest universities in SA, university of Johannesburg.studying a course I’ve always wanted to do which is Civil Engineering. With everything on my favour,challenges came and I had to change the University within two weeks of study to Vaal University of technology of Technology..i did not want to be there, but because after grade 12,we all just wanna be in varsity.. Peer pressure and all that. I met some beautiful souls there and I’m glad I did. I had to stay the whole year studying a course I knew nothing about. I remained focused to what I wanted in life, and that alone made me survive the year. After a year in VUT, I finally went to Tshwane University of Technology where I’m currently studying civil engineering. The message I’m trying to pass is.. As young as we are we have to be able to study the consequences of your actions before you make a decision and in that way, you are able to survive a lot of challenges that not many people can survive. Don’t let minor challenges you come across distract you from getting to your dream.Expect challenges to come, that’s where a lot of learning happens.

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    1. Voices Unite January 30, 2020 8:46 am

      Such an inspiring story Nhlalala, thank you for sharing it. Agreed, it is through dealing with challenges that we learn more about ourselves and the things that happen around us. It is where we learn how to persevere and overcome.

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