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UNEMPLOYMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA: HOW DO WE BREAK OUT OF THIS SPIRALLING PROBLEM

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa. Statistics South Africa’s (StatsSA) quarterly survey put official unemployment at 25% in the second quarter of 2015. This demonstrates a slight and unexpected improvement on the 26.4% recorded in the first quarter but not sufficiently to alleviate very real concerns for the year ahead.

Those who have given up finding work are included under the definition of expanded unemployment and that stat sits currently at 34.9%, down slightly from 36.1% in the first quarter. The 25% mentioned above represents 5.23 million active job seekers without work and the stats this year are the highest since 2003, when unemployment hit 30%.

 

IQ ACADEMY IS INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR STUDENTS: COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING LIVES

Technology, Connectivity and Mobility are powerful resources for both business and the consumer. They are changing the way we access products and services daily, and businesses are transforming their offering to meet the changing demands of a more mobile and connected customer.

Managing Director of research firm World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck is quoted as saying: “smart phone usage in SA is expected to top 23.6 million users this year, up from 19 million in 2014. This means that over half of all of South Africa’s estimated 42 million phone users have switched to smartphones”

IQ Academy recognises the importance of technology, acknowledges how our students are transforming and we are therefore always looking at ways to leverage technological advancements for the benefit of our students.

WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE TOLD ABOUT THEIR CAREER AT 22   

 

I don’t know about you, but I rarely feel like I’m 22. I do, however, work with a lot of 22-year-olds who are smart, interesting, dynamic, and absurdly high-energy.

Their ideas and achievements are truly remarkable. And approximately once a week, I get a request from one of them to talk about “careers” - a topic that they know they should care or think about, but don’t know what to actually do with. Below is a compilation of the advice I'll usually give them. (And even if you're not 22, the advice can still apply.)

 
 

WOULD YOU WALK 42KM EVERY DAY FOR YOUR EDUCATION?

 

Have you ever run and completed a half marathon (21km)? I have. It’s the furthest I have ever run. I have thought that maybe someday I would run a full marathon (42km), but that has just been a passing thought - quite frankly I don’t think my mind could take me there, let alone my legs. 

Meet Thabisa Rolinyathi. She completes a marathon every week day. That’s right – 42km every week day. You see, Thabisa has to walk to school. 

 
 
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