Raymond Ndhlovu: The exchange rate is referred to by analysts and the media on an almost daily basis. Referenced in such a context, it is difficult to imagine how these figures influence you, but both local and international students may in fact benefit from paying attention to exchange rate fluctuations.
TARYN RICHMOND: UP’s vice-chancellor Prof. Cheryl de la Rey delivered a State of the University address earlier this year at the official opening of the 2013 academic year. She addressed one of the biggest challenges facing the university, the decline of the government subsidy. Perdeby looked into this issue and what it means for UP students.
Prof. De la Rey said in her speech that the issue is that the subsidy remains steady and does not reflect rising costs. Prof. Antony Melck, the university’s executive director of the Institutional Planning Portfolio, said that, “The National Treasury annually makes a budget available to the Department of Higher Education and Training [DHET] for subsidising the university sector.”
There has been a lot of talk on the radio recently about the state of entrepreneurship in South Africa and especially what young people need to do to be self-employed. A lot of this discussion has been triggered by the R34.1 million loan given to Khanyi Dhlomo by the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) for her luxury store, Luminance.
Many people have questioned why somebody who is already successful should have been lent such a huge amount of money for a boutique selling luxury goods, especially when many small businesses might have benefitted from the R34.1 million being split between them, much less entirely given to one of them. Accusations of political connections and hand-outs have been made.
I must confess that initially my reaction to this was similar to most other people. But then listening to Allon Raiz of Raizcorp talk about it on the radio, I quickly learnt that I shouldn’t jump to conclusions without gathering the facts.
As far back as the 14th century, a simple idea was created by not so simple minds. A monster it was, with no sex or gender. Still a foetus in the age of the Protestants, it sprung to adolescence in the 19th and 20th centuries with a face so vile and a heart so violent, its creators had to shelter it with some sort of glamour so the world would choose to look upon it.
A career in modelling can take you places (literally) and earn you packets. Interested?
Click, flash! Click, flash! Click, flash! That’s the sound of your picture being taken by a professional photographer while a crew of stylists and assistants watch you work your magic. If you’re taller than the counter at Panda Land and not blatantly hideous-looking, you’ve probably considered making a side career out of modelling.
SOME Wits university students have raised concerns of decreasing spending power on the back of rising fuel prices.
There are talks of an imminent fuel price hike in all grades of fuel this month, an increase of 82 cents from the current price.
The price of alcohol and tobacco will increase by up to ten percent, said Minister for Finance Pravin Gordhan at the annual national budget speech on Wednesday.
DANIELLE PETTERSON: The ANC has proposed a graduate tax for all graduates of institutions of higher education. The proposal has been met with opposition from many youth and student organisations.
According to The Sowetan, the ANC made this resolution at its elective conference in Mangaung last year. Details were limited with no explanation given regarding timelines for the implementation of the tax or the likely percentage to be levied. The tax was reportedly intended to contribute to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The scheme was expected to play a major role in government’s plans to introduce free education to all undergraduate students.