New university to be Africa’s ‘rival to Harvard’

HIGH school graduates in South Africa and the rest of the continent will soon have an additional university choice as a network of 25 pan-African universities, aimed to rival the likes of Harvard and Yale, is due to come on stream. The first campus will open in Mauritius next year, says Fred Swaniker, co-founder of

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4 Talks to have with your new boss

You’re starting a new job – great! But in order to succeed you have to know what your boss expects from you. Here are four things you should discuss with your boss as soon as possible. 1. Why did I get the job? Of course you were probably the most qualified from all the other

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Entrepreneurship – the long-term solution to unemployment

PRETORIA: Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says the long-term solution to South Africa’s unemployment crisis is to create a nation of entrepreneurs and not a nation of job-seekers. Image:www.freedigitalphotos.net “South Africa is a youthful country. The long-term solution to the nation’s unemployment crisis is to create a nation of entrepreneurs, and not a nation

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Six ‘must haves’ for the new age executive

 The world of work is rapidly changing around us, ideas and technologies that were once considered fads and ‘nice to haves’ – are now edging their way to the fore front of how businesses grow – and for a large number of organisations, defining the very culture and values of the working environment. Traditional business

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Body language matters during an interview

An interview is your first meeting with your potential employer; it’s an opportunity for you to shine and prove that you’re the person they’re looking for. Many candidates know the basics for a good interview like researching the company before hand and asking questions to show interest in the position, but how much do you

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CUTTING THROUGH THE COMPLEXITY OF THE 21ST CENTURY FINANCE FUNCTION

Whilst the core activities of the accounting process remain identification, measurement and reporting, today’s fast-paced and dynamic business environment has meant that the methods of delivery have changed significantly. Gone are the days of the simple double-entry accounting system. The modern financial manager has to find ways of successfully navigating not only the ever fast-moving

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‘Stubborn’ jobless rate hits six-year high

  People: Gill Marcus SOUTH Africa’s unemployment level reached a six-year high in the second quarter — adding weight to warnings that joblessness will plague South Africa for a long time if measures to grow the economy are not implemented immediately. Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus warned last week that high unemployment would persist if the

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17 Ways To Be Indispensable At Work

Job security is a serious concern for so many employees in today’s workforce. Knowing that so many positions are being outsourced, cut, or revamped, for instance, makes it especially difficult to believe that anybody’s job is completely safe, says Rita Friedman, a Philadelphia-based career coach and resume writer. “But in any workplace, you’ll still find people

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How to make top quality connections when networking

Whether you’re a business owner or an employee looking to make connections with substance, these tips will help you to make better connections when networking. Choose common grounds Be focused when you’re at an event. Don’t try tonetwork with every person there. Identify the people who think like you and are interested in similar things as you are. Try

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Desk job? Find out how to stay healthy

Desk jobs don’t have to equal weight gain and bad posture. Follow these top tips to ensure your body stays healthy. Take the stairs If you work in a building that allows you to take the stairs instead of the elevator, do it, and if you work on the 22nd floor, consider taking at least

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What to do before asking for a promotion

If you’ve worked in your company for a few years, and you feel like you deserve a promotion because of your hard work, and the role you’ve played in getting your company to the next level, maybe it’s time you talked to your manager about a promotion. To prepare for the talk, take a look

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Six Things You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Job

Congratulations! After months of searching you finally found the perfect job. During the interview process you felt a connection with your future boss and the feeling was mutual. Now comes the not so fun part of saying goodbye to your current employer. Even if your boss is the devil incarnate you should do your best

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Don’t say it in a job interview

  It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get into the job market, which is why it’s so important to make sure your interview is successful. Here are a few things you should avoid saying in your interview – memorise them. 1“My apologies for being late.” You should never under any circumstances be late for an interview.

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Job hunting tips for graduates

  Written by Tatenda Chatikobo Salary Salary is one of the most important factors to look out for. A good remuneration strategy shows that the company places value and commitment in its employees. The salary should be market-related meaning; it should be in accordance to what the average salary in that field of work is.

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How to resign professionally

Every working person is eventually faced with the dilemma of whether to stay in their current job or resign. The reasons range from pursuing more education to landing a better job elsewhere. There are some important things to keep in mind, however, if you are thinking about resigning. 1. Think before you leap Moving on

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Three signs that you should upskill

  If you want to get ahead in your career, it’s important to always ensure your skills stay relevant to the ever-changing trends within your industry. Here are few signs it’s time to upskill. 1.    You’re frustrated. It’s normal to want a holiday every now and then – we all do. But if taking yourself

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6 Tips For Managing People Who Are Hard To Manage

Management would be easy if everyone you managed were hard working, collaborative, and had a great attitude and exceptional talent.  But then it wouldn’t be management.   It would be sitting around doing little while legions of highly motivated people worked happily and diligently.   The reality of course is far different.  Simply put, some people are

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