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Surviving Exam Season

Surviving High School is tough and exam season can make it even more stressful. There’s no getting away from it. Even the most laid-back of students will find themselves frantically paging through textbooks ahead of the big day. So, how do you get through exam season relatively unscathed, with your sanity intact and with a full-house of incredible marks? We’ve got some exam preparation tips for you right here. It’s [...]

November 12th, 2018|Categories: How To Articles|Tags: , |

The land issue (and what that’s got to do with you)

Speaking to world leaders and investors in New York during the month of September 2018, our South African President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the expropriation of land without compensation was on the cards. He, however, reassured the captains of industry that it would be done responsibly and in a manner that tried to do no harm to the economy and food security. This is a sensitive issue that has South [...]

October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Featured Articles|Tags: , |

4 Do’s and don’ts to fight unemployment

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to realise that unemployment is a problem in South Africa. You see the protests on TV and hear about it all the time in the speeches of leaders canvassing for votes. A quick drive in certain neighbourhoods portrays it; there are unemployed youth loitering all hours of the day. History teaches us that solutions can arise from the youth. You don't have [...]

October 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens, How To Articles|Tags: , |

How Crime and Social Status Impact the Youth and Their Future

Sometimes you've just got to make do with your lot in life. At least that's how the saying goes. When we have been born into a family that struggles financially or within a community that is ridden with crime, it's easy to give up before you've even started. Unless you have the heart of a winner, of course! This is why the impact of crime and social status need not [...]

October 8th, 2018|Categories: Featured Articles|Tags: , |

Teen Start-up Success Stories

If you, like many other ambitious young South Africans, have a dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur, sometimes all you need to get there is a sprinkle of inspiration and, of course, plenty of hard work. Let's start with the inspiration! Here's a look at some other teen entrepreneurs who have 'been there and done that'. Omphile Sekwele and Didintle Nkambule These two 16 year old girls have helped to [...]

October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens|Tags: , , |

What can you do with R40 and a bunch of Spinach? Ask The Spinach King

What do you see? Perhaps you are down-and-out and clinging to the last cash you've got. The question is what do you see? Do you see yourself forsaken and on the verge of being overwhelmed? Do you see yourself giving in to suicidal tendencies and substance abuse at the prospects of being broke? Or do you dare to see a way out by calling out to the entrepreneurial king/queen within? [...]

September 14th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens|Tags: , , , |

Being the new kid on the block isn’t easy – reach out

If only I had a mentor... These are often the sentiments of young people who long to look up to someone cool. Yet, what if you could be that mentor? Mentoring can start at any age. It is not limited by your height, race, religious beliefs or the lack thereof. Just by welcoming the new kid on the block, you've already embarked in an early form of mentoring. Being the new [...]

September 14th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens, How To Articles|Tags: , |

How to be taken seriously as a young entrepreneur

Being a young entrepreneur is not easy. On the one hand, you may feel like you've got this, but can often find yourself disregarded by sponsors and investors because they think you're just a child. So how do you get those around you to take you seriously? You might not believe these tips, but we promise - they are tried and tested. Play Believe it or not, play. What sets [...]

September 14th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens|Tags: , |

Job shadowing: The missing link to propelling career development

Job shadowing is when you spend the workday with a professional following them to see what they do, how they do it and perhaps also getting involved as they permit. You become their "shadow" for that period of time. Here are some of the perks that come with job shadowing. Textbooks and all that gibberish comes alive... Job shadowing should ideally be in your prospective career. For many students, job [...]

August 14th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens, How To Articles|Tags: , |

We need help to change lives and promote a society?

When the strength of the elders is gone, it is the youth of today who will usher this land into competitive economies and be the creators of world changing innovative ideas. The seeds of wisdom and empowerment we plant today are the very forests that will cover us tomorrow. We need the ones who will step in as foot soldiers as well as those who will propel the funds that [...]

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Parents, General|Tags: , , |

What do the UN Sustainable Development Goals have to do with you?

There are 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are collectively set to help make our world a better place. What is interesting to note is that they are not just specific for a particular continent or region, but are something all active global citizens can aspire for. What are these 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Goal 1: No Poverty Goal 2: Zero Hunger Goal 3: Good [...]

July 31st, 2018|Categories: Topical Articles|Tags: |

5 Life Survival Tips for Young People

The transition from teenager to young adult can be a daunting one, but it’s oh so exciting as well. If you choose to move out, you’ll finally get some space and freedom to come and go as you please. However, that independence brings with it a whole raft of new responsibilities. There’ll be plenty for you to get your head around, whether you’re heading off to university or just ready [...]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens, How To Articles|

What’s all the fuss about blogging?

Blogs (short for "web logs") have transformed the manner in which we tell stories. Ever since they gained popularity in the 1990s, they have dominated the digital space. Their influence in sharing digital narratives is unmatched. Through blogs, the ordinary consumer can share their personal experience and even become a social media influence. Gone are the days of only hearing what brands had to say and their motivations as to [...]

July 3rd, 2018|Categories: How To Articles|Tags: |

Do you have the qualities of a self-made millionaire? 

We dare you to take a look at your current bank balance and add a couple of zeros to it. Actually, add lots of zeros. This may probably be a stretch of imagination to most, but it is the reality of others. Forget dreaming about being a millionaire. While this is cool, South Africans are so over that. According to the "Forbes' 2017 List of the World’s Richest People", at [...]

June 26th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens|Tags: |

If time could speak, what would it say about you?

Time speaks. Youth Month (June) shows us that. We see this with the students who refused to let it be business as usual. In 1976, they took a stand for good, even if it cost them their lives. Looking back, what will be said of you? Will you be remembered for speaking up against injustice or be listed as one of the perpetrators who made your environment toxic? Only you [...]

June 19th, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

How to find inspiration and share it

We all give up along the way. Some persevere, linger for a while then fade away before the finish line. Others dare to find inspiration to keep them going against all odds. Inspiration – be it a sudden aha lightbulb moment – or the process of digging in deep to get much needed mental stimulation to do something; is important. In the same world, some can locate inspiration from the beauty around [...]

June 12th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens|Tags: |

No More Boring Lunches: 5 Lunch Ideas

Are you stuck in a sandwich rut? Many of us eat two slices of bread for lunch every single day filled with boring pieces of cheese and the odd limp slice of tomato. Well, banish those tedious midday meals, there are so many more exciting things you can eat to see you through the afternoon. Here are five lunch-time alternatives to the sandwich that’ll get you excited about food once [...]

May 14th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Parents, Articles for Teens|Tags: , |

How to Dress to Impress at Your Interview

Interviews are a big deal; they can be the gateway to your dream job or university experience. This means they can also be a bit scary, and most of us can get nervous before interviews and often find them quite intimidating. The trick is to know what’s expected of you and prepare as much as you can. While most of this preparation will be about the content of the interview, [...]

May 10th, 2018|Categories: Articles for Teens|Tags: , , |

Too shy to sell, but listen well?

It is a myth that you need to talk non-stop in order to be a good salesperson. An even bigger myth is that shy sellers who are great listeners simply won’t cut it. Entrepreneurs in the know argue that without having the skills to listen well, a great salesperson simply cannot be. It is not so much about being shy or extroverted, but rather the skills you possess. Applying listening [...]

May 8th, 2018|Categories: How To Articles|Tags: , |