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Pondering Panda Youth Report 2014 – South Africa

Pondering Panda have released a youth report surveying young people in South Africa, on various dimensions. Of particular interest to me are the views on education, employment and entrepreneurship. Police confidence is also another eye-opening dimension.


“Between June 2013 and January 2014 – 199589 interviews were carried out on mobile phones among younger South Africans between the ages of 13 and 34 (except for the ‘Marriage and Children’ study, for which 15 to 34 year olds were interviewed), using one of Pondering Panda’s respondent bases, the social network Mxit.”

72% of younger South Africans feel that unemployment is a big problem. 53% have been looking for jobs for more than 6 months. 33% feel there are not enough jobs. Of those who are employed 30% feel depressed, sad or bored. 18% of young people feel they do not have the right education, with 12% feeling they do not have the right experience.

Young people feel the biggest problems in education are the following:

1. Don’t have proper facilities

2. Alcohol and drugs

3. Overcrowded classrooms

4. Bullying and peer pressure.

Regarding entrepreneurship, 76% of young people felt, they would rather work for themselves. 66% felt that the government was not doing enough to help entrepreneurs.

With respect to police confidence, 73% felt the South African police force was mostly dishonest and corrupt. Only 45% of young people felt mostly safe at school, classes or work. Only 50% of young people sometimes but not always, felt safe where they live.

You can contact Pondering Panda for a copy of this report.




Mindfulness Training Fundraising on Indiegogo – Open the Drawers of your Mind


I have set up a detailed fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for independent small business fund raisers – I have 47 days to raise the funds I need for Phase 1 ~ to start Mindfulness Training with young people in South Africa – Please help if you can, kindly spread the word on your networks:

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Dispatches from South Africa: the case for vocational training

From International Hub – The Guardian – article by Sarah Duff










Youth unemployment rates are worryingly high, yet education policy and culture make higher education a priority for students, says Sarah Duff.

Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

“The end of the first week of teaching in the South African academic year is an experience that any academic at any university around the world would recognise: the chaos of finding timetables and new lecture venues …

…In January, Angie Motshekga, the minister for basic education, announced with some fanfare that 70.2% of the pupils who sat the examinations for the national senior certificate – usually referred to as matric – passed. In a country with high levels of deprivation and poor resource allocation, this appears to be a magnificent achievement.

Unfortunately, the celebrations hid a few worrying facts. In 2011, according to the well-respected NGO, Equal Education, … of  the 923,463 pupils who began grade 1 in 2000, only 496,090 took matric in 2011, meaning that nearly half dropped out during their school career.” Therefore of … “all those who began school in 2000, the real matric pass rate falls to 38%. ”  This is indeed a very worrying fact.

“…despite the fact there are about 600,000 unemployed graduates in South Africa, university education is seen as the only pathway to employment. I would rather the department of higher education and training invested in FET colleges …”

However, I would like to point out that these moves are already taking place – see South African Education Green Paper. This is a major focus of Dr Nzimande, Minister of Education. The Green Paper is available for download at the following link which also has a great article: Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme:

To read more of Sarah Duff’s article follow the link below: (Accessed 18/04/2012).

University of South Africa Educators visit HCCC

University of South Africa

University of South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)











Herkimer, N.Y. — From Little Falls Times – Article: By Nichole Grant

Reference link Ray Jimenez: (Accessed 07/04/2012). Permanent link to read more:

Educators from the University of South Africa presented on the topic:

“South Africa in Transition: The Potential Impact of Higher Education on Cultural and Economic Prosperity”

at Herkimer County Community College on Wednesday. The university is in transition from traditional teaching methods to the new technological signature course project.

UNISA’s course work is being redesigned by several educators from UNISA as well as by HCCC Professor of Social Science William Pelz…

“The University of South Africa is implementing fundamental pedagogical and curricular delivery improvements that will have a positive impact on their students…

UNISA Instructional Designer Marinkie Matiope said, “prior to 1994 based on skin color teachers were taught differently. White teachers were taught for four years and black for two years. Because of this, many teachers have been ill prepared and this is a huge problem…”

According to O’ Hara, “Faculty and students are excited and desperate for the signature course project.” UNISA students will be able to register for the new signature course classes in 2013.’

Related article:

Commentary on Post-school Education and Training | South Africa

Media Statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr B.E. Nzimande, MP

Pretoria, 12th January 2012

Part of this statement focuses on the fact that three million youths between the ages of 18 – 24 are in no kind of training, nor are they in the labour market. This poses a massive problem for the South African society as a whole.

“A major problem in the system as a whole is that provision of post-school education and training is inadequate in quantity, diversity and, in many but not all instances, quality. Approximately three million young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are not accommodated in either the education and training system or the labour market, thus preventing many of them from fully participating in shaping a democratic South Africa as informed citizens. This is an appalling waste of human potential, and a potential source of serious social instability.”

It can be seen that the skills training needs of South Africa as a whole are enormous and challenging. New moves are afoot to address these needs with ideas for the reworking and  re-conceptualising of the system.

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