The 2014 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
Oct09

The 2014 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

The Government of Japan is calling for applications from young South Africans who would like to spend at least one year in Japan as Assistant Language Instructors (ALTs) under a highly successful international exchange programme for university graduates. Applications should be returned to the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria: Embassy of Japan JET Programme 259 Baines Street Groenkloof Pretoria 0181 Telephone: 012 452 1607 General Information The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Programme aims to enhance foreign language education, and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike. The objectives of the Programme are being achieved by offering JET Programme participants (hereinafter, participants) the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high and senior high schools in Japan. The Programme is implemented by local authorities and other organisations (hereinafter, contracting organisations) of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (hereinafter, CLAIR). The JET Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from participating country governments. In 2013, there were 4,372 participants in the Programme from 40 countries. As the JET Programme has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 27 years, it is of great importance that this reputation be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries. As such, they are expected to be responsible in all their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations. It is therefore desirable that participants be adaptable, mentally and physically capable of performing the job duties and have a deep interest in Japan. Generally, participants are appointed by a contracting organisation for a one-year period. The cost of transportation from the participant’s origin to Japan, as well as remuneration, will be funded by the tax payers of Japan via the contracting organisation where the participant is appointed. Because participants serve as civil servants of their contracting organisations, they are required to uphold behaviour befitting civil servants. Withdrawal from the Programme after receipt of placement or early termination of appointment should be avoided as it causes many problems for contracting organisations, in addition to severely impacting the administration of the Programme itself. Position and duties Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education or publicly run elementary, junior high and senior high schools. Participants who are...

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CARNIVAL CITY CAREER DAY EXHIBITION

Are you in High School and wondering what to study when you finish? Don’t worry, here’s an informative exhibition that might just help you make that pivotal decision. Read more below. EVENT                   Carnival City Career Day Exhibition DATE                     Monday 23 September 2013 TIME                      from 08h00 to 14h00 VENUE                  Rio Rooms, Carnival City, Brakpan Carnival City and Black Child Its Possible (BCIP) present their Career Day Exhibition on Monday 23 September 2013 at Carnival City. Setting out on a career path can be a daunting challenge and the aim of the Career Day is to expose disadvantaged Grade Nine to 12 learners from the City of Ekurhuleni to as many career choices and potential funders as is possible. During the school year, extra lessons in English, Maths and Physical Science have been funded for these learners by Carnival City and have produced excellent results. These lessons form part of the BCIP Effective Career Planning Programme which aims to up-skill the learners toward making better informed career decisions. The Career Day Exhibition will be coupled with talks by entrepreneurs as well as brief talks by experts in the various career fields. For more information on the Carnival City Career Day please contact Godfrey Madonsela on 011 898 7191 or by e-mail...

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Hansa says cheers to South Africa’s dreamers!
Sep16

Hansa says cheers to South Africa’s dreamers!

To the dreamers with actions, Hansa says cheers! Dreaming big and then working hard to achieve – this is the true spirit of South Africa and Hansa Pilsener, the beer that is brewed for dreamers, is saluting these passionate, committed men and women. From fashion and jewellery designers, DJ’s and event companies, spaza shop entrepreneurs to jazz club owners, the beer that is brewed with the kiss of the Saaz hop has launched a new campaign aimed at celebrating people who are the movers and shakers, hustlers and doers of their communities, taking each day in their stride and making things happen. To acknowledge these dreamers and doers, Hansa is offering a unique break for these businesses to be marketed across various platforms including TV, print, radio, online and outdoor creative. The opportunity will run countrywide and will see Hansa afford the businesses free advertising, helping them to increase their customer base. “Hansa is raising a glass to many different types of talented people who go out every day to make a living, supporting themselves and their families and contributing to the South African economy,” said Hansa Pilsener General Manager, Khensani Nobanda. “We are acknowledging and celebrating their passion, talent and creativity.” More than 20 of these ‘dreamers’ from around South Africa will be selected over the next three months to have their achievements celebrated by highlighting their dreams, jobs or hustle on radio, TV, billboards, magazines, newspapers as well as on the Hansa website, Facebook page and on Twitter. “In this way these fledgling businesses will get exposure and much needed marketing support which will hopefully drive customers into their shops, restaurants, hairdressers, car washes or whatever else their daily grind is,” Nobanda said. To follow the campaign as it unfolds, follow @hansapilsener on Twitter or share your inspirational stories onFacebook www.facebook.com/Hansa or visit...

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REACHING GENERATION Y – Teaching youth to take risks wisely.
Sep11

REACHING GENERATION Y – Teaching youth to take risks wisely.

There’s an African proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child” it comes with a strong punch this time around as we are constantly seeing our world change given the advent of digital media feeding our kids all sorts of information. It is more crucial now than ever before to exercise the saying to its fullest meaning. Read about Generation Y below. Generation Y has been described as ambitious and materialistic, impulsive, impatient, seeking instant gratification and relying largely on luck – not characteristics associated with wise decision-making. But luck is really being surrounded by people who care and having the right information to make informed choices in living life responsibly.  This is the message that the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP) is bringing to Generation Y through a series of intervention workshops in Durban, Rustenburg, Witbank and Polokwane entitled “Taking risks wisely”, all aimed at 18 to 35-year olds. Explaining the reason for the workshops, Ms Nana Magomola, Executive Director of the NRGP explained “without the benefit of age, many young people lack the wisdom that is needed for making risky decisions. Through our series of workshops the NRGP aims to discuss some of the common risks they will encounter in life, to better understand these and equip them in managing life’s choices. Understanding the consequences of choices they make could prevent them from experimenting with drugs, gambling, alcohol or risky sexual behaviour.” While showcasing the effects of risk-taking in general, the workshops place specific emphasis on gambling and tackles issues of debt and money management, and the fact that excessive gambling does not lead to wealth. Instead it impacts on their health, their jobs, their relationships and financial well-being. In addition to receiving advice from experts and motivational speakers, an interactive play helps the youthful audience to see, through edutainment, why it is important to assess risks carefully. “The workshops deal with concerns regarding financial health and wellness, and emphasises the endless possibilities for youth in our country” Ms Nana Magomola concluded. “Edutainment is a far more effective means to reach Generation Y than preachy lectures.” A 2004 survey, “A Profile of Youth Gambling in South Africa”, conducted by the University of the Witwatersrand on behalf of the National Gambling Board, confirmed that although casino gambling is rare amongst youth given the controls in place, a fairly large number of young people do gamble, mostly amongst themselves on informal games. This finding is consistent with other local and international research which shows the propensity of adolescents to risk-taking generally, partly because the mechanisms for self-control within the brain are not yet fully developed. Prevention of...

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To SoulProviders with Love.
Sep11

To SoulProviders with Love.

When my boss approached me with the task to socialise six 3rd year BA Strategic Communication students from the University of Johannesburg into SoulProviders I gladly accepted the challenge. I knew what it meant and what it will require in me to achieve the three days this students had asked to be taught what digital communication is all about. Our contact began on a very cold winters day and I already knew when they finish job shadowing  they should send us feedback on how this experience was to each and everyone of them – as promised, I got an email today that got me all so grateful to be a part of SoulProviders. Read their article below. Clockwise – Dineo, Dudu, Lerato, Zenobiya and Asanda. When we first arrived at SoulProviders, we had no knowledge of how digital communication functions from a practical side. We wanted to see where ideas are generated and where are they executed and transformed into interactive customer engagement with brands through digital communication. As soon as we met Bheki and the rest of the SoulProviding team we felt like we were home, the SP team greeted us with friendly smiles and made us feel welcomed. Our initial review of Soul Providers can be described as assuring and informing in terms of their work ethic. Strategic communication provides a wide range of career opportunities, we were each matched with an SP employee who does what each of us have an interest in. It was great to be able to see first-hand what someone in that specific position does and to get a feel of what their typical day is like, from the different brands to their responsibilities. Before one is exposed to such, there is a distinct pressure that one feels, because we had no idea of how the workplace is and whether we had what it took to make the transition from varsity into the workplace. It is challenging but if one is creative and passionate about what they do, there’s no reason not to thrive. It also seems like a lot of fun, because the environment at SP is “chilled” and intimate, everybody gets along very well. The fact that the digital communication industry is based on real-time instant platforms; it was very intimidating at first to see how quick decisions need to be made and how spontaneous yet well-thought-out content needs to be. Our time spent at SoulProviders has been educational, it also confirmed our passion which ultimately assured us that the career path chosen was a good one and allowed us to make valuable contacts for future employment prospects. We are passionate, self-motivated...

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Be A Blessing…
Aug22

Be A Blessing…

When this invitation came to my mail I jumped at the opportunity to help. It was once said that once you see, you cannot pretend that you didn’t see. Beautiful people of our nation, I urge you to take a chance and lend a hand where you can. Details after the jump. Dearly Beloved, “Be a Blessing” is a local community outreach which aims to involve men, women, girls and boys, from all walks of life, in bridging the gaps that exist between incongruent communities and social environments. This is an initiative of The Edenvale Baptist Church. When ordinary people come together and pour out their hearts for God, lives are impacted in an extraordinary way. We are blessed to be a blessing and we would like you to join us. ·         Date: 24 August 2013 ·         Time: 08:00 – 13:00 ·         Venue: 3900 JB Marks Primary School, Braamficherville, Dobsonville In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 For more details please contact, Kea Nkitseng: 072 901...

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