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05/02/2021 | Janet Madaka

While getting stuck into teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) industry is by no means limited to students, it’s true that a large number of those undertaking TEFL qualifications and looking for teaching jobs are from the student population. Whether you want a meaningful gap year that will enable you to travel globally either […]

03/02/2021 | Janet Madaka

If you’re searching for a way to gain work experience and travel the world at the same time, then teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is worth your consideration. Combine a TEFL certification with a passion for teaching and you could be exactly what employers are looking for.  Whether you’re looking to take your […]

10/05/2016 | Liezl Hesketh

In our last blog about How to Survive Inflation, we said that people who stop expecting the government to supply all their needs and make a plan for themselves, survive inflation. Ten years ago, people said the cost of petrol would never reach double digits. Think of what you pay for petrol today – between […]

16/03/2016 | Liezl Hesketh

Things Are Different Here If you are moving to South Africa as an expat or an intern you’re going to learn quite quickly that things are different in Africa. The Time Forget what you know about time. African time basically consists of ‘now’, ‘now-now’, and ‘just now’. ‘Now’ is pretty much a foreign concept. A […]

27/01/2016 | Liezl Hesketh

  Road rage and aggressive driving are major problems in South Africa. Traffic congested areas, time urgency and inconsiderate driving all contribute to heightened levels of frustration among drivers. Add to that the unbearable heat we’ve been experiencing the past few weeks and you can expect even more people getting hot under the collar on the […]

17/11/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

No one is immune to tough times and being unemployed is one of them. Even if you have a job, you never know what the future holds and you may find yourself unemployed at some point or another. This can be a very frustrating and stressful time, not to mention a big blow to your confidence and […]

06/10/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

No matter how positive you are about the future of South Africa there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s not the safest country in the world. Break-ins, hijackings, kidnappings – these are things we experience as part of life. Being tied up is usually the most common aspect of any of the scenarios […]

25/08/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

What is Burnout Fatigue? Under stress you tend to over-engage, become emotionally over-reactive, develop a constant sense of urgency and hyperactivity combined with a lack of energy. Stress leads to anxiety disorders and physical harm. It can kill you. In burnout you disengage; become emotionally dead, feel helpless and hopeless. All your ideals, hopes and […]

19/05/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

Surviving the move from town to city “Growing up and watching my brothers come home for the holidays, the way they talked and what they’ve experienced in the city, made me want to see the big lights and buildings for myself. Even though I planned it over and over in my mind, when that day […]

05/05/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

When you’re stationary, in so-called rush hour traffic between Pretoria and Johannesburg, the knowledge that only an hour away is the great outdoors is not wildly helpful. Commuting is one of the evil necessities of modern life. And it’s getting worse. Where people used to complain about a half hour journey, nowadays, two hours is […]

22/04/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

The adjustment from being a student to starting your first job is like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. After years of studying, working on assignments and writing exams, you finally have the opportunity to show your worth in the real word. However, just as the butterfly struggles to escape from the cocoon, the transition […]

04/03/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

Image by What to do when the lights go out Load shedding is becoming a way of life here in South Africa. It’s annoying, but it can be survived. The Practical Side of Load Shedding Start stocking up on diesel – for the generator, torches and a supply of batteries, candles and matches. Make […]

09/02/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

What, exactly, is a Work Ethic? In today’s economy, getting a job can be difficult. But once you have one, are there good and bad ways to do the job? The short answer is yes. You won’t be in the workplace long before you’ll hear the words “work ethic”. A good work ethic is vital […]

06/02/2015 | Liezl Hesketh

Playing it safe in a social environment In a previous article on online safety, we’ve looked at ways to protect your identity and personal information. The human race has never been more connected than what we currently are and social networks are pushing us closer and closer together. Whether your social network of choice is […]

31/12/2014 | Liezl Hesketh

by Vutivi Mukoki A list full of dos and don’ts, promises and pledges, goals and hopes, all written in the excitement of a new, untainted, bright looking year. New Year Resolutions! A custom passed on from the forefathers who understood the concept of pre-meditated planning. But now, thanks to the unrealistic life thrust onto the […]

02/10/2014 | Liezl Hesketh

By Chanel Bevis We live in a small world. The internet has gone a long way in bringing people closer. and while tools like social media can be used for recreational purposes, they also offer a greater advantage for networking. Like many people, I have adopted my own definition for the word. To me, networking […]