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Did you know that more than 70% of South Africa’s working population don’t have wills? It’s understandable because, for most of us, estate planning is synonymous with retirement – that far-off problem you will consider later in life. After all, why worry about your estate when you’re paying a bond, saving for your children’s education, or when you only have a few assets?
The benefits of coaching, helping individuals and organisations to achieve their goals, are out of reach for many, due to high costs and scarcity of skilled coaches – but new research showing the effectiveness of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) coach called Vici is set to change that and democratise the business of coaching.
The impact of technology on the world over the past two decades has been unsurpassed, with countless industries being disrupted by technological advances and developments. Over the past five years, this impact has become prevalent in the established financial sector, with emerging technologies increasingly affecting incumbent businesses and their clients.
Over the weekend, the ANC resorted to a crowdfunding initiative to assist them in the payment of employees who have not yet received their salaries. In doing so, they shared a poster on a number of social media platforms, with banking details, asking members of the public and ANC supporters to make contributions to a Nedbank account.
A Rwandan refugee who knew he deserved a better chance in life and decided to improve his academic qualifications took a job as a car guard so he could pay for tertiary education.
At False Bay TVET College, whose campuses are located in some of the most vulnerable communities of Cape Town, it has become clear that the student population is deeply affected by the increased levels of poverty and unemployment sparked by the pandemic. As a caring institution, the College must be able to respond to the social and economic challenges faced by the vast majority of our student population. The problems of hunger and food insecurity particularly require an urgent response.
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The Department of Education in Northern Cape is experiencing a surge in infections in schools throughout the province. Eight schools in the province have been closed in order for contact tracing and the disinfection of the school premises.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised South African youth due to their eagerness to get the Covid-19 vaccine. He described the turnout made by the 18-35 year-olds to get their jabs as 'impressive' in his weekly newsletter, From the Desk of the President.
It is estimated that more than 82 000 South African children have been orphaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a further 94 000 children lost their primary caregiver, a recent report found. Save the Childrens SA’s Divya Naidoo explained that this could be either a parent or grandparent. She believes that this will have a long lasting impact on these children.
As from today, 18-34 years olds are eligible to receive the covid-19 vaccine as part of South Africa’s vaccine rollout plan. This comes 11 days before it was originally planned for this age category to receive their life saving jabs.
The Department of Transport has warned motorists that the grace period for the renewal of driver's licenses will end on 31 August 2021. The grace period was initially instituted to combat the large backlog that was created by the Covid-19 lockdown and problems with the department's online system.
The Department of Basic Education is considering scrapping the October school holidays to make up for lost teaching days due to disruptions to the school calendar. The proposal by the Department of Basic Education comes after consultations with various role players in the education sector.
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Where businesses and other organisations are unable to get work done by robots they need to acquire the necessary skills by hiring staff. A key question then arises as to whether the money expended in order to acquire and retain these employee skills should be seen as an expense or as an investment.
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