August 07, 2017

The role of women as leaders in the workplace

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“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

Women have come a long way in defying the odds and challenging issues of gender inequality that existed in the workplace and business market. Public figures such as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Suze Orman to name a few, have upheld the positive influence in leadership positions. As role models, these women have played a significant role in influencing their own spaces.

These female leaders have paved the way for other women to assume leadership roles. Some of these women have created their own stories by standing for what they believe in and making major breakthroughs in different fields. Women in positions of power have challenged the status quo and that has given more opportunities to women who have been previously disregarded.  

The growth of women in the workplace over the years has strengthened and the world is seeing women taking on more prominent roles in the workplace. Women have proven their ability to drive successful projects that are a success and inspire growth in companies.

Let us explore the characteristics that have given rise to the presence of more women in the workplace.

Women possess professionalism and leadership qualities 

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As women, we have the professionalism and leadership qualities that build up impressive results in a company. This presence of women in the workplace often complements the company’s values and enforces company standards.  

These leadership abilities have created room more women to excel in the workplace. Women have the ability to be effective leaders who manage business goals proficiently and produce results.  

Women bring in strong work ethic and motivate the team 

As women, we are the ones who carry out company standards and goals and make sure colleagues follow the same values. We tend to find innovative ways of implementing values and inspiring the team, for example, having motivational quotes around the office, fun activities or other methods that ensure the values are well received.

We have the personality to nurture others which is beneficial for the team. This can help team members become a part of the company’s vision and stimulate them to improve their production level.

Women determine team growth and business advancement 

A woman can easily identify the strength in others and areas where others may need help due to their nurturing character. This is helpful for the team in order to create a structure and balance to sustain all areas of the business. Women can build on this to be a support structure that encourages the team to deliver to the best of their ability.

As women, we intuitively know what a company may need to go to the next level and how this can happen. It is essential for companies to realise how woman leaders win and how they help others to do the same.

Women have good organisation skills 

Women are known to be good at managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously. We can confidently take on leadership roles and manage it effectively causing growth. We have the skill to manage our own productivity as well as oversee others and help them become better.  

Women have the desire and competitiveness to create a conducive work environment where they can implement strategies for producing quality results. As managers, they are able to recognise the areas that need focus and how they will improve the strategy with time.

Women possess attention to detail 

Women are known to be thorough and have great attention to detail which is a crucial quality for an organisation. A woman can analyse the business’s plans and be able to bring up risk factors involved in certain business moves.

We have the capability to handle a crisis when it arises and deal with it effectively. This helps in preventing crises from occurring or creating damage. Having a critical eye can truly protect the business.

This is reason enough for women to be consulted when the business is about to make important decisions. Similarly, women can identify opportunities available, for growth, expansion and for the best business investment.

They can advance company growth 

As women, we are passionate about the projects we are involved in especially when our input is valued by the company. We carry a positive spirit and can do attitude, passion for a new challenge and a drive for the work that we lead.

We are enthusiastic about seeing our projects grow and becoming fruitful. For company growth, the business needs to recognise how to recruit female executives to fulfil company objectives.

Be an empowered woman and build your career today 

As a woman looking to be empowered, education is a foundation that creates a smooth journey in having a successful career. As a woman, you should aspire to grow into someone who positively influences in the workplace. Becoming a leader is a transition you work towards when you study towards your goal. The first step is to obtain a Matric certificate or to improve your Matric results. This will further improve your chances for further education. Studying will empower you to access work opportunities that can lead to a prosperous career.

At ICESA you can attend a Matric School starting from Grades 10-12 with the best tuition and qualified teachers to help you in Matric subjects. ICESA’s Matric School enables you to obtain a National Senior Certificate - FETC (Grades 10 - 12) and a National Senior Certificate - Nated 550.

ICESA has an outstanding matric pass rate of 75-80%. When you have accomplished great results in your Matric Certificate, this allows an opportunity to enter tertiary institutions and attain Higher Education Qualifications. However students also have the option to obtain a qualification through Further Education Qualifications, this will give them career optimism in different fields.


About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

August 01, 2017

Journalism Graduate programmes in SA

Journalism in South Africa is a highly respected industry with journalists of a high calibre

 The journalists that are doing well in the industry are often well-known journalism writers or broadcasters who produce compelling and intriguing journalism. As journalists get acclaimed within the industry and build a name for themselves, their careers can reach the next level as they become recognised by industry. These journalists are granted access to exclusive press briefings or interviews to provide news coverage on matters that concern the public, government or private sector.

Journalism is about telling the untold, revealing truths and informing the general public on revelations about matters in all sectors. With technological advancements, journalism graduates have the opportunity to leap into the online market as content producers, online media journalists or providing content for social media and variety of platforms.

You can aspire to be a journalist and succeed in obtaining a journalism qualification, but it takes much more determination and work for your career to gain progress. It is essential to study towards a journalism qualification with a college that has the relevant modules to prepare you for the workplace. Thereafter, getting work experience will be a helpful step to advance your journalism career.

When you are undergoing your work experience or internship, you can follow these steps that will help you establish your career in this field.

  • Learn from your mentors
  • Remember people’s names and make sure they remember yours
  • Go the extra mile and learn more than what’s required
  • Show keenness and enthusiasm so that you are considered for employment
  • Learn to write or speak well following the guidelines of the media house you are training in
  • Attend industry events and get to know people in the journalism industry
  • Read and watch the work other journalists produce
  • Engage in other writing and journalistic activities apart from what’s required- you can add this to your CV
  • Don’t worry about pay, focus on the experience of knowing more and gaining skills

Doing a graduate programme or internship may not offer you more than a monthly stipend for transportation, but it will give you priceless skills and knowledge that you need to go to the next level. It is vital to go through this phase as part of your practical learning in this field. The work sector recognises people with work experience as highly as they regard someone with a qualification, having both is crucial. This will be beneficial to your CV and increase the opportunities you have with potential employers.

Going through a work experience programme can be overwhelming if you are not used to the work environment, it is a pressure filled place where you are expected to adjust and deliver. However, it is important to complete the programme and not quit. After you have completed your  work-learning programme, you qualify for other employment opportunities that will initiate your work career.

Let’s have a look at the opportunities and fields that journalism graduates can go into:



Social Media Intern

We are looking for a social media savvy, highly creative and bubbly Social Media Intern to join the Velocity Media team in order to maintain and grow our own social media channels (, Joburg’s Darling and Cape Town’s Darling and more) as well as to assist with client accounts. With a massive growth opportunity, we require somebody with strong editorial skills, who is innovative and has the ability to work well under pressure.

Location: Johannesburg, Randburg
Education level: Degree
Job level: Junior – Mid
Own transport required: Yes
Type: Social Media Internship
Reference: Social Media Intern


Compiling and scheduling posts across multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat) – Active Engagement
Replying to messages and engaging with our communities – Re-active Engagement.
Monitoring strategies campaigns across multiple platforms and brands.
Conceptualisation and implementation of creative/innovative campaigns to grow the following of our/clients’ pages and increase brand awareness.
Assisting to maintain campaigns/strategies/social media activations for clients.
Analysing and Reporting.
Public Relations.


1 -3 years’ experience in similar role
A degree/diploma/certificate in social media or digital marketing /advertising / journalism
Up to date with all new developments in the industry and social media platforms.
Working knowledge of paid media.
Experience in Photo / video editing.
Experience in Copy writing.
Experience in Sales.
Working knowledge in website and social media analytics.
Addiction to technology and their social media accounts.
Experience in Web design and SEO.

Personal Skills/Attributes:

Able to work well independently as well as within a team
Well-presented and spoken
Deadline driven
Strong digital acumen
Performance driven
Willingness to learn


Speak multiple languages
SEO experience
Knowledge of Google Analytics
Knowledge of PPC advertising (AdWords, Facebook)

Salary is dependent on experience.

Apply Online:


Content Writing Internship

Eventerprise - Cape Town, Western Cape

Eventerprise is a bold new digital platform that is turning the global events industry on its head. Our mission possible is to create the world's first comprehensive community dedicated to connecting event hosts with the right event service, - product or venue.

Our successful talent incubation philosophy is to combine highly experienced leaders with talented young guns who want to learn fast, wide, and deep - and help create a world class digital platform at the same time. If you're an adventurous recent graduate or final year student with an interest in the digital economy, and would like to hone your content writing skills with a cutting-edge SaaS company, get in touch to discover more about our international internship programme, based in one of the world's most beautiful cities.

So, what will you be doing except for making coffee and tea for the rest of the team? Just kidding, everyone's treated the same in our flat hierarchy. The only coffee and tea you will be making is your own - lots of it. We are much more interested in teaching you new skills and processes, and challenging you with exciting tasks and projects. When people think event planning, we want them to think Eventerprise. Your role will be to make that happen through great writing and other content related activities – think of it as an incubator for your future career!

People we enjoy working with:

Are not afraid of hard-working, fast-paced environments
Thrive on new challenges
Are inquisitive and collaborative
Respect and support their team mates
Are serious about contributing to something bigger than themselves
Take goals and deadlines (and not themselves) seriously
The ability to think out of the box


Recent graduate or final year student in any of the following fields - English literature, creative/business/professional writing, journalism, communications, media, marketing, advertising, public relations or any other relevant field.

If you are a business graduate or student, with strong writing skills and an interest in digital content, we would like to hear from you too.

Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong research skills
Attention to detail and accuracy
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Some experience of content production, - distribution or - marketing
Experience using digital content tools, e.g. WordPress
An interest in the digital economy

Apply Online:


Finance editorial internship

Capetown, South Africa
Salary: 4500 Hourly
Recruiter: Isilukmo Staffing (CPT)
Job Ref: CT000503/WC

Our client seeks a well-rounded individual to complete an internship, who has studied Journalism to write and report around the field of money and general business issues. This Internship is an excellent opportunity to gain general journalism and online news skills and to work in the field of personal money and general business issues.

Finance Editorial Internship (Business Finance) |EEA

Period: 6 months - 1 year internship (which will be reconsidered after a year for renewal / permanent appointment)

Start date: Continuous Recruitment

Salary: R4 500 per month
Place of work: Cape Town, within a Media company
Report: The successful candidate will report to the editor of the division.

Job Summary:

Our client seeks a well-rounded individual to complete an internship, who has studied Journalism to write and report around the field of money and general business issues. This Internship is an excellent opportunity to gain general journalism and online news skills and to work in the field of personal money and general business issues.

Key Skills Required:

Creative, interpersonal and communication skills, time-management skills.
Excellent writing and article formulating skills - Magazine and feature writing
Have a good SA-focussed writing style and voice
Has a liking for finance/ money/business
Exceptional content creation skills
Good handle on social media content creation and editorial integration
Be naturally curious

Duties and Responsibilities:

Online work and in the excitement of a live website
Get the chance to manage the social media department (especially Facebook and Twitter) and publish online publishing and publishing.
Get the opportunity to accompany experienced journalists on stories and conferences on money matters
Write reports and rubrics that will especially keep young people in the field of personal money issues
Also exposed to general news reports.
Deadline-driven and able to contribute enthusiastically to meetings.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)

Diploma in Journalism/Corporate communications /Business
Preference will be given to a young graduate with a degree / diploma with trade subjects and economics.
Candidate needs experience in reporting, magazine and feature writing
Candidate must be computer literate and have basic Microsoft Windows Word.
Good communication skills
Have a problem solving / getting it done no matter what attitude.
Valid Code B Driver’s License (A bonus)

Attach the following to the email above:

Detailed CV
South African ID document
Matric Certificate
Tertiary qualification
Shortlisting candidates will be contacted if criteria's are met

Candidate requirement:

South African Citizen
Clear criminal record
Relevant qualification
A willingness to report about money and numbers
Must be active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and/or Instagram
Reside in areas surrounding Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa (Will not accept relocation)

Apply Online:


Bloggers / Writers / Mobile Journalists

Join a team of bloggers, writers and mobile journalists who covers every day-to-day stories around them. With different categories from News, Politics, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Business, Health/ Food, Sports and Opinions, you will definitely find your preferred category to establish your writing profile at EBNewsDaily SA.

This is a voluntary post, aimed at helping you gain the writing experience in the journalism field you need. This young site has grown notably from its establishment in 2016, with dedicated writers who have gotten the exposure they have always wanted in the writing field. Your posts will be read by a huge online community.

Think you will be interested? Here are the little requirements at be considered.

Be Creative. Be able to make stories, articles and drafting out facts from a situation.
Be social. A profile in Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn would be great.
Age from 18-35.
Be able to use internet for research purposes. Preferably with a smartphone or a PC / Laptop
Students in Journalism would be an advantage, however, not a decisive requirement.

Apply Online:


Trainee/Student journalist

Africa News Week - Johannesburg, Gauteng 

Looking for a student journalist to help run a growing news publication and podcast covering news and current affairs from Africa.

This would suit somebody training to be a journalist and looking for somewhere to have work published.

The successful candidate will act as a correspondent for South Africa. You will need to liaise with press officers, emergency services, politicians and people on the ground in South Africa.

Social media skills would be a great plus.

Please note that this is unpaid but in return, you will be given a platform to publish your work and training and guidance will be given. Possibilities of video training, data journalism and general writing and reporting.

To apply, please send in a CV and an example of your work.

Job Type: Internship

Salary: R0.00 /month

Job Location:

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Required education: Bachelor's

Apply Online:


Digital Marketing Internship 

RT7Digital - Cape Town, Western Cape 

Calling all Digital Marketing enthusiast!

Are you looking for an opportunity to be exposed to the wondrous world of digital marketing?

Are you Tech Savy?

Do you have a “go getter” attitude?

Are you hands on and hungry to learn?

If you replied yes to all the above…. RT7 Digital wants YOU! Yes, You! To lend a helping hand to our small yet vibrant team of Content writers, Analysts, Designers and all round digital gurus.

You will have a chance to learn and be exposed to:

Marketing Strategies

Blog writing and editing

Content creation

Customer relations

Data analysing using tools like Google Analytics

SEO strategies

Social Media management

Brand Management

RT7Digital is a digital marketing agency who like to rethink and redefine online marketing. We are a team of young, vibrant and ever so interesting characters who have all come together to take our clients’ digital portfolios to the next level. We are more than a company; we are a family and support a learning environment.


A good understanding of the online world

Relevant experience within the digital marketing industry

A keen mind who is ready to tackle a wide portfolio of customer’s online relations

A firm grasp on the intricacies of the English language

The ability to work independently as well as within a team

Proficient in social media platforms, especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and WordPress

A positive attitude

A keen attention to detail

Excellent communication skills

An excellent work ethic

Good time management and organisational skills

The ability to manage themselves while juggling multiple tasks and deadlines and the desire to learn

Added bonus: We have an amazing (slightly overworked) coffee machine, a foosball table and run a serious table tennis championship.

Apply Online:


Super Marketing Intern 

The Back Clinic - Parkmore, Gauteng 

We are looking for a young, dynamic intern to assist The Back Clinic with our marketing and communication initiatives.

The job entails:

Crafting marketing materials in perfect English (We are particular about this!) And communicating with clients and patients over social media, via email and face to face.

To get the job:

1. You must know Google AdWords - you'll be doing a lot of work on this after all.

2. You'll have design experience or an eye for it.

3. You'll know what Facebook ads look like and the importance of targeting.

4. You own a smart phone and love taking videos.

5. You have a car.

6. You love people.

7. Submit a CV and supporting information in whatever format you choose (video, voice note, writing sample, etc) that lets us know how creative YOU CAN BE and how you think on your feet.

Job Type: Internship

Required experience:

Digital Marketing: 1 year
Google Adwords: 1 year

Required licence or certification:

Driver's License and Car

Apply Online:


About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

August 01, 2017

Tablets the New Generation Technology

By Nana Zuke 

ICESA a college registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is a dedicated institution that is constantly equipping students with advanced tools to achieve excellent performance with the tablet initiative.

ICESA campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg receive thousands of students each year, all-eager to further their education and get entry into the working world. ICESA’s commitment to providing the best educational resources and producing quality students that are adequately equipped for excellence resulted in the tablet initiative.

The tablets help students in terms of the meeting assignment deadlines and simplicity in their studies. Thus making it easier for them to handle their workflow on and off campus. Preloaded with monthly data, students can download their study material on their tablets which they can access from anywhere at any time.

Educor, the holding company of ICESA launched the tablet initiative across its various brands as the new generation is all about technology. These are individuals living at a time when technology is constantly evolving. Some come from homes with limited resources and cannot be provided with the tools to help in their studies.

Siqiniseko Mninjelwa, a first-year Travel and Tourism student at ICESA said he can access all his emails that the college sends him from his phone. Keeping him constantly updated about campus affairs. “These tablets are very helpful, we love doing our work and we are constantly on the internet. Our parents cannot afford to buy us expensive phones, so this came in handy. We can load our study guides on the devices and this has brought some order to our lives,” said Siqiniseko Mninjelwa, a first-year Travel and Tourism student at ICESA.

Senzelwe Khomo, also a first-year Travel and Tourism student who lives in Lovu, which is an hour away from Durban city said that travelling to and from campus can be quite a hassle, more especially when she has assignments due. The tablet and data save her time and money as she can get some work done from home.

Education and technology go hand in hand, one complements the other. In order for students to really maximise their capabilities, they need tools to assist them and make the time they spend at college much smoother and more productive.

ICESA is registered with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and offers full-time and part-time courses. Visit one of the campuses in Durban or Pietermaritzburg to find out more.

For more information and news about ICESA visit

August 01, 2017

ICESA Alumnus an Ambitious Journalist

By Nana Zuke

The role of journalists in the modern world is becoming more and more crucial. There are so many social economic issues that society has to deal with in the age of technology and constant transformation. Ayanda Gcinokwakhe Ngobese is one young journalist that is ready to be the voice of the people and to stand firm for what is right without compromising the values he believes in. 

The ICESA alumnus admits that growing up in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal in a rural area called Nquthu, he thought life was simple. He was sure that for survival a person only needs a roof over their head and food in their stomach but he realises how naïve he was.

Studying journalism with ICESA has opened his eyes to different issues that the society is currently faced with. The most pressing issue for him is the economy. Not only for South Africa but globally. “As a journalist, I would say that this is an interesting time to be alive, but the most important issue in the world right now is the economy,” said Ayanda.

According to Ayanda, every day he works towards making sure he contributes to the growth of the economy through his profession. This is an issue that is powerful enough to bring the world to a halt. The career path he is currently in now allows him to explore some of the concerning issues. Working at Vibe FM has not only made his dreams come true but has allowed him to meet people from different walks of life.“I never dreamed I would meet journalists from other countries within two years of working in the industry,” said Ayanda.

He added that what’s most important in the media industry is to know what you want in life. When you have a solid foundation, it is not easy to be distracted from the main function as a journalist, which is to be the voice of the people. Today he is motivated by Ukhozi FM News Reader Samke Mtshali who studied with ICESA. Professionally, Ayanda’s proudest accomplishment has been attaining the skills and the knowledge of interviewing different people. The qualification with ICESA assisted him to have a strong eye and ear for news.

In the future, he hopes to be his own boss by opening his own company and pushing the boundaries in the industry.

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