April 23, 2018

#InstaFoodie: The Best Instagram Chefs to Follow

Image source: Instagram 

Instagram foodies are enjoying the gram even more with tantalizing food circulating on this app.

These Insta chefs are gaining massive popularity online with their mouth-watering posts. From vegan, vegetarian, nutritious and ethnic recipes, these scrumptious dishes are getting yum-yum reactions.    

Visuals and videos have an incredibly high reach on social media. Most Instagram chefs use these features to make their posts more appealing to followers. Instagram stories is a great way for Insta chefs to share videos and visuals that take followers through each step of cooking. Another great way for Insta chefs to showcase their best work is to pin some of their beautifully presented meals on their Highlights reel. Going live on Instagram is also a way to engage with your followers and show the moments in food preparation for different occasions.  

As someone who is passionate about food, you may also like sharing your meal preps and food with followers on Instagram. This may start as an amateur interest but you can become a recognised Insta chef as your food content advances. As you cultivate your culinary skills, you can turn your gastronomic passion into a profession that pays.

Followers of your food page can end up consulting your services and requesting your services for events.                       

Taking your Culinary skills to the next Level 

A culinary course such as a Food and Preparation programme, it gives you foundational knowledge and skill to become a food expert. With food knowledge and expertise, you can invent awe-inspiring and authentic food.

ICESA College offers you a chance to elevate your cooking skills through its Food and Preparation certificate. This programme allows you to learn unique cooking techniques that will help you begin your cooking career. This training is essential if you’re an aspirant chef looking to offer your services. It is also suitable for someone who wants to work and grow in the cuisine industry.     

Here are some of the Rewards of choosing a career in cuisine:

You have flexibility in your career
You learn versatile career skills
Health and Retirement Benefits
Travel perks
Stimulated social interaction and opportunities for career growth.

Career paths you can pursue when you have completed this qualification: 

  • Chef
  • Food Journalist
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Baker or pastry artist
  • Hospitality management
  • Bed and breakfast owner   
  • Food entrepreneur
  • Food blogger
  • Food stylist
  • Nutritionist

Discover the Top 7 Food Instagram pages you have to follow.


1.For Meat Lovers- Bbq and Bottles 




A post shared by BBQ and Bottles (@bbqandbottles) on


2.Scrumptious Food- Cooking with Luyanda 



3. Vegetarian food- Vanilla and Bean 



4. Best Baked Goods- The Kate Tin 



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5. Vegan Recipes- Klaras life  



6. Healthy Food- Healthy Fitness Meals  




7. Nutritious food- Nutrition Stripped



8. Food lover- Pinch of Yum 



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9. Gourmet Food- Chef Scott 


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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.

April 04, 2018

The value of our teachers

By Nana Zuke

Everyone who is anything and works anywhere in the world has been placed in the hands of a teacher at some point in their life. They have been taught from not being able to pronounce any word to learning the meaning of words and even learning a different language. People in the education sector are the backbone of everyone who is contributing to the economy, they are such valuable people.

Whether they teach at foundation, intermediate, senior or at tertiary level, these professionals not only impart knowledge but are responsible for the growth and mentorship of future leaders. Even at the college and university level, lecturers do an incredible job preparing students who have just come out of matric by teaching them the skills required to be productive in the working world.

Zethu Nene a Travel and Tourism student at ICESA Durban campus said the value that lecturers have in the lives of students cannot be measured. “When we enrol into higher education and training institutions, we don’t know anything related to the job market or how to even perform the responsibilities needed to function effectively in our fields of choice,” said Zethu.

She added that as students who have just come out of high school, they highly rely on the skills and knowledge of lectures. Adding that because of the skills they possess, they produce quality graduates who make an impact in the labour market.  

The phrase “it takes a village” resonates so well with the role that teachers in different sectors and fields do. These are nurturers who are concerned with the development of students. Training them to be independent and be able to use their talents to enrich themselves and the lives of those around them. At the tertiary level, lectures are dealing with students with a lot of pressure to keep up with the trends and societal pressures.

Lecturers play a significant role when it comes to equipping students with the skills they will need in order to become valid and valuable employees in the workspace. They not only train students on a theoretical level but also on a practical level so that they are able to add value and fresh ideas to whichever field they get into.

Some of the greatest heroes are those whose names are unsung. While we cannot measure how much value educators from different phases have, the results can definitely be measured by the progress, economic growth and influential people we have in our country whose lives they have touched.

We appreciate individuals who take the time to assume parental roles to impact and nurture the lives of young people. Ensuring that they are ready and strong enough to take on new chapters in their lives which is entering the job market. We salute our teachers nationwide.



April 03, 2018

How to take a stand against bullying

By Nana Zuke

Bullying is a form of abuse that takes different forms and most times its victims are afraid to tell someone about it because of fear of being victimised further. However bullying is abuse and this type of behaviour is not acceptable at any given point. Bullying is when an individual enforces unwanted aggressive power over you.

Shakira Mahabeer, Student Councillor at ICESA Durban campus said bullying can leave lifelong psychological scars for victims. When students are bullied at campus, they often do not speak up because they fear they’ll be embarrassed.  Counselling provides the student with skills to deal with the issue and to prevent it from happening again.

Bullying can also come as a form of harassment, whether it is emotional, verbal or physical harassment. Whenever an individual makes you feel lessor or inferior, in a campus environment that is bullying.  When someone adopts a habit of picking on you without considering your feelings and with total disregard for what your boundaries are, that is bullying.

When they speak words that hurt your feelings and you let them know how uncomfortable you feel about their behaviour and they continue with total disregard of your feelings then you might be in a situation where you are being emotionally bullied. Note that not all bullies are the ones who punch you, but some of the worst bullies are those who speak words that sting thus breaking your spirit.

Another form of bullying and probably the most common is physical bullying. Where an individual will assault you physically without cause, just because they don’t particularly like you or agree with your views. These types of bullies take pleasure in assaulting you in front of other people. This helps them to demonstrate how much power, strength and hold they have over you. 

“When a student who is a victim of bullying attends counselling at ICESA, he/she will be taught coping skills such as boundary setting, assertive communication, improving one’s self-esteem and coping with fears. Some of the ways students can deal with bullying is by ignoring the bully, show that you are brave, do not walk alone and most important is to report the matter to someone. Students are also offered the option of group therapy where they can share their experiences with others and know that they are not the only ones facing this situation. Not only are the victims counselled but also the bully himself,” said Shakira.

What to do when you are a victim of bullying on campus

Bullying is one of the many contributors to depression. Students deal with so much stress and pressure academically and socially, abuse of any sort should not be tolerated. Should you ever be in a position where you are being victimised in any way, report it and talk to someone. The most dangerous thing about being bullied is the emotional damage it has on the victims and most of the time they don’t even know the emotional toll it takes on them

Find a staff member that you trust and tell them what has been happening to you and who the perpetrators are. Staff members know how to deal with these situations and will likely refer you to someone who can assist or sort it out themselves. If you have physical evidence of the bullying, this will make your case or complaint easier as you won’t have to prove that what you are saying is the truth. 

“Bullying leaves victims feeling isolated and miserable which in turn negatively affects one’s academic performance. If bullying is identified as a common problem at ICESA, in terms of counselling, a bullying intervention programme will be implemented at the campus in the form of educational talks/discussions with students. Parents and guardians are called in and rules will be enforced to address such behaviour. If left unresolved, bullying can result in victims dropping out of campus or suicide,” said Shakira.


Speak to a professional about it, often times the trauma you go through can cause emotional and psychological imbalance and might even make you angry and aggressive. Talking to someone helps you to deal with your emotions head-on. Talking also heals, the more you talk about something that hurts you, the less it bothers you, and that’s when the healing process really begins.


April 03, 2018

Be smart with your money

By Nana Zuke

As a grown up now, the one thing I wish my parents taught and impressed upon me is smart financial habits. I’ve always drowned and struggled with budgeting and keeping track of where my money goes.

Like most things, budgeting and handling money is a habit, and most habits need to be taught or enforced at a young age so that it becomes part of your regular behaviour. Good financial management habits help you to be responsible and prevent you from getting into bad debt.

Most teenagers move away from home as soon as they finish matric to stay by themselves either at res or they rent a flat. When you live alone you start learning independence. Certain privileges that you may have at home are sadly no longer available. Things like eating whatever you want because mom and dad bought groceries, going to the mall with friends randomly to watch movies or shop for luxuries is now a thing of the past.

When you are in college, parents might still give you a monthly allowance so that you are able to get by. The onus is then on you to ensure the allowance you are given lasts the entire month. To get into the habit of effectively managing finances the first important thing to do is to budget. Start by writing one down. Knowing what you are going to spend money on in advance will help you track your expenses.

Tracking expenditure allows you to collate your expenses at the end of the month. This can help you see where you can do better with your money. Another habit that might be wise to adopt is monitoring what you are spending money on. Not everything you buy is a necessity- some things you can definitely do without.

There’s a difference between wants and needs as a student. It is so easy to get caught up in the things we wish we had. Like that nice bag we see constantly at a store as we walk past or those expensive sneakers we wish we had. When you are student, fancy items are not a need but rather a want. You need to be able to differentiate between the two. It’s important that you develop this conscious discipline.

Compiling a shopping list also pulls you away from spontaneous spending and makes you conscious of unnecessary items. Go into a store with a list, strictly stick to it and respect your budget. This will also condition you to be more responsible and be in charge of your money instead of it being in charge of you.

Put away a little every month, it really goes a long way when rainy days come. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, you can save from as little as R50 to R 200 a month depending on how much your pocket allows. This could mean opening up a separate account to save for that special occasion. You can rest assured knowing that you have something tucked away to assist you in future. 

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