After studying visual effects at AFDA in Johannesburg, I worked my way up in a post production house called Video Lab as a Visual Effects Artist. As far as studying a field as unorthodox as film making, I had to do some heavy research on many tertiary institutions not only on the standard of their qualifications but also on the product being created by its students. At this point in the industry, it’s all about what you’ve done and not about the abbreviations after your name.

If one takes an objective look at the world these days the question of whether we, as a human race, are always at war is quite poignant. From the conflict in Iraq to the apparent split and fighting within the ANC all corporations, countries and unions of some sort seem to be at loggerheads with each other. But, it must be asked, is this always a bad thing?
 
If we take the world’s current situation into account there appears to be at least three different types of disputes, wars if you will, that are taking place as we speak. The first and most obvious form of conflict plaguing humanity at the moment is the brutal kind…that which involves military strikes, loss of life and the wasting of monetary resources which could be used for better battles such as fighting Aids, hunger and paying off third world debts. The conflict in Iraq is a perfect example of this type of war, as was that in Afghanistan not too long ago and that potentially in Iran.  
See what I mean about always being at war!

Something that was brought to our attention last year was the number of Fly by night institutions that exist and how people invest tons of money in them and walk away with a qualification that is not even worth the value of the paper it is printed on.

So here is the low down:

The Government established in 1998 The South African Council of Higher Education (CHE) which has a sub Committee called the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). Between these two bodies they hold the responsibility of accreditation and quality of education in South Africa.

FirstStep recently got to test drive the all new Toyota Prius and for five days the car produced more than just a luxury performance! We at FirstStep know that today’s youth is the future driving force of South Africa, so we believe in getting you budding yuppies informed with what’s happening with the latest car technology. Hey…you going to be driving them in the not so distant future anyway!
 
The Prius is extremely spacious, good looking, and environmentally friendly. It produced an awesome drive as well, which I suppose is the main thing after all. The major feature of the Prius was its electric motor, which provided an extremely quiet drive and some major fuel efficiency. Switching between its electric and petrol engines provided an experience that has forever changed my view on the future of the motor car! One can only hope that it will revolutionise the way in which cars are manufactured the world over.

FirstStep.co.za's Travel article of 2007!

Marc Mazery Goes Travelling FirstStep Style!
 
Who is Marc Mazery: A very good friend of the FirstStep team, Marc studied at UCT where he received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting. Soon after Graduation Marc headed off to the UK where he worked and travelled. Now Marc is back! Well back from the working world that is and he is travelling the globe. Starting off in South Africa Marc has managed to make his way to Australia however he made a few pit stops on the way. We tracked him down and got the story of his travels thus far…
 
Singapore:
Awesome city! So easy to get around, the people are friendly but the city is rather expensive but worth the pay. Max stay needed is 2-3 nights. Watched the football world Cup final and listened to some wannabe heavy metal band...Singapore people like their rock music.