Leaving school and enrolling at a tertiary institution is a big step in one’s life and making the right choices early on is definitely a major stress reliever. In South Africa there are a number of different types of institutions that you could attend. The first two, which probably come to mind, are universities and technikons. It is quite probable that you may be having some difficulty deciding whether you should go to tech or varsity. Some of the differences between the two institution types include the minimum requirements, type of courses or work covered and most importantly the qualification at the end of the road.
Entrance Requirements
 
To enrol at a university in South Africa you need to have obtained a Senior Certificate with matric endorsement at the end of your grade 12 year. A matric endorsement is achieved when a scholar passes the year with a minimum of three subjects on higher grade. (Make sure that you know the updated requirements for an endorsement before going into your final examinations.) However, some varsities may set additional requirements for the student to achieve in order to be accepted and certain courses require more than the minimum due to levels of difficulty or specialization.

By Kirsty Hannaford
 
Most universities offer this programme degree or variations of it. I believe it is an extremely valuable option to consider for those who do not have a specific idea of what to study or for learners who have a passion for current affairs and politics. If you choose to study this degree, I believe it can offer people a variety of job opportunities.

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.

Student life at the International Hotel School (IHS) started for me in 2004.  It was a new year and I could not wait to start learning about an industry I had so much passion for.
 
The first week was orientation week.  We went on wine tours and got to know each other.  We were all different and yet we all seemed to get on so well.  Everyone made friends quickly, which made it easy for the fun to start.
 
We all started the year partying all the time, not realising that we actually had to learn to pass. So when the first exams came, everyone was really stressed.  The pass mark being 70% seemed unreachable, but most of us still made it.  However, we realised we had to work hard if we wanted to earn good marks. The euphoria of being accepted, being in college, and all the fun we could have paled when we thought of the future.   The future is ours and we have to work for it.  I made the choice to work hard.  
 
When I started my first practical, I had no idea what I was in for in the kitchen of the grand Arabella Sheraton. My first day was good.   We ended early.  Well that was easy, I thought, then the next day arrived.  I walked into the kitchen at six in the morning, I could smell the floor cleaner, mixed with the smell of chicken stock.

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!