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Jim Freeman

Jim Freeman

    Wild things? Heart sings
    Wild things? Heart sings
    The way I see it there are few less pretentious and more entertaining experiences in South Africa than wandering into an Eastern Cape bushpub...
    Weekend getaway: Wilderness Manor
    Weekend getaway: Wilderness Manor
    If it’s hobbits you’re hunting, head for Hogsback. But if you want to get away wi’ t’faeries and get in touch with your...
    Solitude in Paternoster
    Solitude in Paternoster
    Paternoster is the first place I ever saw where trees grew arms as well as branches. Sitting on the verandah of the Paternoster Hotel over 20 years...
    In need of a makeover
    In need of a makeover
    It is not only in South Africa that vocational education is regarded as inferior to its academic counterpart.
    Seta overhaul sparks outrage
    Seta overhaul sparks outrage
    Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande faces both external and internal rebellion against his moves this week to redraw the...
    Fine art of training artisans
    Fine art of training artisans
    Government is in the final stages of fashioning a response to South Africa's artisan shortage. The new growth path and national skills development strategy have set a target of registering an additional 50 000 artisans by 2015. This entails...
    Turning the screws
    Turning the screws
    There's a scene early in the 1995 movie Independence Day when a vast shadow settles over New York and its citizens stare up in horror at...
    Old dogs, old tricks
    Old dogs, old tricks
    Why waste critical resources ­teaching old dogs tricks they have long since mastered?
    Why informal experience matters
    Why informal experience matters
    As phase three of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS3) was being finalised in December, one of its most contentious provisions -- that...
    Skills crisis truce called
    Skills crisis truce called
    Two of the department of higher education and training's most important divisions have declared a temporary truce to simmering hostilities as they...
    FET in trouble: 30 of 50 are high risk
    FET in trouble: 30 of 50 are high risk
    Resurrecting South Africa's struggling further education and training (FET) sector will be an even more formidable task than government initially...
    SA's ticking time bomb
    SA's ticking time bomb
    South Africa stands on the brink of a youth uprising that will rival anything experienced in the days of apartheid.