Julia Grey

Let’s talk about sex, baby – help is just an SMS away for young people in Mozambique

​Nearly 36 000 young Mozambicans have signed up for SMS-based health counselling but will the new technology curb HIV infections?

Zuma: State of the Nation ‘a huge responsibility’

President Jacob Zuma considers the State of the Nation address to be one of his "most important" speeches, he said ahead of the opening of Parliament.

Microfinance on shaky ground

Despite its improving business environment and attractive untapped markets, Africa is still a risky place to do business.

Farewell, and thanks for the tea bags

There's been a lot for me to reflect on in the last while. It's not just that it's the beginning of another year and so a time for new resolutions and all that. It's also because I am moving on from <i>the Teacher</i>.

Just say: I am somebody

'Half-naaitjies [little bastards].” This is one of the stinging labels that children of farm labourers in South Africa have endured for generations. Children like these have, for centuries, been denied any value beyond the cheap muscle-power they provide to farm owners.

Finger-pointing deadlock

Heated words are flying between the Department of Education and teacher unions as they blame each other for the faltering process of teacher appraisals. The snail's pace at which the Integrated Quality Management System has unfolded is the crux of the trouble, as time frames agreed to in 2003 have not been met.

From rebel to representative

<i>The teacher</i> spoke to the new Director General of Education, Duncan Hindle, about his life in education so far. Hindle started teaching in 1979 at Maritzburg College, where he was also a student. He has also served as president of the South African Teacher's Union for a year in 1995.

Schools will save the world!

The next best thing to travelling to other countries is meeting foreigners in your own. So, even before the International Confederation of Principals (ICP) convention began earlier this month, I was relishing the prospect of gathering with more than 2 000 principals from 33 countries as diverse as Ghana, Canada and Singapore.

Find the weakest links

Why is it that the public gets so silly and hysterical when the issue of language in education is raised? Suddenly there's an unholy tizz played out in the media, shrieks of incoherent distress that you'd expect only when the cockroaches finally take over the world.

School behind bars

If you asked someone to list 10 words they associate with South Africa, "crime" would almost certainly be among them. With 35 000 young people under the age of 21 currently awaiting trial or sentenced and imprisoned, it would seem that lawlessness is going to be a defining feature of South Africa for a long time to come.

Feel free to speak your mind

I have a question for all teachers and principals: do you feel free to speak to the media? Or do you find yourselves "censored" -- either because your district manager tells you that you can't be interviewed by a journalist without going through the official "channels" or because the Voice of the Department speaks on your behalf?

An oasis in poverty’s chaos

One woman could no longer stand by and watch the children suffering. Julia Grey went to see what her efforts produced It all started...

Press Releases

Everyone’s talking about it. Even Kentucky

Earlier this year South African fried chicken fast-food chain, Chicken Licken®, launched a campaign for their wallet-friendly EasyBucks® meals, based on the idea of ‘Everyone’s talking about it.’

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world