Mpho Thibedi* has a personality that naturally qualifies her to work with young and fragile minds. This serves her well as an early childhood development (ECD) teacher at a primary school in Meadowlands Zone One.
The start of every year is an exciting time, allowing us to consider new opportunities and focus on the challenges ahead. But for many South Africans it is also a period of pain as consumers recover from the festive season's spending spree.
In December last year the public's attention was drawn to the threat posed to society by resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB) when 49 patients infected with deadly and highly infectious strains of drug-resistant TB escaped from Jose Pearson Hospital near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Their escape made national headlines and highlighted again the need for swift and effective medical care.
The department of education is dragging its feet in tackling the massive backlog in the early childhood development (ECD) field which was inherited from the apartheid government, according to experts and practitioners in the sector.
In the past the main reasons for the existence of public zoological gardens were for recreation, fun and some visitor education. And, of course, to help conserve endangered species through international breeding programmes.
Giving a voice to young people is one of the aims of the Youth Policy Initiative (YPI), a project led by the Human Sciences Research Council in partnership with the youth sector, key government departments, non-governmental organisations and the media.
Outdated and contaminated with apartheid ideology, the South African school curriculum had to be reformed after 1994. A new curriculum that promoted and upheld the values of the Constitution was needed - one we could all own and of which we all could be proud.
Fundisa - launched by the Association of Collective Investments (ACI) in mid-November 2007 - is a key contribution to the financial industry's efforts to promote access to affordable financial products in accordance with the Financial Sector Charter.
The issue that is prominent in every teacher's mind is occupation-specific dispensation (OSD). Following last year's crippling public service strike the state was forced to review salary scales and grades of various sectors within the public service, including the teaching profession.
If nothing else, the country's matric results are a loud and painful reminder that the education system is in need of a major overhaul. Although analysts and educational practitioners differ about what is to be done, what is indisputable is that ways and means must be found to accommodate failure and success.