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LAW DAY 2018

By: Charmaine Blose

Port Elizabeth- #Slay in Your Lane was a hashtag used to catch the attention of Nelson Mandela University Students’ 2018 Careers fair. The Accounting & Law Day was held on 02 August in Building 35, South Campus between 09h00am to 15h00pm.

The Nelson Mandela University had a chance to create a platform for students’ interaction with company representatives and get their contact details, get information on how to  apply, make a good impression, learn about other accounting and law firms where their current skills sets were in demand and to compare companies, network and make contacts. There were many different companies at the Day who were hoping to talk to students about their firms. Companies participating on the Day included Auditor-General of South Africa, Bowman’s , Deloitte, Ernst Young, Incorporated, Fasken, Moore Stephens, SAIPA some of the few law and accounting firms of over 23.

What was even more interesting was a presentation by a company called Fasken which is an international Law firm, based in Canada but the company’s African office is based in Sandton, Johannesburg. Fasken Law firm has a Lundi Gadla bursary which was named after a partner who was a former Nelson Mandela University student who tragically passed away in a car crash. As a result, in his honour this bursary has been opened. Now the bursary is ONLY applicable to Nelson Mandela University students. The firm will also go to the school Lundi Gadla went to as a child, known as Masibambisane combined primary school where the firm will make donations to them. Faskin has various opportunities to law students from universities in South Africa such as bursaries, vacation work programmes, articles and so on.

An online dictionary describes a career fair as an event in which employers or company representatives recruiters give job related information to potential employees, and it  usually takes place in universities. What to expect at career fairs from a careers fair Day?Career fairs are usually packed with information, these regular events attempt an exclusive opportunity to make connections with employers and bring your future to a focal point. PWC is a professional services firm and global leader, recruiting Nelson Mandela University graduates from both Accounting and Information Technology disciplines. PWC coaches and encourage their recruits to develop in Audit, Tax, and Advisory service lines. Required qualifications are BCom C3, BCom Honours Accounting.

Students should visit a Career Day to see what is being offered and how to network. Careers fair focus on an assortment of industries and many of the companies head hunt graduates/undergraduate studying a huge range of subjects. Most universities have their own career Day which is represented by employers. These companies hand out contact information, business cards, booklets and offer advice about their services. Also, what their firms are about in terms of employment.

 A pre-recorded question and answer interview with Ronel Rizzo senior Manager at Graduate &Student Placement:

Q: How did the fair start and what the thinking behind it?

A: General career fair started in 2008 with 70 companies in attendance. The idea was to give both student and employers a platform. To engage face to face also allowing companies, to display their brand as an employer of choice.

Q:Who is  it targeted at ?

A: All current and past students it encourages students to build their portfolios of evidence from early as first year

Q:What has changed over the years about the event

A: In 2009, in request of accounting and law firms. They hosted their first accounting and Law Day, similarly they also hosted the computers and IT fair a few years later.

Q:Is there a specific theme each year?

A: yes, it depends on current trends and this year its #Slay in your own lane

Q: What are you hoping to achieve with this

A: job opportunities for the students building and maintaining strong relationships with the stakeholders

Q: How do you measure success of each event ?

A:They survey the experience of the exhibitors and students plus changing strategies as and where needed

Q:What has been some of the highlights:

A:Witnessing the alumni as come back as employers of choice. Thus, setting an example to current students and making the experience more realistic. NMU awards 5 to 10 years certificates for consistent attendance
For students  who have already determined on a career path, there is a myriad of specialist careers event Day specifically Accounting and Law from firms seeking lawyers, financial advisers, and accountants etc. The main advantage attending  is the opportunity to meet and talk to recruiters. Companies usually assign a blend of representatives such as HR Reps, HR Clerks and trained members of staff and recent recruits. Bigger careers fairs often involve a CV clinic run by HR professionals. Getting involved can give you beneficial information and tips to help you get a head start in terms of graduate placements and internships including permanent employment.

RESERVE BANK GOVERNOR SLAMS INEQUALITY IN SA.

By: Sisanda Ngongoma

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja kganyago made his second visit after two years in Nelson Mandela University at the Second Avenue Business Campus on Thursday, to lecture about inequality and monetary policy in South Africa.

The governor indicated that democracy in South Africa is faced with the biggest challenge, which is that of social inequality. Saying debates about inequality have increased into higher volume in recent years in academia, policy circles and in the broader political space for central banks especially those in advanced economics.

Inequality has become an inescapable issue and experimental policies like quantities easing have been blamed for making it worse.

The Governor stated that, critical thinking amongst South Africans is key in economically moving the country forward.

Mr Kganyago said ‘’I would like to clear up misconceptions about interactions between the Inequality and monetary policy, inequality has actually been declining because of the sustain growth in emerging markets in other countries”.

In South Africa inequality has been percistantly high but the composition of inequality has changed.

“People often do not know where their family feeds in south Africa’s income distribution. The relationship between inequality and monetary policy does not quite work the way people usually think, lower interest rates typically was an inequality. Said Kganyago.

He further stated that the reduction in inequality is achieved through better economic policy-making, growth in world of trade, the spread of technology and more education.

Mr Kkganyago suggested that south Africa is at 0,7% on gill co-efficient which makes the most unequal country in the world. people do not understand the contribution of monetary policy saying higher inflation creates more jobs that go to poorer people because more households are more indebted.

The Governor explained the four most important channels through which monetary policy affects inequality, which are, borrowing costs, asset prices, the employment wind growth and inflation. “The decision to go for loose monetary policy is often to worsen inequality and making it more extreme, South Africans households borrow for and what rate of interest depends mostly on their jobs and their income, but they do not understand that.” He said.

According to the National Credit Regulator [NCR], reports show that there are 25million credit active people in SA at the end of 2017, but only 16million people are permanently employed ,most loans are for motor vehicles and are loaned by the working class threshold that earn average salary.

The Governor encouraged South Africans to use formal loans with less interest rates.

South Africa tends to get stronger economic growth and more job creation when the inflation is low. The increase in demand, mostly from stronger productivity growth and investment slowly levels the playing ground.

 

 

YOUTH CONVENTION

By: Charmaine Blose

The Nelson Mandela Youth Convention, a youth development initiative presented by the department of student Governance and development a division of student affairs, started from the 30th of July-01 August 2018; a full three days at Madibaz Indoor Sports Center. 

Throughout the past 2 days, the convention has been engaged in vigorous engagements and topics, with guest speakers who are well knowledged and versed in their academic specifics. Day three was the final day for the convention. The first speaker was Ms Insaaf Isaacs from Cape Town University. Her topic was on The Essence of Good Governance in the context of Deepening Democracy and Reflections from theory and practice. During her speech she challenged the crowd to find an unusual thing they had discovered about someone who was no longer friends with them. A microphone went around the room while people were discussing what they had in common. At the end of the discussion, people found out that they in fact had a lot in common rather than what meets the eye.

So, what is good governance as per Insaaf speech?

This were some of the important points she made in terms of decolonization:

  1. Rule of law
  2. Transparency opens to public scrutiny
  3. Responsiveness the quality of reacting quickly and positively
  4. Consensus oriented decision-making process in which group members develop and agree to support

Opening democracy:

  • Deepening  democracy is contingent on the organisation of collective actors who are affected by the following factors
  • Economic /Market
  • Social
  • Political

The audience was appoiointed to do a poll live online based on political questions and democracy with the youth. She ended her speech with a question and food of  thought which questioned “ What will you do knowing what you have in common with others around you”?.

There  was a panel discussion on  Africanisation and decolonisation of higher education: why and what needs to be on done? by Misheck Mugabe: SAUS President Mbulelo Mandlana, Prince Mashele and Prof Andre’ Keet. “ More government intervention in the decolonization of the institutions of the south Africa”, said SAUS President  Misheck Mugabe.

The panel discussion centered itself on the question and theory of Africanisation and decolonization of South African universities, as well as its complexes and proximity.

There had been a highly accomplished list of guest speakers such as Prof Sibongile Muthwa NMU Vice Chancellor Mcebisi Jonas former Deputy minister of Finance, Athol Trollip Mayor of Port Elizabeth in the last three days,  just to name a few. 

DIVERSITY MONTH [Continued]

By: Charmaine Blose

Port Elizabeth- The Diversity month meeting has recently taken place at North Campus 2nd floor in the New Admin Building.

The meeting took place to discuss all events that will take place in the Month of August. Many of these events are confirmed and noted on the diversity month calendar.

The meeting involved different stakeholders including students and staff who were part of a panel that pitched, opposed or confirmed some of the events being done in case there are clashes taking place. The meeting was chaired by Sikelela Matandela .

This was a brief of what took place at the last meeting and finalization of the diversity month calendar.

This was where stakeholders amended certain portions of the calendar including adding any inputs, change, acknowledgments or agreements on their proposed events. As previously discussed, the music department had aforementioned that they would look into the practicability of developing the date for their concert due to it being on the same day as the national #Total Shutdown against female abuse. The department verbalized that they were at the leading stage of their planning and would not be able to reverse the date. A make up however was attained with those accompanying the concert who were in agreement with the cause were inspired to wear black and black masking tapes as a form of a silent protest. Thus paying respect to the cause but not disturb the undertaking of the music department.

The month of August has a plethora of events that will cater to different interests and mindsets. The calendar of August has been posted on memo for students to access, just to explain the background behind Diversity month and the university’s stance on the concept of diversity month.

Diversity Month is a Nelson Mandela University initiative about advance and ability, as well as motivation for change and constructing social union. NMU staff who will continue with the university for a much longer duration are accepting the requirement for transparency, variety, and allocation of familiar view, aim and university’s student focused access.

The deliberate concerns which govern Nelson Mandela University’s diversity that were formerly buried and kept for private talk among students outside lecture halls, can now have bureaucratic affairs of climate ability, lived experience and ideology through the diversity month initiative.

The Rise of Independent Artists.

By: Andisile Klaas

Opinion:

In the past, stories of big artists living rich and dying broke have riddled media outlets so frequently that the traditional music corporate structure has become undesirable to many. Record labels, like just any business, want to make profit but sometimes unethical practises are used to achieve those numbers. The unethical ways of a company have proven to be detrimental to an artist, one of the factors that motivated independence. The following seeks to evaluate the rise of independence in the music, as well as the pros and the cons of being an independent artist.

A number of factors come into play when an artist considers being an independent artist and the corrupt system and unethical practises of recording labels being the most common. Music companies have a long history of preying on unknown artists and offer them deals that many would view as exploitative as they are liable for every single aspect of their careers, these artists take that opportunity and see it as a way to advance and building a brand for themselves.

Music companies see artists as investments and can take ownership of an artist’s intellectual property, as an example, an artist not being able to perform songs that they are famous for because of a deal that went sour with their former label. These shady deals starve artists and prevents them from profiting from their hard work.

Ownership remains a huge problem in the music industry because not only can a company take ownership of your music, they can even take ownership of your name. In 1993, amidst a contractual dispute with his record label Warner Bros, pop star Prince changed his named into an unpronounceable symbol because the company owned the trademark and had control over it. He then changed his name back to Prince in 2000 when his contract with Warner expired. Prince has since then championed for independency.

The advantages of being independent

The term “independent” is quite self-explanatory, it means an artist is free of the traditional music corporate system and has full control over his/her brand. The freedom and control that comes with being independent goes far beyond creative control, it also transcends to the business side of things from management. PR and Finance. Being independent also enables an artist to have full ownership of the intellectual property and brand.

The rise of social media and the advancement of technology has enabled independent artists to market themselves and their music to much bigger crowds using cost-effective methods. Since the dawn of the internet, multiple platforms have come up for artists to use to their benefit. Streaming services like Soundcloud enables the public to listen  to the sounds of emerging artists for free and this has been to the advantage of independent artists who have a hard time of making it to mainstream radio.

The disadvantages of being independent as an artist

Independency, in any sense of the word, requires full commitment, sacrifice and dedication. Artists who are signed under companies only worry about the creative side while the company takes care of business and for independent artists that is completely the opposite as they have to take full control of everything from being creating down to hiring and firing.

The lack of funding and working with limited resources is a huge issue for unknown artists as companies are afraid to invest in someone that doesn’t have the backing of reputable company. Companies offer their artists full publicity and even radio play, while independent artists go out and look for opportunities themselves.

The impact of independency outside music

The independent artists movement has transcended far beyond music in the recent years as now the public see the rise of independent magazines, books and even radio stations. As an example, magazines like Boat and Offscreen are all ran independently and they may not be popular as the rest but they are doing well and they are fan favourites.

In conclusion, the independent artists movement is rising by full force and it seems to be the perfect solution for artists who love making music that is authentic to who they are without the pressure of producing a radio hit and those who want to be free of corporate politics. Independent artists such as Dawn Richard and Brent Faiyaz are successful artists with crirically acclaimed albums without having a labels, which proves to show that believing in yourself can go a long way.

Readings:

How stuff works, n.d. Organization of a Record Label, retrieved from August 01, 2018, from

https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/record-label1.htm

Dannen, F (1990). Hit Men, New York: Random House Inc.

Thall, P,M. What they’ll never tell you about the music business: the myths, the secrets, the lies (and a few truths). Minneapolis: Watson-Guptill Publication, Inc.

#TotalShutdown MARCHERS TAKE OVER BAY CITY STREETS

By: Esethu Matetu

Port Elizabeth- Nelson Mandela Bay was brought to a standstill on Wednesday, as the much anticipated march against gender-based violence #TheTotalShutdown took to the streets.

Women and men from the city gathered in hundreds from NewLaw Magistrate Court and marched along Goven Mbeki Avenue towards the City Hall, to hand over a memorandum of demands to Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Athol Trollip. 

The Municipality’s Nontsikelelo Antoni indicated her concern in the number of women within leadership that did not show up at the march.

“There are a lot of women who were supposed to be in the march who are within the council and the women’s league, the ones that are here are not even 10 percent.” said Nontsikelelo.

Nonstikelelo further challenged Mayor Athol Trollip to take initiative and work tirelessly in uplifting women to be the majority within the city’s leadership structure.

“While in other cities women take charge of their own coccus. The Nelson Mandela Bay is the only city where even the mayor does not want women to take charge of their own coccus”, described Nontsikelelo. 

Meanwhile in Gauteng, thousands of women who took part in the march to the Union Buildings said they were disappointed that President Cyril Ramaphosa was a no-show.

The group waited for President Cyril Ramaphosa to receive and sign the memorandum‚ but he was a no show. According to reports from TimesLive, one of the organisers‚ Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile‚ Ramaphosa sent Minister Ayando Dlodlo‚ who also apparently did not show up.

 

PE HIGH COURT CONFIRMS OMOTOSO TRIAL DATE.

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By: Lwando Nomoyi

Port Elizabeth – Disgraced Nigerian Televangelist and senior pastor of Jesus Dominion International [JDI] church, Timothy Omotoso, briefly appeared before the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.

Omotoso, 60, wearing his flamboyant suit and carrying his Bible, stood in the dock alongside co-accused Zukiswa Sitho, 28, and Lusanda Solani, 36.

Port Elizabeth High Court Judge Dalayin Chetty, who currently presides over the case has postponed it for trial and is set to commence on the 8th of October 2018.

Judge Chetty further indicated that, if the trial is not concluded by December 14th 2018, it would resume on the first working term of 2019.

Omotoso faces over 60 charges relating to sexual exploitation, racketeering and human trafficking. He is alleged to have sexually abused several young women at his church in Umhlanga, Durban, under the pretext of healing them.

Omotoso has been in custody, awaiting trial, for more than a year. He was arrested in dramatic fashion at Port Elizabeth International Airport by the SAPS Tactical Response Team on April 20, 2017.

Omotoso and the co-accused are facing multiple charges and a number of witnesses are expected to be called.

Regional spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority [NPA], Tsepo Ndwalaza, said they are confident and ready for trial to begin.

“This has been a long case and even took longer than we expected but as the NPA we stand fit and ready for the trial to commence”. Described Ndwazala.

Trial is set to begin on the October 8th 2018.