Lerato Botha

Lerato BothaMy name is Lerato Botha. I am a Second-year student studying a BA with majors in English Language and Literature and Gender Studies. My passion for writing has been one that I have developed since my years in Primary School. Despite being a child of big dreams who wanted to try everything from being a lawyer, to a designer, to a therapist, I always came back to writing as my desired career. News, Features and Opinions are three of my favourite topics to write for. I enjoy writing for News as it affords me the opportunity to share relevant and unbiased information with readers, whilst Features and opinions allow me to tap into my greater interests as a writer, such as giving reviews on different creative pursuits, or getting the chance to express my opinion on certain topics through language. I am also the current Editor-in-Chief for VARSITYNewspaper.

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A background in Logistics offers one the qualification to be able to oversee or organize the transportation, storage and distribution of goods within a business’ supply chain, which represents a vital part of the business’ ability to perform efficiently. For someone who has their sights set on a career in Logistics, South African private and public universities offer a great variety of qualifications within this field to choose from.

Every 5 years, South Africa holds nationwide Municipal Elections, and on the 1st of November 2021, the time will come once again for registered South African voters to have their say. This time, however, the ever-looming threat of COVID-19 presents an obstacle in the procession of these elections, mainly with regards to parties’ responses to the pandemic, how this may affect the votes, and how the elections will be held amid the pandemic.


Rosebank College is one of the more well known private colleges that South Africa has to offer. Often, a main point of concern in pursuing private tertiary education is whether or not the same range of choices can be offered to students at a private institution as they would be offered at a public university. To clear up any concerns regarding the range of Education qualifications that can be found at Rosebank College, the following reveals 3 Education courses offered at the institution.

A main point of concern for every student looking to pursue tertiary studies, is the cost of education, especially when it comes to private institutions. Fortunately, the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) Varsity College, has recently released the proposed fee costs for studying in the year of 2022. Being that the college is of private status, the fees are likely to differ from public institution fees, but provide great insight into private institution costs.

Independent Institute of Education (IIE) Rosebank College, is a private college with branches spread throughout the country of South Africa, offering part-time, full-time and online learning options for the potential student’s desire. Their online learning programme has been designed to offer students a multitude of course options within a distanced-learning approach.


During one of his regular meetings on the status of Covid-19 in South Africa on the 30th of September, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an adjustment to Alert Level 1 Covid-19 Regulations. This news has major implications for how university operations will continue under these more flexible guidelines.


With the education sector is in dire need of educators to accommodate the high volume of South African students, the need for qualified educators is paramount. In South Africa, there are a number of bursary funds available to support students who would like to enter the education sector.

As many countries begin to implement restrictions on unvaccinated citizens, the thought of mandatory vaccinations grows stronger amongst both academic and medical professionals. With these sentiments around the vaccine being on the rise, the UCT Student Representative Council (SRC) has circulated a survey to gage UCT students’ thoughts on the matter.

The topic of mental health is a complex one, and it has become an even more complicated and intricate conversation in 2021, as people have begun to slowly come to terms with life under Covid-19. Speaking to three university students, each share their experiences with mental health in 2021 and how they have found themselves in spaces in which mental health has become less of a taboo, as they each journey towards individual growth in their mental well-being.

The Gender Diversity Coalition released a press statement on the 7th of September, calling for action after the UCT Vice-Chancellor’s LGBTQIA+ Seminar held on instagram live perpetuated what they have described as “transphobia, harmful speech towards intersex persons [and] queerphobia”.

The last year and a half have undoubtedly been tough on the average university student, and it has been during this period, more than ever, when support from university administrators has been of utmost importance. However, speaking to university students, it has been revealed that university administrators have not been as helpful in these uncertain times as students have required them to be, especially with regards to financial aid.


A degree in Public Relations can open the door to multiple career opportunities, including occupations in Marketing Coordination, Copywriting, Media Relations, Government Affairs, and so on. In South Africa, there are a number of tertiary institutions to choose from which offer the opportunity to study within this range of expertise.

Following a number of residence-related issues such as poor food quality and general unsafety in areas nearby student residences, the University of Cape Town Residence Council took to ongoing protest action, and in its midst, UCT dining halls were closed.

With COVID-19 being a prevalent part of our daily lives for the past year and a half, what initially seemed like an opportunity to get a bit of time off from school and work when the virus first reached South Africa’s doorsteps in March of 2020, has manifested into a deadly global pandemic that has seeped into all of our lives, forcing us to adjust our day-to-day routines to accommodate it.

Interior Design is an occupation that allows one to control the interior of a space, and to do so requires a deep understanding of the different elements of the interior, and being able to apply that knowledge to your craft. There are a number of institutions in South Africa that offer this necessary knowledge, and more, in the profession of Interior Design. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy, and with that, the education sector has been terribly hit by the unfortunate effects of the virus as well. The private school sector with regards to primary school, high school, and tertiary institutions has also felt these effects which, in turn, has put to question the sustainability of private schooling institutions.

It is of common knowledge that public tertiary institutions in South Africa, apart from a number of bursary options, are also supported by NSFAS funding. However, NSFAS bursaries are unfortunately not an option for students looking to pursue tertiary education at private colleges. Nonetheless, there are a few other options for private college funding in South Africa. 

With private schooling becoming more common in South Africa, and home-schooling becoming more prevalent, especially during the pandemic with parents un-enrolling their students from school, guidance with regards to the transition from a more isolated High School experience to a public university experience has become more essential.


The ability to study Accounting in South Africa extends much further than just the major public universities in the country. Students can also study Accounting courses at a number of colleges and independent or private institutions that can be found all throughout the country.

The recent National Income Dynamics Study-Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) Wave 5 report has revealed the negative effect that the economic insecurity that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental well-being of adults, particularly those with children.