#Nigeria2019: Your basic electoral rights at your poll station


Elections are one of the most crucial national political events in Nigeria. From pre-independent times through to the return to stable democracy in 1999, every election period in Nigeria’s political history has been associated with deep emotions and concerns for a free, fair and credible electoral process.

The 2019 Presidential election has come and gone. President Mohammaddu Buhari has been re-elected for a second term in office by the vast majority of Nigerians.

#ElectionNotWar And Your Rights

We are now right in the middle of the gubernatorial and parliamentary elections across Nigeria, hence it is important to restate to fellow electorates that elections serve as an important opportunity for you and I as citizens of Nigeria to influence the politics of our dear nation. In so doing, it is also equally important for us to inform ourselves about our basic fundamental human rights at the poll stations.

On election day, remember that, you have a civic right to:

• To support any candidate of your choice.
• To vote freely for any candidate, and
• To have your vote kept confidential

As we go about our civic responsibility during this electoral period, please endeavor to stay out of all forms of violence.

Night life at Iyana Ipaja, Lagos

Welcome to the city that never sleeps. No wonder they say the life of the Lagosian is on the road!

This is Ọjà Alẹ́ (Night Market) and it is 10pm at Iyana Ipaja Bus Stop in Lagos State. I am here for fresh Ofio (tigernuts) and dates from Mallam Musa.

Iyana Ipaja in Yorùbá language means ‘the junction to Ipaja road’. Iyana Ipaja is a settlement community and also doubles as one of the busiest commercial hubs on Lagos mainland.

Homeschooling Basics: Grade 1 – 9

Homeschooling in South Africa

Homeschooling is a programme where a parent of a learner of compulsory school-going age provides education for their child at home. It is an alternative to attending public or independent schools (Department of Basic Education).

How to apply to homeschool your child in South Africa

You can homeschool your child for the following compulsory phases: foundation phase (grades 1-3), intermediate phase (grades 4-6), and senior phase (grades 7-9).

Step 1: Apply to the Head of your Provincial Education Department to register your child for homeschooling

The application is free and it takes less than 30 days to be processed by the Head of your Provincial Education Department. You will need to send them the correct application form and the supporting documents, namely:

  • parent/s certified ID copy
  • last copy of school report (if the child was in school before, but if the child is only starting school now you must attach an immunisation card)
  • weekly timetable which includes contact time per day
  • breakdown of terms per year (196 days per year)
  • learning programme
  • certified copy of child’s birth certificate

Step 2: After your child has been registered for homeschooling you must keep the following:

  • record  of attendance
  • portfolio of the child’s work
  • up- to- date records of the child’s progress
  • portfolio of the educational support given to the child
  • evidence of the continuous assessment of the child’s work
  • evidence of the assessment and or examination at the end of each year
  • evidence at the end of grade 3,6 and 9, that shows whether your child has achieved the outcomes for these grades

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National Minimum Wage: Readiness and Implementation

National Minimum Wage

The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch announced that it will be conducting a nationwide campaign to assess levels of compliance with labour laws, especially the newly-introduced National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act.

Importance of enforcement to ensure compliance with labour laws

The Department of Labour’s Deputy Director-General of Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES), Aggy Moiloa said that the department understands the importance of enforcement to ensure compliance with the labour laws of the country. She said the Department had 1392 inspectors who were ready to monitor compliance with the NMW Act.

She said the Department of Labour will be utilising its Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) specialist inspectors to enforce the NMW Act. The NMW Act was conceived from the BCEA.

Advocacy, inspection and enforcement

Moiloa further added that the department’s strategy to enforce NMW was premised on three pillars – that is advocacy, inspection and enforcement.

The Deputy Director-General held a workshop on the performance levels of the organisation in Pretoria. The core of her presentation was on the state of readiness by the Department’s IES branch to enforce the implementation of the National Minimum Wage.

The National Minimum Wage is R20

The National Minimum Wage came into effect on 1 January 2019. The NMW is R20, the minimum rate at which workers should earn per hour.  

Moiloa said the Department was aware of the burden imposed by NMW to CCMA resources and was ready to assist. She said aggrieved workers on issues of NMW can take their complaints to the Department’s Labour Centres or directly report to the CCMA. 

She said as part of its readiness the Department already had the following in place:

  • Case management systems have been developed;
  • The CCMA has conducted training on their system in order for the inspectorate to refer cases; and
  • Inspectors have been trained to monitor compliance with the NMW Act. 

She reiterated that the Wholesale and Retail sectors would be areas of focus as these sectors have been identified as problematic.

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Press release issued by Department of Labour

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110+ jobs in higher demand across South Africa

110+ jobs in higher demand - welder

The List of Occupations in High Demand will be reviewed every 2 years unless it is deemed necessary to do so earlier. The next list of occupations in high demand is planned to be published in 2020 (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).

These jobs i.e. 130+ jobs in highest demand; 110+ jobs in higher demand; and 120+ jobs in high demand.

The idea of “Occupations in High Demand” encompasses the idea of historical, current and anticipated occupational growth trends (including new and emerging occupations), and occupational shortages (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).

110+ jobs in higher demand - hotel manager

List of 110+ jobs in higher demand: 2018

  • Hotel Manager
  • Importer or Exporter
  • Retail Manager
  • Service Station Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Architect
  • General Medical Practitioner
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • University Lecturer
  • Professor/Associate Professor
  • Early Childhood Development Practitioner
  • Financial Investment Advisor
  • Skills Development Facilitator/Practitioner
  • Labour Market Analyst
  • ICT Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • JCT Risk Specialist
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Developer Programmer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Social Worker
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Fossil Power Plant Process Controller
  • Hydro Power Plant Process Controller
  • Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller
  • Wind Turbine Power Plant Process Controller
  • Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant Process Controller
  • Weatherisation Installers and Technicians
  • Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician
  • Wind Turbine Service Technician
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Agricultural Laboratory Technician
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Mathematical Assistant
  • Data Quality Officer
  • Decision Support Analyst
  • Statistical Assistant
  • Actuarial Assistant
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Broker
  • Commodities Trader
  • Events Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Light Technician
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Geographic Information Systems Specialist
  • Geographic Information Systems Technicians
  • Client Services Administrator
  • General Clerk
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Word Processing Operator
  • Machine Shorthand Reporter
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Gaming Worker
  • Bookmaker’s Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Road Traffic Controller
  • Transport Clerk
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Carpenter
  • Shutter hand
  • Joiner
  • Plumber
  • Solar Installer
  • Gas Practitioner
  • Fire Services Plumber
  • Plumbing Inspector
  • Heat Pump Installer
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Welder
  • Fitter-welder
  • Gas Cutter
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Boiler Maker
  • Metal Machinist
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Mechanical Equipment Repairer
  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Fitter
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Tractor Mechanic
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • Lubrication Equipment Mechanic
  • Goldsmith
  • Diamond and Gemstone Setter
  • Electrical Line Mechanic
  • Cable Jointer
  • Upholste rer
  • Shot firer
  • Blaster
  • Textile Wet Process Production Operator
  • Textile Wet Processes Finishing Machine Operator
  • Textile Printing Machine Operator
  • Fabric Bleaching Machine Operator
  • Textile D yeing Machine Operator/ Textile Dyer
  • Textile Dyeing and Printing Preparation Machine Operator
  • Footwear Cutting Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Clos ing Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Bottom Stock Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Lasting Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Finishing Production Machine Operator
  • Lorry Driver
  • Truck Driver (General)

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120+ jobs in high demand across South Africa

jobs in high demand - HR and training

Jobs in high demand refer to occupations that have shown relatively strong employment growth, and/or are experiencing shortages in the labour market or which are expected to be in demand in the future (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).

These jobs i.e. 130+ jobs in highest demand; 110+ jobs in higher demand; and 120+ jobs in high demand.

Jobs are in high demand if they:

  • have shown relatively strong employment or wage growth over the past 5 years;
  • are expected to show relatively strong employment growth in the future;
  • have been identified as being in shortage3 in the labour market;
  • are new and are expected to emerge in the near future as a result of innovation, technological advancements, the development of new industries, or the implementation of government strategic priorities (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).
jobs in high demand -training officer

List of 120+ jobs in high demand: 2018

  • Personnel /Human Resources Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Business Training Manager
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Employee Wellness Manager
  • health and Safety Manager
  • Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality (SHE&Q) Practitioner
  • Security Services Manager
  • Security Risk Assessment Manager
  • Environmental Education Manager
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Statistical Modeller
  • Biologist (General)
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Environmental Engineer (G)
  • Environmental Impact and Restoration Analyst
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineering Technologist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
  • Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Operating theatre)
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  • Nurse Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Epidemiologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Animal Doctor
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Construction health and safety technician
  • Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality (SHE&Q) Practitioner
  • English As A Second Language Teacher
  • English Conversation Instructor
  • English Language Teacher
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Database Designer and Systems Administrator
  • Database Designer and Administrator
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • Network Analyst
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Labour Market Economist
  • Economist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychometrician
  • Food and Beverage Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Life Science Technician
  • Environmental Science Technician
  • Health Information Manager
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Inspector
  • Marine Safety Officer
  • Agricultural / Horticultural Produce Inspector
  • Aquaculture Produce Analyst
  • Safety Inspector
  • Retail Buyer
  • Procurement officers
  • Auctioneer
  • Sales Representative (Business Services)
  • Supply Chain Practitioner
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Secretary (General)
  • Phone Centre Operator
  • Shift Telephonist
  • Telecom Operator
  • PABX Operator
  • Telephone Operator / Attendant
  • Stock Clerk / Officer
  • Dispatching and Receiving Clerk / Officer
  • Waiter
  • Cafe Worker
  • Hairdresser
  • Call Centre Salesperson
  • Residentjal Care Officer
  • Aged or Disabled Carer
  • Community Care Worker
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Fire Fighter
  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
  • Aviation Security Tra iner /Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Security Electronic Installations
  • Retail Loss Prevention Officer
  • Tree Feller
  • Forest and Conservation Workers
  • Stonemasons
  • Scaffold Erector
  • Roof Tiler
  • Roof Plumber
  • Roof Thatcher
  • Glass Maker
  • Optical Mechanic
  • Telecommunications Line Mechanic
  • Clothing, Home Textiles and General Goods Cutter
  • Apparel and related pattern maker
  • Concrete batching plant operator
  • Weaving Machine Operator
  • Warping Machine Operator
  • Braiding Machine Operator
  • Non-woven Machine Operator
  • Textile Dry Finishing Machine Operator
  • Textile and Footwear Manufacturing Machine Minder
  • Bakery and Confectionary Products Machine Operator
  • Product Assembler
  • Mobile Plant Operators
  • Crane or Hoist Operator
  • Cable Ferry Operator
  • Dredge Operator
  • Forklift Driver

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130+ jobs in highest demand across South Africa

jobs in high demad

The 130+ jobs in highest demand across South Africa were identified in a government gazette. The gazette (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018) was released by the Department of Higher Education and Training in June 2018.

The National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018 is aimed at “improving the responsivenesss of post-school education and training system to the needs of the economy and the broader development objectives of the country”.

The list had three categories: 130+ jobs in highest demand; 110+ jobs in higher demand; and 120+ jobs in high demand.

jobs in highest demand

List of 130+ jobs in highest demand: 2018

  • General Manager Public Service
  • Senior Government Official
  • Senior Government Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Finance Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Payroll Manager
  • Credit Manager
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Corporate General Manager
  • Corporate Services Manager
  • Physical Asset Manager
  • Contract Manager
  • Programme or Project Manager
  • Labour Recruitment Manager
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Sales Manager
  • Director of Marketing
  • [nteractive and Direct Marketing Strategist
  • Client Services Advisor
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Production/Operations Manager
  • Production / Operations Supervisor (Forestry)
  • Manufacturer
  • Production / Operations Manager (Manufacturing)
  • Engineering Manager
  • Power Generation Operations Manager (G)
  • Manufacturing Quality Manager
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Project Builder
  • Supply And Distribution Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Road Transport Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Chief Information Officer
  • JCT Project Manager
  • Data Management Manager
  • Application Development Manager
  • Information Technology Manager
  • information Systems Director
  • Environmental Manager
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Small Business Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Archives Manager
  • Museum Manager
  • Operations Manager (Non-Manufacturing)
  • Operations Foreman (Non-Manufacturing)
  • Seismologist
  • Agriculture Consultant
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Forest Scientist
  • Wine Maker
  • Food and Beverage Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technologist
  • Production Engineer
  • Production Engineering Technologist
  • Civil Engineer
  • [ndustrial engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technologist
  • Mining engineer
  • Mining engineering technologist
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineering Technologist
  • Materials engineer
  • Materials engineering technologist
  • Materials non-destructive testing operators
  • Senior Secondary School Teacher (Grades 10-12)
  • Junior Secondary School Teacher (Grades 8 – 9)
  • Foundational Phase School Teacher
  • Senior Primary School Teacher (Grades 4-7)
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Manager
  • Investment Advisor
  • Financial Markets Practitioner
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (Computers )
  • Attorney
  • Advocate
  • Adjudicator
  • Legislation Facilitator
  • Master of the Court
  • Family Court Registrar
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Surveying or Cartographic Technician
  • Geomatician
  • Town Planning Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electric Substation Operations Manager
  • Energy Efficiency Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Pressure Equipment Inspector
  • Aeronautical Engineering Technician
  • Draughtsperson
  • Building Associate
  • Clerk of Works
  • Construction supervisor
  • Water Plant Operator
  • Waste Materials Plant Operator
  • Water Process Controller
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Chef
  • ICT Communications Assistant
  • Broadcast Transmitter Operator
  • Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)
  • Sound Technician
  • Television Equipment Operator
  • Radio Station Operator
  • Production Assistant (Film, Television or Radio)
  • Tourist [nformation Officer
  • Travel Consultant
  • Coding Clerk
  • Proof Reader
  • Child Care Worker
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Installation Inspector
  • Millwright
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Lift Mechanic
  • Weapon Systems Mechanic
  • Armature Winder
  • Transportation Electrician

Concluding remarks

The information about jobs in high demand was provided with the hope that it would be a source of useful insights into the skills needs of the economy and society. The department noted that the South African labour market is characterised by high levels of unemployment and skills shortages.

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Nigerian Doctors In South Africa – Fake Facts and Figures

How often do you change your mind about things you believe to be true? What if I told you that you and I don’t change our minds about facts we believe to be true, even after those facts are proven to be false?

Well, don’t shoot the messenger! This was proven in studies by researchers at Stanford in 1975 and confirmed by thousands of other researchers. Still don’t believe it? Read the findings in the book “Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us”.

At this point, you are probably wondering ‘what does this have to do with Nigerian doctors in South Africa?’. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that shortly.

Isn’t it dangerous for people to share fake news and figures?

The research proves that when someone forms a belief about something, they don’t usually change their mind about it. This human characteristic makes fake news and fake statistics very dangerous. If we don’t change our minds about important facts, then isn’t it dangerous for people like government officials and journalists to share fake news and figures?

Questioning fake news and fake statistics with a Nigerian example

Guess what? Despite the dangers of sharing unproven claims and figures, many people in powerful positions continue to spread false facts and figures. A good example of this was documented in an article by our partners at Nigerians In South Africa. In the article, “We have 680 registered Nigerian doctors in South Africa not 5000 – HPCSA”, Nigerians In South Africa challenged a false figure presented by a government official and a number of Nigerian media houses.

Standing up against false news and false figures

Media houses such as Vanguard Nigeria and Daily Trust reported on the figures presented by the government official (Godwin Adama, the Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa) without investigating the alleged figures.

The False Figure: There are 5000 Nigerian doctors are in South Africa.
The Real Figure: There are 680 registered Nigerian doctors in South Africa (as at 2 July 2018).

Nigerians in South African successfully confirmed that there are 680 registered Nigerian doctors in South Africa (as at 2 July 2018), not 5000.

Stand out by doing  your own research about the validity of the facts

How did they confirm this? Click here to read the article on their website, www.nigeriansinsouthafrica.co.za.

The next time you read an important news article that has the power to influence your beliefs, ask yourself – what damage will this article cause if it turns out to be false? If the potential damage is big then do your own research about the validity of the facts presented in that article.


This blog post was inspired by the article “We have 680 registered Nigerian doctors in south Africa not 5000 – HPCSA” written by Nigerians In South Africa on www.nigeriansinsouthafrica.co.za

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