Sep 18
IIE Rosebank College opens a new blended learning campus in Port Elizabeth


IIE Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), will open its first campus in the Eastern Cape, extending the brand's footprint to six of the nine provinces in South Africa. Situated at 3 Rink Street is IIE Rosebank College's Port Elizabeth campus. This is the brand's fourth blended learning campus, after Polokwane, Pietermaritzburg and Bloemfontein and ninth campus overall.

"While IIE qualifications are accredited by the same accreditation body as any university in South Africa (the Council on Higher Education (CHE)), we believe the affordability of IIE qualifications, our campus facilities and Graduate Empowerment Programme will attract prospective students," says Greg Fillmore, Managing Director of IIE Rosebank College.

According to the "Higher Education and Skills in South Africa" report released by Statistics South Africa, more than half of the youth in South Africa have limited access to funds to study further. Creating affordable, quality education is important to ensure that all prospective students have access to education that can help them secure employment.

About the new campus


"Students today don't just live online, they also learn online. Consequently, an institution that makes it difficult for students to use mobile devices to connect with peers and online resources isn't just putting its enrolment numbers at risk. It is also doing a disservice to its current and future students," says Delvin Munsamy, General Manager at IIE Rosebank College.

"The blended model of teaching and learning offers students who are from outlying areas an opportunity to study without having to travel into the campus every day, another way in which we are extending access," adds Munsamy.

Digital learning, otherwise called online learning is a form of blended learning. This type of learning combines more traditional learning methods of sitting down in a classroom with more informal learning methods, such as collaboration and networking, all done online. The flexibility and technology-based nature of digital learning appeals to students young and old.

Study in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth or PE as it's known locally, is a port city and holiday destination on the Eastern Cape Sunshine Coast of South Africa, known for its beautiful beaches, water-sports, waterfront, wildlife attractions and friendly people, hence the name Friendly City. While PE enjoys the status of being a laid-back South African coastal town, this does not get in the way of its booming industrial sector. The friendly city boasts two main industries, namely automotive and port and harbour facilities.

Major vehicle manufacturers are based in PE. With this in mind, IIE qualifications offered at this new campus have been designed to meet the city's needs, making it easier for IIE graduates to increase their chances of gaining employment. Whether you choose an IIE Bachelor of Business Administration, IIE Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Diploma in Commerce in Marketing Management or IIE Diploma in Information Technology, amongst other qualifications offered, each IIE qualification is designed to make you career ready, in line with industry standards and expectations.

Since the inception of our Graduate Empowerment Programme in 2012, IIE Rosebank College has placed over 10 700 graduates in employment to date, proof that IIE graduates meet the demands of the world of work. Through career coaching sessions, IIE graduates are taught to effectively apply and interview for employment thus empowering graduates with the tools they need to increase their chances of securing work.


Written by Karabo Keepile

Sep 18
IIE Rosebank College opens a new campus in Cape Town


Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has officially opened the doors to its new campus in Cape Town. Situated at 13 Buitengracht Street, the new campus brings the number of IIE Rosebank College campuses across the country to nine.

"Our expansion strategy is to establish campuses nationally, providing access to quality, affordable education for South African youth. Since we already have campuses in Bloemfontein, Braamfontein, Durban, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth - Cape Town was an automatic next choice," says Greg Fillmore, Managing Director at IIE Rosebank College.

"Online enquiries have indicated significant interest from prospective students in Cape Town. While IIE qualifications are accredited by the same accreditation body as any university in South Africa (the Council on Higher Education (CHE)), the affordability of IIE qualifications and the assistance that we offer our graduates with preparing them for the world of work are factors which will attract prospective students," says Moloko Chepape, General Manager at IIE Rosebank College.

Why choose an IIE Rosebank College campus?

CT3.jpgStudents who choose the Cape Town campus are looking to benefit from face-to-face interaction with their classmates and lecturers, a WiFi enabled campus, a well-stocked library, canteen facilities and the community feeling that comes with being a student at any IIE Rosebank College campus nationwide. These are students looking to connect with the heartbeat of the city, where our campus is located. "Being affordable and accessible is vital to achieving inclusive education that aims to provide access for all," says James Read, National Sales Manager at IIE Rosebank College.

"The Cape Town campus will offer traditional classroom learning, where classes vary from early morning to afternoon lessons," adds Read. This type of delivery also allows students the option to study part-time with classes taking place on Saturdays on selected campuses.

For those who are looking to study at their own pace, or from the comfort of their own home, there's an IIE online learning delivery option available.

Since the inception of our Graduate Empowerment Programme in 2012, IIE Rosebank College has placed over 10 700 graduates in employment to date, proof that IIE graduates meet the demands of the world of work. Through career coaching sessions, IIE graduates are taught to effectively apply and interview for employment thus empowering graduates with the tools they need to increase their chances of securing work.


About our new campus


Our Cape Town campus provides easy access to public transport options including trains, taxis and buses.

Cape Town, which is known to be an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike, offers students the best of all worlds. Whether you are looking to enjoy the beauty of Table Mountain or are looking to absorb the eclectic cultural experience that the city offers, Cape Town is the perfect location to work, study and play.

Whether you choose to pursue an IIE Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate, each IIE qualification is designed to make you career ready, in line with industry standards and expectations.


Written by Karabo Keepile

Sep 12
Turning over a new leaf in your studies


Spring is the promise that everything can begin again, that you can let go and embrace something new.  New seasons also present an opportunity to turn a new leaf and refocus on what's important, such as your studies. So how exactly do you make sure that your leaf has turned?

Get over the past

Ok, so you haven't focused as much as you should have and perhaps your grades have suffered. The first thing to do is forgive yourself for your mistakes and make a conscious effort to make things right again. You can't wallow in the past, it will take too much of your time and keep you from moving forward. So forgive yourself and start afresh.

Set new goals

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Goal setting not only provides you with direction, but it also provides a benchmark for determining whether you are in fact succeeding.

Asses your current reality

Figure out where you stand in the bigger scheme of things. Perhaps you need to score atleast 80% on your next assignment to balance the scales, or perhaps you have a project that could help you tally up your score. Whatever the case, make sure you know exactly where you stand and what is needed to succeed. A conversation with your lecturer could help put things into perspective. Book an appointment and ask for help.

Jot down your plan

Now that you know what needs to be done, start writing down your plan. Perhaps you would like to schedule two hours every day to revise the day's work. Create your study plan and make sure that you stick to it. It's always advisable to place your plan where you will see it every day.

Stay positive

Maintaining a positive mindset is essential to tuning over a new leaf. In the words of Bo Bennett, "having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done."


Written by Karabo Keepile

Aug 12
RC Groundbreaker: Zanele Ngcobo - beauty queen, academic, foundation founder and coder

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Zanele Ngcobo is many things, but one dimensional is not one of them. Born and bred in Zone 7 Meadowlands, Zanele grew up with good role models and an upbringing she believes moulded her into the dynamic young woman she is today.

"Growing up I was greatly influenced by my sisters. They believed that I could do anything, so I believe that's why I feel like I can be and do anything. I was taught from a young age that you can be that person that you dream of being."

Getting to know Zanele

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In 2017 Zanele was crowned Miss Teen Soweto. "This was my very first pageant and therefore wining was very overwhelming because I was in Grade 11 and I still had to prepare for Matric." But despite the challenges Zanele took on the title with awe-inspiring grace, even graduating with three distinctions from Letsobogo Girls High in 2018.

"Brains do count with Miss Teen Soweto its not just about beauty or your walk.  The peageant takes one on a journey to explore what's on the inside and outside."

Zanele is also the founder of the Flower Vision Foundation, an organisation she initiated to create confidence and instil the very same self believe she grew up with among youngsters from her community. "I realised that many children from disadvantaged backgrounds grow up thinking very little of themselves and most don't give themselves permission to dream big enough. We want them to be extraordinary. We want to offer them hope, despite where they find themselves now."

The first initiative the Foundation held was in October last year when they held an event at Nkone Maropeng Primary School for Orphaned children ahead of Christmas. We expected around 50 children but over 60 showed up," recalls Zanele. "We gave them presents, played games and had a fun day. This year we plan to host a camp where we invite both young boys and girls and encourage them to express how they feel and give them space to voice their dreams."

Stepping outside your comfort zone

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"I wasn't comfortable at first after winning Miss Teen Soweto because I thought people were probably asking themselves who is this girl. But I realised that I had to be comfortable with who I am. Trying to imitate someone wasn't going to help me. Being myself was the most comfortable thing I could do. I realised I won't be the next Bonang, but I will be the next Zanele Ngcobo."

Building lasting positive relationships

Zanele believes that it is very important for women and girls to build positive relationships with each other as at the end of the day we understand our struggles. "It's important that we connect with each other, that we don't throw shade towards each other and that we rid ourselves of all negative vibes," adds Zanele. "I made a very good friend through Miss Teen Soweto and even now we still talk and help each other. I wouldn't say all platforms do this, but this is definitely possible through Miss Teen Soweto.

Plans for the future

Zanele is currently completing her IIE Higher Certificate in Information Technology (IT) in Support Services at IIE Rosebank College. Her goal is to combine IT and medicine and to also bring coding to her community. "In the next 5 years I would like to have my own APP which enables children 6 years and older to design websites, code and learn programming, so that they too are ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I would also like to have my own computer centre where children can broaden their perspective and learn how to code and therefore use their time more constructively during school holidays.


Written by Karabo Keepile 

Jul 18
The significance of Nelson Mandela Day?


Nelson Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on Mandela's birthday, 18 July. The day was officially declared as Mandela Day by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held in 2010.

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that everyone has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. This year's Mandela Day campaign message is "Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We're asking you to start with 67 minutes."

IIE Rosebank College National office will be visit and donate essentials to the Orlando Children's Home to celebrate.

We asked some IIE Rosebank College members of staff what Nelson Mandela Day means to them.

"The day means giving back to the less fortunate. Yes, you can do it every day but, on this day, it's about being considerate, doing something for those less fortunate, your community or others in general," says Wanga Nemavhola.  Reamogetse Mautlane agrees. "Nelson Mandela sacrificed so much of his life for us, and it's a reminder to do for others, just as he did for us."

Nakedi Montsho believes Nelson Mandela Day should be everyday if it is to have any kind of impact. "I have a problem with the fact that Nelson Mandela Day is just for one day. There is no value if we do something for those in need for one day only and leave them to suffer the other days."

"For me Nelson Mandela Day represents two things, optimism and hope. There is value in paying it forward. It isn't about giving but making it easier for someone else who is coming behind you.  It's about asking yourself what you can do to make things better and thus encouraging a culture of paying it forward," says Patience Molepo.

Suggestions of things you can do

According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation you could.

  • Put together stationary packs (pens, stickers, coloured paper, scissors etc) for teachers at an under-resourced school.
  • Do a neighbourhood clean-up armed with plastic gloves and black bags.
  • Donate your time at a haven or shelter.
  • Make 'care kits' (including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face cloth, etc) for patients at a nearby government hospital.
  • Organise a fun outing for children at an HIV/Aids home.
  • Donate blood.

For more suggestions on what you can do visit

"For me Nelson Mandela is about giving back to the less fortunate in any way. One may donate clothes, food, toiletries etc or even give their time to do something helpful and impactful for others. It is also a day that reminds us to celebrate the life of Tata Nelson Mandela and to be grateful for everything he has done that contributes to the 25-year democracy we have," says Mantshadi Photolo.


Jul 09
Saving for your future


What is your relationship with money like? Do you find yourself scraping to reach the end of each month, or are you savvy with your money? Learning how to save is the first step in taking control of your finances.

Start today and thank yourself later.

Note your expenses

Do you know how much you spend? Keep track of all your expenses, this includes every chocolate, all airtime and transport money that you use. Once you have your numbers, note how much you need to survive the month.

Create a budget

Now that you know how much you spend, record your expenses into a workable budget. Your budget should outline how your expenses measure up to your income, so that you can plan your spending and limit overspending.

Start saving

After setting your budget, start to save 10% to 15% of your income. If your expenses are so high that there is nothing to save, then it may be time to cut back. You could start by identifying the non-essentials that you can live without or can afford to spend less on, such as going out. Remember, your savings should be included in your budget as a regular expense.

Set a goal

Saving for the sake of saving is not very effective but saving with a goal in mind is. Think about what it is you want. Perhaps you would like to save to buy a car, study further or travel? Figure out how much you will need, and how long it will take you to save for it.

Make saving automatic

Create an arrangement with your bank to automatically deduct your savings from your account. In that way you are less tempted to touch this money for your short-term needs.

Watch your savings grow

Now that you have hit the ground running, check your progress monthly. You may need to adjust, but one thing is for sure, you will be inspired to stay committed to your goal when you see how much you have or you may just identify other ways to reach your target quicker. 


Written by Karabo Keepile 

Jul 05
RC Groundbreaker Gugulethu Mtshali| Activist and beauty queen, changing one life at a time


Gugulethu Mtshali (19) currently the reigning Miss Teen Soweto 2019, entered her first pageant when she was 13 years old. A year later she won her first pageant title, Miss Teen Dobsonville.

Gugulethu lost at least 5 pageants before she won and says she learnt a lot from all the loses. "Besides learning what I was doing wrong, it also taught me that failure doesn't mean that you are not good enough but that you have things to learn before you get what you want."

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Born and bred in Mofolo Soweto - Gugulethu Mtshali, an IIE Rosebank College Braamfontein campus student, is also the founder of the newly rebranded NALIGUGULETHU Foundation. Her non-profit was initiated to, in Gugu's words "offer treasure to those in need." Gugulethu started the foundation at age 14. Before its' recent rebrand, the foundation was called The Royal Queens Foundation, and looked at connecting pageant queens with girls who didn't do pageants. "I wanted to show them our space and show them that we are all the same, just young people who are in no way better than them." The foundation created a space where young women could share their dreams without being judged.

Under the foundation, Gugulethu hosted the first ever Miss Teen Mofolo. Gugulethu's perspective on pageants has always been to use the platform to help others. "I also realised that it doesn't help to empower the girls but leave out the boys and that's when I decided to rebrand the foundation to be more inclusive."


Gugulethu, who is also doing her second year as an LLB student sees herself graduating and majoring in constitutional law. "I consider myself an ambassador for young girls and boys, someone who is always looking to represent the youth."

Gugulethu describes herself as action-oriented. "I don't plan I just go for it. That's how most of my initiatives were started. For example, our school shoe drive idea came up while I was at the hair salon, and nearby, a house had burnt down. It hit me there and then that I could do something about it, I could collect school shoes for needy kids."  Gugulethu then created a poster and approached the media to spread the message. "I was interviewed on Jozi FM and received a very positive response."

Gugulethu has since expanded the foundation to also offer mentorship. "I approached people I knew personally to join as mentors." NALIIGUGULETHU Foundation now works with Grade7's from her former primary school to transition from primary to high school. "We offer students advise on pursuing various careers by linking them with mentors in those fields. I am also a life coach and have a few life coaches on board to assist. The G7 project, as it's also called, aims to create a generation that fights for what they want."


Written by Karabo Keepile  

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Jun 26
Top achieving IIE graduates from Rosebank College share their secrets


Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) hosted one of its largest graduation cohorts this May 2019. This was a big year for IIE Rosebank College which held 15 ceremonies across its 7 campuses.

Graduation is the highlight of our college calendar. At this significant occasion our students become graduates and start to navigate their journey either in the workplace or as entrepreneurs.

Graduation is a time when top achievers are recognised for their outstanding achievements.  "Achieving academic excellence is a result of hard work and consistent application. No one knows this better than our students. I encourage our top achievers to continue to strive for excellence in all they do. Whether they have taken on a new job or are continuing their studies. Hard work and sacrifice at the beginning of any endeavour creates good habits and lays a strong foundation for successful outcomes in the future. The secret to success is sustaining these good habits in the face of challenges. I look forward to hearing many success stories in the years ahead," says Greg Fillmore, IIE Rosebank College Managing Director.

We caught up with some of the IIE's Rosebank College top achievers to find out how they achieved their outstanding results.

Grace Sibeko

IIE Diploma in Business Management

Overall top achiever for Braamfontein campus, pass with an 89% average.


"My secret to success was trusting my lecturers and doing all the work that was required, tenfold. Essentially just focusing on my studies. I also want to thank the people back home. This is for them, more than it for me. I would like to recommend IIE Rosebank College to anyone who wants to further their studies because it is affordable, and the support system is good."


 Viki Kitshoff

IIE Higher Certificate in Construction and Engineering Drafting

Overall top achiever for Pretoria CBD campus, pass with a 91% average

"This involved a lot of hard work, dedication and the support of family and friends. Go out and be a winner, because we can all do it."


Mpho Hlongwane

IIE Higher Certificate in Human Resource Practices

Overall top achiever for, Pietermaritzburg Campus, pass with a 77.7% average.

"What I did differently was, I was very persistent. I made friends with a lot of my lecturers. Not because I needed special favours, but because it made it easier to approach them and ask questions. I also went above and beyond what I was expected to know."


Written by Karabo Keepile 

Jun 21
What makes IIE Rosebank College cool?


Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) was once again voted the coolest college in South Africa at the 15th Sunday Times Next Gen Awards, hosted in Sandton on 13 June 2019. This is the third consecutive year that IIE Rosebank College has maintained the top position in the survey conducted by HDI Youth Consultancy, which polls South African youths between the ages of 8 and 23 on what they find on-trend and aspirational.

" Being voted the Coolest College in SA for a third year in a row is an outstanding achievement. As a brand, we are very aware of the ambitions and aspirations of our target market. We strive to remain relevant by offering quality, affordable qualifications as well as building on our exceptional record of assisting our graduates with employment opportunities. The support shown by the South African youth in voting for us motivates all who serve in the brand to aim even higher as we expand our product offering and our national footprint,” says Greg Fillmore, National Managing Director at IIE Rosebank College. 

According to Lufuno Matidza (21), “Rosebank College is cool because as a journalism student I am given an opportunity to practice my journalistic skills by the awesome Rosebank College Press Team (Braamfontein). Through the help of our mentor, I’ve managed to improve my writing and I feel more confident to start working as a journalist.”

Sihle Maduna (20), says “I think Rosebank College is cool because I feel like it allows me to get a better grasp of what I am studying by giving me practical opportunities and experiences of what I’ll be doing in the near future.”

Andiswa Madlopha (20) says, “Rosebank College is cool because of the environment filled with amazing young people.”

The Sunday Times Next Gen survey is considered the leading barometer of youth sentiment in South Africa, and organisations are increasingly guided by the results in driving their youth marketing strategies forward.

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How does voting take place?

The first phase of this research study is conducted with +/-2000 young people (aged 8-24) in the major cities across South Africa to identify which brands are the coolest of the cool.

Schools participate in the study, through an in-depth face-to-face data collection process, as well as through teacher facilitated sessions.

The third phase of the research is conducted during sessions with a selection of Kids, Teens and Young Adults. These sessions highlight what young people identify as being significant issues unfolding in their peer circles and document why they prefer particular brands over others.

Survey extended

This year, the survey was extended, and several new categories were included with the intention of increasing insights for marketers. New categories included; coolest online fashion store, coolest gaming console, coolest politician and coolest online influencer.

“We are so grateful and humbled that the youth recognise what we do and that it resonates with them. We hope we will continue to be relevant and stay true to the sole purpose of our brand - changing lives and empowering youth. We want to acknowledge all our brand advocates and our students for trusting us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” says Daphne Mphaga, National Marketing Manager at IIE Rosebank College.


Written by Karabo Keepile 

Jun 07
Meet your campus principal: Braamfontein


In April, Mark Heidmann was appointed the new principal of IIE Rosebank College Braamfontein campus. Mark brings a wealth of experience in education leadership within JSE-listed, privately owned and internationally based institutions. In this interview we get to know our new campus principal. 

Tell us a little about yourself? 

I grew up in Cape Town, where I spent most of my years, apart from the last 5 or so where I was engaged in international work and the past 2 when I lived in Bahrain.

Bahrain is a small island in the Gulf between Saudi and Iran, everybody has to look it up, I did too the first time.  I have a daughter, of whom I am very proud.  She is busy with her first post-grad qualification in anatomy/ medicine – yes, there are still many years of study to come.  Apart from education, my other passion is technology.  I'm interested in where they overlap within an evolving modern society.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? 

I am an introvert by nature, yet I am an open book. I love Sci-fi and my Xbox.

What do you love the most about your job?

Changing lives. I have always been a firm believer that this is the reason why I am in education.  To change the world - one life, one person, one family, one community at a time.

What motto do you live by?  

I have a few. Always do the right thing, sometimes this is the tough thing. Some of life's most difficult decisions are knowing which bridges to cross and which to burn. Pick your battles.

"Whatever you do, do it with all you might for there is nothing as lost as a lost opportunity" - Rudyard Kipling

What do you do in your spare time? 

I am a keen runner and have completed 8 Two Oceans Ultra Marathons and almost 30 standard marathons. Three of these I participated in overseas.  I love trail running and have focussed more on this in the past few years.  I am a big reader, series watcher and Destiny Player (Xbox). I also volunteer at animal shelters and rehab centres.

How long have you been principal? 

22 years. I have been a principal in institutions that have started with 3-year olds all the way to lecturing a 66-year-old in A+ computing. 

What are you looking forward to the most in 2019?  

Summer, I have lived in the Middle East for the past few years. These autumn mornings are tough and winter is coming. 


Written by Karabo Keepile 

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