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 https://www.mandeladay.com/pages/what-can-i-do

"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 

Jun 06
RC Groundbreaker | Zanele Zulu, a young graduate and entrepreneur


"I started putting together baby-showers, birthdays and family dinners," recalls Zanele Zulu (23). "Right now, it's trendy to be your own boss, but not everyone is willing to put in the work that goes along with running a business," she says.  

Zanele started her event and deco business while she was a student at IIE Rosebank College, Braamfontein campus. "I started just over a year ago. I would do mock setups in the garden to show potential clients what I was capable of." Zanele posted these images on her social media accounts, and from there she acquired her first clients.


Zanele's first event, which set her business in motion, was her sister's bridal party. "All the deco pieces were made from plastic and the theme was black and white. It was absolutely beautiful." Raving reviews from family members gave Zanele the confidence she needed to pursue what started off as a hobby." Subsequently, her company Mbalenhle Pty, is the namesake of her sister Mbali.


Juggling school, your own business & work

Zanele graduated with her IIE Bachelor of Business Administration qualification from Rosebank College, Braamfontein campus this May. This was her second qualification, as the year before she articulated from an IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practices. "I did a lot of juggling, but it all worked out because my headspace was in the right place. I wanted to be successful in both school and my business and therefore I created time to pursue both.  Zanele is currently also working for a media production company which requires additional juggling. "My boss is very cool. He encourages me to pursue my business too and I am learning so much from him."

Starting small

"A lot of people don't realise what they have at their disposal. For example, my first 20 plates were from my mom's collection." Zanele used creative ways to overcome financial and other challenges that come with running a startup. "I would attend class, then get on a taxi to buy stock needed for an event and return to class with all my goodies."

What have you learnt?

I have learnt the importance of managing and maintaining relationships. For example, sometimes I would miss class and would rely on my relationships with classmates for notes. I've learnt about financial management. Managing your budget and finances goes a long way in building and sustaining a business. I've also had to learn how to be resourceful. Because I don't have large budgets to employ permanent staff, I have used other tactics like employing high school students or unemployed graduates on a project basis. I have also learnt to handle rejection constructively. Sometimes prospects turn down your service. In those instances, I have learnt not to dwell and to move on. Afterall there is always an opportunity and you must trust your instinct.

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Written by Karabo Keepile 

Jun 05
Creative study methods that work


Let's face it guys, studying sucks! During those moments when you are attempting to absorb all that information, looking at your textbook and notes - your mind is likely to wonder off as you think of atleast 50 things you would rather be doing. So how do you stay focused? Our advice, get creative!

Read your notes aloud

You could pretend to be giving an important speech or you could get creative with your accent. What's important is that you can hear and not only see what you are reading. 

Play a game

If you are part of a study group, challenge your study mates to a study group battle, where the winner challenges everyone until someone beats them. This is not only fun, but if you are competitive this is a chance to participate in positive competition.


You could use pictures or images to showcase key ideas or to remember important information. Or you could simply highlight or underline using different colours to make what you would like to remember stand out. You could go as far as creating a storyboard, showcasing the sequence of events for easier learning.


You could create a song relating to your study material or a short story detailing the important characters and setting to make your studying fun.  A poem could also be just as effective, and it doesn't have to rhyme.


Make sure to summarize your study material using your own language. Use sticky notes and post them around your room so you can easily refer to what's important to remember.

Teach someone else

Recite what you have learnt to someone else like your mom or pretend to give a full lecture to an imaginary class.


Written by Karabo Keepile 

May 22
Finding the balance between school and your social life

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Young people the world over are faced with balancing school and their social life, especially when looking to start higher education. So how exactly do you find the middle ground?

IIE Rosebank College student Phumzile Zulu (20) is struggling with the same thing. As a second-year student living at a student residence, Phumzile has the freedom to do whatever she wants, however she constantly has to balance fun and responsibility. "One method that has worked for me is that I turn up once a month, but always ensure that it doesn't clash with school tests, exams or submissions dates."

Khetha Maphanga (23) an Environmental Health, fourth year student and body builder juggles a demanding academic schedule and a grueling workout regimen. "I go to the gym six times a week, four hours each day, this is two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening but I never loose sight of what needs to be done."

If you find yourself struggling with FOMO while preparing for test week and exams, remember these tips

Manage your time

Create a timetable ahead of your tests and exams to help manage your time. Include much deserved breaks as well, so you keep yourself accountable.

Revise constantly

Keep on top of your books by revising regularly. For example, you can make summaries of each learning unit weekly to keep information fresh in your mind, while also preparing for those days when you want some time off.


Remember why you're here. You are here to get a qualification, so make sure that you achieve this by doing what's important first.


Written by Sihle Maduna

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May 16
What is your personal brand?


Have you ever wondered what people say about you when you are not there? According to Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, "your brand is what people are saying about you when you are not in the room." Some people cringe at the thought of what may be said, but did you know you have the power to influence these perceptions, simply by building your personal brand.

What is a personal brand?

Branding is a crucial part of success. Think of the biggest companies around the world today, these brands stand out from the crowd. Brand identity was until recently exclusive to the business world. But we now know that almost anything or anyone can have a brand, such as celebrities or political parties and most importantly you!

Your personal brand is what makes you unique. These are characteristics that people associate with you. It may be your voice, your fashion sense or compassion.  Personal branding however does not involve being fake and putting up an act or show. It's about creating the perceptions you want, just like professional branding.

Why personal branding is important?

Personal branding is very important for everyone, especially if you want to stand out among thousands of job seekers. It does however require time and effort to develop. This involves a proactive way of controlling how you develop your career and how you are perceived in the marketplace.  A personal brand is therefore a way to attract new magnet for opportunity.

STEP1: Decide on a platform

You need a place from which you market yourself. This could be social media accounts such as YouTube, Facebook or Instagram and a personal website where you can interact with your fans and followers.

STEP2: Focus on your strengths

Understand your own strengths, what makes you unique from all others. Just like a business, marketing yourself requires you to be aware of who you are.

STEP3: Become an authority

Once you know what makes you different and what are your strengths then get even better. Absorb as much as possible about the topic and share your thoughts as an authority through videos, social media and blog posts.

STEP4: Setting your priorities

The whole point behind branding is to reach a goal. This could be growing a loyal following, making more sales or increasing profits. Think about what it is you wants and let that guide you on the direction you go.

STEP5: Be yourself

There is only one you in this entire world. This is the most important part about personal branding. You have to be yourself. Don't follow the crowd, in fact the more you are yourself the more successful you are likely to be.

STEP6: Be consistent

Define who you are quite early on and stay consistent.  Although it's possible to evolve over time, brands must be able to recognise your brand.

Remember, personal branding is not just about selling or marketing yourself. It's the best way to make sure that people perceive you as the person you want to be. Unfortunately, others may consider it bragging or self-promotion – but it really is just taking charge of your reputation.


Written by Karabo Keepile 

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