Feb 04
Meet your campus principal: Port Elizabeth

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In 2019, Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), opened its Port Elizabeth campus situated centrally on 3 Rink Street. At the helm is Clinton Appalsami who is the newly appointed campus principal. We got to chat to him, to get to know him a little bit better.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am a family man. I have a lovely wife and two precious sons. My favourite part of the day is getting home to my family. I am currently completing my MBA in Entrepreneurship. I’m passionate about developing the skills needed for people to be able to contribute positively for themselves, their family, their community and their country because developing a nation starts with developing its people.

The reason I got into education is because I believe that by educating the youth, we can change the world for the better one student at a time.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

I love martial arts. I practiced Judo, Karate and by far my favourite was Muay Thai.

What are you looking forward to the most about your new position?

I am looking forward to building an environment where students can thrive and not just survive.

What motto do you live by?

To try and leave the world in a better place than I found it.

What do you do in your spare time?

I don’t have much free time, but I love playing good music and dancing with my family.


Written by Karabo Keepile

Jan 28
Meet your campus principal: Cape Town


If studying in the beautiful Mother City sounds like your idea of fun, then you will be happy to learn that IIE Rosebank College now has a campus in Cape Town. Situated on MSK House, 13 Buitengracht Street in Cape Town's City Centre is IIE Rosebank College Cape Town, our only campus in the Western Cape. We interviewed the new principal André Moolman, in our regular feature Meet your Campus Principal.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I have spent the last three decades in education and it still excites me every day. Family is important to me. I have been married for 28 years and have one son that keeps me young at heart.  I constantly strive towards maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit. Travelling, art and nature are some of my passions. 

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

I am an aspiring yogi, photographer and adrenaline junkie.

What are you looking forward to the most about your new position?

It is being instrumental in creating a space where young adults can develop into the best version of themselves.  There is nothing as rewarding as playing a positive role in people's lives.

What motto do you live by?

Each new dawn must be greeted with absolute gratitude and an improved version of oneself.

What do you do in your spare time?

Gardening, hiking, reading and yoga.


Written by Karabo Keepile

Jan 21
Upskill yourself to land your dream job in 2020


As the world continues to change around us, so does the need to keep up. No matter what stage of life you are in, learning never ends. 

Surviving and thriving in the 21st century requires that you become a life-long learner, remain eager to sharpen your skills and adapt to the changing world around you. If you are thinking of going back to school, why not start in 2020? There is no better time than the present. 

The benefits of becoming a lifelong learner

The world of work has become very competitive. Graduates are now competing both locally and on the global stage. Constantly upskilling yourself gives you the competitive edge that modern organisations are looking for. It helps you stay relevant and makes you a valuable member of any team. 

How can I upskill myself?

Organisations are looking for responsive employees. Those who are up to date with their qualifications are most likely to climb the corporate ladder faster. Upskilling yourself is easy and doesn't have to stop where you started. If you received admission to an IIE Higher Certificate qualification, you can, upon graduation, articulate to an IIE Diploma and then IIE Bachelor's degree at IIE Rosebank College. 

But I have no time?

Working professionals are also able to study further. You can pursue part-time study or even register to study online. These options make it possible for you to study around your schedule, at a time and place that is most convenient for you. 

Will I be able to afford it?

There are several options when deciding on a tertiary education provider. In South Africa, students have the option of choosing between private and public education providers. IIE Rosebank College offers affordable and flexible payment terms to make sure that fees aren't a reason why you can't study further. The choice is yours, study full-time, part-time or through distance learning. You can also pay your IIE qualification fee over 11 months. Take a look at the fee schedules here http://bit.ly/2R7rKmO to see how much your desired IIE qualification costs. 


Written by Karabo Keepile 

Jan 08
The difference between an IIE Rosebank College face to face and blended learning campus


Since the first IIE Rosebank College blended learning campus was launched in 2016, IIE Rosebank College has opened an additional three blended learning campuses.  The fourth blended learning campus in Port Elizabeth is currently open for registration and looks forward to welcoming its first student cohort in February 2020. Blended learning is a combination of traditional classroom-based learning and student driven learning that takes place online.

Our face to face campuses can be found in Pretoria Sunnyside, Pretoria CBD, Durban, Braamfontein and Cape Town. Our blended learning campuses are situated in Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth. The different types of campuses were established to allow students of all types the opportunity to further their education. For example, our blended learning campuses are affordable and use a combination of online and traditional teaching methods. Textbooks are also included in the fee.

Differences between a face to face and blended learning campus

The main difference between our IIE Rosebank College Campus types is the teaching model with a different proportion of face to face teaching vs. independent online engagement.

"The IIE's Rosebank College recognises that higher education has a responsibility to support the growing trend toward blended learning in order to serve a connected youth population and to make education more accessible. With this is mind, our IIE Rosebank College blended learning campuses harness technology to promote collaboration and enhance the experience in the classroom," adds Greg Fillmore, Managing Director of IIE Rosebank College.

Our three-phase teaching model used on our blended learning campuses

This approach includes three distinct stages of teaching. Phase one includes a timetabled preparation session. Phase two refers to student self-study where students complete specifically created activities on our Learning Management System (LMS) and lecturers monitor students' online activity digitally. The final stage refers to timetabled feedback sessions which cover material that students struggled with during phase two. All content that is taught is available on RC Learn which is the Learner Management System (LSM) unique to Rosebank College. To support the teaching and learning experience, students have access to eBooks and online databases.

Whether you choose to attend our face to face or blended learning campus, you can rest assured that you will receive quality education at a competitive price that makes you employable.

Deciding which campus suits you should be based on your preferred learning style and location.


Written by Karabo Keepile 

Dec 17
How to find out if your tertiary institution is accredited

Are you still deciding on a tertiary institution for 2020? Make sure you check whether your institution is accredited, before you register and pay any fees. Failure to do so could ultimately result in you applying at a fly-by-night which will cost you money without obtaining a valid qualification to secure employment.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation describes the process that institutions of higher education undergo to confirm educational standards. Accreditation is earned through accrediting bodies that have been created specifically to review higher education institutions and programmes. These accrediting bodies are there to protect the prospective student and ensure that institutions offer acceptable standards of higher education qualifications that are aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

What you should look for?

Accredited private higher education institutions should have:

  • A certificate of registration with the Department of Higher Education and Training. It should detail the campus, provider and the qualifications offered.
  • All higher education qualifications need to be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee, Council on Higher Education (CHE). CHE is there to develop and implement quality assurance standards for higher education, including programme accreditation, institutional audits, quality promotion etc
  • All qualifications must be registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) – students should ask for the SAQA identity numbers.

Rosebank College, is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). The IIE is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. You can choose to study at any of our nine campuses located in Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD, Durban, Pretoria Sunnyside, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth or Cape Town.

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Written by Karabo Keepile 

Nov 19
Fun things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town, also known as The Mother City, is known globally for its natural beauty and rich history. This is South Africa's legislative capital, a coastal city in the Western Cape and now the new home of Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE).

With the December holidays upon us, why not consider a sho't left to Cape Town. If you enjoy the outdoors and exploring new places, then try out our list of fun things to do.

Hike Lion's Head 

Looming above Cape Town and the surrounding ocean like a sentinel, Lion's Head is an iconic part of the city. Lion's Head offers panoramic views of the city, Table Bay and the Atlantic Ocean which is why it is so popular with hiking enthusiasts. Though Lion's Head is a relatively short and easy hike, it is not to be underestimated.

Picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens 

If you would like to enjoy the great outdoors, have a picnic at the flowery meadows of Kirstenbosch and take a leisurely stroll through the magnificent garden. This is the perfect spot to observe nature at its best. Every year between November and March, Kirstenbosch hosts the ever-popular Summer Sunset Concerts where a mixed line-up of international and local talent takes to the stage every Sunday to entertain the crowds amid the lush gardens.

Sunset Yoga Class on Clifton Beach 

Cape Town has so many beaches to choose from. Clifton is an affluent suburb of Cape Town with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Clifton Beach was rated as one of the Top Ten Beaches by the Discovery Travel Channel in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 and 2006 it was rated by Forbes.com at number 8 in the Top 10 Topless beaches in the world. Do a sunset yoga class on Clifton Beach to unwind and release tension.

Take a trip up the Table Mountain Cableway 

The Table Mountain National Park is a World Heritage Site. Whether you are a tourist or a local, visiting the Table Mountain National Park has got to be on your to-do list when visiting the Mother City. The park spans all the way from the iconic Table Mountain right across to the cliffs at Cape Point. You can either backpack and hike up one of the many hiking trails or take a breezy trip up on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

Ferry to Robben Island 

Ferries depart for Robben Island from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront at 9am, 11am and 1pm daily depending on the weather. The trips to and from the island last about three-and-a-half hours. Gates close 10 minutes prior to boarding, so it's best to arrive early.

Take a stroll along Bloubergstrand Beach 

Dig your heels into the whitewashed sand of Bloubergstrand (Blue Mountain Beach). Take-in the iconic view of Table Mountain, while you take a dip in the blue Atlantic Ocean.

Wine tasting at a wine farm 

Get on board the wine tram in Franschhoek. The quaint, small village of Franschhoek is the perfect place to move away from the busy city to enjoy 8.5 hours touring around one of the most serene wine valleys in South Africa. With various lines to choose from, immerse yourself in an entire day of world-class wine tasting at a selection of over 22 award winning vineyards. Be led by an experienced guide who will elaborate on the history of Franschhoek, as well as the farms you will be visiting.

A night out on Long Street

Cape Town has a buzzing nightlife with a variety of great restaurants to choose from. Whether it be bohemian-hipster-style gatherings or out of the ordinary club scenes, Long Street's nightlife is nothing short of awesome. Be sure to try out what Cape Town's nightlife has to offer.


Written by Karabo Keepile 

Nov 14
Exam boost: What you should be eating while you study

Exam time is almost over, and that means focusing and hanging in there. Consuming the right food during this time can really help you stay alert, engaged and awake during those long days and nights. To help you achieve the marks you want, we have put together the ideal exam diet to assist your body play its part too.

Keep hydrated

Water fast tracks the chemical reactions in our bodies and can increase the rate at which our brains process information. You should aim to drink around 2 litres of water a day for good mental health and general wellbeing. Make sure you have a water bottle at all times to meet your daily quota because dehydration can cause fatigue, forgetfulness and sluggishness.

Enjoy nuts, of all kinds

Walnuts are the best a option for brain health. Almonds and hazelnuts follow closely behind and are known to offer a high concentration of vitamin to keep you looking and feeling youthful. Peanuts are just as good to keep your brain sharp.


Whether you boil them or fry them, eggs offer a good source of vitamins B6 and B12, Folate and Choline. Prepare an egg salad or sandwich to keep your mind happy.

Fatty fish

Fatty fish has long been considered brain food. This type of fish includes salmon, trout, sardines which are all rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. About 60% of the brain is made up of fat and half of that fat is the omega-3 kind. Your brain uses omega 3s to build brain and nerve cells and these fats are essential for learning and memory.

Leafy greens

Vegetables like broccoli, spinach and kale are packed with vitamin K, which helps build pathways in the brain, as well as naturally occurring nitrates and antioxidants.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are packed with brain-boosting compounds, including flavonoids, caffeine and antioxidants. The flavonoids in chocolate gather in the areas of the brain that deal with learning and memory. Researchers say these compounds may enhance memory and help slow down age-related mental decline also chocolate is a legitimate mood booster.



Written by Karabo Keepile 

Nov 13
Shaun Moleea, RC Alumnus and founder of Socioolite Travel & Tours

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We recently caught up with Shaun Moleea an RC Alumnus to learn more about his business - Socioolite Travel & Tours which he started in 2015. Shaun graduated with an IIE Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management qualification from Rosebank College in 2016. Shaun went from graduate to entrepreneur, and in our interview, he shared how he got started and what it's like running a travel business.

As we approach the festive season, Shaun is the appropriate person to get us excited about exploring our beautiful country and continent.

So, who is Shaun?

I am a self-driven hustler. I am a born entrepreneur and motivator. I'm also a hard worker and a people's person. I decided to launch my tourism company in 2015 and I have never looked back since.  I have never been employed and have managed to do quite well for myself.

What made you decide to pursue tourism in the first place?

My family has always loved traveling. I grew up traveling from as early as 5. Before I was 7 years old, I had already been to 5 countries.  I grew to really love travel and realised that travel is something I am very passionate about and something I want to pursue.

Did you know that you would one day start a travel business?

Not at all. Two years after high school I started doing community-based projects and that's where I met up with other entrepreneurs. They made me realise that you can make your dreams possible even if you don't have start-up capital. But I had no idea that I would pursue entrepreneurship this soon."

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Why was looking for a job not your first choice?

I was always outgoing and looking for a job never crossed my mind. In my second year I was already organising trips for my school mates and by then I knew that being self-employed was for me. I had already made several contacts in the South African tourism industry and had been attending travel expos since my first year. In my second year I had a very good idea of what it took to make it in the travel industry. I think that's why running my own business and doing my own thing was so easy for me."

Tell us more about your business, Socioolite Travel & Tours

We are a tour operator and booking agent. We offer the best of both worlds. We offer accommodation and flight bookings, day tours like sightseeing, shuttle services and we offer guided tours all over South Africa.

How have you found the transition from student to business owner?

It's been hard to be honest, but it's also been good. Fortunately, some of the modules that I completed in college reflected the real world, which made things a lot easier.  However, I had to develop some entrepreneurship skills on my own. I had to establish my own contacts and had to market myself and my business which was quite challenging.

What does a day look like in your business?

Well I have two types of days. It's either I wake up in the morning, go into my office, send out emails both local and international and talk to other agents. I also do some social media work or I'm out on the field. The field may be anywhere within South Africa or Africa. If I am on the field, I am guiding people or showing people places of interest.

How have you managed to grow the business?

I have been under two incubators, but 80% of the work that I have done on the business is all self-funded. The incubators helped with brochures and exposure and getting myself out there to make contacts.

My first year was the toughest. I had to register and do the legalities of the business. I had nothing, no capital but managed to hit the ground running. Lack of capital shouldn't be the reason why you don't start your own business. I guess it depends on the industry, but most industries just require your brain. At least approach people first and do your research before you worry about capital.

How do you keep the business running during the quiet seasons?

When we started, we only did day tours. Since last year we've been travelling to other African countries, an attempt to cut the seasonality gap because most SADC people travel when it's cold. We have also introduced events to fill in the gap.

How important are relationships and networks in your business?                               

It's very important especially as a black-owned business. I have never worked for anyone. It's very important to make those contacts because some people you come across have more experience than you. You may have the book knowledge which they are clueless about. So, we get to share information and they also get to guide you on how to get business and the running of the business. It's also important to get partners. When I am busy, I get my partner tour operator to help me instead of turning clients away, and if they are busy and understaffed, they can call me.

Let's talk about perseverance. Haven't you had moments when you thought this is too hard, let me just look for a job?

Yes, I have had those moments. The first year and a half was my worst ever because all the friends that I went to college with were working. They were getting money while I was at home only getting a few bucks. But perseverance is very important because I had a dream and I had 80% of the work sketched down. I knew that eventually I will have a breakthrough. I just decided to continue attending the seminars and getting as much information to run my business as possible.

I had to knock on several doors that never opened and that's when I thought I had to go and look for a job. But fortunately, things started to change.


Where do you see the Socioolite brand in the next 3-5 years?

In the next three years we are planning on branching out to Cape Town, Mpumalanga and Durban. I'm planning on securing a 50 fleet and having branches in those three major provinces as well as an office in America where we can do our own direct bookings.

What about re-investing in the business?

You must reinvest in the business before you can pay yourself. It's very important because that's how you grow. Also, I found that diversifying your business is also important to assist with business finances.

Which words of advice do you have for other aspiring entrepreneurs?

If you don't face your fears and believe in your dreams, they won't come true. I also plan to further my studies. I applied what I learnt in class, what I was reading and seeing at travel expos. School is very important because I applied a lot of what I learnt from college into my own business. I also encourage you to immerse yourself in the industry you want to break into while you are still at school.


Written by Karabo Keepile

Oct 09
Fun things to do in Port Elizabeth


If you are looking to explore South Africa then make sure to visit Port Elizabeth, a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.

Port Elizabeth is one of South Africa's largest cities and has earned itself many nicknames such as The Bay, The Friendly City, The Windy City and The Ten-Minute City. Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) has opened a new campus in Port Elizabeth. Bringing to nine the number of IIE Rosebank College campuses in South Africa. IIE RosebanK College has campuses in Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD, Durban, Pretoria Sunnyside, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and Port ELizabeth.

Whether you are looking to live, study or work in PE, there are a variety of things to see and do. 

We have listed a few for you to explore.

Summerstrand beach

Known for its many beaches, PE is truly a port city. Visit Summerstrand beach to take in all the spectacular coastal views. Whether you choose to take in the sun while you sunbath on the beach sand, or partake in some exhilarating water sports, Summerstrand beach is a must visit location in the Friendly City.

Waterfront Boardwalk

The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World enjoys prime positioning along Beach Road, the motorway that separates this world-class development from the warm waters of Algoa Bay. As such, it is centrally situated and showcases gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean. There is plenty of free, secure parking and while the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth is open-air, there are sheltered walkways that protect visitors from the rain as they pursue the many shops.

Port Elizabeth Opera House

The Port Elizabeth Opera House currently comprises of four theatres. The PE Opera House was opened in 1892 as a result many theatre literates in South Africa honour the institution with an endearment of being The Opera House. It was proclaimed a national monument in 1980. This is the longest running theatre on the continent of Africa and one of the oldest running in the Southern Hemisphere. When the theatre opened it was recognised as "The Finest theatre in all the world."

Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park and is one of the country's 19 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Addo Elephant National Park is a great self-drive. This is an excellent way to discover the many wonders of the bush at your own pace.

Baywest Mall

If retail therapy is your thing, then make sure to visit Baywest Mall. Do lunch with friends at one of the many mouth-watering eateries, go ice-skating, watch a movie or visit the Fun Factory to choose from the various high-tech games at the arcade or the bowling alley.

Take a township tour

If you are looking to explore Port Elizabeth and really get to know the people, then make sure to visit one of the townships to get an authentic view of life in PE. Visit Nyanga, New Brighten or Zwide and don't forget to also enjoy the food. 


Written by Karabo Keepile

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

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