Johannesburg, 23 February 2021: Curro Holdings, the JSE-listed independent education provider,  proudly congratulates its Meridian Cosmo City learners on their exceptional National Senior Certificate (NSC) performance. Despite an immensely challenging 2020, the school achieved a pass rate of 99% alongside 52 distinctions. Further, a total of 71.1% of Meridian Cosmo City learners qualified for university studies (Bachelor's Degree Pass).

The Meridian Cosmo City’s top achiever and former head girl, Bonolo Leping, achieved 6 A’s and an average of 84%. She achieved excellence in Life Orientation with 95% and Business Studies with 93%. The runner-up top achiever and former head boy, Pardington Madzuna, achieved 5 A’s and an average of 83%. He excelled in Life Orientation (92%), Physical Sciences (91%) and Mathematics (90%).

In addition the school achieved 100% passes in 9 out of 13 subjects offered in matric, namely Accounting, Afrikaans First Additional Language, Computer Applications Technology, English Home Language, History, Life Sciences, Life Orientation, IsiZulu First Additional Language and Physical Sciences.

“Not many people are able to state that they faced a global pandemic during their matric year. For this reason, the Class of 2020 can be enormously proud of what they were able to achieve,” says Lakidu Ngunda, Acting Executive Head at Meridian Cosmo City.

The school was quick to react to the lockdown and implemented a remote learning strategy. This paid off with great results secured by the Class of 2020. “These results were achieved through a massive group effort. We congratulate not only our matrics for their exceptionally hard work through trying times, but also Meridian Cosmo City’s team of dedicated teachers. Our teachers managed to keep the ship steady during stormy weather while sacrificing many hours to execute our remote strategy,” says Ngunda. “Finally, a word of thanks must certainly be extended to every parent for whom matric in 2020 was just as much a challenge, but definitely understands the language of EXCELLENCE,” he concludes.



After the turbulent year that was 2020, the focus for many was simply on getting through the eye of the storm, with less focus on their plans for the new year. This was especially true for the Matric Class of 2020, who have now finally received their results, and can (for the most part) close that chapter.

However with the focus firmly on finishing their final year of school, many didn’t make plans for 2021 and further study, while others may have performed better than expected and are now eligible for further study where previously they did not expect this outcome.

“If you now find yourself in the position that you are able to pursue further education, but did not yet put plans in place to do so, the good news is that registrations are still open at some higher education institutions, whether for full-time degree study, part-time and distance programmes, or short learning programmes,” says Wonga Ntshinga, Senior Head of Programme: Faculty of ICT at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider.

“There are some excellent options still available to prospective students, and there is no need to let the year go to waste by putting your plans on hold until next year,” he says.

Ntshinga says anyone who is keen to continue their studies this year must get to work as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss upcoming deadlines.

“Your first stop should be to do a thorough online search for institutions and programmes that are still accepting registrations, to see whether any of them are a match for your ambitions. If you are unsure about what you want to do with your future, this is a great opportunity to speak to a career counsellor or student advisor at a respected higher education campus.

“These advisors are well-trained and knowledgeable about which kind of professionals are currently in demand, and expected to be so in future, and will be able to assist you with advice regarding which qualifications are a fit for your interests and strengths.”

Ntshinga says given the current economic climate and competition for limited opportunities in the workplace, young people should do everything in their power to constantly develop their skills, even if they are not yet ready to commit to full-time degree study.

“There are a number of options available that don’t involve a long-term commitment, but which will help you take the next step on your educational journey, thereby building your competitive advantage in the job market,” he says.

“So if you have an idea of what field you’d like to pursue, but need more certainty or more time before pursuing a full degree or maybe don’t have degree endorsement, consider enrolling for a Higher Certificate which will allow you to get a foot in the door in a specific field, while at the same time exploring and refining your interests. Upon completion, you would also be able to enrol for degree studies in a similar discipline.”

A Higher Certificate is a one-year programme, which allows students to attain a full qualification while at the same time mastering the essential skills needed for higher education success.

“Of course, many will still want to opt for full degree study, and if these candidates move quickly, they can still register in time to complete their first year by the end of 2021,” Ntshinga says.

“While most public university registrations have closed, there are still opportunities in private higher education, which thousands of students opt for as a matter of course because of smaller class sizes, work-integrated learning which prepares them to step confidently into the workplace from day one, as well as the strong industry connections that some institutions boast.

“So if you are interested in pursuing degree study this year, do your research and contact institutions without delay.”

Ntshinga notes that a degree from a respected private institution is highly regarded among employers, particularly where the institution has a reputation for producing work-ready graduates who can make a positive contribution from day one, rather than having to struggle to translate the theory they learned at university into real-life application.

Very importantly, prospective students should try to contact current students at their chosen institution, to ask about their learning experience, in particular their experience of lockdown learning last year.

“Our environment remains uncertain, and anyone signing up for study now must make sure that their institution is able to continue providing the highest quality of academic excellence, coupled with engagement and support, even when in-person learning is not possible.

“Prospective students must be confident that their institution will assist them to continue successfully on their educational journey, regardless of future disruption that may arise.”

Ground-breaking speaker line-up announced for 6th FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit

In the wake of a tumultuous period in history, many are reflecting on lessons learnt in 2020 while seeking guidance on how to navigate this new reality going forward. Bringing together the continent’s most powerful female voices, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (LWS) will take on a guiding role, hinging the conversation on this year’s dynamic theme - Africa Reloaded: The Power of The CollectiveCoinciding with International Women’s Day, the 6th #LeadingWomanSummit, presented by Mastercard, will run from 8 to 9 March 2021, boasting an impactful speaker line-up for this free-to-attend virtual platform.

There is not just one keynote speaker at #LWS2021 but a star-studded galaxy of names including 2019 Miss Universe, South Africa’s own Zozibini Tunzi; British actress and UNHCR high-profile supporter Gugu Mbatha-Raw; Emirati business woman, author and artist, Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi; British-Sudanese supermodel and designer, Alek Wek; IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath; Nigerian entrepreneur Folorunso Alakija; FORBES AFRICA’s African of the Year 2020 honoree, the former Nigerian Finance Minister and first female African Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland; the United Nations’ representative in China, Siddharth Chatterjee; South African music conductor, Ofentse Pitse; South African explorer, Saray Khumalo; and South African rugby player, Piwo Nyanda. These – and many more trail-blazers – will engage the audience through hard-hitting talks, fireside chats and insightful panel discussions that look back on the year while identifying opportunities for growth and recovery on the continent.

“Mastercard has a strong sense of responsibility to take action when it comes to equality,” commented Suzanne Morel, Mastercard Country Manager for South Africa. “FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit is one of those great examples where we can play a key role through our sponsorship. The summit provides professional women with an opportunity to discuss some of the world’s biggest issues – business challenges, workplace issues and the further empowerment of African women. It’s also a fantastic chance to showcase truly inspiring women who are doing extraordinary things, to share their stories and really network with others.”

Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES Africa & FORBES Woman Africa, said this year would certainly draw on a lot more emotion, following the challenges of the previous year, but that participants would undoubtedly feel more compelled to act on these than ever before: “The Covid-19 experience has brought to light some harsh realities – the deepening inequalities that continue to be experienced by Africa’s women and the continent within the global economy. But it has also lit a fire in many of us. If there is going to be action taken, it needs to be now, and I think that momentum will flow through and beyond this year’s summit.”

“The convergence of powerful, industry-leading women could not have happened at a better time, and on a better platform than the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit. Collectively, we have the power to break down the barriers that were amplified over the past year – specifically, driving the conversation around inequality in access to connectivity, and the crucial opportunities that are enabled through this,” said Lianne Williams, Head of Marketing, Vumatel; South Africa. “The telecommunications sector, for instance, not only empowers the continent with digital tools and information that grows economies, but also allows individuals to access opportunities such as online learning and remote working in the digital age. These is the empowerment we strive to deliver to all communities.”

Roberta Naicker, Managing Director, ABN Group, said the event was a ‘solutions-driven platform’ for women seeking a change in the global narrative: “We have seen that people don’t just want to talk about their problems, they really want to understand how they can actually roll up their sleeves and solve them. We’re looking forward to great conversations this year that tackle global challenges.”

#LWS2021 Panel Discussions

· Agility and flexibility: Culture change in the C-Suite

· The isolation economy and the double shift for women

· Rise of the low-touch economy: Financial and digital inclusion in a pandemic world

· Warriors in healthcare: What’s life like on the frontline?

· Private equity: Still a man’s world?

· The lost generation: The gendered impact of Covid-19 on education

· Back to the garage: Working-from-home (WFH) and the remote revolution

· CFOs, CIOs and CTOs: The new corporate Czars in a COVID era

· Why the Covid-19 pandemic is also a gender pandemic

#LWS2021 Speaker Line-up

· Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, newly-elected Director-General of the WTO (Please place her image first)

· Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019

· Gugu Mbatha-Raw, British actress and UNHCR high-profile supporter

· Alek Wek, British-Sudanese supermodel and designer

· Piwo Nyanda, South African rugby player (Mastercard)

· Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General 

· Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi, Emirati businesswoman, author and artist; UAE 

· Folorunso Alakija, Nigerian entrepreneur and Vice-Chair of Famfa Oil

· Bisila Bokoko, Spanish-African-American businesswoman; USA

· Vanessa Nakate, climate activist; Uganda

· Natasha Muhoza, poet/storyteller and lawyer; Rwanda

· Ilwad Elman, Somali-Canadian activist, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nominee; Director, Elman Peace Centre; Mogadishu

… and many others! Check for the full speaker line-up.

The 2021 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (LWS) presented by Mastercard, is a free-to-attend virtual event, expected to draw more than 2 000 attendees from across the globe on 8 and 9 March 2021. Don’t miss out on what is set to be one of the year’s most impactful events.

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Missing person: 39-year-old Krugersdorp man hasn’t been seen since December

A Grobler family in Krugersdorp West, SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW) and police are seeking to locate a 39-year-old man who has not been seen for the past month.

 Douw Debrandt Grobler went missing on 11 December 2020. SACCW stated that Grobler is schizophrenic and has multiple personality disorder.

“Before he went missing,” said his mother Monica Grobler, “there were incidents where he started breaking things including windows of the house. He also set his room on fire and tried to commit suicide. We had him in hospital three times for psychiatric evaluation, but they kept sending him home saying there was nothing wrong with him. It’s like he was begging for help and no one helped him.”

 Grobler’s son is described as a white male who is 1.8 metres tall, weighing 98kg, with black hair, dark brown eyes, and  cut marks on  the fingers on the inside of his right hand.

At the time he was last seen, he was wearing a grey t-shirt, light blue shorts, and black slops.

“I have placed him on missing persons on Pink Ladies (Facebook Page), at the police, at Queens Red Ants and even on Mr Pakathi's website,” Grobler said. ‘I have looked for him at shelters, hospitals, and mortuaries. It is as if he just disappeared from this world. When it is your child missing, it is so heart-breaking, no matter how old he is.”

Grobler needs urgent medical attention for schizophrenia and multiple personalities disorder, said admin co-ordinator for SACCW Missing Persons Florien Deysel.

“He did not take any medication since the 11th of December 2020,” Deysel said. “My personal view is that he is not in Krugersdorp anymore, but somewhere in Johannesburg.  It can even be that he was taken up in hospital as a John Doe. His mother and I phoned hospitals in the Krugersdorp area. Due to COVID, we cannot enter the hospitals. Thus we started phoning.”

If you have any information about the missing person contact: 0611233767/0673713564/0763060836

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