Rwandan youth have potential to shine but need to rise to the occasion

By The New Times

The potential is there but young people need to stand up to the plate and make the most of these opportunities.

Rwandan youth have over the years been afforded many life-changing opportunities, ranging from education and entrepreneurship to business and sporting and entertainment areas.

Indeed few of them have grabbed some of these opportunities with both hands and have been able to change their lives and impact their communities.

But many have remained in their comfort zones and failed to take advantage of the various initiatives across the different sectors.

One such latest opportunity has come in the form of basketball. United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have just announced a plan to launch a professional basketball league for Africa and Rwanda is one of the countries that will be participating.

The Basketball Africa League, slated to get underway in January 2020, will comprise of 12 teams drawn from several countries including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Rwanda.

The development presents a great opportunity to young Rwandans seeing as this country has proven that it has untapped potential in the sport.

In addition to the growing competitiveness of country’s elite basketball league, many youngsters have continuously expressed interest in the sport, with some impressing under the Giants of Africa basketball programme launched in Rwanda in partnership with basketball legend Masai Ujiri and NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

Young Rwandans benefiting from such initiatives should take these opportunities seriously by consistently investing their energy, talent, passion and time if they are to succeed.

Above all, they need to be patient and disciplined.

The potential is there but young people need to stand up to the plate and make the most of these opportunities.

Source The New Times

These Are The 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For In African Youths

By Andrew Christian

According to the World Bank, youths account for 60 percent of the jobless in Africa. In North Africa, the unemployment rate is at 25 percent, with even larger numbers in countries such as the DRC, Senegal, South Africa, and Nigeria. There are about 200 million people between 15 and 24 in the continent, making it the largest population of young people in the world. In most African countries, youth unemployment occurs at steam twice stronger than that for adults, according to the AfDB, with young women feeling the sting of joblessness more than the male lot.

But African leaders are doing all they can to battle unemployment. In Senegal, 200,000 people join the labour market each year, which is the outcome of the program launched by President Macky Sall in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly, 300,000 by 2017. With financing from the African Development Bank, self-employment programs for youth and women are also ongoing in Senegal.

Africa’s unemployment statistics don’t include those in vulnerable employment and those who are underemployed in informal regards. Truth be told, most young Africans land jobs, but not in places that pay them well, help them develop their skills or provide a measure of job security – hence, underemployed. According to the Washington-based think tank Brookings Institution, under-employment isn’t a problem serious enough to warrant greater attention, since it masks the reality in countries that post low unemployment rates. In the DRC, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, and Ethiopia, more than 70 percent of the youths are either self-employed or contributing to family work.

The figures can be scary, and governments can be blamed for the situation. But what part do African youths have to play in landing the dream job? Of course, it’s more than just sitting at home and waiting for your president to sign agreements with international employers so you would have a six-figure salary. While there are many untapped opportunities in Africa, the professional social network.

LinkedIn has compiled a list of skills that have the most job-landing potential in 2019. Who better does it than the base of experts itself? Rather than stressing different problems – which as of now looks futile – we need to recognise that tech companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Apple, and others are on the lookout for SKILLS. If they weren’t, then they wouldn’t ask job seekers to not bank on their college degrees. Yes, to get a job in most of these companies today, you don’t need to have a degree. You need to have skill.

The guys at LinkedIn discovered that employers nowadays are on the lookout for workers with both soft and hard technical skills, and went on to match them with free LinkedIn Learning courses for potential candidates. So, they have taken it as a point of duty to help out in evening by getting to know the skills that make you a job magnet.

Five Most In-Demand Soft Skills Of 2019

1.Time Management

There’s a popular African cliche which says that time is money and that it waits for no man. Or is it African? Well, one thing’s for sure, employers want to hire people that know how well to manage their time, especially in their job areas. There is a cornucopia of books out there that teach you how to be effective with time. Meanwhile, here are free courses that LinkedIn want you to take.

2. Adaptability

Take it from me, employers don’t want to have to put up with persons who would complain about a new job months after they get hired. All job roles are not the same, and that pretty much tells you that you need to discipline your mind and body to adapt to the dream job situation you find yourself in. Nagging doesn’t help – at least not often. To get into a job environment in one thing; to fit into it is another.

3. Collaboration

It could be a wrong guess, but there is hardly any CV today that doesn’t have a section which says that the candidate is a team player. While this has become rather too monotonous, the moral lesson is that job seekers need to learn how to collaborate. Most employers don’t want you being a lone wolf or solitary worker who doesn’t give a heck what other employees think. In most work environments, it is all about teamwork.

4. Persuasion

This is not some Mother Confessor type of persuasion, neither does it have jack to do with hypnosis. The power of persuasion is truly a skill, one with which you convince who to do what at then and so. There are startups out there who have the best ideas but don’t have the ability to persuade investors to fund those ideas. Not only is this a critical job skill, but a must-have if you are ever going to make people see reasons with you in other life aspects.

5. Creativity

This isn’t meant to scare the barnacles out of you, but, very soon, robots will start doing your job. But in as much as these metal mashups can perform certain tasks better than humans, they cannot be as creative as. Take a look at all the great ideas making money all over the world. Aren’t they all from the stables of creative thinkers? Employers would rather hire creative talent than have to pay someone who would just follow directions.

Five Most In-Demand Hard Skills In 2019

1. UX Design

With websites launching from every nook and cranny, people are going to need UX designers to help create quality, spellbinding content that will put smiles on their customers’ faces. User Experience is not cakewalk nowadays, but thanks to the establishment of tech hubs and computer centres, these skills can be learned for free.

2. People Management

There are different kinds of people in this world, and when dealing with customers, employers would rather have a people person by their side. Why else did Bobby Axelrod hire a shrink for his stock trading company? By the way, that’s from the movie series Billions. People, when managed effectively, turn not just customers, but assets to a company. That’s why companies need people managers.

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. It involves deductive reasoning with no specialised knowledge, such as: comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships; recognizing logically equivalent statements; and inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Need we say much? AI is unsurprisingly the number two on this list. If you have a knack for advanced science and skills to match your drive, then you are the hot cake companies are jousting in the arena for. Take a look at 27-year-old Silas Adekunle from Nigeria who is using his knowledge in robotics to land deals with Amazon and Apple, while selling his products MekaMon in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the UAE.

5. Cloud Computing

The most in-demand skill of 2019, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Knowledge of the way this works will most likely snag you a six-figure dollar monthly salary.

Source weetracker

Eastern Cape party ends in tragedy with fatal stabbing of youth in South Africa.

A 22-year-old man was stabbed to death at a party near King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape earlier this week.

“It is alleged that a group of young men collected some money on Thursday at Teko Springs Village, Centane,” police said in a statement.

“The group of about 10 young men enjoyed themselves at a homestead at Teko Springs Village, Centane. A misunderstanding between two young men aged 21 and 22 ensued.

“The misunderstanding resulted to the fatal stabbing of the young man by a 21-year-old suspect.

“The deceased was stabbed on his upper body at about 22:00 on the night in question and he died at the spot.

“The suspect was arrested on the same night by the Centane Police.

“The deceased was identified as Sikelela Mzuzu.”

The suspect will appear before the Centane Magistrate’s Court on Monday on a murder charge.

Source News24

Recruitment: Here’s what it takes to join South Africa’s army in 2019

BY Staff Writer

The Western Cape government recently published an outline of the requirements for joining the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

According to the outline, one of the most common ways to currently enter the SANDF is through the Military Skills Development System (MSDS).

The MSDS is a Department of Defence programme that serves as the entry-level platform for young South Africans who want to follow a career in the SANDF.

Under the MSDS, new recruits undergo an initial period of two years of voluntary service.

In the first year, you will receive military training and further functional training. In the second year, you will be deployed as per the SANDF’s operational requirements.

After the two years, you will either continue as part of the Reserve Force or receive a contract offer to join the Regular Force.

Selected members with the required academic qualifications may also be sent to universities or the military academy.

MSDS members will receive wages for the duration of their two-year full-time training and utilisation.

Speaking to BusinessTech an SANDF spokesperson said that they were unable to provide exact salary information regarding the MSDS programme due to the high number of scams targeting prospective trainees.

In October 2018 the SANDF warned that scams were targeting vulnerable youth through various social media platforms.

“The public is warned to ignore and report these fraudulent activities instigated by faceless charlatans aimed at swindling unsuspecting and vulnerable youth of their money,” it said.

Requirements for the MSDS programme

To qualify for the MSDS programme, you should:

  • Be a South African citizen;
  • Be aged between 18 and 22 years (graduates up to the age of 26 years);
  • Be currently busy with the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or have completed it;
  • Not be area-bound;
  • Have no record of a criminal offence;
  • Preferably be single;
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the South African National Defence Force;
  • Be prepared to do basic military training, functional training and to serve in uniform.

There are a number of additional specialised requirements for citizens looking to enter the South African Air Force (SAAF), Navy (SAN) and the Military Health Service (SAMHS).

As noted above, there is also a clear distinction in the type of training you will receive over your two years of voluntary service:

In the first year of MSDS you can expect:

  • Basic military training and functional training;
  • Corps-specific training;
  • Participation in practical military exercises;
  • Combat-ready training exercises;
  • Selection of junior leaders.

In the second year of MSDS you can expect:

  • To undergo young officers formative training;
  • Junior leaders (officers) will receive leader group corps training;
  • A selection process for officers to study at the Military Academy;
  • A focus on the utilisation and deployment of MSDS troops.

Speaking to BusinessTech an SANDF spokesperson said that they were unable to provide exact salary information regarding the MSDS programme due to the high number of scams targeting prospective trainees.


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South Africa: SAPS Recruitment Closes On Friday, Youth Urged to Apply

The chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Francois Beukman, has urged matriculants keen on careers in law enforcement to apply at their nearest police station before the Friday, 18 January deadline this week.

“Matriculants who wants to make a contribution to their community and serve to achieve a safer South Africa are encouraged to apply to become trainees within the South African Police Service (Saps),” Beukman said in a statement.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 30, who are in possession of a grade 12 certificate and have the necessary fitness levels should make use of SAPS’s first 2019 recruitment opportunity.

“We need dedicated, motivated and energetic young people, who want to make a difference to the crime situation in the country, and who will lead by example,” Beukman said.

In the statement, Beukman said the committee fully supports the strict vetting criteria and psychometric testing used by SAPS to establish if applicants are suitable for the job. Aspiring police members must have no links to criminality and fit the profile of a career law-enforcement officer.

Source SANews

All you need to know about Big Brother Naija Season 4


Big Brother Naija will hold again in 2019 for the fourth time since it first held in Nigeria in 2006 and we have all the details.

Here are four major things you need to know about one of the most viewed and talked about reality TV show across Africa

1. Nigeria is the host country

For the season 4 of the Big brother Naija, the host country will be Nigeria.

The reality TV show hosting is returning to Nigeria after 13 years when it was filmed in Nigeria.

Speaking on the reason the reality TV show will be hosted in Nigeria, MultiChoice Nigeria’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Martin Mabutho said the show can successfully hold in Nigeria and attain global standards.

“From a cost perspective, it is always good to share the Big Brother House in South Africa where all the African franchise of Big Brother can make use of the house. Now, we are at the vantage position of hosting the show in Nigeria and give the global standard for which the show is known for. The Big Brother House is currently under construction and will be ready before the kick off,” he said.

The Channels Director MNet West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said there are challenges faced by the company for every edition of the Big Brother either in South Africa or Nigeria and the challenges are always surmounted with best global practice.

2. Bet9ja emerges headline sponsor

After headlining two seasons as the major sponsor, Payporte will give way for Bet9ja as the new headline sponsor for Big Brother Naija.

The new headline sponsor for Big Brother Naija 4 was unveiled on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at a press briefing in Lagos.

On why the betting company decided to jump on the Big brother Naija train, the Senior Marketing Manager Bet9ja, Olufemi Osobajo said it is in line with the company’s aim.

“Our core value in Bet9ja is changing lives of the Nigerian youth. We believe the bet ticket holds more power in changing the lives of the youth and Big Brother Naija has done the same thing changing lives of the youth in all the editions of Big Brother. This is why we are supporting,” he said.

3. Auditions process

As usual, the audition process will take place in major cities across Nigeria.

According to Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, the auditions will hold in eight different cities across Nigeria.

Individuals eligible for auditions should be above 21 years old.

The audition locations are Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, Ibadan, Benin, and Enugu.

Auditions will hold on Friday, February 1, 2019 and Saturday, February 2, 2019.

4. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will return as the host

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will return as the host of the Big Brother Naija Season 4.

According to the Channels director, MNet West Africa, Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, Ebuka has been officially confirmed as the host of the fourth edition of the reality TV show.

Ebuka has hosted the show for two straight editions – Season 2 and Season 3.

The TV show host and reality TV show host is an alumnus of the Big Brother Naija.

He was one of the housemates of the first edition which was won by Katung Aduwak and hosted by Olisa Adibua and Michelle Dede.

Source Pulse Nigeria

Retired Newport Beach Cardiac Surgeon’s Book Reflects on Youth in Apartheid South Africa

By Valerie Takahama

“A Boy Named Courage” is Himmet Dajee’s engaging new memoir, co-written with Patrice Apodaca, about growing up as the son of a domineering Indian immigrant father in South Africa. The memoir twines historical events—the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, Robert F. Kennedy’s “Ripple of Hope” speech at the University of Cape Town, the Soweto uprising in 1976—with the Orange County surgeon’s life story, a triumph of grit and talent over institutional racism.


One (reader) told me she just bought the book and couldn’t put it down. She wasn’t aware how deeply the apartheid regime had affected all the other ethnic groups. She was under the impression that only blacks were disenfranchised. And she only realized (after) reading the book that there were Indians and Chinese and Malaysians and other people who were treated and affected by discriminatory practices in South Africa.


We were brought up from childhood to think we were uneducable. This was more toward blacks particularly, so that they should be left as subservient so they could serve the white regime. I said to myself, “How can this be?”


You go to school, you come home, and you don’t mix with anybody but your own kind. When you meet people of different cultural backgrounds, it expands your horizons. But we were ostracized from the white society, subjected to taunting, and considered inferior. Everywhere you went, you were segregated, whether it was the beach, the cinema, the post office, even churches. To live in this dual world, your mind isn’t cohesive. That duality, it didn’t work in my head. I was very angry at that.


When my sister was married (in 1985), she wanted me to come, and I said, “You know what, I’ll go down for the wedding and nothing more.” But when I was there, I gave a talk on cardiac surgery at the University of Cape Town. I said, “This is interesting. I am now giving a talk at the very university that didn’t want to admit me into medical school, which is really ironic.” When I go back, the family and friends I left behind all sympathize with me as to all the tumult I went through but they say, “At least you succeeded.”

I took my wife and two girls on a safari and introduced them to my family and friends, and they enjoyed it thoroughly. And they keep asking, “When are we going back?” Things have changed markedly from when I was growing up. Over time, there is a softening of the heart.

Source – OrangeCoast

UN deputy chief addresses African Youth Development Summit in South Africa


“[The youth] know that for the sake of their future, we need to transform our economies and embrace new, sustainable patterns of production and consumption,” she added, noting that perhaps most damaging of all, “young people are witnessing the manmade destruction of our natural environment.”

Young people are the leaders and torchbearers the world “desperately needs” but they also face serious challenges when it comes to realizing their potential, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has said.

Addressing the African Youth Development Summit, in South Africa’s Johannesburg, Amina J. Mohammed said that young people “are seeing their pathways to participation blocked and their rights denied.”

“The youth know that for the sake of their future, we need to transform our economies and embrace new, sustainable patterns of production and consumption,” she added, noting that perhaps most damaging of all, “young people are witnessing the manmade destruction of our natural environment.”

Ms Mohammed, however, added that with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, roadmaps exist for socio-economic transformations that can unite people and drive change at all levels.

And Young people are key to ensuring that happens.

“The Africa We Want will not be possible without the full participation and of Africa’s young people, particularly those who face barriers – including young women and girls,” said the UN deputy chief.

In her remarks, the Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the UN’s work with and for the world’s youth, including the recently launched Youth2030, the Organization’s Youth Strategy, as well as the role of Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Youth.

On the specifics of Youth2030, Ms Mohammed spoke of programmes focusing on climate action; education and health; as well as campaigns promoting better sexual and reproductive health, and menstrual health; noting that the latter had “been a taboo subject for far too long.”

Lack of support for menstrual health can keep girls out of school and the workplace and out of leadership roles, with devastating consequences that can last lifetimes and across generations as well as leading to discrimination and marginalization of women and girls, said the Deputy Secretary-General.

“Educating both girls and boys about menstruation as a normal biological process is the first step towards addressing these issues,” she highlighted.

Be the change

Concluding her remarks, Ms Mohammed, had a message for youth everywhere.

She said that she is “counting” on them to be the change agents and torchbearers “that we so desperately need.”

“The dignity that we want for our young women and men begins with each and every one of us. It will be a journey, the outcome of which will depend on how you travel that road to 2030,” she said.

Source – Devdiscourse