February 13, 2018

5 Inexpensive ways to have the Perfect date on Valentine’s day

Image source: iStock

With Valentine ’s Day is here and it’s hard to ignore the subtle love excitement all around. Single or dating, this is a time where you can get into the mood of romance, watch your favourite love comedies and just celebrate love. You might think that Valentine ’s Day is too cheesy or overrated but, it definitely ignites the sparks in a relationship when you make an effort to treat your loved one and make them smile.    

Many people have their Valentines wish list set out of what they would like from their partners on this day. Others go out of their way to think of ideas that will surprise their significant others. Most lovebirds want to express their love for one another and celebrate love on days such as Valentines.

The downside to Valentine ’s Day excitement is that it falls mid-month when most people still trying to recover from the January dent. With this in mind, you can improvise and use any one of these amazing ideas below to create an unforgettable Valentine ’s Day.

1.     Alfresco Date: Valentine’s Picnic 

Although it may seem overdone or old school, but picnic dates can be a great way to spend quality time with the one you love. Picnics allow you to absorb the scenic views in the location you choose and gives you a chance to relax in the outdoors and appreciate each other.

You can take advantage of the outdoor surrounding, which adds to the ambience for a great vibe. You can be imaginative, have fun with the theme and come up with spontaneous activities for the date. Getting props such as cushions, picnic basket, cute Valentine’s décor such as balloons makes it that much more dreamy. Playing games such as blindfolding and food tasting can be great entertainment. Other exciting games you can play are card games, truth or dare or even board games.

When it comes to food, you can buy a variety of bite foods that are tasty. Alternatively, you can DIY and prepare exciting mini treats that will excite your taste buds.

Image source: iStock

2.      Everything they love in one box! Create your own Gift box 

Although buying a ready-made gift box or hamper can be cool, you can save up money when you invent a personal gift when you customise your items. Knowing what your partner fancies, is the best way to put together their favourite foods, items and things to go into a gift. This one is guaranteed to score you some big points! This can include their favourite chocolate, wine, gift voucher, picture frame or anything that you know they would appreciate.

The first step is to look at ideas for items to include in a gift box to create the best concept. From the new ideas and knowing what your partner likes, you can write down the items you plan to get for that gift.

In line with staying within your budget, you can compare prices for items at various stores and maximise on the Valentines specials. Once you have all your items you can assemble the gifts inside the box and make sure that the box itself is beautifully wrapped. If you not sure you can do this well, get help from someone you know can do it. After that, it’s a wrap and you’re ready to impress.


Image source: iStock

3.      Turn up the Romance with a Vday Clip 

Well, another idea that could make your significant other laugh, smile and cry at the same time is creating a video clip compiling pics and video memories you have made together. This is a thoughtful way to show your partner that you have a record of your love.

This can be photos and videos from the start of your relationship and your transitions in the journey of love. You can also use random pics that they might not have seen before, to add an element of surprise. With cool video making apps, you can create this video instantly using your smartphone. You also get to choose a romantic song play on the video clip to enhance the final output. This one will definitely spark some emotion.

Image source: Google Play

4.      Attend an Art Class 

This can be a sweet and fun session where you get to bond with your partner over colourful art. Coupled with complimentary drinks and light treats or takeouts, this can be the perfect way to relieve stress. As you step away from the world and indulge in creative fun, you can get your partner in a stimulating mood by trying something different.

You can express yourself and surprise each other with what you can come up with. In the end, you will get to take the painting that you have created together and keep it as a special memory.

The average cost for art classes for couples ranges from around R200 per person. There are amazing Valentine ’s Day art specials all around the country where you and your partner can have an incredible time.

Image source: iStock

5.      Taking a Hike as a Couple 

While hiking might not seem like the usual Valentines Day activity, getting active and having an outdoor adventure might just be what your relationship needs to bring some thrill. This can be a fun fitness challenge where you can accomplish a hike together and feel good about it.

You can plan a couple’s hike where you aim to reach a destination together and push each other along the way. This can teach you to always motivate each other throughout your relationship and to be supportive. Once you reach the peak, you can compliment each other and appreciate each other's strength. 

You can use this activity to reflect on your individual and relationship goals and to share your deepest thoughts. This can be a great way to make sure you and your loved one are on the same path. In this way, you are aware of each other’s aspirations and affirm each other, which is vital.

Image source: iStock


The Gift of a Lifetime- Studying for your goals 

Image source: iStock

The best gift of love you can give to a loved one is a chance to better their future. When you encourage your loved one to pursue their study goals, it empowers them to prosper in their career. Equipping yourselves with knowledge will allow you to escalate your careers and give you more options to prosper.

You can actualise your goals of doing business or goals to become leaders in your industry, through education. This investment allows you and your partner to reach your financial goals and live life to the fullest.


About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

February 07, 2018

Rewrite your Future in 2018

By Ashmika Chottu

This year the tenth cohort of National Senior Certificate pupils received their matric results, displaying a 0.3% increase in pass rate from last year’s 76.2% and making it the third highest overall results from 2008.

According to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, 802,431 pupils registered to write the 2017 NSC examinations, however only 651,707 pupils wrote. Of this total, which includes both full-time and part-time learners, only 76.5% of pupils passed their examinations.

Many of these pupils already know the exact career path that they want to pursue, while there is a fair percentage that is still making the big life-changing decision of whether studying or working will be the better option.

This leaves the remaining 23.8% of pupils who are probably looking to remark, rewrite or redo their matric examination papers. Fortunately, for these students, there is a second option. Private educational institutions provide students with the option to achieve their National Senior Certificate through distance or face-to-face modes of study.

These include institutions such ICESA, INTEC College and Damelin Correspondence College to name a few.

With ICESA for example, the pupil can study on a full-time or part-time basis. The ICESA Matric School provides the pupil with the same physical face-to-face classroom experience, with experienced lecturers to guide the pupil through the process. Only available in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, ICESA Matric School offers pupils the complete National Senior Certificate curriculum with tuition also in Grade 10 and Grade 11 subjects.

For learners who did not pass Grade 12 and wish to rewrite or register for the first time, whilst they work, then institutions such as INTEC College and Damelin Correspondence College provide suitable options. Offering tailored high school packages, students are afforded the opportunity to work whilst studying in a suitable and conducive environment that is at the discretion of the pupil. This could be in the comfort of one’s own home or even at work. Distance learning provides the pupil with the flexibility they need.

Both INTEC College and DCC students have ongoing support from qualified academic professionals as well as quality and simplified study material to use to their advantage.

One of the highlights of pursuing matric through one of these institutions is that upon completion of one’s National Senior Certificate exams, the student is afforded the chance to continue with a post-matric qualification.

This could range from Diplomas, Certificates or Short Courses. Programmes offered by these institutions include Financial Accounting, Education Management, Business Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Fashion Design, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Technology, among others.

With this in mind, pupils who have been unsuccessful should not despair. Despite not being able to complete matric for the first or even second time, there is always another viable option.

For more information on these institutions, visit www.icesa.co.za, www.intec.edu.za or www.dcc.edu.za

February 07, 2018

The Revolution of Home Schooling

By Ashmika Chottu

According to News24, an estimated 40 000 children in Gauteng and the Western Cape did not attend their first day of school due to lack of space. Some of these children may even have to stay at home for as long as two years because of the shortage of space.

Shuddering to think that this alarming statistic is only from two of South Africa’s nine provinces, stresses the magnitude of our current education systems status on the 2018 placement setback. This however is only one of the many reasons South African parents have consciously chosen to find new and innovative modes of education to impart knowledge to their children.

One such option which has been growing in popularity is home schooling. Home schooling, a traditional North American phenomenon affords the parent or guardian complete control and the responsibility of the children’s education from the comfort of their own home.

According to Educational Consultant, Karin van Oostrum, an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 children from grade R to matric are home-schooled across the country. Home schooling, as with private institutions for example, offer personalised attention to the child, allowing the child to work on his/her own at his/her own pace. She added that home schooled children are entering university and the workplace in increasing numbers

Anel Annandale, a Cape Town child psychologist stated in a YOU article that children who are home schooled often learn to take greater responsibility for their own learning and training schedule. She also went on to say that, it gives the child flexibility and allows the child to plan on extra activities and interests, around their schoolwork.

One of the challenges with being home schooled however is the transition from being an independent learner up until secondary school, up until its times for the child to pursue a tertiary qualification. From working on their own to becoming accustomed to engaging and learning with other students, may be challenging for the student

However, options for tertiary education that may seem easier for the child to get used to, such as private high education institutions. With smaller classes and opportunities for one-on-one student-lecturer interaction, the home schooled child will not find the move very compromising to their educational ethic and structure. Private institutions, much like home schooling ensures that the child is guided through their studies with the help of the lecturer of academic advisors.

Institutions such as Damelin Correspondence College provides home-schoolers the full Grade 10 – 12 curriculum that will make studying on their own easier. Damelin Correspondence College provides the child with the necessary study material and guidance required for them to complete their qualification from the comfort of their own home. The parents and guardians are also kept well informed of their child’s progress through the means of frequent communication. This way, both the child and the parent or guardian will not feel disconnected from the educational process.

One of the key benefits of pursuing matric through Damelin Correspondence College is that upon completion of one’s National Senior Certificate exams, the student is afforded the chance to continue with a post-matric qualification. This could range from a Diplomas, Certificates or Short Courses.

The revolution of home schooling is constantly evolving, offering a number of parents the chance to take their child’s education into their own hands. It is therefore imperative that there is a clear plan mapped out for the child’s progress from secondary into tertiary. Should you require more information on the options for your home-schooled child at a private institution contact a student advisor who will provide you all the information you need to know about your child’s educational journey.

For more information on Damelin Correspondence College and its High School options, visit www.dcc.edu.za



Complete the form below and a
consultant will contact you!