Why You Should Do An Online Short Course

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Online short courses are becoming increasingly popular. There are many reasons for this but part of the reason is because more and more people have access to the internet now. It’s now easier to deliver educational content than in the past where distance learning was done primarily via mail/courier services which caused delays. You have access to the internet and educational materials through your computer, tablet and smartphone devices nowadays.

5 Reasons why people do online short courses:


1. If you have a general degree and you want to break into a new industry e.g you have a humanities degree but you want a job in marketing, you would do a marketing short course to get a certificate and a basic knowledge of marketing to land an internship or junior position.

2. People could not afford to go to university, so they’d do short courses while they work so that they can upskill while on the job without sacrificing their salary.

3. People do short courses to gain the necessary skills to get a promotion at work to do the job that requires the skills taught in the short course.

4. Short courses are a way new disciples are introduced to the world for example digital marketing and blockchain are more likely to be found as short-courses lasting 3-12 months than as degrees and diplomas.

5. Short courses are a way to get an accredited certificate from a major university for a fraction of the price. E.g you can get a recognised certificate from Stellenbosch University just by doing an online short course on Masterstart.com.

Masterstart Online Short Courses:


Masterstart offers 11 online short courses from the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development. These courses range from 6 - 12 weeks in duration.

1. Project Management: Principles and Practices short course (12 weeks)
2. Operations Management short course (11 weeks)
3. Business Leadership and Management short course (10 weeks)
4. Leadership short course (9 weeks)
5. Supply Chain Management short course (10 weeks)
6. Marketing Management: Principles and Practices short (10 weeks)
7. Fundamentals of Risk Management short course (12 weeks)
8. Human Resource Management short course (10 weeks)
9. Financial Management Fundamentals short course (7 weeks)
10. Business and Systems Analysis short course (12 weeks)
11. Customer Centricity short course (6 weeks)

You can pay for these short courses in instalments using Mobicred. The course prices range from R11 997 - R15997 for the longest course. Go to Masterstart.com to find out more.

How to make money fast in South Africa 2019

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Today I am going to share with you a way to make easy money from home in South Africa using just your cellphone or computer. This a a good way to earn some extra moola especially if you are a student or have just started an internship or beginner level job that does not pay well. The best part about this method of making money is that it does not take a lot of time.

So you are probably thinking...


How can I make money right now?


I will share with you. Remember how Uber got famous, you would sign up for Uber and then you would invite your friends to join Uber and then both of you would get free rides. Imagine if you could get those same types of benefits but this time instead of free rides you could get free money.

How to earn free money


Well a few months back I shared a post about how to earn free bitcoin by joining affiliate programs for cryptocurrency exchanges. The problem with affiliate programs is that you earn money from the fees that the exchanges charge and the fees are 1% of less, so in order for you to earn you will need to refer someone who spends big bucks on a regular. Additionally you only earn when the person transacts so it may take a while to start seeing earning from the time you refer someone to the time they purchase something. To make money you would have to refer a lot of people and hope that some of them invest big money into bitcoin.

Coindirect, one of the leading bitcoin wallets and exchanges in South Africa has an affiliate program and they recognised that affiliate programs take time and volumes, so they have devised another incentive to get people involved in cryptocurrency investing. An earn program that works in the same way as the Uber referral program. Instead of free rides you earn XRP (Ripple) when you refer someone and they also get credited with XRP.

How does the Coindirect earn program work



invite your friends to open a free Coindirect account and you both get rewarded with XRP to start your crypto journey
As you can see from the picture above the earn program works in a simple way:

- If someone Joins Coindirect using your link, you both earn 2 xrp (currently equal to R8,81)
- When that person performs their first transaction e.g buys bitcoin, you can an additional 5 XR (currently R22).
- You can share you link via any online channel (facebook, twitter, youtube, instagram, whatsapp, sms, email etc)

Coindirect allows you to convert XRP to ZAR (Rands) therefore you can withdraw the money into your bank accounts once it's enough or use it to but bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.


How much can you earn


Scenario 1 - earnings from people signing up

You earn R8,81 per sign up so if you sign up 1 person a day you can earn R264 per month


Scenario 2 - earnings from people signing up + performing their first transaction

You earn R30,80 from someone signing up and performing a first transaction, if you sign up 1 person a day who performs a first transaction you can earn R924 per month

If you are good at social media you can earn a lot just by scale from 1 a day to say 10 a day your earning potential increases.

Sign up for a free Coindirect account and start earning now.

To regularly check the price of XRP got to this Coindirect XRP page which has the current exchange rate.

5 Easy ways to start earning today


1. Open a free Coindirect account click on the earn tab and share you link on twitter atleast once a day.

2. Share your link with your friends on Facebook so they can start earning too.

3. Share your link on instagram letting everyone know to get in on the action and ask them to use your link to say than you.

4. Share your link with all your WhatsApp contacts telling them to thank you for letting them know by using your link to sign up for a free wallet. Just like those religious messages that say you must share with the 20 people but this time you will all make some moola.

5. Create 2 minute youtube videos about how to open a free bitcoin account, how to buy bitcoin in SA and how to earn free money using the earn program. This is easy to do on smart phones you just record your screen as you do it and do a voice over explaining then you upload to youtube.


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How to dress in University (South Africa)

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NB: This post is from Grade Africa, an online store that supplies streetwear from leading brands such as Puma, Daily Paper, Fenty x Puma, Okmalumkoolkat's Mlazi Milano and so much more. Grade is owned an operated by the Osman brothers who are based in Cape Town and are the organisers of the hip hop/streetwear event known as Sneaker Exchange (SXC) in collaboration with other sneaker enthusiasts.


So you recently got your matric results and were accepted to study your preferred course at the university you applied to. There is a lot to be excited about. You have been wearing a school uniform for the past 12 years so you have never really had to worry about what outfit you needed to wear each day to look cool and fashionable. You may be asking yourself, how do university students dress and what you need to wear to stand out and make a good first impression? Don’t go and buy clothes from normal stores and the mall like everyone else, gradeafrica.com is here to give you multiple fashion wear options that will make you stand out without spending too much.


How do university students dress?


There is no uniform at South African universities, therefore unless there is a formal function you can dress however you want even if you are studying medicine in first year. You are allowed to dress in a way that best showcases your personality. The way you dress is a form of expression, your first impression to those who have never met you before.

Most university students just wear comfortable sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. Here at gradeafrica.com we stock quality and comfortable clothing and sneakers from leading brands in South Africa and abroad. Our fashionwear will make sure you stand out even in casual wear, because you will not be wearing what everyone else is wearing from the standard franchise stores that are common in South African malls.

What to wear in Summer at South African universities?


We have a wide range of branded vests, t-shirt, and floral shirts, browse our store to find an item that catches your eye.

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What to wear in winter at South African universities?


We have a wide range of hoodies, jackets, jerseys and tracksuit sets from some cool streetwear labels that will make sure you are warm and comfortable whilst maintaining your swag.


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Cool sneakers and sandals to wear to university


We stock sneakers from Puma, Fenty x Puma, Asics, New Balance and  Sandalboyz flip flops. There are a lot of cool designs to choose from, browse our shoe section to see which pair matches your tastes.

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Backpack for your books


You will also need a cool backpack to carry your books and your laptop. We have some cool backpack to match your streetwear style.

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We hope this article has given you some nice options to come up with your new look. Be sure to come back to gradeafrica.com regularly to check the latest street fashion wear and to see the latest specials!