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Unisa Has Been Placed Under Administration

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Unisa Has Been Placed Under Administration

South Africa’s largest university will now be under the guidance of an administrator. This comes after months of uncertainty in which legal action prevented the minister from making a final decision. 

The University of South Africa (Unisa) has been placed under administration by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Blade Nzimande. South Africa’s largest university will remain under administration for a 24-month period starting from 27 October 2023. 

The minister explained that the decision comes after careful consideration of findings from the Independent Assessor report by Professor Themba Mosia and the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) report. 

Both reports highlighted severe concerns regarding Unisa’s administration, governance, quality and sustainability. They attributed these issues to management failures within key support systems and the council’s actions as a root cause.

The Administrator’s role will involve taking over the council’s responsibilities and managing the university for the specified period. This includes initiating processes to restore proper governance, developing a turnaround plan to address identified problems, conducting a forensic audit to address financial irregularities, and ensuring a review of the university’s statute and policies. 

Additionally, the focus will shift towards enhancing Unisa’s performance as a Open Distance e-Learning institution, supporting student success, and reconstituting the council with probity assessments for potential members.

Unisa Reaction 

Unisa strongly disagrees with the minister’s decision, citing a recent court order which had initially prevented the Minister from placing the institution under administration. 

The university remains firm on the view that the Minister’s announcement is premature and in contempt of the Court Order of 06 October 2023 by Justice Kooverjie, that interdicted him from placing the university under administration.  

The university argues that the matter is still pending in court, as indicated by Justice Adams’ earlier order on 24 August 2023, which required the Minister to refrain from making any decisions until the legal process was complete.

Unisa described the minister as ill-considered and insensitive as students are currently in the midst of student examinations. They added an anti-climax to the fact that the University has just graduated more than 50 thousand graduates this year. 

The university is also of the strong view that the announcement of the Minister’s decision at the time when our students are in the middle of the examinations is ill-timed and insensitive. 

They emphasise that they are not opposing the Minister’s authority but rather advocating for adherence to the country’s legal framework.

The University is not fighting the Minister and the responsibilities that he has, however, the university is also of the view that all citizens need to be guided by the prescripts of the law of the country. 

In response to the Minister’s decision, the university has taken the matter to court on an urgent basis, seeking to challenge the announcement made on 27 October 2023. The university will provide further updates to its community as the legal process unfolds.

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GSK: Finance Internships 2024 – StudentRoom.co.za

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GSK invites unemployed graduates to apply for Finance Internship Programme 2024.

Internship Application Closing Date: Not specified

Internship Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

As a Finance Analyst you will be responsible for supporting the South Africa Finance function by preparing monthly journals, reconciliations and SG&A accounts. You will also participate in ad-hoc activities supporting the Finance Director & SA operating business units.

This role will provide you the opportunity to lead key activities to progress your career. The salary offered for this position is a fixed amount of R 15, 000 monthly plus an annual bonus (targeted at 12% of annual salary).

Responsibilities:

These responsibilities include some of the following:

  • Month end close activities including preparing journals, reports and reconciliations
  • Performing and evaluating the performance of financial controls
  • Monitoring and reporting on the outcome of all SA finance controls
  • Actual vs Budget variance analysis and business partnering for commercial units
  • Preparing headcount and SG&A commentary for senior managers
  • Headcount reporting and budgeting
  • Government document submissions following annual sales price benchmarking
  • Managing 3rd party insurance policies and processes
  • Ad-hoc support for Finance Director & Finance Business Partner
  • Support the Finance Director in contributions to the development and delivery of strategic objectives of defined projects
  • Drive continuous improvement in processes and partnering, enhancing efficiencies and supporting senior management

Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in: Accounting / Finance / Economics

Or

Previous working experience in an Accounting role

Skills and Competencies:

  • Proficient in basic data analysis
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Understanding of finance compliance & controls
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people

How to Apply

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Air Liquid: HR Internships 2024

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Air Liquid invites unemployed graduates to apply for HR Internship Programme 2024.

Internship Application Closing Date: Not specified

Internship Location: Alrode, Alberton, South Africa

The HR Intern acts as a tactical partner to support the company in the implementation of its business plan and overall HR strategy through the effective implementation of HR best practices. Working in alignment with HR’s objectives and plans, the HR Intern will work closely with HR colleagues, the HR transformation project team, managers and employees. The incumbent will act as an ambassador for the HR function as a whole and demonstrate key HR behaviours and values in order to contribute to a positive and enriching employee experience at Air Liquide.

  • Navigate and confidentially utilize various HRIS to complete core HR tasks across the employee life cycle
  • Extract and analyze a variety of reports from various HRIS
  • Learn Air Liquide’s ERP (Navision), how it works in real time, how to generate a variety of POs, complete cost analyses, account reconciliation and payment management
  • Support ongoing data management activities and understand various compliance requirements relating to employee data management
  • Participate in the creation/revision/review of HR policies and procedures
  • Data preparation activities and database management
  • Provide direct support to AMEI COE HRBP, Change Management & Employee Experience Centres of Excellence as needed.
  • Create communications and presentation materials related to business partnering, managing change and employee experience.
  • Other HR administrative activities which will contribute to knowledge acquisition of HR principles and practices across Talent Development, Rewards, Employee Engagement, and Employee Relations, OD & Change Management

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Are you a MATCH?

Requirements 

Education

  • Preferably with a Bachelor’s Degree in HR or Business Management

Experience 

  • Solid foundation of knowledge across core areas of HR Management
  • Demonstrable understanding of HRIS platforms
  • Strong skills in extracting and synthesizing a variety of reports using raw employee data
  • Superior Excel/Google Sheets skills combined with strong analytical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills combined with a service oriented manner
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and able to multi-task across a variety of HR domains with minimal supervision
  • Can commit to working full-time (42hrs/week) for 12 months

How to apply

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Woodlands Dairy: Production Learnerships 2024

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Woodlands Dairy invites unemployed youth to apply for Production Learnership Programme 2024.

Learnership Application Closing Date: 08 April 2024

Learnership Location: Humansdorp, Eastern Cape

PRODUCTION/PACKAGING INTERNSHIP IN UHT & ESL PRODUCTION

Woodlands Dairy is committed to providing opportunities for qualifying candidates to gain skills, knowledge, and experience while positioning themselves for active participation in the labour market. Woodlands Dairy is offering a dairy internship programme targeted at unemployed graduates. Applications are invited from interested graduates who meet the minimum requirements and are interested in starting a career in dairy packaging and storage.


Who is eligible to apply?

Tertiary graduates in the fields of Industrial Engineering & Logistics Supply Chain.


Duration:

The internship programme is offered for a period of 12 Months.

How to apply

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