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« Reply #630 on: August 19, 2017, 06:44:24 AM »

If I may ask, what does 'fully qualified' mean? What about SAQA-registed trainers? That's a government-certified training qualification?

I have never heard of SAQA so I can't comment on that. As I understand it, for the purposes of school level teaching, "fully qualified" means either a B. Ed. or a postgrad certificate in education. Both are boring and useless pseudo-qualifications and I flatly refuse to subject myself to that shit. Might as well require that you do a certificate in homeopathy or theology before you're allowed to practice as a doctor or engineer.
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« Reply #631 on: August 19, 2017, 06:58:14 AM »

In fact, I'd treat that computer as if it was cryptonite. Individuals think only companies get hacked. Companies think only big companies get hacked. The reverse is true. Do you update your computer, have a good antivirus and keep backups of your docs and pics?

Sorry to alarm you but it can be a really big deal.

I don't know what it means to "update your computer." I have Avast antivirus, but only the free version - I cannot remotely afford the full version. All other antivirus packages I have tried turned out to be either completely dysfunctional or worse than a virus themselves. I do have a backup disk.

I am rather paranoid about the phishing thing, but how would it work? They hacked my Instagram account; how would that help them? When I got that mail from Instagram that invited me to click on a link to go repair my account, I didn't click on it. I never, ever click on links sent to me via e-mail by parties unknown. I went directly to my Instagram account and saw that e-mail spoke the truth: there was a new e-mail associated with that account.

I have since managed to get my Instagram account back, and received this rather mysterious e-mail from Instagram <no-reply@mail.instagram.com> (not sure how to check whether it is really from them):

"Hi tisa_ritzau80,

The email on your Instagram account was changed from brianvds@gmail.com at 12:16 (PDT) on Wednesday, August 16 2017.

Your new email is lnlwlsbsr@mail.ru. If you didn't change your Instagram email address, revert this change."

Well, I am not tisa_ritzau88. Apparently Instagram thinks tisa's e-mail address is mine. Someone used my e-mail address to sign up at Instagram. Now I can't work out how that is possible: if you are already on Instagram, and I try to sign up using your e-mail address, surely Instagram's software will refuse? I don't really get it.

I since got an e-mail from a friend who asked whether I got hacked at Instagram, or whether I have just gone crazy, because he noticed that I have started posting racy videos on Instagram and my profile pic had changed to a pretty girl. On the positive side, I got far more likes than when I was still my boring old self... :-)

However, it seems I now got my Instagram account back. I have changed the password on my e-mail to something as strong as I could make it, though I suppose if someone has access they'll know everything I type.

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« Reply #632 on: August 19, 2017, 09:00:16 AM »

I'm still not actually quite sure and don't know how to check.

In your account, click forex button on the top menu, it will open a new mid-screen menu, select PayPal services. On the new screen look for the slender orange pop-up menu header on the left-hand side. Here you can top up or withdraw etc. Select withdraw - it should bring up your Paypal balance.
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« Reply #633 on: August 19, 2017, 12:56:23 PM »

I have never heard of SAQA

Few people have, it's even more confusing and obscure than the FNB thingo. It's almost impossible to navigate, though once you understand the system it's actually beautiful. It's a serious shocker that adult education is still in such a mess in SA.

For the purposes of school level teaching, "fully qualified" means either a B. Ed. or a postgrad certificate in education. Both are boring and useless pseudo-qualifications and I flatly refuse to subject myself to that shit. Might as well require that you do a certificate in homeopathy or theology before you're allowed to practice as a doctor or engineer.


Is there a way they can subcontract to you if you have a basic training qualification at NQF5? If you become a registered trainer in your field?

SAQA is the South African Qualifications Authority http://www.saqa.org.za/ regulates qualifications - you may have encountered "NQF level X/Y" in job ads or elsewhere.

* You need a "Facilitator" or "Train the Trainer" qualification to teach adults and certainly children too, though this does not make you a school teacher. (US 117871 NQF level 5) - this is a GENERIC 'training/teaching/facilitation of learning' qualification.
* Once you have this, you apply to the regulatory body (SETA) in your field (e.g. art, security, IT) to be certified as a trainer in your specialist field. If you already have a degree or diploma in your field, you are guaranteed acceptance by your SETA once you've passed the facilitator course because you have 'specialist' knowledge. The facilitator course teaches you how to teach the knowledge.
* If you don't have a formal qualification, you can apply to formalise your experience by applying for "Recognition of Prior Learning". You only need recognition at NQF6 (sometimes NQF5) level in your field to teach students at a lower level.
* Register as a trainer with your SETA, put up a free website - et voila - you have a training business.

The difference between an informal tutor and registered, formal trainer:
* The learner progresses along a formal, government-approved pathway, slowly collecting 'credits' which eventually count towards a formal education outcome.
* Credits add up to complete 'unit standards' at various NQF levels. Anything you teach is officially recognised by local and other governments as part of formal education.
* The credits build up and anyone can eventually get the equivalent of a diploma or even degree if they patiently make their way through this system.
* As registered trainer, you can now give participants a 'Certificate of Completion' - not 'Certificate of Attendance' so it means something on a CV - or when you do a diploma or degree at a university.
* Companies receive subsidies when they hire registered trainers. Non-reg trainers are becoming less popular.
* Our NQF levels are equal to the NQF levels of e.g. Australia and Nieu-Zealand - it's as formal as you can get, no matter how slapdash the process to get there.

The excellent news is that a facilitator course takes 3 - 5 days and costs around R4K. You'll be better off if you do an Assessor course as well, again a generic qualification, but you will be able to mark exam papers on any subject lower than your NQF level, (in a pinch, no matter the field) - again, you need to register with YOUR field-appropriate SETA. Think "matric exam papers". Assessor course also 3-5 days and about R4K.
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« Reply #634 on: August 19, 2017, 14:49:16 PM »

I'm still not actually quite sure and don't know how to check.

In your account, click forex button on the top menu, it will open a new mid-screen menu, select PayPal services. On the new screen look for the slender orange pop-up menu header on the left-hand side. Here you can top up or withdraw etc. Select withdraw - it should bring up your Paypal balance.

As it turns out, the accounts weren't in fact fully linked (despite the numerous messages I got that they were), but I went through the motions and it appears they are now.
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« Reply #635 on: August 19, 2017, 15:01:19 PM »

"NQF level" doesn't sound very familiar. But the whole thing is a tad moot because...

The excellent news is that a facilitator course takes 3 - 5 days and costs around R4K. You'll be better off if you do an Assessor course as well, again a generic qualification, but you will be able to mark exam papers on any subject lower than your NQF level, (in a pinch, no matter the field) - again, you need to register with YOUR field-appropriate SETA. Think "matric exam papers". Assessor course also 3-5 days and about R4K.


I quite simply don't have R4K lying around. I confess I couldn't quite make sense of your explanation either, but like I say, it's kind of moot.

If the government closes down all private tutoring companies there wont be any formal jobs there any more anyway. If they simply force these companies to only hire "fully qualified" teachers, I'll simply advertise my services privately (because there is simply no way they can effectively prevent me from doing so).

As for art lessons, I don't think there is anyone in this country doing that who has ever heard of SAQA. What exactly would be a "suitable qualification"  in that field? A university degree in fine art? I have seen what university art departments teach, and whatever it is, it sure ain't art. :-)
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« Reply #636 on: August 27, 2017, 18:48:56 PM »

I have never, to my knowledge, expressed an interest in boxing, so why can't I open FB, Youtube or my regular news feed without getting posts of this stupid fight?
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« Reply #637 on: August 28, 2017, 05:13:20 AM »

I have never, to my knowledge, expressed an interest in boxing, so why can't I open FB, Youtube or my regular news feed without getting posts of this stupid fight?

I had never heard of the two gentlemen in question and eventually had to go look them up to find out just what the hell everyone was talking about.

Okay. So two otherwise apparently educated young men are going to kick the shit out of each other in the arena, er, I mean, ring, and it's supposed to be very exciting. And everyone is supporting one or the other, even though they don't know them from the wind.

The aliens, if and when they eventually arrive, are going to have a hard time understanding us at all. :-)
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« Reply #638 on: August 28, 2017, 09:47:49 AM »

I have never, to my knowledge, expressed an interest in boxing

Either it's just punting it because it was the "big thing", or because your friends are posting about it and presumably you've expressed an interest in your friends. Youtube tries sometimes to punt things that are "trending".

Okay. So two otherwise apparently educated young men

I don't know about educated. One is a prof. cage fighter and the other a prof. boxer. If they ever had lots of braincells they certainly don't any more or won't have for much longer.

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The aliens, if and when they eventually arrive, are going to have a hard time understanding us at all. :-)

The real thing that gets to me is the outrageous amounts of money these guys recieve. AFAIK the winner walked away with almost $200m, and the loser about $100m. Hey I'll go get the crap beat out of me if you pay me that, braincells be damned.
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« Reply #639 on: September 29, 2017, 15:28:00 PM »

Until recently I had a dumfone which could only manage SMS and phone calls.  I was very happy with it.  Then my bank insisted that I use their 'app' or forego my loyalty points which come to about R400 per month. So I had to buy a smartphone. Now I'm bombarded by adverts. Last Sunday morning my phone suddenly started playing an audio ad at 0730 in the morning. I was so outraged I can't remember what the product was that being advertised, or I would go and throw snakes in their head office. Is there some way of stopping this bullshit?
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« Reply #640 on: October 03, 2017, 08:57:43 AM »

Treat it like a PC. Switch off everything to do with sharing. It means you have to likely go into every bloody option and app on the damn thing to go look for it but thats the only way...
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« Reply #641 on: October 03, 2017, 08:59:31 AM »

And switch off your background data downloads, if you are on an open contract you are in for the shock of your life come month end.
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« Reply #642 on: October 03, 2017, 09:26:36 AM »

And switch off your background data downloads, if you are on an open contract you are in for the shock of your life come month end.
Thanks for this advice. I'm actually on prepaid, and I don't use data at all (switched off--I have wi-fi at work and at home, so what do I need it for?) and very little airtime (R100 lasts me about 6 months); almost all my calls are made over wi-fi whatsapp voice calls. How the hell do the vodacoms and MTNs make money? Beats me.

Anyway, this f***ing ad played again at 0330 on Monday morning. I was fast asleep, so didn't get the product again, but I went through the phone uninstalling everything I hadn't installed myself, deleting files I didn't know were required, and removing all possible permissions from apps. (By the way, why does my bank insist that it needs access to my camera?)

There was one app called Cleanmaster which has so far resisted all my efforts to get rid of it. I suspect it's a hideously malignant piece of malware, but it will have to wait till the weekend when I'll have time to Google ways and means of defeating it...
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« Reply #643 on: October 03, 2017, 17:32:03 PM »

Go check your data usage on the wifi, these adds suck up data and for some reason its set on auto download. Your data usage will give you an indication which app is using how much. Set everything on manual download as well.
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« Reply #644 on: October 04, 2017, 01:56:50 AM »

I'm getting ever more grateful that I don't have a smartphone, and ever more determined never to get one. I don't like the idea of my fucking phone outsmarting me. Just about the only thing you can say for them is that very often, their camera is better than an actual camera. But I'm not sure they[re worth it just for that.

Problem is, the infernal bloody things have become so ubiquitous that before long they will be like the Mark of the Beast: without them, you won't be able to do anything anymore.

How things have changed: when I was a kid we didn't even have a landline, and I was perfectly happy.
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