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 on: Yesterday at 15:01:19 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
"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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 on: Yesterday at 14:49:16 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
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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 on: Yesterday at 12:56:23 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Spike
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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 on: Yesterday at 09:00:16 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Spike
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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 on: Yesterday at 08:45:21 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Spike
It can't hurt to send yourself a fax every 6 weeks or so. "From" someone requesting specific services/goods (not sure what business you're in) and specifying that the reply should follow a particular process (with you setting up checks along the way).

If the fax service is a free service, I wouldn't put you in the loony bin just yet. TANSTAAFL - even more valid now than ever before. You and your data are commodities.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:18:37 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Tweefo
Got hold of the company where the number is kept, and they assure me that is is only our email associated with it. We also now get faxes again but I am not convinced. Maybe you must put me in the loony conspiracy bin.

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 on: Yesterday at 06:58:14 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
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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 on: Yesterday at 06:44:24 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
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.

 9 
 on: Yesterday at 06:42:03 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
If I am stating the seemingly obvious, it is because the whole bloody thing is the most confusing process I ever went through, I don't mean to insult your intelligence! Even FNB's snarky little 'Paypal leaflet' (PDF) gets it spectacularly wrong. According to them, you create and verify your account, and then register for your FNB profile..... The F3ck?!?!

Well, it seems like I now finally have the link established. I'm still not actually quite sure and don't know how to check. What confused me was that the little 4 digit code was hidden in the transaction history in a completely non-obvious way, so I initially missed it. The consultant at the bank didn't alert me to this, because it]s pretty clear she doesn't know herself.

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 on: August 18, 2017, 23:41:18 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Spike
Send a fax to yourself?  Make it a good one, about a nice fat deal.

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