Change is in the wind for technical and vocational education and training colleges, which are seen as crucial for building skills needed in the workplace and for economic progress. "Aligning our colleges and their programmes to the world of work is no longer negotiable," says Nzimande.
This World Aids Day on 1 December the HIV epidemic gets a shot of hope with the launch of the Search for the Next Positive Hero SA, which aims to create HIV-positive role-models for the five million South Africans living with the virus.
South Africa's Working on Fire firefighting programme not only saves lives and billions of rands in property every year, it also changes for the better the lives of the ex-prisoners and once-destitute people who fight the fires.
A South African non-profit organisation is leading the field in helping to improve the quality of maths and science teachers, by mentoring new teachers. It also offers resources, induction and support to novice teachers who are new to the classroom.
South Africa has joined a global entrepreneur revolution with the launch of Startup Nations South Africa. It is a collaborative effort that aims to mobilise human, financial and institutional resources as a means to support, develop and grow start-up businesses across the country.
Wits University's Drama for Life programme is bringing its annual HIV-education poetry competition for young people to the internet, using social media platforms such as Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter.