MISSION STATEMENT To help match our readers to careers they will be good at and enjoy. EDITOR IN CHIEF Wayne Mallinson EDITOR Liezl Maclean DESIGN & LAYOUT Fréda van Wyk Tania van Niekerk COVER Bronwyn Kemsley CONTRIBUTORS Christine Muller Gina Hartoog Jeanne du Plessis Joanne Wood Kerry Dawkins Laurian Ward PUBLIC RELATIONS Melindi Coetzee PROOFREADER Sandi Mallinson MARKETING & ADVERTISING Dewald Davidtsz: 082 771 8244 email@example.com SUBSCRIPTION To subscribe contact Marinda Keyter at: 012 664 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sacareerfocus.co.za CONTACT DETAILS Telephone: 0860 MYWORK Direct fax: 086 615 9279 Postal address: P O Box 14138, Lyttelton, 0140 www.sacareerfocus.co.za * www.myloopbaan.co.za email@example.com PUBLISHER SA Career Focus is published by Test and Data Services Group (Pty) Ltd. Copyright © 2007 Test and Data Services Group (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved. PRINTERS Burlington Dataprint COPYRIGHT The reproduction, adaptation or broadcast, without permission, of any articles or photographs published in this publication, is forbidden and copyright is expressly reserved for Test and Data Services Group (Pty) Ltd. OPINIONS Opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily express the opinions of the Publisher, Editor or members of the Editorial Panel. The information we provide is in good faith and for a broad audience. We are not in a position to thoroughly evaluate all the information supplied to us. Consequently, we do not accept any liability or loss suffered as a result of the use of this information. We advise our readers to seek specific advice from qualified professionals prior to committing to any decisions. 2 SACF Vol. 7 No. 2
S ometimes we have to remind ourselves of the simple fact: teachers make a difference. A huge difference. Think about the most influential people in your life.
After your parents or religious leaders, most of us point to the teachers we had growing up.
Life began for me in Grade 11 when my English teacher left me a note on my report card saying that we'd better make a plan to enrol me at university. Up until then I had never thought about furthering my studies. But with the help of my teacher, I not only found my niche, but I also began to fall in love with the world of literature. Without the influence of a teacher who chose not to dwell on those long (and sometimes thankless) hours invested in grading papers and designing curriculum, but instead rested on her belief that teachers do actually mean something in the lives of their students, I would not be writing this now. I certainly would not have chosen journalism, and instead of writing, I would probably be the world's greatest waitress (I added the word "greatest" for effect only, not ego). Her passion for English, her teaching style, and her engagement with the class was so natural, so special. I am glad she chose to teach. For this, I say thank you Mrs Goetsch, with the warmest amount of gratitude and respect.
Who inspired you? Make sure you take the time to thank them!
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Meet the rocking SACF team...
Landa Joubert - Translator
* Claim to fame... I obtained my Honours degree in Psychology two years ago, almost 30 years after my first degree and raising three kids in between. * With my 1st salary I bought... a cookbook, Huisgenoot Wenresepte, because by that time I was already married and could not cook a thing! * My peeve hates are... people who start their sentences with: "Please don't take this the wrong way, but..." We all know how that usually ends. * The person I'd most like to invite to dinner... well-known South-African writer, Marita van der Vyver. I have read all of her books and enjoyed every one of them. She lives in France with her husband and kids and also released a lovely cookbook a few years ago. We will cook together and drink fabulous wine from South-Africa whilst talking about her life in France and all the stories she still wants to tell. * If I weren't a translator, I'd probably be... a psychologist.