"If I want to encourage young
people back home to get to where I am,
I have to be an example."
“Now my son will have the opportunities
to make his dreams come true.”
“Today I work in a male dominated work force.
My father would be so proud of me.”


By Andani Thovhakale [1] As the university academic year commences, I wish to offer some survival tips to first year as well as returning students. The tips to be offered are based on my personal experience and some are drawn from the interactions I have had with fellow students. I must caution that what I… Continue Reading


By Andani Thovhakale As we start the new month and make resolutions, I want to urge us to add “acceptance of differences” in those resolutions. This acceptance, I want to argue, will lead to healthy and prosperous relationships and also lead to a harmonious society.  At the outset, I want to pose provocative questions that form… Continue Reading

5 Tips For Working or Studying From Home

2020 was a whirl wind of a year. Only a short few months after celebrating the new year, the world was placed in a lockdown. Isolated from our friends and family, teachers, colleagues, and fellow students due to Covid-19. No longer allowed to go to class, work or engage in most social activities, unless stringent… Continue Reading

The importance of a good night’s sleep

The importance of a good night’s sleep. During lockdown, we came across a few cases of sleep deprivation, from a staff member being diagnosed with burnout, to students suffering from depression due to a lack of sleep or for changing their sleeping patterns. Often, we take sleep for granted until we do not manage to… Continue Reading

The importance of eating healthy and simple ways to do it

Over the years a number of research studies have found a correlation between food and students’ academic performance. Students who follow a healthy eating plan have shown a significant increase in their grades, memory, alertness, and are able to process information faster. It’s also noted that their healthy diet contributes to fewer sick days or… Continue Reading

Our favourite apps and websites for students

Useful websites and apps for students We are living in a digital age where information is at our fingertips 24/7. This means most of us spend a large portion of our day scrolling on social or surfing the internet. Why not put this time to good use and check out a few of our favourite… Continue Reading

Tips to improve your presentation skills.

When we ask students what courses or workshops, they would most be interested in, they always put presentation skills on the list. Delivering a great presentation is a key skill not only at university but especially in the workplace. As Lee Iacocca said “you can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across,… Continue Reading

Managing your money as a student

Money Management for Students Even though you may not have much money as a student, learning to manage your money now is an investment for your future. The key is working well with what you have. We have put together a few tips to help you. 1. Budget “A budget is telling your money where… Continue Reading

How your decisions impact your future

Your decisions today, impact your future We reflect on situations where students have made decisions that have had a negative impact on their future. Our beneficiaries and their personal development are what motivates us every day. The Tiso Foundation was started on the belief that the way to create a lasting impact for the future,… Continue Reading