Something that was brought to our attention last year was the number of Fly by night institutions that exist and how people invest tons of money in them and walk away with a qualification that is not even worth the value of the paper it is printed on.

So here is the low down:

The Government established in 1998 The South African Council of Higher Education (CHE) which has a sub Committee called the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). Between these two bodies they hold the responsibility of accreditation and quality of education in South Africa.'s Travel article of 2007!

Marc Mazery Goes Travelling FirstStep Style!
Who is Marc Mazery: A very good friend of the FirstStep team, Marc studied at UCT where he received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting. Soon after Graduation Marc headed off to the UK where he worked and travelled. Now Marc is back! Well back from the working world that is and he is travelling the globe. Starting off in South Africa Marc has managed to make his way to Australia however he made a few pit stops on the way. We tracked him down and got the story of his travels thus far…
Awesome city! So easy to get around, the people are friendly but the city is rather expensive but worth the pay. Max stay needed is 2-3 nights. Watched the football world Cup final and listened to some wannabe heavy metal band...Singapore people like their rock music.

Should you be rushing overseas when so much is available right here in South Africa?
by Neville Beard
School is either over or coming to an end soon – what are you going to do before studying? I mean, you’ve had older friends come back from ‘gap years’, telling you what an awesome experience it was, and how you really need to do the same as them – go overseas, work to earn your keep, save, and then blow it all on a holiday you’ll never forget. Or an older relative or acquaintance is back from working with dolphins in Australia and you think that sounds really cool. You’ve also heard of projects where you can work with children or older folk in communities that have few resources, and who welcome the skills and energy that you could bring as a volunteer, helping to make the world a little better, one day at a time.

Mike Murphy: has travelled the world as a student, a traveller and a working individual. He is young a lad and is still trying to find new places to explore!
I spent six months studying in India. During that time, with my limited budget I managed to take some interesting trips. I did, however, come up with some tips for other people who might also be interested to go. Firstly, the best time of the year to travel in India for me was around January. Although a still chilly time of year, you should be able to manage to avoid the hot and/or wet seasons – unless you are planning on staying longer than a short holiday.