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DIY your digs this spring with some blooming good greenery

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blooming good greeneryIf the chilly weather and lockdown are making you feel decidedly gloomy, we have the perfect solution to help you brighten up your digs! Our homemade decor ideas are fun and colourful and budget-friendly too. So without further ado, let’s DIY your digs!

1. Silk flower wall

You’ll need: a selection of fake flowers with long stems, a hot glue gun, wire cutters, nails or hooks, clear fishing line.

Cut your flower stems so that they are all the same length. Use the wire cutters if your flowers have wire stems (if they have plastic stems, you can just use ordinary scissors). Put a blob of glue on the bottom tip of one flower stem, then glue it into the centre of the top of another flower.

Continue glueing flowers together until you reach your desired length – about a metre and a half should be good – and then wait for the glue to dry thoroughly. Make enough strings of flowers to cover the area where you want to place your flower wall.

Tie a length of fishing line to the top flower of each string. Place small nails or hooks where the ceiling meets the walls, then hang your strings of flowers from the hooks. Because the fishing line is clear, it will look like your flowers are floating on the wall!

Bonus tip: Wind some battery operated fairy lights through your flower strings for an extra pretty effect!

2. Upcycled succulent holders

You’ll need: a selection of small containers, spray paint, fake (or real) succulents, sand, a hot glue gun.

Search your local junk shop for a selection of small pots and plant containers. It doesn’t matter what condition they are in – you’re going to spray paint everything to make them look new and trendy again!

First, wipe your containers with a damp cloth to remove any dust or fluff. Spray paint in your colour of choice (do this outdoors to avoid the spray paint fumes!).

If you’re using real succulents, all you need to do now is repot them into your new containers. If you’re using fake succulents, fill the containers with sand and use your hot glue gun to glue the succulents into the sand.

Bonus tip: You can turn just about anything into a succulent holder! Search your local junk shop for interesting things like retro phones, typewriters or any vintage tech that you can spray paint and fill with sand and succulents.

3. 3D Flower art

You’ll need: a small white canvas, a selection of fake flowers, a hot glue gun, a black permanent marker.

Take your canvas, and on the bottom half draw a vase or flower pot. Draw in pencil first, then go over using the black marker. Next, arrange your flowers so that they look like they are cascading out of the pot. Cut the stems as required. Use your hot glue gun to glue each flower in place.

There’s so much that you can do with fake flowers and a glue gun – DIY decor is easy and such an effective way to make your digs pretty for spring. Add a few potted plants, bulbs in tins or even a herb wall on the back of the kitchen door. Whatever you do, have fun, and make these ideas your own!

The Importance of Mentorship 

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As COVID wreaks havoc on our learning, our emotions, and our bank accounts, many students will need to go in search of additional support to get through these challenging times. While it is always helpful to speak to a professional counsellor or psychologist, another wonderful way to seek guidance is through a mentor. Here are a few reasons why mentorship is so important, especially now.


It helps to find a mentor who is involved within the industry that you hope to break into following graduation. However, any older adult with plenty of life experience and stories to share can make the world of difference.

It is easy to feel lost and uncertain at the moment. In fact, almost everyone is feeling a similar way. The difference lies in learning the coping skills necessary to overcome the current circumstances and, if possible, to use these circumstances to your advantage.

Perhaps now with all of the extra free time on your hands, you can finally try out that hobby that you’ve been meaning to adopt. Maybe apply to take a short computer literacy course to boost your performance at varsity and beyond. A mentor can teach you how to bring out the best in yourself and motivate you to continue to do so every single day.

Encourage resilience

In trying times such as these, we could all do with a cheerleader and a regular pep talk. Mentorship is there to remind you of your strength and your resilience and help you to push through the difficult challenges with which you are faced.

Prepare you for life

By now, you will know all too well just how unpredictable life can be. One minute you’re sailing along with a smile on your face, and the next you’re struggling to keep your head above water. There are various life skills necessary to survive and thrive, such as time management skills, communication skills, conflict management skills, and more. Great mentors will be able to explain their importance and teach you how to hone them at every opportunity.

Ultimately, the best way to find a mentor is through people you know. Alternatively, you can connect with industry professionals online and request guidance. Building a relationship takes time, but it will definitely prove to be well worth it in the long run.

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The Case for the Classroom

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case for the classroomThere has been a lot of talk around how students’ and teachers’ approaches to learning are going to be forever changed as a result of COVID-19. The general consensus is that online learning is going to continue to expand and evolve until the world reaches a point where the physical classroom becomes entirely null and void. Is this really true despite the many benefits of classroom learning? Below are a few reasons why we believe there is still a case for the classroom.

Teaching is about more than just delivering material

What makes a great teacher? Is it the teacher’s ability to deliver the required teaching material and facts to students within a stipulated time frame? Or is it his or her ability to ‘read the room’ and pick up when students may be struggling to grasp a concept. Should they instinctively know when to provide another example for clarity? Is it his or her ability to identify which students are engaging and which ones are zoning out? Online teaching doesn’t allow for all of this, which will result in more and more learners being left behind. The result being excessive foundational learning gaps forming over the years in a higher percentage of students.

Limiting distractions

A classroom is a space designed specifically to facilitate learning, concentration, and productivity. In contrast, very few students’ homes will promise the same idyllic setting. From noisy pets and siblings to a host of other temptations, such as smartphones, gaming consoles, and music, it is evident that online learning comes with a unique set of challenges in terms of dedicating one’s full attention and cognitive engagement to a lesson.

Classrooms promise inclusion

Not all students learn in the same way. For instance, some are visual learners, while others are kinaesthetic (or physical) learners. Unfortunately, online learning cannot always account for these varying learning styles. Classrooms, on the other hand, allow teachers to get more creative in terms of how they communicate concepts and information to their students. This helps to ensure a higher degree of inclusion.

Throw in the fact that a huge portion of South African students do not have access to the technology or equipment required to make the most of online learning, and it seems obvious that we are not yet ready to do away with classroom learning just yet (or ever).

How do you feel about classroom learning vs. learning online? Tell us on our Facebook page or in the comments section below.

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Tips for propelling your future, even amidst a global pandemic

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same storm different boatChances are to get to where you are; there was most likely some sort of plan. Perhaps, you had anticipated that you would be at such and such a point by now to advance your prospective career forward. Your plan may have involved giving up student life activities to get a new skill, signing up for societies of interest in tertiary and around your digz, volunteering to get some much needed practical experience or giving back by doing community work. Whatever your strategy was in propelling your future to move forward, with a global pandemic upon us, it cannot be business as usual. With that said, you need not throw in the towel, but instead adjust your sails.

Be kind to yourself

It’s not easy to suddenly evacuate from your digz and be restricted by a national lockdown, whatever the level. Change is never easy, particularly of this magnitude. Your studies may have been disrupted along with your plans for work vacations and other student jobs you may have liked to pursue. Perhaps you were hoping to populate your CV and do more.

Give yourself a break. Be kind to yourself. Remember, students across the world are also finding themselves “in the same storm, but not in the same boat” situation, and employers will understand that this was not an ordinary year.

Do more to understand yourself

While it is easy to get carried away by staying fixated on social media updates, giving to others and trying to do your bit to uplift your community; spare a thought for yourself each day. Take time to get to know yourself better. Take a good look at how you handle yourself in times of a crisis. Are you hopeless? Are you fixated on dreadful stats or can you see the silver lining? Are you able to identify prominent leaders that stay calm and think of innovative solutions? How are you feeling?

Confirmation upon confirmation

What disciplines are captivating your interests? In a crisis, everyone tries to come together for the sake of moving forward. Think of the journalists who report the news, the medical practitioners and experts who put themselves on the frontline, the caregivers who look after the elderly, the IT gurus who come up with innovative apps, and entertainers who dare to keep our spirits high even at such a time.

The options go on and on. Then think of your chosen line of study and prospective work. Is it something that you would love to do someday? If not, what steps can you take to think of a way forward? This is the time to reflect and find confirmation, even if only within you, that you are where you ought to be. Don’t just think about it, act. One way can be by updating your LinkedIn CV.

Career advancements may have taken a totally different shape, but that’s just life. Sometimes we need to adjust and learn to be resilient. Your future need not be dampened by a storm – come what may. Realign your posture. Get back in line and think of innovative ways to spread some light, even now. This is not the time to buckle in and die. Soldiers are made for battle. Start to engage in the battle for your future. It is not the end. We believe in you! You’ve got it in you to arise no matter the adversity. Dig deep and get back into formation.

The consequences of breaking lockdown – do you get a criminal record

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There’s been a lot of talk regarding South Africa’s lockdown regulations. Some people think they make sense and are adhering strictly and staying at home when they can, while others are blatantly breaking lockdown.

Whether you agree with the varying lockdown level regulations or not, you should know that there are some pretty serious consequences for not complying – and yes, you can get a criminal record for breaking lockdown.

Admission of guilt fine for breaking lockdown

If you are caught breaking any of South Africa’s lockdown rules, you have the option of paying an admission of guilt fine to avoid having to appear in court. If you pay this fine, you automatically have a criminal record (which can take 10 years to expunge!)

There have been talks to change the system, so that admission of guilt for minor crimes doesn’t result in a criminal record. However, don’t bank on this happening any time soon. It’s a lengthy process that involves changing legislature. In addition, the government is unlikely to address the issue while Covid-19 is still a concern, as getting a criminal record is a further deterrent to breaking lockdown regulations.

Consequences of breaking lockdown – fines you can expect to pay

Parties, drinks with friends, clubbing, certain sports – these are just a few activities that are part of ‘normal’ life but are either restricted or not allowed during lockdown. Here are a few fines as of 11 May 2020 that you could expect to pay for breaking lockdown – click here.

Many of these “illegal” activities have since been removed from the list as we move from one level of lockdown to another; For example, exercise restrictions have now been removed, you can buy alcohol, shop at most stores kids can go back to school and most industries can return to work, but there are still constraints.

Visit premises or places closed to the public – R1 000

Going to the beach during lockdown is prohibited, as is visiting any place that is closed to the public.

Illegally moving between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts – R1 000

Without a permit, you still may not travel between provinces, cities, and in some cases even suburbs.

Sell tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products – R1 000

Including private sales to friends and neighbours – and note that vaping products are also included in the ban.

Convening of a gathering – R3 000

Having friends over for a party during lockdown could land you with a very heavy fine if you’re caught.

If you are caught breaking lockdown and don’t want a criminal record, the best thing is not to pay the fine and rather wait for a court hearing. Better yet, just sit tight and adhere to all lockdown regulations. It really is for your own safety!

*Please note, all information contained in this article is correct at the time of writing.

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Guilt Free – All day PJs!

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All day Pj'sHands up if you’re spending all day in your PJs? No judgement – same here! There’s a lot of talk going around about how we should use the forced downtime of lockdown to be productive, and that living in your PJs is kind of at odds to this.

Here at Student Digz we think a little differently. We believe that you can totally be busy, get stuff done, and stay virtually connected to the world, and STILL enjoy the most comfortable clothing for lockdown.

So, if pyjamas are 2020’s new fashion trend, you need to up your game. Toss out those ratty old sweatpants, and invest in some new sleepwear that is both cute and comfy!

Here are our fave trends:

Silky satin

There’s nothing like satin PJs to make you feel like a vintage movie star while you lounge around the house. Satin feels so good against your skin, and many beauty experts swear by silky sleepwear as it apparently reduces wrinkles. Bonus – in winter many stores offer brushed satin pyjama sets to keep you warm.

Good old flannel

Flannel is so cosy, it’s like sleeping in a warm hug. Go full flannel top and bottom, or just wear flannel pants with a long-sleeved T for a cute tomboy look.

Snazzy sweatpants sets

Sweatpants totally count as PJs, so get yourself a few new pairs with hoodies to match. Athleisure is a big trend, especially now during lockdown. Look for interesting colours and textures to glam up your downtime style – we love the idea of pink velvet sweatpants!

Onesie anyone?

Onsies came onto the scene a few years back, and they haven’t left. Granted, wearing a onesie is a little annoying when you need the bathroom… but the cuteness and comfort factor 100% outweighs any convenience. Opt for pretty prints, or even an animal-themed onesie that turns you into your favourite furry critter.

A snuggly bathrobe

A soft, cuddly robe is the ultimate lockdown accessory for chilly winter nights, plus it’s an essential item to add authenticity to your stay-at-home spa days.

Good news is, that clothing shops are now open for in-store shopping as well as online deliveries. Mr P and Woolies have some lovely PJs in stock – so go on, and treat yourself to some fab new PJ threads!

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Learning in Lockdown: Using Timeout to Access Free Resources

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learning in lockdownLearning does not need to come to a complete standstill as South Africa moves through the various lockdown levels. Why not strive to make use of this downtime to learn new skills and hone already-existing ones? Or to focus on replenishing your health and wellbeing? Or both?

The great news is that there is a broad array of incredible resources out there, many of which don’t cost a thing. Here is a list of such free resources that you will definitely want to explore.

Guided yoga and meditation

The United Nations has provided free access to a number of MP3 files which will help you to learn how to meditate and begin your yogic journey. This includes guides to breath awareness meditation, sitting meditation, slow standing and sitting yoga, and standing yoga.

Resources for mental health

Lockdown is taking its toll on everyone. However, those struggling with mental health problems will be finding it especially difficult. Here is a list of helpful resources to turn to if you need help:

Massive Open Online Courses

One of the best places to enrol to take MOOCs is Coursera. You can register to take courses and degrees in a few easy steps. The wonderful thing is that many of these are free. Class Central is a similar option and offers free online courses in a multitude of different subjects, such as business, computer science, humanities, personal development, design, and more.

Diversify your digital skills

If you want to boost your digital skills specifically, you can’t go wrong with the Google Digital Skills for Africa portal. You can hand-pick the lessons that you would like to take and work through them at your own pace. Once you complete your lessons, you will receive a certification that you can use to enhance your CV.

Take a (virtual) tour of a museum, or 3 500

Visit Google Arts and Culture for access to over 3 500 virtual museum tours from around the globe. Be careful – this amazing collection of knowledge and visual spectacles is truly addictive.

Do you know of any other excellent, free resources out there? Share them with us on our Facebook page using the hashtag #FreeResources.

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Varsity is out but there are still life skills to be learnt

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potted herbs life skillsWith universities across South Africa shut down to stop the spread of Covid-19, chances are you have a lot of extra time on your hands. Sure, you probably have a few assignments to do for varsity during lockdown, but without the other distractions of college life like friends, lectures and extramural activities, there’s only so much academic learning that can fill up your days.

So, instead of binging on Netflix and eating yourself into a stupor, why not learn some new life skills during lockdown? This is a great time to ask your parents and other family members to teach you some basic skills that you won’t learn at varsity, but will nevertheless be valuable in your daily life as an adult.

If you’re feeling bored and frustrated, here are a few things to do under lockdown:

Budgeting meals

Exactly how much does it cost to eat? Ask your parents to include you in their meal planning and budgeting. Take a look at till slips from a recent trip to the supermarket, and calculate the cost of a single meal. Compare this cost to what you would normally spend ordering take out or eating out. Educating yourself on the cost of living will really help you to budget and manage your money more wisely.

Learn to cook

If you’re hopeless in the kitchen and live on frozen food and take-outs, now is the time to learn to cook some simple meals. Get out the family recipe book, and master the art of prepping and cooking a few favourite dishes. Ask for help if you need it, and when you’re ready, offer to cook a meal for the family. Learning to cook ensures that you can eat more healthily, and save money spent on expensive takeaways!

Vehicle maintenance

Do you know how to change the oil in your car? Or how to change a tyre? There are a lot of really simple vehicle maintenance tasks that you can actually do yourself without calling an expert. If you have a vehicle savvy family member around, ask them to teach you about basic vehicle maintenance so that you can learn to take care of your car.


Time to get stuck into the garden! Not only is gardening a great way of getting exercise, it’s also so rewarding to nurture a plant and watch it grow and flourish. You can ask your mom and dad for help, or just do some Googling – there are plenty of gardening blogs and vlogs to learn from. Learn how to prune trees and bushes, weed and mow the lawn, plant a veggie garden… if you don’t have a garden, you can still have fun with planters and pot plants on the balcony or kitchen windowsill.


Ugh… housekeeping. Boring right? Yes, it is. But you can learn to do it in the most efficient way to reduce the hassle. Things like the best way to do laundry (don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine overnight!) and how to clean the bathroom so that it is properly sanitised are skills that will definitely come in handy later on in life. Ask your mom or gran for their favourite housekeeping tips and tricks!

Lockdown is a time when you may be feeling frustrated and trapped. Instead of thinking that you’re ‘stuck’ at home, remind yourself that you’re actually SAFE at home – and you have the opportunity to learn a bunch of new skills that you normally wouldn’t give a second thought to.

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The Beauty Blender: Why it’s THE Number One Makeup Essential

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beuaty blender spongesLooking for that air-brushed makeup effect without having to spend hours standing in front of the mirror each morning? All that you have to do is splurge on one special makeup essential: the Beauty Blender.

What is the Beauty Blender?

A Beauty Blender is a makeup sponge shaped like a teardrop that is used to apply primer, foundation, and powder. Its pointed end allows you to apply makeup in the smaller ‘nooks’ of the face, such as around the nose and eyes, while the larger side is ideal for applying makeup all over.

The term ‘Beauty Blender’ is actually a registered name of a specific branded product, but as with most beauty trends, there are many other brands available that look and work the same as the original (and are usually more cost-effective).

How do I use a Beauty Blender?

Before you do anything, it is essential that you wet your Beauty Blender by placing it under the tap. This is because it will simply soak up all of your product if you try to use it when it is dry. Once it is thoroughly wet, squeeze it out inside a paper towel to get rid of any excess moisture. It should be damp, but not soaking wet, before you apply your makeup.

Use your fingers to dot your makeup all over your face and then use the Beauty Blender to blend it in. Move it around in a bouncing motion – do not rub or smudge. The result is a smoother, more even application.

How do I take care of my Beauty Blender?

Ideally, you should wash your Beauty Blender using fragrance-free soap or baby shampoo after every use. Leave it out to dry, preferably with the help of a bit of sunlight, before packing it away again. Regular cleansing of this makeup essential is a must because it can make for the perfect breeding ground for bacteria if neglected – definitely not good news for acne-prone skin!

How long will my Beauty Blender last?

It depends on how well you look after it but, in general, it should last for up to six months. However, if you notice any nicks in its surface, or it is starting to smell less than fresh, then you know it is time for a new one.

Here’s to perfect, streak-free makeup every single time.

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Coronavirus Causing Panic on Social Media: How to Steer Clear of Fake News

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fake newsIt seems as though the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is all that anybody can speak about these days. This is obvious any time you scroll through your social media newsfeed. The global pandemic is a very serious situation and has got many people panicking about what’s to come, particularly in South Africa where our local healthcare system has already been struggling to keep up, long before Coronavirus made its dreaded appearance.

The reality is that the hysteria around the spread of the virus has led to the spread of something just as dangerous: fake news. Fake news only works to fan the flames of public panic and aside from the lockdown imposed from 27 March 2020, is the reason behind the panic buying that has been taking place at local supermarkets. The question is, how can you steer clear of fake news and hold onto your sense of calm and perseverance to fight back against this relentless virus? Here are some tips.

Only believe the facts you read from reliable sources

If you simply can’t avoid browsing your social media platforms and google, some of the best sources from which to get your Coronavirus-related news include the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) and the WHO (World Health Organisation. Locally, you can trust the Department of Health (follow the Department on twitter @HealthZA), the web page which is consistently updated with relevant press releases and notices, and the official Whatsapp National Department of Health Covid-19 support service. To access the latter, simply send ‘HI’ to 0600 123456 via Whatsapp.

Know what to watch out for

There are often obvious signs that a specific piece of ‘information’ is fake news. If the piece in question is obviously upsetting or geared towards triggering anxiety, there’s a good chance it’s fake. Another sure-fire signal that the ‘news’ is untrustworthy is the inclusion of spelling mistakes and the article boasting an unusual number of likes or shares.

Don’t share any ‘news’ unless you’re sure it’s legit

Don’t contribute further to the state of panic by spreading sensationalised or fake news on social media. Always double-check that the relevant sources are reputable before hitting that ‘share’ button or speaking to friends and family about the information you read.

It’s so important to hold onto our sense of calm and rationality as we power through these uncertain times. Don’t let fake news unsettle you and, most importantly, don’t be someone who accidentally contributes to the problem!

Stay well and focused on protecting yourself and others.