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Government Looking To Introduce New Subject In Schools And Further Education

Sunday, 3 July, 2022 - 11:21 Author: Lauren Chawula

The Department of Arts and Culture has proposed that Dance and Theatre be integrated into the school curriculum as subjects, in hopes that it sparks learners interests to pursue jobs in the sector. 

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In a new Theatre and Dance policy document gazetted for public comment on 1 July 2022, the Department of Arts and Culture proposed that more cultural subjects be integrated into the school curriculum at primary and secondary school levels for vocational purposes and so that learners benefit from the cognitive, creative and problem-solving skills that are enhanced when engaging in the arts.

They hope that the introduction of subjects in Dance and Theatre will lead to more job pathways in the sector. 

The policy proposes that there should be at least one publicly-funded tertiary education and training institution teaching theatre and dance, in each province that provides certificate, diploma and undergraduate courses for practitioners as well as educators, producers, technicians, designers, administrators and entrepreneurs in the dance and theatre sector.

The department says that all tertiary institutions that provide training for dance and theatre practitioners would also include training in an arts administration/management foundation module that covers areas such as cultural policy, entrepreneurship (marketing, raising capital, financial management, budgeting, etc) and the rights of artists.

The implementation of the Arts Education curriculum will be monitored at all schools to ensure that the education is delivered by qualified arts practitioners. 

They plan to offer annual online and physical courses for arts critics who will work with mentors for the year-long period. 

The Department also plans to provide technical training courses in aspects of theatre and dance production to a number of people in each province across the country as well as providing opportunities for these individuals to get practical experience at festivals and theatres held all over South Africa. 

The individuals chosen for such training and mentoring will be inclusive, such as having at least an equal number of men and women or favouring women as well as those living with disabilities. 

The training will be developed to cater for those with physical, mental or other disabilities so that they may operate independently or so that they can be integrated into mainstream work as they choose.

Those chosen to be mentored for the year-long period will be provided with stipends while they work with their mentors. 

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Minister Plans To Tackle Instability At Universities

Sunday, 3 July, 2022 - 11:08 Author: Lauren Chawula

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande has spoken about the Department of Higher Education’s plans to tackle instability at universities across the country which have been experiencing many disruptions.

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In his speech on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) on 24 June 2022, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande expressed concern about instability taking place at various higher education institutions across the country.

These institutions include the University of South Africa (Unisa), Central University of Technology (CUT), Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

The Minister said that he’d be meeting with the Council of Unisa to discuss their response to the findings and recommendations of the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) on the business model of the university.

Nzimande says he will respond to these findings considering both the views of the Council and other developments at Unisa.

“I am also determined to ensure that Council, Management and all other stakeholders remain focused on the core mandate of that institution - that of its academic project, including learning, teaching and significant improvements to its throughput and pass rates.” said the Minister.

He expressed concern about instability and destruction on the Unisa campus. He says that this destruction to property and threats to the safety of people in the institution must be condemned and urged law enforcement agencies to take action to put an end to this.

The Minister has called on the Post Secondary Education and Training (PSET) sector to refrain from engaging in the destruction of property and the threat to the lives of people during their protests.

He says this destruction will not only affect the education of current students but also compromises the educational interests of future generations.

“I have urged management to ensure that it continuously engages all stakeholders on all issues that affect the stability of the institution.” said Nzimande.

The Council of MUT has been in communication with the Minister regarding management issues at the university and Nzimande says that he will make necessary announcements regarding this in the coming weeks.

He is also engaging with the Councils of both the CUT and VUT about actions that must take place to stabilise these institutions.

The Minister has urged all stakeholders at institutions across the country to “protect the writing of examinations,” asking them not to use examinations as a bargaining chip as these disruptions have a negative impact on the future of all students.

Nzimande has also condemned the disruption of graduation ceremonies which he says may have a deeper meaning to families of first generation graduands from working class families, who may have travelled very far to celebrate their relative’s success.

During July the Minister plans to engage with trade unions, students and the leadership and management of institutions to ensure that the PSET sector remains stable and focuses on its core mandate of  learning, teaching, research and community outreach.

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Education Activists Protest Against School Law Changes

Sunday, 3 July, 2022 - 10:53 Author: Lauren Chawula

Education Activist group, Equal Education marched to Parliament demanding that the proposed changes to school infrastructure laws be scrapped.

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On 30 June 2022, Equal Education (EE) Western Cape members marched to Parliament in Cape Town, against the proposed changes to the school infrastructure laws (the Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure) which were made by the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The Minister on behalf of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) proposed that the deadlines at which the government is required to fix school infrastructure should be scrapped.

This would mean that there will be no specific date at which the government would have to provide schools with proper water, sanitation, electricity and classrooms.

Equal Education says this is the “most scary change” that the Minister wants to make to school infrastructure laws.

The education activists believe that these changes, if they are passed, will mean that teachers and learners will wait a long time for safe and proper school infrastructure. They describe the proposed changes as “drastic and unacceptable."

Speaking to the media, Equal Education’s head of organising in the Western Cape, Nontsikelelo Dlulani said that the deadlines are the only thing that they can use to hold the Minister accountable.

Equal Education said:

Without deadlines that are written into law, learners and teachers could be waiting another 10 or 20 years for their schools to be fixed. Without the legally binding deadlines, how can learners, teachers and parents hold the education departments accountable to fulfil their legal and moral duty?

The organisation called on the public to “say no to the proposed changes to the Norms and Standards,” and have urged them to make submissions to the DBE regarding this.

The proposed changes were published in the Government Gazette on 10 June 2022 and the deadline for feedback is 10 July 2022.

Equal Education says that it is “unhelpful” that the public has been given such a short period of time in which to submit feedback, especially considering that the changes were proposed in a “difficult to understand document”.

The organisation has requested the extension of public participation in the matter until the end of July.

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NSFAS Semester 2 Applications Will Open Tomorrow

Sunday, 3 July, 2022 - 10:31 Author: Lauren Chawula

Students who plan to study at TVET colleges should prepare to submit their NSFAS Semester 2 applications, which will open tomorrow. Here’s more details on this.

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be opening their Semester 2 applications for students studying at Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges on 4 July 2022.

The closing deadline for these applications is 22 July 2022.

Semester 2 NSFAS applications are part of the application cycle which the bursary scheme carries out at TVET colleges around South Africa.

NSFAS has advised students to apply online or through TVET college bursary offices.

Students can submit their NSFAS applications using the methods below:

Walk-in online application platform (super user)

  • Students capture their application at their college computer lab

Assistive capture application platform

  • Application captured by TVET official on behalf of the student

When applying students will be required to provide the following supporting documents:

  • Copy of South African birth certificate/copy of ID document/Temporary ID of student
  • Copy of South African birth certificate/copy of ID document/Temporary ID of parent(s)/guardian/spouse
  • Proof of income (where applicable) – student/parent(s)/guardian or spouse (not older than 3 months.
  • SASSA recipients no proof of income required.
  • A student recognised as a vulnerable child (e.g. Orphan) must submit a completed Vulnerable Child Declaration Form completed by the Social worker
  • Students with disabilities must complete and submit the Disability Annexure A form.

Once the application has been completed and submitted, NSFAS will process it and provide students with their application outcomes.

Students should visit the NSFAS website to track their application. 

Students who have applied for NSFAS during the walk-in application period will not be required to fill out the NSFAS system access form. 

They will only need to send an email to [email protected] for their account to be re-activated.

NSFAS is a government bursary which funds the studies of disadvantaged South African students who wish to study at public universities or TVET colleges.

The funding from NSFAS covers registration, tuition fees, accommodation, learning materials and transport and living allowances. 

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What TVET College Students Must Do To Receive NSFAS Allowances

Saturday, 2 July, 2022 - 10:04 Author: Raigan Cloete

Due to a few issues, TVET College students have not been able to access their allowances. However, to ensure students receive their allowances, NSFAS urges students to do the following. 

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For the 2022 TVET College bursaries, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has projected a 10% growth in student numbers across all TVET academic cycles to approximately 395 000 students. 

Therefore, NSFAS has made provisional funding for 380 000 students. Thus far, the scheme has received registration data for nearly 200 000 students. 

In May, NSFAS decided to deploy its staff to help TVET Colleges submit registration data according to bursary requirements. This was done to close the gap and to better understand the issues faced at TVET Colleges. 

Through this intervention, there was an improvement in data quality submitted by the colleges, however, in the long run, NSFAS would not be able to sustain the level of support provided due to its limited capacity. 

According to the scheme, TVET college staff need to be provided with the skills needed for NSFAS processes. To ensure this takes place, NSFAS has committed to assist colleges by contributing R500 000 per college in the short-term period to appoint financial aid officers. 

Student allowances have been affected by the issue of multiple registration statuses and students following incorrect academic pathways. Incorrect pathways include registering for non-aligned qualifications or qualifications which are being phased out. 

In order to address the issue of multiple registration statuses, students are urged to deregister at institutions that they are no longer attending and submit evidence to NSFAS so that their funds can be released to the proper institution. 

4 287 students have not been processed for NSFAS payments due to these exceptions, however, systems are being implemented to address the issues. A reconciliation and data sharing exercise has begun between NSFAS and institutions to resolve these issues.

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TSIBA Applications For 2023 Intake Now Open

Saturday, 2 July, 2022 - 09:54 Author: Raigan Cloete

Applications for the 2023 academic year are now open at TSIBA Business School. Find out more about the courses offered below.

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Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSIBA) is a business school which was founded in 2004 in Woodstock. The school has been registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

Students may study any of their undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, as well as short courses and learnerships. TSIBA’s mission is to offer high-quality and rewarding education through vocational training. 

Applications are now open for Bachelors degrees and Higher Certificate qualifications. Students may visit the TSIBA Business School website to apply for admission. 

Click here to visit the TSIBA website.

Bachelor of Business Administration is accredited by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA). Students studying for the degree are provided with tablet devices and data to make blended learning easier.  

The basic entry criteria for the degree are as follows:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelors Pass or studying towards your NSC.
  • Minimum pass requirement of 40% or more in Mathematics or a minimum pass requirement of 60% or more in Mathematical Literacy.
  • Minimum pass requirement of 50% or more in English.
  • A minimum of 27 points is required to be eligible for entry to the TSiBA undergraduate degree.

The Higher Certificate in Business Administration is a 9-month course which is a step toward studying for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in entrepreneurial leadership. Those who have not met the basic entry criteria for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree are eligible for this programme.

Higher Certificate programme students require a National Senior Certificate with a Higher Certificate pass endorsement with a minimum of 20 points on the TSIBA Points System.

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Gauteng School Admission Applications Open This Month

Saturday, 2 July, 2022 - 09:46 Author: Raigan Cloete

Parents and guardians hoping to secure placement for their children may apply for admission for the 2023 academic year at schools during July 2022. Here is what parents need to know before applying.

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The Gauteng Education Department has announced that online school admission applications are set to open on 22 July 2022. Parents and guardians will have until 19 August to apply for placement for their children.

Grade 1 and 8 admission applications take place online via the Gauteng Department of Education Online Admissions System. Parents are encouraged to apply to a maximum of 5 schools to ensure placement for their children. 

Documents will need to be submitted to all schools applied to within 7 days after applying. Parents may also upload documents on the system to one school for other schools to view. 

Applying online to schools can be a bit challenging for some, so to assist these individuals the department has opened decentralised walk-in centres. The centres are open from 08:00 till 16:00.

Those applying online will receive placement offers from 3 October to 30 November 2022. Placement offers will be sent to the parent's cellphone numbers. 

Whereas those applying for Grade R, Grade 2 to 7 and Grade 9 to 12 will need to apply directly to their schools of choice. Parents will need to find out from the schools when and how to apply for placement. Applications may take place at different times so parents are encouraged to contact schools to find out their specific application dates. 

Click here to visit the Gauteng Education Department website.

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NSFAS Now Preparing To Open 2023 Applications

Saturday, 2 July, 2022 - 09:38 Author: Raigan Cloete

After Blade Nzimande’s speech about NSFAS in June, applications for 2023 are preparing to open earlier than usual. Students are encouraged to gather all the necessary documents to allow them to apply as soon as applications open.

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In June, Minister Blade Nzimande stated that he has requested for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Board to prepare for the opening of the application window for funding in the 2023 academic year.

Usually, applications would open in August or September every year but this year applications may open sooner. “The sooner NSFAS opens the application window period for funding, the better for having a good start to the 2023 academic year,” stated Nzimande.

With regards to university funding in 2022, NSFAS has provided funding for 691 432 students, including 227 072 male and 462 983 female students. 

For 2022 TVET College funding, the financial aid scheme has projected a 10% growth in student numbers across the TVET academic cycles to approximately 395 000 students. NSFAS has therefore made provisional funding for 380 000 students at TVET Colleges. 

In preparation for the applications, students are encouraged to compile the following documents:

  • Certified copy of ID or birth certificate (not older than 3 months).
  • Signed consent form
  • If you are a dependent provide your parents or guardians’:
    • Certified copy of ID (not older than 3 months).
    • Proof of income (payslip or appointment letter).
  • If you are self-sufficient, please provide proof of income (payslip or appointment letter).
  • If you have a disability, please provide signed Annexure A.
  • If you are an orphan, please provide a signed Declaration Form.
  • Other documents required if applicable:
    • Retrenchment letter/ UIF documentation
    • Death certificate/s 
    • Divorce decree.

Keep an eye on the NSFAS website and social media platforms to know when the applications open. 

Click here to visit the NSFAS website.

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Sassa Grants Must Be Collected At Alternative Points

Saturday, 2 July, 2022 - 09:31 Author: Raigan Cloete

Sassa encourages social grant beneficiaries to make use of alternative payment methods to collect their grant payments. Below is a list of alternative payment methods.

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) announced that social grants for July 2022 will begin on 4 July for Older Persons, on 5 July for Disability Grants, and the rest will be paid on 6 July. 

On the day their grants are available, beneficiaries may make their way to the following paypoints:

  • ATMs
  • Pick n Pay
  • Shoprite
  • Boxer
  • U-Save
  • Checkers

Beneficiaries may present their Sassa cards at the above paypoints to either withdraw cash or buy essentials. Those who receive their grants via Sassa mobile pay points may also make use of the above-mentioned payment methods. 

Recipients are reminded that they do not need to withdraw their grant on the day it becomes available, the money will remain on the card until they decide to use it.

Clients who have forgotten their PIN codes or do not have PIN codes may reset them at their nearest Post Office outlet. Once their PINs have been reset, beneficiaries may go-ahead to collect their grants. 

Sassa advises beneficiaries to be cautious and vigilant when using their PINs and not to share their PINs with anybody, not even family members. This is as perpetrators are always looking to take advantage of vulnerable individuals.

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New Deadline Set For Comments On Changes To School Laws

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 14:27 Author: Hazel Kosie

School infrastructure has been a long-standing challenge for the Education Sector, as education activists have been advocating for changes to better the lives of school learners. The Education Department has announced that it has extended the deadline for submission for amendments affecting school infrastructure. 

 

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had published a Government Gazette with proposed amendments to the Regulations Relation to the Minimum Union Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure Issues in terms of Section 5A (1)(a) of the South African Schools Act, 1996. 

Civil society group on schooling matters, Equal Education (EE) said the proposed changes to Basic Education’s norms and standards for public school infrastructure are drastic and unacceptable.

Equal Education’s Hopolang Selebalo shared that the organisation has been working to improve basic education for young South Africans for over a decade, and that it is long overdue for the South African government to “do more” and step up. 

The Department of Basic Education has announced that it has given people an opportunity to participate and have an input on proposed amendments in the sector. The deadline to make submissions has been extended until 31 July 2022.

In a statement, the department said:

The purpose of releasing the Gazette is to give the public, including stakeholders, an opportunity to participate in the drafting of the regulations and to make substantive input which will be considered in drafting the final regulations.

The Education Department has uploaded, as per general practice, the document with the proposals on the website www.education.gov.za for public comment.

According to DBE spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, the department is committed to a constructive public participation process.

It is said that the proposed amendments have come about following consultation with the Minister of Finance and the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) earlier this year.

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Unisa Aims To Empower Youth Through Education

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 14:15 Author: Bulelani Dyomfana

As many South Africans understand, youth month holds historical significance when it comes to the country’s education system. With the month that serves to commemorate the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprisings drawing to a close, senior officials from the Higher Education sector reflect on what it means to empower the youth through education. 

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During a televised interview, the University of South African (Unisa)’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Puleng LenkaBula said that over 40 years have passed since the historical event of justified defiance against racial discrimination in schools. 

With this in mind, it's very important at this point to emphasise the value of education to align with president Mandela's assertion that education is very important because it empowers children of farmers or mine workers to ensure that they become owners of production.

The professor also went on to point out that education is not only for fostering productive citizens but is also a means to allow the youth to express their voices in shaping the future that they want to be a part of.

She added that this is particularly the case in the current context of the fourth industrial revolution.

It's even more important that they not only acquire critical learning skills but also must ensure that they lend their digital systems and the digital skills that are necessary for participating in the future economy, which is one of the critical things that the universities such as the University of South Africa do.

LenkaBula also went on to say the role of  the youth, in particular, has been expressed through Unisa’s annual programme: the Young Academic Leadership study, which is comprised of various partnerships across the continent 

Through this initiative, the professor further states that the university brings together students from the continent who learn about leadership and also tries to ensure that they communicate and participate within their communities
 

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Afri Training Institute Learnerships

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 13:49 Sakinah Samuels

Apply now for this Afri Training Institute learnership. This a Project Management Learnership for NQF Level 4.

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The learnership we have to offer is a Project Management NQF Level 4 for people living with disabilities.

It is to be launched in Saldahna for 20 unemployed youth between the ages of 18-33.

The candidates are to be residing in Saldahna and the surrounding areas.

It is a 12 month project with 5 modules to be completed upon success.

As per Seta requirement the applicants are required to have passed grade 11 (NQF level 3) to qualify for the learnership.

The learnership is a paid opportunity and a stipend of R4 000-R5 000 is offered monthly.

The learnership is to start the 1st of August and applications closes 18 July 2022.

How To Apply

Applicants can send their CV, Proof of Disability and Matric certificate to: [email protected]

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Principals Lose Power To Purchase School Textbooks

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 11:58 Author: Hazel Kosie

According to reports, school principals in KwaZulu-Natal have been negatively affected by a letter received from the Education Department. The department has shared that there is good in the decision that it has taken.

 

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More than 600 school principals have been denied the permission to purchase textbooks for their schools by the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department.

Under the South African Schools Act, Section 21 (c) School-Governing Bodies (SGB) are allocated the functions “to purchase textbooks, educational materials or equipment” for their respective schools.

However, the head of the education department also has the ability to withdraw this function for a number of reasons. This was followed by school principals and SGBs being given notices that the department was withdrawing their “function 21 C”.

It is said a letter was sent to the affected schools, allowing them to lodge an appeal with the Provincial Education Department’s Minister, Kwazi Mshengu. 

“While the individual schools’ appeal is under review, the HOD’s (head of department) decision to decline the confirmation of Section 21 function(s) for that school remains deferred.”

Teacher union, the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa's (Naptosa) has disapproved of this move from the Education Department:

In the interview, the union’s spokesperson, Thiron Moodley said:

We don't understand the rationale behind it considering that no reasons were given to these school governing bodies. Why were these powers actually withdrawn?

As conflicting as this move may be for the teachers union, the Department explained that it is embarking on a centralisation strategy, to better manage costs. Moodley argued that this move will further de-stabilise schools in the province.

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Who Should Be Held Accountable For Tavern Tragedy?

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 11:30 Author: Hazel Kosie

There have been many debates around the tragic deaths of young children that occurred at an East London-based tavern. Amongst many things, the issue of who should be held accountable has been a burning question. The Education Department has officially weighed in on the matter.

 

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It has been reported that authorities are still investigating the tragic deaths of 21 teenagers in the early hours of 26 June 2022. The tragic deaths took place at a Pens Down event, at the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, East London. A stampede has been ruled out as a cause of death.

The teenagers that tragically lost their lives are as young as 13 years old, with the eldest of the teens being a 17-year-old.

Department of Basic Education (DBE) spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga has questioned how a large number of underage children were able to make their way into that venue without an adult knowing what was taking place there.

Some of the survivors have come forward, and an unidentified 14-year-old learner shared that he entered when everyone else was going inside and the bouncers at the entrance had let him in while the place wasn't packed yet.

In a recently held event, DBE Minister Angie Motshekga cautioned the youth against activities such as this one, pointing out that there are other constructive things they could do for fun.

In an interview, Mhlanga said:

We've always complained and protested to authorities that allow these types of establishments to be allowed to operate in schools where learners easily access these things.

The residents of Scenery Park have also alleged that the police and liquor board failed to respond to complaints about the Enyobeni tavern at least a month before the tragic incident at this tavern.

This tragic incident has fueled debates on social media platforms, as people are pointing out a number of figures in society who ought to be held accountable for such incidents.

However, Mhlanga said this is the time to reflect, and establish what government can do to hold identify the entities that are responsible for legalising these types of establishments.

 

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Why Your R350 Grant Payments Are Delayed

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 11:23 Author: Bulelani Dyomfana

If you are among those who have applied for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and are yet to receive any feedback in relation to the progress of your application, chances are, there is a valid reason for this. Here is why you are experiencing this delay, according the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa)

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Have you endured lengthy delays when it comes to receiving your Sassa R350 grant payment or any response on the progress of your related application this recent month? 

According to the South African Social Security (Sassa), this is due to the fact that April and May applications and payments are behind schedule. 

Sassa also acknowledged the backlog of May and April applications and stated that they will deal with it through a project, but they added that they were still working on those applications.

Thus, If you find that your payment has been delayed because Sassa needs to verify your bank information, this means that Sassa is currently doing so. Sassa also clarified that it's possible that the submitted information may be inaccurate. So if your bank account has been changed without informing Sassa, this also causes a delay in the payment process, which is another issue.

Additionally, a breakdown in communication between you and the Sassa could be the cause of the delay problems. As a result, if you find that you have been waiting a while, see if Sassa has made an attempt to contact you. They will call R350 grant recipients to obtain accurate information.

You can also call the Sassa call centre or update your bank information on the Sassa Srd website if you need assistance with your delayed grant payment.

Furthermore, a lack of payment information submitted may be the possible cause of your appeal payment being delayed after it has been approved. You should then visit the SRD website and adjust the payment method and payment information.
 

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SAFETY MANAGEMENT GRADUATES X4 at Fraser Alexander

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 10:07 Abdul Gallow

The purpose of our programme is to provide graduates with advanced workplace learning in a specialised discipline or sub-discipline in their field of study. 

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Requirements
  • Medically Fit
  • Pass Client Screening, which includes criminal record screening
  • Pass Client Induction
  • Unemployed
  • Be willing to do psychometric assessments.
  • Fraser Alexander will do background screening of qualifications
  • Candidate must not have been in a similar graduate programme before.
  • Successful candidates must be willing to relocate to any Fraser Alexander Sites  within RSA
Qualifications
  • Grade 12
  • Candidate must have either a BTech, Degree in Safety Management, Environmental Sciences, Disaster or Safety  or  Environmental Health
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University of Pretoria SRC Rejects Fee Increases

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 10:05 Author: Bulelani Dyomfana

Studying at university can be a serious financial burden for students, and this is often made worse by the yearly tuition fee increases. Student Representative Councils often represent the grievances of students and one in particular, is not pleased about the University of Pretoria deciding to increase fees. 

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The University of Pretoria recently announced they will implement increases on registration and tuition fees for the 2023 academic year, a decision that has not been well received by the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC).

In a statement published on Saturday this past week, the SRC said that they strongly reject the increase on registration fees. 

The UP SRC and students vehemently reject the University of Pretoria’s decision to increase registration fees for both undergraduate and postgraduate by 50% and 33% respectively. The decision taken by the university is anti-poor and the Students of UP reject it.

Naeem Moola, the university's Director of Finance, informed students of the fee increase in an announcement on Saturday. According to the communiqué from Moola, the registration cost for undergraduate students would rise from R5 000 to R7 500, and for postgraduate students, it would rise from R7 500 to R10 000.

International postgraduate students would now be required to pay half of the annual tuition, or R40,000, while international undergraduate students would be required to pay R40,000.

“The University of Pretoria has not increased the first payment, which is generally due at registration each year and which forms part of the annual tuition fee, since 2016. This was done to assist students who have been experiencing financial difficulties. The increase was further delayed in 2020, 2021 and 2022 owing to the pandemic and the economic hardships experienced by students,” Moola stated.

But according to the SRC, the majority of the students had continued to pay the university their full tuition for all of those academic years.

“Furthermore, the reality is that the majority of students and their families faced greater economic difficulty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the institution still received tuition fees and state subsidies,” said the SRC.

In addition to this, Moola announced an increase in registration fees for 2024, when postgraduate students would have to pay R12 500 and undergraduate students would have to pay R10,000.

 

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Hitachi Energy Corporate Communications Intern

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 09:57 Abdul Gallow

At Hitachi Energy, our purpose is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We bring power to homes, schools, hospitals and factories. Join us and work with fantastic people, while learning and developing yourself.

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Join Hitachi Energy and harness the power of our diverse global network, as you collaborate with and learn from our world-class teams.

Responsibilities
  • Willing to learn and attend classes when needed.
  • Participate in a Management Practice Program in partnership with a selected business school to expose you to the Business value chain so that you can accelerate your knowledge of the business environment and understand the role you play.
  • For Engineering related field, partner with an excellent provider who will develop both your technical and professional skills and lead you on a road to registration with ECSA.
  • Take-up various Soft skills to help you develop both personal and professional etiquette and help you navigate the world of work and speak the business language.
  • Living Hitachi Energy’s core values of safety, quality and integrity, which means taking responsibility for your own actions while caring for your colleagues and the business.
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  • You should have a Degree, B-tech, Diploma or S 1-4 in any of the above-mentioned functions.
  • Demonstrate strong written and communication skills and overall learning attitude.
  • Due to overwhelming responses, should we not come back to you within 30 days, please consider your application unsuccessful.
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Northlink College Opens Applications For 2023

Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 09:43 Author: Sakinah Samuels

Applications for the 2023 academic year are now open at Northlink College. Northlink College is a TVET College situated in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town and offers various courses.

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You can now apply to study at Northlink College in 2023 as their 2023 college applications are now open. Applications will close on 30 September so apply now before it's too late!

Applications are open for Semester 1, Trimester 1 and National Certificate (Vocational) study. They offer more than 70 courses across their 7 campuses.

You can apply to study the following programmes:

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering Studies 
  • Occupational Studies

All students are encouraged to apply for NSFAS as it provides financial relief for low income households. They provide bursary accommodation as well as private accommodation for students who do not qualify for bursary residence.

How To Apply
  1. Select your Course.
  2. Once you have selected a course, view the class fees and read the Payment Policy.
  3. Complete the Online Application.
  4. Upload a certified copy of your ID and latest results.
  5. Your application will be acknowledged via SMS & e-mail.

You can view the status of your application at any given time by just logging into the Northlink College website.

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