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Ingwe TVET College Registrations Are Open

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 15:21 Author Raigan Cloete

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Ingwe TVET College. Ingwe TVET College aims to provide diverse quality technical vocational education and training responsive to your needs.

Ingwe TVET College value integrity and honesty, commitment, efficiency, and responsiveness. They aim to provide their students with good quality education.

Registration for all programmes open on 18 January and will close on 22 January 2021.

Ingwe TVET College offers the following Report 191 programmes:

  • Financial Management
  • Business Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Legal Secretary
  • Management Assistant
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Public Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Ingwe TVET College offers the following NCV programmes:

  • Marketing
  • Office Administration
  • Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Generic Management
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Engineering and Related Design
  • Civil and Building Construction
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction

For more information about Ingwe TVET College, click here.

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Central Johannesburg TVET College Registrations Now Open

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 15:11 Author Sakinah Samuels

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Central Johannesburg TVET College. All students are encouraged to register online, remotely.

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Central Johannesburg TVET College. 

All students are encouraged to register online, remotely. This is in line with the Department of Higher Education and Training. It is also in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, as well as the Alert Level 3 Lockdown restrictions. 

How To Register Online
  1. Click here to start.
  2. Click on “Student”
  3. Key in your “Student Number”
  4. Key in your 5 number pin that you created previously
  5. Click on “Login”
  6. On the left of the screen there will be Student iEnabler tab and underneath there will be sub systems. You need to click on the “Academic Registration”
  7. Click on “Rules and Regulations”. Read the Registration Rules and
  8. Click on “I Accept” on the Right side of the screen.
  9. Click on: “Submit Registration”
  10. Make sure that the Qualification that you Applied for and confirmed with the campus is displayed on the screen. (If it is not the correct Qualification, please rectify with the Campus administration before you continue)
  11. Complete the “Employment Status”
  12. Click on “Save and Continue”
  13. On the next screen, all Subjects for the Qualification is automatically selected. Click on “Save and Continue”
  14. The following will appear on the next page: List of subjects you are registered for, Mode of Study, Academic Period & Attendance Type. Should the subjects not be correct you need to see the data capturer at the campus.
  15. Click on: “Continue”
  16. On the next page you can view the Registration Cost. You have an option to “Restart the Process” or “Print the Cost Details” before you Accept the Registration.
  17. Lastly click on: “Accept Registration”
  18. Your registration is now complete

The college has provided limited access to students who are struggling to register remotely, to their resource centres at our various campuses. The no mask, no entry policy, as well as other COVID-19 related restrictions will apply.

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School Governing Bodies Against Delayed Reopening of High Schools

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 14:28 Author Raigan Cloete

School Governing Bodies associations disagree with the plans to delay the reopening of public high schools. They would like for those high schools to open on 27 January 2021.

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) suggested the postponement of the reopening of high schools. The NCCC would like for high school learners to return on 15 February 2021.

The NCCC decided postponement after they met with the Department of Basic Education to discuss the state of readiness for public schools in the context of the COVID-19 second wave.

Teachers and school management teams are set to be back at work on 25 January 2021. High school learners have been asked to return on 27 January 2021.

However, the NCCC believes that only primary schools and early childhood development centres (ECDs) should reopen as previously scheduled.

The command council would like for high schools to only open until mid-February.

On Wednesday night, the DBE met with the school governing body (SGB) associations and teachers unions, to campaign for support.

According to the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas), the SGB associations disagree with the plans to delay the reopening of public high schools.

Paul Colditz, Fedsas CEO, said that there is not enough scientific evidence from experts to make an informed decision about how the COVID-19 variant impacts school children.

Fedsas strongly believes that teachers and learners would be safer in schools since they are controlled environments.

Colditz said that the DBE did not mention a possible deviation from the school calendar before last week.

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TVET Colleges Set To Open According To Released 2021 Academic Calendar

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 13:44 Author Lauren Chawula

Minister Blade Nzimande says that TVET Colleges are set to reopen as per the TVET calendar for 2021, released weeks ago. 

In a briefing which took place on 18 January, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande said that TVET Colleges would be following the approved 2021 Academic Calendar that was recently released.

Students will be expected to return to colleges in a staggered manner on 25 January and the 1st, 8th and 15th February. 

Those students returning in February 2021 will receive remote learning support. 

N5 and N6 students will return before N4 students and returning trimester students will be prioritised due to the reduced amount of study time available for these students. 

While lots of colleges have systems in place to continue with online registrations, others will make use of the staggered approach in order for walk-ins to be better managed. This will ensure that less crowding takes place and all Covid-19 protocols are adhered to. 

Nzimande says that it vital that health and safety protocols are in place for return of students, especially during the period of registration. 

Minister Nzimande says that all principles surrounding the flexibility of the return of staff and students to colleges will be communicated to colleges within the next 2-3 days. 

If a rapid increase of infections or cluster outbreaks are seen on campuses, campuses will close down immediately the Minister assured. 

The Department is in the process of collecting information on Covid-19 statistics within the sector.

In the mean time all students are encouraged to make use of safety measures such as keeping a safe physical distance in public spaces, washing or sanitizing their hands regularly and wearing a mask that covers their mouth and nose in public areas.

For more information on the TVET College 2021 Academic Calendar, click here.

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Some Schools Were Still Open Today

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 13:42 Author Sakinah Samuels

Following the Department of Basic Education's announcement that schools will be opening on 15 February, some schools have chosen to ignore this and are having learners back. MEC Panyaza Lesufi has now pledged to combat this issue.

Following the Department of Basic Education's announcement that schools will be opening on 15 February, some schools have chosen to ignore this and are having learners back. MEC Panyaza Lesufi has now pledged to combat this issue.

Lesufi visited Helpmekaar College today after it was found that they sent out a newsletter to parents saying that learners should come to school. 

While addressing the media here, he said:

We sensed danger and we felt that we can't just persuade the public education system. We need to also persuade the private education system and the reasons are simple. They are in the same communities with everyone ... Their parents are going to be up and down.

He then continued to explain that it's not about the institution's ability to manage the virus but rather the movement of people.

The principal is then said to have explained the decision to open. The school was open last week and received the news of the delayed reopening late. The school then reconsidered their decision over the weekend is now set to be migrate to online learning with seven learners who live at the school who will remain there.

There are however other schools which chose to stay open. 

Curro, which is the largest independent school network in South Africa that offers a range of options for parents looking for independent schooling, agreed that they will close schools.

International school students who are coming from outside South Africa is another matter the department will be discussing.

Any other school that is operating in Gauteng are in defiance of the state and when in defiance of the state, we'll persuade them to a certain limit. If they don't want to be persuaded past that limit, unfortunately we have to act.

The Gauteng Department of Education will be writing to the Minister calling for this delay to be gazetted as soon as possible so that they are covered legally should they want to act on schools who are not obeying the rules.

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Nzimande Defends Unisa Student Limits

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 13:15 Author Alan Hammond

The enrollment of students at Unisa has to match the numbers planned as there are dangers if there are either too many or too few enrolled, explains Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande.

When the government introduced fee-free education for students at university there was a big enthusiasm from matriculants to get access to varsity education. When the traditional universities were full the next choice for many was to register at Unisa.

So the university that was intended primarily as a distance learning institution for slightly older people who were working and studying full time changed its profile.  Very quickly the average age of the students at Unisa dropped dramatically and there were many more students who were studying full time, straight out of school.

There has been much anecdotal feedback about the failures in service delivery at Unisa which seemed to indicate that they were struggling to adequately provide services for this larger number of students.  Email and telephone enquiries were not answered, course material was delayed (some complaining that the material arrived on after the due date of the assignments).

The issue was first addressed by the Minister when he setup a commission to enquire about the future plans for Unisa.  Then he announced that the enrollment numbers for this year must be capped at the agreed enrollment numbers and the institution must not admit more students than planned - even if they have qualified for NSFAS funding.

"Over-enrolment carries the risk of not only collapsing the economy of a single institution, but the entire system, particularly if its scale imposes major financial consequences," explained Minister Nzimande.

"Under-enrolment is also not tenable, as it does not enable South Africa to sufficiently grow the size and diversity of its post-education and training system to meet the needs of our economy and society".

Nzimande hit out at political parties who were attacking his decision to enforce the agreed enrollment plan saying they did not understand the issue.  The Minister said he would be issuing a more detailed statement later.

 

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NSFAS To Start Delivering Laptops In March

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 13:08 Author Sakinah Samuels

Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that they expect NSFAS to start delivering laptops in March. The Department is also working to make data more accessible to students.

Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that they expect NSFAS to start delivering laptops in March. The Department is also working to make data more accessible to students.

During his media briefing, Nzimande said:

It is anticipated that NSFAS will be able to start the rolling out the first batch of devices for delivery when the 2021 academic program resumes in March.

NSFAS is still in the process of procuring the laptops as Nzimande says they are engaging with service providers on things such as ordering, delivery, payment and other things. 

Students who are set to receive the laptops are funded by NSFAS and will have their learning materials allowance used to get the laptop. This allowance usually sees the student receiving around R5000 to purchase devices, books and any other learning material needed.

The laptop will then belong to the student and will be used for the duration of their qualification. 

The financial aid scheme is also said to be speaking to Universities and TVET Colleges on how exactly these laptops will be distributed and handled. 

As for whether the laptop a student will receive will be compatible with what they're studying, Nzimande said, "NSFAS is also engaging with individual institutions to assess laptop requirements for their NSFAS students, to ensure compatibility with the relevant qualifications".

Once NSFAS finishes all their tasks, they will then provide institutions with dates.

As for data, Nzimande said:

Our intention is to make sure that no student gets left behind during these turbulent times of the pandemic, but also find a sustainable long-term strategy that ensures that the PSET sector does not revert back to pre- COVID status in relation to access to online resources by students and lecturers.

Nzimande continued to say that they are working on innovative mechanisms to help students who are in areas with poor connectivity access teaching and learning material better.

The Department of Higher Education will now be engaging with service providers to make data more accessible to students. The Minister also said that they'll be focussing on zero-rating educational websites as well. 

Nzimande addressed the reopening of Higher Education institutions and other related things within the sector. The Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, and the new NSFAS CEO, Andile Nongogo, was present as well.

 

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How Schools Are Affected By Reopening Delays?

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 13:01 Author Raigan Cloete

Last week, the DBE announced that the reopening of schools would take place on 15 February 2021, which is two weeks later than the initial date. This decision has caused some to be concerned about how it will affect the academic year.

Many people in South Africa have welcomed the decision made by the Department of Basic Education to delay the reopening of schools, however, some do not think that it was the best decision.

Last week, the DBE announced that the reopening of schools would take place on 15 February 2021, which is two weeks later than the initial date.

Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule announced that school management teams would report for duty on January 25, teachers on February 1 and pupils on February 15.

The delay was implemented to provide relief to the health system, which is currently struggling to cope with the amount of COVID-19 patients.

By postponing the reopening of schools, more pressure will be put on the teachers and learners when they return to stay on track with the current syllabus. Learners will also have less time for revision.

There are a few schools that do not intend to delay their reopening, such as Helpmekaar College in Braamfontein. 

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the College after reports about the institution sending a newsletter requesting all 1 200 learners to return to school. 

Lesufi said that he would like to discover the reasons for the college's action as it would be in contravention of the postponement of the opening of schools to February 15 by the DBE.

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Nzimande On The Reopening of Universities

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 12:40 Author Lauren Chawula

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande briefed the media on the reopening of universities and completion of the 2020 academic year. 

As a result of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, many students are concerned about how the 2021 academic year will pan out at universities. Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande briefed the media on this matter on 18 January. 

He said that higher education institutions have faced many challenges due to the effects of Covid-19 but that the leadership at universities and the department have put forward significant efforts to ensure that all students receive a good quality of education despite this. 

The Minister proclaimed, "We have a duty to make it a better year" with hopes to not have a repeat of last year.

He reports that 10 universities have completed all teaching and learning activities as well as their examinations in 2020 while the remaining 16 institutions are expected to complete the 2020 academic year at different times. 

The Minister said he remains confident that the majority of the institutions will have completed the 2020 academic year in February and the rest will complete it in March 2021. 

On the enrolment of the new university students Nzimande said that all institutions have aligned the start of the 2021 academic year with the availability of the NSC examination results which is set to be released 0n 22 February 2021. The start of the 2021 academic year is expected to take place between early March and the middle of April. 

Nzimande says that it vital that health and safety protocols are in place for return of students, especially during the period of registration. 

Due to the adjusted alert Level 3 lockdown, Nzimande says that those students who are able to study from home should do so, so that large gatherings can be kept at minimum at institutions. 

However, those students who unable to study at home due to the home environment being unfavourable for them to learn in have returned to campus and many more will continue to do so. 

If a rapid increase of infections or cluster outbreaks are seen on campuses, campuses will close down immediately.

The Department is in the process of collecting information on Covid-19 statistics within the sector.

In the mean time all students are encouraged to make use of safety measures such as keeping a safe physical distance in public spaces, washing or sanitizing their hands regularly and wearing a mask that covers their mouth and nose in public areas. 

 

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NSFAS Will Not Be Taking Late Applications For 2021

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 12:03 Author Sakinah Samuels

Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced that NSFAS will not be taking late applications from students wanting to be funded for the 2021 academic year.

Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will not be taking late applications from students wanting to be funded for the 2021 academic year.

During his briefing, he made it clear saying:

Given the high numbers of applications received for NSFAS, funding late applications will not be accepted in 2021.

NSFAS received around 750 000 applications from students wanting to be funded in 2021. This is an increase of 185 000 applications when compared to 2020.

This, the Minister said, "shows a high level of demand for funding support and access to higher education and training opportunities".

Students are given a specific time to accept the space offered to them at universities and are urged to do so. This would also affect whether they are funded by NSFAS or not. 

"Each university and TVET college has an enrolment plan and can only admit a specific number of students. The competition for such spaces is high, especially in universities," said Nzimande.

61% of these applicants are SASSA beneficiaries, amounting to over 460 000.

NSFAS embarked on assessing these applications in December and is still in the process of doing so, aiming to complete the evaluation process in February. This is so that students can know whether they've been funded or not when registration begins. 

NSFAS provides fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans. NSFAS will cover your tuition fees, accommodation fees as well as give you transport, living and book allowances to make sure that your higher education is covered far beyond what you expect.

If you've applied to be funded through NSFAS but you haven't received any word on whether you've been approved for NSFAS yet, it will be communicated soon but you can check your application status by logging into your myNSFAS account and track your application progress. Here you will receive more information on which stage your application is at.

Nzimande addressed the reopening of Higher Education institutions and other related things within the sector. The Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, and the new NSFAS CEO, Andile Nongogo, was present as well.

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Will Funza Lushaka Fund Me If I Take A Gap Year?

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 11:46 Author Sakinah Samuels

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession. Are you wondering whether the Funza Lushaka Bursary will fund you if you take a gap year? Well, here's the answer.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme to promote teaching as a profession. Are you wondering whether the Funza Lushaka Bursary will fund you if you take a gap year? Well, here's the answer. 

Students who are funded through the Funza Lushaka Bursary programme are required to accept a teaching post immediately after qualifying and an extension will not be granted to a qualifying student even for further studies.

Therefore, unfortunately, you will not be funded by the programme if you decide to take a break while studying and after, in the form of a gap year. 

Provincial Education Departments will place students in public schools once they are qualified. You will then be required to teach for every year that you were funded. This means that if you were funded for four years then you will have to teach for a minimum of four years.

If you fail to do this, you will need to repay the bursary. 

The bursary programme is designed to boost recruitment into teaching, especially in priority subject areas. In most cases, Faculty or School of Education staff will be able to assist students with the Funza Lushaka priority subjects to determine a student's teaching priority subjects.

In order to qualify for this bursary, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • You must fall under one of the following categories:
    • learners, currently in Grade 12
    • graduates who want to complete a teaching qualification (enroll for a PGCE)
    • people who want to make a career change and become teachers
    • unemployed people who want to become teachers
  • The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens with a valid South African ID number.
  • Allocation of Funza Lushaka bursaries to Higher Education Institution employees, their spouse and their dependents/children is not permissible.
  • Bursary applicants must already have been accepted into a either BEd or PGCE qualification at an at an accredited public University.
  • The applicant must also meet the national selection criteria for the Funza Lushaka bursary.
  • The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification.
  • The applicant should demonstrate good academic ability.
  • The applicant must show commitment to a teaching career, which includes: interest in working with young people; enthusiasm for a professional career in teaching; readiness to face and surmount difficult challenges and personal integrity.
  • The applicant must be committed to teach at any school which they may be appointed to by a provincial education deparrment (PED). 

Visit the Funza Lushaka Bursary website for more information.

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Thousands Of Education Assistants Still Await Payment

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 11:07 Author Sakinah Samuels

The Department of Basic Education recruited around 300 000 South African youths as education assistants. Now, many have said that they still haven't received payment. Various questions are now being raised when it comes to this initiative.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) recruited around 300 000 South African youths as education assistants. Now, many have said that they still haven't received payment. Now, the department has said that salaries will be received this week.

National Treasury is said to not have made funds available to the provinces yet. 

The assistants hired have also said that they have heard nothing when it comes to when they would be getting paid. One such assistant said:

We knew that on the 22nd of December was going to be our paydates of which it didn't happen and our prinicipal was kind enough to update us that the department has communicated that as soon as the money is available, they will send it to the schools and the schools will be able to pay us immediately.

This was what they were told December of last year and they have since not heard anything else. 

The Department has promised that assistants should start seeing their salaries arriving this week. They will receive double pay for December and January.

Enock Vusi Nzama, Head of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, said that they started the process of verifying information in December and were able to pay the first group at the beginning of January. 20 000 assistants have been paid and 50 000 ID numbers are now being verified.

She continued to say, "We've been waiting and we're not even sure if the January salary will be received or not".

During a press conference last week, the Department also took the time to answer some questions raised about this issue. 

The funds being used to pay the assistants has been sent to the provinces with all but Eastern Cape choosing to transfer the funds to schools. 

Eastern Cape paid assistants directly.

In response to speculation that the assistants were not vetted and checked against the sexual offenders' registry, the Department emphasised that of course they went through these processes as it forms part of the Child's Act and is important. 

We need to know who we are exposing the children to because there are lots of challenges that our country is facing ... We don't want somebody who has a record in that area to be exposed to children at schools ... That process needs to take it's time so that we can ensure the safety of children at schools.

As part of President Cyril Ramaphosa's Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, DBE made 300 000 vacancies available. 200 000 of these were for Education Assistants and 100 000 for General School Assistants.These opportunities were open to those aged 18 to 35. 

Government spent R5 billion on this initiative.

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NPA Internship Programme 2021

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Bronwyn Monday, January 18, 2021 - 10:17

National Prosecuting Authority invites South African graduates who are between the ages of 18-35 to apply for the 2020/2021 Internship Programme.

Opportunity Details INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME FOR 2020/2021
  • Remember to quote the reference number of the vacancy you are applying for.
  • You will find this at the end of the advertisement
  • Complete the Z-83 form and submit it with your application.
  • We have made this form available on this page, for your convenience.
 

 

How to Apply
  • Please forward your application to the relevant e- mail address below , quoting the reference number. Stipend will vary according to level of qualification.
  • Applications must be submitted on a Z83 form obtainable from any Public Service Department or Internet at www.dpsa.gov.za/documents.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, certified copies of ID, Grade 12 and qualifications as well as the recent academic transcript/records.
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Calls For SASSA To Extend Grants

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 09:57 Author Raigan Cloete

Calls are growing for the Temporary Disability Grants to be extended as these social grants help many people provide for their families while they are unable to work.

Black Sash believes that the Temporary Disability Grants need to be extended until the end of March. These grants lapsed at the end of December 2020 which affected more than 200 000 recipients.

For the past few weeks, hundreds of beneficiaries have been queuing outside SASSA offices trying to renew their grants.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu admitted that the government should have done more planning to ensure that beneficiaries are not waiting in long queues outside the SASSA offices.

Unfortunately, there was an incident in Bellville where the police used water cannons to separate the elderly and disabled outside SASSA offices for not social distancing.

Mondli Gungubele, Social Development Portfolio Committee Chairperson, said that they are planning to meet up on 20 January 2021 to discuss how they can improve things.

He is concerned that people have had to sleep outside SASSA offices and wait in long queues in order to reapply for their grants and receive their social grants.

Gungubele stated that there are certain procedures to follow before the grants can be extended, which is why beneficiaries are asked to be patient with SASSA.

To stay up to date with the latest in SASSA news, click here.

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Experts Fear Learners Won't Return To School

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 09:56 Author Lauren Chawula

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, many schools have seen a drop in learners attending school in 2020. Experts fear that these learners may not return to school in the 2021 academic year. 

Learners experienced an extremely challenging year in the 2020 academic due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many were without the necessary resources to continue going to school or feared getting sick and infecting their families if they attended schools. 

The 2020 academic year saw schools around South Africa experiencing long periods of closure as the country battled the coronavirus. This caused an estimate of 15% of learners failing to return to schools in 2020, according to Department of Education, director general Mathanzima Mweli. 

While Mweli remains positive about these learners returning to schools when they reopen, experts have indicated that it is highly likely that this may not be the case. 

Associate professor at the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Labby Ramrathan said that the learners may have found a different way to support themselves and their families while they stayed away from school and that this lifestyle may seem more beneficial to them than returning back to school. 

Professor Ramrathan says that it will take a lot of motivation from the students' parents and guardians, to get learners to return to school. He says that parents must first understand the value of education in order for them to keep the learners interested and motivated to return to school. 

Senior Researcher at Stellenbosch University, Nic Spaull said that the effects of the extended school closures last year will be seen in the current year through higher dropout rates, lower immunisation and lost time. 

Teachers are concerned about the return of learners at schools and how they will apply themselves in the classroom given the fact that they have been away from school for such extended periods of time. 

One teacher told eNCA:

"As a teacher my work can only be done if I have learners in front of me and I teach."

Adding that the department must recognize that teachers are already under immense pressure and they must understand that they are also human beings. 

Teachers will be returning to schools on 1 February while learners will return on 15 February. 

Stellenbosch University, Professor of Economics Servaas van der Berg said that the education department's three-year plan to catch up on the lost teaching time will require a 'sense of emergency and focus' that he believes many schools in South Africa currently lack. 

"It is likely that it would be mainly schools serving poorer parts of our population that would fail to catch up. In the next few years this will exacerbate the high repetition and dropout rates that we still experience in many schools."-Stellenbosch University, Professor of Economics Servaas van der Berg. 

 

 

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False Bay TVET College igniting entrepreneurial aspirations and intent of College students

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 09:50 Author False Bay TVET College

In April to June 2020, 2.5 million young people aged 15 to 34 were unemployed in South Africa, according to Statistics South Africa. The age group’s unemployment rate was 34.1%. When the expanded definition is considered, the unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 34 rises to 55.2%. This definition includes unemployed people who have given up looking for work. It is further an accepted fact that not all graduates will secure gainful employment in our current shrinking economy.

False Bay TVET College was intentional when putting measures in place to combat this high level of unemployment by creating an environment for job seekers to aspire to become job creators. The College is currently the only TVET in the Western Cape with a Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator (CfERI).

The CFERI, despite Covid-19, hosted its 5 th Annual Poster and Pitch (P&P) Business Model Canvas (BMC) Competition. Students were encouraged to put their idea on a single page. This included, how they can solve a problem, monetize their skills and provide value to customers at a profit. “We are in desperate need of young people to increase their entrepreneurial intention.” Say Abe Oliver, CFERI Programme Manager.

The reason for this focussed approach, is because according to the 2019 findings of GEM Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, only 11.9% of respondents in SA have entrepreneurial intentions. This means one in every eight South Africans may be considered latent entrepreneurs intending to start a business within the next three years. This is in stark contrast to the average of 40% in the rest of Africa. Given the very high rates of underemployment and unemployment in the country, this is a discouraging finding.

With this macro perspective in mind and the reality in our local townships and communities, we partnered with Future Managers and ZAQ to encourage FBC students to participate in our P&P BMC competition on the 26 November.

Abe Oliver said “I was encouraging to see the business ideas, product samples and the entrepreneurial vision of these young people. They surely carry the torch to flame and ignite township economies. We had students representing five campuses of FBC - Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, Khayelitsha, Westlake and Mitchells Plain. Ideas ranged from skateboarding, a health bakery, laundry service, flipped furniture, organic farming, a coffee shop, recycling, and electrical services to name a few.”

The external adjudicators had a difficult time selecting the top two winners for the R10 000 seed capital category. The adjudicators were represented by external organisations such as FNB, Dream Exchange, Community Lab  Businesses Services, and the two funders, Future Managers and ZAQ.

Collen Dlamini, Executive Director of Future Managers stated the following post the event, “A job well done for  putting together a top-class event for the student-prenuers! We are honoured and humbled to be part of this project. Please continue to us in the loop on the initiatives you are pursuing in this space.” They have been funding the project since 2016.

The College Principal, Karin Hendricks expressed the following “I was very impressed with the number of current students who are participating. It shows that we are starting to see the influence of the work of the CfERI on the thinking of students. More and more students are thinking entrepreneurship and this is a good sign. What I am also impressed with is the fact that we have all campuses presented”

Jaco Wasserfall the Director l ZAQ encouraged the participants to run towards risk. Risks which are calculated and to build profitable businesses that serve society. He further emphasized that not all ideas will succeed with the first attempt. They should see failure as their first attempt in learning.

This amazing day was further enhanced by Tenchwill Solomon a False Bay TVET College graduate who started his own business, Born Free Construction in 2017. He believed doing good is good for Business. He is a resilient small business but thinks like a big business. He committed an additional prize of R3 000 to the first prize winner. This is indeed very encouraging when you see a student paying it forward to other students. This echo the words of Albert Einstein “In the midst of every crises there lies great opportunity”.

This year we have seen both graduates (alumni) and current students including N6 students who are at host employers, participating. Students from Westlake and Fish Hoek took the top two awards.
 

Zubair Isaacs

ZI Electrical Services

Energy 

Westlake - Graduate

R10000

Sibabalo Makaula

Pizza Wise

Fast Food

Fish Hoek –Current 

R10000

Anneeba Faulman

Heart Chocolate

Bakery & Health Focus

Muizenberg – N6 student currently at Host Company

R5000

Jongisiswe Ntshontse

Jqhama Urtsan Growers

Agriculture-Organic Focus

Khayelitsha – Current 

R5000

Leon Lackay

Leon Boxes

Furniture 

Westlake -Graduate

R5000

Roegshana Abrhams

Flip It 

Furniture 

Fish Hoek –N6 –student currently at Host Company

R5000

Sindi van Wyk

Animation Studio

Entertainment 

Muizenberg -Graduate

R5000

Terence Angus 

T & T Trading 

Furniture 

Mitchells Plain –Part-Time Students

R5000

“We are committed to expand our footprint on each campus. We are looking at 2021 to establish Entrepreneurship Clubs on each campus. The mission is to further enhance entrepreneurial aspirations and intention of FBC students. The purpose of these E-Clubs will be to identify and implement campus projects that will better the lives of people in our community in need by empowering them with business and entrepreneurial skills and providing them with a more sustainable source of livelihood.” Said Abe Oliver“What an amazing platform to raise the entrepreneurial intention of our students today so that they can take their place as the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow.” Said Oliver.

Zig Ziglar “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

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Which Postgrad Qualifications Does NSFAS Fund?

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - 09:21 Author Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS provides fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans. Here are the postgraduate qualifications they will fund.

NSFAS provides fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans. Here are the postgraduate qualifications they will fund.

NSFAS does not necessarily fund a wide range of postgraduate qualifications. They only fund the following:

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA)

If you're studying towards a postgraduate degree which was not mentioned above, you are advised to apply for funding through the National Research Foundation (NRF). For more information on NRF, click here.

NSFAS provides financial assistance in the form of bursaries to eligible students at public universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in South Africa.

NSFAS will cover your tuition fees, accommodation fees as well as give you transport, living and book allowances to make sure that your higher education is covered far beyond what you expect.

If you've applied to be funded through NSFAS but you haven't received any word on whether you've been approved for NSFAS yet, it will be communicated soon but you can check your application status by logging into your myNSFAS account and track your application progress. Here you will receive more information on which stage your application is at.

Once approved for the bursary, the only requirement to stay funded is that students need to pass their modules. However, NSFAS does give grace in case something happens and allows students to fail one year and still be funded. 

For more information on NSFAS, click here.

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