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Motshekga Explains Why Private Schools Did Not Close

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 16:18Author: Simbongile Makanda

When the president announced a 4 week break for public schools, some organisations were not happy that private schools would remain open. Minister Motshekga now says closing private schools along with public schools would not have been in the best interest of learners.

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Motshekga said she met with stakeholders of independent schools who decided they wanted to keep independent schools open. 

"They indicated that their schools were not covered in the relief funds, and that some of their schools had closed down permanently due to the dire financial situation; and learners had been displaced and teachers lost jobs."

"It was, therefore, determined as not serving the best interest of anybody to ask private schools to go on a break," she said.

She said private private schools had the right resources to continue teaching, and they were not facing the same problems as some public schools. 

"Their schools are also following the standard operating procedures and have submitted their records of compliance to all health and safety protocols as well as social distancing to the district offices before being approved to reopen," Motshekga said.

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) has been fighting for the department to close private schools along with public schools. 

Beauty Blennies of COSAS said:

"Yes, we understand that private schools are independent schools and the salaries of teachers and the salaries of the teachers come from the school fees of the learners, but when we talk about equal education, we need to speak from one voice and that means we need to speak from one point."

The Congress felt that announcing a break for public schools would create a divide in the education system. 

The Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA) responded to COSAS organising protests in an attempt to get private schools to close.

"It is regrettable that Cosas is targeting independent schools. Independent schools have [never] actually closed. When the president shut down [during Level 5 lockdown], all our members went to remote learning".

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KZN Students Are Making Major Moves

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 15:51Author: Sakinah Samuels

Students in Kwazulu-Natal are making South Africa proud. One student is assisting students in the battle that online learning has presented and the other is representing South Africa on a large scale. With these being our future innovators, South Africa definitely has a chance at prospering further as a country.

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Two students from Kwazulu-Natal have used their innovation and are making a difference both in South Africa and globally. 

Fanie Ndlovu, a Durban University of Technology (DUT) student of Information and Communications Technology, has, with his team, created a platform called VarsityGenie. VarsityGenie sees students build work experience at the same time as enriching and contributing to their community.

Ndlovu said, “I started to host workshops via VarsityGenie on campus that introduced artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing with my friend Reddy Bambi. Universities are unable to do this due to the complex structure and policies that make up the curriculum."

This platform is not only for University students but also for high school students. Through VarsityGenie, learners can also gain knowledge, get careers advice and gain access to Universities. Students from Universities are also called on to talk about what they're studying to high school learners.

This platform also gives access to learning material in modules on various subjects and students can work at their own pace. They can also record themselves and what they know and share it with other students.

VarsityGenie is based at DUT but it's creators aim to have it at all KZN Universities and then worldwide. 

Another DUT student who done work for VarsityGenie has also been making moves. Nombuso Msweli, a final year student in information and communication technology, was chosen by Google to be a Women Techmaker ambassador. She does work to empower women in the technology industry.

Being a Women Techmaker ambassador are community leaders around the world. Their goal is for woman to be looked at as equals and be treated as equals in the technological field, a field which is dominated by men.

Msweli said, "“It is rare to see females who are in it to actually shine, not just to achieve the diploma or degree. My role as an ambassador is to bring or create that equal space for males and females in technology.”

She will host events that will see women learn, grow and work towards gender equality ad bridging the gap in the industry. She'll also take part in webinars where other women who have worked and been in the field will be and in this way, she'll be able to birth ideas which will manifest her own initiatives in technology.

With young individuals like Fanie and Nombuso in the world, and lucky for us in our country, we will definitely have a future filled with innovation and many steps forward will be made to combat the inequalities that exist. 

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Russia Approves First Covid-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 15:21Author: Simbongile Makanda

With more than 20 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide, many countries have been in a race to be the first to have a vaccine. The race might just be over, thanks to Russia. 

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Russia has become the first country to approve a vaccine for covid-19. This comes after less than two months after it started the human testing phase of the vaccine.

"As far as I know, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection was registered this morning," said  President Vladimir Putin..

Putin delivered the good news on state television during a government meeting. 

"I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks," said Putin.

“One of my daughters did the inoculation herself,” he said. “After the first injection, her temperature went up to 38, but by the next day it was just a little over 37.”

Putin said trials for the vaccine will continue while it is being produced. 

According to Russian authorities, medical workers, teachers and other risk groups will be the first to get the vaccine.

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the vaccine has been "proven to be highly effective and safe", but this doesn't seem to be the case.

The Russian vaccine has not yet been listed as one of the six vaccines that have reached phase three of clinical trials, according to a list made by the World Health Organisation's (WHO).

The WHO said it will be reviewing the vaccine to see if it can be added to the list and stand a chance to be used worldwide.  

 

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Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) Learnership Vacancies

The Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) would like to invite applications from qualifying learners to participate in an experiential learning programme. The programme will involve a period ranging from 6 months to a maximum of 24 months, as prescribed by the higher educational institution.

 GPAA EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME

The programme is aimed at affording experiential learners an opportunity to be exposed to the work environment, with the aim to assist learners to complete the practical part of their studies in order to graduate. Learning takes place under the guidance of more experienced professionals

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (2 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN HUMAN RESOURCES

REF NO: ET/GPAA/HRM2- 2020/07

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Human Resource Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable. An academic record/transcript and copies of all qualifications including matriculation.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (5 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN FINANCE

REF NO: ET/GPAA/FM5-2020/07

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Financial Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (1 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY) IN CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

REF NO: ET/GPAA/COM1-2020/07 

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Marketing/Public Relations. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (3 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN MONITORING AND EVALUATION

REF NO: ET/GPAA/M & E3-2020/07

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Public Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (1 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY) IN STRATEGY AND POLICY

REF NO: ET/GPAA/STRATEGY1-2020/07

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Public Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable. An academic record/transcript and copies of all qualifications including matriculation.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (4 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN NON-CONTRIBUTORY FINANCE

REF NO: ET/GPAA/NCF4 - 2020/07 

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Finance Management/Public Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable. An academic record/transcript and copies of all qualifications including matriculation.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (1 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT NORTHERN CAPE REGIONAL OFFICE

REF NO: ET/GPAA/CRM/NC1- 2020/07

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Public Management/Office Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable. An academic record/transcript and copies of all qualifications including matriculation

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (1 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT WESTERN CAPE REGIONAL OFFICE

REF NO: ET/GPAA/CRM/WC1 -2020/07

REQUIREMENTS :

A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Public Management/Office Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable. An academic record/transcript and copies of all qualifications including matriculation.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (1 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT NORTH WEST REGIONAL OFFICE

REF NO: ET/GPAA/CRM/NW1 -2020/07 

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Public Management/Office Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable. An academic record/transcript and copies of all qualifications including matriculation.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMME: (1 LEARNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES) IN CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT FREE STATE REGIONAL OFFICE

REF NO: ET/GPAA/CRM/FS1 -2020/07  

REQUIREMENTS :

  • A completed N4, N5 and N6 in Public Management/Office Management. Must be unemployed learners, must be South African Citizen; must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Learners must not have participated on an experiential learning programme relevant to the qualification the learner is studying towards – a failure to declare will if established lead to an immediate termination of the learnership programme contract on account of dishonesty/undue enrichment. Application to be completed on a Z83 form and signed. Application must be accompanied by a short CV/resume. A copy of the ID document/ID card front and back. A letter from the Training Institution. A copy of the logbook where applicable. An academic record/transcript and copies of all qualifications including matriculation
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, August 21, 2020Opportunity is closing in 9 daysOpportunities Offered By : GPAAArticle Category: Learnerships 2020Tags: GPAAgraduategovernmentdpsavacancyjobsOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

SASSA Gives Second Chance To Thousands Of Rejected Applicants

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 11:46Author: Sakinah Samuels

SASSA has paid out thousands of those who were first rejected from receiving the R350 grant. This came after many complained aabout being unfairly rejected to benefit from the grant which lead SASSA to investigate further. 

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End of June saw SASSA address complaints of applicants being unfairly rejected for the R350 grant. SASSA recorded that 50% of the applicants who applied for the grant did not qualify. More than 70% of those who did not qualify were rejected because they qualified to get benefits from the UIF.

The question that was then asked was, as for previously disqualified people, are they being reconsidered to benefit from the grant? It was then found that 900,000 people who applied for the grant were on the UIF database and they did actually qualify for the grant and SASSA has since paid them.

To this, Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu responds, "Yes, we are reconsidering them but we are keeping to the original direction of who qualifies".

She made it clear that this second chance doesn't necessarily change the original criteria for who qualifies. Anyone who gets any other social grants does not qualify and anyone who gets any money from UIF will also not qualify.

The Minister further commented, 

I got worried when I saw the number of those who didn't qualify running up to 3 million. I just thought something wasn't right there and then I asked SASSA to please relook into it because I didn't think it was proper that we had so many who were disqualified when we had 8 million people that had applied.

She said that she felt that 3 million people being rejected was a bit too much.

SASSA then went back to their systems to check why these people were disqualified and it was found that many of them were under UIF. The reason for the rejections came from some of them having received money from UIF years back and from that, they still remained in the system and in UIF's database, Zulu explained.

SASSA is in the process of contacting those who qualify. They will receive an SMS asking them to provide banking details. The SMS will be followed by a link, which cannot be shared with others. 

SASSA's CEO, Totsie Memela, said “Updating the UIF database has brought such a relief to us and the affected beneficiaries, the numbers will rise daily until we have paid all deserving individuals who were previously declined”.

Several #R350 grants applicants have been complaining about being rejected for no apparent reasons. @XoliMngambi spoke to Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu about this. Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/e9KVtNuVMD

— eNCA (@eNCA) August 11, 2020

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Communities Urged To Fight School Disruptions

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 11:20Author: Simbongile Makanda

Many grade 7 learners returned to school today after the break that started on 27 July 2020. Schools have been facing many problems during this break and the department is not happy with some members of School Governing Bodies trying to interrupt teaching in an attempt to make schools close.

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 The department is now calling for communities to help stop groups that are threatening to close schools. 

“In Gauteng SGB members disrupted 38 schools in Daveyton/Etwatwa, 37 schools in Tsakane and eight schools in Kwa Thema on Thursday last week." said Elijah Mhlanga, Head of communications for the Basic Education Department.

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) is also being accused of trying to disrupt teaching in schools around the country. 

The groups have been warned that action will be taken against them for trying to put an end to learning in schools. 

“The department would like to remind all members of SGBs that the closing of schools remains a legal function reserved for the provincial head of department, and when members of an SGB act outside the legal dictates of their role and function, they risk the immediate disbandment of the entire SGB,” Mhlanga said.

He reminded SGBs that they must act in the best interest of all stakeholders and schools before their own interests. 

“The South African Schools Act further stipulates that an SGB must: 

  • Promote the best interest of the school and ensure its development
  • Adopt a constitution setting out how the SGB will operate 
  • Adopt a mission statement for the school
  • Adopt a code of conduct for learners at the school which sets out disciplinary procedures 
  • Help the principal, educators and other staff members to perform their professional functions
  • Decide on school policy which should include amongst others admissions, language and finance. 
  • Administer and control the property of the school, buildings, and grounds
  • Encourage learners, educators and other staff members at the school to offer voluntary services to the school” 

The department is asking all School Governing Bodies to file complaints instead of taking matters into their own hands.

 

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2021 Applications Open At Boland College

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 11:02

Applications have opened for 2021 at Boland College and will close on the 30th of September 2020. Applications may be sent through e-mail, hand-delivered or posted. 

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At Boland College, education is something they strongly believe in and they therefore produce top students. What sets them apart from other establishments in their field is their absolute dedication to the quality of education being offered. Their vision at Boland College is to provide students with an affordable, lifelong, quality education necessary to successfully navigate the social and economical needs of the community they live in.

Boland College has five campuses:

  • Caledon
  • Paarl
  • Stellenbosch
  • Strand
  • Worcester 

Boland College aims to create committed, creative and innovative leaders in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. They therefore have the following faculties and courses available at their campuses:

  • Economic and Management Sciences - National Diplomas in Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Business Management, Marketing Management and Public Management; National Certificate in Transport and Logistics
  • Hospitality and Tourism - National Diplomas in Tourism Management and Hospitality and Catering Services; National Certificate in Tourism
  • Office Management Sciences - National Diplomas in Management Assistant and Medical Secretary; National Certificate in Office Administration
  • Information Technology and Agriculture - National Diploma in Farming Management; National Certificate in Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Engineering Studies - National Technical Certificates in Electrical Engineering Studies and Electrical Engineering; National Certificate in Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Civil Engineering and Building Construction - National Technical Certificate in Construction Engineering Studies (Plumbing, Bricklaying, Woodwork); National Certificate in Civil Engineering and Building Construction
  • Engineering and Related Design - National Certificate in Engineering and Related Design
  • Safety and Security - National Certificate in Safety in Society
  • Social Science - National Diploma in Educare​​​​​​
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Am I Funded By NSFAS?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:36

After applying for NSFAS, you will hen anxiously be waiting to hear the answer to the question 'Am I funded by NSFAS'? NSFAS allows you to track your application. There are also many processes leading up to finally being funded and when checking your application status, knowing what information is being given to you is important as well.

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NSFAS applications have opened and students will then want to find out whether they're funded by NSFAS or not. Students only hear in January whether they have been funded by NSFAS or not. However, there are many steps to applying to NSFAS and processes that happen before you hear whether you're funded or not.

If you have not yet received any information, do not panic. All you have to do is keep an eye on your application status. 

In order to access your application status:

  • Login on the myNSFAS student portal via this link: https://bit.ly/2SWFVh3
  • Enter your username and password, then click SIGN IN!
  • Click on Track Funding Progress.

Once you have followed these three easy steps, you will be able to see whether you are funded or not. It may take some time for your application to be successful so please be patient. 

Understanding what you’re reading when you’re checking your NSFAS application status is of utmost importance. Here’s what your NSFAS application status means.

  • Application Submitted: Your application has been loaded on to the NSFAS system successfully.
  • Filtering: The system checks if you are a returning student and whether you have any previous qualifications.
  • Validation: NSFAS is conducting third party checks with SASSA and the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Evaluation: NSFAS is verifying all the documents you have submitted during your application.
  • Funding Eligibility: NSFAS is verifying your household financial status that was declared in your application.
  • Awaiting Academic Results/Admission: NSFAS is checking your academic results and your institution admission status to ensure that you meet the requirements to be funded by NSFAS. Many find themselves to stay on this step for a while. This is because NSFAS has to wait for information from your chosen institution.
  • Awaiting Registration: NSFAS is receiving data from your institution to enable them to create a bursary agreement. This is another step students find themselves on for a while. This is because NSFAS has to wait for information from your chosen institution.
  • Signing Of Agreement: At this stage, you need to sign your bursary agreement so that NSFAS can disburse your allowances.
  • Payments: Your allowances are now being paid either through NSFAS mobile wallet system or through your institution. Students are advised to continue to monitor the myNSFAS portal for updates.

For more NSFAS related articles, click here:

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Apprenticeships 101: What You Need To Know

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:09Author: Terrique Alie

There's never been a better time to consider an apprenticeship to help you get ahead in your career.

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There are many benefits of doing an apprenticeship, let's take a look at a few and dive into some of the myths surrounding them:

  • Often people think all apprentices do is make cups of tea and tidy up but there's so much more to apprenticeships than that. An apprenticeship gives you a chance to earn while you learn, combining practical training on the job with study.
  • You work alongside experienced staff and become part of the team, learn job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay. You can also study towards a relating degree or qualification and often apprentices only go into campus once a week and work the rest of the time.
  • People are so worried that an apprenticeship isn't available in their chosen career or that there aren't many vacancies available. While competition can be strong at any one time there are hundreds of apprenticeships available to apply for online at different companies in different roles - check out 
  • Some people think apprenticeships are only in traditional jobs like construction or hairdressing but you can be an apprentice in anything from aerospace, engineering, fitness instruction, the possibilities are endless.
  • No matter what you want to do, an apprenticeship can help you get there. Sometimes people think they're too young or too old for an apprenticeship but whether you're 18 or
    40 you're welcome to apply.

Apprenticeships provide a real ladder of opportunity and information.

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TVET College Online Courses During Covid-19

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 09:36Author: Sakinah Samuels

TVET College students are receiving support during COVID-19.

Today's online course lesson is on Plumbing Theory N1 for NATED Report 191 students.

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Covid-19 making it’s presence known in the world has had us all globally have our lives be put on standby. Schools have closed, Higher Education institutions have closed and many people have had to now work from home.

Several universities has started their academic programmes online today and have been provided with many online resources. However, there has not been much news about how TVET Colleges plan to deal with the lockdown and the effects it has on students.

With many resources available online, students are able to continue having their minds stimulated. During COVID-19, the Department of Higher Education and Training has created a new online portal for TVET Learner Support.

Through this online portal, students will have access to the exciting NC(V) and NATED Report 191 lecture videos, radio podcasts and other learning material that will be uploaded daily to help them prepare for the national exam.

Currently Available Courses National Certificate (Vocational)

Subjects and Topics

Applied Accounting Level 2: 
Cash Journals

Applied Accounting Level 3: 
Analysis of Cash Book

Applied Accounting Level 4: 
Financial Statements (Balance Sheets)
Financial Statements (Income Statements)

Applied Engineering Technology Level 4:

Engineering Practices Used to Construct Prototypes

Business Practice Level 4: 
Time Management

Carpentry and Roof Work Level 2:
Roof Construction

Carpentry and Roof Work Level 4:
Doors and Door Furniture

Construction Level 2:
Foundation
Measuring and Setting Out

Electrical Systems and Construction Level 2-4:
House Installation

Electronic Control and Digital Electronics Level 2:
Components and Circuit Diagrams

Electronic Control and Digital Electronics Level 4:

Basic Design of Single Stage Transistor Amplifier

Bipolar Junction Transistor Amplifier
Fundamentals of Electronics

Programmable Logic Controllers

Electrical Principles and Practice Level 2:
Measuring and Testing Instruments

Electrical Principles and Practice Level 4:

- Fundamentals of Electricity

Engineering and Related Design Level 2:
Setting and Operating Equipment

Engineering Fabrication Level 2:
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Living With A Roommate On College

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 20:28Author: Terrique Alie

For many young students, starting your future can be a very exciting journey ahead. Once you have decided on your course of study and university that you’ll be attending, the next step is to decide whether or not you will be living on campus. Finding accommodation and adapting to a new setting/ environment can be a very scary yet exciting feeling. This also gives you a sense of independence and being an accountable adult. However, living on your own may not be the most feasible option as the expenses can be costly. 

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Personally, I feel that one should have the choice of choosing your own roommate. There are various aspects that one has to consider before embarking on this journey. 

Let's look at the pro’s and con’s of when choosing your roommate:

Pros:

  • Saving money - this is one of the most important factors many consider when choosing your roommate. As a student one needs to be mindful of finding the most cost-effective ways to save money. 
  • Having a lifelong friendship - The ultimate goal is to be as comfortable as possible with your new roommate. Discovering each other's personalities, likes and dislikes, shared interests and hobbies can lead to a long lasting friendship. 
  • Sharing household chores - One of the great things of having a roommate is that you get to share the chore work which saves a lot of your time and energy doing it alone. You may want to draw up a roster or schedule together that would best work for both of you and tackle them together. 

Cons:

  • Less privacy - You may not have complete control over everything and you may have to adapt to your roommates standard of living and vice versa. 
  • Conflict of schedules - You might not always have the time to do things as agreed upon due to having different time schedules. 
  • Peer pressure - Many of us can fall into the trap of peer pressure and being easily influenced which can have a negative impact and lead to conflicting issues. 

A personal opinion by a university student:

“At university you can request to share a room with someone you know but obviously I did not know anyone in Bloemfontein, so I just got given a roommate. I ended up requesting to change roommates with someone that at least studied the same degree as me. The girl who I shared with first was studying something very chilled and was having visitors when I needed to study. But moving forward, my second roommate was still problematic in the sense that she was a bit inconsiderate when it came to cleaning the room and she would watch movies aloud when I am trying to sleep. I moved out of res into a flat with one of my other friends only to learn that this friend is absolutely lazy when it comes to cooking and cleaning, so basically I do most of the chores. I guess I would say it's nice to get to choose your roommate. Sometimes you'll just choose one of your friends that you think you’ll live fine with but then you’ll only learn after how different you guys actually are. It also helps being able to choose someone studying the same thing because it puts you on the same schedule. And that way there's no clashing in terms of when you want to do some work versus when they want to. I wish I knew the friends I made in Bloemfontein a bit longer so I could have known them better and it would have been easier to see who I would live best with. To summarize , you don't really know how someone will be until you actually live together and see for yourself, be it someone you know or don't know at all”, says Kaylin Van Scalkwyk. 

Tips for living with a roommate:

  1. Set common ground rules 
  2. Be respectful of each other’s privacy and boundaries 
  3. Clear and open communication (example; having visitors coming over / study group sessions) 
  4. Be adaptable and flexible to each others routines, lifestyles and ways of living 
  5. Treat each other with respect 
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Don't Believe Fake News About Minister Mkhize

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 19:48Author: Sakinah Samuels

News has been spread about South Africa's Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, and has been making the rounds on social media. This news, should it have been found to be true, has the potential to ruin someone's reputation and quite possible dent their career. The Ministry has made it their mission to set the record straight.

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News spread across social media that SA's Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, owns a PPE manufacturing company and is therefore profiting off this pandemic. The Minister has since set the record straight.

A statement from The Ministry reads:

Minister Mkhize does not own a PPE manufacturing company nor is he involved in any way in the manufacturing of PPE ... nobody in Minister Mkhize's family is in the business of manufacturing, selling or distribution of PPE.

This comes in the wake of South African Government setting out to actively tackle corruption in the country.

The Minister also wants the person who originally posted the content or anyone who has shared or commented to "immediately remove the content from their platforms".

They also demand that those responsible should issue an apology to the Minister and to the public for spreading fake news. Fake news like this has the potential of ruining someone in power's reputation as South Africans already question Government and lose trust in them.

Lwazi Manzi, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, says, "This kind of content is damaging to the reputation of honest, hard working members of the executive" and that it takes away attention from the work being done to fight the Coronavirus.

Manzi also reminds the public that:

Creating or advancing fake news remains an offense under the National State of Disaster and the Department of Health will not hesitate to take action against those found to be creating or perpetuating fake news.

We are still in the middle of a pandemic and the best way to fight it is to only arm ourselves with facts and sound knowledge, says Manzi.

 

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Western Cape Desperate For Alcohol Ban To Be Lifted

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 13:56Author: Sakinah Samuels

Government in Western Cape are urgently wanting the alcohol ban to be lifted to prevent any further damage. Many are suspecting, or rather just hoping, that President Ramaphosa's next speech will include the announcement that the alcohol ban will be lifted.

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Western Cape Government has called for the alcohol ban to urgently be lifted to prevent any further damage in the wine and hospitality industry. Major jobs losses have been seen and many more could be seen should this ban continue.

The province has shown to have passed it's peak and now has stable growth in cases. Western Cape Government believe that they will be able to control what was feared should the alcohol ban be lifted with safety precautions in place and enforced.

Health officials have said that the ban is there so that healthcare is not overwhelmed with trauma cases as a result of alcohol use. However, Western Cape is said to have more hospital beds available now that the province has passed it's peak and that any incidents where hospitalisation is required can be controlled.

When the ban was lifted for a short time during lockdown, hospital trauma units were overwhelmed and when the ban was reinstated, hospitals saw a significant drop in trauma patients.

A statement read, "We fully agree that alcohol related harms are a major problem in our province and country. Our provincial data points to this. When the domestic sale of alcohol was suspended during the lockdown, and then again recently, the number of trauma cases dropped immediately."

Lifting the ban would also prevent major job losses. This ban could lead to almost 200 000 people who work in the industry being unemployed which will in turn worsen unemployment and poverty, said the Provincial Government.

"We therefore have a complex situation to address in our province, where the continued suspension on the sale of alcohol will result in a jobs bloodbath - mainly in our poorer, rural communities. We cannot ignore this.", they further explained.

Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, stated that as of 1pm on 9 August, the Western Cape has 8285 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 98 354 confirmed cases and 86 677 recoveries. 

Winde has said that this matter and this information presented in the statement will be discussed with national government.

 

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Over 4 Million R350 Grants Paid Out

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:41Author: Sakinah Samuels

SASSA has paid out millions of South Africans with the R350 grant. However, is it enough? South Africans have been desperately gravelling for this grant as Covid-19 pushes vulnerable South Africans even deeper into their daily struggles. SASSA has said that they have improved their operations. 

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SASSA has paid out over 4.4 million South Africans since launching the Special Relief of Distress grant which pays beneficiaries R350 a month. This grant has been the lifeline for some South Africans during this uncertain time which calls for support. 

This grant has however seen many issues. It's no secret that R350 is not a large amount of money or enough to properly sustain someone for a whole month. Many organisations as well as some political parties have called for the grant to be increased.

SASSA however has said that they are dealing with problems previously seen in disbursing the grant. They have now noted that improvements have been made after many glitches were experienced since the beginning of this grant. 

In efforts to make payment of grant easier for beneficiaries, SASSA introduced more flexible ways of getting the R350. Beneficiaries can now choose where they receive their grant money and also change the method of transaction.

Beneficiaries can now make a choice of where it is most convenient for them to receive their grants. They can also change from one payment method to another. If funds are being received through the Post Office, it can be changed to a bank account and if you receive funds through a bank account but prefer the Post Office, you can now change it. You can also change the bank you receive funds through should you want to. Bank accounts must be open and in the beneficiary's name.

As for the increase of the grant, The C19 People’s Coalition has said that it’s not enough and won’t be able to meet the nutritional requirements for one person. They demanded that SASSA should make it a larger grant.

Those who have issues they would like to be seen to or any questions, can now contact SASSA through WhatsApp. You will need to Add 082 046 8553 as a Whatsapp contact and type "SASSA". Then type 'FAQ' and select the "Frequently Asked Questions" category and follow the prompts after that. 

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What To Do If You Forget Your NSFAS Login Details

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 11:45

If you have forgotten your username, password and cellphone number, you can follow these simple steps to reset your myNSFAS login details. It happens to the best of us but no worries, it can easily be solved.

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Have you forgotten your old username, password or cellphone number and are stuck when trying to log in to your myNSFAS account? 

This happens all the time so you don't need to worry. It can be sorted out by following these steps:

  1. Go to www.nsfas.org.za
  2. Click on myNSFAS
  3. Select 'forgot password'
  4. Type in your ID number and choose what you need help with: password or username or both
  5. Click 'submit'
  6. The username and the link to change your password will be sent via SMS and email
  7. Open the link so that you can be taken to the reset password page
  8. Reset your password by following the prompts on your screen

NSFAS has also urged beneficiaries to protect themselves from fraud by making sure that you log out of your myNSFAS account when you are not using it.

NSFAS offices will be closed for the duration of the lockdown. This closure will now impact operations at NSFAS and the Contact Centre number will be suspended for the duration of the lockdown. So if you're having problems and you need help, you can use NSFAS Connect.

NSFAS Connect allows you to search frequently asked questions and their answers and search and submit queries and complaints. Dedicated NSFAS agents will respond to your inquiries on NSFAS Connect and you will be notified when there is a response on your inquiry or complaint via Email. 

This is a virtual contact centre, accessible from 08h30 to 17h00 Monday to Friday and can be accessed not only through the website but also, by EmailFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Click here to read more on how to use NSFAS Connect. 

 

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Covid Pandemic Easing In South Africa

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 11:30Author: South Africa

South Africa might be over the worst when it comes to the country's battle with Covid-19. Many positives have been shown in the statistics and daily records. However, this does not mean that we should be behaving like life is back to normal. Many South Africans will now be thinking, shouldn't the lockdown regulations be eased more now that the pandemic isn't raging in SA?

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South Africa seems to be over the worst of the pandemic and has now been recording many positives daily. There has been a decline in the number of cases recorded daily and the country boasts a good recovery rate. The declaration of the state of disaster expires soon as well.

With it seeming like the pandemic is easing in the country, South Africans will now wait for the President to announce a further easing of regulations and of course, many others hoping for the cigarette and alcohol ban to be lifted. 

In the beginning, health officials and experts predicted that South Africa will see it's peak or have just overcome it by September. As of right now, it has been shown that some provinces such as Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape have seen their surges and are now stable as far as daily recorded cases go.

It has been warned that Kwazulu-Natal might soon see it's peak with a surge in cases and this does worry some. Abdool Karim, head of the Covid advisory committee said, ""If the epidemic really takes off in KZN like what we saw in Gauteng, the number of cases is going to start going up. Everything is dependent on what happens in KZN this week".

A big positive is that the daily recorded new cases have halved since it peaked on July 24 with 13,944 cases while on 9 August, we only saw an increase of 6670 cases from the day before. 

As of 9 August, South Africa recorded a total of 559,858 total cases with a death toll of 10,408. Even though, the death toll is now officially in the ten thousands, SA has an impressive recovery rate of 73% with recoveries standing at 411,147.

Karim said, "Our hospital admissions are coming down. Our cases are coming down, so it's pretty compelling that actually we now are on the downward slope. But it could change any minute. It is a promising trend but too early to make any firm conclusion. You can't become complacent. You can't stop your prevention. The moment you stop, this thing comes back."

The worst hit area in South Africa, Khayelitsha in Cape Town, has also seen a decline in Covid numbers. At the end of June, the area recorded 625 new cases in a week but has now recorded 164 new cases in a week in August. 

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said, "We have seen the number continue declining even during the period with the risk-adjusted testing strategy in place" and that there has also been a decline in hospitalisations from this area.

 

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Eastern Cape (DPWI) Internship Opportunities in Various Fields of Study

This Programme is targeting all persons who have completed a higher education qualification between the age of 18 – 35 years.

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INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME 2020/21 (101 TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES)

 

POST: GRADUATE INTERNSHIP (24 Months Contract)

STIPEND: R73 004.40 (pa)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • This Programme is targeting all persons who have completed a higher education qualification between the age of 18 – 35 years.
  • Graduates must have obtained: Grade 12/ Senior Certificate plus National Diploma or B Degree qualification together with transcript in the following disciplines:
  1. Human Resource Management (/Development/ Labour Relations / Industrial Psychology, Occupational Health and Safety, Social Work Corporate Services
  2. Financial Management, Accounting, Economics
  3. Supply Chain Management / Logistics Supply  
  4. Communications, Graphic Design  
  5. LLB 
  6. Strategic Management, Management / Monitoring and Evaluation 
  7. Auditing / Risk Management
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  12. Building, Construction Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering 
  13. Human Resource Management (/Development/ Labour Relations
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President Commits To Do More For Women

Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 16:09Author: Alan Hammond

“Sixty-four years ago, our mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers stood defiant and proud, united in their demand to live in freedom,” President Ramaphosa said. Speaking on Women's Day via an online connection Ramaphosa committed to do more in the fight against gender-based violence, and to support women-owned businesses. 

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While progress has been made in advancing women’s rights, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday spoke out against the abuse of women and children.

“As we mark Women's Day this year, South Africa is in the grip of two pandemics - the Coronavirus pandemic and the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide. Ever more women and children are being abused and losing their lives at the hands of men,” said President Ramaphosa.

The President’s comments come as the country commemorates the 64th anniversary of Women’s Day.

“It cannot be that this Women's Day is drenched in the tears of families who have lost their sisters, daughters and mothers to violence perpetrated by men,” he said.

In his virtual address, the President said the women of 1956 who marched to the Union Buildings, did not  fight for their rights alone, but also for the  rights of the generations of women to come.

“Sixty-four years ago, our mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers stood defiant and proud, united in their demand to live in freedom,” President Ramaphosa said.

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Action against GBV

President Ramaphosa said government have taken concrete actions to provide greater support and care to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

“We have increased the number of shelters and care centres for survivors and improved the capacity of our police to deal with crimes of gender-based violence. We have made important progress in reforming our laws to give greater protection to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

“One of the most important ways to reduce the vulnerability of women to gender-based violence is to enable them to become financially independent. We have an opportunity to build a country in which women's right to dignity, security, safety and protection is non-negotiable,” President Ramaphosa said.

President Ramaphosa said gains have been made in in advancing women's rights and in broadening women's access to education among others.

He also highlighted that the lived reality for millions of women is different from the promise contained in our Constitution.

“We know that millions of South African women still live in conditions of poverty and unemployment. They face discrimination and violence. To give effect to our commitment to the upliftment of women, South Africa has joined Generation Equality, a global campaign to achieve gender equality by 2030.”

“As part of this campaign, we are part of two Action Coalitions, one on economic justice and rights and another on gender-based violence and femicide,” he said.

These Action Coalitions mobilise governments, civil society and the private sector for collective action.

The President again emphasised that South Africa faces two pandemics namely COVID-19 and GBV and femicide.

“We can no longer as a nation ignore the deafening cries of women and children for protection, for help and for justice,”  he said.

It has been 11 months since the President announced an Emergency Response Action Plan to combat GBV and femicide.

“Since then we have taken concrete actions to provide greater support and care to survivors of gender-based violence. Action taken include the increased number of shelters and care centres for survivors and improved capacity of the police to deal with crimes of GBV.”

Progress in reforming laws to give greater protection to survivors of domestic and sexual violence has also been made.

 “One of the most important ways to reduce the vulnerability of women to gender-based violence is to enable them to become financially independent. With the launch of Generation Equality and with the implementation of the National Strategic Plan we have a unique opportunity to refashion our society and the lives of the women of South Africa,” he said in his address.

Action will also be taken to ensure that women are safe from gender-based violence in the workplace.

In her message of support, Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane called on communities to report cases of abuse against women and children to the police.

“We demand justice and harsh sentences for the perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide,” she said.

Social compact

The President also spoke of the commitment to a new social compact with the country’s women.

“This will be driven by bold actions.The first action is to expand the access of women to economic opportunity,” he said.

Among other things, government will set aside 40% of public procurement for women-owned businesses.

National departments will be expected to monitor and report on how many women have participated in each public procurement process. 

They will have to develop clear plans on how they will broaden women's participation over the next 12 months.

“As Chair of the African Union we will also be working on policy guidelines to help member states, on our continent, develop similar interventions.”

The second action is to support women who operate small or micro businesses, including in the informal sector. 

The third action is to speed up the process of giving women access to productive assets such as land. 

Land reform

On land reform, government will ensure that this process favours all historically disadvantaged people - including women - in getting land and the means to farm it.

Of the R75 million in COVID-19 relief earmarked for farming input vouchers, 53% of the beneficiaries will be rural women. 

“We must ensure that women subsistence and small-scale farmers continue to receive support beyond the lockdown.”

Supporting women businesses

At a time that the country is still under lockdown, President Ramaphosa said COVID-19 relief is also being provided to women-owned SMMEs through development finance institutions. 

For example, of the total number of SMMEs benefiting from the Debt Relief Finance Scheme, 33% are women-owned businesses. 

“We have prioritised black-owned and women-owned businesses in the procurement of personal protective equipment. There have been a number of success stories of women either starting businesses to produce personal protective equipment or modifying existing business operations.”

He also expressed concern about corruption that has marred our national effort to make personal protective equipment (PPEs) accessible to health workers. 

“We expect the law enforcement agencies to find the culprits and ensure they face the full might of the law,” said President Ramaphosa. –SAnews.gov.za

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How do I Choose a Career?

We spend so much of our lives working, so it makes sense that we should spend that time doing something that we enjoy. It might be too much to expect to wake up every morning thinking, 'yay I get to go to work today!' but hopefully you can find a career that is fulfilling - most of the time! But finding that perfect career that includes the kind of work you will find enjoyable and fulfilling - while at the same time providing you with enough of a salary to cover your living expenses comfortably, isn't easy.  We've got some advice for you.

Choosing a career is one of the most significant decisions you are going to have to make in your life. Its probably on the same level as deciding on a life partner to live with! You don't want to study for years to get into a career, only to start working in that career and find that you hate it! So it is important to do your research early.

What are some of the factors that you need to consider in choosing a career?

It does not really matter if you are 18 and just entering college and thinking through what major to go after. Or you're in your 40s or 50s and looking to make another mid career shift into doing something a little bit different that aligns with your passions. Regardless of what age, these 3 different principles to apply when choosing a career.

The first thing that is important to think through are your Natural Strengths.

These can be things you don't always see right away but they are the things that come easy to you. It's the things you can work effortlessly on for hours at a time and still have plenty of energy.

One of the ways that you can identify whether you're not working in your natural strengths is when you're constantly tired or frustrated or drained, or worn out with your work.

That's a good indicator that you're working in an area that's not your strength and so it's taking a lot of mental and physical energy from you.

If you want to really understand and discover your natural strengths then ask somebody who knows you well, you might often times be surprised with the answer.

The second thing to take into consideration is you Personality Type.

This is where often times where we go wrong because we follow where the money is instead of concentrating on what we are good at. We think this will be a good stable job, it will provide lots of money for my family and all we see is the lifestyle that we want to create. But what happens is, we end up frustrated because we're trying to become something that we're really not.

Lastly we need to keep in mind is our Passions or Interests.

Your passions really are were your natural interests are. How do you know what these are? Often you can use the illustration of walking into a book store, as you walk in what section or area do you gravitate towards? What books do you like to read through? Those can be an indication of your passions and interests. So if you gravitate towards the computer or information technology section, or the arts and culture section that can highlight to you what you enjoy.

So how do we pull all this information together? Take all three of the things mentioned above; your strengths, personality type and passions and see where all three of these intersect. This will help you find your 'sweet spot', helping you find something that energises you, that you can work for hours doing, that interests you and that you are good at. This is the career that you'll enjoy doing and is something you'll be excited about waking up and going to work for.

*For more advice on choosing a career check out the video below.*

 

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Protests Against School Reopening Continue

Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 15:42Author: Alan Hammond

Public schools will reopen and teaching will resume this week, against a backdrop of falling Covid-19 infections in the country. However there are still calls from one group for schools to remain closed during the pandemic.

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An organisation formed by some concerned parents has called for public schools to be closed while the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Speaking to eNCA, a representative from the Covid-19 Education Crisis Committee, AK Matthews, accused the government of sanctioning murder by reopening schools. This despite the fact that medical specialists have said that while children can become infected with Covid-19, they will nearly always have a very mild form of the disease.  

The Basic Education Department has already put in place  concessions for those children who have medical conditions that would place them at greater risk from Covid-19. Those children are able to study from home. The option of home schooling is also available for those families who would prefer their children not to return to school.

Reports from some of the worst-hit areas have shown that children who are not at school are often left unsupervised to play outside, without masks or social distancing.  They may also not have access to food as their parents are at work during the day.  This is one of the reasons that Minister Angie Motshekga has said that being at school is good for children.  

The DBE has also allowed teachers who have co-morbidities to take a leave of absence so they don't have to return to school.  

Despite these concessions by the government, the education crisis committee continues to protest outside some schools calling for them to be shut to all learners.

The committee's plan is that all grades from 1 to 12 should be given a pass mark for the 2020 academic year. They also call for pupils from the public school sector to be admitted to universities based on their grade 11 marks.

The group told eNCA that they will continue to mobilise and intensify their protest action 

When President Cyril Ramaphosa made his most recent announcement about the closure and re-opening of schools he specified that this would apply only to public schools. Independent schools have been allowed to vary from the national standard and open sooner if they are able to meet Covid-19 physical distancing requirements.  

This concession is believed to have been granted to independent schools as many were experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the lockdown and economic slump.  As parents were impacted negatively by the slowdown in the economy, many were not able to pay fees.  

While independent schools are often considered to be wealthy as they have many facilities and buildings, these come with additional expenses and running costs.  Schools and not for-profit organisations and would normally charge fees that would just cover their expenses. This leaves them very susceptible to a drop in fee income when parents, who may lost their jobs or been laid-off from work, are not able to pay their childrens' schools fees.

A similar problem has beset the better resourced public schools, often called former-model C schools. Those schools that are able to charge higher schools fees can use this money to employ additional educators to teach their learners.  As more parents have been unable to pay schools fees, more teachers at public schools who are employed by the SGB have been placed on reduced salaries.

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