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How to apply for jobs at FNB

Sunday, 10 October, 2021 - 19:30

Do you want to work for First National Bank (FNB)? Let us walk you through the process of how to apply to work at FNB.

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How to apply for jobs at FNB
  1. Head to the FNB career site
  2. Log in/register an account
  3. Browse available vacancies
  4. Apply!

Easy enough, right? Let's look at each step a little more closely though.

1. Head to the FNB Career Site

Only applications via the FNB Jobs Site will be considered. While the vacancies might be advertised elsewhere, you will always be requested to apply via this site. No applications outside of this process will be considered.

2. Log in/register an account

In order to apply, you'll need to have an account. Signing up is a free process, so all it will take is a little bit of your time. Fill out your information and you're all set!

3. Browse available vacancies

Now you're ready to start searching for your dream job! The FNB career site allows you to search for jobs by country, franchise, field and more. You'll be able to view the job requirements and other information.

4. Apply!

Once you've found the job you want, it's time to apply! Simply hit "Apply now" and follow the prompts.

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Dept Concerned About Impact of Covid-19 Lockdown on Students

Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 12:39 Author Sakinah Samuels

A study launched by the Human Sciences Research Council revealed that over 65% of students experienced mild to severe psychological distress due to the pandemic and the resulting Lockdown. This was only one of many other shocking and concerning findings of the study.

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The Youth of South Africa should of course not be left behind and we've now gotten some insight into what life was like for students during the heavy lockdown and the major adjustment that came with it.

On Monday morning, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) presented the results of a study on the impact of Covid-19 on students in the higher education sector, at CPUT's Bellville Campus.

A shocking statistic was that over 65% of students experienced mild to severe psychological distress, 72% of these students were between the ages of 18 and 19. The study then also revealed that 18% of students were using substances to cope during lockdown.

Dr  Ramneek Ahluwalia said:

One year down the line, we know a lot more than we knew last year this time when the virus hit us. We haven't spoken much on the Covid impact on the youth ... but the impact that Covid has on young people is important for us to understand.

The findings of the study were presented by Prof Sibusiso Sifunda, Chief Researcher at the HSRC, who revealed that a large portion of responses came from first year students and showed they were affected most.

First year students of 2020 and 2021 barely spent any time on campuses. With 2020 first-time entering students being on campus for under two months before things were shut down, they were then forced to adjust to an online learning programme. Not to mention difficulties for students who lived on residence.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, said:

I am concerned about the impact of Covid-19 of first year students because they're the ones who need to be on campus the most, they need to adjust.

The study revealed that 40% of students returned home because of the Covid-19 outbreak and that 1% of students had no place to stay after the pandemic broke.

50% of students who participated in the study said they had a suitable place to study during the lockdown while 30% didn't. A positive is that 79% of students had regular access to electricity.

4% of students did not have access to the internet while 80% of students said their institutions provided online learning.

41% of students indicated that they could not purchase their own food during lockdown with 80% relying on families to provide them with food during lockdown.

Students who could not buy their own food then relied on food and financial donations or on food given by other people. Some students went hungry on some days due to a lack of food.

It showed that food security was an issue during lockdown.

The main challenge, according to these students, was the loss of study time and the lack of money for essential items. Others also had issues with not being able to be social with friends and family.

On why studying youth is important in the case of Covid, the Minister explained, “they are often the ones who bring the virus into households where they affect their households”.

Nzimande said, "We have had a number of cluster outbreaks at institutions but they have been managing them". He continued to say that the sector did well with managing the completion of the 2020 academic year.

Covid-19 has exposed the depth of social inequality in our country.

The objective of this study is not only to understand the effects of the pandemic from a youth perspective but to also develop a Post-School Education and Training strategy to deal with Covid and as Sifunda said for "myth busting".

RELATED: Study Shows TVET Students Suffered Most During Lockdown

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— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) June 14, 2021

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Matrics Show Concerning Maths Failure Rate In 2020

Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 11:59 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

There has been a decline in the number of matriculants who write and pass mathematics in South Africa, particularly in schools across the country. Individuals in the education sector are now taking the initiative to find solutions to the issue. 

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Just 53.8% of the 233 315 Matric pupils who wrote Maths passed the subject. A total of 125 526 of the 2020 matrics managed to score the 30% and above pass mark. This showed that nearly half of all matriculants who wrote Maths failed it each year.

Last month, Maths teachers and professors held a conference in Limpopo to discuss how pupils can be helped.

Professor Chuene, from the University of Limpopo, indicated that the teachers' attitude and approach to teaching the subject can impact a learner's ability to pass. Citing a teacher who uses an unconventional method of creating songs out of his lessons for his Maths pupils:

The symposium showed that the enthusiasm of a teacher can lead the learners to pass because in the audience we had a teacher whose learners like mathematics because he creates songs out of the ideas that he is teaching.

"For me, that was something that was interesting because the youth likes songs, so he would use the rhythms of the songs that relate to their traditions to coil in the math concepts in them, then as they sing they sing they would be learning Mathematics and they would be learning the ideas to remember"

Chuene also emphasized the importance of pedagogical knowledge for teachers as part of the solution. A term that refers an approach to teaching, is the theory and practice of learning, and how this process influences, and is influenced by, the social, political and psychological development of learners.

We had another professor who talked about knowledge that teachers should have for teaching, which is very important. Teachers need knowledge that they should have for teaching and in the literature field, they call in it pedagogical content knowledge.

"You need to have the right content and you need to have the right pedagogy. So you may have the right content as a teacher but if you don't have the right pedagogy it may not be fruitful for you to be a teacher", she added.   

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Study Shows TVET Students Suffered Most During Lockdown

Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 11:19 Author Sakinah Samuels

A study done by the Human Sciences Research Council showed that TVET College students suffered immensely when the country was placed under heavy lockdown. The lockdown saw students forced to stay at home and adjust to online learning.

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TVET College students need a great rescue and have always been left in the shadows. The National Lockdown has made this even worse with a study done by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) revealing some distressing statistics.

On Monday morning, the HSRC presented the results of a study on the impact of Covid-19 on students in the higher education sector, at CPUT's Bellville Campus.

Prof Sibusiso Sifunda, Chief Researcher at the HSRC, said that during the lockdown period, only 38% of TVET students were able to learn through an online learning programme and that 15% of students did not have access to the internet.

Another devastating statistic was that 66% of TVET students found it difficult to communicate with their College with only 16% of the TVET students who participated in the survey saying they received online learning support.

6% of these students were provided with laptops and 8% were given free data bundles. The HSRC then recommended, from it's findings, that data bundles should become more accessible to students.

Of those that participated in the study, only 12% of the TVET students were provided with data free access to online learning platforms and College websites.

However, the study did reveal that more TVET students were receiving transport home from campuses and were given fee refunds.

9% of TVET students also said that they received a discount on their tuition fees, which is not that big of a number seeing that all TVET students were affected.

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— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) June 14, 2021

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Gauteng Schools Face Rise In Covid-19 Infections

Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 11:14 Author Simbongile Makanda

The pressure is on for Gauteng’s education department, as the province is trying to contain Covid-19 outbreaks in schools. 

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Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi has agreed that the province is facing a rise in Covid-19 cases. 

"For example, in Gauteng, we've got close to 2 300 schools that are public institutions. Of the 2 300 schools, a total number of 2 226 schools have one case or another of Covid so it's a clear indication that it's widespread and within our schools"

While the threat of Covid-19 remains at schools, no deaths have been recorded during this period at school premises. 

Lesufi said the education department is following advice from experts, which according to the minister, have not yet advised for schools to be closed.

"Fortunately we'll be closing for the end of the second term, which is our recess. We really believe that's the recess that will assist us to cushion  the impact of the virus. So if there is a need to bring the holidays earlier I think we'll be ready but if there is a need to maintain the current school calendar we'll have to be ready.

The Economic Freedom Front (EFF) recently threatened to shut down schools as the country is in the third wave. 

EFF President and Commander-in-Chief, Julius Malema, wants schools to close immediately. 

He has given Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, 7 days to announce the closing of schools. 

The EFF President further threatened to forcefully shut down schools if the Minister does not respond to this request.

"There is no reason to force contact learning because already there are rising infections amongst young people and children, which are disrupting schools. To ensure a fast move beyond the Third Wave, schools must be closed." said Malema during a press conference held on 10 June. 

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Orbit TVET College Open 2nd Semester Applications

Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 09:55 Author Sakinah Samuels

Second Semester applications are now open at Orbit TVET College. Orbit TVET College wants to provide high-quality education and training that is affordable and relevant.

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You can now apply for Second Semester at Orbit TVET College. Orbit TVET College is one of the TVET Colleges in North West. 

The College has said that all new students must apply for a NSFAS bursary first.

How To Apply

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Follow the steps on the student application guide to help you.

Once your application has been completed, you will receive an SMS indicating that you have to submit the following documents:

All Applicants

  • Certified copy of your ID
  • Certified copy of your latest results

If you are dependent on your parents/guardian/spouse

  • Certified ID copies of your parents(s), guardian, spouse

If you have a disability

Foreign students

  • Certified copies of passport
  • SAQA approved foreign qualification
  • Valid study permit
  • Proof of medical insurance or cover

Submit these documents to the campus where you applied by email:

Prospective students will also have to write a placement test and will have to contact the campus they wish to study at to book at a time and date to write. 

You should bring a certified copy of your ID and a certified copy of your highest grade passed along with a calculator and a pen. 

Results will be made available immediately after doing the test. These results then need to be emailed to the relevant campus:

Visit the Orbit TVET College website for more information on the College.

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More Universities To Set Up Vaccination Sites

Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 09:27 Author Sakinah Samuels

Now that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has set up a Covid-19 vaccination site, more Universities will soon follow. These vaccinations will give more access to communities to get vaccinated in hopes that the vaccine rollout will go faster.

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More Universities will be setting up vaccination sites at their campuses.

CPUT opened the first vaccination site which started vaccinating it's very own staff and students just last week with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, saying CPUT has always been embedded in the community.

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) along with other Universities are getting registered to become vaccination sites.

UWC officially started vaccinating staff and students at the UWC vaccination site at the University's Main Campus in Bellville on 8 June. NMU was approved as a Master Facility COVID-19 Vaccination Site by the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDoH) and started vaccinations today.

CPUT will provide vaccinations to the following groups of people:

  • Staff and students of CPUT
  • Relatives of staff of CPUT
  • South Africans over 60
  • Healthcare workers
  • Past CPUT who are now on pension

Over 60% of students and staff of health faculty have been vaccinated already. During first week of vaccinations, 316 people have been vaxxed which includes 233 healthcare workers and 83 people over 60.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, said:

I'm really bowled over by what CPUT is doing which confirms that this is one of our premier Universities of Technology.

In January 2021, the Health Cluster recognised that vaccination of the CPUT community would be the next milestone in their Covis-19 response. They then found a  former cafeteria that was not in use which was then converted at no cost.

There were volunteers who were working free of charge at the vaccine site, said CPUT.

CPUT's Faculty of Health then became involved in the vaccination of healthcare workers as the University is now on phase 1b and 2b of the vaccination of non-health staff and students.

20 vaccainators have been trained with 200 to 500 vaccinations being done per day.

CPUT has the capacity to store 23 000 vials which means they can store 90 000 vaccine shots.

Higher Health CEO, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, said, "the virus is becoming endemic which means it's co-existing with humans ... whether you are young or old, you are equally vulnerable to the virus".

They encourage masks and social distancing to break the chain of the virus but also encourage getting vaccinated as it offers a strong defence against Covid-19 worst effects.

Vaccinations are highly effective and will increase immunity to such a level that your body won’t allow the virus to result in you having critical health conditions.

On Monday morning, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) presented the results of a study on the impact of Covid-19 on students in the higher education sector, at CPUT's Bellville Campus.

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— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) June 14, 2021

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NSFAS Ready To Distribute Almost 50 000 Laptops

Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 09:21 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

Working in collaboration with NSFAS, the Department of Higher Education has released a statement that gives details on how it will distribute the laptop devices as part of it's recently launched NSFAS Digital Learning Devices Program.

 

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On Friday this past week, the Department of Higher Education In partnership with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) officially launched the NSFAS Digital Learning Device Program at South Cape College in George.

Nzimande indicated that it was found that 68% of qualifying NSFAS funded students still required digital learning devices.

47 580 laptops are currently available for distribution, adding that by the end of June there will 22 420 arriving in the country. The minister has also said that by the first week of August 10 000 to 20 000 will be arriving on a weekly basis.

@myNSFAS Digital Learning Device Programme @DrBladeNzimande pic.twitter.com/ciYHhQAcee

— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) June 13, 2021

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, who attended the event and handed laptop devices to returning students said in a statement that they have prioritized the TVET college sector as part of the decade of the artisan theme which was launched in 2014.

I must indicate that the journey towards our achievement today has been both pleasurable and challenging. Indeed, as we celebrate a decade of the extension of NSFAS scheme to the TVET college sector, we are undertaking another first - the first time ever that TVET college students receive electronic gadgets such as laptops!

Nzimande also said that they are in the middle of the decade of the artisan which was launched in 2014 as he explained, "we are working towards producing the artisan of the 21st century - no longer just carrying the hammer and the spanner, but now with an electronic gadget as well".

Minister @DrBladeNzimande on the @myNSFAS Digital Learning Device Programme. pic.twitter.com/BIMXdcKvua

— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) June 12, 2021

Students from South Cape College also indicated that they have been experiencing funding issues with NSFAS, resulting in some having to abandon their studies after not receiving their funding since the start of the year.

They say they are fixing it but we are still facing it. We have students who have not received any allowances since the beginning of the year. Now we are in June, at the end of our semester where we have N6 students who have not received payments.

SRC president Lelethu Bobo continued to say that there are N6 and N5 students who were rejected by NSFAS due to a change of course and that they are asking them why they didn't catch that at the beginning of the year, "so it could have been fixed then".

 

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Graduate SHEQ Opportunity At Belgotex

Bronwyn Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 08:50

Belgotex is seeking a suitable graduate in SHEQ to assist the SHE team in ensuring a safe working environment for all employees.

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Opportunity Details

Requirements

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365
  • Grade 12 / Matric
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Safety management/Sciences or similar  
  HOW TO APPLY

Reference # INT0056

Contract Type

Contract   12 Months

Salary R 6,500.00 - 6,500.00 Monthly

Location Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND APPLY ONLINE

Opportunity Closing Date Friday, 25 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Belgotex Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

Fort Hare University Bursary Opportunity

Bronwyn Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 08:27

The University of Fort Hare invites students to apply for the De Beers full bursary. This bursary is awarded to students pursuing a career in any field.

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Opportunity Details

Applicants will be given funding for the duration of their studies if they take 3 years to comeplete a 3 year degree and 4 years to complete a 4 year degree. 

Candidate Requirements: 

  • South African
  • 18-25 years
  • Good academic record & results (maintained a minimum of 60%)
  • In need of financial assistance
  • Not the recipient of another bursary
  • Must have matriculated from a high school located within a De Beers operating area, legacy operating area or labour sending area in SA
  • Candidates must be prepared to work a set number of hours a week during term time as an intern at the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre at the university 
  HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted with a single PDF format and addressed to the Fort Hare Foundation.

Email: Mrs N Nkanti, Administrator, Fort Hare Foundation at [email protected]

Submit the following documents:

  • Letter of Motivation
  • Proof of Income of both parents/affidavit if unemployed
  • Certified ID copies of applicant and both parents 
  • Certified copy of current academic record
Opportunity Closing Date Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity University of Fort Hare Article Categories Article Category Bursaries 2021 Tags Tags

Communication Internship Opportunity At NNR

Bronwyn Monday, 14 June, 2021 - 08:11

Communications internship opportunity is available at the National Nuclear Regulator. The Communications and Stakeholder Relations department provides multi-disciplinary communication support services for internal and external communications. 

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Opportunity Details

This office works closely with internal stakeholders and the CEO to build, strengthen and manage the corporate image and reputation of the NNR.

This department produces corporate publications, manages the information on the intranet, website and social media platforms, manages strategic stakeholder engagements, international relation, public outreach and media relations

Requirements
  • NQF Level 6 in Public Relations
  • No experience
  HOW TO APPLY

Appointment will be subjected to a positive security and medical assessment being obtained.

Applications should indicate in the application whether they agree to being subjected to a security vetting and medical assessment process.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND APPLY ONLINE

Opportunity Closing Date Tuesday, 22 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity National Nuclear Regulator Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

SA Army Military Skills Programme

Alan Hammond Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 14:34

The SA Army is offering young South African citizens an opportunity to serve in uniform on a two-year contract. The Military Skills Development System is a two-year voluntary service system with the long term goal of rejuvenating and enhancing the SA National Defence Force's deployment capability.

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Opportunity Details

Successful Military Skills Development System candidates will be appointed in a specific mustering and will be called up to a Training Unit, where members will complete their Basic Military Training, specific mustering and functional training in the first year and  be utilized or deployed internally or externally in the second year of the MSDS.

Requirements:

  • Be a South African citizen (No Dual Citizen)
  • 18-22 years and has successfully completed Grade 12
  • Graduates up to the age of 26 (360 Credits)
  • Successfully completed Grade 12 with average of 50% or (Level 4) (Mathematics and Physical Science will be advantageous)
  • Admission Point Score (APS) of 17 excluding Life Orientation (LO)
  • Leadership Potential
  • Have no criminal record or pending cases
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for the appointment
Download the Application Form:

SA Army Application Form

This application form is not for sale.

Opportunity Closing Date Friday, 30 July, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Department of Defence Article Categories Article Category Traineeships Tags Tags

SA Military Health Service Training Programme

Alan Hammond Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 13:54

The SA Military Health Service Training Programme for 2022 is open for applications now. 

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Opportunity Details

The SA Military Health Service Training Programme will train you in many valuable skills.

Military Skills Development System MSDS 2022

Accommodation, meals, study aids, stationary and pocket money will be provided to the learners.

  • Must at least be 18 years of age but not older than 22 and must have completed Grade 12
  • up to 26 years of age and must be completed grade 12
  • Leadership Potential
  • Not area bound
  • No criminal Record
Download Application Form

 

The application form is not for sale so please do not pay anyone for access to this form.

 

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SA Navy Military Skills Development Programme

Alan Hammond Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 13:26

The Military Skills Development System is the main training programme for young people who want to join the SA military. The two year programme is an excellent opportunity to serve in uniform over a period of two years. It includes full training and support in the chosen occupation in one of the arms of the military.  The SA Navy are recruiting for submariners and divers - then in a separate programme are recruiting Combat, Engineering, Technical and Support staff.

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Opportunity Details SA Navy Military Skills Development Programme 2022

The MSD programme is a two-year voluntary service system. Recruits are required to sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive military training and further functional training in a specific field, eg Combat Operators, Support services, Submarine operators etc in their first year of service.

During the second year of service, depending on the duration of their functional orientation, they will be deployed where needed and given the opportunity to apply their
knowledge and develop their skills.

  • South African citizen (no dual citizenship)
  • Have no record of criminal offences
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointments in the SANDF
  • Matric statement of results for 2019 and before will not be accepted (Matric certificate is required)
  • Preferably single
  • Not area bound
Download Application Forms:

Application form for Submariners and Divers

Application form for Combat, Engineering, Technical and Support

 

 

Opportunity Closing Date Saturday, 31 July, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Department of Defence Article Categories Article Category Traineeships Tags Tags

South African Air Force (Pilots / Navigators / Engineers) Traineeship

Bronwyn Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 13:20

The South African Air Force has opened applications for the Military Skills Development System for their 2022 programme. There is a General programme as a well as an intake for people who want to train and Pilots and Navigators.

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Opportunity Details South African Air Force (Pilots / Navigators/ Engineers)

Requirements:

  • 18–22 completed Grade 12 or equialent (excellent marks)
  • 22 -26 Years – In possession of N6 (Technical)
  • English passed as a subject
  • Mathematics and Physical Science (minimum level-3)
  • RSA Citizen (No dual citizenship)
  • Preferably single
  • Not Area Bound
  • No Criminal Record
  • Physically and Medically Fit

The Department of Defence reserves the right to employment.

Download Application Forms

 

Application Form For Pilots and Navigators Training Scheme

Application for For General Training Training Scheme

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Cape Town School Initiates Pride Month Celebrations

Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 12:53 Author Lauren Chawula

Fairmont High School in Cape Town has initiated Pride Month celebrations for learners, for the month of June seeking to create awareness about LGBTQIA+ and Pride. 

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The representative council at Fairmont High School in Durbanville Cape Tiwn has initiated an International Pride Month celebration for the month of June. They seek to educate and make people aware of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community. 

The Headmaster at the high school Leon Erasmus says that the plans for Pride celebrations preceded the incident that took place at DF Malan High School where LGBTQ students were not allowed to commemorate Pride Month. The school rejected the request to celebrate Pride Month on the school premises because they believed that it "could lead to tension and division within the school." 

This sparked uproar and DF Malan High School is now being investigated by both the Western Cape Department of Education and the South African Human Rights Commission. 

 "I'm extremely proud of our learners, our RCL in particular and our learner executive... It has nothing to do with what happened at other schools, we have been planning this for a while. It's part of Youth Month and it's part of Pride Month," says Mr Erasmus. 

He says that the initiative was started by the RCL as well as a society called Impact at the school. He says that the aim is to make everyone at the school feel included and as though they belong. He says that the school doesn't want anyone to be marginalized. 

"What we are doing this afternoon is just to show those learners that you are apart of us, that you are protected that you are safe, you can express your identity the way you want to and that we are here to protect you and that no one should feel that they are not part of the school," Fairmont High School Headmaster, Leon Erasmus. 

He says that students and staff must be made aware of what their peers are going through when they are marginalized for their identities, even when these topics seem difficult to discuss. 

The RCL Chairperson also spoke to SABC News saying that it is of utmost importance that issues surrounding all members of the youth are addressed. This is why she feels it is important that the issues which queer youth face are also discussed at schools. 

"As a Fairmont RCL we are letting our queer students know how much we love them and how much we support them," she said. 

She hopes that these celebrations will make the entire community of students at the school feel welcome and supported. 

 

 

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Unions Concerned Over Vaccine Delay For Teachers

Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 09:38 Author Lauren Chawula

Teachers in South Africa are next in line to receive Covid-19 vaccines, as half a million Johnson & Johnson vaccines doses have been secured for them but await authorisation from the FDA in the USA. Naptosa welcomes the rollout but expresses concern over the delay of the authorisation. 

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Teachers' unions have confirmed that teachers, cleaners and various school staff around South Africa could be vaccinated against Covid-19 this month. ‎National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) executive director Basil Manuel said at least 500 000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine doses have been secured for the education sector. 

The J&J vaccine does however await approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. Manuel has expressed concern over the delay of this approval as the doses have a window of two weeks for distribution and administration around the country, as this is when the doses may expire. 

"We are a little stressed at the moment, a little concerned because there are these delays from the FDA... but we live in eternal hope," Manuel told Newzroom Afrika. 

Manuel said that the beneficiaries of the vaccine would include all teaching and non-teaching staff in the public sector, including school governing body-funded personnel and the staff of teachers’ unions. The personnel who are over 40 are said to be first in line to receive the vaccine. 

Manuel says that the 500 000 doses should be enough to cover the sector as there may be those who opt to not be vaccinated.  

"There will also be people who are anti-vaxxers and who don't want to take it although we are encouraging everybody to queue up and take it," he said. 

NAPTOSA partnered with the other teachers' unions to carry out a survey to find out what the teachers attitudes towards the vaccine are and it found that 75% of teachers would be taking the vaccine while a small percentage said that they were still undecided. 

Manuel says that the teachers' unions plan to campaign to encourage people to consider taking the vaccine as it may be one of the best options which allows those with comorbidities especially to get back into the classroom safely and healthily. 

Unions have welcomed the rollout of the vaccines as a large amount of teachers lost their lives due to Covid-19 over the past year especially during the second wave of the coronavirus in South Africa. 

Educators Union of SA provincial chairperson André de Bruyn says that they hoped that the vaccines would not expire soon. 

“Where will the government find all these vaccines, as we are unsure at the moment if the FDA approved the J&J vaccines as being safe?” he questioned. 

He said the union would hold its stance that no full-capacity classes should commence unless teachers are offered vaccines. 

The FDA has said that some batches of the J&J vaccine were not fit to use while others were still under review. However, two batches have been approved but it is unclear how many that covers and where those are to be sent. 

Those J&J vaccines which are ready to be distributed from the Gqebherha plant in the Eastern Cape are said to be assessed further by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) according to the ministry of health's statement. 

“There is now a real possibility that they may not be [suitable for use], however this is for the regulator to rule on,” the ministry said.

They added, however, that 300 000 J&J doses have been cleared to be shipped to the country "as an extreme matter of urgency."

“Furthermore, the FDA announced that, after careful evaluation of these doses, they approved an extension of the expiry date after determining that the vaccine can be stored in 2-8 °C (normal bar fridge) for 4.5 months instead of 3 months," said the statement. 

 

 

 

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SASSA Warns Against Fake Grant

Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 08:17 Author Lauren Chawula

The South African Social Security Agency is warning beneficiaries and applicants against providing their personal information to fraudsters posing as SASSA and offering fake grants to vulnerable citizens. 

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has recently made beneficiaries aware of a fake grant application making its rounds on social media. SASSA provides financial assistance in the form of social grants to those who are vulnerable to poverty and in need of state support. 

Fraudsters prey on this vulnerability and have now been sharing a link which encourages people to register to receive a "R700 Fund Grant" from SASSA.

SASSA has clarified that this is fake and not associated with SASSA at all. SASSA Applicants and beneficiaries are urged not to click on the link, fill in their personal information or share the link with others. 

The Special Covid-19 R350 SRD grant has come to an end and many beneficiaries would be tempted to apply for fake grants in hopes to receive financial aid again. However, they are encouraged to only apply for the grants on the official SASSA website, as they risk sharing confidential information with scammers who may use it for other criminal reasons. 

The public is encouraged to report cases of corruption to the anti-corruption hotline on 0800 43 43 73.

 

Please note that the below information is false and does NOT come from SASSA.#SASSACARES @The_DSD @nda_rsa @GovernmentZA @nda_rsa pic.twitter.com/4tpIlNghnE

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) June 11, 2021

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Education MEC Concerned By DF Malan High School Homophobia Allegations

Saturday, 12 June, 2021 - 13:39 Author Raigan Cloete

The Western Cape Education MEC issued a statement confirming that district officials are investigating the DF Malan High School homophobia allegations.

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Debbie Schäfer, the Education MEC, announced that she is deeply concerned by the allegations of discrimination against LGBTQI+ learners at DF Malan High School.

In the statement, Schäfer stated that "such behaviour has absolutely no place in our schools."

This development occurred after allegations of homophobia surfaced at Hoërskool DF Malan in Belville, where staff reportedly banned learners from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) community from gathering at the school.

A group of learners stated that they were threatened and intimidated when they gathered at break time on Monday to celebrate the first week of International Pride Month.

Learners claim that they were subject to hate speech by queerphobic staff and students.

According to Schäfer, the Western Cape Education Department was alerted to these allegations on Wednesday. 

Schäfer announced that district officials are investigating the matter.

The MEC hopes to work with the school to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

"The WCED is committed to ensuring that our schools are inclusive spaces, where values of equality and non-discrimination are upheld. We expect our schools to take active steps to promote such an environment," said Schäfer.

Click here to read the full statement.

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Its Unclear When Teachers Will Get Vaccinated

Saturday, 12 June, 2021 - 12:40 Author Raigan Cloete

Even though reports of increasing COVID-19 cases in schools rise, it is still unclear when teachers will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

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500 000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been secured by the government for teachers to be vaccinated. However, the vaccines which were meant to arrive, are still awaiting approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

The Health Department will only have two weeks to inspect and administer vaccinations with a short shelf life. 

The arrival of the vaccines has been delayed after possible vaccine contamination was detected, by the U.S authorities, at one plant.

The government plans to vaccinate teachers before primary school learners return to school full-time in July 2021. 

Basil Manuel, the president of NAPTOSA, stated that they have asked the government when the vaccines will arrive and have received reassurance that the system is ready.

"Within a day or so the vaccines will be here [and] the rollout will begin immediately," said Manuel.

The Education Department is hoping to vaccinate teachers over the age of 40 and those with comorbidities, after a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in high schools around the country.

The Unions announced that they will only request school closures as a last resort and the decision will be based on the number of COVID-19 cases. In the meantime, they have urged schools to follow COVID-19 regulations.

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