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UNISA Assignment Dates Moved Back

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 17:43

Due to the Nationwide Lockdown, UNISA has decided to communicate with its students using its online platform. Unfortunately, assignments have been moved back and these assignments will have to be uploaded online.

Article Category: Universities

The National Lockdown has been declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa to stop the spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown, all UNISA services to their students will be online. 

Study material is made available to all their students. If anyone has not yet received it then they should go to myUnisa and download it to prepare for assessments. Those who have recently written a supplementary exam or who registered for a postgraduate qualification will be able to access the study material online as soon as your registration is finalised.

Assignment closing dates have moved to 24 April 2020 for the first assignment and the second assignment is due on 8 May 2020. This extension excludes modules with continuous assessment, online assessment and where the summative assessment is a portfolio. With regards to methods of submitting assignments, more information is available via this link, https://bit.ly/2vU5w15.

Regarding examinations, UNISA is working with the NSRC and the Department of Health to find a safe, fair and feasible arrangement to deal with the May/June 2020 examinations and will send follow-up communications soon. As you are all aware, they are reliant on the instructions received from the President, now the Commander in Chief, who will decide on the status and the progression of the pandemic. They will, therefore, provide you will further feedback on the situation regarding the first semester examinations.

Some lecturers have diverted their office phones through to their private phones and might still be reached by phone. Students are encouraged to only phone during office hours if needed. Use e-mail where possible to contact the Unisa staff.

Applicants will receive communication from UNISA by the end of June regarding their application status. Any other information such as finalisation of registrations and allocation of funds can be read on the myUnisa platform via this link, https://bit.ly/2vU5w15.

 

5300 Students Still at Residences Despite Lockdown

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 15:42Author: Alan Hammond

At the start of the national lockdown more than 5300 students were not able to get home and are still staying at university residences. Minister Blade Nzimande has assured the country that his department is ensuring their safety and that they are complying with the lockdown regulations.

Article Category: News

At the start of the national lockdown more than 5300 students were not able to get home and are still staying at university residences. Minister Blade Nzimande has assured the country that his department is ensuring their safety and that they are complying with the lockdown regulations.

Nzimande was updating the country at the national press briefing on government's response to the international Covid-19 pandemic which has spread to more than 200 countries and has infected nearly 600 00 people.

The Minister confirmed that the students staying at residences, who he said were mainly international students who could not return to their home countries, would abide by the lockdown regulations.  

There are no students at TVET College residences.  The university residences housing residences are:

 

University of Fort Hare – 30 students

University of Johannesburg – 940 students

University of the Western Cape - 370 students

North West University – 64 students

Central University of Technology – 27 students

University of Pretoria – 236 students

Sol Plaatje University - 0

Vaal University of Technology – 18 students

Mangosuthu University of Technology – 6 students

Rhodes University – 36 students

Walter Sisulu University – 23 students

Stellenbosch University – 971

Cape Peninsula University - 1853 students

Wits University - approximately 100 students

Sefako Makgatho University – approximately 20 students

University of Limpopo – 50 students

University of Venda – 14 students

University of the Free State – 105 students

University of Cape Town – under 100 students

Nelson Mandela University - 382 students

University of KwaZulu-Natal – 11 students 6 

University of Zululand - 26 students

Tshwane University of Technology to submit

Durban University of Technology to submit

University of Mpumalanga - 0

 

 

Our post school cannot afford to lsoe a year 

it means you cannot affourd to hav enew students

we are aware of that.

we are also looking way beyond that. How do we put in place measure sto catch up and make sure we don't lose the 2020 academic year.

 

 

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Motsepe Family & Other Companies Have Donated R1 Billion To Fight COVID-19

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 15:02

R1 billion has been donated by Motsepe Foundation, Sanlam, African Rainbow Capital, African Rainbow Minerals and others, to fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Article Category: News

R1 billion has been donated by Motsepe Foundation, Sanlam, African Rainbow Capital, African Rainbow Minerals and others, to fight against the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Patrice Motsepe, the founder and chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, has said in his statement that the money that has been donated will be used to save the lives of those affected by the virus and also to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Sanitisers, disinfectants, and Personal Protective Equipment will be purchased to help stop the virus. Due to washing hands being such an important step in limiting the spread of the virus, they have made water available to both rural and urban communities. The money will also go towards building classrooms, information centres and laboratories across all the provinces in South Africa, to help people abide by the social distancing requirements. Essential stationery will be made available to those underprivileged schools.

Ian Kirk, the CEO of Sanlam, said: “Sanlam has a rich history of always putting our people, our clients and our country first; hence our mantra of ‘Doing well, by doing Good’. Today, we’re proud of the partnership with the Motsepe Family and its associated companies. We believe these efforts will make a meaningful contribution not only towards fighting the Coronavirus, but also in developing the long-term sustainability of South Africans, particularly in poor and rural areas. Periods of profound uncertainty like these call for us to come together to support all the prudent actions that contain the scourge of this virus and its impact on our already fragile economy.”

The CEO of ARC Dr Johan van Zyl said: “As a nation we are in unchartered waters in terms of the scale and danger that the COVID-19 pandemic presents to South Africans. It is now time for each and everyone of us to demonstrate leadership and help. ARC is a fairly young company with limited financial resources. Yet, it remains important that we make a contribution. In this regard we are partnering with companies and organisations with which we have common interests and share common values to ensure that the positive impact we aim to make is felt.” We have been in contact with various Ministers and MECs and will also be in contact with the Government’s Coronavirus Solidarity Fund to identify specific initiatives and projects where we can partner and work together. There may be upliftment and developmental undertakings where they are better positioned than we are, in which case we may fund or donate with them on a particular project or partnership.

These efforts have been put into place to help everyone in South Africa deal with future "pandemics or catastrophes".

Below is the full statement:

The Motsepe Family in partnership with companies and organisations that they are associated with, have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its related challenges that are confronting South Africa and the African Continent.

These companies and organisations are:

  • Motsepe Foundation
  • Sanlam
  • African Rainbow Capital (ARC)
  • African Rainbow Minerals (ARM)
  • and others.

The Founder and Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Patrice Motsepe said: “Several hundred million rands will immediately be made available with the primary objective of saving lives and slowing and restraining the spread of the Coronavirus. We are purchasing sanitisers, disinfectants, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are in discussions with Government, health workers and other stakeholders to assist with acquiring other equipment and making resources available which are essential for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been advised that access to water for regularly washing hands is crucial for slowing and limiting the spread of the Coronavirus. We are therefore providing water to poor rural and urban communities by purchasing water tanks (jojos), drilling and equipping for borehole water and also building sanitary facilities. The current lockdown has an impact on the goods, equipment and services that can be purchased immediately and the goods and services which can be provided when the lockdown has been terminated. Our short to medium term interventions include building additional classrooms, computer centers and laboratories in all the 9 provinces of South Africa to assist with the excessively high number of students per classroom in some schools; particularly in the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing requirements.

Those schools in the poor rural and urban areas which do not have internet access or facilities will be assisted with study guides, scientific calculators, dictionaries and other educational equipment and facilities identified in consultation with the Department of Basic Education, school principals and teachers. Poor and underdeveloped communities are ill-prepared to deal with the serious challenges and consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic and are in dire need of our assistance and contributions. We are committed to contribute to the provision of quality education, infrastructure and other facilities to better prepare and equip them to deal with future pandemics or catastrophes.”

We will be working in partnership with:

  • traditional leaders, kings, queens and their communities that we have been working with for the past 20 years;
  • the 34 Religious and Faith-Based organisations that participate in the annual Motsepe Foundation National Day of Prayer;
  • National, Provincial and Local Government authorities;
  • Trade Union and other Worker Representative organisations;
  • NGOs and other local community representative organisations;
  • sport organisations and entities;
  • local, provincial and national business and professional organisations;
  • black and white farmers and their representative organisations; and
  • other organisations or structures that can assist or partner with us in dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

The CEO of Sanlam Ian Kirk said: “Sanlam has a rich history of always putting our people, our clients and our country first; hence our mantra of ‘Doing well, by doing Good’. Today, we’re proud of the partnership with the Motsepe Family and its associated companies. We believe these efforts will make a meaningful contribution not only towards fighting the Coronavirus, but also in developing the long-term sustainability of South Africans, particularly in poor and rural areas. Periods of profound uncertainty like these call for us to come together to support all the prudent actions that contain the scourge of this virus and its impact on our already fragile economy.”

The CEO of ARC Dr Johan van Zyl said: “As a nation we are in unchartered waters in terms of the scale and danger that the COVID19 pandemic presents to South Africans. It is now time for each and everyone of us to demonstrate leadership and help. ARC is a fairly young company with limited financial resources. Yet, it remains important that we make a contribution. In this regard we are partnering with companies and organisations with which we have common interests and share common values to ensure that the positive impact we aim to make is felt.” We have been in contact with various Ministers and MECs and will also be in contact with the Government’s Coronavirus Solidarity Fund to identify specific initiatives and projects where we can partner and work together. There may be upliftment and developmental undertakings where they are better positioned than we are, in which case we may fund or donate with them on a particular project or partnership.

We want to thank Government for their leadership and cooperation including health workers, police, soldiers, as well as Religious and Faith-Based organisations, traditional leaders, trade union and other worker representative organisations, NGOs and other rural and urban organisations. We also want to thank business and in particular the Rupert and Oppenheimer families, the employees, boards and stakeholders of the companies that the Motsepe Family is associated with, for their assistance and contributions in dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic.

South Africans have a history of uniting and working together when confronted with major and enormous challenges. We are confident that South Africa will in the medium to long term overcome the life-threatening and economic challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and continue to build a bright and inclusive future for the people of South Africa and the African continent.

Total SA COVID-19 Deaths Drop To One

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 13:10

The number of COVID-19 deaths in South Africa has decreased from two to one mortality after a subsequent investigation found that one patient was negative for the virus.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in South Africa has decreased from two to one mortality after a subsequent investigation found that one patient was negative for the virus.

Earlier on Friday, the Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, said South Africa had recorded its first two deaths. The cases were in private and public institutions in the Western Cape.

As of Friday, South Africa had recorded 1 170 positive cases. This is an increase of 243 new cases from the previous day's announcement. The total number of tests conducted to date is 28 537.

On Friday evening, the Minister in a statement said laboratory results on the 28-year-old, which were received at 5.20 pm, showed that the deceased was COVID-19 negative.

“This morning we reported that two deaths had occurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The first patient was a 48-year-old female, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on 23 March 2020. She was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. This means she had an underlying disease,” the Minister said.

The second patient who died was a suspected case, based on her clinical presentation.

“The clinicians who were treating her have reported to us that this was a female, who had presented at the hospital in respiratory distress,” said Mkhize.

At the time of presentation, she was hypoxic, a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level.

Said the Minister: “She was intubated and transferred to hospital during the early hours of this morning (27 March 2020 at 3 am). On arrival in ICU, she was declared dead.

“The clinical picture was suggestive of COVID-19 and therefore a test was conducted. Her laboratory results have since been received at 5.20 pm and were confirmed negative. Her immediate family was also tested and they are also negative. She is therefore no longer considered a COVID-19 case.”

This, therefore, means there is only one confirmed death caused by COVID-19 in South Africa.

Mkhize said he had since been informed that the health workers who managed the patient have been debriefed and counselled.

“I am aware that the public interest around COVID-19 may end up making them feel like they did not perform their duties with the utmost care. As a clinician myself, I want to reassure them that making such a diagnosis on presentation is line with our plea to them to keep a high index of suspicion so as not to miss a diagnosis of COVID-19,” he said.

He said this is common practice.

They then conduct further tests to confirm or disprove the diagnosis.

“In this instance, doctors and all health workers involved exercised clinical judgment and took extra precaution in managing this patient. We support this approach,” he said.

He assured health workers that the Department of Health and the government will do everything possible to provide the support required for them to perform their duties.

“Overwhelming as circumstances may be, we ask you to keep up the fight. This is only the beginning and your commitment assures us that we will overcome,” he said.

Country synopsis 
  • Total number of patients in hospitals (both public and private): 55
  • Total number of patients in ICU: 4
  • Total number of patients on ventilation: 3
  • Total number of recoveries: 31
  • Contacts of the patients that have been identified: 4 407
  • Contacts of the patients that have been traced: 3 465

In the statement, Mkhize said the infection of people with underlying concomitant diseases is increasing, as illustrated by the COVID-19 patient who passed away in the Western Cape. 

“We, therefore, urge our citizens to be vigilant, protect themselves and not unnecessarily expose themselves by making contact with a lot of people. It is important to remain in your home, create a distance between yourself and anyone, including unwell family members,” he said.

These are some of the underlying medical diseases that make people vulnerable:

  • HIV positive people with a low CD4 count: This emphasises the importance of everyone knowing their status, get tested and immediately start treatment should they test positive.
  • Chronic lung diseases, including TB, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Autoimmune diseases of any kind.
  • Chronic kidney diseases.
  • Cancer.
  • Diabetes. 

Smokers and dependant alcohol consumers, as well as the elderly, are also vulnerable.   

Mkhize said there was an increase in the rate of internal transmissions.

“Patients without a history of travelling abroad have been detected in many provinces. The Free State province is such an example,” he said.

The majority of 61 patients infected arose from the church conference, which had five international visitors who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Amongst these were various local church leaders, who have since tested positive for COVID-19, thus making their church members direct contacts. These church members have had to be screened and tested. The church leaders and members who were tested have since been put in quarantine.

The confirmed cases in the Free State province are concentrated in Mangaung and, the Minister said, require the dedicated focus of interventions.

Testing facilities and backlog in processing tests

The Minister said the government is aware that there is a significant backlog, especially from some private laboratories due to pressure caused by the increasing workload.

“We are pleased that the National Health Laboratory Services has increased its testing facilities. There are five laboratories in our academic hospitals in the country. These are in Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke, Universitas, Tygerberg, and Groote Schuur, in addition to the laboratory at the NICD [National Institute for Communicable Diseases], which is the reference laboratory.

“We are now extending them to Tshwane Academic, Walter Sisulu, and Port Elizabeth,” he said.

The department has seven mobile testing laboratories, which will increase to 47 by April and spread across the country.

“By the end of April, we will be able to do 30 000 tests per day if required, and we continue to source suppliers of test kits from different suppliers so that we can meet the demand,” he said. – SAnews.gov.za

Recruitment Drive To Fight COVID-19

The Gauteng Department of Health has embarked on a huge recruitment drive to ensure that there is enough capacity in the province to deal with the anticipated increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.

The Gauteng Department of Health has embarked on a huge recruitment drive to ensure that there is enough capacity in the province to deal with the anticipated increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.

People in the following fields, medical officers, nursing, operational managers, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography, speech, and audiology therapy are called on to offer their services to help contain and mitigate against COVID-19.

The Gauteng Department of Health has launched a digital platform called e-Recruitment. The system will assist in speeding up the recruitment of qualified health professionals.

As the work to stop the further spreading of COVID-19 intensities, additional capacity across the board will be required and as such all available health professionals are called upon to take up this opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.

Applications can be done online at www.healthjobs.co.za where all positions are advertised. New positions will be uploaded as the need arises. 

Funding options for Durban University of Technology (DUT) students

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 16:18Author: Simbongile Makanda

If you are a DUT student looking to fund your studies, there are some options you can consider.

Article Category: Finance

Funding opportunities at DUT are advertised on notice boards in the Department of Financial Aid and Scholarships, faculty offices and academic departments.

BURSARIES & NSFAS

  • Awarded based on financial need & academic performance
  • May be required to pay an expected family contribution
  • Only open to full-time students
  • Closing date: 31 August (for returning students),  5 February (for new first-year students), 31 August (for new semester students)

SCHOLARSHIPS

Undergraduate Scholarship: For New Students 

  • This scholarship is made available to first-year South African students studying full-time at DUT
  • In order to be considered, you must have obtained excellent results in the National Senior Certificate 

If you have an aggregate of 80% or higher, you qualify for a 100% remission of tuition fees for your first year of registration

If you have an aggregate between 70% – 79%, you qualify for a 50% remission of tuition fees for your first year of registration

  • If you rewrote any of your matric subjects or if you took a gap year after matriculating, you will not be considered for this scholarship

Undergraduate Scholarship Award Scheme: For Returning Students

  • This scholarship is made available to second year students studying full-time at DUT
  • The student must have completed their previous year of study with distinction in their first attempt
  • An average of 75% and above means you qualify for a 50% remission of your tuition fees for your following year of study

Dean's Merit Award

  • Awarded to the best performing student in the faculty

Vice-Chancellor's Award

  • This is awarded to new students who achieve good results in the NSC exam, despite their personal circumstances.
  • The chosen students will receive a remission of their first-year tuition fees

Dux Award

  • Awarded to the top matriculant at each school
  • These students will receive remission of their tuition fees for the first year of study only.

Merit Award for Students Who Receive Other Bursaries or Scholarships

  • This is awarded to students who meet the criteria for a DUT scholarship award
  • Second-year/late semester students with an average 75% and above & first-year students with an NSC average of 70-79% will receive a R500 textbook voucher 
  • Second-year/late semester students with an average of 75% and above & First year/ late semester students with an average of 80% and above in their NSC will receive an R800 textbook voucher

All students can take up a loan in order to pay the remaining balance of their fees owed

STUDENT LOAN

Many South African banks offer loans to students looking to fund their studies. Read our article to find out which banks offer student loans.

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Engineering Learnership At Royal Bafokeng

A job opportunity exists for the right candidate in North West to apply for a learnership programme.

ENGINEERING LEARNERSHIP

Requirements:

1. Work Output Description

  • To be trained toward an Artisan qualification

2. Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 12 – at least 40% in English, Mathematics and Physical Science

3. Advantageous

  • Experience as artisan’s assistant
  • NCV 4 with at least 40% mathematics (not literacy) and all other relevant subjects
  • N2 certificate with four subjects relevant to the trade is essential

4. Skills and Knowledge

  • Interpersonal Skill
  • Basic Communication Skills

5. Physical/Legal Requirements

  • Fit for Duty/Certificate of Fitness
  • Clear Credit/Criminal Record
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 3 daysOpportunities Offered By : Royal Bafokeng PlatinumArticle Category: Learnerships 2020Tags: studentroompuff and passmatric assistlearnership in engineeringOpportunity available in: North West

Internship Opportunities At Procter & Gamble

By joining us in a graduate programme, you can help us develop highly sophisticated, more integrated approaches & taking advantage of the latest advancements in digitalised plant and connected, smart technology.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all recruitment stages (assessments and interviews) will be done virtually

Graduate Internships

The Internship is for those who have NOT completed their Bachelors’ degree studies yet. Our aim is to select exceptional students for internship openings who are seeking developing their skills while being mentored & coached by strong P&G leaders.

You are solicited to apply regardless your specific field of study.

The job openings cover departments like Marketing, Customer Business Development, Supply Chain, Finance & Accounting, Consumer Market Knowledge, Human Resources, Communications, Purchasing, Health Care and Information Technology.

You will be part of inclusive work environment that guarantees fair learning opportunities and challenges that will enable you to grow and develop.

Requirements (skills / experiences) for the role:

  • Currently studying towards a Bachelors’ Degree
  • You’re available for the internship for 6 consecutive weeks in June-July 2020 (depending on your academic calendar)
  • You demonstrate leadership skills
  • You love to work in a Team
  • You value Diversity and aspired to work in a dynamic culture.
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 3 daysOpportunities Offered By : Procter & GambleArticle Category: Internships 2020Tags: internshipskillstraininggraduatestudentroomOpportunity available in: Gauteng

Graphic Design Internship Opportunity At WURTH

 We have an exciting position for an Intern on a 12 month limited duration contract.

 

Graphic Design Intern

The Würth Group is the world market leader in assembly and fastening materials and it currently consists of over 400 companies in more than 80 countries.

Specification

  • Matric/Equivalent 
  • Completed Degree in Graphic Design or Information and Communication Technology/ Web Development, (must be through TVET)
  • Must have 18 months practical experience in web development or graphic design

Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Time Management skills
  • Must be computer literate (Excel, Word, Outlook and Adobe Design)
  • A completed Adobe InDesign or Photoshop course will be very beneficial
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020Opportunity is closing in 33 daysOpportunities Offered By : WurthArticle Category: Internships 2020Tags: studentroompuff and passinternshiponline application during coronaOpportunity available in: Gauteng

UCT Student Tests Positive For Covid-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 14:07Author: Sakinah Samuels

The University of Cape Town has reported that they now have five coronavirus cases to their name. This comes after three non-students associated with the University and one student of the University were found to be positive for Covid-19.

Article Category: News

UCT has now confirmed it's fifth case.

The previous four cases that were found were that of three non-students and one student. The latest case was found in a student. 

However, the difference in this case is that it was found in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Required protocols are underway and the Health Department in KZN is engaging in contact tracing. 

The country is currently under a 21 day lockdown and we as citizens are asked to respect the lockdown for the greater good of the country and to stop the spread of the virus. 

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Unizulu Responds To International Students Arrests

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 13:51Author: Sakinah Samuels

Following the release of footage of University of Zululand international students being imprisoned, students have been questioning the University. The University has since responded and aims to set records straight. 

Article Category: Universities

A video and pictures of multiple international students that attend Unizulu has been released. This comes after the University evacuated their residences as a precautionary measure for Covid-19. Students have seen questioning the University and expressing anger towards the instituition. 

The University released a statement and starts by saying, "The impression that this posting ultimately seeks to create, in the absence of all the facts and context, is that the University Management is callous and heartless. Nothing could be farther from the truth."

In setting the record straight, the University has stated the following:

The University closed its KwaDlangezwa Campus and students were instructed to vacate residences on the 2nd of March 2020 due to student protests and the risk it presented to staff, students and property. Students who remained on campus were in violation of the University's instruction.

The University has closed it's residences due to the President's announcement of a lockdown. 

Management had to give effect to the proclamation by ensuring that no one except those duly exempted by the proclamation should be on its premises. No health, food or social services will be available to any student who wishes to stay. This is illegal occupation and is placing them at a higher risk. 

North Gauteng High Court has confirmed the University's instruction that students are to vacate residences. However, it was found that several foreign students had refused to comply with this lawful directive.

The University then states that, "these students had forcefully occupied locked residences with a nonchalant and flippant attitude. A case of trespassing and damage to property was opened with the South African Police Service."

The Dean of Students had arranged for off campus accommodation for foreign students who could not go back to their home countries. However, some students still decided to move into residences which lead to arrests as they were in direct violation of the law.

It was found that the residence was used for the accommodation of couples as well as a pregnant woman who was not a student. 

The University then went further in assisting international students and contacted embassies. Students who were being assisted did not use the transport services the institution was offering. 

The University has said, "The Dean of Students had to endure acts of intimidation and harassment from the said students."

The University now sees itself as being placed in an impossible situation as they cannot allow themselves as an institution to tolerate a willful disregard of lawful directives including court interdicts.

 

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RunwaySale Internship Opportunities

RunwaySale has various Internships available for graduates. The internships available are: Digital Marketing Intern, Graphic Design Intern and Buying Intern/Assistant. 

RunwaySale is a web-based company that sells designer brands at discount prices by hosting flash events. It has grown to be South Africa's largest members-only private online shopping club. 

Digital Marketing Intern

RunwaySale is looking for a Digital Marketing Intern who is looking to show off their marketing & content creation abilities. The intern will predominantly assist with the development and production of multi-media campaigns for various events.

This internship is located in Cape Town. 

Requirements
  • Tertiary qualification in marketing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word 
  • Well-spoken and able to communicate clearly (in English)
  • Social Media Savvy: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blogging
  • Exceptional copywriting skills
  • Graphic design principles and knowledge of the programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc would be an advantage
  • Analytics, SEO and AdWords skills would be an advantage
Graphic Design Intern

The applicant will be involved in the creation and execution of effective design campaigns and will need to manage a number of projects within tight deadlines. The ideal candidate needs to be self-motivated, thrive under pressure, have a keen eye for detail and have the ability to multitask.

This internship is located in Cape Town. 

Requirements
  • Proficient in the use of standard design software - InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Understanding of web standards, current design trends, and social media content design
  • Be a good, creative thinker and be able to think out the box
  • Ability to understand brand identity and translate the brand message accordingly
  • Knowledge and understanding of marketing concepts as applied to the web and print required
  • Good knowledge of typography
  • Graphic Design qualification
Buying Intern/Assistant

This is a great opportunity to learn and grow quickly in what is a dynamic and flexible online fashion company. You will be working very closely with our buyers and this will be a great opportunity to learn the in's and out's of being an ecommerce buyer. You will be responsible for assisting our buyers with a wide variety of sales campaigns for well known designer brands.

This internship is located in Johannesburg. 

Requirements
  • Computer literate (especially MS Excel)
  • Have strong administration skills
  • Professional communication skills in English (verbal and written) are a non negotiable.
  • Experience in MS Excel, Administration, Retail or sales would be an advantage.
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Police make arrests on the first day of lockdown

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 13:16Author: Simbongile Makanda

The South African Police Services (SAPS) have arrested people for disobeying lockdown rules. This comes moments after the official start of the national 21-day lockdown.

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Hours before the lockdown was set to begin, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed soldiers and the police, asking them to keep South Africans off the streets and indoors during the lockdown period. However, some South Africans just could not resist socializing and having a few drinks once the lockdown had commenced. 

SABC News reported the police making arrests in clubs and taverns in Johannesburg minutes after the lockdown had begun. Clubs and taverns are prohibited from functioning and selling alcohol during the lockdown period, as they are not essential services.

The start of the lockdown has also brought the confirmation of two covid-19 deaths, making these the first in South Africa. The government urges all South Africans to stay at home and obey the lockdown rules because breaking the rules is a criminal offence, which could lead to jail time.

You may only leave your home if you are: providing essential services, seeking healthcare, collecting grant money or in need of food.

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NSFAS Announcement For Unizulu Students

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 12:41

Unizulu has released a statement updating NSFAS beneficiaries and prospective NSFAS beneficiaries on allowances and appeals.

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The statement released reads as follows:

Finance would like to notify you that all allowances, including transport allowance to qualifying students will be paid on Tuesday the 31st of March 2020.

NSFAS has sent an updated funding list which resulted in some students being funded and some students that had originally been funded being unfunded, communication has been sent to affected students with reasons for unfunding as per the NSFAS communication to the institution. Such students may appeal the NSFAS decision once the University re-opens after the lock down.

With regards to appeals that had already been submitted by students, the University will resume assessing such appeals and make recommendations to NSFAS once the University re-opens after the lock down. However, the final funding decision rests with NSFAS and allowances can only be paid to those appealing, once NSFAS gives the decision for the appeal.

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UCT's Plans For Next Term

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 12:26Author: Sakinah Samuels

In light of Covid-19, Universities will have to make use of online learning and teaching methods. UCT has released a statement giving more information on how the next term will work and what academics will look like. 

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The University of Cape Town has been one of the institutions that was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They now have to make changes to what teaching and learning looks like. The University has released informaation on how their academic calender will change, when second term will start, changes to specific dates and what second term will look like for staff and students.

Term 2 is set to start on 20 April 2020. However, UCT has said that from the 20th until the 24th of April, students will undergo an orientation which would give them insight into how to learn online and use online resources. The first week of the second term will therefore officially begin on 27 April 2020.

Formal invigilated exams will not take place at the end of the semester. Continuous assessments will rather take place and students will also obtain their duly performed credit. 

Online courses will be graded as pass or fail and will not affect students' chances of obtaining distinctions when they graduate. 

For online schooling, it's important that students know that:

  • They are not expected to have the same workload as contact methods would see
  • Students won't have to sit in front of a computer during structured lecture times. Lectures will be available for students to download and access anytime.
  • Support from course organisers and tutors is available. Numbers will be provided in Vula. 
  • Students who require practical or field work will be able to do so once campus reopens. 
  • Laptops will be delivered to students who need them after the lockdown. These students have been identified. 

On data enquiries, UCT has said, "Arrangements are being made by UCT, Universities South Africa (USAf) and service providers for zero-rated mobile data to specific UCT online resources, to keep  the costs of remote learning as low as possible."

Read UCT's full statement here

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Department of Higher Education Calls Suspension News Fake

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:42Author: Sakinah Samuels

A letter has been released claiming that the whole year will be suspended and people will all have to start the year again next year. However, the Department of Higher Education and Training has clarified that this letter is fake news.

Article Category: Education

On 26 March, a letter was released claiming that all learning institutions will be cancelling their 2020 academic year as a whole and that it would start again next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This fake letter claims to be signed off by Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande and reads, "I take this opportunity to inform that all the learning institutions of South Africa are all being suspended for the whole year until next year January due to the Covid-19 virus"

The Department of Higher Education and Training took to their Facebook page to say that this is fake news by uploading the picture and captioning it, "Beware of fake news" pointing down towards this fake letter. 

The 2020 academic year is not being cancelled. Institutions are hoping to reopen their doors in April and will also make use of online teaching and learning methods.

It is important that we inform ourselves by getting information from reliable sources. Fake news could have many negative effects on individuals and can even cause panic in a difficult time, especially now when the country as well as the rest of the world is overcome with concern.

Fake news can create confusion and misunderstanding about important issues. It is a criminal offense in South Africa to post fake news concerning the coronavirus. 

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First Two Covid-19 Deaths In South Africa

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 09:27Author: Alan Hammond

The first two deaths from the coronavirus, Covid-19 have been reported in South Africa by the Health Minister. The two patients were reported to have passes away at hospitals in the Western Cape.

 

Article Category: News

The Minister of Health has announced that South Africa has seen the first two deaths from Covid-19.

In a media release this morning the Minister confirmed the worrying news that two people had died - one at a private hospital, one at a public hospital, both in the Western Cape.

Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde, confirmed the death this morning. He explained that one of the two people who had passed away had been tested and confirmed to have Covid-19. The other patient presented at hospital with severe respiratory symptoms so it is strongly believed that they also have the infection. 

Winde said that the age and health conditions of the two deceased would be released at a later stage.

SA currently has over 900 confirmed infections.

 

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Privacy Policy

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Retailers guilty of price hiking could face hefty fines

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 17:29Author: Simbongile Makanda

On Thursday the 19th of March 2020, the government put regulations in place to limit unreasonable price hikes in stores nationwide. Some major retailers have been found guilty of not respecting these regulations as the 21-day lockdown period is set to begin.

Article Category: News

Some consumers have reported cases of major retailers making unjustified price hikes. These price hikes go against the Competition Act and Consumer Protection Act.

These acts keep the food supply chain functioning nationwide. There is no shortage of food to justify the price hikes, as factories have stated that they are producing enough food to supply stores across the nation.

The government has stated that retailers are not allowed to make the cost of basic food higher than it was before covid-19. In the event that retail stores do increase the price of food, they may not make it higher than the cost of the raw material. 

The measures that the government has put in place are there to protect consumers through the financial strain that covid-19 and the lockdown will have on South Africa. 

Companies who breach this regulation could be fined R1 million, 10% of the company's turnover, or receive a year-long jail sentence.

Major retail stores like Spar, Shoprite, Checkers, PicknPay, Woolworths, Clicks, Game, Dischem, Makro, and Dion joined forces with the government and agreed to not increase their prices during the lockdown period.

If you wish to report any retailer for price hiking, you can call 0800 014880.

 

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Stellenbosch University’s Arrangements For SA Lockdown Period

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 15:16Author: Sakinah Samuels

Stellenbosch University has had to make further arrangements after the President's announcement of a 21 day lockdown. Recess has been extended until 20 April. 

Article Category: News

When Covid-19 hit South Africa and we all saw the numbers grow, higher education institutions were all shut down as well as schools and businesses were making moves to have staff be evacuated from offices. This has called for universities to implement precautionary measures. 

Stellenbosch has released a statement stating further measures that are to be taken following the President's lockdown announcement. 

The second term was initially set to commence on 30 March online. However, the University has decided to extend the recess until 20 April. This second term might be extended into June to make up for lost time.

No student assessments are predicted for hand-in before May 2020. There is also a possibility of the June exams taking place online. 

There is uncertainty surrounding whether contact teaching will be possible by then. The University is therefore prepared if online methods are to be used. Students and staff are to make use of discussion forums via SUNLearn. The University will ensure that relevant platforms and learning materials are available. They will engage with mobile service providers for sero-rated data so that students can access higher education domains. 

500 students have remained in SU residences and the University will support these students and provide support services where they can. Strict guidelines that were set out for the lockdown will also be followed on these residences.

The University will be mostly closed. However, due to students remaining in residences, they are making special arrangements for essential services. Access to the Neelsie will be open but controlled. 

 

 

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