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Matrics Don't Need NBTs To Get Into UCT

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 20:39

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has made an announcement that would make many Matrics of 2020 happy about the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs). A pandemic calls for unprecedented changes.

Article Category: News

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced that the Matrics of 2020 won't need to take the NBTs to be admitted into UCT which surely takes a lot of stress away for Matrics.

UCT has stated, "The NBTs have been a requirement for undergraduate admission at UCT. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NBT testing programme, the NBTs will not be part of the admission criteria for admission to UCT in 2021."

NOTICE: The NBTs have been a requirement for undergraduate admission at UCT. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NBT testing programme, the NBTs will not be part of the admission criteria for admission to UCT in 2021. Read more: https://t.co/pir1cfEuKV pic.twitter.com/5nBTcYsbLj

— UCT (@UCT_news) May 30, 2020

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Back To School Regulations Released For Level 3

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 14:58Author: Alan Hammond

The Department of Basic Education have published a Government Gazette which formalises the rules for the return to school of learners under the national lockdown. It specifies what dates the different grades can return as well as the social distancing practices that must be put in place.

Article Category: High School

The Department of Basic Education have published a Government Gazette which formalises the rules for the return to school of learners under the national lockdown. It specifies what dates the different grades can return as well as the social distancing practices that must be put in place.

In a controversial ruling the regulations state that someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 has to test negative before they can return to a school. This is not consistent with government advice as those who have no symptoms are considered not to be contagious any longer after 14 days self isolation.  Those who have had the disease are also not contagious once they have recovered.

Also with a current backlog of nearly 100 000 tests in the system it will add to the stress on the testing system if the Education Department adds the additional burden of testing recovered Covid-19 patients.

The health and safety guidelines for the reopening of schools state that teachers and learners must have adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing of 1.5 metres must be adhered to and screening must take place at schools.

In the regulations published on 29 May 2020, the department outlines that grades R, 3, 6, 10, 11 and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres will return to the school grounds on 6 July 2020. Learners in year 2 and 3 of schools of skills will also return on 6 July 2020.

Also returning on 6 July are schools for learners with severe intellectual disabilities, starting with Grades R, 1, 2, 3 and 6.

Special care centres for learners with severe and profound intellectual disabilities will also return on 6 July, with learners in year 1 - 3.

From 3 August 2020, grades 4, 5, 8 and 9. Schools of skills will also welcome back learners in year 1 on 3 August.

Grades 4 and 5 at schools for learners with severe intellectual disabilities will also make a return on 3 August 2020.

While the department has mapped out the dates of return, it emphasised that this will only take place if schools have complied with the minimum health, safety and social distancing measures on COVID-19.

“A school or office that has failed to comply with the minimum health, safety and social distancing measures on COVID-19, as contemplated in these directions and regulations, will remain closed until all the health, safety and social distancing measures are in place,” the regulations state.

According to the directions in the gazetted regulations, parents who choose not to send a learner to school, must apply to the Head of Department, who may exempt a learner either entirely, partially or conditionally, from compulsory school attendance, if it is in the best interests of the learner.

A parent who chooses not to send their child to school is also obliged to apply for home education.

All events at schools, including sport, choral eisteddfods or choir rehearsals, arts and culture festivals remain suspended.

Officials, teachers and learners, who commute between provinces, metropolitans and districts for school, will be allowed to move, provided they have the relevant permit.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL REGULATIONS

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UP Will Contact Students Who Can Return

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 14:36Author: Alan Hammond

University of Pretoria is making plans for the phased return of students, as announced by the Higher Education Minister will be allowed under level 3 of the national lockdown. They have given some limited information to students on how this will happen.

Article Category: Universities

University of Pretoria is making plans for allowing some students to return to campus as level 3 of the national lockdown will be in effect from the 1st of June.  As announced by the Minister of Higher Education within 2 or 3 weeks of the country moving to level 3 of the lockdown up to 33% of students can return to campus.

This initial 33% of students is slated to included medical students, final year students & postgrad students who require access to laboratories and technical equipment, and students in any year of study who need to do clinical training.  

Nzimande said that under level 3 universities should also consider the return to campuses and residences of students who are finding extreme difficulties in their home learning environments. 

The University of Pretoria has told students that if they qualify to return to campus under level 3 they will be contacted by the faculties by June the 14th. They have asked students not to contact their faculties for now. They have said that further details will be provided for those who have not been contacted by that date.

 

URGENT UPDATE ON RETURN TO CAMPUS: Students who qualify to return to campuses under level 3 will be contacted by your faculty by 14 June. Please do not contact your faculty for now. If you are not contacted, details for further queries will be provided after 14 June. pic.twitter.com/FhZ0OYY7Vt

— Univ. of Pretoria (@UPTuks) May 30, 2020

 

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Protests over George Floyd's Killing Spread Across America

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 13:18Author: Alan Hammond

Anger in the United States over the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd has spread across America with the protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota spreading to more than 20 other cities.

Article Category: News

Anger in the United States over the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd has spread across America with the protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota spreading to more than 20 other cities.

More than 1,700 National Guard soldiers were mobilised in Minnesota state to assist the police on the streets as the protests and looting escalated last night with shots being fired at the law enforcement officers.

For many the latest killing of an innocent black man was a tipping point after many years of anger about violence and racism from the police to African Americans in the United States.  

The state attorney on Friday afternoon announced that the former police office who was seen on the video with his knee on George Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin,  has been taken into custody and charged with murder in the third degree. He announced that investigations were continuing into the other three officers who were present at the scene and he expected that further charges would be laid.

As well as the State investigations into charges of murder, the Federal government has also started investigations into possible breaches of civil rights laws. This is being carried out by the FBI and the State Department.

In a second video shot from across the street it can be seen that two additional officers were also holding George Floyd down, while the fourth officer stood by and searched his car.  

Floyd can be heard many times call for help and explaining that he can't breath.  He can also be heard calling for his mother, who has passed away. A witness to the assault can also be heard telling the officers that Floyd is in distress and cannot breath but the police officers in the video take no action.

Following the release of the video the four officers have all been dismissed by the Minneapolis Police Department.  Derek Chauvin's wife has also filed for their marriage to be dissolved. 

Amnesty International in the US has started a petition calling on the Minnesota Governor to ensure justice for George Floyd. Amnesty International's US website

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck, has been arrested and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman https://t.co/cCSZyGMZj4 pic.twitter.com/Lt8LGk85YG

— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020

Protests erupt in cities across the US over the deadly arrest of George Floyd as Minneapolis imposes weekend curfew.
Follow live updates here: https://t.co/ERamHs9ZLa pic.twitter.com/p72aXThI5M

— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) May 30, 2020

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Feenix Launches Cap The Gap Covid-19 Response Fund

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 21:56Author: Sakinah Samuels

Feenix has launched the Cap The Gap Covid-19 Response Fund to raise money so that vulnerable students can be equipped with data and devices to make online learning possible and more accessible as well as providing food vouchers. 

Article Category: Finance

Feenix has launched the Cap The Gap Covid-19 Response Fund to raise money to provide food vouchers to students and so that vulnerable students can be equipped with data and devices to make online learning possible and more accessible. 

Feenix believes that "One of the most affected groups of the Covid-19 shutdown is the student population. Thousands of students nationwide are unable to continue with the academic year due to the digital divide." and they aim to help solve this issue and lessen the burden on students shoulders as we live in this strange time. 

They aim to raise R6.6 million that will equip as many students as possible with laptops, data and food vouchers and by raising this money, they will be able to help 1500 students, those from the missing middle and postgraduates, so that they can finish their studies without being stopped by the effects of this pandemic.

On how this fund is going to work, Feenix CEO, Leana de Beer states that:

  • Students are selected by working closely with Universities. Students eligible for this campaign include “missing middle” final year students and all postgraduates students. 
  • Household income checks are conducted on all students selected for the campaign.
  • The distribution of laptops and data will happen through a partnership with Van Schaik Bookstore. 
  • Feenix will purchase food vouchers from Shoprite for students to redeem. Each student will receive a R250 voucher for the next 5 months.

At Feenix, a relationship is built between the student and the community. Through donations as well as a passion for education, Feenix has helped over a thousand people pursue their dreams in higher education.

 

For more information on the Cap The Gap Fund or to donate, click here.

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VUT Gets Covid Cases As Students Are About To Return

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 21:09Author: Sakinah Samuels

A staff member at Vaal University of Technology in Gauteng has tested positive for Covid-19 as the University prepares to reopen it's doors. 

Article Category: News

At Vaal University of Technology, an essential staff member has tested positive for the coronavirus days before Universities are set to open up again and allow the return of students.

The staff member is in the Intensive Care Unit. 

Sixteen other staff members that came into contact with the individual have been tested. Eight have tested negative for the virus while the others unknown. 

On 1 June, 33% of the student body is set to return to campuses. The news of this staff member's positive result came after the University had completed sanitising the main campus, satellite campuses and student residences. This staff member was one of the University's employees that was allowed on the campus to carry out essential services. 

The University has said that they have things under control with this situation and have encouraged students to not start panicking. 

 

 

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Check Your Online Status For Sassa R350 Grant On Whatsapp

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 20:38

Sassa has announced that their online status check is live. You can now check progress on your COVID-19 SRD grant on WhatsApp. 

Article Category: News

Sassa has now made it possible for SRD grant applicants to check their status. You will be able to check progress on your COVID-19 SRD grant on WhatsApp. 

Here's how:

  1. Make sure to add GovChat as a WhatsApp contact by saving this number on your device: 082 046 8553
  2. Open your WhatsApp and refresh your contacts
  3. Open a chat with GovChat
  4. Send a message saying 'status'
  5. Now you will be able to check the progress on your grant. 

Through the provision of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD), Sassa has assisted people who face undue hardship and ensured that many do not go bed hungry. 

 

You can also check the status of your Covid-19 SRD application via WhatsApp. Type 'status' and send to 082 046 8553 #SASSACARES pic.twitter.com/0x0K6LhHvP

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) May 29, 2020

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South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA) 2020 Bursary

The South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA) makes bursaries available to individuals from historically disadvantaged groups for studies to towards a BSc (Agric) or equivalent degrees majoring in Horticultural Science or Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness.

South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA) 2020 Bursary

Aim of bursary is to ensure that appropriately trained graduates of colour enter the South African avocado industry to enable continued growth of the sector.

Duration of bursary

For any one student, the bursary will be available for an initial period of one year, after which progress will determine the extension of the bursary. If a student is awarded the bursary for the first time, he/she will not automatically qualify for the bursary for the next year.

Obligations of recipient to the avocado industry

Students awarded a bursary by SAAGA will be required to work for the SA Subtropical Growers’ Association (Subtrop) for a period of one year for each year that the bursary is awarded, provided that a position is available. If no position is available at the time that the recipient completes his/her degree, there will be no obligation to Subtrop.

If no position is available in Subtrop, the recipient will assisted in finding a placement with members of SAAGA. Subtrop is the umbrella organisation that manages the affairs of the SA Avocado, Litchi and Mango Growers’ Associations.

Recipients of the bursary will be required to focus their seminars and projects on avocados where possible.

Recipients wishing to continue with postgraduate studies Recipients wishing to continue with a postgraduate degree will be allowed to do so provided that the research to be carried out will further equip the student to effectively serve the avocado industry as an employee of Subtrop. The bursary scheme will not make provision for postgraduate students, as SAAGA funds research carried out by postgraduate students, which in effect, amounts to a bursary.

PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 154 daysOpportunities Offered By : South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA)Article Category: Bursaries 2020Tags: SouthAfricanAvocadoGrowersAssociationSAAGAbursaryfundingstudyuniversityOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

Supply Chain Graduate Opportunity At Msinsi

Graduate Trainee exciting opportunity for an SCM. The graduate trainee will be responsible for assisting in performing procurement functions.

GRADUATE TRAINEE: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Daily functions such as management of daily procurement activities and ensuring compliance with applicable legislation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Degree / three year Diplom in Supply Chain Management / Logistics / Purchasing Management or equivalent.
  • Computer LIteracy is essential
  • MS Excel & Word intermediate / advanced knowledge and experience is critical.
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020Opportunity is closing in 10 daysArticle Category: GraduatesTags: Msinsigraduate opportunity in supply chainOpportunity available in: KwaZulu-Natal

APPLICATIONS FOR MSC DEGREE OPPORTUNITY

Wits Health Consortium would like to invite applications from South African citizens in possession of a BSc Hons degree and an interest in viral evolution and bioinformatics to join us to complete an MSc (full time), registered at the University of the Witwatersrand

The program will provide a combination of non-degree and post-graduate degree training by a multidisciplinary group of experienced mentors at University of Pittsburgh, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NICD.

Trainees will have access to research training opportunities and resources available at the training sites

Applications must include:

  • Details of exceptional academic performance
  • Candidate’s motivation letter
  • Strong letters of recommendation and support (e.g., from previous tutors, supervisors or managers)
  • Stated commitment to pursue SAPPHGenE research
  • Highlight likely contributions to research in South Africa

 

PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Monday, June 15, 2020Opportunity is closing in 16 daysOpportunities Offered By : Wits Health ConsortiumArticle Category: TraineeshipsOpportunity available in: Gauteng

UIF Has Delays In May Applications

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:54Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) said they could not accept May applications due to a broken cable. These application were for the Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS). 

Article Category: News

Those wanting to apply for the Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS), which had applications start on 26 May, found themselves unable to do so. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) said they could not accept May applications, resulting in many complaints, due to a broken cable. 

"The fault of connectivity in Pretoria is due to a damaged fibre cable that links the UIF to the SITA’s datacenter.", said UIF's Commissioner, Teboho Maruping, on Wednesday.

UIF aimed to have the problem sorted in this week so that they could continue processing May applications as soon as possible. Individuals who applied have now had delays in knowing whether they were able to benefit from the relief scheme as well as getting payments. 

Maruping said, "It should be noted that in the last two months we have had peak traffic as a result of our lockdown relief benefits. In general we have managed to keep our heads above water under those circumstances and there is no reason why we will not push ourselves to do our utmost to catch up."

UIF has paid R15 billion of the R40 billion set for TERS benefits to around three million workers. It was however reported that there was 76,000 employers and 559,000 employees who had their claims rejected. This would result in a total of R2.3 billion not being paid. 

 

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Check Your Online Status For Sassa R350 Grant

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:26

Sassa has announced that their online status check is live. You can now check progress on your COVID-19 SRD grant.

Article Category: News

Sassa has now made it possible for SRD grant applicants to check their status online. You will be able to check progress on your COVID-19 SRD grant.

Click on or copy and paste this URL in your browser: https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/status

Here, you will be able to check the progress on your grant. 

Through the provision of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD), Sassa has assisted people who face undue hardship and ensured that many do not go bed hungry. 

 

Our online status check is live. Click on or copy and paste this URL on your browser https://t.co/kvuCPU6xoY to check progress on your COVID-19 SRD grant. #keepsafe #sassacares @SAgovnews @GovernmentZA @The_DSD @nda_rsa @GCISMedia pic.twitter.com/pVxVSxtc1Z

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) May 29, 2020

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Motshekga Admits Problems Will Arise As Learners Return

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:18

With less than a few days until schools repoen, Minister Motshekga has been making visits to schools in Gauteng in order to assess their readiness. 

Article Category: News

The Department of Basic Education has faced many problems in the process of reopening schools.

In her multiple addresses to the public, Minister Motshekga has spoken out against the looting and vandalism that has been happening in schools since the lockdown. 

Even with these problems, the Minister is certain the reopening of schools for learners in grades 7 and 12 will happen next week. 

The Minister admits that she is concerned with how schools will cope once learners in other grades start to return. 

“For now, space is not a problem and teaching staff is not a problem. So, most of them indicate that it is only after we bring in grade 10 pupils that the crisis is going to happen."

It is unclear whether the department has a way forward or if these issues will be dealt with as they arise.

In the meantime, schools that are opening on Monday will be dealing with administrative issues before teaching continues. 

 

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No Need To Be Registered With UIF To Get UIF Money

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 21:34Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has made changes to the regulations which now allows more individuals to get fund from them, even if they aren’t registered with UIF. This comes after complaints of exclusions of those in need and working.

Article Category: News

More people will now be able to benefit from The Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF) and are not even required to have been registered with the UIF before claiming.

UIF has set up the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) to grant relief to those who have salaries affected by Covid-19. However, this initially excluded many such as domestic workers and informal workers.

The requirements for who qualifies for this scheme have been changed. Employers can register employees for TERS who were not registered with UIF should the employee have been employed for more than 24 hours per month.

With this new amendment, many of those who were excluded before can now benefit. However, those who are self-employed and freelancers will still not qualify. Which has also been an issue that those who fall under these categories have voiced, feeling neglected by Government.

With TERS, the minimum payment an employee will receive is R3500 per month and a maximum of R6730 per month.

UIF has since paid out billions to millions of South Africans who have been affected by the pandemic and National Lockdown.

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A Guide To Lockdown Exams For Unisa Students

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 20:24Author: Sakinah Samuels

Unisa’s May/June examination period has begun. Under lockdown, academics and assessments still continue. Here’s some help with how to complete your exams under lockdown if you’re a Unisa student.

Article Category: Universities

Unisa students are currently busy with exams but with their being no venue-based examinations, you might need some help navigating online exams. No stress, we’re here to help.

You’ll be given 15 minutes to download your exam questions and another 15 minutes to upload your answers.

Before starting the exam, you’ll be asked to confirm the honour code to declare that your work is your own and you are not copying other students or resources. Exam answers will be screened o check if you copied answers or not.

First, make sure you’re ready for the exam before you start the exam by:

  • Having your examination timetable and knowing which days you’re writing what
  • Looking at which method will be used to complete the exam
  • Making sure you’re comfortable and familiar with the method that’s going to be used
  • Having a scanning application on your device
  • Ensuring that your device is charged, that you have good enough internet connection and data
  • Making sure you know where:
    • your downloaded files are on your device for when you’re going to download exam papers
    • your scanned documents go on your phone for when you’re going to scan and need to submit

To get your exam paper:

  1. Open myUnisa
  2. Find the link to ‘login and download the exam question paper for my June 2020’
  3. Log in
  4. Find the link for the exam
  5. Download the exam
  6. Find on your device and do the exam

To submit your answers using myAdmin:

  1. Log on to myUnisa
  2. Click on myAdmin
  3. Go to Assessment Admin
  4. Click on Assignments Submission
  5. Find the module you’re busy with
  6. Click on submit and submit your answers

Should you choose to do hand-write your answers and submit it using a phone, you need to make sure you are familiar with scanning:

  1. Search for a scanning app, such as Microsoft Office Lens, on Google Play or The App Store.
  2. Allow the app to access your camera
  3. Make sure to scan the cover page before you scan other pages
  4. Submit your scanned answers on https://myexams.unisa.ac.za or http://myunisa.ac.za/portal 
  5. On the myExams portal, select the eAssessment tool
  6. Here, you will see all assessments
    • Click on the one you wish to submit
    • After the new page loads, submit your scanned answers.

Should you be doing an Open Book examination, be sure to revise your work before. Another helpful thing to do would be to make notes, summaries or mind maps from your work content to save time and you’ll be able to access information easier. Highlighters and sticky notes to sort sections is a good thing to do as well.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), take home exams and portfolios are done in similar ways and can be submitted using the myAdmin tool:

  • For MCQs
  1. Prepare a lined A4 sheet with numbers for your answers and fill in your answers on each line or use the Unisa assignment paper for MCQs that was given.
  2. Go to the MCQ section on myAdmin
  3. Type in the number of questions there are
  4. Click continue
  5. Click on the bubble that represents your answer for every question
  6. Click on continue
  7. Click on continue again
  • Take home exams can follow a similar method
  1. Go to myAdmin
  2. Find the assessment
  3. Click on Submit
  4. Search for the document with your answers and upload it
  • With portfolios, you’ll be given more time but you can still hand write your answers.
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New Exercise Times In Level 3

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 16:06

Regulations have been eased, and this means that the movement of people is allowed under certain conditions. This is good news for those hoping to fit in a quick jog or cycle in the day.

Article Category: News

Under the level 4 restrictions, exercise was only allowed between 6am and 9am. This is no longer the case under the level 3 restrictions. 

From 1 June, exercise will be allowed between the hours of 6am and 6pm. No exercising in organised groups is allowed. 

All those who are exercising must follow the measures of social distancing. 

 

Alert level 3 regulations regarding the movement of people #Level3Lockdown pic.twitter.com/BgL9xDXbX6

— GCIS Media Liaison (@GCISMedia) May 28, 2020

 

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Trainee Sales Trader At IG Group

We are currently looking for a candidate to fill the exciting role of Trainee in our Trading Services department, based in our Johannesburg, South Africa office. This is a 1 year Fixed-Term contract with a possibility of extension.

Trainee Sales Trader (12 Month Fixed-Term)

As a Trainee Sales Trader your role will be to help deliver world-class and industry-leading support to our client base. We’re looking for people with a passion for providing excellent service and who have an interest in learning more about financial markets. This entry-level role is ideal for recent graduates with strong interpersonal skills seeking work in a fast-paced, challenging, and team-focused environment.

Key Qualification Requirements:

You don’t need a background in finance to apply although this is desirable. We’ll provide on-the-job training and support to help ensure you quickly pick up the necessary knowledge and understanding.

What you will need is a genuine interest in working in financial markets, along with motivation levels as impressive as your aptitude for numbers and attention to detail – plus:

  • A degree-level education (or similar experience)
  • English at a native level (verbal and written)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • A logical and analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Confident to employ basic maths skills, particularly mental arithmetic. Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Literacy in MS Office
  • Desirable: Experience of working within a financial environment
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Sunday, May 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 2 daysArticle Category: TraineeshipsTags: sales traineeship opportunityOpportunity available in: Gauteng

You Can Get Alcohol In Level 3 But No Cigarettes

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 13:18Author: Sakinah Samuels

Ramaphosa has ruled that you will be able to buy alcohol during level 3 but the tobacco ban stays in place. These changes to the lockdown regulations will come into play on 1 June, with further regulations in place. This is a developing story. 

Article Category: News

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the alcohol ban will be lifted when we reach Level 3 of the National Lockdown on 1 June.

South Africans will be allowed to purchase alcohol to consume at home. However, sale of alcohol will only be allowed on specific days of the week at specific times. Strict conditions for the selling of alcohol will also be seen. 

However, smokers were disappointed to hear that the tobacco ban is to remain in place. This, Ramaphosa said is "due to the health risks associated with smoking".

This is a developing story. 

 

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Students Are Impatiently Waiting To Return To Campuses

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:52Author: Sakinah Samuels

In his last media briefing, Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande addressed students who want to return to campuses as well as parents concerned about students returning. Nzimande is determined to save lives while also saving the 2020 academic year. 

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Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, wants students who want to return to campuses to be patient and to think in terms of saving lives. 

The Minister clarified that as we move to lower levels of lockdown, more students will be allowed to return to campuses. For level 3, he stated that, "There will be some University students who will be able to start going to University but they will not be over 33%".

For level 33% of students will go back. Level 4 will see a total of 66% of the student body on campuses and when we reach level 1, only then will all students be allowed back on campuses. Students will be heading back to campuses only two to three weeks after the level is announced by the President to make time for adequate preparation. 

To parents, Nzimande wanted to make it clear that not all students will return to save the lives of students, lecturers and workers on campuses. 

Nzimande has acknowledged that there are many students asking the question of when they'll be allowed to return but wants students to know that the return will not be as soon as students might want as it poses a risk to everyone on campus. He says, "We have a big responsibility to look after the lives of people. Students can only return if we can do all we can to ensure their safety."

The Minister also encouraged students to remind any of their peers who are demanding a return to campuses that they can't because lives need to be saved. He says students should, "Let them know they shouldn't believe anything and everything that they hear. Speak to them nicely, let them know."

He confirmed that NSFAS students from Universities and TVET Colleges will be receiving devices to make e-learning accessible. 

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How Religious Gatherings Will Work In Level 3

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:49

President Cyril Ramaphosa has lifted the ban on religious gatherings. Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other recognised places of worship will be able to resume services from 1 June 2020, provided that all leaders follow regulations.

Article Category: NewsEach service is limited to a maximum of 50 people

This number may be less in some cases, depending on the space available in the venue of worship.

Religious leaders may only officiate at funerals if there are 50 people or less attending.

Physical Distancing

The rules of physical distancing will apply in places of worship. There should be approximately 2 metres of distance between people.

Face Masks

Everyone who comes together to worship must wear face masks. This is in line with the current national regulations. 

Sanitisation

All places of worship must be sanitised before and after each service.

All religious leaders must minimise the risk of exposing worshippers to covid-19. If there are rituals that need to be performed, they must be done in line with the regulations and in a sanitary manner. 

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