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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.




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.

SASSA Says Outstanding R350 Grant Payments Will Still Be Made

Saturday, 12 June, 2021 - 12:06 Author Raigan Cloete

Have you been approved for the SASSA COVID-19 grant, but have not yet received your payments? Well, keep reading to find out if you will receive your grant payments.



Many applicants have been approved for the SASSA COVID-19 grant, however, even though the grant has ended, they are still waiting on their payments. 

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has announced that payments are underway and that those who have been approved will still get paid.

Applicants are encouraged to keep an eye on their application status by following the steps below.

How To Track Appeal?
  1. Go to the SRD Grant website
  2. Scroll down to 'Click here to apply online or check reconsideration status'
  3. Click on the yellow bar
  4. Fill in the required fields
  5. You will now be able to view your application status.

In order to qualify for the R350 grant, the applicant will need to be over the age of 18, unemployed, and not receiving any grant from the government.

Hi @SibonglieTsele2 . Payments are underway, all applications which have been approved and who have not yet received the money will still be paid.

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) June 10, 2021

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Minister Hands Over NSFAS Laptops To Students

Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 15:11 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

The Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande visited South Cape TVET College to hand over laptops to NSFAS-funded students. This laptop initiative has been in the making since last year April.



As part of the NSFAS digital learning device programme official launch, the Minister of Higher Education Science & Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande visited South Cape TVET College as an initiative to provide NSFAS funded students with laptops. 

During the initial part of his speech, Nzimande extended his apologies to the students who have been waiting to receive their devices since September last year.

"I would like to once-more apologise to those who have been affected by the hold-up following the re-advertisement of the tender to supply and deliver these laptops in September last year".

He continued, "I would like to assure all students that the delays were not intended but it was very important to ensure that procurement processes were followed strictly".

The Department is said to be excited that they are finally issuing these laptops to students, "as I believe they will help improve their chances of success."

The Minister then appealed to all the students to keep these devices safe and use them to advance their careers.

Nzimande went on to extend his thanks to members of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for their involvement in the project and for carrying it through to its current stage. 

"Let me take this opportunity to thank the NSFAS Board, the Executive management, the staff and all the service providers who are involved in this process since its inception and who made it possible that today we celebrate this achievement".

The NSFAS Board Chairperson, Mr. Ernest Khosa, also emphasized the importance of ensuring that the project is a success despite the challenges involved.

"We started this year with big challenges as a sector and NSFAS in particular. One of the challenges was the issue of laptops and that is why the NSFAS Digital Device Roll-out is very important," he said.



— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) June 11, 2021

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Where to Study Psychology in South Africa

Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 14:13 Author Lerato Botha

There are a variety of public tertiary institutions in South Africa that offer the opportunity for students to pursue a degree in Psychology. Studying a degree in Psychology will differ depending on various tertiary institutions and the type of Psychology specialisation that a student would like to pursue.



Universities in South Africa offer a wide range of courses to study, with a specialisation in Psychology being one of them. Obtaining a degree in Psychology will not only be a stepping block for a career as a practicing psychologist, but is also a doorway into careers in childcare, social work and legal work.

There are a number of public universities that offer students the opportunity to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. These include: Stellenbosch University, the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria, and the University of Cape Town to name a few.

However, the South Africa College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) is possibly the best option for a student whose passions lie in a specialisation in Psychology. Courses at SACAP range from Diplomas and Certificates in Counselling and Communication Skills, to a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, to a standard Bachelor of Psychology.

In order to study psychology at a tertiary institution, the prospective student needs to have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) meeting the degree requirements for the course. The requirements for each specialisation in psychology will differ between each institution, therefore, the student would have to do their own research, considering the field of Psychology studies that they would like to go into.

High School subjects required for a degree in Psychology will also depend on the institution, as well as the type of degree that the student would like to go into. However, it is recommended that students take Mathematics and Life Sciences to provide a foundation for a degree in Psychology.


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5 Places Which Offer HR Courses

Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 13:13 Author Sakinah Samuels

Those employed in Human Resources are involved in the process of employing people and then training them. If you're looking to build a career in HR, here are 5 places where you can study.



Interesting in getting a job in the Human Resources (HR) department? Along with employing and training people, HR practitioners also develop policies related to the workplace and develop strategies to keep employees.

The opportunities that come with human resource programmes are almost endless.

Here are five places where you can study to become qualified in HR.

Boston City Campus

Boston City Campus offers various HR qualifications which will equip you with all the knowledge and skills you need to make the most of your career.

The following HR courses are on offer:

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice
  • Higher Certificate in Commerce in Human Resource Management

Click here to go to the Boston City Campus website to find out more.


MANCOSA offers a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Human Resource Management.

The MANCOSA Human Resource Management degree prepares students to become HR professionals who can deal with the complexities and challenges of managing today's workforce.

The modules involve both practical and theoretical considerations.

Visit the MANCOSA website to find out more.

Rosebank College

Rosebank College offers both a Diploma in Human Resource Practice Management and a Higher Certificate in Human Resource Practices, both fall under their Faculty of Commerce.

With the Diploma, Rosebank aims to train graduates to think and act strategically, professionally and ethically and thereby to make a responsible, meaningful contribution to the human resource management industry.

Should you do the Higher Certificate, you will develop solid administration skills, patience and people skills. Graduates will be able to administer and conduct various human resource functions including payroll administration.

Varsity College

At Varsity College, their School of Management offers a Higher Certificate in Human Resource Practices. This is a part-time course which is done online.

The IIE Higher Certificate in Human Resource Practices aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to administer and conduct various human resource functions including payroll administration, which meets the requirement of the relevant legal and statutory requirements.

To learn more about Varsity College's HR course, click here.


Various Universities in South Africa offer HR qualifications, such as:

  • Unisa
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • University of Pretoria
  • Wits
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • North West University

If you have an eye for detail, are interested in everything to do with human resources, have excellent people skills and enjoy hard work, then a career in human resources might be perfect for you.

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IEB Requirements for a Bachelor’s Pass

Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 11:49 Author Lerato Botha

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has stipulated requirements detailing what students need to achieve academically in order to attain a Bachelor's Pass. 



A Bachelor’s Pass is the highest achievement pass for the National Senior Certificate (NSC). Achieving a Bachelor’s Pass allows students the opportunity to continue their studies into tertiary education. It affords the student the possibility of being able to study at any tertiary institution so long as they have met the requirements for their field of study.

Both CAPS and IEB secondary institutions have set requirements for a student to be able to achieve a Bachelor’s Pass, and both adhere to the same conditions. Over the years, the requirements have changed, with the pass percentage rate conditions becoming gradually lower, making the possibility for a degree entry much more attainable.

Bachelor's Pass Requirements

According to the IEB website, under their regulations the student is required to pass at least one official language at Home Language level with 40% or more. Furthermore, the student is expected to pass 4 other subjects, with the exclusion of Life Orientation, with at least 50%. Finally, the student is required to pass 2 other subjects with at least a 30% average.

In some cases there are exceptions to this requirement. If a student requires up to 2% in one subject to achieve a 30% or 40% average, then the student will be able to achieve their degree pass if they meet the requirements of the Bachelor's Pass once the maximum 2% remainder is added. 

In other cases, students with learning barriers are also granted the opportunity to apply for “accommodations or exemptions as appropriate to their specific conditions”, as stated on the IEB website

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Stellenbosch University Moves All Lectures To Online

Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 10:36 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

Following a recent announcement by Premier Alan Winde, that the Western Cape has now entered the third wave of Covid-19 infections, Stellenbosch University has outlined the steps it intends to take in order to curb Covid-19.



After Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde announced that the province has entered the third wave of Covid-19 cases, Stellenbosch University has now outlined protocols they'll be following to curb infections. This comes after the province saw an increase of more than 30% throughout the week. 

Stellenbosch University has recently confirmed that there have recently been 36 people who tested positive for Covid at their Stellenbosch campus in addition to those at their Metanoia residence.

They have since been placed in isolation and quarantine, thus the university's Institutional Committee for Business Continuity (ICBC) has outlined a number of measures it will take to slow down its infection rate and they are as follows

  • SU will move to ERTLA (all lectures and tutorials online) with immediate effect until the end of classes for the second term on 18 June 2021.
  • Scheduled A1 assessments will continue as planned, with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols. Your department will provide the necessary information.
  • Social and other group activities, including sport, on our campuses – whether organised by SU or not – will stop with immediate effect.
  • Venues on campus where students gather in groups will be closed with immediate effect. These include computer user areas (CUAs) and study centres (including areas of the library used for studying). ​
  • SU will again provide mobile data to all students (excluding those on our Saldanha campus, short course students and postdoctoral fellows).
    • Bundles will be purchased from MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C in South Africa, and will be valid for a month from being loaded.
    • To qualify, students need to confirm the mobile number the University has on record for you on your personal details page, by 17:00 on 13 June 2021. To confirm, please click on the “Update Information" button at the bottom of the page and check that the notice reflects the date on which you updated.​

We trust that these measures will contain the situation sufficiently to ensure the continuation of the upcoming A2 and A3 assessments (from 21 June to 24 July) in a sit-down, invigilated mode as planned. Our COVID-19 examination​ protocol allows for a strictly regulated environment to conduct assessments safely.​

Students and staff members must wear a mask, avoid crowded and poorly ventilated spaces, maintain a safe physical distance from others and wash their hands regularly.

Let me also remind you of SU's COVID-19 code of conduct, which regulates the behaviour of SU students, whether on or off-campus.

Click here to read the full statement from the University on the SU website.

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CSIR Doctoral Studentship

Bronwyn Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 09:34

The CSIR has a Doctoral Studentship opportunity in the Emerging Digital Technologies for Fourth Industrial Revolution (EDT4IR) Research Centre, within the Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions Cluster.

Opportunity Details Doctoral Studentship: Internet of Things (IoT)

The Doctoral student needs to conduct original research in Materials Physics and Micro and Nano systems for Internet of Things technologies. This opportunity is based in Pretoria.

Qualification Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in physics, electronic physics, materials or electronic engineering;
  • Good knowledge and experience in both computational and experimental physics;
  • Adequate knowledge of semiconductor and device physics;
  • Expertise in hands-on running of materials characterisation, either electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), X-ray instruments (XRD, XRF), or optical instruments (UV-Vis, FTIR, PL etcetera.);
  • Knowledge of any Computer Aided Design (CAD) software is desirable;
  • Experience in the use of semiconductor fabrication instruments (e-beam or photo lithography, for example) will be advantageous;
  • The ability to generate research questions and hypotheses: Review, critique and synthesize a body of research, identify significant gaps in knowledge, identify appropriate methods, and study subjects to develop research questions and testable hypotheses;
  • Effectively communicate issues, research findings, and implications of research verbally and in writing to appropriate professional and public audiences;
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who takes ownership, initiative, and with a willingness to learn;
  • The ability to work well under pressure both as part of a team and independently;
  • Good programming skills in related software, preferably Python/C++/MATLAB;
  • Good knowledge of Smart Grid systems and other enabling technologies, particularly Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence;
  • A good peer-reviewed publication record will be advantageous.
  How To Apply

Applicants must attach the following documents:

  • An abstract of research statement/philosophy (maximum two pages) that highlights the problem statement, research questions, research objectives and expected outputs/outcomes/impact of the research;
  • Certified copies of the applicant’s latest academic results or transcript;
  • Certified copies of tertiary qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • If applicable, proof of registration from the university or a confirmation letter from the university supervisor that she/he is willing to be involved in the candidate supervision.


Opportunity Closing Date Tuesday, 15 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity CSIR Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

Department of Transport and Public Works Learnership Opportunity

Bronwyn Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 09:18

Department of Transport and Public Works invites unemployed youth to apply for construction-related learnership opportunities



Opportunity Details National Youth Service learnerships 2021

The Department of Transport and Public Works invites South Africans interested in careers in the following construction fields to apply for these exciting training opportunities:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Bricklaying
  • Health & Safety
  • Roadworks
  • Carpentry
  • Landscaping & Horticulture
  • Bricklaying and Plastering
  • Welding
  • Only unemployed youth between 18-34 years will be considered
  • Candidates can only apply for a training opportunity in the region where they reside
  • A substance abuse test and medical test will form part of the final selection and appointment process
  • Females, youth with disabilities and youth in conflict with the law are encouraged to apply
  • Candidates must indicate the name of the region and for which trade they are applying e.g. Metro Electrical



Opportunity Closing Date Friday, 25 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Department of Transport Article Categories Article Category Learnerships 2021 Tags Tags

Motshekga Has A Week To Close Down Schools - EFF

Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 16:11 Author Sakinah Samuels

Julius Malema is now demanding that the Department of Basic Education closes schools as the country experiences a third wave of Covid-19 infections. He also put a time limit on this demand and threatened action from the EFF should it not happen.



The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President and Commander-in-Chief, Julius Malema, has called for schools to close immediately and has given Basic Education Minister 7 days to announce this.

During the EFF Presser hosted at EFF offices, Malema said:

Following the announcement of the Third Wave, under the rising number of infections we call on immediate closure of contact learning.

He then went on to say, "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."

The pandemic is ripping apart the country and is also interrupting schooling, said Malema. The political party leader said that he doesn't want to stand by and watch children die.

Schools must close and they must close with immediate effect. We give the Minister seven days to close schools.

The EFF President then threatened that they’ll have to close schools themselves as the EFF if Motshekga doesn't meet their deadline.

Malema then went on to say that he has seen children being turned away due to someone at the school testing positive and having to then quarantine for two weeks, even with his own children.

It is now clear that it's attacking kids now, where is the Minister of Education? Who heard from the Minister of Education? What type of Government is this if Minister of Education is sick, they are alleging that she's got cancer, why are we not being told?

He then deduces that this is so that "we are not hard on her". 

eNCA reported, "South Africa has recorded a worrying 8,881 new COVID-19 cases. Despite that schools will be going ahead with normal learning. But parents and other groups have expressed their concerns amid the third wave."

As of 26 July, primary schools will no longer use the rotational timetable and all learners will soon be returning to class full-time at full capacity. There have been mixed reactions to this from different unions.

Fears are split between Covid spreading from learners to teachers and from learners to their communities and then losing more teaching time and losing out on curriculum for the second year in a row.

#EFFPresser addressed by CIC @Julius_S_Malema https://t.co/xL99EXrwDE

— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 10, 2021

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Apply Now To Study Music At Wits University

Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 15:55 Author Sakinah Samuels

Applications to study music at Wits University in 2022 are now open so if you're wanting to take your musical talent to another level and get qualified, apply now! Wits Music is one of South Africa’s most innovative higher education music departments.



Did you know you can study Music at Wits? Well, you can and applications for 2022 are now open.

Wits Music is one of South Africa’s most innovative higher education music departments which prepares students for diverse careers in music in the the contemporary world, and seeks to encourage both creative practice and critical inquiry.

Applications close on 30 September.

How To Apply
  1. Go to www.wits.ac.za/applications/
  2. Choose your pgrogrammes
    • You may apply for a maximum of three programmes
  3. Upload supporting documents
    • Current Matriculants: Upload your final Grade 11 Results. The results must be certified and bear your school stamp.
    • Already Matriculated: Upload certified copies of all your matric certificates/foreign school leaving certificates. A physical/hard copy of the certificates, originally certified, must be submitted to the Wits Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC), Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House), Wits University via hand delivery, registered mail or courier.
    • Other Tertiary Institutions: Upload a certified copy of academic records for ALL tertiary registrations, inclusive of statement/certificate of good conduct, stamped by the institution’s registrar.
  4. Pay application fee
  5. Submit application
  6. Access the self-service portal
  7. If you're accepted, you're going to need to accept or reject the offer. 

You will receive an email from the University acknowledging receipt of your application. The acknowledgment email will contain a person number. 

Applicants must attend an interview and audition at the Wits School of Arts.

Application Fee

  • Non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens
  • Non-refundable application fee for foreign citizens of R700
  • Payments to be made before closing dates. 
  • Use your T Number or Person Number as reference
  • Deposit exact amount into the University’s Application Fee account

RELATED: How To Track Your Wits Application

An extended curriculum provides for BMus students and is determined by academic background and performance.

Due to limited space, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to place availability, academic results, and other entry requirements, where applicable.

To view the Wits Music prospectus, click here.

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Customer Service Internship Opportunity At SAGE

Bronwyn Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 11:39

Apply for the internship today. You’ll be joining us for 12 months in our cosmopolitan South Africa head office in Midrand with free parking and near the Metrobus, Gaubus, Gautrain & taxi drop off\collection. 



Opportunity Details

Work in a way that works for you

We recognise that everyone is different and you may need some flexibility in how you work. 

With the Sage Pathways programme we can look at a pattern that works for you in adding
value for Sage. 

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have matriculated, and either have a Degree or National Diploma in Finance, Accounting or IT
  • Find great satisfaction in solving problems – with the ability to help convert customers with problems into happy ones
  •  Enjoy and be good at building trusted relationships with excellent communication skills
  • Love the opportunity to learn new skills and continually improve your knowledge
  • Be happy working in a fast moving, ever changing environment with minimal supervision
  • Be comfortable working with computers
  • Be a South African citizen, aged between 18-35, from a previously disadvantaged community and be living with a disability
  • Flexible hours during the working day where possible
  • Some remote/home working where possible

People make Sage great. From our colleagues delivering ground-breaking solutions to the customers who use them: people have helped us grow for more than thirty years, and people are driving our future as a great SaaS company. We’re writing our next chapter. Be part of it!


Opportunity Closing Date Friday, 18 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Sage Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

Finance Internship Opportunity AT Ratlou Municipality

Bronwyn Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 11:19

Ratlou Local Municipality is an equal opportunity and situated in North West. Suitable qualified candidates  may apply for their Finance Management Internship.



Opportunity Details Financial Management Internship x4


  • A three year qualification with either Accounting, Economics, Auditing, Financial or Risk Management as  major subjects.
  • Must be computer literate and have knowledge of Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003
  • Good communication skills
  • The candidate must be between the ages of 21 and 35

Please quote reference 4/1/2/1/5. No facsimile will be accepted.


Opportunity Closing Date Friday, 18 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Ratlou Local Municipality Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

Gauteng Closes 20 Schools Amid Rising Covid-19 Infections

Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 11:18 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

The Department of Education in Gauteng says about 20 schools have been closed interchangeably between 1-3 days since February, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The province is experiencing the third wave of Covid infections.



Over the past three months, Gauteng's Education Department says it has closed 20 schools interchangeably for one to three days due to a sharp increase in Covid-19 infections. 

The latest school closure happened in Krugersdorp High School where classes were suspended for three days following confirmation that 9 learners tested positive for Covid-19.

The Gauteng Department of Education Spokesperson, Steve Mabona, says that they work through consultation with the department of health in order to determine which school must be closed and for how long.

"We've been working very closely with the department of health since we opened schools. You will know that we have standard operating procedures," said Mabona.

Our Schools will always inform us of the number of confirmed cases that they have recorded and based on that we will then make sure that our officials and the department of health officials visit the school, do an assessment and then make the call as to whether a school must be closed or not. 

Mabona also went on to say that there are parents who tend to want to skip the process by demanding that a school must be closed based on their suspicions that there may be an outbreak of infection.

"Often at times, we will have parents who'll be saying a school must be closed because there are cases. We don't work that way we do a necessary assessment and make sure that we close a school as per the information at our disposal that would have been recommended by the department of health officials," he says 

The Daily Maverick recently reported that as of 3 June 2021, more than 1000 learners in public schools across Gauteng with the duration of a week prior to the report.

Citing The Gauteng Provincial Command Council’s most recent (3 June) weekly media update which at the time, reported that "1,637 schools in Gauteng had positive Covid-19 cases, with 1,227 learners, 802 teachers and a total of 2,068 positive cases (this includes all staff and learners) in the province."    


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How To Become A Carpenter

How To Become A Carpenter Sakinah Samuels Thu, 10/06/2021 - 10:02

Do you like building or creating things with wood? Do you have an eye for detail, and like to be precise in what you're doing? Then a career as a carpenter could be right for you. Here's all you need to know about becoming a carpenter.

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Compliance Officer Internship Opportunity At Sanlam

Bronwyn Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 09:54

This role exists in our Sanlam Corporate Compliance function where we focus on the provision of assurance to the Sanlam Corporate Exco and Senior Management as well as within the Sanlam Group via various other functionaries



Opportunity Details

 In this position you will work with the compliance officers in the team.

Qualification and Experience

  • Relevant qualification as required for FAIS
  • A Legal or Commercial degree will be advantageous
  • Compliance Practitioner designation (CPrac) 
  HOW TO APPLY Build a successful career with us Core Competencies

Being resilient - Contributing independently

Collaborates - Contributing independently

Cultivates innovation - Contributing independently

Customer focus - Contributing independently

Drives results - Contributing independently

Turnaround time

Closing date for applications is 16 June 2021


Opportunity Closing Date Wednesday, 16 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Sanlam Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

SASSA Denies Rumours of R700 Grant Payments

Wednesday, 9 June, 2021 - 15:49 Author Sakinah Samuels

Now that applications for the R350 grant has closed and many calls have come for it to be extended, vulnerable South Africans are being taken advantage of. A message spread that SASSA has approved R700 payments which they have now clarified.



No, SASSA has not approved payments of R700 and you should definitely not click on the link you saw tied to this message.

SASSA has now had to clarify the latest in SASSA scams which saw a message saying, "The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has approved the payment of  R700", spreading.

To this, SASSA said:

Please note that the below information is false and does NOT come from SASSA.

The image making the rounds is as follows:

The scam then instructs beneficiaries to click on a link which they say is the "official disbursement site" where you will be instructed to fill in personal information.

The message goes on to say that Batch B payments have been completed and that Batch C is set to begin as registration is open.

SASSA has an anti-fraud strategy to crack down on criminals and anyone trying to take advantage of beneficiaries.  

SASSA CEO, Totsie Memela said as part of the anti-fraud strategy, SASSA is working with the justice system to crack down on attempts of fraud and theft. 

"We have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and will stop at nothing to root it out at first sight, so criminals, be warned," said Memela.

Members of the public are 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 @GCISMedia @PostofficeSa pic.twitter.com/yMfjva9Vyz

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) June 9, 2021

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UWC Training Nursing Students To Become Vaccinators

Wednesday, 9 June, 2021 - 14:57 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has revealed that it will avail more almost three hundred of it's final year nursing students to assist with administering Covid-19 vaccine in throughout the province. The country is currently in phase 2 of the national vaccine rollout.



267 final-year nursing students from The University of The Western Cape (UWC) have received additional training from the provincial health department on how to vaccinate people.

This forms part of the Western Cape government's efforts to boost the second phase of its vaccination drive. In an official statement published on Tuesday, Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, welcomed the collaboration between the University and the Western Cape Department of Health saying that it will play an important role in scaling up the pace of inoculations slated for the coming weeks:

Today, I met 267 final year nursing students who are set to play a major role in our vaccination campaign. These students will soon be taking up positions on the frontline having received the required training from the Western Cape Department of Health to become vaccinators during our mass campaign.

He continued to say, "This will provide a welcomed boost to our programme, as we scale up in the weeks ahead. As more vaccines arrive, more vaccination sites will open, and the more support will be needed."

Portfolio Manager of the fourth-year nursing students, Jeffrey Hoffman, regarding the collaboration, said that the participating nursing students have been split into two groups, the first of which will begin work on the 17th this month.  

The training is done online through the university’s zero-rated iKamva learning site. The content has been developed by the People Development Centre Western Cape Department of Health and is aligned with the national Department of Health’s vaccine training and includes:

  • a basic overview of COVID-19;
  • an outline of the various available vaccines; and
  • training on monitoring patients for side adverse side effects.

The 267 participating nursing students have been split into two groups, and the first cohort of 134 vaccinators are expected to be in the field from 17 June.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the university and the UWC School of Nursing to be involved. We strive to provide relevant training that will allow our students to contribute meaningfully, especially in preparation for their completion as professional registered nurses,” he added 

The work will take place during the students' mid-year break as part of their clinical placement.

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How To Get WeThinkCode_'s Tuition-Free Education

Wednesday, 9 June, 2021 - 13:48 Author Sakinah Samuels

Nyari Samushonga, CEO of WeThinkCode_, sat down with Careers Portal to talk about coding, the importance of cultivating South Africa’s digital talent and tuition-free education. If you're interested in joining WeThinkCode-, we also have insight into how to apply.



Did you know that WeThinkCode_ offers tuition-free education on coding?

South Africa has an intense shortage of digital skills with 40 000 entry-level software developer jobs open but not enough graduates to fill them. WeThinkCode_ wants to help fill these gaps and you could be part of the solution.

Nyari Samushonga, CEO of WeThinkCode_, sat down with Careers Portal to talk about coding, the importance of cultivating South Africa’s digital talent and tuition-free education.

Who are WeThinkCode_ & what do they offer?

WeThinkCode_ is a software development academy which recruits South African youth, between 17 and 35 years of age, to get to learn how to code. They aim to cultivate and create space for South Africa's next generation of top tech talent.

WeThinkCode_ is tuition free and is accessible to everyone. 98% of WeThinkCode_ graduates end up with employment and are employed by the sponsors that pay for their training.

WeThinkCode_ now has campuses in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

How To Apply to WeThinkCode_
  1. Go to www.wethinkcode.co.za/
  2. Click on 'Apply'
  3. Do the online test
  4. If successful, you will then be selected for a bootcamp

You don't have to have any prior coding experience to get educated with WeThinkCode_. Should you join them, you will be trained through bootcamps. 

Bootcamps are a 6-day process which simulates the WeThinkCode_ environment where you'll be introduced to coding concepts.

What being a student at WeThinkCode_ is like

Your first semester will be known as your 'Fundamentals' where you'll learnt the core concepts of coding.

Samushonga says:

We keep all the jargon out so we work very hard to make sure the curriculum speaks to you in English and you can follow what's going on.

The programme simulates a work environment which will see you get your readings through your student account and you will then be given problems to solve with code.

The work will get more and more heightened and you will then connect the dots and you'll see yourself becoming qualified. Coding allows young Africans to work in any industry they want. Industry experts come and talk to students about the coding career path and show you how the things you learn are useful in the workplace.

Students receive deliverable and work alone for the first month and after that, they then work in groups. You also practice giving presentations and working in teams.

You could also be asked to build a booking or game from scratch, after you've gained the knowledge and skills to do that. Interactive would also be another word to describe student life at WeThinkCode_

It's learning through doing and learning through teaching.

During the course of the programme, students will also intern at a company to get the experience of what it is like to work in the real world.

Where to find WeThinkCode_


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NSFAS Allowances Have Been Cleared For Release

Wednesday, 9 June, 2021 - 12:43 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

The College of Cape Town Management team has released a statement on how NSFAS funding will be allocated to all eligible students for the year 2021. They've also given answers to how much NSFAS beneficiaries will receive as allowances.



The College of Cape Town has sent out a notice to all students concerning NSFAS, covering allowances, appeals and applications.

Following a Financial Aid meeting with the College SRC on 24 April, it was said that NSFAS allowances are cleared for funded students who are eligible to receive them from the end of May.

Trimester 2 students are being verified and will be fully paid by 25 June 2021, said the College. Should you not be paid, you need to appeal for the college to clear with NSFAS.

They then went on to say that additional payments will be made during this and every week of June 2021 for successful applicants.

All NSFAS returning students will be paid subject to progression and registered for 2021 at the College. Should they not have been paid, students are urged to consult the Bursary clerk on their respective campus to submit an appeal for them at the bursary office.

The College is computing NSFAS due to students. The following important information on NSFAS allowances for 2021 was shared:

  • Personal Care Allowance - 2, 900 annual paid per month
  • Transport Allowance - R7,350 annual paid per month
  • College Residence - College will be paid by NSFAS
  • Private Residents - R25,200 Annual paid per month
  • NCV Annual (Including PLP) - 10 monthly payments
  • R191 Semester- 5 monthly payments by semester period
  • R191 Trimester - 3 monthly payments by Trimester period

The above allowance amounts are limited to one PLP, NCV or R191 course per student per year. These details are according to the DHET-NSFAS Bursary Rules applicable for 2021. 

The College is applying the full rules applicable to NSFAS Student applications. As for NSFAS appeals, students who have not appealed on 17 May 2021 for any short/unfunded will then be seen as having had no claim.

Should you however still have a claim, the College requires you to complete an appeal form and hand it into the College by 11 June 2021. The College will then consider your application.


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Latest Bursaries

Flywire aims to award a total of seven scholarships of $5,000 USD each. These scholarships will be awarded across different themes. 

These are the themes:

  1. Social justice
  2. Global citizenship
  3. Global health

Closing date: 21 June 2021

Sanlam is offering bursaries to scholars who have enrolled to study actuarial science.

If you are a whiz at maths, enjoy a good challenge by solving difficult problems and are willing to remain focused and disciplined through years of studying and training, then you are just who Sanlam is looking for.

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for graduate students with a passion for teaching and education.

The Old Mutual Education Trust (OMET) applications are open to all participating union members and their dependents. The funding from this scholarship will allow for the pursuit of any tertiary qualification at one of South Africa’s public higher education institutions.

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) awards a limited number of scholarships annually. These scholarships are for postgraduate study at public Higher Education Institutions in South Africa at Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral level.