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Value Logistics Learnership Available Now

Value Logistics has an exciting opportunity for qualifying female and male candidates to enroll in a Learnership program for 12 months in various provinces.

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Value Logistics has an exciting opportunity for qualifying female and male candidates to enroll ina NQF 4 FET Certificate: Road Transport Supervision Learnership program for 12 months.

The learnership will take place from 1 March 2021 until 28 February 2022.

Applicants must be aged between 23 and 29 years old.

Learnership vacancies are open in Cape Town, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Value manages your goods, from the point of origin to the point of consumption. With almost 40 years of experience across a wide range of industries, they have established a reputable national footprint offering supply chain solutions customized to your business needs.

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ICB Junior Bookkeeping Learnership

Boston City Campus has an opportunity for unemployed matriculants to participate in an ICB Junior Bookkeeping learnership. A stipend will be offered.

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Boston City Campus has an opportunity for unemployed matriculants to participate in an ICB Junior Bookkeeping learnership.

Criteria
  • African female
  • Below 35 years of age 
  • Grade 12 completed with Accounting and Maths/Maths Lit.

Stipend is offered.

You MUST be able to attend the Bellville Boston City Campus branch.

 

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How To Make Your Personal Development A Priority

As you journey through life, you are bound to face challenges and obstacles along the way. This requires you to find ways to cope with these situations and adapt to them. Developing a personal development plan is the perfect tool to cope with the continuous changes and challenges of life. 
 

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Why should personal development be a priority in your life?

It allows you to step out of your comfort zone:
As a young student, there are many things in life that can scare you and stand in the way of achieving ultimate success. It is time to take the leap of faith and address the factors that are hindering your personal growth. When confronting these areas, it helps improve and push you out of your comfort zone. This will allow you to experience growth and improve your skill set. 

Developing your strength:
A personal development plan is not only there to help work on your weaknesses but it helps develop your inner and core strengths. The more time you spend on nurturing your strengths, you can reach your potential by developing the skills that you are good at. 

Boosting your self-confidence:
Making a conscious decision to improve your skills takes you one step closer to becoming more confident. Once you have achieved your personal goals, broadened and developed your skills you naturally feel good about yourself and your achievements. The more you focus on developing certain areas in your life , the more natural it will become and continuously boosts your confidence. 

Improves your self-awareness:
Personal development is closely linked to self-awareness. Once you identify that there are areas in your life that require development, it allows you to assess your direction in life. Through this process, you get to know yourself personally, what your core values and beliefs are, and the direction you would like to go in life.

Steps to consider when embarking on your journey of personal development:

  • Identify your goals that you want to achieve in life
  • Identify any weaknesses that needs improvement in order to reach your goals
  • Identifying opportunities to develop your weaknesses
  • Have a plan of action to work on your weaknesses
  • Nurture your strengths
  • Keep track of the outcomes of your development
  • Evaluate your progress against your goals

The journey of self-development is a continuous learning process. It’s an opportunity to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and to work on them.Personal development can help you in every aspect of your life, by growing as an individual, improve your self-awareness and you boost your self-confidence.

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Where To Study Nursing In South Africa?

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 08:18Author: Terrique Alie

Nursing is such an important discipline in the care of patients. Nurses not only care for patients, but they offer emotional support, educate the public about health conditions and serve communities by offering medical assistance. Individuals can pursue various types of nursing careers, including roles as a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse. Simply put, nurses are life-savers.

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How long does it take to complete your nursing studies?

Nursing is a 4-year full time course. During your studies you'll gain an integrated learning and work experience at hospitals and various clinical facilities.

Here are the three main types of nurses in South Africa:

  1. Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters 
  2. Enrolled Nurses 
  3. Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries

What are some of the duties nurses perform?

Nurses are continuously monitoring and evaluating patients. They need to be smart, adaptive, educated and skilled in critical thinking. 

Nurses’ responsibilities include coordinating with multiple specialists and doctors. 

Here are some of the things nurses do on a typical day:

  • Conduct physical exams
  • Take detailed health care histories
  • Listen to patients and analyze their physical and emotional needs
  • Provide counseling and health care education to patients
  • Coordinate care with other health care providers and specialists
  • Stay current with advances in health care options, medications, and treatment plans
  • Draw blood, and perform other health-related testing
  • Check a patient’s vital signs

Where can you study nursing in South Africa? Here is a list of colleges:

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President Extends National State Of Disaster

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 21:20Author: Sakinah Samuels

President Cyril Ramaphosa stepped up and hosted another family meeting on South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. During this address, he spoke on further steps our country will take to fight the virus as well as an extension to the National State of Disaster.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa stepped up and hosted another family meeting on South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. During this address, he spoke on further steps our country will take to fight the virus. He also announced that the National State of Disaster will be extended until 15 December.

Government has recently been paying attention to the Eastern Cape which shows signs of resurgence. In the province, a 50% increase in new cases was seen when comparing this week with the week before which Ramaphosa said is concerning. Another statistic which deepend concern is that there was a 145% increase in total cases when looking at the previous 14 days. Massive spikes have been seen in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro as well as an increase in hospital admissions in the province as a whole.

Ramaphosa explains that this could have been triggered by outbreaks in universities, schools and large gatherings. That combined with poor adherence to safety protocols makes a wonderful environment for rising infections, said Ramaphosa. Many people are also moving between other provinces which means that this surge will soon spread to other parts of the country.

He then explained Government's response to these rising infections as they've developed a resurgence plan with a team from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This includes primary healthcare outreach teams being recruited to intensify contact tracing, mobilisation and to be ready to respond to cluster outbreaks.

What we are witnessing in the Eastern Cape should be a wake up call to all of us that we cannot relax and we cannot be complacent about our approach to Covid-19.

- President Ramaphosa

They'll also be closely mmonitoring developments in areas experiencing higher than average rates of infections such as areas in the Free State, Northern Cape and Western Cape.

As we approach the festive season, many South Africans will be travelling across provinces and people tend to relax and gather. These activities, if not done responsibly, pose a threat to the country's management of the pandemic. To this, Ramaphosa says we should each play our part and do what we need to do to keep ourselves and others safe.

The President then asks each of us to do what we all know must be done which is to keep wearing our masks and to practice social distancing as "doing these things is better than having a lockdown and having everything shut down again".

"Masks can be hot and cumbersome and uncomfortable ... but cloth masks are cheap and can now be found almost anywhere in our country and the inconvenience of wearing one is far better than becoming infected or infecting others," explained Ramaphosa.

We all wish to return to our normal lives. I know many of us are suffering from Covid fatigue and we have forgotten that the virus is still all around us ... We all know about this virus. Information about this virus has been abundantly socialised amongst South Africans. From the Grade R learner to the factory worker. From the university student to the grandparent at home. We all now how the coronavirus can be spread.

President Ramaphosa also took the time to acknowledge that gatherings are what we want as well as connection during the festive season. South Africans are then encouraged to do the following:

  • Do not let your guard down.
  • Avoid large gatherings and rather meet in small groups.
  • If you do go out, limit your contact with others.

He also said that he is becoming concerned when it comes to scenes of large parties, gatherings and social events which he's seen on TV and social media and that these individuals are acting as though the virus does not exist. They are seen not wearing a mask or social distancing and these super spreader events should be avoided, he said.

The same rules which applied in the early days of lockdown should still apply now.

- President Ramaphosa

All South Africans are encouraged to download the Covid Alert SA app which can notify you when you've been near someone who has the virus. The app is zero-rated and won't cost you anything. "BY downloading this app, you help to make the virus visible and break the chain of infection," said Ramaphosa.

Government is now also working to increase the number of tests done every day as community screenings and testing will be extended in hotspot areas. All hospitals should test hospitalised patients as well.

An effective and safe vaccine is still the reatest defence. There are several candidates for an effective vaccine now around the world. The first vaccine was found which was shown to be more than 90% effective and is a major step forward in combatting the virus.This development brings new hope in our fight against the virus, said Ramaphosa.

South Africa is working with pharmaceutical companies to obtain a safe and effective vaccine for South Africans and also bringing it to the rest of the conintent. The President announced that Africa will need around $12 billion and 750 million doses of the vaccine.

Covid-19 is far from over and will remain with us for some time to come ... we hope we have endured the worst of the storm.

The number of new infections have remained relatively stable and the number of deaths are declining steadily along with the number of people needing to be hospitalised. This shows that the virus has declined over the past two months.

South Africa also boasts a phenomenal recovery rate of 92% while the fatality rate is low when compared to other countries. However, we cannot begin to calculate the anguish the families of those departed have experienced, said the President.

We are now rebuilding the economy but the priority should be to keep ourselves safe as we remain vulnerable to the virus.

From 25 to 29 November, the President proclaimed that the country should observe a period of mourning for victims of Covid-19 as well as those lost to Geder Based Violence and Femicide. All South Africans are called to wear black arm bands or other symbols of mourning during this time to demonstarte their solidarity and recognise the grief we share as a nation.

 

 

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UIF TERS Has Now Been Extended

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 20:56Author: Sakinah Samuels

The President's address held some good news for many South Africans. Ramaphosa announced that the UIF TERS benefit scheme has been extended as many have requested. Then, there was also some good news handed down to those alcohol consumers out there.

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The President's address held some good news for many South Africans. Ramaphosa announced that the UIF TERS benefit scheme has been extended as many have requested. Then, there was also some good news handed down to those alcohol consumers out there as he announced that alcohol will be sold as it was before.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will be extending their Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) by another month and will come to and end on 15 October. The R350 Special Relief of Distress grant was extended as well and will end in January 2021. This was another grant which provided much needed incomes to around 6 million unemployed persons who do not receive other incomes.

These relief measures were necessary to protect those who are most vulnerable in a a time of great distress but they will have to come to an end as we do not, as a government, have sufficient resources to continue.

- President Cyril Ramaphosa

UIF has paid out almost R53 billion to over 4.7 million workers. Ramaphosa said that they want to ensure that the UIF has sufficient funds for increases in unemployment claims which will unfortunately come.

Ramaphosa then also said that Government aims to save lives while also saving livelihoods. They have therefore set up relief packages like these for South Africans but these are now being wound down as we are seven months into the lockdown and at Level 1. 

Discussions do however continue with social partners concerning support measures being set up for businesses in distress going forward.

These relief packages have laid the foundation for robust economic recovery, said the President.

As the country transitions to a new phase in it's economic response, Government is working to enable all parts of the economy to return to full operation as quickly and safely as possible .

"We recognise that many industries are still not able to operate fully and that it will take some time for many jobs to return," said Ramaphosa.

As for the good news for drinkers, the alert level 1 regulations have been amended and trading hours for alcohol now return to normal. The curfew does however remain in place from 12am to 4am. 

Another decision taken be Government was to have international travel be opened for travelers from all over the world who test negative for Covid-19. This will help boost tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Rapid testing will be done as far as travel is concerned and the necessary safety protocols will be followed.

Ramaphosa boasted and said, "South Africa is indeed a land of opportunity and a land where we can attract investments" as the country has strategies and plans in place to see the economy recover from the hit it took during the National Lockdown.

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Two Year Internship Opportunity At Chris Hani Municipality

Applications from unemployed graduates residing within the Chris Hani District Municipality area of jurisdiction to ensure that they are able to contextualize learning to the world of work, establishing physical and virtual job preparedness and matching services to connect you to the available opportunities

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The programme forms part of the Chris Hani District Municipality’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The following qualifications are required from the following fields:

Customer Care, Stakeholder & Communications

  • National Diploma: Marketing

Development Planning

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Development Studies/ ND: Economics

Information Technology

  • Bachelor’s Degree/National Diploma: Information Technology

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  • Diploma: Management (Disaster)

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  • Bachelor of Commerce: Transport & Logistics

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  • Bachelor’s Degree/National Diploma: Accounting/Cost & Management Accounting or relevant qualification majoring in Accounting

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  • Bachelor’s Degree/National Diploma: Civil Engineering

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  • Grade 12 plus National Training Certificate III: Water Treatment Practice at NQF level 4

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  • Bachelor’s Degree/National Diploma: Hydrology & Water Resources
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Apply Now! Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI)

Are you an unemployed youth? Are you currently not studying and between the ages of 18-35? President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Stimulus Programme, through the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) aims to create 200 000 employment opportunities for Education Assistants and 100 000 for General School Assistants.

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The Department of Basic Education partners with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator as well as SA Youth!

This partnership will assist in making over 300,000 opportunities available to young people. 

Opportunities available:

  • Education Assistant ( must have matric / grade 12 )
  • General Assistants ( need not have matric / grade 12

Placements:

Public Ordinary, Special Schools and Hostels Assist with the following

  • Classroom (teaching and learning assistance)
  • General Administration (Clerical and admin)
  • General / Basic School Infrastructure Maintenance ( repairs, maintenance, inspection, plumbing, fittings ect)
  • IT and Data Capturing (HRMS,SASAMS,DDD ect.)
  • Resource and Information Services to all learners and teachers (Library assistance)
  • Cleaning, Cook, Laundry ect assistance (Hostel)
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Gauteng Department of Education, Unemployed Youth Recruitment Drive

This initiative is to provide educational assistants to schools to ensure continued learning and teaching in a safe environment, therefore providing youth with employment opportunities as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative.

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Applications for the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative

When you apply, you will be given a list of the 10 closest schools to your residence, you are able to select 5 schools of your choice.

If you are successful you will be placed at one of the schools you have selected.

Requirements:

  • All unemployed South African Youth 
  • Must be between the ages of 18 – 35
  • Reside in Gauteng
  • Without criminal record
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Some Learners Might Opt To Repeat The Grade

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:43Author: Sakinah Samuels

Learners in South African schools were thrown into the deep end this year. Now, some parents and learners are even contemplating scrapping the year and redoing it. The Minister addressed this while answering questions on school attendance.

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Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has said that 10% of learners, excluding Matrics, have not returned to school once lockdown regulations allowed it.

With the National Lockdown being imposed, schools were closed for months. Then, the President allowed for schools to open again on the basis of a rotational timetable as far as attendance goes.

Some learners would come on certain days of the school week. This, however, has been difficult to monitor, said the Minister.

"We estimate that between Grade 1s and Grade 11, there is 10% of learners that we cannot account for. It could be that they are waiting to re-register," said the Minister.

During a virtual social cluster oral reply session in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the Minister said:

It could be that some parents have already decided that they are going to wait for next year. And the other thing which has been difficult is the timetable that we are using because kids come this week, the next week they are not coming.

Motshekga said that one possibility could also be that learners and parents are aware that they have lost a lot of contact learning days and then though it would just be better to repeat a grade or even engage in homeschooling. 

The Minister continued to say, "We will have a definite number. We can also share with members of parliament, now that we write exams".

Matrics in the country are currently writing their final exams for the 2020 academic year and even though this exam season has just begun, it has already seen bumps. 

Shortly before the exams were set to begin, the Department announced that all matrics will write their final exams regardless of their health status. This, however, caused confusion and was done without consultation of some provincial departments and unions.

Now, the Department has released a circular fully outlining the exam protocols schools should follow including that Matrics who test positive for Covid and are fit to write will do so in an isolated venue which could even be a hospital. 

Parents are also urged to alert the school should their child have the virus or symptoms and if they don't, legal action could be taken against them.

Matric exams commenced on 5 November and will come to and end on 15 December.

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Bursary Opportunity For Under-Graduates With A Fairtree Bursary

Are you a brilliant Matric student averaging at 65% and higher? Do you need financial assistance to study? Why not apply for the Fairtree Bursary.

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Under-graduate Bursary

Your dream is to finish school, attend a renowned university and be employed by an organisation who will mentor and support your career growth.   Our dream is to partner with young people who have finished school and who want to build a future in the world of finance, economics and investments. You could be the kind of student we’re looking for and the Fairtree Bursary could be for you. You know where you’re going, but just need a bit of help in getting there.

We’ve been committed to youth and skills development since 2003 and our bursary programme forms part of our commitment to grow and give opportunity to young people to enter the sector.

Our bursary includes full university tuition, books, and other support, plus the option of employment after successfully completing your studies.

This is a partnership where our shared values resonate and where we’ll guide and mentor you along your chosen career path. We’re committed to your success and want you to keep us up to date on the progress of your studies.

We are committed to transformation and our employment equity plan, so preference will be given to suitably qualified African, Coloured and Indian students.

BURSARY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Students must be a South African Citizen
  • Students must hold a valid South African ID Document
  • Students must have excelled in their Grade 12 Academic Year with an average of 65% or higher
  • Students must provide proof of acceptance from an Institute of Higher Learning
  • Students must be in need of financial assistance

WHAT DO WE REQUIRE:

  • Students must supply a certified copy of their June exam results if still in Matric.
  • Students who have completed their Matric must provide a certified copy of their final results.
  • Students must have excelled in English and 2 other subjects.
  • Students who are currently studying at a Tertiary Institute can also apply and must supply up to date academic records.
  • Academic/Extra-curricular awards/recognition/supporting documentation obtained in Grade 11 and 12.
  • Details of all expenses involved in the study and the amount of financial assistance required
  • Students have to provide a testimonial letter from a Teacher or Lecturer.
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Learners Address Racism At Brackenfell High School

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:12Author: Sakinah Samuels

Current and former Brackenfell students have now also spoken out on racism experienced at the school and Brackenfell continues to be slashed following an alleged 'whites-only' event. The school is now taking their response to the protests another step forward.

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Individuals who have history at Brackenfell High School are now speaking out on their own racist experiences at the school. The school has now also taken legal action against the protests.

Current and former Brackenfell students have now also spoken out on racism experienced at the school and have said that the school has turned a blind eye to racism. A memorandum of complaints has been sent to the school, but pupils say there's been no response or accountability.

One pupil said:

I have witnessed a lot of racism. White boys would walk down the passages and push Coloured girls around and say 'Move' and white boys will scream out the k-word and it would tolerated. They wouldn't get detention, nothing. Not a hearing, nothing. They wouldn't be dealt with.

The pupil continued to say that the current situation which occurred is only a small part of the school's racist culture and that white pupils and teachers are not reprimanded when racist behaviours are seen.

"There were countless complaints brought to the school's attention and they didn't do anything about it. The school can react in a much better way," said the student. They then recommended that the school could actually listen and take feelings of learners into consideration and not only their image as "that's all they actually worry about".

Even a former rugby star of the school, Siya Ntuntwana, is coming forward and saying that he too experienced racism at the school, along with his sister. They were met with racist expletives and the student who was carrying out the behaviours only received two days of suspension from the school. He then returned to school and continued taunting the rugby star's sister. 

"Students in 2020 are still experiencing racism and it just shows thar racism still runs in Brackenfell and it's managed to be a culture," said Ntuntwana.

This outbreak of violence and complaints comes over reports of a Matric event which was allegedly organised for white pupils only. The event is said to have had only white pupils and parents in attendance, as well as two white teachers. Supporters of the school have denied that the event was organised in this way.  The school released a statement confirming that there was no official Matric farewell event and any event held was unofficial and not representing the school. 

Brackenfell High School has seeked an interdict while the EFF has given the High Court an undertaking that it won't disrupt exams at Brackenfell High School. The court has however postponed an urgent application sent the school to have the protests halted.

The school has said that it is not against the protest but rather concerned about it happening on the perimeter of the school and that it will disturb learners and staff. Matrics are also writing their final exams and they wish for them to do so in peace.

The school's lawyer, Marius Verster, said in court:

The demonstration may, for example, be carried out at the Municipal offices or at the City Hall. There are many places where they can continue with the demonstration. We simply want to protect the rights of the learners to write their Matric examinations without disturbance.

The EFF has said that being disruptive is not their intention as their lawyer said, "They would like to continue to engage in peaceful protest as they are constitutionally entitled to do. They would be prepared to give undertaking if necessary."

The political party is also set to not intimidate people or engage in violence as well as cause difficulties with access to the school. 

On Tuesday, WC Premier Alan Winde and MEC Debbie Schafer arrived at the school. When asked about the interdict, Winde replied with saying that he won't interdict but that there is one happening at the moment. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa also spoke on the situation and said, “We should not allow what has transpired at Brackenfell High School to be used by any groupings who want to cause racial polarisation."

At this most important and difficult time for matriculants not only at Brackenfell High School but around the country, the spectacle of parents and protestors coming to blows at the school gate is deeply unfortunate ... We should be ever mindful of the extent to which our actions, both publicly and in private, undermine the cherished principle of non-racialism upon which our democracy was founded.

Ramaphosa described the confrontation outside the school as "deeply regrettable" and has called on all parties involved to act responsibly. The President added that allegations of racism levelled against the school needed to be urgently investigated.

The matter is set to be back in court on Monday.

WATCH: Brackenfell students speak out on racism (Source: eNCA)

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Chaos Of 2020 Academic Year Nears It's End

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 10:24Author: Sakinah Samuels

All students in South Africa as well as the world had the opportunity to share in the feelings of chaos the 2020 academic year presented. Which forms of support has the Department provided for varsity students to complete the academic year?

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All students in South Africa as well as the world had the opportunity to share in the feelings of chaos the 2020 academic year presented. Which forms of support has the Department provided for varsity students to complete the academic year?

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Buti Manamela, says the department has rolled out a multi-model approach to support students to regain lost time and finish the academic year. 

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation requested all universities to adopt a multi-model learning and teaching approach, which includes, but is not limited to, online learning. The approach includes teaching and learning support through the delivery of print-based teaching and learning material, and material on USB memory sticks. 

The COVID-19 pandemic saw many sectors, including the education sector, having to adapt to a new normal, where many students had to resume learning home after government adopted a risk-adjusted strategy post lockdown. 

On Tuesday when responding to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces, Manamela said all universities included the allocation of data bundles in their plans, and on average, over 90% of undergraduate students have been receiving data for teaching and learning purposes over the past few months. 

Many universities also included the acquisition of laptops for students. To date, the latest university report shows that on average, 72% of university students indicated they needed a device and they have been supported to obtain one. 

“The remaining students may be supported to acquire devices through the NSFAS [National Student Financial Aid Scheme]-led process,” said Manamela. 

The ministry and the department also negotiated with mobile network operators for teaching and learning sites of universities to be zero-rated, thereby enabling access without any data costs. 

“The Minister, however, recognises that some students, particularly poor students, may be living in environments which are not conducive to effective online learning. 

“The universities prioritised these students to return to campus, as lockdown alert levels allowed. Catch-up programmes are being implemented to support the students to successfully complete their teaching and learning programme,” said Manamela. 

“The Department of Higher Education and Training worked with all universities to develop multi-model teaching and learning plans, which were approved by the Minister and funded in part through the allocation of the ring-fenced COVID-19 response grant, which is to be complemented by funding that universities [redirected] from their own council-controlled budgets,”

Further, the ministry has released the latest protocols from Higher Health for the 2020/21 examination period in the Post-Schooling Education and Training (PSET) sector. 

The protocols will guide 26 universities, 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and other post-schooling institutions on how to conduct invigilated examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A dedicated Higher Health mental health 24/7 toll-free crisis helpline has also been set-up to assist the higher education sector. The helpline is available on 0800 36 36 36.

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Inscape Digital Marketing Scholarship Programme 2021

Are you ready to study up for a challenge?

Inscape Education Group in partnership with The Knowledge Trust is awarding up to R1-million in scholarships to individuals pursuing a career in Ideation Design or Digital Marketing & Communication.

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Various Scholarship Programmes 2021

 

Bachelor of Design specialising in Ideation Design

NQF Level 7

SAQA ID: 79830

 

What is Ideation Design?

Ideation is the process of creating and developing ideas to suitably address problem-solving within a given environment or system. The implementation of idea-generation to the realization of a measurable output is key to a successful ideation process.

Requirements:

  • Students must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Design specialising in Ideation Design or the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Marketing & Communication.
  • Applicable to students enrolling for full-time contact learning ONLY.
  • Scholarships funds include partial or full tuition fees as well as the possible provision of the first-year study pack.
  • Scholarship funds exclude monthly consumables, insurance on devices, transport, transfer or resubmission fees and accommodation.
  • The Scholarship is only available to candidates who are looking to complete their first tertiary qualification.

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Marketing and Communication

NQF Level 7

SAQA ID: 111310

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NMBRS The Knowledge Trust Auditing Bursary 2021

Are you a commerce graduate with big career aspirations? Have you ever considered becoming a Chartered Accountant but took a different path?

nmbrs invites top achieving commerce graduates to join an exclusive programme designed to catalyse their careers and qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

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Nmbrs Auditing Bursary 2021

We’re looking for resilient, growth-minded and high-achieving commerce graduates who are making a clear decision to shift their path towards Chartered Accountancy. 

Duration: The full programme is 2 years and is broken up into 5 phases. If you pass all 5 phases, you’ll get entry into a 3-year Audit Trainee Programme

What's Included

  • A full study bursary to the Milpark CA Connect Online bridging and Online CTA programmes
  • Paid Work Experience
  • 3-Year Audit Trainee Contract
  • Based in Johannesburg
  • Relocation Assistance

Qualifications:

  • An appropriate Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Advanced Diploma or equivalent qualification at NQF level 7
  • Financial Accounting up to at least 2nd-year level (NQF level 6)

 

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Free Online Courses Now Offered To Unemployed Youth

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 16:03Author: Sakinah Samuels

Unemployed youth are now being offered free online courses and are being encouraged to register as South Africa faces a massive problem when it comes to youth unemployment numbers. This will definitely be a huge step towards enabling young people to fulfil their dreams and career aspirations.

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Unemployed youth are now being offered free online courses and are being encouraged to register as South Africa faces a massive problem when it comes to youth unemployment numbers. This will definitely be a huge step towards enabling young people to fulfil their dreams and career aspirations.

The Ministry has partnered with online-based educational platform Coursera to start this initiative which will drive education for the youth at no cost to the youth while also catapulting them into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Through Coursera, unemployed youth of South Africa will be able to access over 4500 courses and certification from hundreds of universities and industru educators.  The free courses cover many disciplines including data science, coin,g; app development, digital marketing and artificial intelligence.

The duration of the courses range between four and eight weeks. Grade 12 is desirable but not an essential requirement. Familiarity with the internet and digital literacy are essential criteria.

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, said of the initiative:

Our intention as government is to remove as many barriers as possible and enable young people to fulfil their dreams and career aspirations. We therefore encourage them to take up these opportunities.

The National Electronic Media Institute of SA (NEMISA), a digital skill training institute entity of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, will coordinate and facilitate the registration process for these courses.

“The collaboration is in line with the Minister’s commitment at her 2018 Budget Vote Speech, to train one million people in data science and related skills, to ensure that they take up opportunities presented by new digital technologies,” the Ministry said.

Ndabeni-Abrahams emphasised the importance of young people acquiring digital skills as they are imperative for achieving inclusion in the digital economy and that this partnership has the prospects of equipping young people with the required skills in this digital era.

All courses are offered in English and fully online.

If you're interested in these free online courses, CLICK HERE.

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Apply To Do Maritime Studies NOW

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 15:20

Interested in pursuing Maritime Studies? Want to be able to display competence in the application of knowledge in a broad range of varied work activities associated with an international career at sea? Apply now for Maritime Studies at uMfolozi TVET College.

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Interested in pursuing Maritime Studies? Want to be able to display competence in the application of knowledge in a broad range of varied work activities associated with an international career at sea? Apply now for Maritime Studies at uMfolozi TVET College.

uMfolozi TVET College invites individuals with an interest in Maritime Studies to apply for a National Diploma in Maritime Engineering. Applications close on 30 November so don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

This qualification is for a duration of 4 years.

The course covers the following:

  • Report 191 subjects - N3 Engineering Drawing, N3 Industrial electronics, N4 Electrotechnics, N4 Engineering Science, N4 Mathematics, N4 Mechatechnics and N5 Power Machines.
  • Maritime Engineering Modules (Semester based) - Marine Engineering Knowledge 1 and 2, Marine Law 1 and 2, Naval Architecture 1 and 2, Marine Engineering Workshop Training 
  • Sea time
  • SAMSA STCW & IMO Codes (short courses)
Requirements

Matric with 60% and above in Maths and Science

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Wits researchers announce “breakthrough” in HIV prevention

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 14:45Author: GroundUp

The team over at the University of Witwatersrand have now had a breakthrough when it comes to HIV prevention. Researchers say this could lead to a drop in HIV infections worldwide.

By Elsabé Brits.

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Wits researchers have announced a “breakthrough” in HIV prevention in women. An injection every eight weeks was found to be much more effective than a daily pill. The trials were conducted in seven African countries and included more than 3,000 women Researchers say this could lead to a drop in HIV infections worldwide.

Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network have announced a “breakthrough” in the prevention of HIV in women.

The initial results from clinical trials show that an injection once every eight weeks is 90% more effective than taking a daily pill to prevent HIV among women.

The trial was led by Dr Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, director of research at the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (RHI) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

A comparison was made between a new injectable preventative drug given once every eight weeks (cabotegravir) and a daily pill (oral tenofovir/emtricitabine) currently used for HIV prevention.

Overall, 3,223 women at research sites in Botswana, Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe took part. 57% of the participants were under the age of 25, the average age of participants was 26 years, 82% were not living with a partner, 55% reported two or more partners in the past month, and 34% reported having a primary partner who is living with HIV or whose HIV status is unknown.

Delany-Moretlwe said during a press conference on Zoom that among all the participants there were 38 HIV infections over 24 months, of which 34 were among the women who were given the pills and four among those who received the injections. She said it is much easier to take an injection, which is discreet, than to take a pill every day.

The injection proved 98% more effective than the pill option, and it is safe to take, she said. After the finding was made last week, the “blinded” phase of the trial, in which neither the participants nor the researchers know who is in which group, was stopped, so that all the study participants could be given the option to switch to the injection.

Delany-Moretlwe said the success of the trial could lead to a reduction in HIV infections worldwide.

In another study earlier this year, the injection taken once every eight weeks was found to be superior to daily oral tenofovir/emtricitabine for HIV prevention among cisgender men and transgender women who have sex with men.

Professor Helen Rees, Executive Director of Wits RHI, said “this is a massive step forward”. She said young women made up a quarter of the 240,000 new HIV infections per year in South Africa “It is a major breakthrough,” Rees said.

The product will not be available immediately because the researchers still need more information. The regulatory approval process requires several steps, including review and approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies. The sponsor is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The cost will be determined later, said Delany-Moretlwe, but the company which manufactures cabotegravir is committed to making it accessible in low and middle income countries.

This article was first published by GroundUp.

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Department Releases New Protocols For Matric Exams

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 14:18Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Department of Basic Educations has issued a set of revised protocols for schools to follow for Matric exams. These protocols were released a few days into Matrics having already started exams and confused many around the country.

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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has issued a set of revised protocols for schools to follow for Matric exams. These protocols were released a few days into Matrics having already started exams and confused many around the country.

DBE says it has issued a circular to accompany the revised protocols for schools to implement when managing possible and confirmed COVID-19 cases in schools during the matric examinations.

The department in conjunction with the Department of Health (DoH), agreed last week to allow learners that have tested positive for COVID-19, to write the Combined 2020 November examination under specific conditions. All the stakeholders supported the department and made inputs on the handling of COVID-19 cases during matric examinations.

The protocols and the circular were developed together with stakeholders following a series of consultative meetings over the weekend with teachers’ unions, school governing body organizations and the South African Principals Association. The documents have already been distributed to schools.

The teacher union representatives and SGB governors as well as school principals at the meeting welcomed the measures taken to ensure that all candidates of the Class of 2020 matric are given the opportunity and support to sit for the examination albeit under unusual circumstances.

The important part is that parents/guardians of candidates that have tested positive for COVID-19 are obliged to inform the school principal immediately of the positive status of the candidate. Should parents neglect to inform the school of their child's status, they will face legal action.

“The department also appeals to parents and communities to continue supporting the Class of 2020 throughout the examination period,” the department said.

The Provincial Education Department (PED) will be working with the Provincial Department of Health to find suitable isolation venues.

"This could be a clinic, a room in a hospital, a community hall, a church hall or any other venue, which includes the home, that is conducive to the writing of an examination." said the department in a statement.

“This is to ensure that arrangements can be made for the candidate to write the examination at an isolation venue that complies with the health, safety and also the regulations relating to a secure examination,” the Department of Basic Education said in a statement.

“Candidates are advised to be extra cautious during this period of the examination to minimise their risk of contracting the virus. They should refrain from attending any social gatherings and strictly observe the protocols relating to social distancing, wearing of the mask and hand sanitizing.

This release of protocols comes after the Department announced in few words changes to the protocols. This then lead to confusion from learners, teachers, principals, unions and even the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

WCED and teacher unions have said that they were not consulted and the changes and that before the full circular was released, the new measures and protocols were not clear on what was allowed. 

Click here to see the full Government Circular.

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Grade 12 Past Papers

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 13:41Author: Sakinah Samuels

Wanting to get ready and equipped for your upcoming exams? Past papers are a great resource and will help you get used to what your exam will most probably look like. Here are some grade 12 past papers for you to work through.

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Wanting to get ready and equipped for your upcoming exams? Past papers are a great resource and will help you get used to what your exam will most probably look like. Here are some grade 12 past papers for you to work through.

Afrikaans First Additional Language

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Technical Mathematics Paper 1 isiXhosa First Additional Language Paper 1 isiZulu Home Language Paper 1

Good luck with your exams!

 

 

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