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Biden Wins Presidency

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 18:47Author: Alan Hammond

US Media outlets have called the Presidential elections for challenger Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. Voted happened on Tuesday this week but the results were so close in a number of key states that it wasn't clear who would be the winner until Saturday evening.

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US Media outlets have called the Presidential elections for challenger Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. 

Voting in the US Presidential election took place on Tuesday 3rd November and while counting started soon as the polls closed, the results have taken many days to be finalised.  While they aren't completely finalised, Joe Biden's lead is sufficient in each of the they key states that the experts reviewing the numbers have declared that there is no way that Donald Trump can win.

President-elect Biden released a statement once the news of his win was announced. 

"America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me," said President-elect Joe Biden.

There are 538 members of the US Electoral College so it requires half plus one vote to secure the win - or 270 votes.  With Pennsylvania falling to Joe Biden their 20 Electoral College votes were allocated to his campaign and that took his total to 273, with a number of states still to declare.  (FoxNews and Associated Press had previously declared Arizona as a win for Joe Biden and if those 11 votes were included it would take Biden's total to 284.

While the vote counting is still continuing the analysts have declared that with the small number of votes still to be counted, it is not possible for Donald Trump to claw back and win the relevant states. This announcement by the media outlets is unofficial until the formal meeting of the Electoral College takes place on the 14th of December to formally place their votes. The Presidential Inauguration takes place in late January 2021.

This is a developing story.

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First Female Vice Chancellor At UNISA In 148 Years

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 12:32Author: Raigan Cloete

The University of South Africa has appointed its first female Principal and Vice Chancellor since the establishment of the university 148 years ago. From 1 January 2021, Professor Puleng LenkaBula will be the Principal and Vice Chancellor at UNISA.

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On Thursday 5 November 2020, the UNISA Council had a special meeting and appointed Professor Puleng LenkaBula as the Principal and Vice Chancellor at UNISA.

A rigorous selection process was followed, to ensure that the position was filled by a capable person. The decision was unanimous to appoint Professor Puleng LenkaBula.

Professor Lenkabula has many years of managerial experience in higher education. She is currently the Vice Rector of Institutional Change, Student Affairs and Community Engagement at the University of the Free State (UFS).

Before being appointed as the Vice Rector at UFS, Professor LenkaBula was the Dean of Students at WITS University. At Wits, she was a part of the Vice Chancellor’s Office (VCO) and the Senior Executive Team. Professor LenkaBula also held many different management positions at different institution, including UNISA.

In addition, Professor LenkaBula’s work has been internationally revered, and she is a board member on the local ecumenical and academic formations, including the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

“Council is of the firm belief that this appointment bodes well for the future of our university, as we intensify our endeavour to move towards a fully-fledged Open Distance and eLearning dispensation and to solidify our stature as a truly African university in the service of humanity. In Professor LenkaBula, we have appointed the right caliber of leader; who is student-centred and shares our institutional vision on decoloniality and transformation, knowledge-production, innovation and advancing the socio-economic development of South Africa, Africa and the world, in particular for the benefit of Africa. As Council, we commit ourselves to providing her with the necessary support to ensure that she succeeds in taking our vision of transformation and excellent service delivery to the next level”, said Mr Sakhi Simelane, Chairperson of the UNISA Council.

Professor Mandla Makhanya will stay in office until April 2021 to ensure a smooth hand-over to Professor LenkaBula.

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Stellenbosch Student Found Dead

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 12:11Author: Alan Hammond

Stellenbosch University has confirmed that the engineering faculty student who has been missing for a number of days has sadly been found dead. The university community has been engaged in a search for the 25 year since he was reported missing by his parents.

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Stellenbosch University has released a Bereavement Notice confirming the their 25 year engineering student from Worcester, Ashwill Boer was found, deceased on Thursday. No foul play is suspected. 

Although those searching for Ashwill Boer had checked his room at his residence, his body was eventually found in a part of the residence that had been evacuated for Covid-19 isolation and was currently empty.

"As a university community we are deeply saddened by this loss, and I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and Mr Boer’s friends and fellow students during this time of sorrow.

Staff of our Division of Student Affairs are in contact with the family and are meeting this afternoon with students in the residence. We also call on everyone to respect the privacy of Mr Boer’s loved ones and class mates traumatised by this event", said Professor Arnold Schoolwinkel the Vice-Rector for Learning and Teaching.

According to Police spokesman Andre Traut, "The circumstances surrounding the death of a 25-year-old man are under investigation after his body was discovered at a student residence in Marais Street Stellenbosch this afternoon. The man was reported missing after he was last seen on Monday".

University Offers Support To Students

The University's student support services are available to students who are affected by Ashwill's tragic death.  The University's Centre for Student Counselling and Development is available to students at  [email protected] / 021 808 4994 (08:00 – 16:00 week days) or students can use the 24-hour Emergency Service, in collaboration with ER24, which is available at 010 205 3032.

 

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COSAS Believes Matric Learners Should Not Write Exams On Full Syllabus

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 11:36Author: Raigan Cloete

Since COVID-19 has presented matriculants with many challenges this year, COSAS believes that learners in Grade 12 should not be tested on the full syllabus for their final exams.

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On Thursday 5 November 2020, over one million Grade 12 learners wrote the first final exam paper. COSAS believes that they should not have been tested on the full syllabus since many students were at a disadvantage due to COVID-19.

COSAS spokesperson, Douglas Ngobeni, spoke to SABC News about their concerns regarding this matter.

They believe that during the nationwide lockdown learners at public schools were at the greatest disadvantage. While private school learners received online lessons, those at public schools were not reached.

Therefore, valuable learning time was lot during lockdown, which caused teachers to rush the syllabus when schools reopened.

For this reason, COSAS contacted the Department of Basic Education and requested that Grade 12 learners be tested on at least 75% of the syllabus during their final exams.

COSAS knew that the examination papers were set up at the beginning of the year and their reason for only speaking up now is because learners have raised their concerns about the difficulty of these papers.

Even though their request for learners to be tested on 75% of the syllabus has been denied by the Department of Basic Education, they have assured SABC News that they will not stop fighting for those matriculants who are at a disadvantage.

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NAPTOSA Is Against New Matric Exam Protocols

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:57Author: Raigan Cloete

2020 has been a difficult year for matric learners, as they have lost lots of class time. A statement was released by the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Health, which stated that learners who tested positive for COVID-19 were allowed to sit for their exams. However, this decision has left the teachers’ union feeling anxious.

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On Thursday 5 November 2020, learners wrote their first final exam paper. And at the same time the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Health issued a statement saying that those learners who tested positive for COVID-19 were allowed to sit and write their exams.

This development was not well received by the National Professional Teachers’ Organization of South Africa (NAPTOSA). They believe that by allowing those learners to write their exams, it will put the teachers in danger.

The members of NAPTOSA were not approached when this decision was made which has caused them to send an urgent letter to the Minister to address their disappointment and explain how this decision will impact the teachers.

NAPTOSA understands that all learners have the right to sit for their exams however they do not agree that the health and safety of teachers should be put at risk.

They have made it clear that they support those teachers, who are invigilators, who do not wish to be put in that environment.

NAPTOSA has informed the minister that since this decision was made by the Department of Health, that members of the Health department should invigilate learners with COVID-19 instead of teachers. They also expect those learners to write their exams at the Department of Health and not at school, as it may put teachers and other learners in danger.

NAPTOSA has arranged an urgent meeting with the Minister to address this issue.

If any member of NAPTOSA is asked to invigilate a learner who tested positive for COVID-19, they are asked to immediately contact their provincial office for advice and guidance.

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NSFAS Virtual Outreach Exhibition

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:08Author: Raigan Cloete

NSFAS has decided to launch a Virtual Outreach Exhibition (VOE). VOE is a part of their new and exciting innovations. The VOE is a live streaming session which will be interactive to allow students to get the whole NSFAS experience.

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NSFAS has recently released a Virtual Outreach Exhibition (VOE), as a part of their new and exciting innovations. The VOE is a 3D online portal which will be interactive, allowing the student to experience what NSFAS has to offer.

This online portal will provide potential applicants with a virtual tour of all NSFAS services, products, and real time engagement.

Within the session, students will watch a demonstration on how to apply, which would be very beneficial, especially for those who will be applying for the first time.

There is no need to worry about missing the presentation as VOE is available 24 hours a day. Their aim is to be accessible, innovative, and to connect with students.

In order to access the VOE, visit the NSFAS website.The platform can easily be accessed using a mobile device, PC, or tablet.

Students are welcome to watch the How to Apply video or download any of the NSFAS documents via the platform.

This platform has been set up to make applying for a bursary so much easier than before.

Minister Blade Nzimande has congratulated NSFAS on passing the 400 000 mark on their 2021 Applications. Which will surely increase leading up to the closing date.

NSFAS Applications close 30 November 2020.

MINISTER NZIMANDE CONGRATULATES NSFAS FOR PASSING THE 400 000 MARK ON THEIR 2021 APPLICATIONS pic.twitter.com/V7zWAzgLdd

— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) November 4, 2020

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Red & Yellow: Marketing Learnership

The Red & Yellow Digital Marketing Unemployed Learnership is an opportunity for a young person who wants to gain a further qualification while working at a fast-paced and highly respected advertising agency. During the 12-month programme the the learner will  work (and receive a stipend) completing the Red & Yellow NQF-level 5 National Certificate in Advertising specialising in digital marketing.

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What is covered during the National Certificate in Advertising specialising in digital marketing:

Module 1:

INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING

In this module, learners are introduced to core marketing concepts, shown the importance of the customer to business decision making in the 21st century and learn how to best present and communicate their ideas.

Module 2:

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

This module explores the online revolution and the digital channels now available to marketers. Learners how shown how to use and leverage digital marketing channels.

Module 3:

CLIENT SERVICE

Learners explore paid media and learn how to plan effective campaigns across channels. They also learn to establish and manage client and agency relationships and how to negotiate and contract with suppliers for campaigns and projects.

Module 4:

PLANNING & CONTROL

In this last module learners explore how to optimise campaigns and the essentials for project management and basic financial management to equip them for running campaigns and marketing projects effectively and efficiently.

Salary: R4500

Closes: 10 November 2020

CLICK HERE FOR THE LEARNERSHIP!

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Ramaphosa Will Address The Nation Next Week

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 13:27Author: Sakinah Samuels

South Africa is scheduled to sit down for a family meeting next week as the President will be addressing the nation. This address will happen after Ramaphosa has a meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) next week.

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South Africa is scheduled to sit down for a family meeting next week as the President will be addressing the nation. This address will happen after Ramaphosa has a meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) next week.

Minister Jackson Mthembu announced the President's plan to speak to South Africans during a media briefing on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Mthembu said this briefing will see the President speak on the developments of the country’s risk-adjusted strategy to mitigate the spread of the virus, save lives and protect livelihoods.

Indeed, the President will speak to us as a nation next week on these matters.

- Minister Jackson Mthembu

The Cabinet has now expressed its concern that some South Africans are carrying on as if COVID-19 no longer exists while the government works tirelessly to curb the further spread of the deadly virus.  

These include practising social distancing, wearing masks in public, washing of hands with soap and water and alcohol-based sanitiser. All South Africans are urged to follow these safety protocols.

“Of course, once again, we say we must avoid large gatherings because that is where infections happen,” Mthembu said as he continued to say that such considerate behaviour remains the greatest defence against contracting and spreading the virus.

Our responsible actions will ensure we minimise the rate of infection, while we continue to build and rebuild our economy.

- Minister Jackson Mthembu

There has been a lot of speculation on whether a hard lockdown will be introduced as the country sees a rise in infections and South Africans are definitely going to tune in to hear more on this. 

Ramaphosa previously addressed this while engaging in a question-and-answer session with the National Council of Provinces and said:

I don't want our people to be alarmed with rumours such as we're going to Level 3. That is simply not true and I want to assure everyone that that is not true. If it ever gets there, I will be the one to advise the nation where we are and where we are going to. 

He then assured us that there is no reason to be alarmed.

The executive is also encouraging people to download the free COVID-19 Alert SA app, which has been zero-rated by mobile networks and can be downloaded with no costs. 

Cabinet believes the app will improve contact tracing by alerting users if they have had any contact with those who have tested positive in the past 14 days. 

The app does not gather any personal information or track the user’s location, Mthembu added.

#PostCabinet| President @CyrilRamaphosa to address the nation next week https://t.co/D9W84coi5v pic.twitter.com/Q02iv2yDa6

— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) November 5, 2020

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How Did The First Day Of Exams Go For Matrics?

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:29Author: Sakinah Samuels

Yesterday was the first day of Final exams for Matrics after a very strange year. The 2020 academic year was full of surprises for everyone and Matrics have had to adjust quickly to it all. So how did the exams go while we're in this pandemic?

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Yesterday was the first day of Final exams for Matrics after a very strange year. The 2020 academic year was full of surprises for everyone and Matrics have had to adjust quickly to it all. The Department has said that Matric exams was off to a smooth start.

The Class of 2020 sat for English Home Language, First Additional Language and Second Additional Language Paper 1 examination on Thursday. Today, Matrics embark on Afrikaans Paper 1 as well as Hindi, Gujurati, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu, Hebrew and German Paper 1.

The Department of Basic Education is pleased to announce that the first day of the National Senior Certificate examinations has gone well without any major incidents throughout the country.

According to the department, five provinces (KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo) experienced COVID-19 cases and these were handled well within the hygiene protocols.

In KwaZulu-Natal, three learners reported their diagnosis to the school authorities and used a separate gate to enter the school premises. They were accommodated in a separate isolation room and provided with an invigilator, who observed the health and hygiene protocols at all times. “We are encouraged by the level of maturity and responsibility shown by our candidates in KwaZulu-Natal,” said the Minister.

The invigilator sits five metres from the learners in a well ventilated room. When the exam is complete, the invigilator uses latex gloves to put the answer sheet in a sealable plastic bag. The plastic bag is then sanitized and put with the rest of the batch.

The Department appeals to parents and communities to continue supporting the Class of 2020 throughout the examination period.

Learners told SABC News that their first paper was "an absolute breeze" and that it went well. They said that ever since's the President's initial lockdown announcement, things have been tough but managed to push through with the help of teachers.

Matrics do however fear that an outbreak will come and disrupt their exams but they hope that they will reach the end of exams without any major bumps. "I think we're going to do very well because we're prepared. We're in the right place at the right time and we know what we want and come February 2021, we will be doing well," said a Matric learner.

The 2020 Class in Port Elizabeth have said that they were well prepared for their first exam and that everything they studied came in the paper which is always a step in the right direction. 

One learner told eNCA, "I did enjoy the paper. It was clear because I was so prepared for my exam although it was not easy for me because I'm studying in a shack under candles but I want to pass Grade 12 so that I can achieve my goals and I am the only who's doing Grade 12 in my family and my mom is not working. Also, my father is not working". She wishes to become a police officer or a social worker. 

She studies at the school on free days because the conditions are better for her and receives lots of support from the teachers at her school.

Even though this academic year was majorly disrupted, Matrics are writing on the full curriculum. The Class of 2020 are definitely staying resilient and confident.

Day One has gone well. Thank you to everyone involved in the system. @DBE_SA pic.twitter.com/k7kxotuSrY

— Elijah Mhlanga (@ElijahMhlanga) November 5, 2020

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Post offices “overwhelmed” with Covid-19 recipients

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:04Author: GroundUp

By Nokulunga Majola. Over 1.3 million people have been approved for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant in KwaZulu-Natal. People wait outside a post office in Durban. Most of them are there to check the status of their special Covid-19 grants which are R350 per month. 

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There has been a spike in people visiting post offices in KZN to check on the status of their R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grants. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says over 1.3 million people have been approved for the grant in KwaZulu-Natal. This has resulted in snaking queues and long waiting times for beneficiaries. The Black Sash has recommended that SASSA finds an alternative way to pay recipients who receive their grant as cash.

Over 1.3 million people have been approved for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant in KwaZulu-Natal, according to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

This, however, has resulted in snaking queues outside the post offices everyday, with scores of people coming to check whether their money has been paid.

Post Office spokesperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Nobuhle Njapha, said there has been a spike in people visiting their branches for the R350 Covid-19 grant. This is in addition to other grant beneficiaries who have been complaining of long waiting times.

Njapha urged people waiting for the Covid-19 grant not to come to a post office before without first checking their application status online or until they have received an SMS confirming payment.

Evashnee Naidu, regional manager at Black Sash said post offices they have been monitoring in Lamontville, Umlazi and Bishopsgate in central Durban were unable to cope with the mass influx of people coming to collect their grants everyday.

Naidu said that going to a post office had become the default method of cash payment for the Covid-19 grants for applicants without bank accounts. “The arrangements between SASSA and banks for cash-send or e-wallet options only became available as late as September and this created a desperate need for cash payments to be rolled out,” said Naidu.

Naidu said that the Post Office’s lack of adequate infrastructure to deal with large crowds led to the staggering of grant payment dates as of May this year and a further staggering from August to ensure physical distancing was possible.

“The hope was that even the Covid-19 grants could be staggered but as we have all seen this has not happened and there are always masses of people queueing at post offices across the country with very little to no adherence to social distancing.

“Many people in the queue are there out of desperation. They have received no proper communication from SASSA on whether they are approved or not, when their monies will be paid, or they have been awaiting payment for quite some months,” Naidu said.

She recommended that SASSA improve its communication with recipients and that an alternative is found to pay the Covid-19 grants in cash to ensure that post offices are not continuously overwhelmed.

This article was first published by GroundUp.

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NSFAS To Blame For Delay In Audit

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 11:56Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Portfolio Committee of Higher Education are now concerned about the delays being presented in finalising the audit of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). They were recently briefed on the outcomes of the audit.

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The Portfolio Committee of Higher Education are now concerned about the delays being presented in finalising the audit of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The Auditor-General briefed the Portfolio Committee on on the outcomes of the audit.

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Philly Mapulane, said that it's disappointing that now for the second year in a row, the audit has been delayed. On why the delay is happening, Mapulane said:

When we met with the Auditor-General on Wednesday, the reasons that she gave us for the delay in finalising the audit of the financial statements are the unnecessary delays experienced by NSFAS in supplying the necessary information that is required to finalise the audit by the Auditor-General.

Last year's delay was due to the inefficiencies in NSFAS and their failure to provide the required information, said Mapulane. The Committee is concerned as this is happening during the administration of NSFAS.

NSFAS was placed under Administration as Dr Randall Carolissen was appointed as the Administrator in August 2018. He has now been with NSFAS for over two years.

"All these inefficiencies seem to continue. The situation seem to be deteriorating at NSFAS and this is what disappoints us as the Portfolio Committee and therefore we have requested the Auditor-General to expadite the auditing process and to get it completed before the end of this month."

This delay will not effect students or stakeholders but according to Mapulane it will impact on the ability of the entity to account. NSFAS receives funding from the public and this audit will account for what has been happening with NSFAS' finances.

This audit also helps Government see whether the R35 billion allocated to NSFAS is spent correctly and in line with the law. 

In the recent period, we have been receiving lots of complaints about maladministration at NSFAS. We have received a comprehensive submission from NEHAWU. We've had one meeting with NSFAS and NEHAWU. We're having a follow up meeting this morning with NSFAS because the explanations we received were insufficient.

Some of the complaints are at the heart of the good corporate governance, proper administration and proper conduct by the leadership of NSFAS, explained Mapulane.

The Chairperson continued to say, "We are worried. When you look at the non-submission of the financial statements and the audit, necessary information to finalise the audit, against what the Committee has receiving in the recent past, it makes us even more worried about what is happening in this important entity".

Mapulane says that they were told that the turnaround time to receive information is terrible which has now lead to them to call on the Administration at NSFAS to "please pull up your socks and make sure that this audit is completed".

The Administrator came there to turn around the fortunes of NSFAS and it cannot deteriorate in his hands so that's why we are calling on him to, with this important institution that is at the heart of the future of our young people who are at Universities from working class backgrounds, please salvage and make sure it's protected.

The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, along with the Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, have previously shown their support for the Administrator and the work he's done. 

Nzimande said of Carolissen, "On my side, I want to put it on record that I think he has done a sea change in terms of what NSFAS was and some of the challenges of the organisation". Manamela too has previously said, "As far as we’re concerned, NSFAS has stabilised over the last two years ... There has not been a substantiation of the allegations of corruption and maladministration."

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Colleges To Study A Higher Certificate In South Africa

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 11:19Author: Terrique Alie

A higher certificate are programmes that are mostly vocational. What this means is that the course material is industry-oriented. The practical skills that students will learn will help improve their performance within a working environment. It is an excellent way to increase your skills and knowledge within a particular career field.

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A higher certificate course can be done by anyone that has obtained their national senior certificate and meets the basic requirements. Once a student completes their higher certificate it allows you to further your education by applying for an advanced certificate or a diploma course. 

What are the advantages of a higher certificate course?

  • A higher certificate is an introduction to your chosen career pathway 
  • It is more industry orientated than other qualifications
  • Prepares students to apply their skills that they have learned in a working environment 
  • Increase your chances of becoming a specialist in a certain area of expertise

Here is a list of institutions where students can study for a  higher certificate course:

How can a higher certificate benefit your career in the future?

Every industry has its own set of skills that they require in order to fulfill a particular position. With a higher certificate, because it is industry-orientated, it provides you with the opportunity to gain the knowledge of your chosen career field and implement what you have learned into the working environment. 

Shannon-Leigh Adams says, “After completing matric, I had no idea what I wanted to study nor where my passion lies. After several applications to universities and colleges, I then had the option of choosing between two colleges. I decided to make an appointment with a student advisor just to be sure that I was making the right decision. After thorough research and consideration, I then decide to pursue a Higher Certificate in Events Management. At this point, I was still not convinced of being in the events industry but the course turned out to be a year full of excitement. It was not just about learning the theory but executing what you have learned into reality, which turned out to be quite exciting. After completing my 1-year course, I decided to further my studies by completing a Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Communication. I used my higher certificate as a bridging course to get into my degree, of which I received credits for the modules I have completed in my higher certificate. My advice for all those students struggling to identify their passion, do not feel pressured into doing something that sounds appealing to you. It is important to take the time to do thorough research into various courses, and if you are still unsure about the course you can make an appointment with a student advisor before making your final decision.”

Did you know that higher certificates are in high demand especially for students that do not qualify for a Bachelors's pass in matric? This provides students with the opportunity to do a bridging course so that they can improve their marks and advance their higher certificate qualification. 
 

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Where Can I Study Fashion Design?

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 10:52Author: Terrique Alie

The moment we hear the phrase ‘fashion design’ we think of beautiful clothes, interesting prints and colours, accessories, and lots of glitz and glamour!

Fashion and clothing are an extension of our personalities. A fashion designer has a keen understanding of the user’s needs. They create apparel that allow wearers to blend-in with the crowd or stand-out and make a statement.
 

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But how often do we think about the actual process of fashion designing?

From concept development to drawings, fabric selection, pattern making, sample creation and finalisation, fashion designers go through every stage carefully to create the perfect garment that we aspire to own.

A fashion design student can specialise in designing clothes, work with renowned brands, forecast fashion trends, style celebrities, get into fashion journalism and PR and even set up their own fashion outlet! 

Here are a few places where you can study fashion design in South Africa:

The great thing about studying fashion design at any of these institutions is that you'll be learning from people who have worked in the industry for many many years. You can learn from them and bounce ideas off lecturers.

Out of all the design jobs available, fashion designing happens to be the most phenomenal and versatile one. Here you have the fine opportunity to learn about clothing, accessories and the designs which can be implemented for styling purposes. Fashion designing is quite a lucrative job and is in heavy demand these days. 

 

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Unilever Unemployed Learnership Programme 2020 Opportunity

The Unemployed learner is responsible for carrying out general line operations and cleaning regimes according to planned operational requirements to safely deliver a good quality packed product. 

Unilever Unemployed Learner Internship Programme 2021

Unemployed Learner  (Job Number: 200004VM)

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  • Matric (with Maths & Physical Science) OR N3 (Engineering Studies)
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Motshekga Not Worried About Pass Rate Right Now

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 10:06Author: Sakinah Samuels

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, told the public that right now, she is not too worried about the Matric pass rate. Matrics started their final exams yesterday after having a bump filled 2020 academic year. Although students are stressed, they are excited as well. 

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As the country saw the start of the final Matric exams for 2020 yesterday, Minister of Basic Educatiion, Angie Motshekga said that a lower matric pass rate won’t be a train smash. 

"Good luck my kids and I'm glad to see you are happy," said Motshekga excitedly yesterday in Soweto.

Motshekga and MEC Panyaza Lesufi stepped out yesterday and monitored the start of Matric Exams at Sekano-Ntoane High School in Soweto. Both were satisfied with the level of preparedness they saw by the school authorities as well as the enthusiasm that learners were showing before they wrote their exams. A little interesting fact is that Sekano-Ntoane High School was the high school Motshekga herself attended.

Our monitoring gives us confidence that with the successes of Day 1 around the country, we are set for a great examination period.

- Minister Angie Motshekga

Motshekga said that being in a place where Matric exams are actually happening even with the world and country in the state it's in, is all she could've asked for.

"For us to be able to write after we lost two most productive terms but still we are able to present exams and have young people say they are ready. If we get what we got last year for me it would be an honour and much more than I expected," continued the Minister.

Just to arrive here is the biggest thing so I'm not worried about the percentage now. We are even committed because we have the June exam. Those who can't do well, we're going to support them more in June. We accept that it was a very difficult year. We appreciate the teachers and everybody.

- Minister Angie Motshekga

The Minister and the Department seems to be understanding and willing to provide learners with any support they need due to all that they have had to go through and adjust to. Motshekga also gave acknowledgement to parents and the difficulties they have had to deal with and assist with.

"Parents did all they could do to support their children. I think, as a nation, we should be very grateful for that," said the Minister.

Learners were provided support through extra classes with some teachers even volunteering their weekends to help students prepare for this exam season. Learners were also given assistance through broadcasting stations and programmes.

Motshekga told the media, "They gave it their all. We also have thank the private sector. They came to the party to help us with the Woza Matrics. Different companies came to assist us".

Recently, it was announced that the Matric exam protocols have changed. Matric learners who present with a temperature of 38ºC or more during the screening process at exam venues will have to write in an isolation venue at their school. After the examination, they won't be able to speak to their peers and will be given medical attention.

On Monday night, it was also announced that Matrics who test positive for the coronavirus will be allowed to write their exams as well.

This year will see 1 058 699 individuals sit down to write. This, the President says, "makes this combined examination the largest public exam ever administered in South Africa".

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Does NSFAS Fund Part Time Studies?

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 09:36Author: Sakinah Samuels

One might want the answer to the question: Does NSFAS Fund Part Time Studies? Well, we have the answer for you. NSFAS applications are now open and will close on 30 November. NSFAS offers bursaries for South African students studying at public universities and TVET colleges.

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One might want the answer to the question: Does NSFAS Fund Part Time Studies? Well, we have the answer for you.

NSFAS does not fund part-time students or students who are studying at private institutions. The financial aid scheme also does not fund anyone who is doing short courses, even if it is at a University. NSFAS does however fund Unisa students. A different approach is in place as Unisa has students participating in distance learning. This then means that the categories of allowances allocated to students are different.

NSFAS offers bursaries for South African students studying at public universities and TVET colleges. NSFAS has got you covered with funding for registration, tuition and allowances. Their applications opened in August and will close on 30 November.

Application results will be communicated to all applicants once NSFAS received confirmation from the Institution that an academic offer has been made to you. This will be communicated to you before the start of the academic year via SMS, email and through your myNSFAS account.

If you plan on studying at a University or TVET College and have passed Grade 9 to 12, you tick some of the boxes to be funded by NSFAS. The other requirements are as follows:

  • You're a South African citizen
  • If you're a SASSA grant recipient, you qualify for funding
  • You have a combined household income of not more than R350 000 per year
  • Person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per year

Once you are approved for NSFAS funding, the funding covers you until you finish your qualification. This does however depend on whether you continue to meet the academic criteria. You just need to focus on studying and passing your modules to secure your continued funding.

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CPUT Extends Applications Closing Date

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 16:33Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology has announced that they'll be extending their applications for 2021. If you haven't applied yet, now's your chance. CPUT aims to have an impact on the world of technology.

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology has announced that they'll be extending their applications for 2021. If you haven't applied yet, now's your chance. CPUT aims to have an impact on the world of technology.

The new closing date for applications is now 21 November 2020.

The University announced the following:

Please be advised that 2021 applications have been extended until Friday, 21 November 2020, for both national and international applicants.

The extension does not include Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications as well as applications towards the Bachelor of Nursing qualification which closed on 31 August 2020.

Mastering the technology required to send a satellite into space, saving lives with your specialised knowledge of emergency medical care or designing a fashion collection – Come create your future with CPUT!

Cape Peninsula University of Technology offers a variety of courses including short courses at it's six campuses: Athlone, Bellville, District Six, Granger, Mowbray, and Wellington Campuses.

Please note that the admission requirements for the 2020 Grade 12 learners will be based on their Final Grade 11 marks only, together with any additional programme specific requirements (where applicable). Final acceptance to the programme will still be based on the Final Grade 12 results. 

Students who applied with their Grade 11 marks must submit a certified copy of their final Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification marks at the beginning of the 2021 academic year.  Students who do not submit their final marks will lose their provisional acceptance.

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Western Cape Not Told About Exam Changes

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 15:16Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Western Cape Education Department was left out when it came to being notified about the latest Matric exam changes. WCED will now hold further engagements with the Department but has also made decisions on how they will operate.

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) was left out when it came to being notified about the latest Matric exam changes.

WCED was not told about the following changes in the exam protocols which were announced this week:

  • Matrics who present with temperatures of 38°C or more during the screening process will be allowed to write but will need to do so in isolation. 

Due to not being informed, WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said that the province will stick to the original protocols where students who fall in the above category will not be allowed to write. WCED does however have plans to discuss the exam screening process with the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

This wasn't agreed to by the Western Cape, so we are speaking to DBE about this because it isn't the protocol document that we have got in terms of the screening process ... as it stands we are sticking to the protocol document that we've got and no new protocol document has been issued.

- WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond

 

Another change which was brought forward, one that the WCED was made aware of this time, is that those candidates who were set to write their Supplementary exams in the middle of year would write now. This then lead to the group of candidates writing being larger and additional exam venues had to be secured. 

Bronagh says that we basically have nearly double the amount of candidates that are writing this year. 

It's the largest examination that we have had to conduct ever in our history... We've had to find additional exam centres.

- WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond

Learners in the province has said that it has been difficult to adjust to all the changes that the pandemic has presented but that they are coping. 

One Matric learner in the province told SABC News:

Most of the Matriculants here feel pressured into passing. We can't really focus on passing if we have to come to school fearful of getting sick or something.

Should an invigilator have a temperature of 38°C or more, additional invigilators have been recruited and will then replace them or make sure that the exam venue has sufficient invigilators. "We need to put safety first in this regard," says Hammond.

Western Cape has over 2000 markers in place and 11 marking centres, said Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education Minister.

Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, wished Matrics well as they embark on their exams today and said, "To all our matriculants who will be writing their final exams this year, I want to wish you the very best as you embark on the final step of your schooling career. Good luck! We are right behind you!"

This year will see 1 058 699 individuals sit down to write their National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams from 5 November until 15 December. In the Western Cape, more than 95 000 matriculants will be writing during this Matric exam season.

 

 

 

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