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Will NSFAS Fund Me If I Have A Job?

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 12:12Author: Lauren Chawula

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, better known as NSFAS, offers bursaries to South African students who plan to study at public universities and TVET colleges. Continue reading to find out if they fund students who have jobs. 

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, better known as NSFAS, offers bursaries to South African students who plan to study at public universities and TVET colleges. They cover funding for registration, tuition and allowances.  

The question is, do people with jobs qualify for the bursary? 

In the NSFAS requirements it states that those with a combined household income of not more than R350 000 per year qualify for the bursary. 

Therefore if a prospective student has a job and their income combined with the total income of those they share a household with, exceeds R350 000 per year they will not qualify for the NSFAS bursary. However, if it is R350 000 or less they will qualify. 

Some students find that their combined household income exceeds the threshold income but they still can't afford to pay their fees. These students are labelled as the 'missing middle'. However, NSFAS has responded and said that they are working with the government to look into how they can assist in providing funding to students who fall under those categories. 

NSFAS requires certified copies not older than 3 months, of the proof of your household income in the form of pay advice, a letter of employment or pension advice. This is so that they can make sure that you meet the requirements. 

The other requirements are as follows:

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

Application results will be communicated to all applicants once NSFAS received confirmation from the Institution that an academic offer has been made to you.

Once approved for the bursary, the only requirement to stay funded is that students need to pass their modules. However, NSFAS does give grace in case something happens and allows students to fail one year and still be funded. 

For more information on NSFAS visit there site www.nsfas.org.za

 

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Matric Exam Marking Commences 4 January

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 11:31Author: Lauren Chawula

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced when the marking of the NSC exams will begin, as well as, when the department will present the irregularities report to Umalusi.  

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The National Senior Certificate examinations came to an end on 15 December and the marking of these papers will take place 4 January 2021.

The exams commenced on 5 November and more than one million candidates sat writing together at the same time. 

The exams took place at 8 200 exam centres in all provinces, with 80 000 invigilators. 216 question papers were written and more than 10 million scripts were printed. 45 000 markers were designated at 180 marking centres to mark the papers. 

The size of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination was extraordinary and as a result, the capacity of the system was increased to accommodate the record high number of candidates sitting for the exams.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the dates on Thursday during a briefing saying:

“Marking will commence in earnest on 4 January 2021.  On 12 February 2021, the DBE will present an irregularities report to UmaIusi, and thereafter wait for the quality assurance agency to make an announcement on the integrity, credibility and fairness of the 2020 NSC examinations,” 

The department said that the exams proceeded well, despite the leaking of the Mathematics Paper 2 and the Physical Sciences Paper 2 exams. 

A national rewrite was declared by the department after Umalusi indicated that the integrity of the exams could be compromised. However, the North Gauteng High Court overturned this decision and no rewrite took place. 

Minister Motshekga says that the department still believes that the credibility, fairness and integrity of the exams were not dealt with in the court ruling.

“The legal team is exploring avenues that are to be used to address some of the errors we have picked up in the judgment,” said the Minister.

The matric results are set to be released on 22 February 2021 and candidates can expect to get their statement of results on 23 February 2021.  

 

 

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What Is Fundi?

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 11:26Author: Raigan Cloete

Are you wondering what Fundi is and what they have to offer? Well, keep on reading to find out more...

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Fundi is a South African Education Finance specialist. They strive to help students achieve their dreams, by covering the costs of attending tertiary institutions.

They cover the following:

  • Study loans 
  • Short courses
  • Accommodation loans
  • Executive loans
  • MBA funding
  • Study device loans
  • Educational tools

Fundi's online website help students find accommodation, buy airtime and data and gain access to eBooks.

Study and short course loans cover the cost of tuition fees for long-term studies and short courses. 

Once you have found your place, Fundi helps you pay the rent in smaller, affordable instalments.

Executive loans help you cover the costs of studying a specialist course or programme. 

MBA loans assist you by funding for your Master of Business Administration degree.

Devices can be quite expensive however, they are necessary when studying at any tertiary institution. Study device loans help you purchase laptops, cellular phones and tablets to help you succeed in today's day and age.

Certain fields of study require certain tools, such as textbooks, a musical instrument, a scientific calculator, a stethoscope, or safety equipment. Which is where the educational tools loan comes in handy.

For more information on what Fundi can offer you, click here.

 

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Mthonjaneni Municipality Internship Programme 2021

The programme has a logical training sequence that builds on the skills and competencies acquired during University and Technical training. It ends with a qualification in Municipal Finance Management in line with the Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels.

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MUNICIPAL FINANCE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

Opportunities Available:

ACCOUNTANT REVENUE SALARY NOTCH T12 : R 307 270.56 - R 398 853.60 per annum, plus normal benefits.

BUDGET OFFICER Salary notch T10: R 220 454.64 - R 286 185.36 per annum plus normal benefits.

SENIOR CLERK - ACQUISITIONS Salary notch T6: R 127 77 1.56 - R 165 862.44 per annum plus normal benefits.

Salary notch: R 100 000 per annum (all inclusive)

Two year contract

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Grade 12
  • The candidate should hold as a minimum, a three year Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma with majors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Risk Management and/ or Auditing, among others.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who majored in Auditing.
  • The intern will sign both an employment contract and an internship agreement.
  • The purpose of the agreement is to ensure commitment to the programme which require, amongst other, full participation in the educational and workplace assignments and observance of policies and procedures of the municipality.
  • The candidate must be between the age of 21 and 35.

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The successful candidate will report to a Marketing Manager.

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SASSA Grant Payment Dates For January 2021

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 10:46Author: Lauren Chawula

As the year draws to an end SASSA has announced the dates for beneficiaries to get paid for January 2021. SASSA issues grants to vulnerable South Africans all over.

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The South African Social Agency (SASSA) recently released the various payment dates for the month of January 2021, they are as follows:

  • Older Person's Grants  4 January 2021 
    • This includes any grants linked to these accounts.
  • Disability Grants 5 January 2021 
    • This includes any grants linked to these accounts.
  • All other grants 6 January 2021

SASSA has assured beneficiaries that:

There is no need to rush to withdraw cash on the first day. Once the money is in the account, it will remain there until it is needed.

When withdrawing your money be sure to observe all COVID-19 protocols by wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands and keeping a safe distance from those around you. 

SASSA initiated a pilot of their online system allowing for child support, older persons and foster child grant applications in September and they plan to add disability-related grants to the online process as well. 

Recently SASSA experienced security lapses in the issuing of social grant cards which exposed the personal information of an estimated 12 million beneficiaries. 

"It must be noted that the potentially compromised cards did not result in any social grant beneficiary losing any social grant money. The fraud that has been experienced by social grant clients has been as a result of poor implementation of controls in the management of the cards within the post office environment, and not because of the security of the card itself. The security lapse for the master keys of the SASSA cards is not something which happened wihtin the past few months, but right at the start of the payment contract with SAPO," said Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu. 

SASSA has developed a fraud prevention strategy and exercises zero tolerance to any person who commits fraud in the social grant environment.

Beneficiaries are encouraged to always be honest and update SASSA if their financial circumstances change. SASSA will be doing checks to ensure that the financial information provided by beneficiaries is complete and accurate so that the grants are provided to those who qualify for them.  

Furthermore, every citizen in this country has a responsibility to report wrongdoing and this extends to the reporting of grants being received by citizens who do not qualify for them.

SASSA said it will continue to call on citizens to report the misuse and incorrect payment of social grants and promised to continue preventing fraud.

 

Social grant payment dates for January 2021 #SASSACARES @The_DSD @nda_rsa @GovernmentZA @GCISMedia pic.twitter.com/qCZjNiDNbs

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) December 17, 2020

 

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Pyrotec Bursary Scheme 2021

Pyrotechnical Marketing (Pty) Ltd endeavours to contribute to the growth and fulfilment of the youth in South Africa in as many ways as possible and hence intends to award bursary opportunities.

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Bursaries For 2021 Are Now Open

 

Fields of study covered by the bursary:

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Psychology

The Pyrotec bursary is a comprehensive bursary which includes the following:

  • 100% of the prescribed university tuition fees and registration fees. Prescribed tuition fees and registration fees are paid directly to the university.
  • An amount of not greater than R10 000, 00 per annum towards textbooks which will be paid directly to the individual or service provider upon receipt of the invoice.
  • Monies for accommodation are paid directly to the university if the student is staying at university-administered accommodation.
  • Transport allowance will be paid directly to the individual. If applicants are applying for a transport allowance, proof of address must be submitted with their application.
  • Full details of the payment process and the requirements which must be met will be communicated to successful applicants once a bursary has been awarded.
  • An amount equal to the average rate will be paid for the accommodation in a single room at a university hostel at which the Pyrotec bursar is studying. This rate will be determined by Pyrotec. Should the accommodation be a private hostel or residence, the amount paid shall be determined by Pyrotec.
  • Students will be required to pay for any repeat subjects themselves.
  • In cases where the student elects to stay in non-university administered accommodation, monies in lieu of accommodation will be paid directly to the property owner, provided a lease agreement and/or invoice is provided.
  • Payments in respect of the above are made once a year.
  • Successful applicants will be bound contractually to work at Pyrotec after graduation for a period equal to the tenure of the bursary, should Pyrotec require the applicant to.

 

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Sappi Various Internships 2021

Sappi Southern Africa requires an Intern for finance, human resources, chemical engineering. This intern will have the opportunity to grow and obtain the necessary skill, competencies and experience within the related field and will be required to support the business with different tasks and responsibilities during their contract period.

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Sappi Internship Opportunities 2021

Human Resources Intern

This role will report into the Human Resources Manager.

The main responsibilities of the job are:

  • Assist with general HR related administration
  • Assist with filing and update of documents / files
  • Coordinating of HR functions within each HR Department

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Grade 12 / Matric qualification
  • Relevant Human Resources Diploma / Degree 
  • No experience required
  • Proficient in MS Office ( Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook)
  • Knowledgeable of the HR policies and procedures

Chemical Engineering In-Service-Trainee X 2  ( 84  )

Technology Centre - Pretoria 

Sappi Technology Centre requires 2 Chemical Engineering students to participate and assist with laboratory tests for projects for a period of 12 months, to gain experience needed for completion of a tertiary degree/diploma.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Grade 12/Matric certificate
  • Completed all theoretical modules in Chemical Engineering and only need P1 and P2 to graduate
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)

Intern 2021 - Finance  ( 85 and  86 for temps  )

Global Business Services - Umhlanga 

Sappi Southern Africa requires an Intern for Finance. This intern will have the opportunity to grow and obtain the necessary skill, competencies and experience within the related field and will be required to support the business with different tasks and responsibilities during their contract period.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Grade 12/Matric qualification
  • Relevant Finance/Accounting or Business Administration Degree or equivalent qualification
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)

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 We believe in creating and cultivating a positive, energised working environment that gives every individual the opportunity to achieve success, embracing diversity and committed to transformation.

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What is a bursary and how can I get one?

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 10:06

Navigating the world of bursaries can be difficult. This article will explain exactly what a bursary is and provide you with some answers to common questions. With the cost of college and university continuing to rise most people will need a bursary or a student loan to pay for all the costs of studying.

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The standard definition of a bursary is any funding granted to a person to assist them to study. So basically it is financial aid given to students who are unable to pay the full amount of fees for whatever they are studying. Bursaries are usually given to students by places such as a university, school or business. They are there to provide financial relief to those who, despite having the right stuff are not able to reach their full potential because they don't have the money to pay for their schooling.

What can you get a bursary for?

In a nutshell, bursaries are there to allow you to study. So you can get a bursary for almost anything you want to study (almost!) but the various organisations that provide the bursaries will decide on the level of funding, as well as which job sectors they cover.

Who can get a bursary?

When you apply for a bursary, the university or other type of organisation will have certain requirements that need to be met. These vary from how well you did at school, what you want to study, your background and so forth.

It is important to note the difference between a bursary and a scholarship. While bursaries are given to students based on their financial status (although other factors are taken into consideration), scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement.

Is it difficult to get a bursary?

Unfortunately, you are not Harry and this is not Hogwarts. There are many deserving students and only a limited number of bursaries available. And as your mother always said: money doesn't grow on trees. So it is important to make sure you make a good case as to why you deserve the bursary. Providing them with as many details as possible will help the applications committee make an informed decision. You like you, so you need to make sure they like you too!

Can you lose a bursary?

Bursaries have initial requirements but most have ongoing ones, too. Things like class attendance, how well you do in exams and even how you act and your moral character can affect your bursary. Organisations may review bursaries on a yearly basis to ensure their money is being put to good use (and no, shopping at Louis Vuitton for the perfect pair of pants for your next lecture does not count!).

Being granted a bursary is a gateway to many opportunities and should never be taken lightly. Should you receive one, be sure to do your utmost to always be deserving of it. There are others less fortunate than you.

If you would like to know what bursaries are available now then Click Here to visit the Bursaries Portal here.

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Ackermans Human Resources Coordinator Internship Programme 2021

We are looking for an HR Coordinator who will be responsible to plan, co-ordinate and implement all Employer Brand and Culture campaigns required at Ackermans, while supporting the HR Manager across the Talent and Culture portfolio.

Ackermans Internship Programme - HR Coordinator

Reference Number ACK201217-1

Job Type Classification Permanent

Number of Positions1

Location - Town / City Cape Town

Location - Province Western Cape

Location - Country South Africa

Essential Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years' relevant HR experience
  • Planning and implementing related projects/campaigns from concept to closure, including internal communication plans and budgeting
  • Managing internal stakeholders to plan, co-ordinate and implementing projects and campaigns related to recruitment, building employer brand and driving organisational culture and engagement
  • Sourcing, on-boarding and managing external service providers and industry partners needed in support of Employer Brand and Culture campaigns, including recruitment agencies, educational institutions and suppliers of good and services required
  • Creating and implementing company induction / on-boarding programmes, including resources
  • Budgeting input, expense management, tracking and reporting
  • Reporting and general project administration

Preferred: experience with creating and/managing social media platforms, content and related activities

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

KNOWLEDGE Required:

  • Supporting the growth of talent pipelines through Employer Brand campaigns, including career expos, intern sourcing and social media engagement
  • Recruitment and selection practices with emphasis on general selection, applicant tracking systems, managing recruiter relationships and employee on-boarding
  • Organisational Culture with a focus on building and driving values and employee engagement
  • General HR practices
  • Planning and implementing internal and external projects / campaigns
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Internship Programme 2020/2021 At FSCA

Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) seeks to equip young graduates with knowledge of, skills in, and exposure to the market conduct regulation and supervision in general, and its role in the economy. 

Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) Internship Programme 2021

Recommended candidates will be given an opportunity to learn under the supervision of a dedicated mentor.

Interns are assigned to a division, based on their qualifications and career aspirations, and exposed to various competency-based roles during their one-year training. 

Reference  #FSCA: INT 2021

12 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Specification

FSCA is committed towards increasing the representation of marginalised groups in line with its Employment Equity Plan. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Graduates or Grade 12 with interest in at least one of the following areas:

  • Accounting / Forensic Accounting
  • Data Analytics / Decision Science / Science
  • Economics / Econometrics
  • Facilities
  • Financial Management / Public Finance
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Operations Research / Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Portfolio or Investment Management
  • Risk Management
  • Statistics; Mathematics / Applied Mathematics

Duration One-year internship

Requirements

  • South African Citizen
  • South African Identity Document
  • Curriculum Vitae – CV
  • Certified Copies of Qualification
  • Must have no work experience
  • Strong desire to work in financial services sector (market conduct regulation and supervision)
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
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Nestle Graduate Traineeship 2021

The Nestlé Graduate Programme is now open for applications and we are looking for the next potential young talent to join our East and Southern Africa team.

We are committed to providing opportunities for students who are looking to kick-start their careers

Industrial Engineering Graduate Trainee

Bryanston, ZA

Location: Bryanston, Babelegi, Mosselbay, East London & Harrismith

Company: Nestlé

Qualification:  A relevant completed Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering 

Closing Date: 30 December 2020

What will make you successful

  • Successful completion of the gamification application game https://nestle.thetalent.games/south-africa/index.html
  • A relevant completed Bachelor Degree, National Diploma or B-Tech in Industrial Engineering
  • Over 65% academic average
  • Must have less than 2 years working experience post studies
  • A great team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skill
  • Has strong drive and desire to lay an excellent foundation for future career success
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Students From KZN College demand refund

Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 14:11Author: Lauren Chawula

Students on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reparations bursary programme have demanded that they receive refunds due to them from Damelin College in KZN. They claim the institution has been mismanaging their money. 

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bursary is awarded to victims of injustices such as violence and human rights abuse that occurred during Apartheid, as well as, dependents of the indentified TRC victims. 

Students who are beneficiaries of the TRC bursary have made allegations of mismanagement of funds against Damelin College in Pietermaritzburg. 

The TRC bursary programme pays money to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) every year for each student and these amounts include accommodation fees, meals, transportation and books. The institutions are expected to deduct tuition fees and refund the balance of this to students. 

Recently Wits University has said it will be also refunding its students, because the 2020 academic year had been disrupted by the pandemic.  

Three students whose family members died due to political violence in Mooi River between the 1980s and 1990s are recipients of the TRC bursary. Two of these students have accused the Pietermaritzburg branch of Damelin College of stealing the money that is due to them. 

Nokwanda Ndlovu, a second year Human Resource Management student said last week they had to travel to Pietermaritzburg from Mooi River to stage a demonstration at the institution’s offices demanding that they receive their refunds. 

She said about R87 000 was deposited by NSFAS to the college but the college had not said anything about this until she contacted the financial aid scheme directly.

“The college failed to inform us that they received the money until we had to contact NSFAS and learnt that the money was paid to the college months before.

“At first they denied that they received the money but made an about-turn after learning that I called NSFAS,” said Ndlovu.

After the college was pressured to refund the students they made a payment of R20 000 in October with an additional R10 000 paid to Ndlovu. She had however not received the remaining R21 000 that was due to her. 

“I have been calling the head office but there are no answers as to why we are not receiving the rest of the money,” she said.

Another student, Nomvelo Langa a first year in Public Management said that about R97 000 was paid to the institution by NSFAS and that only R33 000 in tuition fees should be deducted and the balance should have been returned to her. However the college said that she could only receive the refund in three months. 

“I also received the first payment but it was not what we had agreed upon, we expected a lump sum of the remaining amount because even though we had been at home due to Covid-19, we still needed to pay full rental for accommodation,” 

“Each time we follow up with the college we are being sent from pillar to post," said Langa. 

The students were informed by the Durban office that the third bursary recipient had received their outstanding amount because of the pressure received by a family member that was politically connected. This caused the other two to go to the college's offices to demand their refunds. 

The Sunday Tribune put the allegations to the Education Investment Corporation Limited (Educor), a private tertiary education provider which owns Damelin.

Chief operating officer, Michael Thurley said the matter was being investigated and he would respond in due course.

Nomvelo Langa quickly received a deposit of over R27 000 from the college afterwards. 

Dr Randall Carolissen, NSFAS administrator said the organisation could not reveal the amount paid to the two students but confirmed that Damelin debits student’s tuition accounts then refunds credit to the student for applicable allowances such as private accommodation, meals, travel and books.

“NSFAS has engaged the institution to further assist these students on the matter of refunds for their applicable allowances as per registration data submitted by the institution,” he said.

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Become A Feenix Ambassador!

Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 12:57Author: Lauren Chawula

Feenix is an online fundraising platform which allows students to fund their studies. Find out how you could become an ambassador!

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Feenix helps students to avoid the accumulation of debt which brings about issues while they're pursuing their studies. They encourage you to access your community and work together to achieve students goals. Being a part of 'the middle' has students not being eligible for bursaries at times but Feenix is able to assist these students.

Feenix provides you with an opportunity to communicate with funders to support you and network so that they can invest in your future. Feenix is a part of many success stories and has encouraged many to be motivated and make a difference in South Africa. 

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

Feenix has called on students to join their 2021 Feenix Ambassador squad!

These individuals are described as game changers in society who strive to change their lives and the lives of those around them. If this sounds like a group you would like to be a part of apply now!

All you have to do is email your CV, social media handles as well as a 1-2 minute motivational video to [email protected] or send it via their whatsapp line 063 968 7544. 

Applications close 31 January 2021. 

Click here to find out more about Feenix 

 

 

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Vaccine Will Only Be Given To 3% Of The Population

Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 11:58Author: Lauren Chawula

The Covax vaccine administered for the coronavirus is set to be delivered to South Africa by the first half of 2021, however it's said to only be enough for 3% of the population of the country. 

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The City Press reported that only a small fraction of South Africa's population will be receiving the Covax vaccine when it is made available in the country in 2021. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa initially expected that 10% of the population would have received the vaccination against COVID-19 by July 2021, however Deputy director-general of health Dr Anban Pillay said in a webinar that all of the 190 countries receiving the vaccine will only receive enough to administer it to 3% of their populations by this time. 

According to a study, at least a fifth of the world's population may not have access to the coronavirus vaccines until 2022. In 2021 wealthier countries will be reserving more than half of the year's potential doses. This presents fears that poorer countries will be left behind. 

The study estimated that up to 40% of the vaccine courses provided by leading manufacturers could be available for low to middle income countries but have said that this would depend on how richer countries share what they have bought. 

Countries including the United States, Britain and the United Arab Emirates have already begun rolling out the vaccines while South Africa has lagged behind on ordering doses from the vaccine developers. 

South Africa is currently experiencing a second wave of infections with Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize reporting 10 939 new cases on Saturday, 19 December with 254 new deaths occurring over the past 24 hours. Mkhize told the City Press that the vaccine is expected to work against the new variation of COVID-19 that recently arrived in the country. 

Frontline workers in the private and public sectors will be the first to receive the vaccine when it is made available. 

South Africa as well as many other countries have joined a pooled purchasing mechanism called COVAX which is coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and vaccines alliance Gavi. This aims to ensure that all people across the globe will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of how wealthy they are. 

The South African government has been criticized for missing its first payment deadline to secure COVID-19 vaccines on 15 December. The amount of R327 million is to be paid by the Solidarity Fund as a deposit to secure the Covax vaccines however the full amount of R2.2 billion will have to be paid for the vaccines. The government has not yet indicated where the balance of the funds will come from. 

 

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Will NSFAS Fund Me If I Get Sassa Money?

Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 10:41Author: Lauren Chawula

NSFAS offers a bursary to University and TVET college students who are in need of funds and cannot afford to pay for their fees. Continue reading to find out if NSFAS funds those who receive SASSA grants. 

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The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government entity that falls under the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

NSFAS offers financial aid to students who cannot afford to pay for their studies at Universities and TVET colleges. 

The NSFAS requirements states that those who experience financial constraints which does not allow them to fund their own studies, such as those people who are SASSA recipients qualify for funding from NSFAS.  

This is because it indicates that financial assistance is needed.

Receiving a grant from SASSA indicates to bursaries that the prospective bursary recipient is coming from a disadvantaged background. This is because the means test used by SASSA to determine whether a person’s income is low enough to qualify for grants, corresponds to the income requirements of bursaries.

Therefore those who receive money from SASSA would be able to apply for and receive the NSFAS bursary. Some bursaries do require SASSA grant recipients to provide proof such as a grant letter however NSFAS only requires them to provide their SASSA details. 

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What does A Fundi Loan Cover?

Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 10:04Author: Lauren Chawula

Fundi provides education loans to students, they cover a range of expenses to enable students to pursue their studies without experiencing the financial burden while doing so. Continue reading to find out what they cover. 

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Fundi provides student loans that cover students' education-related expenses and pay these directly to the higher education institutions they are enrolled at. So what do they cover? 

Fundi provides funding for the following:

  • tuition fees
  • accommodation expenses
  • textbooks
  • reading material
  • computers and other devices
  • uniforms 
  • stationery
  • study tools 
  • any outstanding balances 

Fundi is South Africa’s leading Education Finance specialist and at Fundi, they believe that the more you know, the more you can become. Fundi aims to make loans more accessible and affordable for students. They do not require you to pay collateral and repayments are deducted from your salary or can be paid through debit orders. 

Click here for how to apply for this loan

If you would like to get a quote for your loan you can call or email them.

Tel: 0860 55 55 44

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Princefield Private College

Registration Number: 2019/FE07/031Courses Offered: 
  • National Certificate: Engineering Studies (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Electrical Trade Theory (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Engineering Drawing (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Engineering Science (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Fitting & Machinery Theory (N1-N3)
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  • National Certificate: Industrial Organisation and Planning (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Industrial Orientation (N1-N3)
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  • National Certificate: Supervision in Industry (N1-N3)
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What is a bursary and how can I get one?

Navigating the world of bursaries can be difficult. This article will explain exactly what a bursary is and provide you with some answers to common questions. With the cost of college and university continuing to rise most people will need a bursary or a student loan to pay for all the costs of studying.

The standard definition of a bursary is any funding granted to a person to assist them to study. So basically it is financial aid given to students who are unable to pay the full amount of fees for whatever they are studying. Bursaries are usually given to students by places such as a university, school or business. They are there to provide financial relief to those who, despite having the right stuff are not able to reach their full potential because they dont have the money to pay for their schooling.

What can you get a bursary for?

In a nutshell, bursaries are there to allow you to study. So you can get a bursary for almost anything you want to study (almost!) but the various organisations that provide the bursaries will decide on the level of funding, as well as which job sectors they cover.

Who can get a bursary?

When you apply for a bursary, the university or other type of organisation will have certain requirements that need to be met. These vary from how well you did at school, what you want to study, your background and so forth.

It is important to note the difference between a bursary and a scholarship. While bursaries are given to students based on their financial status (although other factors are taken into consideration), scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement.

Is it difficult to get a bursary?

Unfortunately, you are not Harry and this is not Hogwarts. There are many deserving students and only a limited number of bursaries available. And as your mother always said: money doesnt grow on trees. So it is important to make sure you make a good case as to why you deserve the bursary. Providing them with as many details as possible will help the applications committee make an informed decision. You like you, so you need to make sure they like you too!

Can you lose a bursary?

Bursaries have initial requirements but most have ongoing ones, too. Things like class attendance, how well you do in exams and even how you act and your moral character can affect your bursary. Organisations may review bursaries on a yearly basis to ensure their money is being put to good use (and no, shopping at Louis Vuitton for the perfect pair of pants for your next lecture does not count!).

Being granted a bursary is a gateway to many opportunities and should never be taken lightly. Should you receive one, be sure to do your utmost to always be deserving of it. There are others less fortunate than you.

If you would like to know what bursaries are available now then Click Here to visit the Bursaries Portal

 

 

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5 Unusual Jobs That Pay

Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 13:25Author: Cindy Payle

New and different careers are emerging as the wants and needs of people change. There are so many more options for you than the obvious choices of teacher, nurse, traffic officer or shop manager. The problem is that there are so many different choices these days it is difficult to find your place in an evolving job market and work out exactly what would will be your passion.

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Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives from the time they are born. Others are led on a certain career path according to their natural talents and abilities.

Still others only discover their passion and interests later in life.

However, it seems the majority are still trying to figure out their calling.

These are the people who don't fit into the typical mould of doctor, teacher or lawyer.

If you find yourself in this group the good news is that there are many career paths available to you.

Here are five unusual jobs you may not have known about or considered:

Cruise Line Employee

Cruise ships offer a range of employment opportunities in nearly every sector. There are the more obvious jobs available in hospitality, entertainment and health care.

There are also employment opportunities for those with experience in child care, beauty therapy and sports.

The appeal of a cruise ship is the opportunity it presents to interact with foreigners and travel to different parts of the world.

There is also the potential to earn a good salary depending on your job title.

However it will require working long hours and due to the nature of the job, best suits people who are young and single and have few attachments.

Ayurveda Practitioner

Ayurveda is a system of natural healing that originated in Indian culture.

It is practised by individuals who have completed training in yoga techniques, herbal therapies and healthy dietary practices.

This job is ideal for people who have an interest in health and wellness but are looking for ways to heal the body outside of traditional practices.

Even though the art of Ayurveda is growing, there are only a few places that offer training in this field.

Currently Ayurvedic schools can be found in India and the USA.

Voice-over Professional

Have you ever thought about the person behind the voice you hear on radio and television commercials? Voice-overs are read from a script by individuals who have been trained to use the tone and volume of their voice to deliver a message.

This is an easy way to make money and get exposure in the broadcasting industry.

This job will help to improve your communication, presentation and people skills and potentially open doors to other unusual opportunities.

Jewellery Designer

Do you have a flair for drawing and design? Jewellery design can be a welcome alternative to the more traditional design fields like graphic or textile.

Jewellery designers use a variety of materials, including gold, silver and precious stones to create their finished product.

There are a number of training colleges that specialize in jewellery design and teach skills like mounting, model making, welding fabrication, engraving and stone setting to name a few.

This field is perfect for individuals who are creative and original and know how to stay ahead of the trend.

Food Scientist

Would you like to be involved in food quality control? A food scientist is trained to meet the health and safety requirements within the food sector.

Their daily tasks include inspecting food, conducting research, examining food processing and preventing illnesses born from foods. Food scientists will also have the opportunity to invent new products.

A food scientist can build a successful career in a research or manufacturing company in the public, corporate, or government sector.

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NSFAS Administration Coming To An End

Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 11:44Author: Simbongile Makanda

A new board and CEO have been appointed to handle the administration of NSFAS in the new year. The financial aid scheme has been under the administration of Dr Randall Carolissen and his team for two years. 

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The administration team will phase out on 31 December 2020. Dr Carolissen is confident that many positive changes have happened to NSFAS during his term. 

“We got nsfas back on track, it’s working, we’re paying students on time, we acknowledged the receipt of their applications on time and we are able to tell them ahead of the registrations whether they qualify” he said.

Even though NSFAS has made many improvements, Carolissen feels that there is still more work to be done to address loopholes in the old administration system. 

The system has faced many challenges over recent years and this year has been more challenging.

Some students will be funded over an extended time period because of Covid-19 and the extension of the 2020 academic year.

“The Covid related effects translated into an enormous increase in numbers. We have discussed that with the Minister and the President and we are planning for that”

By the end of November this year, NSFAS received more than 600 000 applications. 

Now that applications have closed for 2021 funding,  Carolissen predicts that a total of nearly 900 000 applications have been received.

“Last year this time we had 450 000 applicants and this year we are already anticipating about 900 000 — almost a double in new applications”

“We are seeing a lot of new students that were previously in the system funding themselves now applying and we are also seeing youth that finished their school some years back that are now applying”.

Carolissen hopes these issues will be tackled by the new CEO and administration team. 

Applications can be tracked on the NSFAS website: wwww.nsfas.org.za.

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Latest Bursaries

The MultiChoice 2021 Bursary Scheme is now open and we are looking for driven, accountable and lateral thinkers currently studying towards select degrees.

Degree or qualification MultiChoice will sponsor:

Modern demographic shifts include changes in the way individuals earn higher education degrees. The traditional scholastic progression has students finishing high school around age 18, and then continuing directly to degree programs. Today, growing numbers of higher education students are earning degrees later in life.

The Maize Trust is offering bursaries to students wishing to pursue their Masters and Doctoral studies. The field of study must be relevant to the Maize industry.

The total amount of the bursary is R65 776 per year for two years for MSc students and R79 622 per year for three years for PhD students.

The Kuehne + Nagel Inzuzo Trust invests in the education and entrepreneurial development of young South Africans. The Trust is firmly committed to supporting the sustainable growth of South Africa’s economy, by facilitating the development of its young professionals and entrepreneurs.

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Mercedes Benz invites students to apply for their 2021 bursary programme. 

 

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