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Will the Third Wave Affect the Full Return of Learners to Schools?

Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 11:18 Author Sakinah Samuels

With government announcing that all primary schools will return to school in the third term and the country experiencing the third wave, one would then wonder if a full-capacity return would be safe. The third term is set to commence on 26 July.

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The Department of Basic Education has released it's latest News Bulletin with all the latest updates in the sector.

Government has announced that primary school learners will soon all be back in class full-capacity for every day of the week. This will commence at the beginning of third term on 26 July.

The Minister has said that if there are problems before the 26th, then they would not force the re-opening and the ruling.

We have too much ahead of us and we will be able to guide if we should proceed but it is definitely there.

Organisation aims to create safe space for learners

The Safer South Africa Foundation was established to mobilise under-resourced communities to create awareness and nourish the ability to work together to fight crime.

CEO of the foundation, General Riah Phiyega, has said there are a lot of reactive interventions when young people commit crime but their foundation aims to warn youth about the implications of being involved in criminal activity.

We argue that there is another level of intervention that needs to be enhanced which is where the community comes in and we are ardent believers of the fact that we will never be able to defeat crime in this country until the community fully comes into the party.

The foundation then speaks of prevention which is a proactive intervention mechanism and they do this by running programmes in schools. These programmes encourage learners from grade 8 up to 11 to make good choices with their lives and not to be tempted by crime.

The foundation aims to partner with government to give a further spotlight on bullying and education around criminal matters.

Reading should be a habit

A school in Tembisa received a donation of a mobile library which will make reading resources more accessible to learners in the community.

The Well of Wisdom Book Club International are the ones to thank for the mobile library with the Book Club having been started by a past learner, Amelia Tela who said:

In a world where children are now exposed to a whole lot of things such as social media, the digital world and also having to play TV games and all. We just wanted to introduce reading in a fun way and basically, just to take them away from all those distracting things that are taking most of their time.

She continued to say that they aim to make reading enjoyable for learners by introducing the mobile library which would also allow them to move around the whole of Tembisa.

Previously, schools would receive books and they would then collect dust but with a mobile library, flexibility is possible.

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Half A Million Vaccine Doses Secured For Teaching Sector

Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 10:55 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

The National Teachers' Organisation of South Africa has voiced its concerns as teachers prepare for their vaccine jab following the arrival of half a million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

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Teachers are set to receive their vaccine jabs after it was confirmed that 500 000 vaccines have been secured for the teaching sector. The vaccines are said to have a shelf life of three weeks and must undergo testing and approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Executive Director of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Basil Manual, says that they are hoping that the FDA will have given its approval of the vaccine:

We are a little concerned but very excited that we have managed to get this far and its early days. We hope that by Thursday, at the latest that this would be behind us and the FDA will have given it's approval. Then would have about to and a half to weeks to get this rolled out.

Basil also went on to state that schools within the public will be prioritized and that taking the vaccine will be done on a voluntary basis and not made mandatory.

"Half a million for teachers and noneducators, because we have a large non-educator pool as well...starting will the public sector before you go to the private sector schools," he said 

He continued to say that it is still voluntary in case some people start panicking and think that they are going to be forced to do this.

We hope that everybody will seize the opportunity of course.

Primary schools are set resume full-time on the 26th of July according to a statement released by the Department of Basic Education. You can listen to the full interview below.    

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Sol Plaatje University Applications For 2022 Are Open

Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 10:55 Author Sakinah Samuels

Applications to study at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in the 2022 academic year are open, hurry and apply now!

Applications to study at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in the 2022 academic year are open and will close on 30 November.

Prospective students can apply to study at the University by using the online application system. There is no application fee required to apply. 

SPU offers a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 

How To Apply
  1. To start applying, go to https://ienabler.spu.ac.za/pls/prodi41/w99pkg.mi_login?numtype=S
  2. Click on the icon next to 'Apply, register, change personal information, get academic and other information'
  3. Complete your personal information 
  4. Click 'Save'
  5. Create your pin
  6. The system has created a reference number that will become the student number once your biographical data have been saved
  7. You have now accessed the Student Online System
  8. Click on 'Application', then 'View Application Rules'
  9. Read the Academic Applications rules and click on 'I Accept'
  10. Click on 'Schools Attended', then click on the list of values to search for your Senior Secondary School
  11. Click on the correct school
  12. Capture the start year and month then the end year and month and click 'SAVE'. If you made a mistake, click on the 'Delete' button and 'SAVE'
  13. Click on Enter School Leaving Subjects
  14. Please make use of the list of values linked after your School Leaving Subjects, Grade and Symbols. Click on the correct Subject and 'SAVE'
  15. Click on 'Certificates seen'
  16. Click on ID, upload scanned document and 'SAVE'
  17. Click on 'Disabilities' to disclose if applicable and 'SAVE'
  18. Click on 'Submit Application'
  19. After selecting the qualification, complete the following, Academic Preference = 1 (Choice 1)
  20. Click on 'SAVE and Continue'
  21. Click on 'View Completed Application(s)' so that you can view the qualification(s) you have applied for
  22. Click on 'Personal Contact Detail'. You can now update your cell number(s), email address, Next of Kin Cell Number, etc. online. Click on 'CELL NUMBER', capture or override it with your new cell number and 'SAVE'. The same applies to your EMAIL Address.
  23. Click on 'Address Validation'. Click on the list of values to link your Next of Kin or Account address. SAVE after creating new addresses.
  24. Your application is now complete

Should applicants encounter difficulties using the online application system, they can send an email message to the Admissions Office on [email protected].

Campuses

SPU has only one campus located in the Civic Centre in Kimberly.

Courses
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Natural and Applied Sciences

If you satisfy the minimum requirements stated here, it does not mean that you will automatically be admitted to the study programme at SPU. 

The final decision on your admission will be based on your academic performance and the availability of space in the programme. 

If your academic performance is above these minimum requirements, your chance of being admitted to study at the University will be better.

Should you require assistance or experience difficulties applying online, send an email to the Admissions Office at [email protected].

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Click here to visit the SPU website for more information on Sol Plaatje University

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Students Call For NSFAS To Fund PGCE Courses

Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 09:41 Author Sakinah Samuels

With very short notice after NSFAS announced that they would no longer be funding postgraduate qualification, PGCE students were left without funding. Thousands of students are now calling for NSFAS to reverse this decision and fund PGCE students again.

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Thousand of students pursuing their Postgraduate degree in the country are financially struggling. With NSFAS not funding second qualifications, these students have no answers to how they would fund their studies.

On their website, NSFAS says that from 2021 onwards, postgrad students will no longer be able to receive funding from NSFAS. 

However, some students have only found out recently that there courses won't be funded. Other students have said that they were told they would be funded but then it turned out they weren't. This has of course brought shock to all these students.

Previously, NSFAS funded the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the Postgraduate Diploma of Accounting (PGDA). 

One student said:

We received no communication from NSFAS whatsoever. I read a circular that they released. They spoke about legacy degrees. It just didn't make sense to me. How can the Department of Higher Education choose to defund education programmes?

"Most of us are from the very disadvantaged backgrounds and now we are affected because we are trying to study but now we don't know how we're going to pay R70 000. But on the other hand, you are pushing because you want to make your parents proud," said another student.

Students have now gone as far as setting up a petition calling for NSFAS to fund PGCE students for 2021 citing, "We the PGCE students of 2021 are the future teachers and leaders of this country, South Africa.".

We hereby implore NSFAS and government to not leave us out of the funding round for studies as teachers play a key role in the future of this country. Thousands of 2021 PGCE students now without NSFAS money are left out in the dark with nothing, while we are supposed to be a beacon of hope to future generations as teachers. 

So far, almost 4000 students have signed the petition with a PGCE student saying, "my biggest hope at this point is that the University, like our neighbour University, the University of Cape Town (UCT), to at least toss funds for PGCE students here".

Students were protesting outside the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for this cause with the University saying they would provide assistance where they can.

UCT has said that they can't fund students doing their first postgrad qualification but that they are trying to source sponsors.

80 PGCE Stellenbosch University students are affected with them saying that because the announcement was made after the academic year started, it then wasn't possible to direct these students to other funding sources.

 

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Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone Internships 2021

Bronwyn Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 09:32

Richards Bay Coal Terminal invites applicants to apply for their internship programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation, Supply Chain Management, Investment Promotions and Facilities, Stakeholder & Communications and Health and Safety Interns  for 2021.

Opportunity Details Richards Bay Internships 2021 

Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Degree in Public Administration/Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Certificate (advantageous)

Supply Chain Management Intern

Requirements

  • A recognised three-year qualification specialising in Supply Chain Management or related field.

Investment Promotions and Facilitation Intern

Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • National Diploma in Marketing, Business/Office Administration, Project management and Business economics related
  • Degree in Marketing, Economics/BCom, Project Management or Business Development Studies. (advantageous)
  • Valid Driver’s Licence

Stakeholder & Communications Intern

Requirements

  • National Diploma/Degree in Public Relations and Communications / Marketing and Communication or Degree in Marketing and Communications / B Com Marketing or equivalent.
  • Driver’s Licence will be an added advantage.
  • English and Zulu will be an added advantage

Health & Safety Intern

Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • Certificate SAMTRAC or similar,OSH Legislation, and Incident Investigation
  • Degree Occupational Health and Safety Management / Science or similar
  HOW TO APPLY

Unemployed, no relevant workplace experience needed.

Must be between ages of 20 and 35.

Must not have done any internship before

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE Monitoring and Evaluation INTERNSHIP CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR Supply Chain Management INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR Investment Promotions and Facilitation INTERNSHIP ONLINE CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR Stakeholder & Communications INTERNSHIP CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR Health & Safety INTERNSHIP Opportunity Closing Date Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone Article Categories Article Category Internships 2021 Tags Tags

Engineering Learnership Opportunities At ASSMANG

Bronwyn Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 09:18

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to be placed on an Engineering Learning Programme (Apprenticeship).

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Opportunity Details

A limited number of positions are available.

Location: Limpopo

Diesel - Mechanics

Requirements:

  • Grade 12 with: - Mathematics & Physical Science (i.e. minimum E Symbol), Motor mechanics SG (i.e. minimum E Symbol on old syllabus), Mechanical Technology (Automotive) (i.e. minimum E Symbol on new syllabus) OR
  • N2 Certificate with 4 subjects: - Mathematics, Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing, Diesel or Motor Trade Theory. OR
  • Relevant Engineering NCV Certificate with seven subjects at NQF level 3; OR
  • Relevant (directly related to the trade theory subjects) N6 certificate or National Technical Diploma (T, S or N stream.);
  • Literacy in English and Numeracy;

Mechanical Fitter

Requirements:

  • Grade 12 with: - Mathematics & Physical Science (i.e. minimum E Symbol – not maths literacy), - Mechanical Technology SG (i.e. minimum E Symbol on old syllabus) - Engineering Graphics & Design (i.e. minimum E Symbol on new syllabus) OR
  • N2 Certificate with 4 subjects: - Mathematics, - Engineering Science, - Engineering Drawing - Fitter Trade Theory or Fitting and Machining Theory OR
  • Relevant Engineering NCV Certificate with seven subjects at NQF level 3; OR
  • Relevant (directly related to the trade theory subjects) N6 certificate or National Technical Diploma (T, S or N stream.);
  • Literacy in English and Numeracy;

Millwright

Requirements:

  • Grade 12 with: - Mathematics & Physical Science (i.e. minimum E Symbol – not maths literacy), - Technical Electronics (i.e. minimum E symbol on old syllabus) or Technical Drawings (i.e. minimum E Symbol on old syllabus) or Engineering Graphics and designs (i.e. minimum E Symbol on new syllabus) - Fitting & Turning/ Technical Mechanical (i.e. minimum E Symbol on old syllabus) or Mechanical Technology (i.e. minimum E Symbol on new syllabus) - Electrician Work / Or Technical Electrical (i.e. minimum E Symbol on old syllabus) or Electrical Technology (i.e. minimum E Symbol on new syllabus) OR
  • N2 Certificate with 5 subjects: - Electrical trade theory - Fitting and Machining Trade Theory - Engineering Science - Mathematics - Industrial Electronics / or Engineering Drawings
  • Literacy in English and Numeracy;
 

HOW TO APPLY

SAPS certified copies of certificates and ID must be submitted with application. Local Communities first preference and on Management discretion.

CLICK HERE TO ASSMANG CAREERS AND SELECT LIMPOPO PROVINCE

Opportunity Closing Date Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity ASSMANG Article Categories Article Category Learnerships 2021 Tags Tags

Retail Management Internship At Jumbo Clothing

Bronwyn Monday, 7 June, 2021 - 09:10

JUMBO, The Clothing Co. has an exciting opportunity for TVET/FET Graduates with an N6 Certificate in Business Management. 

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Opportunity Details N6 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

This 18 Month’s programme requires dedication and offers in-depth practical on the job training. This experience will allow students to obtain their Diploma’s.  We are looking for interns that are specifically interested in gaining practical experience in a Clothing Retail Store environment.

In terms of experience the interns will be trained in various roles and positions pertaining to the functioning of a Clothing Retail store:

  • Shop Assistant – 4 months
  • Cashier – 4 Months
  • Admin Controller – 4 months
  • Assistant Store Manager – 4 months
  • Store Manager – 2 months

Minimum requirements

  • N 6 Certificate in Business Management from TVET/FET College.
  • No Criminal Record.
  • SA Citizen.
  HOW TO APPLY

Applications must include a motivational letter, stating why the applicant wants to join Jumbo’s workplace experience program as well as a certified ID copy and certified copies of qualifications, a tax number and a CV.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

CLICK HERE TO VIEW EMAIL ADDRESS AND APPLY DIRECTLY

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Government Seeks To Reskill 3.5 Million Unemployed Youth

Sunday, 6 June, 2021 - 11:04 Author Lauren Chawula

In light of Youth Month, South African Deputy President David Mabuza says government's main priority will be to reskill and support about 3.5 million unemployed youth. 

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In the debate on The Presidency Budget Vote during a hybrid sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday, Deputy President David Mabuza said that government would prioritize reskilling, retraining and supporting the 3.5 million young people who are currently unemployed. 

“Our priority as this Administration, is to reskill, retrain and support these approximately 3.5-million young people not in employment, education or training to address the emergent skills mismatch.

“It is within our power to translate South Africa’s demographic dividend into practical benefits, by aligning skills to industry needs,” Mabuza said. 

According to the quarterly labour force survey by Statistics South Africa, the unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2021 stood at 43.2% with youth unemployment standing at 74,7%. 

Deputy President Mabuza said that during this Youth Month, The Presidency recognizes the important role young people play in shaping and influencing the political, economic and technological landscape of the country. 

“During all periods of social change and reform in our country, the masses have always cherished and trusted young people as custodians and carriers of hope in the development of our nation.

As a people, our expectations on the youth is a firm belief that the sustainability of our democratic order and state, would best be achieved when they are active in public affairs."

He says that they are aware of the fact that young people in South Africa are: "burdened unfairly so, with challenges of structural unemployment, lack of adequate skills for demands of this century, and general exclusion from meaningful activities that can bring material meaning to their young lives."

He says that the statistics released on youth unemployment showing that those aged 15-24 and 25-34 years recorded the highest  unemployment rate of 63.3 and 41.3 percent respectively, is a cause for genuine concern and alarm. 

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic has further disadvantaged young people when trying to find employment and Deputy President Mabuza mentions that it has also completely redefined industries as most work activities have moved online. 

“That is why at the level of the Human Resources Development Council, we are recalibrating the focus of our Human Resource Development Strategy towards developing skills and training that is innovation-led, entrepreneurial-focused, and technologically advanced.

“Such focus would complement the implementation of a mixture of interventions under the Presidential Employment Stimulus package,” he said.

Mabuza says that The Presidency seeks to promote people's participation in state affairs by making sure that their voice is heard, that their troubles are addressed and the right development is undertaken. 

“Those of us in leadership and the public service, are accountable to the people who give us the mandate at every cycle of elections," said Mabuza. 

He says that as a society we must fight against corruption and maladministration which undermines the development and provision of government services to the citizens of the country. 

 

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SASSA To Add More Provinces To Online System Soon

Sunday, 6 June, 2021 - 10:04 Author Lauren Chawula

SASSA has stated that it would be adding more provinces to its online system soon. This comes after they recently launched an online booking system for the assessment of Disability Grants which is currently only piloted and working in the Western Cape. 

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides financial assistance in the form of social grants to people who are vulnerable to poverty and are in need of state support, such as the elderly, people with disabilities and people with young children. This is done in efforts to improve the standards of living in the country. 

SASSA offices are notorious for its long queues in which people have to wait for hours sometimes to receive assistance. To mitigate these long lines and overcrowding especially in these times where Covid-19 protocols of social distancing needs to be adhered to, SASSA has launched an online booking system for disability grants. 

The online booking system is currently only piloted and working in the Western Cape but SASSA has stated that those in other provinces should expect the online system to run in them soon.

"More provinces will be covered in due course." 

The online system allows disability grant applicants to book their medical assessments without having to visit SASSA offices. 

“I don’t want to see 197,000 people standing in queues, hence the reason why we launched this online application because it means people can be able to apply from home,” Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu said. 

How to use the online booking system:

  1. Go to GovChat
  2. Enter your cellphone number to receive a one time pin (OTP)
  3. You will go through a screening process to assess your condition
  4. You will be told exactly what documents you will need (please make sure to bring the correct documents)
  5. Choose a date that is convenient for you

The online system can be used by new applicants and existing grant holders. Existing grant holders will have the option to insert their grant reference number. 

If you are to have nay difficulties with the online system you are welcome to join the queue and someone at the SASSA office will assist you by taking you out of the queue. 

On the day of your assessment you will receive a message to remind you of your booked assessment. 

 

Sassa launched the online booking system for assessment of Disability Grants. This system is currently only piloted and working in the Western Cape. More provinces will be covered in due course. #SASSACARES pic.twitter.com/jXXiPru4X4

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) June 4, 2021

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University Rejects Laptops From NSFAS

Sunday, 6 June, 2021 - 09:15 Author Lauren Chawula

The University of Western Cape has rejected laptops from NSFAS as the bursary scheme was taking too long to deliver these laptops to students. The University has now opted to provide the laptops however its SRC has criticised them for not giving students a choice between opting for a laptop or taking the book allowance. 

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The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has recently rejected the offer from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide laptops to students at the university as the bursary scheme was taking too long to get these laptops to the students. 

UWC's Student Representative Council (SRC) has released a statement in which they criticize the university for this choice. 

They explain that one of NSFAS' policies is that they have made provision for NSFAS students to make use of the learning material allowances for the purchase of a learning device and that universities may mandate students to use these allowances for the purchase of devices, "against the 2021 and future NSFAS learning material allowances."

In the statement the SRC says that the rejection of laptops from NSFAS means that UWC has rejected the offer from them to provide laptops which could have included the R5200 learning allowance. 

According to 6.6.3 of the NSFAS policy "The learning material allowance may be used for the purchase of academic books and materials and/or a learning device. Only one allowance is provided per student per academic year. Allowances for students in distance education programmes are calculated based on the number of courses registered up to a maximum of R5 200.”

The SRC claims that the move from the University to acquire the laptops for the students is an "unnecessary arrangement" if students are not given the choice of whether they will be taking the laptops or opting for cash in the form of a book allowance.

There is absolutely no reason for the university to take this posture. We, in fact take this decision as anti-progress from the University side.

In 2020 UWC started a campaign of "NO STUDENT LEFT BEHIND" in which money was donated to the campaign so that they could purchase laptops for all students who were in need of them as a result of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision to provide the laptops on the condition that students do not get to receive their book allowance is seen as anti-progress from the campaign started last year. 

The SRC says that they do not understand why this offer from the university is directed at NSFAS first years and no other student in senior years. 

"It is opportunism to overlook the liberty of the students to make their own decision for laptops or cash, it is the highest order of opportunism to pounce on the first years," the SRC says.

They have now called on all first time entering NSFAS qualifying students to submit their names to [email protected] so that they can compile a list of the students.

To the students the SRC says:

The whole R5200 belongs to you if you do not want a laptop. It is your money and thus you are rightful to your money.

 

 

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Youth Urged To Pursue Science

Saturday, 5 June, 2021 - 14:54 Author Raigan Cloete

Dr Advaita Singh, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Postdoctoral Researcher, has urged the youth to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the CSIR.

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On Thursday, Singh announced that “the CSIR offers a number of opportunities for people whether it is to study at universities through bursaries or shadowing one of our scientists.”

Singh participated in a webinar on the role of youth in the battle against COVID-19, which was hosted by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

Various programmes are offered by the CSIR. These programmes include internships, bursaries, local scholarships, the Department of Science and Innovation -CSIR Inter-bursary support programme, and studentships.

The CSIR bursary programme supports full-time, unemployed students financially, in obtaining qualifications in areas that are considered by the CSIR.

“The internship programme provides new graduates with the opportunity to gain 12 months of working experience in a research environment, affording them the opportunity to grow core research skills under the guidance of more experienced professionals.”

“The CSIR, in partnership with seven South African universities, has a postgraduate scholarship programme that provides students with funding to obtain Honours, Masters or PhD qualifications in their chosen fields.”

“The programme is open to full-time students in the Faculty of Science or Engineering, carrying out research in priority areas identified by the CSIR.  The programme affords students exposure to science in a research environment and students are also granted access to equipment, facilities and research material as available,” said the CSIR.

Youth may visit the website by clicking here, to find out more about the opportunities offered by the CSIR.

Singh stated that “science is not always the first option when it comes to choosing careers, but it is an important avenue and we need scientists for the future.”

Citizens are encouraged to register for the vaccine while emphasising the safety of the trials conducted. 

The vaccines have been tested in large trials and subjected to a rigorous approval process by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority and by a number of health authorities around the world.

The country is currently in the second phase of the vaccination programme, targeting the balance of health workers who were not vaccinated during the first phase, and all those in the country who are over 60 years of age.

During the lockdown, the Agape Youth Movement worked closely with the Basic Education Department to provide support to children who might have been vulnerable as they were not in school.

“We rolled out a series of online dialogues with children focusing on raising awareness on some of the psychosocial social support systems that are available for them. These were hosted at numerous provinces.”

Managing Director of the movement Matsetsebale Tleane said that the “learner interacted with government, civil society and the private sector. Through these initiatives, we gave learners a voice about how they found the pandemic and how their needs and interests should be fulfilled.” 

Currently, the Agape Youth Movement is rolling out an online life skills programme that learners attend over a period of 18 days.

Learners receive training on leadership skills, communication skills, bullying, gender-based violence (GBV) and navigating online spaces safely.

This programme is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Media Monitoring Africa, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Google SA.

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Requests For Teachers To Be Prioritized For Vaccinations

Saturday, 5 June, 2021 - 14:06 Author Raigan Cloete

As the country fights the third wave of COVID-19 and primary school learners prepare to return to full-time contact learning, there are requests for teachers to be prioritised for the vaccine.

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Requests have increased for teachers to be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out since all primary school and special needs school learners have been requested to implement daily attendance and traditional timetables from 26 July 2021.

Anthea Adriaanse, the Progressive Principal’s Association spokesperson, announced that teachers were classified as essential workers, however, they have not been prioritised to receive the vaccine.

Schools are expected to return to full capacity, which Adriaanse believes makes teachers vulnerable to the virus.

“We are expected to resume full capacity at schools, making us vulnerable targets with the increased numbers of not only learners but parents, and having to deal with that on a daily basis would put us at greater risk,” said Adriaanse.

André de Bruyn, the Educators Union of SA provincial chairperson, requested the immediate vaccination of the front line working teachers as they put their lives at risk daily.

De Bruyn announced that the union would not stop fighting for the improvement of working conditions for teachers and educational support staff.

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Students Cautioned Against Redirected Use of NSFAS Allowances

Saturday, 5 June, 2021 - 12:55 Author Raigan Cloete

The UWC Student Representative Council has issued a statement to caution students against the redirected use of their NSFAS allowances.

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Recently, the SRC at the University of Western Cape has noticed that first-year students, who reside outside of the 60km radius, are using their food allowance to pay rent and using their transport allowance for food.

The SRC stated that NSFAS students, who originally live outside the 60km radius, are entitled to an accommodation rental amount to live at an accredited student house. However, if they receive an accommodation allowance they are not entitled to a travelling allowance. 

The council believes that students should not have to use their food allowance to cover the cost of accommodation, as other arrangements can be made.

Students who require assistance with applying for an accommodation allowance may email [email protected] or message 084 809 3241.

They inquired about whether students can change their status from being a commuting student to being a student who receives an accommodation allowance. This question was important as students cannot be captured as both commuting and accommodation student. 

NSFAS responded that the top-up depends entirely on the institution and its communication lines. The organisation explained that a top-up is based on request and can be rechanneled into an accommodation allowance.

If any student lives in a Res/private accommodation or intends to have such an arrangement may send a request to [email protected] and cc [email protected] into the email.

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Where and What to Study to Become a Journalist

Friday, 4 June, 2021 - 15:30 Author Lerato Botha

With a degree in journalism being quite flexible, students are afforded the opportunity to choose from a wide range of courses and institutions when considering a career in journalism.

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Choosing a life-long career can be difficult, especially with there being an expectation for South African youth to have their goals clearly ironed out before heading off to university.

In the same way, knowing what one wants to do with their life can also present some issues, as it can be equally as difficult to figure out which courses are required, and where these courses can be studied, in order to achieve your dream occupation.

A career in journalism is one profession in which what to study is not laid out as clearly as other careers may be. In South Africa, there are a number of institutions with departments dedicated solely to a career in journalism.

These institutions include The School of Journalism and Media at Rhodes University, the School of Literature, Language and Media at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), and the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University, to name a few.

However, outside of that, there are many more opportunities for students to attain a background in journalism without having to take courses dedicated solely to media or journalism.

For instance, although the University of Cape Town (UCT) has a course for Film and Media Studies, this course does not encompass a full degree and is only one of many other subjects to choose from .

One can have Media Studies as a major but can also add a number of other courses to make up their Bachelor of Arts degree. Even without a major in some or other sort of media or journalism course, students can still take other subjects that can provide a good background for a career in journalism. 

These courses include subjects in the Humanities faculties such as English Language, English Literature, Historical Studies, Sociology, Communications and even law, depending on what type of journalism the student would like to go into.

The benefit of deciding on which courses to take for a career in journalism is that, a degree that provides a foundation for journalism does not necessarily require a strict set of courses. Therefore, it affords the student more freedom to choose subjects that they may enjoy to form a part of their degree.

This flexibility also allows those considering a career in journalism more freedom in their choice for an institution as they are not restricted by specific courses in their decision-making. 

With the wide range of subjects to choose from, students are also given a greater range of career options that do not apply exclusively to journalism, in the event that they change their minds about their career-path during their studies.

 

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Union Welcomes Cancellation of Mid-Year Matric Exams

Friday, 4 June, 2021 - 14:55 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

The National Professional Teacher's Organisation, what we know as NAPTOSA, has welcomed a decision by the Department of Basic Education to cancel mid-year exams for Grade 12 pupils. This is being done to afford learners more class time. 

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The National Professional Teacher's Organisation (Naptosa) came out in support of a recent decision by the Department of Basic Education to cancel the mid-year Matric exams. 

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, made the announcement on Wednesday during a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education.

RELATED: Mid-Year Matric Exams Have Been Called Off

She went on to state that pupils who are currently in Matric lost out on a lot of time throughout the school year due to Covid-19 restrictions and thus should spend more time in class. 

We want to make up for the loss of time and for them to cover the curriculum. They did not go on holiday in March, and most of the schools are giving extra classes. The [usual] June period of exams will be used to cover the curriculum. We also have a team monitoring Covid-19 infections on a daily basis.

Speaking to the SABC regarding the matter, NAPTOSA’s Executive Director, Basil Manuel, went on to point out that this has been a difficult year for learners:

The Grade 11s had the rotational learning and matric bases a lot of its work on the grade 11 work, and if you haven’t done that, then you have a deficit. So, teachers have to pick up some grade 11 work and they are not at midyear yet.

“At the moment, we are estimating that they have done about three months of the year’s work and not the six months, which they ought to have done. We are saying it is more important to push to cover more of the curriculum so that every child gets into the final exam on an even footing where they have completed the year’s work,” added Manuel.

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Find Your TVET College Prospectus Here

Friday, 4 June, 2021 - 13:23 Author Sakinah Samuels

Prospectus show what a TVET College offers and the programmes they have available for students. They are useful when mapping what options you have and where to find the programme you're looking for.

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If you're on the search for what to study and where to study or you're wanting to know what the TVET College offers, you should have a look at their prospectus. Here you can find the prospectus of every TVET College in South Africa.

Here you can find the prospectus of every University in South Africa.

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The differences between IEB and CAPS

Friday, 4 June, 2021 - 12:52 Author Lerato Botha

You might wonder what is IEB and how is it different? Today we'll be highlighting the fundamental differences between IEB and CAPS learning, and what those distinctions could mean for learners.

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One thing that a student can take note of when making decisions about their future, is whether their High School is one that operates under the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), or the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS).

If afforded the opportunity to choose based on one’s circumstances, it is important to note the difference between the two curricula.

The first and foremost difference between the two is that CAPS is operable mostly among public school institutions, whilst the IEB operates under the private school sector.

Both CAPS and IEB are South African-based systems, however, obtaining a National Senior Certificate (NSC) under IEB would allow for international recognition, whilst the state National Senior Certificate would not be internationally recognised.

This however, does not discredit the value of a state obtained NSC, as despite this difference, IEB also bases its curricula around CAPS. The only exception would be that the IEB examinations would be set independently from CAPS exams by the independent board, so the examinations between the two would differ.

Both curricula would lead to a South African qualification, however, the IEB would simply offer slightly more opportunities for the student with its international recognition. The IEB also offers Advanced programmes for subjects that can be equated to the United Kingdom A-level (Advanced level) and AS-level (Advanced Subsidiary level). 

These levels can help to ease the transition into University or into the working world outside of school, as obtaining an A-level can operate as a sort of qualification on its own.

 

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Union Against All Learners Returning To School Full-Time Ruling

Friday, 4 June, 2021 - 12:01 Author Sakinah Samuels

With the announcement coming that all learners will be going back to schools in full capacity, full-time, Unions and organisations have now reacted to this news. Reactions to this ruling seem to be split as concerns continue for various reasons.

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There seems to be differing opinions when it comes to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) announcement that schools will return to full-capacity every day from third term.

Primary schools will be returning to a full capacity daily attendance on 26 July, just in time for the third term to commence. Even though unions and other organisations support this move, concerns of the risk of transmission and infections are now coming up.

The country is now experiencing it's third wave of Covid-19 infections with numbers increasing every day.

SA Paediatrics Association's (Sapa) President, Prof. Mignon Mcculloch, said:

I think really nothing has changed. We know that this is mainly a disease of adults and specifically, people with comorbidities. From a children's point of view, there's been some concern that possibly the older teenagers may be a problem. We know that children are not affected severely in any way. If you have children that have it, it's going to be a very mild infection and they are less contagious than adults would be.

Sapa supports the government's decision to get learners back at schools on a daily basis, provided they wear masks, practice social distancing and sanatise.

"Our concern is that children are really losing out. This is the second year now that we're not getting them back to school properly and we know that schooling is not just about learning. It's about safety."

There are also fears that with children working with a rotational attendance timetable, they are missing out on school feeding schemes and going hungry.

Online learning is really not a reality in most of the children in South Africa. We just think that we've lost a year of education, if we lose a second year this is going to last a very long time.

Andre de Bruyn, the Educators' Union of South Africa (EUSA) National Media Executive, has the opposite opinion and said:

We are of the opinion that lives should matter. More than 400 children died from this disease ... I am totally in disagreement with the previous speaker.

Mcculloch responded to this by saying that children who has passed due to Covid-19 often had long-term chronic illnesses.

EUSA has seen reports of rising positive cases found at schools and creches.

"We cannot allow our teachers to be sitting ducks and to be kicked off by Covid-19," de Bruyn said.

The Union is calling for teachers to be vaccinated. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has said that teachers should be vaccinated before 26 July but with the slow vaccine rollout, this does not seem realistic.

How are we going to do jabbing for teachers before the 26th of July? These outbreaks happen at schools who have participated in school sports, who have been doing full capacity at their schools. Do we not learn?

He also calls the way some schools have different rules into question. Normally, the more privileged and private schools have full-capacities of learners in classes every day.

 

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SAHRC to Evaluate Cornwall Hill Racism Allegations

Friday, 4 June, 2021 - 11:03 Author Lerato Botha

After allegations of racism were brought against Cornwall Hill College during a peaceful protest, the SA Human Rights Commission has announced that an investigation into the school's policies and Code of Conduct as a means to intervene in the alleged ongoing discrimination will take place.

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On Monday, 31 May 2021, students and parents alike stood in peaceful protest against the alleged ongoing racism at Cornwall Hill College. One student, Singo Ravele, recounted an incident from her earlier years at the school, in which she was told by a teacher that her natural hair was “unpresentable” and “messy”. 

Now in 2021, years after the incident, she publicly acknowledges that her teacher was practicing discrimination against her. Other students shared her sentiments regarding the racism at the school and sought to expose this alleged discrimination during the protest. 

Protestors were seen holding boards with phrases like “STAND AGAINST RACISM”, “MY HAIR REFLECTS MY HERITAGE AND CULTURAL IDENTITY” and “BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF JUSTICE”. Similar to the protests against racism that took place in 2016 at the Pretoria High School for Girls, it is clear that history has come to repeat itself. 

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) held a one hour meeting with Cornwall Management in which they discussed these allegations. The Gauteng Manager of the SAHRC, Buang Jones, told SABC News in an interview that the commission would be reviewing the school’s policy and Code of Conduct.

He also noted that the school’s management have agreed to cooperate with the investigations conducted by the commission, avoiding the need to issue a subpoena, wherein the school would be required by law to cooperate. 

Jones stated that the commission “will be assisting the school in their own advocacy interventions to ensure that in those interventions, they mainstream women’s rights and they mainstream social cohesion principles”.

He also stated that he believed that a proper intervention would come from speaking to students’ parents and asking them for permission to interview students about their experiences with racism at the school. 

From there, he says that interviews with teachers and the school board would be the best first steps in allowing the commission to come up with a solution to deal with these issues of discrimination.

Jones also stated that the SAHRC would plan to engage with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) in their investigation of the private school.

 

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Department Launches Paperless Classrooms in KZN Schools

Friday, 4 June, 2021 - 10:59 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

In it's efforts to modernize and improve the quality of education in disadvantaged parts of the province, the Department of Basic Education in Kwa-Zulu Natal has launched a pilot program to modernize 54 of its primary schools. With us moving into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, this is a step in the right direction.

 

 

  

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As part of its campaign to introduce a modernized method of teaching to disadvantaged communities in the province, the Department of Education Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) has launched two of the first paperless classroom schools in the province.

This forms part of the department's efforts to roll out the modernized teaching program in 54 schools within the province. 

Located in the KZN township of Howick, Cosmo Primary School is among the two primary schools that have so far undergone renovations that have seen it become an example of what primary schools in the province are intended to look like future.

With ICT training for teacher training as one of its main priorities, the school also boasts modern features which include:

  • Access to digital content and cloud-based learning aids and application
  • Access to internet services target 10MB upload and download capabilities in all classrooms
  • Replacement of all chalkboards with interactive smart whiteboards
  • Media/Computer centres 
  • Full-Equipped smart classrooms for virtual teaching 
  • Digital Libraries 
  • Science Laboratories 
  • Resourcing all educators with laptops
  • Training all educators in ICT in their lesson plans and delivery

Whilst attending the program launch, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Makgabo Reginah Mhaule spoke to the SABC and emphasized the importance of attending to the root of the issue by focusing on primary schools when rolling out information and communications technology (ICT):

As the department of education, we have taken a decision that now we are going to focus mainly on the foundation. And if we make the foundation stronger, we make the upper house stronger.

She continued to explain, "Then on issues of ICT, we say we are taking them to primary schools, that's why we appreciate and welcome what the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal has done to say when building primary schools we want to resources them to be ICT compliant and prepare the teachers because you cannot just make the school compliant yet teachers are still living in the old world. So we are preparing the teachers through teacher development.

Launching the 1st KZN paperless Classroom School - Cosmo Primary in Howick under Umgungundlovu District with MEC for Education, Mr @MshenguKwazi. The sector works hard to ensure that regardless of background, learners receive quality basic education right where they reside https://t.co/m3dY7dXzUG pic.twitter.com/wBga9u6lki

— Dr Makgabo Reginah Mhaule (@ReginahMhaule) June 3, 2021

Kwa-Zulu Natal MEC of Education, Kwazi Mshengu, went on to state that the safety of the school's equipment has been provided for and the surrounding community is also expected to work together with the department in keeping the school safe.

We have provided for safety features in the school, obviously I can't detail all of them, but we'll also continue to rely on the community themselves to protect these centres of development. Because without the active involvement of the communities in protecting our school, we'll continue to have schools vandalized and burglarized by criminals the necessary equipment that we have invested in these schools and selling it back to the communities at cheaper prices.

As it happened today at Cosmo Primary school located in a township In Howick. pic.twitter.com/S0BMORgag6

— Kwazi Mshengu (@MshenguKwazi) June 3, 2021

 

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