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SAB Graduate Talent Acceleration Programme 2021

Discover your true potential through the ABInBev Africa graduate development and leadership programme.

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Talent Acceleration Programme 2021

If you want to accelerate your career, build your skills through cross functional development and build your profile to be a future leader the Talent Acceleration Programme is for you!

The programme offers the following:

  • Frequent evaluation
  • 6 Month cycles
  • Rotation of work experience and teams
  • Individual and team evaluations
  • Future forward development
  • Cross functional experiences
  • On the job learning
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Leadership development
  • Accelerated growth and graduation (Global Management Trainees will be chosen from the TAP Programme)
  • Accelerated career growth (top performers' programme will be shorter in duration)
  • You'll need to be ambitious, curious, bold and resilient, ready to take on tough challenges and be determined to deliver results.  We're looking for a global mindset and a desire to connect with people at all levels.  We prize a sense of ownership and a desire to make an impact.

Qualifications

  • Recent University graduate
  • No more than 3 years TOTAL of full-time formal working experience by the programme start date. (Internship, vac work, short duration contracts and  does not apply
  • Minimum GPA (Gross Point Average) of 60% and above at university
  • By programme start completed bachelors’ degree (from a recognised tertiary institution) achieved within requisite  timeframe
  • Legal work authorization (full citizenship) in the country for which application is being submitted
  • Geographical mobility – you should be willing to relocate throughout your career (a valid passport is required)
  • Fully proficient in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and ability to quickly adapt to new systems

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Opportunity Closing Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 4 days Work Opportunities SAB Graduate Talent Acceleration Programme 2021 Monday, October 26, 2020 - 10:18

Discover your true potential through the ABInBev Africa graduate development and leadership programme.

Read More Trainee Accountant (CA) Opportunities At Mazars Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:54

Mazars is now accepting applications for their Trainee Accountant (CA) SA programme for 2021. 3 year SAIPA Training Contracts are available to postgraduates who have completed an auditing or accounting degree at an accredited university.

Read More Branch Manager Traineeship Opportunity At TWK Agri Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:53

Your journey with TWK will start of as Trainee Branch Manager, gaining experience for a future Branch Manager role.

Read More BDO 2021 Financial Planner Trainee Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:53

So, you are considering joining BDO in South Africa for a traineeship position. You would be joining an organisation with representation in over 167 countries and territories, including 58 Africa countries.

Read More Traffic Officer Programme Western Cape Government Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:44

The Department of Transport and Public Works will be recruiting Traffic Students for the completion of a Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement. This is a twelve (12) month training course which will commence on 1 February 2021

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Leadership Qualities Every Student Needs

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 10:15Author: Terrique Alie

There are many ways to become a leader. Anyone can become a leader but not everyone can be an effective leader. No one is born with all the leadership qualities, and to become a good leader, you require important leadership skills.

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Leaders are those individuals that help shape our nation, communities, and businesses. We need effective leaders to help guide us and make informed decisions that keep the world moving.

The benefits of being a student leader:

  • You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself
  • Developing your soft skills 
  • Learning how to work independently and within a team
  • Establish and build your network opportunities 
  • Learning how to engage with a diverse group of people  

The qualities that every student need to become an effective leader

Have a SMART goal planning strategy:

When you are planning your goals, always remember the SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) acronym. This will help student leaders set goals with their desired results in mind. 

Learn from your mistakes and failures:

We know that mistakes are bound to happen as it is part of life. This helps us to grow in every aspect of one's life. In order to be an effective leader, students need to know how to overcome their mistakes and failures. A good leader will admit and recognise their mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Learning how to overcome adversity including your own, allows you to focus on becoming successful rather than focusing on the problem and mistakes of the past. 

Develop yourself:

One of the most difficult challenges as a student leader is to work hard on yourself. You cannot lead someone else if you are not heading in the right direction. As a leader, you need to work on yourself by setting a good example for others. Learning to be hard on yourself and improving yourself is an essential element that every student leader must-have.

Be open-minded and flexible:

One of the key elements is to be open-minded and flexible to change. Many things around us are constantly changing and we need to find effective ways to adapt to these changes. A good leader will be open to suggestions, ideas, and viewpoints from others to help make informed decisions regarding a particular issue. 

Be a good role model:

As a student leader, you have to be committed to doing your work ethically. This sets an example for others and builds trust with your fellow classmates. As a leader, you do not need to achieve perfect grades, however, you need to have a positive attitude and ensure that you are making the effort to achieve the very best.

In order to become an effective leader, one has to consider the above mentioned. Leadership is a great skill that can help many students become successful one day in their career field. 

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Limpopo Dept of Public Works Bursary 2021

Limpopo Province experiences a shortage of qualified Engineers, technicians and other needed scarce skills to establish, maintain and manage government office building, efficiently.

Limpopo Dept of Public Works Bursary 2020

Candidates must be:

  • South African students residing in Limpopo Province.
  • Students attending to or already studying towards a degree/diploma at a recognized South African tertiary institute and within the built environment.
  • Able to provide proof of academic results for grade 12 or alternatively be in possession of an acceptable alternate qualification.
  • Accepted by the university/technikon

Eligibility for Considerations
 

  •  South African
  •  Intending to or studying towards a degree/diploma at a recognized South African tertiary institute.
  • Accepted by the university/technikon.
  • Final year students at institutions of higher learning.

Bursaries / Targeted Areas
 

  • Degree in Building Engineering
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Degree in Civil EngineeringDegree in Quantity Surveying
  • Degree in Architectural Science
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Landscaping
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Asset Management
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Financial Management
  • Degree/N. Diploma in Property and Facility Management
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The Benefits Of Becoming A Lifelong Learner

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 09:49Author: Terrique Alie

Lifelong learning refers to the process of broadening your knowledge and developing a set of new skills. It refers to learning that is self-initiated and focuses on personal development. Today, we are living in a world that requires us to constantly develop ourselves and adapt to the constantly changing environment.

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Lifelong learning is an important element in our lives as it advances our skills, broadens our knowledge, and keeps us updated with the current and latest trends.

There is no age limit and timeline as to when we have to complete certain goals or tasks in our lives. Lifelong learning requires us to embrace the opportunity to learn. As individuals, we have to realise and know that we all have the potential to change and grow through our knowledge and experiences. 

Tips to becoming a lifelong learner

Hold yourself accountable for your own learning experience:
Let’s face it, we have all experienced a point in our lives where we have faced obstacles that affected our educational learning. However, we have to acknowledge that we are responsible for our own learning outcomes. The more time and effort you spend on learning, then you will reap the success of your efforts.

Turn your mistakes into opportunities:
In life, we are faced with many obstacles and sometimes we are bound to make mistakes. Instead of focusing on the negatives, try and take the negative situation and take something positive from it. There is so much that we can learn from making mistakes. This is also a reminder to ourselves that we are only human and that we have tried, regardless of the outcome. 

Create  learning “go-to” toolbox:
Everyone has their own learning style or tricks to help them learn. Identify what tools will be helpful for your own learning, and create new ones to add to your collection or toolbox.

For example:

  • A sing-along song
  • Mental repetition 
  • Mind mapping 
  • Podcasts 
  • Writing/highlighting keywords

Try new things:

Whether it's a new hobby or passion, trying new things keeps our brain stimulated and boosts our mindsets. When you broaden your perspective, you will start to realise that there is more to learn about the world than you could ever imagine. 

For example:

  • Volunteering
  • Journaling 
  • Blogging 
  • Public speaking 
  • Meditating 

Put the work into practice:

Skill-based learning will not be effective if it is not applied in your everyday life. When you have the knowledge, you have the responsibility to put the skills into practice and achieve your desired goals. Once you put your mind to it, nothing can stop you from achieving what you have set for yourself. It takes a lot of dedication, commitment, and hard work and you will soon reap what you have sowed. 

Therefore, no matter where we are in life, every individual has the opportunity to learn and grow.
 

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Project-based Learning to Reduce Youth Unemployment

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 14:27Author: Lauren Chawula

The Basic Education Department plans to introduce Project-based learning to reduce future youth unemployment in South Africa. 

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Youth unemployment rates in South Africa are very high, with 10,3 million young people aged 15-34 years not being in employment, education or training in the first quarter of 2020. Therefore more young people must be encouraged to partake in employment and education to reduce these numbers.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic schools in South Africa has needed to become more innovative in terms of teaching and learning in classrooms, as the national lockdown affected the way education was structured.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects works with marginalized and vulnerable youth to find ways of teaching these learners to be more employable and cope with life in general.

This institute together with the department of Education and the retired Professor Tom Ryan, who is the academic architect of Project-based learning, aim to implement this type of learning to help those who come from a disadvantaged background.

Frieda Pehlivan, the Marketing Communications Manager at the Salesian Institute Youth Projects states that:

"Traditional teaching methodologies does not really work anymore for us, specifically our learners who come from an underserved background,"

She says that Project-based learning serves as a solution by making young people more employable when they leave the schooling environment. 

Pehlivan explains that Project-based learning encourages independent thinking, creavity, problem solving and resilience. Students would go through different learning spaces in a 6-hour day for five days a week, in which they engage in projects involving real world problems and challenges. They will then solve this through creative thinking and problem-solving and present this solution in a more artistic way. 

"It really touches on all the different facets of normal education and the normal classes they would do like mathematics and languages,"

-Frieda Pehlivan, the Marketing Communications Manager at the Salisian Institute Youth Projects

 Students are also provided with a vocational skills training curriculum.

The future of the education system may take on this way of learning to decrease the amount of students who leave schools  and struggle to find employment. 

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16 SA universities expected to complete academic year in 2021

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 13:31Author: Lauren Chawula

Only 10 South African universities aim to complete the academic year before the end of the 2020 calendar year, while 16 universities are expected to complete the 2020 academic year between January and March 2021, due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande and his senior officials had a virtual meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education on Friday. 

This meeting provided the expectations of completing the 2020 academic year at South African universities. 

Four of the 26 universities that were assessed are expected to end the second semester in January 2021, seven in the following month, and the remaining five are expected to complete the academic year by March. 

"As we grapple with the completion of the year, we have to look at the role of post-school education and training in our economic recovery. We are not just saving the 2020 academic year, for its own sake, we are saving it for our economy because these are our future skills,"

-Blade Nzimande, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister

19 universities are categorised as low risk while 7 others are considered medium risk. The institutions were categorised according to the amount of time they will need to complete the semester programme. Those who were deemed medium risk had a long way to go in terms of completing the semester programme, as assessment processes were still to get underway and a significant number of students did not fully engage in teaching and learning. 

Deputy director general for university education Diane Parker said they were working with the seven institutions categorised as medium risk. 

She notes that:

"At the moment no universities are considered to be at high risk. We are going to have a situation where we see completion of the academic year across all institutions as being more likely," 

The 10 universities that aim to complete before the end of the 2020 calendar year are: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Sol Plaatjie University, Stellenbosch University, UCT, University of Free State, University of Johannesburg, Unisa, University Of the Western Cape and Wits.

"Universities that had already developed online teaching and learning capacity were able to transition to an online modality more rapidly. Universities have extended teaching and learning time to more effectively support students who could not be fully engaged during the lockdown,"

-Diane Parker, Deputy director general for university education

Parker also said four other universities planned to complete the academic year in January 2021. These are Durban University of Technology, North West University, Rhodes University and the University of Mpumalanga.

Central University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Nelson Mandela University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Venda and Vaal University of Technology - aimed to complete in February 2021.

While the five that would complete their academic years in March 2021 are: Sefako Makgatho University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Fort hare, University of Zululandand Walter Sisulu University.

Parker, who spoke during the briefing to the higher education Portfolio Committee said that some universities lost time at the beginning of the 2020 academic year, before the national lockdown commenced, due to various reasons including protests. 

"They could not get the academic year off the ground before lockdown. It makes sense to stretch to a later period in 2021," 

-Diane Parker, Deputy director general for university education

Parker stated that students who were not able to engage in remote teaching and learning were prioritized for return to campus. However, restrictions remain in place due to the need for social distancing. 

She added:

"[There has been an] extension of the academic year to enable modules to be delivered successfully. Blended teaching and learning modalities are being used, including contact, and in compliance with the Covid-19 regulations. In some cases, platoon systems are being used to ensure students have access to campus-based support. Catch-up programmes and schools are being implemented for students who require these and some universities are offering modules a number of times to enable multiple opportunities for students. "

In September, universities reported that of the students who indicated a need for a laptop, only 68% were attended to. 

Parker said that the devices are available but that students are not taking them up. She also said that approximately 94% of students were being provided with mobile data. 

South African Union of Students president Misheck Mugabe stated that the coronavirus pandemic had entrenched academic and financial exclusion of students. 

"Some of the students voluntarily de-registered during lockdown. The academic year is highly compromised and our qualifications are under threat,"

- Misheck Mugabe, South African Union of Students president 

He added that the national lockdown posed challenges which included the closure of internet cafes, which made it difficult for students to submit tasks. 

Deputy director general for university education, Diane Parker remains positive that universities would complete the academic year with a very good opportunity for all students to succeed. 

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SA Schools' Rotation System Ineffective?

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 11:41Author: Lauren Chawula

South African Schools have had to take on a rotation system in which learners have only been going to school once or twice a week, due to the restricted space available for social distancing. This has compromised the quality of education learners receive. 

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Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga has said that her department will make changes to South African schools as it continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic. One of these specifically dealing with a review of the social distancing rules in classrooms. 

The current rotation system where students alternate days at school, in order to comply with Covid-19 protocols, means that too much learning time is being lost, according to Motshekga.

She says that schools have also had to cut out parts of the curriculum because of the reduced contact time. This means that part of the curriculum will be carried over into 2021. 

Minister Motshekga says that her department might adopt the measures of bigger schools who make use of body screens to keep the same number of learners in the classroom. 

“We are looking also at other measures. Other big schools for instance are using body screens not distancing because physical distancing is very expensive for us because it means we have to cut classes in half. At a school where DG went in KZN, they are using screens. It is the same class of 35 and they are using screens. You just manage the movement of learners, so which means they able to have a normal timetable which is our biggest challenge now.”

-Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister 

The National Teachers Union (NATU) finds that the current rotation system compromises the quality of education. It has also emerged that in some schools students only go to school after two weeks. 

“Teachers are not happy with the current arrangement of seeing learners once after two weeks of teaching, learners one week and they come back after three weeks. That is definitely compromising the curriculum coverage and is also compromising the quality of learners produced for the next grade. They need to prioritise infrastructure in our schools.”

-Allan Thompson, NATU President

However, the teacher union Naptosa says that the current system just needs to be refined. Naptosa president Basil Manuel says the rotation system is currently the only system that can keep schools safe and cautions schools against bringing students back without having enough space. 

“The rotation system is working at the moment but I think we need to refine it and some of the choices we have where some schools have one week on and one week off, we are now learning that that might not be the best idea, but the one-day-on one-day-off is working. Remember we have no choice because of social distancing and COVID-19. I want to caution the schools that want to bring people back even if they don’t have enough space.”

-Basil Manuel, Naptosa President

 

Outside of the classroom learners are now allowed to partake in certain sporting activities, this comes as a part of the changes brought about by minister Motshekga and her department. In a new gazette published by minister Angie Motshekga, the resumption of some sports at South African schools were given the go ahead. 

The directive states that the following activities are permitted to resume, subject to social distancing, hygiene and safety measures and without spectators:

  • Non-contact sport training;
  • Inter-school non-contact sport matches;
  • Non-contact sport-related activities;
  • Arts and culture school-based activities in schools.

The number of persons in the sporting venues, training area or change rooms, at any given time, must not exceed 50% of the capacity of the venue with all persons observing the social distancing requirements, as well as, wearing masks except athletes participating or training in matches. 

Schools that compete in inter-school activities must adhere to the limitation of:

  • 250 persons or fewer, in the case of an indoor activity; and
  • 500 or fewer, in the case of an outdoor activity;
  • Provided that no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue is used with persons observing the social distancing requirements.

Other regulations include the provision of hand sanitizers, the keeping of a register for all participants and the disinfection and cleaning of all sporting venues. 

Find the full Government Gazette here

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COVID-19 Testing Available at V&A Waterfront

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 10:12Author: Lauren Chawula

The V&A Waterfront in partnership with Dis-Chem Pharmacy is launching its drive-through Covid-19 testing facility, increasing convenience for locals and tourists. 

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The drive-through facility launched on Saturday, October 24 and is located at Battery Park in the V&A's Canal District, with entrances via Alfred Street or Dock Road. 

It is open for visitors of all ages and will operate between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. 

The only requirements are that all visitors must produce an identity document or passport and that all patrons should wear a mask at the site, however no doctor's referral is needed. 

V&A Waterfront spokesperson Donald Kau says the testing facility is a convenient option for locals, international tourists and business visitors. 

"They will be using the throat test and it will be administered by Dis-Chem's trained nurses."

Donald Kau, Head of PR and Communications - V&A Waterfront

This nasopharyngeal swab test involves inserting a 6-inch long swab into the cavity between the nose and mouth for 15 seconds and rotating it several times. This is repeated on the other side of the nose to ensure enough material is collected and then the swab is inserted into a container and sent to a lab for testing. 

This testing method has discouraged many as they deem it painful but medical personnel insist that it should not be and that it is only uncomfortable.

People are encouraged to visit this testing facility so that the country is able to get infections under control, thus allowing economic activity to slowly return to normal. 

The test comes at a cost of R850 and anyone visiting the Waterfront specifically for the testing will not be required to pay for parking. The results will be available the next day and will be sent via SMS or e-mail. Customers should print the physical certificate at home or their hotel for travelling purposes.

"You are encouraged to pre-book on the Dis-Chem website... but there is a walk-in option too."

Donald Kau, Head of PR and Communications - V&A Waterfront

Patrons are encouraged to make a pre-register to control the number of tests per day; per station to avoid any backlog and delay in results from the labs. 

Book on the Dis-Chem website here

 

 

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Breathing For Exam Success! Ensure Your Best Exam Performance

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 14:03

Exams are coming soon and you want to give your best performance. Did you know that you can use breathing techniques to reduce stress, manage anxiety, enhance your concentration and balance your emotions? Sign up now for this free webinar where you can learn how to give your very best exam performance.

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Fundi Invites you to a Breathing Session before the Exams.

Learn Calming Techniques.

Breathing for Success!

2020 has been the year that has flipped all known into the unknown!

The stress of this unpredictable year has caused higher levels of anxiety and stress.

But don’t stress stop you have achieving your dreams, even in 2020.

Did you know that you can use breathing techniques to reduce stress, manage anxiety,

enhance your concentration and balance your emotions?

Managing your emotions is critical for a calm mind in an Exam.

 

Join this webinar and learn to Breathe for a Focused state of being.

 

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Date: 30th October 2020

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Platform: Zoom (link to be emailed when you register)

Host: Lesa Claesson-Burger from BrainWorks

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Online Or In Classroom Lessons? Or Both?

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 09:47Author: Raigan Cloete

South Africa’s education system faces the decision of implementing online learning or delaying learning completely, which may compromise the future of youth in South Africa.

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Currently students are back at school, which is the best time to review how online learning has impacted them. Whether it has been positive or negative.

According to many experts a combination of online and contact learning, is what is required to improve the way learners learn and develop their skills.

A survey was recently conducted by Smartick, a math, coding, and logic e-learning programme which is adapted for each student and tracks their progress. This survey was taken by South African parents whose children make use of the platform.

The survey revealed that most parents agreed that in order to improve the skills of learners, a combination of contact and online learning was needed.

70% of parents found that due to the current pandemic, it will be in the best interest of the learners to consider digital learning more seriously, while 86% of parents thought that a combination of the two was needed, while at school.

While online learning worked better for subjects like maths, it did not work too well with sciences, reading and language, as these subjects require face to face learning.

A blend of the two learning techniques would be beneficial to accommodate those learners who may have a shorter attention span than others.

As children respond more to shorter, more engaging learning methods this could help them achieve better results.

An AI-based learning programme has many advantages, namely being able to adapt to each child’s different skill level and pace, keep them interested in learning, and teachers are left with less work to do.

By implementing a blended teaching approach, it will do away with “uniform learning”, where all learners in the same grade are taught at the same pace.

Introducing online learning programmes into the mix will ensure that learners have access to different sources of knowledge and prepare them with the skills that they require to succeed in the world.

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WCED Draft Guidelines Does Not Fully Protect LGBTQIA+ Learners

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 08:23Author: Raigan Cloete

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) released a draft guideline on gender identity and sexual orientation within public schools. However, Equal Education and the Equal Education Law Centre do not agree with this guideline as it deeply flawed.

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Equal Education and the Equal Education Law Centre believed that the WCED draft guideline did not prioritize the basic rights of LGBTQIA+ students, such as the right to equality, privacy, dignity, and basic education.

These basic rights should be given to all students, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Roné McFarlane, Equal Education co-head of research, pointed to the clauses in the document addressing important issues such as school outings, bathrooms, accommodation, and dress code, revealed that schools were to decide whether or not to support their learners in these aspects.

Although McFarlane submitted their thoughts on the previous guideline, they are concerned that they were not taken into consideration to ensure the inclusion of these students at public schools.

Equal Education has sent in a third feedback form, pointing to the issues within the draft document and how it can be improved.

Bronagh Hammond, the WCED spokesperson, said that they would take these suggestions into consideration.

“While they may have concerns, these will be duly considered upon review. Obviously, there were many different viewpoints and we still need to make amendments accordingly,” said Hammond.

According to Hammond, this guideline is the only one which takes into consideration gender identity and sexual orientation in South African public schools.

The language within the most recent policy has improved however not by much, it still contains language that is “disempowering and vilified LGBTQIA+ learners”, according to Demichelle Petherbridge, the Equal Education Law Centre attorney.

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Warning: COVID-19 Infections May Rise In South Africa

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 07:02Author: Raigan Cloete

News of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases came on Wednesday not to scare South Africans but to remind them to practice and adhere to the health protocols set in place during this pandemic.

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It was revealed by the Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, that Western Cape’s COVID-19 infections increased by 42% last week. Currently both Mkhize and his wife are in quarantine recovering from COVID-19.

While in the country as a whole, the cases only increased by 9.1%.

Before the decline in COVID-19 infections, the Western Cape was the first province in South Africa with such high COVID-19 cases.

And now that the cases have increased by 42% in just one week, it concerns Mkhize.

Mkhize, however, ensures the public that they are doing their best to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, by focusing on the main area where this outbreak took place.

"We also call on businesses and places where people are allowed to gather, including churches and government buildings, to ensure that the necessary safety protocols are in place," said Alan Winde, the Western Cape Premier.

Mkhize continues to encourage South African to wear their masks, practice social distancing and to wash their hands frequently.

“Fellow South Africans, when we emphasise that the high risk of resurgence remains high, we do not do so to instil fear in you… The only weapon we have against COVID-19 is our social behaviour and constant adherence to health protocols,” said Mkhize.

President Cyril Ramaphosa also encourages all citizens to avoid the increase of COVID-19 infections, as it may lead to lockdown being implemented again.

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Minister Nzimande Stands Behind NSFAS Administrator

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 23:08Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Minister in charge of Higher Education has defended NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, against various accusations laid against him by unions and employees. The Union previously initiated protests at NSFAS head offices.

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The Minister in charge of Higher Education has defended NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, against various accusations laid against him by unions and employees. 

The National Education and Health Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has said that Randall Carolissen being appointed as the Administrator of NSFAS hasn't solved any issues. The Union also wanted Carolissen to be fired, saying that he has run the institution into the ground.

"I don't say people have no right to complain about things they see not going okay, but not so long ago we were so positive about the administrator and his good work, including this portfolio committee. He has actually changed so many things under very difficult circumstances," Nzimande said.

IOL reported that the Minister said free higher education had done well under Carolissen, since it was announced in December 2017 to start in January 2018.

I am not saying that there are no problems. We must not present a sense of hullabaloo. We have done well because it was like an impossible task given to the Department of Higher Education and Training and many of us have said, of course, Dr Carolissen has done well.

- Minister Blade Nzimande

The Minister said, "We must not just because there are new things that we are not happy about and then rubbish all the good work he has done ... On my side, I want to put it on record that I think he has done a sea change in terms of what NSFAS was and some of the challenges of the organisation".

The Administrator responded and denied the claims laid against him and previously said, “We want to put it out there that we don't agree with these allegations. We will co-operate with any legitimate process regarding these allegations. Some of the statements are factually incorrect".

Carolissen said that they are taking Nehawu's allegations seriously and find them to be offensive and baseless. NEHAWU also questioned the Administrator's relationship with the Minister to which he said, "I reject allegations of a corrupt relationship between me and the Minister".

Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Buti Manamela, has also come out in support for the Adminstrator and told EWN that he disagrees with Nehawu and thinks that Carolissen has done a great job in his position at NSFAS.

As far as we’re concerned, NSFAS has stabilised over the last two years ... There has not been a substantiation of the allegations of corruption and maladministration.

- Deputy Minister Buti Manamela

Just last week, NEHAWU engaged in protests which saw NSFAS employees demanding that NSFAS gives workers' an increase of 8% to their salaries. NEHAWU and NSFAS have now reached an agreement and signed a wage negotiation agreement. Salary increases resulting from the wage agreement will be implemented on 30 October and backdated to 1 April 2020, said NSFAS.

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Parents Urged To Communicate With Schools

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 15:19Author: Simbongile Makanda

Some parents have been worried about how the next few years will work for learners. Will fees increase? and what is the department doing to make sure that learners are prepared for the next few years?

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Dr Moses Simelane from the Basic Education Department said the department is providing lesson plans to learners through various platforms like television and radio.

The department has also delivered packages of learning materials directly to schools. Simelane has praised the role that parents play in the lives of their children.

Executive Director of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa, Lebogang Montjane has asked all parents to pay school fees before the 2021 academic year begins.

He has also encouraged parents to take their children to the library and to encourage them to read.

"It is those times during the holidays when the schools are closed that you must keep your children occupied...Get involved in your child's education but during the school holidays please make sure that your children are reading."

Montjane said some schools face difficulties when parents don't communicate with schools about their financial troubles. This is usually what makes schools terminate the contracts that they have with parents. 

If you've lost your job or as we know, peoples' salaries have been cut, please immediately go to your school and tell them this so that they can make arrangements for you"

President of the SA Principals Association, David de Korte has assured parents that learners are being tested on reduced work so the failure rate at the end of the year might not be high. 

In August, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga announced that the department would trim the national curriculum by carrying parts of the 2020 curriculum into 2021. 

“What we have done for the internal grades is to take parts of the curriculum of 2020 into 2021 so we are going to only teach and assess them on only 70% of the curriculum.

“We are not going to dump the work we missed, we are going to factor it into 2021,” said Motshekga.

The Minister said the department would need a 3-year programme to gain back lost time.

"We're gonna start 2021 and the next year is gonna be up to every single school with help from the department to fill in the backlog and make up the work that was missed that is needed to scaffold." said de Kort.

He has urged parents to not worry about next year, as the department has plans put in place to help schools cope.

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Are Schools Ready For The 2021 Academic Year?

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 13:35Author: Simbongile Makanda

There are inequalities in the education system that have been difficult to ignore since the Covid-19 lockdown. The big question that's up for debate is whether the education system is ready for the 2021 academic year, despite the challenges it faced in 2020.

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Educational expert from Wits University, Professor Brahm Fleisch has suggested that schools take a more tailored approach to understand what it is exactly that learners need more help with. This is the only way that learners will have their educational needs met after the disruptions they had this year.

Matakanya Matakanye, General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies said learners in public schools have suffered a great loss compared to learners in well-resourced private schools.

"What really worries us most is the gap that has been created by this pandemic among the poorest of the poor, the working class, the rural, the deep rural, the township children because the rich schools never lost any time since the 18th of March when the President declared the schools to be closed."

Executive Director of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA), Lebogang Montjane confirmed that private schools have not lost out on teaching time. 

In July this year, Cosas threatened to shut down private schools because they were not included in the four-week break that the President announced. The four-week break happened between 27 July and 24 August for all public schools.

Learners in grade 12 returned to school on 3 August, while learners in grade 7 returned to school on 10 August. 

Cosas took action because it felt that the decision to keep private schools open while public schools remained closed created more inequality in the education system. 

"When we talk about equal education, we need to speak from one voice and that means we need to speak from one point" said Beauty Blennies.

"We are going to try and gain access to schools and we are going to shut down private schools. We cannot allow segregation to be practiced during this pandemic”.

Executive Director of ISASA, Lebogang Montjane had told News24 that many independent schools were doing online learning and had been doing it for some time.

"It is regrettable that Cosas is targeting independent schools. Independent schools have [never] actually closed. When the president shut down [during Level 5 lockdown], all our members went to remote learning".

School principals have also been facing some issues because of the lockdown. President of the SA Principals Association, David de Korte said:

"Every single school across the country is gonna have to restart the academic programme next year because the children have struggled with the lockdown. Some children have been able to work remotely but most children haven't had that opportunity so there have been large amounts of time where they haven't done any work and they've got out of the habit of working."

As a result, some learners have struggled to do school work since they've been back at school. There have been concerns that this could lead to a high drop out rate this year. 

The Zero Dropout Campaign did an analysis which showed that a number of learners disappear from the school system before they reaching grade 12.

It is still unclear how many more are leaving the school system because the way South Africa currently tracks data doesn't allow for the movement of learners to be seen. 

"Learners are leaving school because of disengagement and drop out is the ultimate consequence of disengagement. Disengagement is impacted by a range of factors that learners have to face." said Merle Mansfield of the Zero Dropout Campaign.

On top of having to deal with the changes to the school programme brought about by the lockdown, learners have been facing a number of other factors. These factors include experiencing trauma, family issues, community violence, inequality and poverty. 

The Zero Dropout Campaign had 3 recommendations for the Department of Basic Education. 

  1. Put a target in place for schools that will hold the education system accountable. 
  2. Improve data tracking -This will create a warning system to alert officials about learners who are on the verge of dropping out.
  3. Provide psychosocial support - This includes having processes and referral systems to support learners 

 

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Increase In NSFAS Applications As More Jobs Are Lost

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 12:27Author: Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS application numbers will be higher during this application cycle than before due to Covid-19 greatly affecting South Africa's job sector and individuals' finances. NSFAS applications are currently open and will close on 30 November.

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The pandemic has lead to many losing their jobs and many having their salaries cut due to the reduced rate of work it presented.  NSFAS application numbers will then be higher during this application cycle than before due to Covid-19 greatly affecting South Africa's job sector and individuals' finances.

NSFAS applications are currently open and will close on 30 November.

During a webinar with the South African Union of Students (SAUS) on funding opportunities, NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen said that it was found that applications for funding in the 2021 academic year are higher than it normally is and that this was expected. 

IOL reported, "As more people lose their jobs due to the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown, the National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is experiencing an increased demand for funding."

Carolissen said, "The reason the demand for NSFAS will increase post-Covid is because of economic hardship".

We can already see it. With still about six week to go before the cut off for NSFAS applications, we’re already at 400 000 applicants for the year. That is way above prior years

- Dr Randall Carolissen

It was also found that more students who had parents previously paying their fees were now applying for NSFAS funding for the 2021 academic year.

"Another interesting statistic we’re seeing in our applications is that there’s a number of continuing students that are now applying for the first time,” said Carolissen.

He then continued to say, "That sort of makes sense because as people lose their jobs in the Covid19 environment, whereas you did not qualify before for NSFAS you’re now in the system (but) your mother or father lost his or her job. You now qualify for NSFAS."

These continuing students will be competing with first time students to be funded, commented the Administrator.

For 2020, NSFAS is funding around 487 000 students. The financial aid scheme has a budget of R34.5 billion allocated for 2020.

SAUS President, Mischeck Mugabe, said that if all qualifying students are funded, this would contribute to there being less protests on campuses and that  student funding was an instrument for stability.

You’d note that there will be stability in institutions where many of their students are funded. There’s a saying that a hungry student is an angry student. When students do not have funding for food and learning material they tend to be frustrated, emotions get to be high and they start to protest and there will be instability.

- Mischeck Mugabe

Both the NSFAS Administrator and SAUS President agreed that if students are funded, a better academic performance is seen.

 

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Learners Affected By The Cost Of Data

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 11:44Author: Simbongile Makanda

Experts and unions have suggested that the education department must provide more affordable data options for learners to access learning materials, but how can this be done? The department has to make data more accessible to more than 12 million learners in the South African public school system.

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The department has been directed by Minister Angie Motshekga to prioritise all special schools, farm schools and schools that practice multi-grade teaching. Mobile providers will be handling the connectivity of schools.

Moses Simelane from the Basic Education department said the department had already been working on improving access to data in all schools even before Covid-19.

"Free data will take us a long way in terms of going forward, as to how we can integrate ICT into curriculum delivery and even using ICT platforms for assessment as we are preparing ourselves for the fourth industrial revolution"

Professor Brahm Fleish from Wits University has suggested that schools use older forms of technology such as radio and television to reach learners who can't access data. 

"Radio is available everywhere in the country so we need to think very carefully about how do you use radio and how do you create a radio environment that can be powerful for learning?"

Fleish has suggested that radio and television directed at helping learners must be played at the right time of the day in order for the content to be seen and accessed.

"Almost all of our households in urban areas have access to television, we need to see it as an incredibly powerful learning tool, it's already established, everybody's got technology that makes it available in most households."

He said no other form of education will be able to do what radio and television do. 

This is why the Department introduced radio and television programmes this year during the lockdown. This includes Woza Matrics, a television programme for matric revision and other radio programmes hosted by leading radio channels. 

These programmes were targeted at giving academic support to learners during the lockdown.

Executive Director of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA), Lebogang Montjane commended network providers like MTN and Vodacom for the data prices they offered universities and colleges for online learning.

"Both MTN and Vodacom came to the party. They both gave us reduced rates both for devices and data and I really do think that we as a nation need to do something quite urgently about the cost of data especially for education."

He said, unlike South Africa, his Indian counterparts did not lose any teaching time because data is more affordable in India.

According to a report by Cable.co.uk, India has the cheapest mobile data starting at $0.09. South Africa, on the other hand, has some of the most expensive data prices. 

The country ranks 148 out of 228, with the average price of 1GB of data at $4.30 (R69.61).

General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies, Matakanya Matakanye said government should intervene urgently to make online learning more accessible for all South Africans.

He was concerned about how the current grade 12 learners will be forgotten by the education system as they move on to pursue their tertiary education.

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Snaking queue for Covid grants in Soweto

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:58Author: GroundUp

“I heard the government extended the grant for three months, but I am still waiting for my first payment to be approved” Residents of Orlando in Soweto, Johannesburg say they joined the line outside this post office as early as 4am in the hope of getting their R350 Covid-19 relief grants this week.

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Some Soweto residents have spent the week in line outside the post office in Orlando. Most are there to enquire about their unpaid R350 Covid-19 relief grants. SASSA says in one month it received 1.9 million applications. It says a third of those applications were rejected because the applicant is already a SASSA beneficiary or is registered for UIF.

“I heard the government extended the Covid-19 relief grant for three months, but I am still waiting for my first payment to be approved,” says Andile Ngwebelele from Orlando West in Johannesburg.

Ngwebelele was among a large group of people queueing outside the post office in Orlando this week, hoping to get answers regarding the R350 monthly special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant. Ngwebelele, like many others, joined the line as early as 4am despite the office only opening its doors at 8:30am.

“Since June I have not received anything from SASSA. I came to the post office on Monday with my ID and I was told to come back the next day. Today, I was again told to come back tomorrow because the money is not reflecting. SASSA’s claims that it has approved the payment but it is not reflected at the post office,” said Ngwebelele.

Sandiso Mgebiso from Orlando East said he visits the office every month to check whether his grant has been paid. “I feel like I am cursed because all my friends are receiving their grants,” he said.

Isaac Thusi also from Orlando East said: “We are packed like sardines and there is no social distancing. We are behaving as if there is no pandemic. Yesterday an old man was dripping with sweat and shivering in the queue since 6am. I pleaded with the post office employees to give the old man a seat, but they refused.”

Thusi said: “I have not received my September grant and today I was told to come back tomorrow for the third time this week.”

SASSA spokesperson in Gauteng, Nandi Mosia, told GroundUp that the highest number of applications received in one month was 1.9 million, of which 66% has since been approved. She said the remaining 33% were rejected for a number of reasons including that the applicant is already a SASSA beneficiary or is registered for UIF.

“Clients are urged to only go to the post office when they get an SMS that confirms payment. Availability of money should not be queried with the Post Office.”

She added that SASSA has placed volunteers in most post offices to enforce social distancing.

This article was first published by GroundUp.

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Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:57Author: False Bay TVET College

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Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:49Author: Eskilz College

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