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Becoming A Certified Cisco Network Associate Expands Your Career Choices

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 11:32Author: Boston City Campus

Holding a CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate certification can be game changing for IT professionals. The certification expands your career choices, and exposes you to the latest available CISCO technologies. So says Kobus Olivier, Head of Course development in IT at Boston City Campus. 

 

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Holding a CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate certification can be game changing for IT professionals. The certification expands your career choices, and exposes you to the latest available CISCO technologies. So says Kobus Olivier, Head of Course development in IT at Boston City Campus. 

Kobus continues that “In a world where our every move is ruled by a pandemic, the most important goal any employed person or consultant should have is to upskill and remain relevant, while also having the traits of remaining adaptable and flexible”. 

What are the advantages of this particular Cisco course? “Well, you can start any time, this course is not semester based, so you can make the most of working from home and the time saved in travel to and from work” says Olivier. “being that the course and registration is fully online, you literally get started when you are ready, study in your own space , in your own time, and at your own pace” he continues. “In this course, even the practical elements are online – we have adapted being fully compliant with social distancing!”  At the same time, Olivier reinforces that students are not simply left to their own devices. “There is a lecturer available online, via email or telephone or skype, teams etc to ensure that we will support all student queries”, he says. 

Students have queried how exams work with this type of online course. Olivier says that the course has been designed in a way too continually assesses internally to facilitate and enhance learning.  On successful completion of the final online assessment, students will receive an official CISCO certificate. “We further encourage students to also write the international exam (Cisco Certified Network Associate – 200-301) at any Vue testing centre” he says. In a world where every company is part of a global economy, and jobs are available on an international scale, this is an important add-on for graduates. 

So how much time would you have to invest in order to gain these skills? The course requires a minimum of 210 hours study time. Students may extend their learning experience over a longer time period.

Because these are advanced skills included in this course, there are specific entry requirements. 

 CompTIA A+ or/and CompTIA N+ is advised as prerequisites to the course. Students with no prior networking learning experience can attend the CISCO Networking Essentials course (70 Hours).

What skills will you get from this CCNA course? Network Technician, Network Support Engineer, Routing and switching specialist, Networking security.

“In terms of what type of person you should be in order to be a success with these skills, you need to be technically orientated, patient, and analytical.

To complete this course the fees are R6 505, which will include your textbook, but exclude the international Vue exam)

This is a complex course and includes more than one individual qualification. A graduate of the course will receive: 

Cisco certificates for each of the completed 3 sections of the program:

CCNA 7: Introduction to Networks

CCNA 7: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials

CCNA 7: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

International certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate – on completion of the Vue exam.

What kind of employment will it give you – estimated salary, what type of company?

Because CCNA skills are required by any company which has an internal network structure, there are a few job opportunities that will open up for you. These include Network Technician, Network Support Engineer, Routing and switching specialist, and Networking security. In addition, CCNA skills will contribute to setting up your own business.

Call Boston now on 011 551 2000 for more information, or see www.boston.co.za.

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Department Concerned About School Attendance

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 10:23Author: Simbongile Makanda

Schools have had a tough time getting learners to attend class and the department is now worried that this could be a sign of a possible high dropout rate. More than 10 000 teachers and 3270 learners have contracted covid-19 nationally. 

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The Basic Education portfolio committee found that KwaZulu Natal has the highest estimated dropout rate. The province could face 38 541 dropouts in grade 7 and 18 708 dropouts in grade 12. 

Basic Education Director-general Mathanzima Mweli said the department had been keeping track of the attendance of learners in order to link it to the possible dropout rates. 

"What we usually encourage provinces to do is to take the numbers of those who attend school, and then link it to the numbers of those who are at home, with comorbidities who are doing virtual learning, and those who are at home for home education and then the variation between all of those then gives you a sense of the projection of the dropout rate."

Mweli said even though these numbers were just an estimate, the department was still worried.  He encouraged schools to go the extra mile and follow up on learners who were believed to have dropped out.

The Western Cape and the Eastern Cape are the provinces the department is most worried about. 

The Western Cape has an attendance rate of 46.4% for learners in grade 7 and 70.4% for learners in grade 12. The Eastern Cape has an attendance rate of 68.7% for learners in grade 7 and 77.3% for learners in grade 12. 

"We know that experts have warned us that if learners stay too long at home, the likelihood is that some of them might drop out of the system, early pregnancies, social ills such as drugs taking their toll on some of these learners and so on," Mweli added. 

Unions have also been concerned about absenteeism. Naptosa president, Basil Manuel said "In the last couple of weeks, when the grade 12s and 7s have been back, the attendance hasn't been as great as it should be."

He said the department was not giving enough psychosocial support to teachers and learners.

"Not all learners are as resilient as others, and they need support. They live in communities where people have died, family members have fallen ill, they live in fear of doing so too."

Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule encouraged parents to send their children to school and to report them if they have underlying illnesses.

 “We appreciate the support we get from some parents and going forward, we would like to plead with everyone to allow the kids to come back to catch up on lost time."

“I want to encourage parents to report children with underlying illnesses so they can be helped accordingly. Government has spent and invested so much in the safety of everyone in schools and will never willingly expose our children to danger. Remember, these are our children as well."

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This Is How Exams Will Go For All Grades

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 16:39Author: Simbongile Makanda

The 2020 school year has 37 teaching weeks in total, making it 5 weeks short of the 42 weeks that the department had in plan. Even though a lot of teaching time has been lost, the department has another backup plan in case the rest school year also doesn't go according to plan.  

 

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The Department of Basic Education has created a Risk Adjusted Plan with a revised school calendar and a new possible framework for learners in lower grades. 

There are three scenarios based on the amount of teaching time that the department could lose. 

  1. Low road – 60% teaching time lost
  2. Middle road – 30% teaching time lost
  3. High road – No/minimal disruptions
School Based Assessments

Grades R–3 – School based assessments will still count for 100% of the final mark. However, the final mark will be calculated from assessments done in terms 1, 3 and 4

Grades 4–9 – Adjustments will be made to make the school based assessments count 80% of the final mark

Learners in grades 4-9 will be given their reports at the end of Term 3 and Term 4.

Grades 10 & 11

  • School based class tests should be used instead of final exams to determine if a learner qualifies to move on to the next grade
  • Schools should be discouraged from making learners learners take common tests or examinations
  • School based assessments should be calculated according to a ratio of 80:20 (80% School-Based Assessment to 20% final class test)

Grade 11

  • Schools limit the final class tests to elective subjects or the fundamental subjects like: Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy; Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) and Home language (HL);
  • Life Orientation can be assessed through a formal class test.

Grade 12

  • The curriculum will not be trimmed
  • The June and November exams have been combined to give schools enough time to catch up with the curriculum.
  • The exams will start on Thursday 5 November and end on Tuesday 15 November. 
  • The results for the final exams will be released on 23 February 2021. 

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Shane Chanderpaul Phillips, the Traveling Chef & Foodie

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 14:58Author: False Bay College

Tenacious and hardworking, people gravitate towards Shane for his humbling and optimistic disposition. Shane graduated from False Bay TVET College, Muizenberg Campus December 2017, with a National Diploma in Hospitality and Catering Services. While his roots are in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, the world is his oyster. 

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Tenacious and hardworking, people gravitate towards Shane for his humbling and optimistic disposition. The eldest of 6 siblings, Shane’s passion for the food and hospitality industry rooted from his mother’s many years of experience in the hospitality industry. 

Shane graduated from False Bay TVET College, Muizenberg Campus December 2017, with a National Diploma in Hospitality and Catering Services. While his roots are in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, the world is his oyster. 

On the day of his final exam paper, Shane submitted his application for a position in Dubai, UAE as a Front of House Chef and Waiter at one of the prestigious Michelin Star Group Hotels. Four months later, there he was, working for and refining his culinary skills under the American celebrity chef and cookbook author, Michael Mina. 

A year later, Shane returned home to be closer to his family. He accepted a position as the Relief Sous Chef with the Village and Life Group in Langebaan, servicing an assortment of establishments under the five-star Brand. After just 4 months in the position, he was appointed the permanent Sous Chef at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa in Knysna. Noted for his exceptional menu planning, staff management and fine cuisine, he was appointed as the Acting Head Chef in January 2020. 

Building a name for himself, Shane has been asked to judge cooking competitions, most recently the Great Karoo Cook-Off and been featured on local television programmes, Proe (Afrikaans word for “Taste”) a community TV cooking show and Laat die Potte Prut, (Afrikaans for Let the pots simmer) a show about teams who compete against each other and time to see who can make the most delicious potjie-kos in the country. 

Only 24 years old, he is not resting on his laurels. Shane is looking to study further in Management and recently completed his application to work abroad again, with his eye-set on Cruise Liner Company in the United States of America.  

Goal driven, Shane has ambitions to continue growing his technique, pallet and experience under established Chefs from around the world. What experience he has already attained, it has become prevalent that the hospitality industry requires passion and dedication. “Hours are long and gruelling, but can be very rewarding, especially when you see how restaurant patrons savour your cuisine.” 

To view a taster of Shane’s creations, you can visit his Instagram Profile @ChefShanePhillips.

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Motshekga Believes Class of 2020 Will Outdo Previous Classes

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 14:24Author: Simbongile Makanda

Unions have been fighting for matric exams to be pushed back, but uMalusi and the Department of Basic Education have not budged. The Minister believes that the class of 2020 will do even better than matric classes from previous years, but will this really be the case?

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Umalusi CEO, Mafu Rakometsi said uMalusi will not cut down on the amount of content that learners will be tested on in the final exam scheduled to happen in November.

“uMalusi, as a quality assurance body does not advocate for the downgrading or trimming down of the quality of examinations. In particular, tinkering with the content of question papers, we do not support that line of thinking”

Matric papers are usually physically verified by quality assurers, but this year uMalusi has had to find another way.

“We can only afford to have a desktop evaluation of the whole process and do a virtual kind of viewing and quality assurance. But where we have doubts that things will work well, we do compel to still do physical verification”

Minister Angie Motshekga agreed and said her department has launched a new programme to give support to learners.

“We launched a programme that has never happened in our country, Woza Matrics. We have professionals who have volunteered themselves, everybody has been rallying around these kids” 

Motshekga said she would not be surprised if the matric class of 2020 were to perform better than previous matric classes. 

In May 2020, the Department of Basic Education decided to cut down on the amount of content in the school curriculum for all grades except grade 12.

This meant that matric learners would have to learn the same amount of content as those before them, as they would still be tested on the whole year's content.

John Volmink, Umalusi Council Chairperson, said the exams took 18 months to set and it would take 18 more months for Umalusi to reset the exams.

Volmink said Umalusi could not afford to do in a just a few months for the matric class of 2020. 

The department has set up programmes to help matric learners be prepared for the final exam. 

This includes programmes like the SABC Educational channels and radio stations and now Woza Matrics. 

The SABC Education channel launched on Monday the 4th of May 2020. The channel broadcasts educational content from the Department of Basic Education on SABC channels 1, 2 and 3.

It was launched as a long term initiative for learners in the foundation, intermediate, high school, civic and tertiary education phases. 

The content can be streamed by using SABC platforms such as: 

SABC Education - www.sabceducation.co.za

SABC Education Virtual Academy (SEVA) www.seva.co.za

SABC Education Social Media Networks (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube)

Woza Matrics is also available for matric learners who need extra support and access to learning materials. It covers a range of subjects like maths, physics, life sciences, geography, accounting, english and more. 

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Tourist Favourites Across SA Are Allowing Visitors

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 13:51Author: Sakinah Samuels

Some of South Africa's favourite spots such as the Table Mountain Cableway and Sun City are now reopening and will be welcoming visitors again after months of being closed down. This comes as the country made the move to Level 2 of the National Lockdown.

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Table Mountain Cableway will be welcoming visitors back from 1 September and Sun City will follow suit the very next day as these spots have been closed for months since the beginning of lockdown.

This comes as Lockdown level 2 is observed and domestic leisure travel is allowed, allowing South Africans from all over to continue a somewhat normal vacation trip to some of the most visited places in the country.

During Lockdown Level 2, the cable car trips were open for hikers to take. Managing Director at The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, Wahida Parker, said, "We are really looking forward to being able to carry local visitors and domestic travellers up to the top of Table Mountain".

The cableway will be open to visitors from Monday to Sunday between 8 am and 3pm. Parker has said that, "we have taken every step to ensure that the health and safety of our visitors and staff remain our top priority".

The following protocols will be followed at the cable way:

  • A maximum of 26 people will be allowed with every ride
  • Social distancing will be observed
  • Masks are compulsory
  • Every 24 hours, the cableway will be deep cleaned and sanitised
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the lower and top stations

At the top, the WiFi lounge and the visitor's centre will be open for visitors to indulge in beverages, snacks and meals. 

Another South African favourite, Sun City, will also be opening this week after 150 days of being closed. This months long closure was the first time Sun City closed since being opened for the very first time.

However, only Hotel and Sun Vacation Club residents, Sun MVG members and guests with confirmed golf bookings will be allowed in.

The resort has been transformed. Screenings and sanitisations will take place as visitors enter and masks are compulsory. Social distancing and tracking details also take place. 

Only certain amounts of people are allowed to use the different facilities for a certain amount of time to allow for different groups to enjoy the facilities.

Josiah Montsho, General Manager at The Palace Hotel, said that they are extremely excited for the reopening and that they're also waiting for international borders to open as this is what drives their business. 

Sun City won't be operating at full capacity, only 50%,  just yet and will be phasing in different parts of the resort as regulations are eased. It was also said that international tourists might only be able to visit the resort at the end of the year. 

Sun City said on their website, "In addition to our ongoing cleaning schedules, we have introduced additional enhanced practices in all areas, including temperature checks and complete a medical screening questionnaire, making hand sanitizers available at all entrances to hotels, the casino, conference areas, as well as on public transport at Sun City. These are also available in staff areas.”

Sun City's casinos have been operating since 1 July when the regulations saw a further easing. Management is however hoping for the curfew to be lifted as this has placed further limitations on the way they're operating.

The public is being assured that safety protocols will be adhered to.

 

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North West University Produces Outstanding Pass Rate During Pandemic

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 12:40Author: Sakinah Samuels

Even through a whole pandemic that's taking over the world, North West University students have managed to still produce impressive results in it's first semester along with a very high pass rate close to 90%. NWU is committed to improving it's quality of teaching and learning.

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North West University (NWU) students have produced a pass rate of 88.5% all while going through a pandemic that has completely flipped all of our lives. The University's active registration rate has also been high. 

On top of it all, both of those factors are significantly higher than they were in 2019. This shows that less students were not participating and less failures were seen. Last year's pass rate sat at 85.9%, showing a growth of 2.6%.

NWU’s registered pass rate which is the number of students who passed modules compared to all students registered for a specific module is 88% which is said to be almost 5% higher than in 2019.

These excellent results are said to be due to hard work, creativity and perseverance even while Covid-19 has severely impacted the way Higher Education is being experienced in the country. NWU is committed to improving it's quality of teaching and learning and said to have laid the foundation to these results in 2019.

NWU said that they have placed further emphasis on the high quality of assessment approaches for its courses, modules and programmes that have been assessed and approved by the South African Qualification Authority.

The difference in numbers between students who registered for a module and those who actually participated in it has also dropped in all of their faculties. Along with this, the dropout rate has also not increased since last year which was 10.78%. 

The vice-chancellor and principal of NWU, Professor Dan Kgwadi, has said that the time and efforts invested by NWU academics to teach with passion and diligence are paying off and that "the staff of the NWU are continuously striving to provide the best possible student learning experience and to prepare students to be ready for challenges in any sector".

NWU has also provided students with support such supplemental instruction, mentoring, academic literacy, reading and writing programmes, eFundi support programmes, career centre initiatives, ongoing and continuously improving library and information services support, and multilingual support initiatives from the language directorate.

Kgwadi has said, "We look forward to welcoming more students back on our campuses. We are satisfied that the measures that we have put in place to manage the spread of the coronavirus have been recognised as sufficient and have ensured that we are one of the universities deemed to pose a low risk."

Students who choose to still do online learning will still receive support as well. 

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Applications Open For Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Programme

Applications for the 2020-2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa programme are now open. The US Embassy in South Africa and the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has come together to bring you this programme which gives you an opportunity to become mentored in entrepreneurship.

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The US Embassy in South Africa and the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has come together to bring you the 2020/21 Academy for Women entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa Programme. With this programme, 125 female entrepreneurs are chosen to get virtual and in-person training and receive mentorship.

AWE is an 8 months entrepreneurship training and mentorship program that provides women with practical business management skills, networks, and follow-on opportunities, including potential funders.

Who should apply?
  • Women between the ages of 21 and 35 who are fluent in English
  • Residents in one of the five AWE SA Cities (Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban/Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg and Pretoria)
  • Must have either a practical business idea or have been in business for 2 years or less
  • Ability to take part in weekly group sessions and must be able to commit to 5 or more hours weekly to the program
  • Computer literate and have access to a laptop or computer

AWE supports you in creating and growing you substantial business.

Maureen Mimnaugh, the Embassy Public Affairs Officer, said, "AWE is a great opportunity for women entrepreneurs across South Africa to gain university-level business and management training, strengthen their networks, and grow as entrepreneurs".

Mimnaugh said that these tools for successful entrepreneurship is especially important as we approach a post-Covid world and that what this programme wants to do is support women in a recovering economy of innovation.

This will be the program's second year running.

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Woza Matrics Schedule Out Now

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 11:43Author: Simbongile Makanda

Woza Matrics has officially launched today. The Department of Basic education launched this programme to help matric learners catch up with school work. Classes will be broadcast on TV channels, online platforms and radio. 

 

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Learners will now have access to learning materials and study tools. Classes will be available to watch on SABC 3, DStv and Openview (Channel 122).

The programme will air seven days a week, from 8:00 - 10:00 and 13:00 - 15:00.

If you happen to miss it, it will also be available for free on the DStv Now Catch up app.  

Woza Matrics will cover a range of grade 12 subjects like:

  • Maths
  • Maths Literacy
  • Life Sciences
  • Geography
  • Physical Science
  • Accounting, Economics
  • English First Additional Language
  • History
  • Business Studies.
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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga is happy that the programme has come at the right time for matric learners. 

“This initiative has come at the right time when we are working to get schooling back on track. Matric is always stressful but 2020 has been filled with unusual stresses. I want to congratulate all our Grade 12 learners and their families for the perseverance and determination.

“It is abundantly clear that additional support is required for learners and we will continue to provide this. There are a few months left before the end of the year and Woza Matrics will give learners the support they need to prepare for the final exams,” said the Minister.

Matric learners have a challenging exam season ahead of them as they are scheduled to write a combined examination in November. The exams will start on Thursday 5 November and end on Tuesday 15 November. 

A new calendar was released by the department in August. This new calendar replaces the calendar that the department released in March 2020.

"Candidates are once again reminded that this is a combined examination which implies that all candidates that were scheduled to write the Senior Certificate examination in May/June 2020 will be allowed to write this examination."

The results for the final exams will be released on 23 February 2021. Although results are being released later than usual, the department has said this will not affect chances of securing a spot at a Higher Education Institutions.

"The Minister wishes to reassure all Grade 12 learners that they will be fully supported in their preparations leading to the writing of 2020 Grade 12 examinations, despite the challenges that this year has presented."

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Gauteng Department Seeking Examination Assistants

Gauteng's Department of Education has vacancies for 2020 Examinations Assistants. They are looking to hire students, unemployed persons and unemployed graduates. These assistants will perform various examinations administration ad hoc duties. 

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Gauteng's Department of Education has vacancies for 2020 Examinations Assistants.

To conduct credible National Senior Certificate examinations, the Gauteng Department of Education appoints Examination Assistants/Quality Assures to perform various examinations administration ad hoc duties.

The target group for these ad hoc vacancies are registered students at tertiary institutions, unemployed persons with one or more tertiary qualification and unemployed graduates.

Applicants must possess advanced numerical skills with Mathematics or Accounting as a compulsory subject at least at matric level. 

Second year and above tertiary students will be advantaged. 

Persons writing National Senior Certificate /Senior Certificate and AET Examinations in 2020, persons who have taken the VSP and persons employed elsewhere may NOT apply and will not be considered.

They welcome applications from persons with disabilities.

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High Risk Universities Plan To Finish Academic Year In March

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 11:00Author: Sakinah Samuels

High risk Universities in South Africa are expected to only finish their 2020 academic year in March of next year. With many Universities not having continued their academic programmes and some students having been left in the dark, is this possible? Will these students be able to catch up?

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Six South African Universities were identified as high risk which the Minister of Higher Education said was due to them not being able to adequately resume academic teaching and learning for a major part of the student population since a recess due to Coronavirus was called in March.

The six institutions identified by the Minister as high risk were Central University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of Fort Hare, Sefako Makgatho University, Vaal University of Technology and Walter Sisulu University. Nzimande said that as reports come in, this could change.

Universities South Africa (USAf) CEO, Ahmed Bawa, said that newer reports shows that the number of Universities identified as high risk are now fewer than six. 

"Even those institutions which are deemed to be at high risk have programmes in place or have a plan in place at least to complete the 2020 academic year and I can tell you to what extent that plan is in place at the different institutions," said Bawa.

Universities which are in the high risk list are also putting plans in place to finish the academic year by March 2021. 

Bawa says that they're hoping to not see outbreaks on campuses and that should they happen, there is hope that the Universities and Departments of Health will be able to cope with it.

High risk institutions are identified as such according to data from the Department. Two major factors determine the level of risk such as the extent to which the Universities have engaged in some form of learning prior to this period and then whether they are in a good position to receive students back on campus. 

Under Lockdown level 2, 66% of students are expected to be back on campuses. The next 33% of students are due to start returning to campuses on 1 September. 

There's been a direct intervention from Higher Health, the higher education support structure to support institutions and the Department during Covid and works with the Department of Health. Higher Health, the Department and USAf are working with local Departments of Health to see how and if they can strengthen the local health department to assist Universities should outbreaks happen on campus. 

"We know exactly how to prevent outbreaks and we're seeing it in the broader public ... it's wearing masks, social distancing, trying to ensure that surfaces are sanitised and all of that so those public health steps are well known. Now, the big question is, will we able to get staff and students to rigorously take on board those public health initiatives. We know for a fact that if we follow those public health guidelines that we'll prevent the outbreaks. It's as simple as that," said the USAf CEO.

It's important for Universities to have a social compact in place, said Bawa.

Universities have said that interventions and catch up programmes will be in place for students who couldn't do online learning and that these will be implemented when a return to campus happens. However, will students be able to catch up on months worth of work in this time? Students who are at Universities which were identified as low risk are already overwhelmed and not performing as they would want to, so what will happen in the case of a vulnerable student at a low risk University?

 

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Funding For Unisa Students

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 10:32Author: Sakinah Samuels

Unisa is an open distance e-learning university which reaches into places where other institutions do not, making a difference to everyone. Here's some ways to be funded if you choose to study at Unisa.

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The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a distance education university. In terms of its academic offering, UNISA offers a combination of career-orientated courses usually associated with a university of technology, combined with general formative academic programmes typically linked to a traditional university.

Unisa offers many certificates, degrees and diplomas. How far you get with your studies is entirely up to you. Unisa offers degrees at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. This gives you the option of studying for as long as you wish and within your own time frame.

Unisa uses alternative teaching and learning methods which therefore has many individuals questioning whether funding is available for those who wish to study with Unisa.

OER Funding: OER stands for Open Educational Resources and are often funded through foundations. Visit this Unisa webpage here to find out more information on OER funding.

Unisa Merit Bursary: Students must have obtained an average of at least 75% and above in their previous year of study. The bursary covers tuition fees and prescribed textbooks only.

Transport Education Training Authority bursaries: The Transport Education Training Authority awards bursaries annually for studies aligned to critical and scarce skills identified in the transport sector. Unisa honours bursary: The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens registered for an honours qualification in any discipline at Unisa. The bursary covers tuition fees only.

BANKSETA Lesedi Bursary Scheme for Unisa CTA Level 2: Unisa's College of Accounting Sciences invites applications for the BANKSETA Lesedi Bursary Scheme from students who have already been accepted at Unisa to study CTA Level 2.

ISFAP Funding: The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is government initiative to provide financial assistance to very poor, poor and “missing middle" students. Read our article on ISFAP here.

Department of Labour Bursaries: Students with disabilities qualify for (apart from any other bursaries) for bursaries from the Department of Labour and are required to apply directly at the Department for these bursaries.

Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme: Bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Read our article on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme here.

NSFAS: NSFAS offers fully subsidized free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans where there is up to R350,000 household income per year. This bursary includes tuition fees, learning materials allowances, transport allowances and living allowances. More information can be found here.

Fundi: Fundi offers students loans to fund their studies. Visit their website here for more information.

Feenix: This is a student programme that uses the process of fundraising in order to help students fund their studies. Read our article on Feenix here.

Banks: Many South African banks offer loans for students looking to fund their studies. Read our article to find out which banks offer student loans.

For further financial assistance, go visit the Financial Aid office at your campus.

For funding separate from your university and their Financial Aid office, you can visit the Bursaries Portal to see which bursaries are available to you as a student.

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Unisa Applications For 2021 Are Now Open

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 10:30Author: Sakinah Samuels

Applications for Undergraduate qualifications, Honours degrees and Postgraduate diplomas are now open for 2021 at Unisa. 

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Applications for 2021 are now open for Undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees), Honours degrees & postgraduate diplomas are now open. 

Unisa is an open distance e-learning university which reaches into places where other institutions do not, making a difference to everyone. In terms of its academic offering, UNISA offers a combination of career-orientated courses usually associated with a university of technology, combined with general formative academic programmes typically linked to a traditional university.

Unisa offers many certificates, degrees and diplomas. How far you get with your studies is entirely up to you. Unisa offers degrees at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. This gives you the option of studying for as long as you wish and within your own time frame.

Faculties
  • Accounting Sciences
  • Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
  • Economic & Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Human Sciences
  • Law
  • Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Graduate Studies
  • Graduate School of Business Leadership

For more information on the qualifications Unisa offers, click here.

Closing dates
  • Undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees) 30 November 2020
  • Honours degrees 15 December 2020
  • Postgraduate diplomas 15 December 2020

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period.

The verification of applications takes some time. You may only receive feedback from Unisa six to eight weeks after the closing date for applications.

If you want to know more on how and where to get funding as a Unisa students, click here.

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South Africans Warned Of Possible Water Restrictions

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 20:43Author: Sakinah Samuels

Parts of South Africa are seen to have dam levels at concerning capacities and the topic of water restrictions is then seen to be coming up. Locals are being encouraged to use water sparingly as a high demand is currently being seen.

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The Department of Water and Sanitation is urging consumers to use water sparingly as South Africa's water crisis continues.

The Vaal Dam has reached it's lowest level it's ever been at this year as it dropped to 38,8% from 39,6% just last week and this is seen as dangerous. Sputnik Ratau from the Department says that the dam is reaching critical levels. 

He has said that the Vaal Dam is part of a system that consists of thirteen other dams and that if you are to look at the system itself, it's still in a good space as it's still over 60%. The Vaal Dam is however the main supplier of Rand Water which is the main supplier of water to Gauteng. 

Ratau has said, "we are not even at a stage where we have to impose water restrictions". 

However, Rand Water is planning to introduce water restrictions from August 2020 until January 2021 in Ekurhuleni. 

The Municipality in the city said they received a letter from Rand Water, informing the city that various stages and levels of restrictions will be placed on the bulk supply meters of Rand Water, in agreement with the municipal customers.

“According to the letter, Rand Water intends to have water consumption staying within the licence target level and that means an overall reduction of 8% by municipalities,” said the Divisional Head of Communication and Media Relations in the City of Ekurhuleni, Nhlanhla Cebekhulu. He has encouraged customers to do everything they can to save water right now.

“Such actions include ensuring that no water goes to waste and that efforts to reuse water are applied. Customers are also reminded to make plans to harvest rainwater which may be used for all other household needs except for drinking and cooking,” Cebekhulu said.

According to the latest weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation, the country’s dam levels have dropped by 9% in the past three months, bringing them from 75,2% to 66,6% this week. However, the department assured that this is not all doom and gloom because this is normal during this period of the year, as the rainfall season for the inland provinces ended four months ago already.

Ratau has also said that a 1% drop every week is expected at this time of the year in because there was not much rainfall in Gauteng since the summer rainfall at the end of April. It has however dropped much further than it was a year ago which is raising concerns in the Department and has them wanting to look at it critically.

As for Western Cape, things seem to be going in the opposite direction as the Province sees it's dam levels reach over 90% of capacity. This comes as continuous rainfall is seen in the Western Cape, with there being a 2.7% increase in dam levels this week. At this time last year, dam levels were at 81.9%.

The Berg Dam in the province has reached a capacity off 100.8% while the Steenbras Upper is at 99% and the Steenbras Lower has 98.8%. The rest of the dams in the Western Cape are all measuring above 86% capacity.

The rainfall is expected to continue which means a further increase in dam levels will be seen.

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The impact of Covid-19 on education

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 20:10Author: New Frame

The coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut abruptly, exposing the huge inequality between impoverished and privileged pupils as learning moved online and schoolgirls faced exploitation.

By Zandile Bangani. Illustration by Anastasya Eliseeva.

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The abrupt move from the classroom to remote, online learning at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic interrupted learning for children in low-incomes areas around the world. Those whose families lacked the financial means to afford computers and Wi-Fi internet access were immediately at a disadvantage. And parents, many of whom lacked the skills and capacity to take on the role of a teacher, had to start homeschooling their children at short notice. 

Remote learning has had additional negative consequences for schoolgirls. “When schools shut down, early marriages increase, more children are recruited into militias, sexual exploitation of girls and young women rises, teenage pregnancies become more common, and child labour grows,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). 

The pandemic’s impact on education has been colossal. Unesco reports staggering numbers: “Over 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries are affected by Covid-19 school closures.” And “in Africa, about 297 million learners have been affected”, writes research scientist Moses Ngware. “Never before have we witnessed educational disruption on such a scale,” said Unesco director general Audrey Azoulay. 

Despite the challenges of limited internet access, electricity and computers, “countries are keeping learning actively through various remote learning methods such as radio and television programmes, in addition to online platforms and social media,” writes Franck Kuwonu for the Africa Renewal website. 

Unesco has compiled a list of the various educational platforms being used around the world. 

The Central African Republic partnered with Unicef and Radio Ndeke Luka to provide radio-based education programmes. “Every day, at 5.05pm Bangui time, numeracy and reading lessons in French and Sango, the national language, are broadcast to support the Ministry of Education’s action for the affected children.” Greece has opted to use television, with its “ATV programme at the ERT2 channel aimed primarily at primary school students to continue learning during the health crisis”. 

Extreme inequality means vulnerable and disadvantaged children will still bear the brunt of this educational disruption, however, now and in the coming years. Those from impoverished backgrounds have inevitably fallen behind. 

This is also the case for children with learning difficulties, whose education is hands-on and tailored to their needs. “Children with disabilities may have underlying health conditions that increase their risk of serious complications from Covid-19. Also, with regular operations of schools and businesses coming to a halt, the inaccessibility to therapy and support for these children may exert effects that are long-lasting and significant. As such, it becomes equally important to take care of their physical as well as mental health,” according to Unesco.

Remote learning and teaching success depends on infrastructure and support, write Damaris Seleina Parsitau and Evelyn Jepkemei with regards to marginalised children in Kenya on the non-profit Brookings Institution’s website. 

“For rural children of parents with low literacy levels and limited education resources, this risk of learning loss is heightened. Not only are these parents frustrated at having to homeschool without adequate preparation, but they also cannot reinforce their children’s learning. Intermittent online learning is not effective for students already behind, and radio learning cannot replace classroom learning as it is intended to supplement the knowledge that children already have,” they say.

Barriers to online learning

In South Africa, the digital learning divide has been highly evident. Learners from impoverished areas attend government-funded schools where education is free, but these schools are marked by dilapidated infrastructure, illiteracy, a lack of books, overcrowding, fewer teachers and high dropout rates. The disparities that exist between fee and no-fee schools and private schools in terms of quality of education and access to resources ultimately determines the success or failure of the learner. 

Internet connectivity issues, limited data and a lack of resources are the three main barriers to online learning for school children in impoverished areas. 

The cost of data in South Africa is also an issue. “South Africa has among the most expensive mobile data in Africa, says a new report, though it is still better off than the US and Canada,” writes Edward-John Bottomley for the Business Insider Africa website.

As education in countries around the world moves to online platforms, the question now is if students are actually learning anything. It is difficult to tell at the moment. And if matric pupils are not adequately prepared to enter institutions of higher learning, the probability of them dropping out of university is high, say Padhma Moodley and Rachael Jesika Singh in their 2015 report, Addressing Student Dropout Rates at South African Universities. “The excitement of a South African university acceptance is shortlived for many students, as the challenges faced are often overwhelming, resulting in many dropping out in their first year of study,” write Moodley and Singh.

The Good Law Project in the United Kingdom has said it will use legal means to make sure children from low-income areas are not left behind. A not-for-profit membership organisation, the project protects the interests of the public, in this case access to education for impoverished learners in England. 

“The move could lead to courts forcing the government to ensure the provision of adequate internet connections and IT equipment to hundreds of thousands of children from poor or vulnerable backgrounds while the lockdown continues and schools remain closed,” wrote Richard Adams for The Guardian newspaper. 

Schoolgirls at risk

Parsitau and Jepkemei echo Unesco’s concerns about the effects of Covid-19 lockdowns on schoolgirls. “This places girls at especially high risk of health and reproductive crises, including forced female genital mutilation, as well as early marriage, which puts girls at high risk of dropping out when schools reopen,” they say. 

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa gave the world a chance to learn from them following the closure of schools. When schools closed to limit infection, girls were more likely to be raped. “While most education interventions aim to improve both wellbeing and learning, it may be that the former needs to take priority in disease-related emergencies,” according to Joe Hallgarten, the principal consultant at the Education Development Trust in the UK.

“That grim story is now playing out,” writes Cassie Werber on the Quartz Africa website. “A study by the United Nations Development Programme said that in Sierra Leone, teenage pregnancy increased by 65% due to the socioeconomic condition imposed by Ebola. A survey of 1 100 girls and boys, also in Sierra Leone, by Save the Children in June 2015 found that most girls interviewed thought teenage pregnancy was rising, and 10% said more girls were being forced to sell sex due to loss of family, and with it, financial security. Fear of sexual assault was common, and the children told stories of girls attacked and raped, even in Ebola-quarantined households.”

History is repeating itself. A report titled Under Siege: Impact of Covid-19 on Girls in Africa by the African Child Policy Forum and Plan International Africa says: “With more than 120 million schoolgirls at home in Africa, there have been numerous reports from countries of child abuse and exploitation, including domestic violence and child marriage.”

The report covers girls with disabilities. “The Covid-19 pandemic lockdown measures have left millions of girls with disabilities without access to disability-friendly services, including much-needed specialised face-to-face therapeutic and medical care services and inclusive education services. Most of them are not able to access information on how to protect themselves from the virus, as currently available messages are largely not packaged in disability accessible formats.

“We know that girls with disabilities are up to 10 times more likely than girls without disabilities to experience sexual, emotional and physical violence, as well as forced abortions and sterilisations. Girls with disabilities are victims of a triangle of factors based on age, disability and gender.”

The world could have learned from issues arising from the closure of schools during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but that pandemic was treated as “their problem” and so the same mistakes are being made during the coronavirus pandemic. Countries are once again failing impoverished and vulnerable children. 

A chance to change 

The Covid-19 pandemic offers a chance to restructure education in such a way as to be inclusive of the needs of all learners. 

Elin Martínez, a senior researcher in the children’s rights division at non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch, paints a bleak picture about access to education even before the outbreak of the coronavirus. “The impact on children and young people’s education has been enormous and is built on existing gaps: one in five children and youth were excluded from schools even before Covid-19 struck.”

Addressing inequality has to be a priority. “While children are not as widely infected by Covid-19, they are disproportionately affected by the socioeconomic impact. There is fear that many children may be deprived of care or be forced to play the role of caregivers to younger siblings when parents or caregivers become infected or die,” says the Under Siege report.  

If this chance to restructure education for the benefit of all children is missed, the education crisis will worsen and the disparity between privileged and impoverished pupils become even more noticeable.

This article was first published by New Frame.  

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Drug To Treat Covid Might Be On It's Way

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 19:48Author: Sakinah Samuels

South Africa's trials for a possible drug to treat Covid-19 has begun. Should this drug trial end in success and with the way it's being trialed, it could treat those most likely to be hospitalised for complications and aid that very result before complications from the virus arises.

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South African trials for a drug to treat Covid-19 has started in the Western Cape. This drug trial for the respiratory disease is taking place at the University of Cape Town's Lung Institute.

These trials will see Keertan Dheda, Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Head of the Division of Pumonology at UCT head it. The Professor said:

The first patient was randomised yesterday and this is a randomised controlled trial that is evaluating a drug called ‘nitazoxanide’ and we are recruiting across four cities in the country.

Nitazoxanide has been around for about 30 years, said the Professor and was used to treat diarrhea that came from parasitic infections but now it's being evaluated to treat the coronavirus. A perk is that it is a low cost drug and is already registered in many countries.

It was found that the drug could kill the virus. However, this conclusion came from it being worked in a lab and not when it was tested on actual patients. Now, trials on patients with the virus have begun, which was suggested by many around the world.

There are two or three other clinical trials that are registered and are due start in other parts of the world but this is the only one that will also be testing the drug in HIV registered persons, said Dheda. 

Another way they aim to get ahead with this drug is by testing it on patients who are in the early stage of the virus in people who are high risk, such as overweight or diabetic individuals, and have not reached a stage where they need to be hospitalised.

The reason for running the trials using patients in this group, according to Dheda, is because a third of this group are found to need hospital care and from there one in three or more of them end up passing away from complications of the virus.

By testing it before any complications needing medical attention arise would then be able to help that group of people and prevent them from getting those very complications should the drug be found to work.

The trial is funded by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and is co-funded by Zylomed Pharmaceuticals who donated the drugs said Dheda.

They plan on having 960 participants enrolled across four cities in South Africa and hope to complete the drug trial in three or four months.

UCT also announced that they have joined the search for a Covid vaccine, along with other Universities, by being involved in three international trials in the country. It was said that more candidates will be available for trials in South Africa.

These trials will start in September and are headed by the University of the Witwatersrand. 

The deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, said, "It is very important for South Africa to participate [in vaccine trials] because we can contribute to the global cause, and it helps scientists understand how South Africans will respond to these [vaccine] candidates".

 

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Matric Past Papers: Mathematics

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 15:59Author: Bronwyn Newman

Mathematics Papers for Matrics. Past papers are a great way to prepare for your exams, so check them out below! November 2019 and March 2018.

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Matric Past Papers: English

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 15:03Author: Bronwyn Newman

English Papers for Matrics. Past papers are a great way to prepare for your exams, so check them out below!

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SASSA Now Experiencing A Major Backlog With R350 Grants

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 13:51Author: Sakinah Samuels

It's no secret that when it comes to administration, SASSA isn't exactly winning any awards. Now, with their SRD grant which sees vulnerable South Africans receive R350 a month being introduced during lockdown, issues have come up and a major backlog is now happening. 

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SASSA is now "drowning in a set of administrative challenges" when it comes to their R350 grant, as was said to Parliament. This comes after SASSA introduces a further appeals process when millions of rejected applications were found.

It was revealed when SASSA representatives spoke to the National Assembly that 300 000 email claims have not yet been seen to as well as 4000 phone calls being receiving no answer daily. 

To deal with these issues with backlogs, SASSA will be instating a call centre which will handle 90% of the email claims and 80% of the phone calls. 

This issue of backlogs becomes an even bigger issue when the fact that SASSA spent millions in effort to improve the systems a few years ago. The DA said the Department of Social Development paid a total of R2.5 million to multiple technical advisers to see to administrative issues in 2018. 

DA's Shadow Minister, Bridget Masango, has said, "The Democratic Alliance (DA) has learned that the previous Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, spent more than R2.5 million for a technical task team to review the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) business model and make recommendations in reforming how SASSA made its cash payments."

Masango has said that should SASSA have taken the advice and suggestions they were given, "vulnerable South Africans might have had more of a fighting chance these past six months with their R350 grants," but that the way they handled it has now lead to uncertainty in many lives.

SASSA is urging those who receive funds from the R350 grant to seriously consider changing their payment method to using a bank account. They have therefore opened up their system for applicants to change their preferred payment method.

The period for preferred method of payment is scheduled for Monday, 31 August 2020 to Sunday, 06 September 2020, 24 hours a day. Approved beneficiaries of the grant can change their payment method by visiting https://srd.sassa.gov.za during this period.

SASSA CEO Totsie Memela explained that, “The payment process is delayed if money is sent to a closed account, as SASSA has to wait for the funds to be returned before sending it to the Post Office for collection. Clients who update their details are advised to ensure that their information is captured correctly to avoid any further delays."

To conclude, SASSA has said that anyone who doesn't update their information during this window period, or who gives incorrect banking details will have the payments for the remaining months sent through to the Post Office.

This Special Relief Distress Grant will expire in October 2020.

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Online Learning Decoded

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 13:12Author: Rosebank College

CHOOSE FLEXIBILITY, CHOOSE ONLINE LEARNING

With the rapid change in technology, Online Learning is a feasible option. There is no doubt that online education will be a game-changer for generations to come.

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IS ONLINE LEARNING THE RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU?

Deciding on a mode of study such as online learning requires a thorough self-check and some sacrifices on the student's part. The learner needs to have the right tools, set study goals and a study plan. There are a few burning questions when it comes to online learning, and we have demystified some of the questions below.

IIE Rosebank College offers the following resources for online learning:

  • An online tutor to provide cognitive module teaching and learning support.
  • Textbooks included with your tuition fees.
  • A Programme Success Tutor to provide onboarding, orientation, motivation and other teaching and learning support.
  • An online librarian, for support relating to library resources, writing and referencing workshops.
  • A Student Wellness Manager for student wellness e.g. counseling.
  • Interactive WhatsApp messaging support.

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