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Shift Tomorrow Learnerships

Terrique Alie Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 02:35

Help young South Africans reach their full potential. Shift Tomorrow is a bi-annual campaign where The Knowledge Trust proactively supports young South Africans in advancing their career.

Opportunity Details

In our fifth edition, we will provide free access to online courses, assessments, interview tips, mock interviews and more to help our members access Learnerships. These are structured learning and earning programmes designed to bridge the skills and income.

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For young people

Young people will be invited to created their Learnership profiles via WhatsApp. Once the profiles have been completed, you’ll be invited to partake in 4 quick assessments – also via WhatsApp. Complete all the assessments and you’ll get access to the free and zero-rated Learnership Work Readiness Programme developed by TSIBA.

On WhatsApp

Through WhatsApp, young people will be able to build a professional online profile and verify their skills in four quick assessments.Once all the assessments are complete, they’ll get access to a free and zero-rated Learnership Work Readiness Programme developed by TSIBA Ignition Academy.

TSIBA Work readiness

In partnership with TSIBA Ignition Academy, members will get access to a free, zero-rated and fully online Learnership work readiness programme. The content is specifically designed to give young people the best possible chance at getting and thriving in a Learnership.

For employers

Companies who run learnerships simultaneously tackle our education and unemployment crises whilst building a strong pipeline of great young talent for their organisation.These programmes can also be funded by SETA and contribute to the development of your BBBEE scorecard.

For training providers

What-you-put-in is what-you-get-out: The quality of the learners that are recruited into a Learnership are predictors of the success of the programme as a whole. Our process ensures that 10s of 1000s of young South Africans are assessed, trained and then reassessed before inviting them to apply for Learnerships through The Knowledge Trust platform.

 

HOW TO APPLY?

Simply click on this link to find out more about this learnership opportunity and to apply.

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Majuba TVET College 2021 Registrations Are Open

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 17:21 Author Sakinah Samuels

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Majuba TVET College. Majuba TVET College offers a wide variety of courses as well as leadership programmes at their eight campuses.

Registrations for the 2021 academic year are now open at Majuba TVET College. Majuba TVET College offers a wide variety of courses as well as leadership programmes at their eight campuses.

Registration Dates

All new students (Business Studies N4, NCV Level 2 and Engineering N1) programmes will finalize their registration on 18 -21 January 2021.

All returning students of Engineering Studies N2, N3, N4, N5 and N6; and NCV Level 3 and Level 4 will finalize their registration on 05 -10 February 2021.

Dundee Technology Centre

  • Financial Management N6 12 January
  • Management Assistant N6 12 January
  • Farming Management N6 13 January
  • Human Resources N6 13 January
  • Financial Management N5 14 January
  • Management Assistant N5 14 January
  • Farming Management N5 15 January
  • Human Resources N5 15 January
  • Introductory Business Studies N4 18 January
  • N4 Programmes 18 January

IT & Business Campus

  • Financial Management N6 12 January
  • Management Assistant N6 12 January
  • Farming Management N6 13 January
  • Public Management N6 13 January
  • Hospitality & Catering N6 13 January
  • Financial Management N5 14 January
  • Management Assistant N5 14 January
  • Farming Management N5 15 January
  • Public Management N5 15 January
  • Hospitality & Catering N5 15 January
  • Introductory Business Studies N4 18 January
  • N4 Programmes 18 January

Centre for People Development

  • Financial Management N5 12 January
  • Financial Management N6 13 January
  • Human Resources N5 14 January
  • Human Resources N6 18 January
  • Public Management N5 19 January
  • Introductory Business Studies N4 20 January
  • N4 Programmes 20 January

Students are also able to return their textbooks, collect their academic results, receive and sign their proof of registration and enrolment form, sign their NSFAS addendum and take their student cards on these days.

Students are advised to strictly follow the staggered dates approach and to adhere to Campus Access and Security Control measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

For more information, click here.

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Will NSFAS Fund My Online Studies?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 15:15 Author Lauren Chawula

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

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

You may be wondering if they fund students who pursue online studies.

The answer is yes they do but only if you're doing a full-time programme or university degree at a public university or TVET College. 

They fund students who are enrolled at the University of South Africa (Unisa) which is a distance e-learning university. Unisa offers many courses online which can be funded by NSFAS. 

However, NSFAS does not fund any short courses or short-term degrees administered online and they also don't fund any online degrees offered at private colleges. 

The requirements for NSFAS are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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DA Wants UIF TERS Scheme To Be Extended

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 14:22 Author Lauren Chawula

After President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the adjusted alert Level 3 lockdown, the Democratic Alliance has called on the government to extend the UIF TERS Scheme. 

On Monday 11 January, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and announced that the adjusted alert Level 3 lockdown will be extended. The National State of Disaster was also extended until 31 January 2021 which has many questioning whether the UIF TERS Scheme would be extended as well. 

The effects of the lockdown over the last 10 months have been devastating for businesses particularly in the tourism, hospitality and liquor industries. Many were left unemployed or unable to work due to commorbidities. This also negatively impacted South Africa's economy. 

Many South Africans have had no source of income for many months and the Democratic Alliance says that these people can be assisted by the UIF TERS Scheme.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) was funding which the government planned to distribute to help South Africans through the tough financial period brought about by Covid-19. This was initially meant to last for 3 months however it was extended as the country continued to battle with the coronavirus. 

The Covid-19 TERS Scheme came to an end on 15 October and the DA argues that the government should still be compensating those people who are unable to work due to the restrictions put in place. 

"As at 15 December 2020, the UIF had disbursed roughly R56 billion in Ters benefits for the period from the end of March to 15 October 2020. We know there is still money in the UIF pot, although it has been significantly depleted," said the DA MP Dr Michael Cardo in a statement. 

Dr Cardo mentions that members of the UIF are getting full pay even though they are home while ordinary workers do not get to share the same circumstances. 

"The DA calls upon the government to extend the Covid-19 Ters scheme for the duration of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown. The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, should communicate with the public on this matter urgently, as well as on the long-term financial sustainability of the UIF and what consequences there will be for government officials (and UIF officials in particular) who have been party to defrauding the UIF." concluded the statement by Dr Cardo. 

 

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Register To Rewrite Matric Subjects Now

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 14:07 Author Sakinah Samuels

If you did not meet the minimum requirements or want to rewrite some of your matric subjects, you can now register to do so through the Second Chance Matric programme. Here's what to do.

If you did not meet the minimum requirements or want to rewrite some of your matric subjects, you can now register to do so through the Second Chance Matric programme. Here's what to do.

Anyone can apply to rewrite their Matric subjects no matter what marks you got and you also have the option of writing any of the subjects you want. 

The Second Chance Matric Programme of the Department of Basic Education provides support to learners who want to rewrite subjects. It helps them to meet the requirements of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Senior Certificate (SC) and obtain a Grade 12 Matric certificate.

Some students might not have passed and want to rewrite. Another reason for rewriting could be that you did not meet the entry requirement for University and now need to improve.

Candidates who could not sit or finish the November examination due to medical reasons, a death in the family, or another special reason, can also write the supplementary examinations. Such a candidate must provide documentary evidence of why they were not able to write in November.

The following opportunities to rewrite exist:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) supplementary exams
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) progressed learners (learners who wrote the NSC the previous year but did not sit for all 6 subjects)
  • Part-time NSC candidates (learners who attempted the NSC examinations post 2015)

You can can register online here to rewrite or visit the district office and complete a form there. 

To be registered you will need to submit the following:

  • Completed registration form
  • A certified copy of your ID document or birth certificate or passport (foreign candidates)
  • Repeater candidates must attach a copy of their previous highest qualification
  • If you have you entered and wrote any other Grade 12 or equivalent examination before you will need to supply the examination numbers for those exams.

The department encourages Matrics who feel they might want to rewrite to register even if they haven't seen their results yet or even if they won't actually end up writing to avoid missing deadlines.

The deadline to apply to rewrite is 28 February.

For any enquiries, you can email [email protected] or call at 080 020 2933. You can also find more information here.

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Does Fundi Fund Online Studies?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 13:39 Author Lauren Chawula

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

Fundi is a leading South African Education Finance specialist. They strive to help students achieve their dreams, by covering the costs relating to their tertiary education through education loans.

They finance both private and public tertiary institutions, but do they fund students who are pursuing online studies?

The answer is yes they do. Fundi partners with institutions that offer online learning, all you have to do is check with them if the institution you plan on registering at is accepted by them. 

They finance postgraduate qualifications, executive education programmes and MBAs. Their funding also covers outstanding balances, registration fees, laptops, textbooks, study tools, accommodation, as well as uniforms and stationery.

To qualify for Fundi, you must be:

  • a South African resident (you must provide proof of this with your ID and proof of residence) 
  • permanently employed or have a parent who is permanently employed (you must provide proof of this with a letter from your employer confirming this; your last receipt of salary and your latest bank statements)

You must be in good standing in terms of your credit profile as you will not qualify if you are under credit or debt review. This is so that Fundi can see that you are able to repay the loan that they are providing. 

Fundi aims to make loans more accessible and affordable for students. They do not require you to pay collateral and repayments are deducted from your salary or can be paid through debit orders.

Click here for how to apply for this loan. 

For more information on Fundi Loan, click here. 

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Will Schools Still Be Opening As Planned?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 13:30 Author Sakinah Samuels

With the 2021 school year looking uncertain now that South Africa experiences a second wave of infections, the Department of Basic Education has now said where they currently stand in terms of when schools will be opening.

With the 2021 school year looking uncertain now that South Africa experiences a second wave of infections, the Department of Basic Education has now said where they currently stand in terms of when schools will be opening.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has said that for now, the current school calendar which sees the 2021 school year start on 27 January, will remain unchanged.

Teachers are due back at schools on 25 January.

As for how attendance will work, the department is looking to have alternating days and alternating weeks, at least for the first quarter for primary schools.

Research has shown that the new Covid-19 strain has not had a high impact on death rates and admission rates of learners. There was not a significant variation from what was picked up before, said the Director-General of DBE, Mweli Mathanzima.

DBE will supply schools with PPE for the 2021 school year.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) have now called on the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga to provide clarity on reports doing the rounds which say that government is considering pushing the reopening of schools to mid-February rather than the originally scheduled date of 27 January 2021.

The political party said in a statement, "We do not support such a delay as this will likely do more harm than good and will only lead to schools being subjected to the same chaos that they were subjected to during the 2020 academic year."

DBE meets with the National Coronavirus Command Council today to give an update on the reopening of schools as South Africa awaits formal instructions on what will happen with the 2021 schooling year as the country experiences a second wave of infections.

The department will hand over plans to the NCCC with Mweli telling Cape Talk, "Our plans were about bringing learners back, but running schools in a differentiated timetable manner."

 

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Apply Now To Study At Oakfields College

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 12:53 Author Sakinah Samuels

Register now for a course at Oakfields College. Taught by professionals from the performing arts industry, you can now start your extraordinary journey. 

Applications are now open for you to study at Oakfields College. Oakfields is an extraordinary college for extraordinary people, just like you!

Oakfields College, with campuses in Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, Greenstone, Johannesburg and Somerset West, Cape Town was established to promote the development of skills training in a variety of industries, namely business, broadcasting, sound and photography, fashion and film, to name a few. Oakfields College graduates are equipped for success, whether they begin a career right away or further their education through full-time study.

Oakfields College is a creative college that offers practical courses that prepare you for the working world. A large part of Oakfields' success has been built on the fact that their courses are extremely practical and the lecturers are experienced industry professionals. Classes are small, offering individual attention and the different faculties integrate with each other in order to simulate real life experiences in class. 

Oakfields College offers skills-based qualifications that fall within the Occupational Qualification Framework (OQF). 

Courses Full Time Courses
  • 3D Animation
  • Drama
  • Fashion Design
  • Film, TV and Video Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Make-up and Special Effects
  • Marketing Management
  • Musical Theatre and Dance
  • Photography
  • Public Relations and Event Management
  • Sound Engineering
Short Course Certificates
  • Digital Marketing
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Radio and TV Presenting
  • Sewing
  • Sound Recording
  • Event and Wedding Planning
  • Video Production
  • Acting
  • Special Effects Make-up
  • 3D Maya Fundamentals

There are three campuses:

  • Pretoria
  • East Rand
  • Somerset West 

Register with Oakfields for 2021 today and you won't be missing out on getting an extraordinary education!

With small classes, students get individual attention given to them and with with faculties weaving together, real life experiences are simulated.

For more information on what Oakfields College has to offer and to register, click here.

Click on 'Read more' to find out how to apply! How To Apply
  1. Go to https://www.oakfieldscollege.co.za/
  2. Click on 'Find Out More' under the category you're wanting to apply to
  3. Click on the programme you're interested in
  4. Fill in the form
  5. Someone will then be in contact with you from there
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Eastern Cape Schools Continue To Face Infrastructure Challenges

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 11:42 Author Lauren Chawula

Schools in the Eastern Cape have been facing challenges with basic infrastructure for many years leaving learners to be taught in unsafe environments and affecting their quality of education. 

In the African National Congress' (ANC) annual January 8th statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the need for improved school infrastructure to meet acceptable standards. He also said that a need exists to up-skill teachers, especially those in rural areas and townships. 

Many schools around the country have been operating in poorly built structures and teachers and students have had to make use of pit toilets. 

Eastern Cape schools are dealing with majority of the countries basic infrastructure problems, with the province having the highest number of pit toilets. 

The province has around 5400 schools, of which 2500 schools have ventilated pit litrines, around 2000 have pit litrines and 1598 have unsafe or inappropriate pit toilets. In addition to this 37 schools in the province have no toilets. 

SABC News spoke to Democratic Alliance's (DA) shadow educatiom minister in the Eastern Cape, Yusuf Cassim who said that the situation in the province was very concerning. 

Around 45% of the province's entire budget is allocated to education.

Cassim says the amount spent on infrastructure has been mismanaged and under-expenditure has occurred in previous years and since the Covid-19 pandemic has begun over half a billion rand has been spent on personal protective equipment (PPE). 

This further contributed to the infrastructure backlogs in the province. 

Cassim says that they estimate that it will take at least 32 years to eliminate unsafe sanitation as no concrete plan exists right now to eradicate this issue. 

"Our children, their lives continue to be placed at risk in this fashion," said Cassim. 

Infrastructure projects had been targeted and budgeted for by the Sanitation Appropriate For Education (SAFE) Initiative which was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa. However mismanagement of the budget and the projects have caused delays in improvements being made to infrastructure at schools. 

Cassim says that some schools still have asbestos roofing which is an inappropriate building material according to Norms and Standards. Over 400 mud schools also exist within the province. These conditions are putting the health and safety of all learners and educators at risk and affecting the quality of education that learners receive. 

Cassim says that the DA has laid complaints with the Human Rights Commission and they have written to the Premier to take hold of the situation. 

"Unless we are able to have a change within the governance of the department itself, we are not going to see any change within the management of these programmes."- DA Shadow Education Minister, Yusuf Cassim. 

 

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Free State Marking Under Control With 3 Positive Cases

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 11:38 Author Sakinah Samuels

Free State's Education Department is confident that this matric marking season will go down smoothly, even with markers having tested positive and more having dropped out.

Free State's Education Department is confident that this matric marking season will go down smoothly, even with markers having tested positive and more having dropped out.

3 markers have withdrawn due to testing positive for Covid-19. 2 of them are quarantining at home while the other quarantines at hospital.

60 Free State from teachers have pulled out of matric marking due to testing positive, being exposed or other reasons. The Free State Education Department has said that it's doing its best to protect more than 2 300 matric exam markers against COVID-19.

The Spokesperson for Free State's Department of Education, Howard Ndaba, has said:

We are making sure that the safety of our markers is paramount.

At the 23 marking centres in the province, the department seems to be pleased with the health and safety measures being put in place. 

"Fortunately, we have not experienced a surge in our marking centres. All marking processes are still running smoothly and we are grateful for that," said Ndaba.

Free State has markers on standby to replace those who have dropped out or to rescue any unforeseen circumstance.

All individuals present at marking centres are screened, wearing masks and undergoing hand sanitation. 

Markers who are being accommodated are said to not be sharing rooms.

Free State's Education Department is confident that the system they have in place will make sure that markers and everybody inside the marking centre is safe.

Through support given to learners and given by parents, Free State is confident that the Matric Class of 2020 has done well. 

Even though we are under these conditions, we are going to make sure that on the 23rd of February we acknowledge and pay tribute to the Class of 2020 because they make us proud. They have been resilient under very trying and difficult conditions.

The province has psychologists on hand to assist with any effects from Covid-19 and to provide the needed support.

94% of the 46 024 markers expected have reported to work. 0.5% of markers have tested positive for Covid, either on arrival or a few days after they were at the marking centre.

238 markers across the country have tested positive for Covid and have since been released.

Matric marking commenced on 4 January and are expected to fully be completed by 22 January with some provinces having earlier targets.

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Does Funza Lushaka Bursary Cover Online Studies?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:59 Author Sakinah Samuels

In efforts to increase the number of qualified teachers in the country, the Department offers bursaries to prospective teachers with the Funza Lushaka Bursary. You might wonder whether this bursary will cover online learning programmes. We have the answer.

In efforts to increase the number of qualified teachers in the country, the Department offers bursaries to prospective teachers with the Funza Lushaka Bursary. You might wonder whether this bursary will cover online learning programmes. We have the answer.

When asked if distance learning students are eligible to get funding through this bursary, the answer is yes, provided that they are eligible in all other respects.

In order to be eligible for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, the following is required:

  • You must currently be in grade 12 wanting to do a Bachelor of Education (BEd), a graduate who wants to get a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • You must be a South African citizen
  • The bursary will only be awarded if two of the priority area subjects are included as a specialisation in the teaching qualification
  • Demonstrate good academic ability
  • Must be 30 years of age or below

Applications for this bursary programme are now open and will close on 28 February. For more information, click here.

How To Track Your Application Status
  1. Click here to go to the Funza Lushaka Website
  2. Provide your login details; username and password
  3. Click the Login button
  4. Check your status 

Students may update their contact details and re-submit before the closing date. 

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. The bursaries are provided so that eligible students may complete a teaching qualification in an area recognised as priority.

University can cost a lot of money, taking into consideration learning material, transport costs, accommodation and living expenses. The Funza Lushaka Bursary can take care of those for you. 

They cover the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation including meals
  • Books and learning materials
  • A possible small allowance for monthly living expenses

For more information on the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme, click here

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Register Now To Become A Varsity College Student

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:51 Author Terrique Alie

Varsity College was established in 1991 and is a private higher education provider of the Independent Institute of Education (IIE). Varsity College is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. The IIE is also recognised internationally by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and is the only South African institution that carries a BAC accreditation. Varsity college aims to provide students with quality education by guiding students through acquiring the necessary skills to equip them for the revolutionised world. 
 

What is the process for Varsity College registration?

It is important to note that there are a limited number of students accepted to programmes at Varsity College each academic year. For all students registering for a Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate a non-refundable fee of R400 is required. Any late registrations or applications for degrees will only be considered should space be available and a penalty of R1750 levied. Once payment has been made a student advisor will be in contact with you to complete your application process. Applications for second semester part-time studies for new or returning students are also open and are accepted on a first come basis.

It can be quite overwhelming for students or parents to register online, especially for confidentiality purposes. However, each Varsity College campus has a well-trained team of registration assistants. They will ensure that you are guided through the process of registration and fully equipped for the start of your academic year. 

The following documents are required to register:

  1. An original, completed and signed in black ink, Varsity College registration form
  2. A certified copy of your South African ID book or passport
  3. A certified copy of the account payer’s South African ID book or passport
  4. A certified copy of your National Senior Certificate or Statement of Results or equivalent
  5. If you hold a foreign passport, a valid study visa made in the name of The Independent Institute of Education is required prior to the course commencement date.

For any additional information or enquiries regarding registration, you can visit www.varsitycollege.co.za/ or contact any one of the below campuses:

Cape Town campus:
Varsity House, Belmont Park, Belmont Road , Rondebosch 7700
Contact number : (021) 685 5021
Email: [email protected] 

Port Elizabeth campus:
1st Floor, Mercantile Bank Plaza, Ring Road, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth 6045
Contact number : (041) 363 4223
Email: [email protected]

Gauteng province

Sandton campus:
Waterstone Drive, off Benmore Road Benmore Gardens, 
Contact number : (011) 784 6939 
Email: [email protected]

Waterfall campus:
Janadel Avenue, 11 Riverview Park, Midrand 1686
Contact number: (010) 224 4300
Email: [email protected] 

Pretoria campus:
116 Clearwater Road, Cnr. Clearwater & Glenwood Roads, Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria 0081
Contact number : (012) 348 2551
Email: [email protected] 

Kwa-Zulu Natal province

Durban North:
12 Radar Drive, Durban North 4051
Contact number: (031) 573 2038
Email: [email protected] 

Westville:
1 Link Road, Cnr. St James Avenue & Link Road Westville 3630 
Contact number: (031) 266 8400 
Email: [email protected] 

Pietermaritzburg
Harwin Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3201
Contact number: (033) 386 2376
Email: [email protected] 

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South Africa Has Secured 20 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:33 Author Lauren Chawula

On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his national address that the country has secured 20 million coronavirus vaccines. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday, 11 January to provide an update on the lockdown restrictions the country would undertake going forward and to provide more details on the vaccines secured by the country to combat the coronavirus. 

On 28 December 2020 the country was put under an adjusted alert Level 3 lockdown which the President announced will be extended. 

As the second wave of Covid-19 occurred in South Africa the government was put under pressure to secure vaccines so that the country could achieve a herd immunity against the virus. Herd immunity is when enough of the population is immune to the coronavirus to provide indirect protection to those who are not immune, this would bring the rapid spread of the virus under control. 

Scientists estimate that the country would achieve herd immunity at about 67% of the population which translates to around 40 million people. 

The government had secured vaccines through the COVAX facility which was set to arrive in the second quarter of 2021. The country is expected to receive vaccine doses for around 10% of the population through this facility. 

A week ago the government announced that it had secured 1.5 million doses of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford. The shipment of this vaccine is set to arrive this month.

In his recent national address, the President announced that the country has secured 20 million doses of vaccines which is set to arrive in the first half of 2021. 

“We are in the process of procuring vaccines through three channels: through the World Health Organisation’s COVAX facility, through the African Union’s vaccine initiative and through direct engagements with vaccine manufacturers,” said Ramaphosa.

He said that the country has been exploring all avenues to secure as many vaccine doses as soon as possible. 

Currently the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases are at 1.2 million with over 33 000 deaths reported. Since the beginning of 2021, 190 000 cases have been reported with 4 600 deaths occurring in that time. 

It is therefore crucial that South Africa secures vaccines to lower these numbers and relieve the stress that has been placed on the healthcare systems. 

In Phase 1, the first batch of vaccines to be administered will be prioritised for 1.2 million frontline health workers. 

In Phase 2, when the next batch of vaccines arrive, the government will prioritise essential workers, such as teachers, police, municipal workers and other frontline personnel. 

"We will also prioritise people in institutions like old age homes, shelters and prisons, people over 60 years of age and adults with co-morbidities. The total number we plan to reach in this phase is around 16 million people,” Ramaphosa said.

In Phase 3, with increased vaccine doses supplied from manufacturers, the government will then vaccinate the remaining adult population of around 22.5 million people. 

After these phases have been completed about 40 million South Africans would have been vaccinated. 

Ramaphosa says the vaccinations will be administered through hospitals, clinics, outreach services and mobile clinics, and private settings such as doctor’s offices, pharmacies and work places.

The President assured South Africans that the vaccines used have been approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, which makes use of strict scientific standards to ensure  the safety and efficacy of any drug or treatment. He urged South Africans to beware of disinformation and conspiracy theories spread about the Covid-19 vaccines. 

All individuals have the right to refuse to take the vaccine however, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that it will be in the best interest of individuals and their communities to take the vaccine as it ensures that they remain healthy. 

“Although it will be difficult, complex and often frustrating, it is vital that we do this together, for the sake of our country and for the well-being of all our people,” he said.

 

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What To Do If You Forget Your NSFAS Password

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:17 Author Lauren Chawula

If you're a NSFAS-funded student and you've forgotten your NSFAS password, keep reading to find out how to retrieve it. 

If you have forgotten your NSFAS password, follow these easy steps to retrieve it:

 

  • Go to the myNSFAS student portal.
  • Click on Forgot your password? Click here
  • Enter your ID number.
  • Click on I can't remember my password. Then click on SUBMIT.

Once you have completed these four steps, then your password  will be sent to your registered cellphone number and e-mail address. 

It is thus very important that you have access to the cellphone number that you provided to NSFAS when applying for funding. 

If your contact details have changed then you may update your cellphone number by registering on myNSFAS with your Facebook or Google account and then updating the number. This number must be accessible by you at all times. 

 

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SASSA Has A Backlog Of Grant Applications

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:11 Author Sakinah Samuels

Due to the lapsing of temporary disability grants and the suspension of thousands of grants which have to be re-applied for, SASSA has said that they are suffering from a backlog of applications. 

Due to the lapsing of temporary disability grants and the suspension of thousands of grants which have to be re-applied for, SASSA has said that they are suffering from a backlog of applications. 

 

SASSA's Temporary Disability Grants which were given an extension until December 2020 have now lapsed. This extension entailed that medical reviews would not be required to receive payment. Now that we're in January, applicants now have to receive a medical review in order for their application to be looked at.

Now, SASSA has suspended 210 778 grants which lead to a backlog of grant payments as people wanting to benefit from the grant and those who already were, rush to get medical reviews in order to receive payment.

SASSA CEO, Busi Memela, said:

We get an allocation over a continuous basis. Over a month, which we have just recently come from, we get about R15 billion from National Treasury to cover all the grants that we have.

"We happened to run out of money. Treasury gave us an allocation of about R15 billion on a monthly basis to pay people that actually qualify for the grant. It is because, in terms of the regulations and in terms of the social security act, the process is such that every six to twelve months, depending on what the doctor decided on, the grant would then lapse."

SASSA is said to have a budget of R180 billion for grants for 2021. 

The temporary disability grant helps more than 200 000 South Africans who are temporarily unable to work due to a medical condition for six to twelve months.

They would need to go to the doctor, get assessed and then receive a letter from the doctor. Following this, they would then apply for the grant and then be seen by one of SASSA's medical doctors. From here, SASSA then decides whether they qualify or not.

If it lapses, you therefore need to start the process again and re-apply because we can't assume that the person is still temporarily disabled because some conditions do improve because of medication or it's own based on what the case is.

- Busi Memela

Memela says that applicants could have applied earlier but decided to do so at the last minute which now sees SASSA experiencing a backlog of grants which lapsed at the same time.

Conditions which would lead to an individual not being able to work and needing the grant could vary. Memela explained that you could have a permanent condition which the doctor could rule would have you not be able to work permanently. This individual would not receive the temporary disability grant and rather SASSA's regular disability grant.

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15 046 New Covid Cases In South Africa

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 09:56 Author Sakinah Samuels

South Africa now has over 1 million cases as we continue to battle Covid-19 and the changes which arrived along with it. We now bring you the latest Covid updates and statistics in the country.

South Africa now has over 1 million cases as we continue to battle Covid-19 and the changes which arrived along with it. We now bring you the latest Covid updates and statistics in the country.

Monday 11th January 2021

Health Minister, Zwelini Mkhize, has confirmed that South Africa has 1 246 643 cases in total. In the last 24 hours, 15 046 more positive cases were reported.

Unfortunately, the country mourns 33 579 more South Africans who succumbed to the virus. 

On the brighter side, recoveries now stand at 973 265 translating to a recovery rate of 78,1%.

South Africa has carried out a total of 7 236 389 tests with 52 496 tests carried out since the day before. This shows that the positivity rate is 17,23%.

Today was the year anniversary of the first detection of the virus in Wuhan, China. Since then, the world has seen 91 341 142 total cases and 1 953 587 deaths.

South Africa will procure the first million doses of the vaccine this month which will be distributed to healthcare workers.

This is a developing story.

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Rand Water Graduate Development Programme

Bronwyn Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 09:06

Rand Water invites applicants to apply for a Graduate Development Programme for the below discipline.

Opportunity Details GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAMME (24 MONTHS)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and previously disadvantaged candidates residing at Local Municipalities in Gauteng Province to apply for the Graduate Training Programme.

They will be exposed to the public sector in general and the water sector in particular, with a view to meeting the skills shortage in the sector.

Trainees will have an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of Engineering and all aspect of Water Care and Management and be part of development initiatives while developing technical and professional competencies.

  • LLB [x9] Graduate / Internship Programme
  • BCom IT [x2] Graduate / Internship Programme
  • BSc Computer Science and Informatics/ BSc IT [x3] Graduate / Internship Programme
  • BSc Information Science [x1] Graduate / Internship Programme

Minimum Requirements

  • South African citizens.
  • Previously disadvantaged individuals (ACI).
  • Applicants must have Matric and a suitable qualification within one of the aforementioned fields of study.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 35 (In line with NSDS III)
  • The following documents must accompany your application form: Curriculum Vitae Academic Transcript

Primary Duties

As a graduate you will be exposed to the workplace and be provided with an opportunity to develop technical and professional competencies

 

The following documents must accompany your application form:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Certified copy of Matric certificate
  • Copy of latest academic record
  • Certified copies of qualifications
HOW TO APPLY

Apply Online for the Rand Water LLB [x9] Graduate / Internship Programme CLICK HERE

Apply Online for the Rand Water BCom IT [x2] Graduate / Internship Programme CLICK HERE

Apply Online for the Rand Water BSc Computer Science and Informatics/ BSc IT [x3] Graduate / Internship Programme  CLICK HERE

Apply Online for the Rand Water BSc Information Science [x1] Graduate / Internship Programme CLICK HERE

Opportunity Closing Date Friday, January 22, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Rand Water Article Categories Article Category Graduates Tags Tags

EY - Ernst & Young - CA Trainee Contract Program Available

Bronwyn Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 08:11

EY (formerly Ernst & Young) has a number of Application for a Training Contract for 2021.

Opportunity Details Training Contract 2021 CA programme

CA programme- Durban

Ref# DUR0006M

Application for CA Training Contract – Cape Town 2021

REF# CAP0008E

Requirements:

  • Application to start articles once you have completed your Honours/CTA/PGDA.
  • Application Requirements
  • The candidate should be studying Accounting (CA Stream) through a SAICA accredited University
  • The candidate must attach a copy of his/her ID, matric certificate, academic record to date and CV.

Qualifications

  • Candidates must be following the CA stream.

 Skills & Behavioral Attributes

  • Ability to work with figures.

  • Good administration and organisation skills

  • Good communication skills and ability to interact with all levels within the organisation.

  • Ability to take initiative

  • Ability to work proactively on their own and in a team.

     

  HOW TO APPLY

 At Ernst & Young you can be who you are and express your point of view, energy and enthusiasm, wherever you are in the world. It's how you make a difference.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO THE TRAINEE AND GRADUATE PROGRAMMES Opportunity Closing Date Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity EY Article Categories Article Category Traineeships Tags Tags

Haval Kempton Park Apprenticeship Programme 2021

Bronwyn Monday, January 11, 2021 - 23:30

Haval Kempton Park offers suitable candidate an Accredited Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) Apprenticeship, which is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a Qualified Motor Vehicle Mechanic.

Opportunity Details X2 Apprentice Motor Mechanic Training

Reference Number: MOT210106-14

Location: Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

Imperial Technical Training Academy (ITTA) provides the theoretical; classroom-based education, which is situated in Ext 4, 16 Dakota Cres, Airport Park, Johannesburg, 1401.

Requirements:

The applicant must have achieved the following qualifications to be considered:

  • Matric (N2 with Mathematics, Engineering Science and English (50% are essential)
  • Driver’s license
  • Computer literacy
  • The applicant will be required to take a mechanical insight test and pass sufficiently.
  • The applicant will go through trough the standard background checks before being considered for the next step.
  • The applicant will go through a medical assessment to establish fitness for work.
  • Applicants that are successful will be placed through a Psychometric assessment and a face to face interview.
  HOW TO APPLY

CBMT contract with merSETA and a learnership contract with Haval will apply with all terms and conditions.

MIBCO minimum wages apply for CBMT Apprentice

We are committed to Employment Equity when recruiting internally and externally.

It is company policy to promote from within wherever possible.

Therefore, please be aware that internal candidates will be considered first before reviewing external applicants, provided that this supports achievement of our Employment Equity goals.

https://motus.erecruit.co/candidateapp/Jobs/View/MOT210106-14

Opportunity Closing Date Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:00 Company Offering the Opportunity Motus Article Categories Article Category Apprenticeships 2020 Tags Tags

Border Posts Closed Because of Covid-19 Dangers

Monday, January 11, 2021 - 20:20 Author Alan Hammond

The President has announced an update on the measures taken to battle the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the country.

Based on the recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council the national Cabinet has decided the following:

The country will stay on adjusted level 3. Most of the measures will remain in place because of the risk of widespread transmission.  Most indoor and outdoor gatherings will not be permitted. This does not include funerals but they may not be attended by more than 50 people and there needs to be social distancing.

Hours of curfew will be from 9pm until 5am.

It remains compulsory to wear a mask at a public space

The sale of alcohol is still not permitted.

All beaches dams swimming pools will remain closed to the public.

Border posts have seen significant congestion so these will now be closed. 

People will only be able to cross the border for transporting goods, urgent medical care, repatriation, daily commuters, and diplomats.  

The level 3 measures will stay in place until the country is passed the peak of infections.

The President highlighted that vaccines are a normal practice and all South Africans are vaccinated against diseases like smallpox, measles, mumps rubella, etc.  The South African authorities will approve all vaccines for safely before they are administered. 

"I call on all South Africans to be part of the monumental task!"

"Gender based violence and femicide is our country's second pandemic," said Ramaphosa.  The government has been collaborating with several organisations to work with groups like taxi drivers to sensitise the population on issues such as toxic masculinity and gender-based violence. 

This is a developing story.

 

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