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Replacement Matric Certificates Can Be Collected

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 11:31Author: Simbongile Makanda

If you applied for a replacement matric certificate before the Covid-19 lockdown or by using the online application process, you can now collect it during the weekdays.


Article Category: Education

The certificates will be available for collection at the Department of Basic Education, 222 Struben Street, Pretoria from 08:30 until 12:00. 

The department advises that you check before going to collect the certificate. You can do this by contacting the national office or the provincial offices:

  • National office: 012 357 4511/13 [email protected](link sends e-mail)
  • Eastern Cape: 043 604 7709/73
  • Free State: 051 404 8000
  • Gauteng: 011 355 0588
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 031 327 0538/0331
  • Limpopo: 015 290 7747/7830
  • Mpumalanga: 013 766 0033
  • Northern Cape: 053 839 6585
  • North West: 018 384 3100/51
  • Western Cape: 021 467 2483

Lost or damaged certificate

The process of applying for the certificate may be different depending on the province. 

You can apply for a replacement of your matric certificate (National Senior Certificate) at the Department of Basic Education or provincial department of education if you have lost or damaged your original certificate. The application and payment can be done online. 

You can ask the department to send you a statement of results while waiting for the release of your certificate. If the certificate is damaged, you will have to return it to the department of Basic Education. 

Change of status

If you wrote matric in more than one examination sitting and you want to combine your credits to qualify for a National Certificate, you must apply for replacement certificate: change of status. This can be done online. 

You will need to do the change of status because the department does not automatically combine your credits, unless you took a supplementary exam. 

You can also apply for a confirmation statement of results while waiting for the National Senior Certificate.

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SASSA Releases Payment Schedule For Grants

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 22:26Author: Sakinah Samuels

SASSA has said when beneficiaries should expect payments for their grants for the rest of the 2020/2021 financial year. SASSA wants those who encounter any incidents of fraud or suspect it to report it immediately.


Article Category: News

SASSA has released a payment schedule for grants for the rest of the financial year of 2020/2021.

The schedule goes as follows:

Old Age and linked grants
  • 3 September
  • 5 October
  • 3 November 
  • 1 December
  • 4 January
  • 3 February
  • 3 March
Disability and linked grants
  • 4 September
  • 6 October
  • 4 November
  • 2 December
  • 5 January
  • 4 February
  • 4 March
All unlinked children's grants

This includes Foster Care grants, Care Dependency grants and Child Support grants.

  • 7 September
  • 7 October
  • 5 November
  • 3 December
  • 6 January
  • 5 February
  • 5 March

SASSA has also introduced flexible ways for beneficiaries to access their special COVID-19 SRD grant and enables them to change from one payment method to another or move their payments from one bank to another. 

SASSA also has the mission to fight fraud and wants everyone to play their role in the fight against corruption. SASSA stated, "Members of the public must report fraud and corruption they witness anywhere - no matter how small or big".

Social grant payment schedule for remainder of 2020/21 @The_DSD @nda_rsa @PostofficeSa @GovernmentZA #SASSACARES pic.twitter.com/oCMQ5REP6i

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) August 20, 2020

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Higher Education Needs Billions And Is Now Making Budget Cuts

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 20:43Author: Sakinah Samuels

Minister Nzimande had to answer some questions about budget and also announced how much would be needed to fund the extended academic year into 2021. Not only did he address this, but he also answered questions about how NSFAS students will be affected by these budget cuts.


Article Category: News

The Department of Higher Education would need R4.4 billion to fund the extension of the academic year into 2021. 

These billions can be broken up into the following:

  • R319 million for TVET Colleges
  • R4.1 billion for Universities

DA MP Belinda Bozzoli questioned Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, about the breakdown of a R5 billion cut for NSFAS when he was answering questions during a meeting with the portfolio committee. 

Nzimande answered saying:

It should be noted that NSFAS has modelled the increased costs based on a full extension of allowances for the additional months of the academic year.

The Minister confirmed that students who are funded by the financial aid scheme won't be affected by the budget costs or any changes made to the budget. Students are still set to receiver all that they were before Covid hit.

Bozzoli also asked about the expenses surrounding re-allocation of funds because of movements that are having to be made in the budget as an effect of Covid on the Department. This and all the other many cuts needed to fund the extended academic year were questioned.

One of the cuts was that of R2.5 billion in student bursary funding so that it could be used for devices to make online learning accessible to students. This R2.5 billion would come from R1 billion from recovered funds and R1.5 billion from funds accumulated from the TVET sector.


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What Does The NSFAS Bursary Cover?

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 19:53

NSFAS applications for funding are now open so don’t let finances stop you from seeing success. This bursary covers more than just your tuition fees. Read further to find out what other benefits there are for you if you get funded by NSFAS.


Article Category: Finance

NSFAS has opened their applications for the 2021 intake. To get funding for your 2021 academic year, apply to NSFAS now! NSFAS offers funding to University students as well as TVET College students in the form of a bursary. Getting funded by NSFAS does not only cover your tuition fees but will have you receive funding for other needs you have as a student. 

University Students
  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation As per the actual costs charged by the university (costs for private accommodation must not exceed costs for university residence)
  • Transport (up to 40 km from institution) R7 500  per year
  • Living allowance R15,000  per year
  • Book allowances R5200 per year
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per year for students in catered residences
TVET College Students
  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation
    • Urban area R24,000 per year
    • Peri-urban area R18,900 per year
    • Rural area R15,750 per year
  • Transport
    • up to 40 km from institution R7,350  per year
    • R7000 per year
  • Incidental/personal care allowance R2900 per year

NSFAS will also provide assistive devices & human support for applicants with disabilities.

The closing date for NSFAS 2021 applications is 30 November 2020.

NSFAS does not accept emailed or posted applications. For more information on how to apply, click here. https://www.careersportal.co.za/news/trying-to-apply-to-nsfas-heres-how

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R538m Tablet Contract Under Investigation

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 17:11Author: Simbongile Makanda

When the Eastern Cape Education Department announced its plan to spend millions on tablets for learners, many questions were raised about possible corruption in the department. Now an investigation will take a closer look at those claims.


Article Category: News

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is investigating a contract that was meant to provide 55,000 tablets to grade 12 learners in the Eastern Cape.  The R538m contract was given to Sizwe IT Group, which was meant to provide tablets and other e-learning materials over the course of 36 months. 

When the contract was originally announced in July by education superintendent-general Themba Kojana, he said the contract would cost R404.8 million but it has since gone up to R538 million. 

A member of the SIU, Leonard Lekgetho said the unit would be investigating “irregular procurement of goods and services, decontamination, infrastructure, accommodation and PPEs, [the] lease of 55,000 tablets and eLearning platform, refurbishments and alterations to hospitals and clinics and the non-payment of [temporary employer-employee relief scheme] Ters”.

Yusuf Cassim of the Democratic Alliance is against the contract because he believes the department would have saved more money if it bought the tablets instead of giving the contract to Sizwe IT Group. 

"The unit cost quoted for a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inch tablet is given as R5,396.40. The same tablet sells for R3,279 on Takealot. Based on this value, the department would save R2,115.40 per tablet, which translated to in excess of R116 million savings on the tablets alone, if they purchased them on the open market."

"In procuring the tablets themselves, the Department would also actually own the asset, and not have to give them back after three years."

Cassim is now disappointed that the department did not follow his advice and has accused the ANC of corruption. 

“The ANC education portfolio members have resolved to go ahead with the contract during the latest portfolio committee meeting, despite the vehement objections from opposition parties."

“The resolution passed by the ANC members was a rubber stamp of alleged corrupt activities, and has undermined the legislative oversight role that they swore an oath to uphold,” Cassim said.

Education portfolio committee chair, Mpumelelo Saziwa said the committee had no complaints with the contract process. 

“It’s an unusual contract, as it was piggybacking off an existing contract and we wanted to see all steps taken to get here. The documents we received from officials who took an oath indicate all the necessary steps,” Saziwa said.

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Private Schools Ask For A Helping Hand

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 15:18Author: Simbongile Makanda

Independent schools have been having a tough time with their finances, as many have had to either cut the salaries of teachers or retrench them. The government has provided relief funds for many sectors affected by covid-19 and now independent schools want in.


The National Alliance of Independent Schools (Naisa) is asking the government to set up a special relief fund for independent schools, as many have been badly affected by parents not paying school fees. 

Chairperson of Naisa, Mandla Mthembu said many parents have been unable to pay because they have lost their jobs or have had their salaries cut.

"Schools rely on school fees being paid by parents for them to be able to run their activities. For example, the payment of teachers, payment of overheads, running of their school."

Mthembu said despite what the public thinks, the majority of public schools are not elite because 70-80% of private schools serve black communities.

"Children who are going to independent schools are children of South African citizens who pay tax, and therefore they are entitled to receive something from the government in terms of support."

"Independent schools provide education to 5.5% of the student population so the narrative that independent schools are elite, they are well-to-do is really neither here nor there. Yes, there are those independent schools which are well-to-do, which are well known but it’s a fraction of the entire cohort of independent schools."

Mthembu said Naisa is in the process of finalising the proposal and that the government is aware of the proposal that will be finalised by the end of this week.

"What government has done in the meantime is it has made sure that those schools are getting their subsidies on time. But we said over and above that, we need to have a dedicated fund where independent schools that are struggling right now can apply to and be able to get relief."

Charisma Academy is just one independent school that has been struggling to stay afloat. 

Principal of the school, Deonie Mcnellie said "One of our biggest challenges is finances, we are really battling to meet our obligations and do what we need to do"

She said there was a lack of communication from parents, not only with paying school fees but also with parents not sending their children to school. 

"Absenteeism is a big problem. At the moment we are still not even at 50% capacity which is a problem if you see that we're already in August. There's four months left to complete the school year."

Mcnellie said the school has tried different ways to get financial assistance and was hoping for the financial situation of parents to get better. 



Independent schools were allowed to continue operating after President Ramaphosa shut down public schools. But, many still face a dire future. Our reporter, @TshegoMoagi_ is out in the North West. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/8J674kizKi

— eNCA (@eNCA) August 3, 2020

Samancor Is Offering Engineering and Geology Bursary 2021

Through our Bursary Scheme we create a space for brilliant young minds to advance and succeed. If you are a talented Grade 12 learner with university admittance or completing your 1st - 3rd year of study at a reputable and recognised South African University, we would like to hear from you.

Samancor Is Offering Engineering and Geology Bursary

At Samancor Chrome, we know how to unearth brilliance.

We pride ourselves on developing individual talent and turning potential into performance.

Through our Bursary Scheme, we create a space for brilliant young minds to advance and succeed.

We are offering a full bursary in the following fields:

  • Geology Bursary
  • Mine Surveying Bursary
  • Chemical Engineering Bursary
  • Metallurgy Bursary
  • Mining Engineering Bursary
  • Electrical Engineering Bursary
  • Mechanical Engineering Bursary

Candidate Requirements: 

Please ensure that the following are attached to the application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of your ID
  • Grade 10, 11 and 12 academic results
  • University academic results (if applicable)
  • Proof of provisional university acceptance (if applicable)
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Monday, August 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 10 daysOpportunities Offered By : SamancorArticle Category: Bursaries 2020Tags: samancorbursarystudyfundingmatricOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

Automation Tester Internship Opportunity At Beekman Group

An opportunity has arisen for a candidate to work with the Company on an intern basis. This will ideally suit a candidate who has just completed a relevant tertiary qualification and is seeking work experience, or is studying towards the relevant tertiary qualification. 


 The successful candidate will assist in coordinating the planning, creating of automated test scripts and maintenance of the Group’s existing and new automated test scripts. Assist when required with adhoc projects from time to time. 


  • Studying towards or just completed ISTQB Foundation and/or Test Analyst Level or similar 
  • Must possess excellent written/oral communication and organizational skills 
  • Ability to work within team following development methodology e.g. Waterfall, Agile and Scrum 
  • Experience with Jira would be advantageous 
  • Proven track record of ability to handle time critical project
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, September 18, 2020Opportunity is closing in 28 daysOpportunities Offered By : Beekman GroupArticle Category: Internships 2020Tags: internship in automationgraduate opportunityOpportunity available in: KwaZulu-Natal

Laboratory Traineeship At GSK

These are two temporary positions, current expected to last until December 2021. This opportunity to join GSK Cape Town’s Analytical lab as a Lab Trainee, carrying out the testing of raw materials and finished products according to material specifications

Laboratory Trainee

At GSK, our mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. 

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Has completed a minimum of the first 2 years in a formal qualification in Chemistry
  • Hands on experience of Wet Chemistry Techniques
  • Some experience in Instrumental Analytical Techniques, such as Gas Chromatography and HPLC
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office tools, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Qualified with either a BSc in Chemistry or a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry
  • Hands on experience in a Pharmaceutical laboratory
  • Experience of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Experience of a Quality Management System (QMS)
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Monday, August 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 10 daysOpportunities Offered By : GSKArticle Category: TraineeshipsTags: internshipskillstrainingfinancegraduateOpportunity available in: Western Cape

Agriculture Bursary Opportunity At Winter Cereal Trust

Research is a vital element of agricultural production. Without dedicated research teams working tirelessly to increase productivity, there is little hope of agricultural production keeping pace with the world’s ever growing need for food

Bursaries are awarded for fields of study relevant to the Small Grains Industry, for Masters and Doctoral qualifications.

The Winter Cereal Trust (WCT) is very aware of this situation. It is particularly relevant in South Africa which has to import most small grains (wheat, barley, oats and rye) on a regular basis to meet the country’s needs.


Students will be required to take up employment within the Small Grains Industry for an equal amount of time as their bursary awarded.

Bursary recipients will be required to attend the 2 day meeting of the Winter Cereal Trust Technical Committee, held in Pretoria during September each year.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • Students must be South African citizens
  • The bursaries are for Masters and Doctoral study
  • Three bursaries per annum will be allocated to Black students busy with their final year of undergraduate studies and/or honours degree depending on the availability of funds.
  • The field of study must be relevant to the Small Grains Industry
  • The topic for the thesis must be approved by the Winter Cereal Trust.
  • A Mentor and Co-Promotor (where applicable) for the study programme must be nominated and, together with the University where the study will be undertaken, must be approved by the Winter Cereal Trust
  • Students will be expected to work in the Small Grains Industry for a period that is the same length as the period of study
  • The bursary amount will be approximately R64 135 per year for one year for an undergraduate or Honours degree, R 77 698 per year for two years for MSc students and R94 965 per year for three years for PhD students
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Monday, August 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 10 daysOpportunities Offered By : Winter Cereal TrustArticle Category: Bursaries 2020Tags: bursarycerealagriculturefundingstudentsstudyOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

New Venture Creation (NVC) Learnership Opportunity At Working Solutions

Working Solutions International (WSI) is running a New Venture Creation (NVC) learnership starting in September.   This NVC learnership is closely tied into ZAR Retail - a company that will be providing workplace training for learners. 


The learnership and workplace training will take place at different sites throughout KZN and and Gauteng.

Working Solutions International (WSI) is looking for mentors that can provide support for this learnership (both theoretical and practical components)..

Mentors are to be based in:

  • Pinetown
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Manguzi (Kosi Bay)

Mentors will need to be multi-skilled and will be responsible for:

  • Conducting limited training and coaching of learners (They should therefore have some knowledge of NVC and running a business).
  • Planning work rotation for learners while in workplace training.
  • Monitoring work performance for each learner / sales agent.
  • Ensuring that each sales agent meets his or her weekly and monthly sales target.
  • Reporting to the sales manager and the General Manager.
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, September 4, 2020Opportunity is closing in 14 daysOpportunities Offered By : Working SolutionsArticle Category: Learnerships 2020Tags: retail learnershipmentorsjob opportunityOpportunity available in: Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal

Tractor Mechanic Apprenticeship At AFGRI

AFGRI is offering an opportunity for an exciting apprentice training programme at our various branches in South Africa. We seek dynamic, self-motivated individuals with the necessary technical ability wishing to qualify as an Artisan are invited to apply. 


 The Apprenticeship Programme affords the incumbent the opportunity to grow within AFGRI under the mentorship of our leaders, informal training as well as on the job development rotations in multidisciplinary teams.

This apprenticeship will be a 3 year in-service training experience.  This will be towards a qualification known as Tractor Mechanic.  The first 6 months is probation time period. 

The duties of the Apprentice will include:

  • Trained to be a Tractor Mechanic / Technician
  • Repair and maintenance of related equipment
  • Responsible for stock control
  • Customer service
  • General work in the workplace
  • To complete this application, you need at least 60min. Please take your time to complete this application. 


The minimum requirement for this application is:

  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Communication Skills
  • Admin Skills
  • Computer literacy

N2 subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Diesel Trade Theory

and anyone of the following

  • Industrial Electronics
  • Engineering / Technical Drawing
  • Motor Trade Theory

Should the applicant not have the N2 qualification, the Matric Certificate will also be taken into consideration if the applicant has subjects such as:

  • Mathematics (Not Literacy) (At least 40% / E-Symbol)
  • Technical Mathematics (Not Literacy) (At least 40% / E-Symbol)
  • Physical Science (At least 40% / E-Symbol)
  • Technical Science (At least 40% / E-Symbol)
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (At least 40% / E-Symbol)
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020Opportunity is closing in 55 daysOpportunities Offered By : AFGRIArticle Category: Apprenticeships 2020Tags: mechanic apprenticeshipOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

South Africa Is Moving Past Covid Peak

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 13:01Author: Sakinah Samuels

There have been positive signs showing that South Africa is now able to take steps towards a life of adjusted normalcy, said Health Minister Mkhize. Life will never be normal again or normal in the way we saw before but this is good news as the country has been under lockdown for five months now.


Article Category: News

South Africa’s Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has said that South Africa is now passing it’s Covid peak while boasting an impressive recovery rate of 82% and this rate continues to increase.

The country’s recovery rate is very much higher than the average and this, Mkhize says, is a positive sign towards us overcoming this virus. He also said that we are beyond the turning point. If you compare South Africa’s coronavirus statistics to other countries, our numbers actually seem to be very low, said the Minister.

"With 82% of recoveries nationally and some provinces showing 90% recoveries, it is very positive. Therefore it is the right time to start considering what needs to be done as we move towards a risk-adjusted approach towards normality," he said while speaking at the UNDP's Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 on South Africa.

There are however fears that because of the move to level 2 and all the new activities which are allowed that should South Africans become complacent and not act safely, cases will start to rise again and a second wave of the virus will be seen. These observations come as other countries have seen similar patterns.

As of 19 August, South Africa recorded a total of 596 060 confirmed cases with a total of  deaths happening as a result of the virus. As the recoveries stand at 12 423, active cases in the country therefore comes to a total of 92 196.

Mkhize believes that although the actual number of deaths is high, that other diseases have caused worse challenges than that. South Africa’s mortality rate stands at 2.1% which the Minister says is a positive sign as it’s not as bad as other countries. With a recovery rate of 82% in the country as a whole, Mkhize says that the recovery rates in some Provinces stand at over 90%.

The Minister said, “it’s the right time for us to start considering the steps of what needs to be done as we move through what is called the differentiated adjusted approach towards normality”.

Residents are urged to continue to follow strict safety protocols which include wearing a cloth mask when leaving the house, washing your hands and using hand sanitizer and also keeping a social distance of at least 1.5m.


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School Feeding Programme Still Falls Short

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 12:46Author: Simbongile Makanda

There have been many problems with the government's plan to provide meals to learners during the lockdown. It has even been accused of using social media to lie about how successful the school feeding programme has been. This has upset a few organisations, including Equal Education which has taken Minister Motshekga and eight provinces to court for failing to follow a court order. 


Article Category: News

Equal Education says although the Basic Education department has made some improvements with the school feeding programme, it has still fallen short on giving a detailed report about how it plans to solve issues about collecting meals and parcels.

"The latest report claims that the main problem with the rollout of the NSNP is that learners aren’t collecting meals or food parcels because of the recent temporary closure of schools, fears around physical distancing and the lack of scholar transport. The report does not, however, offer any plans to address these challenges."

Equal Education says the report puts a lot of responsibility on learners and their families, which is unfair because the failure of the programme is not their fault. 

The organisation believes that the department should take responsibility to communicate with schools, learners and families about the safety measures put in place and the times to collect meals at school.

"It is also the responsibility of each province to ensure that all safety protocols that have been developed to contain the spread of Covid-19 in schools are properly implemented."

Some schools in the Eastern Cape are in violation of the court order, as schools are only giving meals to grade 12 learners instead of all learners. 

Equal Education has also found some contradictions between data from the government and what parents and caregivers are saying about the school feeding programme. 

"Figures in the report from Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal (where we have heard reports that learners are not receiving food) reflect the number of meals made available by government, rather than the number of meals actually collected by learners."

"This links to another problem that we have with the report - that the DBE and the PEDs do not clarify what tools are used to collect their data, or what the findings are from their NSNP monitoring visits."

Equal Education is now asking for the department to:

  • Find a more reliable way of collecting and reporting on data about the meals collected by learners
  • Find a new way to communicate with learners and school communities about physical distancing and the correct times to collect meals. 
  • Make transport available to learners who live far so they can collect food from schools
  • Provide business plans to show proof that enough money is being used towards the school feeding programme. 

"It is unacceptable that learners and families may be unaware that they can fetch the school meals they are entitled to because of poor communication from education departments, or because they might not have transport to school."

The court reports are meant to be a way for the department to work with communities and schools to make sure that all learners receive meals, but the department's reports make this difficult because the data does not match the difficulties learners have faced with getting meals. 

Equal Education said, "We will continue monitoring the delivery of food with schools throughout the country so that we have a sense of the uptake of the NSNP and any obstacles to the uptake, as well as how these problems are being fixed - or neglected - by the DBE." 

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The Time Has Come, Cinemas Are Officially Opening

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 11:42Author: Sakinah Samuels

Finally, Friday movie date nights are back and we don’t mean over video call. You can now enjoy the latest movies on the big screen again as Ster-Kinekor and CineCentre is set to reopen now.


Article Category: News

No need to schedule that Friday movie night over video call, you can now head to your cinema. Ster-Kinekor and CineCentre will be reopening on 28 August. So get that ticket and popcorn ready for the full experience.

31 Ster-Kinekor cinemas are set to reopen since being closed on 27 March. The other 21 cinemas of the chain will reopen on 18 September.

Ster-Kinekor Deputy CEO Motheo Matsau said, “We have taken every step to ensure the safe return of our guests and staff to the cinema with our staff having undergone extensive COVID-19 operations training”.

So obviously, protocols will need to be in place for this return to be done safely and to continue the fight against Covid-19. These are some of the guidelines given:

  • A guest safety checklist will be kept at all times
  • Cash payments won’t be accepted. You will need to book your ticket and snacks online or through the cinema app
  • When you get to the cinema, your ticket will be scanned on your phone so that contactless ticketing can be practiced
  • A row will be kept open in each cinema
  • There will be a distance of 1,5m kept between each person in the cinema
  • Everyone must wear masks, except for when you’re eating in the cinema
  • All cinemas will be deep cleaned and sanitation will take place
  • You will be screened before entering

You might also be thinking, wait, what movies are going to play seeing that we’ve been in a pandemic for months, what’s new?

Well, Tenet, directed by Christopher Nolan will be playing and is a movie about international espionage, time travel and evolution. Twilight frontrunner, Robert Pattinson, as well as newcomer John David Washington star in the film.

Then, Tabaluga: The Little Dragon and My Spy will also play to provide for the whole family and The High Note and Made in Italy will then be played at cinemas in the coming weeks.

NuMetro will also announce their date for reopening soon.


We're excited to announce that we'll be reopening cinemas from Friday 28th August 2020. Your health & safety is our top priority. We’ve put in place key changes that make every Ster-Kinekor cinema safe for you, your family, friends and employees #DoMoviesRight #SterKinekor pic.twitter.com/1RH2yWaya7

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R50 To Get To Town To Collect R350 Covid-19 Grant

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 10:54Author: GroundUp

By Bernard Chiguvare. Local post offices are not paying out grants, say Limpopo beneficiaries. Many of the people queuing for their Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant at Makhado post office came from out of town, some from as far away as 87 kilometres.


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Ruben Mukhakwedzwa from Nzhelele in Limpopo spends R50 to get to and from Louis Trichardt to collect his R350 Covid-19 grant. His local post office has not been able to pay him, he says.

When Groundup visited Makhado municipality post office in Louis Trichardt on Tuesday around 10:00am, there was a long winding queue waiting for payment of their Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grants. Most of the people in the queue were from Nzhelele, 87 kilometres away, Elim, 22 kilometres away, and Madombidzha, 14 kilometres away. They say have not been served at their local post offices, which run short of money or have network problems.

“I lost hope of getting the R350 at our local Post Office,” said Mukhakwedzwa. “I have visited the post office several times last week as of Monday 10 August but I could not be served. At times they serve only 10 to 20 clients and they [the post office officials] tell us there is no money. They advise us to wait for any client depositing so that we can withdraw that money,” he said.

A single journey to Louis Trichardt by bus costs him R25. He has to wake up by 4:00 am to prepare for the journey.

“The week I tried queing at our local post office. I used to wake up at 3:00 am but never got anywhere near to be served. The post office is a walkable distance from my home,” said Mukhakwedzwa. He was drinking a 500ml mageu drink. “I have not had anything to eat since morning and this is 10:30am,” he said.

Lucky Baloyi from Elim claimed the queue at Elim post office is much longer than at the Louis Trichardt post office and the service very slow.

“I queued for the money at Elim post office twice but I could not dream of being served so I decided to try this post office. Though I arrived here at Makhado at 0630 and still have not been served I noticed the queue is fast moving and I hope to be served today,” said Baloyi. From Elim to Louis Trichardt he paid R17 for transport one way.

Baloyi used to work at a local restaurant in Elim but lost his job before lockdown. To him the R350 is a relief. “This money will assist me very much,” said Baloyi.

A woman from Madombidzha who did not want her name used said there was a post office within walking distance of her home, but she had not been able to withdraw her grant there. “The officials at Madombidzha Post office tell us all sorts of reasons - there is no network, there is no money - but what we have come to understand much is that most of the time these people are not serious at work.”

She said though she was scared of walking to the bus stop in the dark, on Tuesday she had left home by 4:00 am and had joined the queue at Makhado Post Office by 5:00. She had not been served by 10:30 am but was still hoping.

Post Office regional manager Kipchner Nkosi told GroundUp: “This trend of people coming to town, leaving their nearest post office, is all over the province. It’s people’s choice. We can not deny them accessing the money from any branch.”

He said there had been a burglary at the Elim Post office early last month and the computers had not yet been replaced.

Nkosi denied that some post offices only served up to 20 clients or ran out of money. He said the post office only ran out of money when an “unexpected number” of people queued on a particular day.

Read the original story from GroundUp here

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Questions Students Should Ask When Preparing For University Or College

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 10:35Author: Terrique Alie

Most students feel overwhelmed when completing their matric year as they are about to enter the “big world”. As your senior year kicks off, you want to start researching potential universities/ colleges. It often can be an exciting yet scary experience especially if you are not 100% sure what field of industry you want to pursue. 

This may seem like a complex task but in essence it is just gathering information to make your ultimate decision. There is a lot of information students have to consider when applying for universities/ colleges. 



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Let's sum-up the process into 2 easy steps:

The first step is to research what type of potential tertiary institutions there are. This allows students to gain insights into the various universities/ colleges. It would be advisable to attend as much open days as possible to gain as much information before making your final decision.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What will I be studying? 
  • What university/college is feasible for travelling 
  • Does the institution offer my course?
  • What are your expectations of the course you have chosen?
  • What is your career goal in life?
  • How much will the course cost?
  • Will I be studying full-time or part-time? 
  • Will I be staying on campus (resident on campus)
  • Will I need any financial assistance? 
  • What type of environment would be best suited for me?

The second step would be to narrow down your choice of university / college that offers your course of study. This creates a bigger picture for students as to what your college experience will be like. Once you have made your final decision, you can start applying to at least 3-4 institutions. Once you have applied, you can then set up a one-on-one meeting with a student counselor or advisor. This also provides you with clarity and ensures that you are making the right decision for your future.

Questions to ask the student advisors:

  • What is the campus culture like?
  • What is so unique about this institution?
  • How long does it take to complete my choice of study?
  • Once completing my degree, will I be able to further my studies? (Honours/ Masters / Doctorate) 
  • What unique opportunities does my course provide?
  • How big are the classes?
  • Are classes based on lectures or discussions?
  • What extracurricular activities do the institution offer?
  • Are there shuttles from various pick-up points to and from campus?
  • Do you offer any financial aid assistance? If so, what is the process thereof?
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Internships and In-Service Training Opportunities At Alfred Nzo Municipality



Invited candidate should make their own accommodation and transport arrangements.

Unemployed graduates in the following fields:

  • Agriculture sciences/Agriculture Management
  • Farming/Mixed Farming Systems
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Animal and Plant Production
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020Opportunity is closing in 12 daysOpportunities Offered By : Alfred NZOArticle Category: Internships 2020Tags: puff and passgraduate employment databaseOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship Applications Open

Applicants must be 1st year university and have a 70% overall academic average. Once applicants are successful, they are on boarded as Candidate Allan Gray Fellows.


The aim of the Fellowship Programme is to develop Southern Africa’s future, high-impact responsible entrepreneurs. This programme is intended to help university students prepare for life as a high-impact, responsible entrepreneur.

In addition to financial and academic support, each candidate is allocated a Personal Development Officer, helping them get to grips with the transition into a new environment; an Entrepreneurial Leadership Officer, who probes them to flex their entrepreneurial muscles; as well as an industry mentor, who deepens their understanding of entrepreneurial traits and concepts in the working world.


First Year
  • Due to COVID-19 academic results will be considered at a later stage in the selection process.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 22 in the year of their application.
  • South African Citizenship
  • Studying towards a Commerce, Science, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Arts & Health Science (Excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry) degree at WITS, UJ, UCT, NMU, RU, UWC, SU, UP, UFS, TSIBA and UKZN.
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, October 30, 2020Opportunity is closing in 70 daysOpportunities Offered By : Allan Gray Orbis FoundationArticle Category: Young EntrepreneursTags: allan gray orbisfellowshipfirst yearmatricOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

Supply Chain Internship OpportunityAt CBE

The Council for the Built Environment (CBE), located in Menlyn, Pretoria, has the above position available for an immediate appointment. Closing Date: 28 August 2020.




  • National Diploma/ Degree in Supply Chain Management and/or Logistics/ Public
  • Administration/ Finance

Personal Attributes:

  • Between the age of 18-35
  • South African citizen
  • No criminal record
  • Unemployed and have not participated in an internship programme previously
  • A good academic record of 60% and above in any of the fields of study listed
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, August 28, 2020Opportunity is closing in 7 daysOpportunities Offered By : Council for the built environmentArticle Category: Internships 2020Tags: supply chain internshipgraduate seeking employmentOpportunity available in: Gauteng



Latest Bursaries

The FirstRand Foundation scholarship, to the value of R850 000, is available to previously disadvantaged South African citizens for postgraduate study outside South Africa in any discipline at an i


The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is facilitating full time bursaries for the academic year 2021.