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SADTU Wants Schools To Close, Here's Why

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 16:36Author: Simbongile Makanda

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has suggested that schools should close until a later period. 

Article Category: News

The Union has said it wants schools to close until after the peak of covid-19 in the country. The message was delivered by the union's secretary general, Mugwena Maluleke. 

SADTU's National Executive Council says its decision to suggest this has been informed by the peak and the winter season. 

"It requires we use the peak and the influenza period as an opportunity to get scientists to work on responses while learners are at home.

SADTU has also noticed some inconsistencies with the Standard Operating Procedures, and hopes the period away from school will allow for change to come about. 

"The suspension of classes during this period would afford the platforms entrusted with the regulations and protocols, to amend and train the users. The situation is dire and impacts on everyone in the community, and not only schools." said Maluleke.

SADTU is also concerned that a number of schools have been recording high rates of absenteeism. 

“There’s little effective teaching and learning taking place when you have fewer learners in the classroom than you have got teachers.”

Maluleke has suggested for teaching and learning to take place remotely by using various apps as well as social media.

“We also call for the use of education apps where the content is verified and authenticated by the department not to be harmful to our children and to our teachers. But we also call for the use of social media such as WhatsApp so that learning does not stop when the learners are at home."

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Basic Education Responds To Open Letter

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 15:42Author: Simbongile Makanda

The Basic Education Department has replied to an open letter by Jonathan Jansen calling for schools to close. 

Department of Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga wrote the response to Jansen stating that the department will continue with the school year. 

In the open letter, Jansen said the school year was already lost as the last grades would only return to class by the end of August. He admitted that the spike in infections was not Minister Motshekga's fault but continued to state he felt that continuing with the school year was doing more harm than good. 

"Unfortunately, minister, you cannot dictate academic terms to a novel coronavirus. Teachers have died. Principals have been on ventilators. Children have been infected. Non-teaching staff have become seriously ill." wrote Jansen in his open letter. 

Mhlanga was not impressed with Jansen's choice of words in his open letter. 

"These are words employed by a crafty wordsmith to drive home a point that seeks to turn public sentiment against a hard-working minister" said Mhlanga. 

He added that the decision is not one the department took lightly, as it made the decision keeping in mind many marginalized learners. 

"We will never tire from explaining that our approach to School reopening is a result of a carefully considered process listening to many different views from our stakeholders and respectfully paying attention to the fears and anxieties of parents and learners themselves."

Mhlanga described access to basic education being "part of livelihood". He encouraged Jansen to research the findings of UNESCO and other health professionals whose findings support the reopening of schools. 

Mhlanga ended his response by stating that the government has the responsibility to provide equal education to all children. 

"The ideal of equal access to basic education as an inalienable right not only to those who can access online learning platforms with all the gadgetry required because of their access to resources and associated luxuries but also those who continue to battle the frontiers of poverty and marginalization."


Basic Income Grant Is Yet To Come

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 15:03Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Department of Social Development is looking to introduce a Basic Income Grant to help support unemployed individuals in the country. 

Article Category: News

Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, and her Department is looking into introducing a basic income grant (BIG) which will assist those who are unemployed in South Africa. This has been brought up in discussing relief for the poor when the R350 grant no longer exists. 

During a media briefing on the socio-economic measures taken during Covid-19, Zulu stated, "the BIG will result in most of the poorer individuals continuing to access the CoVID-19 SRD grant benefits."

This grant will be available to those aged between 18 and 59 who receive no income. The first groups who they will be targeting will be youth aged between 18 and 24 and the elderly aged between 50 and 59 as they were found to be the most vulnerable in the country. 

On it's universality, Zulu said, "The BIG will be unconditional, individually-targeted and at the level that will lift individual South Africans out of poverty."

No details on how the Department plans to fund the grant or the size of it was given, however, it was reported that it would be paid after October which is when the current R350 grant will no longer be distributing funds.

Read the full statement from the Minister here

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Graduate Opportunities Available At AVI

Are you a graduate needing an opportunity in Sales, Project Management, Electrical Engineering, Food Science, Mechanical? Then AVI is the place for you.

AVI Graduate Opportunities

We give our graduates a platform to present ideas and innovations and be change-makers.

We are looking for real people who want to do exceptional things and take our projects to the next level.

Mechanical/Mechatronic Engineering Graduate

  • A BSc/BEng in Mechanical, Mechatronic, or Electrical Engineering with an average of 60% in the final year of studies.
  • An additional certification/specialisation in Industrial Engineering/business is advantageous.
  • Any vacation experience or part-time work would be beneficial.

Food Science Graduate

  • A BSc in Food Science with a minimum average of 60% in your final year of studies.
  • A BSc Honours or Masters advantageous.
  • Must be willing to travel to other NBL sites when and if required.
  • Any vacation experience or part-time work.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate

  • A BSc/BEng in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum average of 60% in the final year of studies.
  • Must be willing to travel to other NBL sites when and if required.
  • Any vacation experience or part-time work would be beneficial.

Project Management Graduate

  • National Diploma or BTech in Project Management.
  • BCom in Business Management/Business Science/Logistics/Marketing Management or Bachelor of Engineering.
  • Achieve a minimum average of 60% in your final year of studies.
  • Any further certificate in Project Management will be beneficial.

Sales Operations and Key Accounts Graduates

  • A BCom in Commercial/Enterprise/Business Management/Marketing Management/Corporate Communications/Law/Industrial Psychology.
  • Achieve a minimum average of 60% in your final year of studies.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Own transport advantageous.
  • Needs to be willing to travel as and when required.


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Apprentices For 2020 In Lithography and Engineering With Nampak

Nampak is commitment to skills development and training, continuous learning, career planning, coaching, recognition and reward.   If you have good theory trade results and have a minimum Grade 12 or Technical Matric (N3) with Mathematics and Science, you are eligible to apply.

Apprentices Opportunity

Job Requirements

  • Have obtained Grade 12 or Technical Matric (N3) with Mathematics and Science
  • Have technical understanding and mechanical aptitude
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Pass the Colour vision test
  • Be prepared to work shifts and overtime
  • Be computer literate
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, July 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 16 daysOpportunities Offered By : NampakArticle Category: Apprenticeships 2020Tags: apprenticeshipskillstrainingnampakOpportunity available in: Western Cape

Fake News Spread About SASSA R350 Grant

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10:42Author: Sakinah Samuels

Recently, fake messages are being spread about the Special Relief Distress grant SASSA offers which pays beneficiaries R350. 

Article Category: News

SASSA has made beneficiaries aware of fake news being spread about the SRD R350 grant. The following story made it's rounds:

SASSA has made it clear that "The special COVID-19 temporary SRD grant will only be paid for 6 months, until October 2020."

SASSA has warned all applicants to be aware of any fake responses. 

As of 12 July, SASSA has received 7,558,555 applications and approved 4,424,720 of these. They have paid 3,429,808 applicants so far. 


Please note that the below is fake news. The special COVID-19 temporary SRD grant will only be paid for 6 months, until October 2020. #SASSACARES @The_DSD @GCISMedia @GovernmentZA pic.twitter.com/yPoZU7HxCk

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) July 13, 2020

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Covid-19 Believed To Be Airborne

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 20:54Author: Sakinah Samuels

Reports have come that the coronavirus could be airborne. This would mean that the virus is able to be transmitted by air from the droplets hanging in the air. 

Article Category: News

The newest report on Covid and out attempt in getting to know it better comes as the possibility of it being airborne is heard. This would mean that the virus can be transmitted by air. 

Head of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says that the possibility of Covid-19 being airborne is there, but there isn't enough information on this.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has responded in a similar way about these reports saying that more research is urgently going to have to be done to confirm that the virus can spread through the air. 

Larger droplets are said to be unlikely to ravel more than one meter. Some have been arguing that should the virus be airborne, there would have been many more cases recorded. 

Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, stated that the coronavirus is spread in three ways, "one is the direct contact with infected droplets, the other one is contaminated surfaces and the airborne transmission through the floating of droplets". Covid being airborne would then bring up the issue concerning the announcement that taxis can now be loaded at full capacity and to this, Mkhize answered, "there is no perfect solution and there'll always be weaknesses in the proposals". 

Ways to protect yourself should Covid be proven to be airborne would be to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who have active symptoms of Covid and social distance.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • If you must be around others, wear a face mask to prevent spreading or breathing in germs.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid crowds
  • Make sure you have good ventilation

Fortunately, these are measures that we have been directed to follow from the beginning and many of us have been following them strictly. 

Jose Jimenez, a chemist at the University of Colorado said, "This is a move in the right direction, albeit a small one. It is becoming clear that the pandemic is driven by super-spreading events, and that the best explanation for many of those events is aerosol transmission". 

Karim has also said, "What is an issue is whether these little droplets that float stay in the air for a long time? And do they actually cause infection? That is an unanswered question. We don't know whether there is enough virus in the air and whether it causes infection."

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SASSA To Include Asylum Seekers In R350 Grant

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 20:18Author: Sakinah Samuels

Minister Lindiwe Zulu has announced that Sassa will be working to make up for previous exclusions and will now provide relief to asylum seekers in the form of their R350 Grant. 

Article Category: News

Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development, has announced that asylum seekers will be able to receive funds from SASSA through the R350 grant they offer. 

Zulu stated that her Department has updated the Directions for the SRD grant, "to include payment of the grant to “holders of special permits under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit Dispensation and the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit Dispensation, and asylum seekers whose section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on 15 March 2020.”

Richard Poplak, Editor at large of The Daily Maverick, said that "If this happens, we are on the way to reinventing the country". 

This new inclusion will cost Government about R689 million.

Asylum seekers and special permit holders who apply for the R350 grant will be reviewed according to the same eligibility criteria other applicants were.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says the R350 Special COVID-19 relief grant will include payments to asylum-seekers. Watch the briefing live on #DStv403 and https://t.co/srSwp4H5Hm pic.twitter.com/BM6bMW2Wkm

— eNCA (@eNCA) July 13, 2020

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Clicks Learner Basic Opportunity

Do you want to work and obtain a qualification at the same time? Are you passionate about healthcare and delivering superior patient care?

Learnership Programme: Pharmacist Assistant

Clicks has an exciting opportunity available to complete a Learnership Programme to qualify as a Pharmacist Assistant. The position reports to the Pharmacy Manager.

Learnership Programme:

  • Successfully complete a National Certificate: Pharmacy Assistance Learnership Programme (Learner Basic Pharmacist Assistant) and a Further Education and Training Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance (Learner Post Basic Pharmacist Assistant) through the accredited Pharmacy Healthcare Academy
  • A structured learning programme that consists of a theoretical and practical component and that leads to a qualification that is registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF)


The qualification requirements of LB should be as follows:

  • Essential requirement: completion of Grade 12 with a minimum of 50% in Mathematics (or 60% in Mathematical Literacy) and 50% in English
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This Is How Creches Will Operate

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 16:16Author: Simbongile Makanda

The Department of Social Development has published regulations that explain how the reopening of Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres will work. 

The regulations state that Early Childhood Centres may reopen as long as they are registered, complete the self-assessment form and follow the correct safety measures. 

The self-assessment forms are available on the gazette made available by the Department of Social Development.  

Children with underlying health conditions may not return to childhood centres or partial care facilities unless given permission by a medical practitioner. This is specific to those whose underlying health conditions put them at a high risk of contracting Covid-19.

The other measures are as follows:

  • Children aged under the age of 24 months are not required to wear masks because this could have health risks
  • Only children aged two to five years should wear a cloth face mask. 
  • Children will be screened on a daily basis
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when attending school every day when attending the ECD or partial care facility. This will help with the screening process that will take part as a safety measure. 
  • Children who are not accompanied may be turned back
  • Parents are allowed to ask information about the safety measures put in place 
  • Centres must keep records of all children and staff
  • Social distancing measures of 1.5m must be followed
  • Sanitisers and soap must be made available for all children

The following activities remain banned under the current regulations: 

  • Outings
  • Extra-mural activities
  • Open Days or any activities that are implemented by external staff



Covid-19 Claims The Lives Of Seven Children In Gauteng

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 12:56

Gauteng has recently become the epicentre of Covid-19, as infections have been increasing daily. The province has now confirmed that children have died from the virus in just a week. 

Article Category: News

Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku has confirmed that seven children have died from Covid-19 in Gauteng. The children are all aged younger than nine years old.  

The recent child deaths are thought to have been caused by Gauteng becoming the epicentre of Covid-19 infections in the country. 

At the time, Masuku was addressing the 515 deaths that had been recorded in Gauteng. Of these deaths, 284 were male and 231 were female.

Statistics also showed that the majority of those who fell critically ill due to the virus are between the ages of 50 and 79. This is the same age group that accounts for 65% of the total deaths.

The seven children account for 1.4% of the fatalities in the province.

Masuku is confident in the work that the health department is doing, as he reassured the public about the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

“Based on the current patient load we have adequate PPE in stock. However, we continue to order more stock for the next phases of the pandemic. We still want to emphasise that surgical and N95 masks must be reserved for use only by front line health-care workers,” he added.


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South Africans Support Stay At Home Orders

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 12:14Author: Sakinah Samuels

With the spike in infections and the expected surge that is to come, the question of whether going out and meeting people makes you more at risk and if staying at home is actually good advice has been posed. South Africans have many opinions on this. 

Article Category: News

South Africa is currently going through it's peak with the coronavirus which is expected to stay until September. Many South Africans have differing views on the stay at home orders from Government, some support it and see the good in it while others find it difficult and unrealistic.

We posed the following question to our readers:

Does it show that going out and meeting people makes you more at risk and staying at home is actually good advice? 

Theko Johannes supports it and says, "It's dangerous out there". 

Another reader, Noxolo Phungula, is if the opinion that we should even go as far as staying on level 5, "because this virus it's keep on spreading and killing people" and that despite the effects it has on the economy, Phungula says, "let us recovery first from this virus cause it won't stop if we keep on pretending as if it doesn't exist". 

If you look at the statistics, Kannemeyer Jokana says that that should be a stern warning to us and that, "this pandemic is killing and is not to be taken for granted at all, this thing is so cruel because it doesn't warn at all but it keeps destroying."

However, SA political party, The Democratic Alliance's comments about lockdown have resurfaced as they state, "Cyril Ramaphosa has broken his contract with the people of SA, putting both their lives and livelihoods at risk. He called on the nation to make huge sacrifices – their livelihoods, their freedoms, and sometimes their lives – to buy time for government."

On the ruling that social and family visits are not allowed, DA has said, "The DA rejects the ban on family visits. It fundamentally undermines the right to dignity and goes to the heart of what makes us human. How can it be legal to visit a casino or a church service with 49 other people, but illegal to see one’s own family?". 

It has also been said that should lockdown and stricter stay at home orders be issued, South Africans would not be able to cope and follow Government's instruction. 


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How To File For SARS Income Tax Return (ITR)

Submitting your tax returns online via SARS eFiling is easy. Let us take a look at the steps required.

  1. Start by going to the SARS e-filling website
  2. Log in
    • Type in your unique username and password - you will have decided on these when you registered for eFiling.
    • Then press login. 
  3. Generate your ITR12 tax return
    • If the title of the page is not INCOME TAX WORK PAGE then click the RETURNS ISSUED button in the menu on the left hand side.
    • In the menu on the left Returns Issued will open, showing Personal Income Tax (ITR12) - click Personal Income Tax (ITR12).
    • Select a tax year from the drop down selector box on the right hand side of the page and click Request Return. This tells SARS you would like to complete a return for that year and they generate it for you.
  4. Complete your income tax return
    • The very first page of your return on eFiling asks you a couple of questions in order to build a return that is specific to you personally.
    • Then once you start filling it out - checking boxes and entering numbers - it will change, prompting you for more information. Fill in all required information.
    • Following this page will be your personal details page. Complete this by filing in all your details.
  5. Complete your return in eFiling
    • Now that you have setup your income tax return correctly, all you need to do is to take the ITR12 tax return and copy the values across into your eFiling (SARS website) return online.
    • Any items remaining uncompleted will need to be filled in.
    • If you are unable to enter something important into eFiling contact 0800 00 7277 (0800 00 SARS) for technical assistance.
    • Once you're happy that you have copied all the amounts, checkboxes and descriptions correctly into your eFiling return, click Save Return
  6. Submit 
    • If you are happy with all the information you have completed, don't click Save Return, click File Return and it's done - you just got tax compliant all on your own.

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How To Register For SARS e-Filling

As a taxpayer in South Africa you can sign-up to use the SARS eFiling service, which allows you not only to file a tax return, make payments to SARS or request a tax clearance certificate but also gives you access to many other  benefits online. 

  1. Go to the SARS website: www.sars.gov.za
  2. On the right hand side of the screen you will see the SARS filing menu, click REGISTER and complete all the fields.
    • South African citizens, the ID field will be mandatory
    • Non South African citizens the passport number will be mandatory.
  3. Click NEXT. 
    • Enter your contact details and create your own username and password.
    • SARS will use these contact details to communicate with you and to send you a one-time PIN when necessary. 
    • You may use your email address as your username and your password should contain at least eight characters including one special character, one numeral and one capital letter.
  4. Click NEXT. 
    • Indicate your preferred channel to receive your OTP.
  5. Click SEND OTP. 
    • If SARS could only verify one of your contact details, your OTP will be sent to the verified channel of communication. 
    • Enter the last six digits of the OTP.
    • If you have done this correctly you will get a notification that you have been successfully registered however if SARS is not able to verify your details, you may have to complete a questionnaire.
    • Make sure you have the information nearby to complete the questionnaire in the time allowed.
    • Click START QUESTIONNAIRE when you're ready. Once you click start questionnaire you will have to answer all the questions. You have 5 days to start the questionnaire but once you start, you must complete the questionnaire within 24 hours. If you answer all the questions correctly you will receive a OTP to complete the registration process. 

You are now registered for SARS e-filling. If no supporting documentation is required, then SARS will activate new eFiling profiles within 48 hours.

SARS will recognise you as an electronic filer once your eFiling registration is complete. 

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Learnership Opportunity At Nampak

Do you have excellent mechanical and technical skills? Do you possess a Grade 12 or Technical Matric (N3) with Mathematics and Science? Why not do a Learnership at nampak.

Learnership At Nampak


Location: Nampak Closures Epping - Cape Town, South Africa (Primary)

Job Description

  • Willingness to undergo intensive on-the-job and other related training.
  • Setting and operating manufacturing equipment according to world class manufacturing and quality standards
  • Responsibility to maintain a comprehensive training logbook, duly signed off by your mentor and technical trainer
  • Maintenance of production equipment according to maintenance schedules
  • Adherence to all company Safety and Health regulations
  • Compliance to ISO and HACCP Policies

Job Requirements

  • Have obtained Grade 12 or Technical Matric (N3) with Mathematics and Science
  • Have technical understanding and mechanical aptitude
  • Pass a colour vision test
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Be prepared to work shifts and overtime
  • Have basic computer literacy
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, July 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 17 daysOpportunities Offered By : NampakArticle Category: Learnerships 2020Tags: nampakskillstraineestudentlearnership opportunityOpportunity available in: Western Cape

Graduate Engineer (Structural and Bridges) Opportunity At SMEC

SMEC South Africa is looking to employ a Graduate Engineer for their Structures function based in their Cape Town offices. Do you have a minimum of 0 -1 year of design experience in a consulting environment?

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and energized Graduate Engineer (Structural and Bridges) to join a leading infrastructure consultancy and contribute to the growth and development of a business with a reputation for technical excellence and strong client relationships. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering
  • 0 - 3 years of design experience in a consulting environment 
  • Advantageous to have bridge and structural subjects
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively within a diverse and multi-disciplinary environment
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020Opportunity is closing in 9 daysOpportunities Offered By : SMECArticle Category: GraduatesTags: engineering graduate opportunityengineer grads seeking workOpportunity available in: Western Cape

Engineer, Architect, Project Managers and Scientist Bursary Opportunity At AECOM

Bursary Opportunity Open To All Aspiring: Civil engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, project managers and scientists.

As part of our commitment to grow skills, experience and excellence in the built environment, AECOM is offering bursaries to students that are interested in or are currently studying civil, mechanical and/or, electrical engineering, quantity surveying, architecture or project management and science on a full time basis in South Africa.

Applications will be considered from students, who comply with the entrance requirements for the above mentioned study fields; who intend to enrol for full-time studies and excel in their current field of study in line with the guidelines stated above.

Minimum Requirements

  • Highly motivated individual.
  • Passion and commitment to pursue a career in the built environment.
  • No work experience is required.
  • Preferred average mark of 70% in Mathematics and Science
  • Preferred average mark of 65% in your 1st year at tertiary level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Grade 11 and 12 latest results.
  • Latest University academic results if currently studying at tertiary level

The tenure of the bursary is subject to good academic progress. Should a bursary holder’s academic results fall below an average of 65%, the continuance of the bursary may be reviewed.

PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Monday, August 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 48 daysOpportunities Offered By : AECOMArticle Category: Bursaries 2020Tags: engineerarchitechbursarystudy furtherfunding for studentsOpportunity available in: Gauteng

New Lockdown Regulations Released on Alchohol and Masks

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 21:53Author: Alan Hammond

Soon after the President finished speaking to the nation on Sunday night a new Government Gazette was release with details of the new restrictions on the sale of alcohol and the wearing of masks.


Article Category: News

Soon after the President finished speaking to the nation on Sunday night a new Government Gazette was release with details of the new restrictions on the sale of alcohol and the wearing of masks.

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Alcohol and curfew changes to lockdown rules

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 20:57Author: Alan Hammond

With a surge in confirmed Covid-19 cases being seen in Gauteng the national Cabinet has decided to make changes to the national lockdown rules.  The President has announced changes to the alcohol and curfew rules.

Article Category: News

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced changes to the alcohol and curfew rules in response to an increase in Covid-19 cases across the country - especially in Gauteng. 

The President announced that there have now been 276 242 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, which has taken the country into the top ten of global hotspots. 

As a result of this increase in cases the national Cabinet has decided to reintroduce a ban on the sale of alcohol across the country, with immediate effect. There will also be a national curfew introduced.

Because of the increase in trauma cases in hospitals the government has decided to re-introduce the ban on the sale of alcohol, effective immediately.  In additional a national curfew has been introduced from 9pm to 4am - starting from tomorrow, the 13th July. 



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UNISA Students Happy With Online Examinations

Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 14:29Author: Raigan Cloete

 A university-wide student survey conducted by the Department of Institutional Advancement shows that the majority of the 4 823 respondents would, in fact, elect to write online again at the end of the year.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNISA and many other institutions had to have their examinations online. UNISA has gone above and beyond for their students to ensure that they received the assistance they needed.

They have offered students the option of writing mid-year examinations online or deferring them to the end of the year when writing sit down exams are possible.

A survey was conducted by UNISA to find out what the students thought about the online examinations. 

"The survey provides the institution with important feedback on which areas of the online examination system can be improved, and what students’ real-life experience of the exercise was. Although we knew that, by and large, it had been a success, we were still pleasantly surprised by students’ overwhelmingly positive reaction," says Dr. Lusani Netshitomboni, Acting Director of the university’s Department of Institutional Advancement.

Many students raised the issue of a lack of communication and support, which UNISA is addressing in order to avoid this problem next year.

During a normal examination period, stress is always an issue amongst students. However, due to the current pandemic, a new examination platform has been introduced which has added more stress on students as this is a completely new experience for them.

In addition, these students also had to deal with the fact that they did not have an isolated place to take their exams without any interruptions from family members or neighbours. While other students found online examinations more enjoyable and relaxing.

In the survey students were asked whether they would want to do online examinations again in the future, majority (66.1%) said  yes and others (33.9%) said no.

"This is only to be expected since for most students this was a completely new experience and the initial glitches dented confidence. However, as we continue with this system and both students and staff become used to it, it is more than likely that many more students will adopt it as the preferred way of writing examinations," said Netshitomboni.

Students also felt safer doing their exams at home, because it meant that they would not come into contact with an infected person. 

All in all, UNISA received a positive response, about their online examinations, from students.

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