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ANC Backs Dlamini-Zuma On Alcohol & Tabacco Ban

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 13:43Author: Simbongile Makanda

ANC Women's League president, Bathabile Dlamini recently shared her thoughts on the ban of alcohol and cigarettes. Ramaphosa could be speaking to the nation soon about easing lockdown regulations and some have their fingers crossed, hoping the alcohol and cigarette ban will be lifted. 


Article Category: News

Unlike those hoping for the ban to be lifted, Dlamini is a fan of the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes and believes it should stay in place. 

“We don’t support that (the reopening of alcohol and tobacco sales), we have even made a submission to that effect. We know how this virus operates now, we are in the peak now and another peak could follow. So our position remains that we will not support the lifting of the ban on alcohol and cigarettes,” Dlamini said.

The League was also worried about the effects that cigarette smoke would have on women and children.

In May, the Women's League submitted a report in which it voiced its concerns about the health risks that smokers face. 

“Reports indicate that over 44,000 South Africans die from tobacco-related diseases annually."

The report went into more depth about the effects that smoking has on the lungs, as some smokers end up finding it difficult to breathe. 

 "Tobacco is identified as one of the high-risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which causes the swelling and rupturing of the air sacs in the lungs, reducing the lung’s capacity to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide, and the build-up of mucus, resulting in painful coughing and breathing difficulties,” the League wrote. 

“We also take into consideration that most of the smokers who don't have money, have a tendency of sharing a cigarette and thus having a potential of increasing infection as those who might be Covid-19 positive will leave droplets of saliva on the filters of cigarettes to be shared with the next person."

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has defended the alcohol ban in a court affidavit. She made it clear that the government could not only lift the ban for certain types of alcohol.  

“The retail of liquor will be ‘reviewed and reassessed’ frequently. Limiting the ban to one or more types of liquor would not achieve the intended objectives. Wine can intoxicate, so people would drink it instead of their banned items. The most effective means is to impose a complete prohibition."

Now, South Africans wait nervously for the president to ease restrictions and possibly lift the ban. 

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Changes To The NSFAS Applications Process

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 12:40Author: Sakinah Samuels

Covid-19 has changed a few things with how NSFAS does it's applications. NSFAS has opened their 2021 applications so apply as soon as you can. The earlier, the better and the more time you have to work out any issues.


Article Category: News

NSFAS has made changes to their application process for 2021 because of the current pandemic. You can now give consent online by clicking the box to accept the terms and conditions. Usually, you would have needed to include a consent form with your application.

You must have permission from your family to submit their personal information before completing your application. Once you accept the application terms and conditions, you confirm that you have received consent from all relevant parties.

New applicants need a copy of their ID or birth certificate to register and create a profile on the myNSFAS portal. Applicants with existing accounts need to log into their accounts because you’re only allowed to create one profile.

Another change NSFAS has made is that you don't to have your documents certified. This way, they are minimising any contact you would need to have with the outside world.

The NSFAS system validates all information when received from the Department of Home Affairs. It is then important that you type in your ID number, name/s and surname exactly as they appear on your ID document/birth certificate that you got from the Department of Home Affairs.

If your parents/guardian is an informal trader and you are not sure what proof of income you need to upload, you will need to give an affidavit by your parent/guardian as proof. Your parents/guardian income will then be verified by 3rd party agencies.

If you are currently funded by NSFAS, you do not need to apply for 2021 funding. Once you are approved for NSFAS funding, the funding covers you until you complete your qualification provided you continue to meet the academic criteria. You just need to focus on studying and passing your modules to secure your continued funding.

If you were approved for 2020 funding, but never registered for the academic year, you will need to apply to receive 2021 NSFAS funding. Remember to apply online before the close of the application period.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. NSFAS provides special disability funding to all approved students with disabilities at any public university or TVET college in South Africa. The applicant’s household income must not exceed R600 000 per year.

"While great work for 2021 application cycle is underway, I want to reassure our current beneficiaries that the department, along with NSFAS, is working tirelessly ensuring that the 2020 academic year is saved and concluded to usher in the new academic year," said Minister Nzimande.

NSFAS applications for 2021 are now open and will close on 30 November so apply now for funding and let NSFAS take care of all your financial stress and you won't have to worry about paying for your fees and you can just focus on your studies.

You can download the NSFAS 2021 application information brochure here and don't be shy to share it with your community. 


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Western Cape Closing Field Hospitals

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 12:15Author: Simbongile Makanda

The Western Cape launched field hospitals a few months ago to help the province cope with the demands of Covid-19 patients. The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is just one of the field hospitals that were used to care for Covid-19 patients who were stable but too sick to stay at home. 



Article Category: News

Now, some field hospitals in the Western Cape are being closed, as the province has seen a decrease in infections and Covid-19 patients needing intense care.

"The CTICC has 860 beds. It was never meant to be a permanent solution, it was always supposed to be for a specific window"

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde said the province is now working on shifting its focus since it has been able to successfully use the field hospitals. 

"We enabled the most amazing innovation in our government. We deliver medicine now to vulnerable people. If you are elderly or if you have a comorbidity, we now deliver medicine directly to your door" Winde said.

He said the highest infection area, Khayelitsha has decreased in numbers and this was a good sign. He said Doctors without Borders would be moving to the Eastern Cape in order to help the province deal with the rise in infections. 

"We will de-escalate from the 18th of August. From today already we will start to move some of the patients depending on what their cases are like. By the 18th we will then stop and then by the middle of September we will have decommissioned."

"The CTICC so far handled 1502 patients of which 1440 have gone home to their families. Unfortunately, we did have 82 deaths in that facility"

Winde said although numbers were dropping, the province has to be prepared for the second wave of covid-19.

He said now that the Western Cape has managed to decrease its numbers, he would speak to the president about what he describes as the second pandemic. 

"The pandemic of starvation, unemployment and increased poverty"

He said 3 million South Africans have lost their jobs, and most of them fall within the poorer part of the population.

"Most of those jobs lost are to women. 55% of the job losses are lost in the lowest 10% of our population."

In the Western Cape alone, 100 000 jobs have been lost in the tourism sector and the construction sector has lost 41 000 jobs.



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Eskom Continues With Loadshedding

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:33Author: Sakinah Samuels

Eskom started handing out another round of loadshedding yesterday and today, it continues. South Africans are encouraged to be wise with their electricity usage and cut down wherever they can. Experts say loadshedding will only get worse as time goes on.


Article Category: News

South Africans will be having another round of loadshedding today. This comes after loadshedding made it's comeback yesterday.

Loadshedding is scheduled to happen from 8am to 10pm at stage 2.

Eskom has finished their mission of bringing generation units back online but more is needed which is why a longer period of loadshedding is being observed in the country.

Another reason for loadshedding is that there has been an increase in plant breakdowns over the past few days. On this, Eskom said, "Breakdowns this week have removed more than 13,500 mW of capacity from the system, while planned maintenance stands at 5,000 mW of infrastructure".

"Eskom teams have successfully returned four generation units to service today. This, however, is not sufficient to stave off loadshedding at this point," said Eskom.

The constrained supply situation might last over the weekend which means that loadshedding might continue over the weekend as well.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has said that the loadshedding we've had in 2020 with four months left is already more than what we had in 2019 and that it might still get worse. 

South Africa had a bunch of loadshedding from January to March and then it came back in July for a short while and now, we are in stage 2 again, during a lockdown where many are stuck at home and working and studying from home.

A senior engineer at the CSIR, Joanne Calitz, said that loadshedding could see a rise in the coming months of summer. "Typically, unplanned outages do increase in the summer. We do expect the next few weeks to be difficult as the temperatures start increasing again. We can expect more loadshedding this year," she said.

She says Eskom needs to make new decisions about getting new generating capacity to make the situation better. 


Stage 2 loadshedding to continue until 22:00, and resume at 08:00 tomorrow pic.twitter.com/xi39ql4K9F

— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) August 13, 2020

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Anglo American Graduate Programmes

Anglo American are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious individual to join their  graduate programme in Geology, Human Resources, Engineering, Safety and Chemistry. If you’re dedicated, talented and have a strong ability to learn, you’ll fit in with these opportunities. 


We’re looking for the very best graduates to help us re-imagine mining to improve people’s lives. Could you be one of them?

Our SA Graduate Programme offers talented final year graduates the experience of meaningful roles, where you will learn, first-hand, how we’re helping to build a better future, for all.

Chemistry Graduate

You must have: 

  • Honours in Chemistry

Engineering (Control & Instrumentation) Graduate

You must have: 

  • 4 year BSC/BEng/Btech Electrical and Electronic Engineering qualification

Geology Graduate

You must have: 

  • 4 year Degree BCs Honours in Geology 

Human Resources Graduate

You must have: 

  • Bachelor in Human Resources / BCom Industrial Psychology

Rock Engineering Graduate

You must have: 

  • 4 year Mining Engineering qualification (BSC Eng, B Eng, BTEch) OR 4 year Geology qualification 

Safety Graduate

You must have: 

  • National Diploma in Safety Management
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Friday, September 11, 2020Opportunity is closing in 27 daysOpportunities Offered By : Anglo AmericanArticle Category: GraduatesTags: anglo american jobsgrad programmegraduate jobsOpportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

What Can I Study At Boston City Campus?

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 23:30Author: Sakinah Samuels

Have you ever thought about what courses you can study at Boston City Campus, how do their campuses work and are classes the same like others? Well, Careers Portal Live hosted a webinar with Boston City Campus where all these questions and many others were answered. At Boston City Campus, they think that your education provider should be an expert and that your qualification should be world-class.


Article Category: Higher Education Institutions

At Boston City Campus, they think that your education provider should be an expert and that your qualification should be world-class. Boston thinks it’s their job to make sure you get those things. No nonsense. No confusion. Just high-quality education.

Have you ever thought about what courses you can study at Boston City Campus, how do their campuses work and are classes the same like others? Well, Careers Portal Live hosted a webinar with Boston City Campus where all these questions and many others were answered.

Boston offers accredited Higher Education qualifications which are internationally recognised, including their state-of-the-art Postgraduate Diploma in Management, a range of Degrees, and numerous Diplomas and Higher Certificates. They also offer a variety of work-ready Occupational and Short Programmes which meet industry needs and are developed by industry specialists and leading professionals in their fields.

Tanya from Boston City Campus says, "Education is vital and critical. It is possibly the best investment you can make and one of our functions at Boston is to really assist you". At Boston they ask themselves, how can we provide you with that education for life. 

She believes that education isn't just about learning and the theory that comes with Business and Accounting studies that's placed in front of you but rather the life skill of it all and how you're going to apply what you've learnt in personal life and within a business environment. 

Textbooks at Boston are included in your tuition fees and there are no application fees. They also have a variety of Payment Plans for you to choose from to see which suits your life best.

Boston has 45 branches across South Africa which allows them to assist students to choose what they want to study and makes them accessible to a large population. 

Boston has been responsive to the changes that come from being in a pandemic. During lockdown, students and staff had to work from home and every student was able to do that. This was due to Boston's portal which can be used anywhere with an internet connection. There were online lectures, online assignments and course information available. Boston therefore had a fully functional semester.

Staff is continually updating material on the portal and are making sure students are accommodated as much as possible.

Boston also has something of good use for Matrics trying to figure out what to study called the Career Compass Assessment. This will see students log on and do an interest based questionnaire. Here, they'll try to figure out where your interests lie and what you're passionate about and then how they can help you to pursue that. A bonus is that it's free of charge. You can also do it multiple times.

At Boston, they also have what they call the Graduate+ Programme. This is for Degree and Diploma graduates and it gives them a guarantee. If you aren’t employed six months after graduating, they will either help you find a job or offer you a bursary to pursue a Postgraduate or Advanced Diploma or for the first year of a degree. 

Courses offered at Boston
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  • Accounting: Bachelor of Accounting, Diploma in Financial Accounting, Higher Certificate in Accounting Practice, Bookkeeper, National Diploma in Financial Accounting, National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting, National Diploma in Public Sector Accounting, Further Education and Training: Bookkeeping, National Certificate in Bookkeeping, Assistant Bookkeeper, Credit Controller, Executive Secretary Finances
  • Human Resources & Legal Studies: BCom in Human Resources Management, Diploma in Human Resource Management, Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice, Higher Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Practice, BCom Law, Higher Certificate in Commerce in Human Resource Management Practice, National Certificate in Paralegal Practice, Conveyancing Secretary, Executive Secretary Legal, Paralegal
  • Information & Communication Technologies: Diploma in Systems Development, Diploma in Network Systems, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, Fundamentals for Information & Communications Technologies, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Introduction To Programming, Mobile App Developer, Software Specialist, Networking Specialist, Computer Technician, Network Technician, Secure Infrastructure Association, Security Analytics Specialisation, Computer Developer, Data Capturer, Introduction To Web And graphic Design
  • Advertising, Communication & Public Relations: Diploma in Commerce in Public Relations, Higher Certificate in Advertising & Integral Communications Practice, Public Relations Assistant, Media Consultant, Brand Ambassador
  • Hospitality, Events & Tourism: Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management Practice, Higher Certificate in Tourism & Travel Management Practice, Higher Certificate in Management Specialisation Social Media, Diploma in Event Management, Travel & Tourism Operations, Hotel & Catering Operations, Hospitality Management, Booking Agent, Tourism
  • Humanities: Bachelor of Social Sciences, Higher Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counseling and Management 
  • Health, Sports & Wellness: The Lay Counsellor, Higher Certificate in Marketing Specialisation in Sport, Sports Management, Further Educations and Training: Sports Administration, Football Coaching and Administraton, Sports Club Administration
  • Business Administration & Service: Diploma in Office Administration, Administration Assistant, Customer Helpdesk Consultant, Executive Secretary, General Secretary, Call Centre Operator, Office Assistant, Debt Collector, Reception Secretary, Receptionist, Stock Controller
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  • Personal Development & Occasional Study: Financial Independence, Employment Readiness Programme, Study, Occasional Study
  • Digital Learning

For more information and should you have any enquiries, you can go to www.boston.co.za


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Gauteng Is Ready To Have Lockdown Regulations Eased

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 21:14Author: Sakinah Samuels

While the country waits to hear whether we'll be moving to Lockdown Level 2 or not, Gauteng seems to be ready to have lockdown regulations eased in the Province. However, there have been warnings of a possible second surge in cases. 


Article Category: News

Gauteng seems to be ready to have the lockdown regulations eased in the Province. However, there have been warning that Gauteng might be seeing a possible surge in cases again. 

The provincial government's advisory committee said that if you look at the models and infection trajectories for the province, a decline is seen in the infection rate. The committee's Professor Bruce Mellado further explained that it would be safer to start opening up more things and ease regulations for Gauteng.

It has however been said that Gauteng is not over their peak yet and that another surge in cases could happen. The Province seemed to have been able to handle the first surge it went through in June.

The Province has seen a stabilisation in cases and they have been decreasing at a consistent pace. Gauteng has however recorded the most deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours.

Mellado said, "The relaxation of lockdown is a complex matter. It is very clear that whatever relaxation or whatever configuration of that relaxation takes place, they be performed gradually and in a phased way. Overconfidence, unfortunately, at many times doesn't pay off".

“Despite the success, we have to be cognisant of the fact that this drop is not the result of the pandemic having reached its peak," said Mellado.

The committee has then decided to make predictions with both a positive and negative outlook. The positive scenario sees the peak only coming back in December or January while the negative scenario would be for it to be in November.

Another member of the committee, Dr Mary Kawonga has said that the latest model showed that the peak moved by two months and will be happening later around November and that, "the epidemic is still progressing. It is not yet under control ... we should expect another surge in numbers".

Things have also been looking up in the Western Cape as many positives are seen. Western Cape's Premier, Alan Winde, has also asked for regulations to be eased in the province after ir was seen that it passed it's Covid peak. The Province is flattening the curve and seeing an improvement in the number of individuals hospitalised and needing oxygen.


The total number of COVID-19 cases in Gauteng is 194 685, with 152 061 recoveries as at 12 August 2020. #GAUTENGCOVID19 #COVID19SA pic.twitter.com/743xmjYLoP

— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) August 13, 2020

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Practical Ways To Brainstorm Effectively

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 20:37Author: Terrique Alie

Just like plants, good ideas require the right environment in order to germinate. Unlike plants, however, we have the power to create the right environment for ourselves by following a few basic but effective steps. 



Article Category: Education

I don’t care what creative industry you find yourself in, at times everybody goes through a barren patch. It is at this point that we could all use a little help with getting our imaginations firing effectively again. Call it what you like: a brainstorm, a pow-wow, an ideation orgy - the final outcome should be the same: a set of ideas that (hopefully) contain some new breakthrough in thinking to set you back on the road to Succesville. 
3 simple hacks to help you brainstorm like a champion!
The key to using any of the following tools is to think as expansively as possible. No idea or word is too ridiculous to jot in your brainstorming session. Indeed, getting absurd can give your creativity exactly the jolt it needs.
Finally, bear in mind that the objective here is definitely quantity over quality. You are going to chuck away 95% of the ideas you come up with in a brainstorming session anyway, so don’t be shy about putting out some garbage along the way. The way I tend to think about it is that good ideas are often buried beneath a few inches (sometimes several feet) of total deadwood. The sooner you clear those inches, the closer you are to the gold. 
Without further ado, here are a few methods that will bring inspiration to even the most lethargic of minds. 
Create a spider diagram: probably the most popular form of brainstorming, mind maps are nonetheless effective. To create a spider diagram, take a blank sheet of paper, stick your big idea in the middle and get crazy drawing spider legs coming off of it, each one leading to whatever connected idea you can think of. If the feeling takes you, you can even draw little spider feet and toes, grouping similar or connected ideas within the same cluster. Best thought of as “drawing a picture of the relationships among and between ideas.”
Starbursting: This is a great technique if you have a specific client-facing problem that needs solving. To create your starburst you first need to draw a six-pointed star on a sheet of paper (draw a right way round triangle and then an upside-down triangle directly on top of it). In the middle of the star, write down the challenge or opportunity you’re facing. Next, choose any one point of the star and write the word “who” just above it. Moving clockwise, write the words “what”, “where”, “when”, “why”, and “how” above each consecutive point. Finally, use these words to generate questions. Who are our most lucrative clients? What do our clients most frequently complain about? Etc. Use these questions as mental springboards to think about your problem in a new light.

The five "Whys". To do this, you simply state your problem and begin asking questions of it. For instance, you can start by asking: “why is this happening?”. Once you've got some answers, ask the same question to those answers (a bit like that annoying phase young children go through of asking “why, why, why…?”). Continue the process five times (or more), each time digging deeper and deeper until you (hopefully) come to the root of the issue, or uncover something that you may have previously overlooked.  
Next time you find yourself bereft of inspiration, why not try one of these methods? You might be surprised by the results!

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Young South Africans are shut out from work: they need a chance to get digital skills

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 20:10Author: The Conversation

By Walter Matli. Most young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa continue to be denied access to information and communications technology because of poor infrastructure and the digital divide. Digital illiteracy contributes to youth unemployment but the cost of mobile data is part of the problem.


Article Category: Education

Most young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa continue to be denied access to information and communications technology because of poor infrastructure and the digital divide.

The cost of mobile data is part of the problem. For example, compared with its fellow members of the BRICS group of nations, South Africa has the highest average price for 1GB of mobile data.

One gigabyte of mobile data costs an average of US$1.01 in Brazil, $0.61 in China, $0.52 in Russia and $0.09 in India. It costs an average of $4.30 in South Africa. As a result, many young people in low-income communities don’t have instant access to the internet.

This situation is compounded by the lack of uneven technology infrastructure and adequate skills on how to use digital platforms. Though network operators continue to invest in infrastructure to provide quality network coverage, the cost of accessing the internet remains too costly for most citizens.

People know the importance of having information and communications technology skills and these are critical to their daily lives. As a result, most families have some level of digital skills and technology in their households. Young people gain much of their digital literacy outside the classroom in an informal context.

But we found in our research that most job seekers don’t have the skills required to effectively search for employment information on digital platforms.

The number of South Africans aged between 15 and 24 years who were not in education, employment or training was recorded at 34.1% of this age group (3.5 million) in the first quarter of 2020. When the age cohort was expanded from 15 to 34 years, the number of people in this category increased to 41.7% (20.4 million people) during the same period.

Information and communications technology skills are becoming essential in an environment that’s shifting from industry and manufacturing to a knowledge and digital economy. Information and communications technology literacy skills are therefore critical in making young people more employable in the economy.

Failure to address the implications of digital illiteracy may negatively affect young people who aren’t in education, employment or training. It keeps them from earning a living and contributing to the country’s economic growth.

The research

Our study sought to explore how digital literacy skills can advance the lives of people looking for employment. The first phase of the study was carried out in the Gauteng province of South Africa using interviews for primary data collection. The participants comprised of young people who weren’t engaged in any education, employment or any sort of training.

We found that there are many challenges which prevent people from efficiently using information technology for this purpose. These include the high cost of internet connections and the lack of knowledge about how to use digital platforms.

We found that looking for employment comes at a cost, so accessing online services was a challenge. Some of the respondents said they couldn’t search for employment by using the internet because they didn’t have access to internet or because they were digitally illiterate.

We also found that not all young people who aren’t in education, employment or training have sufficient digital skills. Only 56% of the participants had attended some sort of digital literacy skills programme at some stage, while 44% indicated they had not attended any such initiative. Most of people from poor families have no means to unblock the barrier that prevents them from getting training and accessing digital platforms – and this is often because of the financial cost attached to it.

What was interesting from the results was that there were young people who hadn’t received any training but had taught themselves to navigate and search for information on jobs, educational and other developmental opportunities on digital platforms. This was because they had access to digital resources. What’s interesting about it is that some of the young people are willing to learn on their own (trial and error) on how to use various online services.

The results also showed that those who have no access to smart computing devices and internet connection subsequently lacked the skills to search for information on work and development in virtual spaces.

Going forward

In a developing country like South Africa, the government must provide supportive structures and policies that prepare young people and enable them to actively participate in the economy. In the South African context, it’s worth highlighting that because of persistent historical inequalities, not everyone has had the same opportunities to access information and communications technology, so solutions need to be tailored.

Young people need an enabling environment to continuously refine their skills through either formal or informal programmes. The government must provide services for them so they can use skills centres and quality internet connection points. This will assist young people in keeping their skills set relevant to market needs.

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South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Current Internship Opportunities

The SACAA is taking applications for the 12 months Graduates Internship Program for Administration, Data Analyst, Internal Audit and Finance Internship. We are looking for interns with a disability only.


South African Civil Aviation Authority Civil Internship Programme

Graduates will be afforded an opportunity to gain work experience during the 12 months.

Interns will receive a monthly stipend which does not cover costs for travel and accommodation.

“All SACAA appointments are subject to S98 of the Civil Aviation Act, 13 of 2009 and all successful candidates will be subjected to security vetting”.

Administration Intern


  • Administration or Bcom degree related Qualification

Data Analyst Intern



  • Degree in Information system/computer science 

Internal Audit Intern



  • National Diploma in Internal Auditing or Bachelor of Commerce with Auditing as a course/subject and Forensic Investigation Qualifications

Finance Intern



  • Financial Degree or BCOM qualification
PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020Opportunity is closing in 11 daysOpportunities Offered By : South African Civil Aviation AuthorityArticle Category: Internships 2020Tags: SouthAfricancivilaviationAuthoritySACAAinternshipgraduatepuff and passOpportunity available in: Gauteng

Hitachi Graduate Internship Training Programmes

Hitachi Vantara is looking for interns in various department to participate in a a 12 months training programme. We will support you in enhancing your skills & taking them to the next level with provided training, in fast-paced environment. 

We are proud of the team we have built and stay committed to continue on that journey, are you ready to join Hitachi Vantara?

The role is based in the Hitachi Vantara Office in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Marketing Internship
  • Executive Assistant and Sales Support Administrator 
  • Resident Storage Technical Engineer Internship - 12 Months NEW
  • Service Delivery Technical Account Manager Intern - 12 Months Internship NEW
  • Partner Sales Intern NEW
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Importance Of Creating An Inclusive Virtual Classroom

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 17:42Author: Terrique Alie

A virtual classroom involves learning, teaching, engaging and communicating with students through an online setting. A virtual classroom can also be better known as virtual learning.This type of learning can be done through videos, which allows participants to join in and be connected at the same time.


Article Category: Education

The characteristics of a virtual classroom:

  • Convenient
  • Flexible learning 
  • Self-paced
  • Collaborative and interactive
  • Learning in the comfort of your own home/ space


Tips to create an inclusive virtual classroom:

Virtual learning can often be impersonal leaving students feeling isolated. There are various ways to create a space that has students feeling more connected. 

#1 Be welcoming:

We often want to feel comfortable when coming into an unfamiliar space. By creating a positive and welcoming atmosphere, students can get to know each other virtually which creates a sense of comfort. 

#2 Set common ground rules:

Rules govern our behaviours and create a sense of control. This would be an important step as it teaches us to respect each other’s boundaries. 

#3 Outline and communicate expectations:

It is always important to start off by explaining the expectation of the lesson set out for the day. This allows students to have a sense of flexibility and control over their schedule and work towards the mutual end result for the day. 

#4 Adaptability:

There will be a great sense of autonomy amongst students and teachers have less control over the behaviour of their students.  However, teachers has visual control over the whole class 

#5 Embracing cultural diversity:

Each student has their own unique identity and ethnic background. Be open to getting to know your students personally and build an inclusive classroom culture. Set clear rules regarding how to treat each other with respect. 


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Useful Apps To Enhance Distance Learning For Students

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 17:37Author: Terrique Alie

We are living in a very fast-paced and ever-changing technological environment. Today, technology and the internet has impacted many aspects of our lives. Technology is a dynamic tool which has changed the relationship and role between students and their lecturers. 



Article Category: Education

Purdue online University says,“Technology has always been at the forefront of human education. From the days of carving figures on rock walls to today, when most students are equipped with several portable technological devices at any given time, technology continues to push educational capabilities to new levels. In looking at where educational methods and tools have come from to where they are going in the future, technology’s importance in the classroom is evident now more than ever.”

Useful apps to enhance distance learning:

Google classroom - An app designed by Google to provide an online classroom for teachers. This enables students to have all their required material provided by the teacher/ lecturer. This app is completely user-friendly and all documents are stored onto the Google drive. The perks of using Google classroom allows lecturers to make announcements, engage/ interact and load materials for students. 

Zoom - This platform is used for various events such as video communication, distance learning, group learning and social interactions. Zoom can be an easy-to-use platform when engaging with students. This provides real time interaction with students and they are able to access Zoom on any device. Zoom provides a sense of being in a “classroom” as there is engagement between lecturers and students whilst being in the comfort of your own space. 

Khan Academy - An online platform created by Salman Khan with the purpose of providing online techniques to help students. This platform helps educate students through short videos and online courses which enables them to learn and study at their own pace. 

Loom app - This is a video recording app which allows you to record and share videos instantly with others. Loom is considered a much easier way of communicating than texting and is very versatile for students. 

Flipgrid - An online platform which allows students/ lecturers to record short video clips. This useful app enables lecturers to facilitate discussions and respond to any questions centred around a particular topic. This allows students to answer with a short video. The responses can be altered to either only the lecturer being able see the answers or made available to everyone. 

As technology keeps evolving the way in which we learn, we need to be mindful of advantages and disadvantages of digital learning. With many useful apps to enhance learning, this provides students to share their knowledge, engage, interact and improve their learning opportunities with each other. 


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Schools Could Speed Up Peak, Expert Says

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 17:10Author: Simbongile Makanda

By the end of August, all grades will be back at school. This is if the government's plan to phase in grades runs smoothly. An expert says Gauteng schools could face some problems once all learners return.


Article Category: News

Learners returning to the classroom could push the predicted peak forward and nearly double the number of infections. 

This is according to Professor Bruce Mellado from Wits University, who has been helping the Gauteng government come up with the best strategy to fight covid-19. 

Mellado has been using data from previous months in order to understand the pattern of the virus 

“In July the pandemic has strongly slowed down, that is an empirical observation and not theoretical. The population has significantly enhanced adherence to social distancing, we have to take that as a baseline to make predictions,” Mellado said.

He explained that they were looking at the virus from an optimistic and pessimistic perspective, weighing out the good and bad possibilities. 

“The optimistic scenario is that the peak will occur about December and January 2021. The social distancing adherence has flattened the curve by pushing the peak a few months down the road."

“In the pessimistic scenario we have a mild peak which is 20% higher about November, which still is much milder than previous scenarios in earlier updates,” he added.

Mellado said Gauteng might face a few problems once more learners return to school in August. 

“The province has been able to handle the first significant surge. Despite the success, we have to be cognisant that this maximum and is not a result of the pandemic having reached a peak. The possibility for new surges is still there,” he said.

“The peak will be brought forward and the maximum number of cases doubles [200,000 cases]. A small change in behaviour has an effect."

The top priority for the government is matric learners, as the education department recently released the final exam timetable. 

Spokesperson for the Basic Education Department, Elijah Mhlanga said all schools should be ready to write exams in November

“Everyone is working to be ready. If you declare yourself not to be ready, then you shouldn’t be in business, especially grade 12s who have been given a priority. They have always been the first to go back to school.” said Mhlanga

He said all schools have been given enough time to prepare for exams, even though this will be the first time that grade 12 learners will be writing a combined final exam.

 “We are even changing the start date for the exams to be much later. Usually, we start on 15 October. We are still in August, exams start in November.”

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NERSA Internship and Learnership Programmes

NERSA is contributing towards youth and skills development in South Africa through its Internship and Learnership Programmes


These Programmes provide an opportunity for unemployed graduates to gain meaningful workplace exposure and to develop new skills and knowledge.


To qualify for the 12 Month Internship / Learnership Programmes applicants must:

  • Have completed a National Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree or Honours Degree or Master’s Degree at a South African University; and
  • Be an unemployed South African citizen

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa wishes to recruit Interns and or Learners with appropriate competencies in the following areas:

  • Legal Advisory Services Bachelor’s Degree in Law LAS2020 Internship
  • Information Communication and Technology Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Information Technology ICT2020 Internship
  • Electricity Pricing and Tariffs Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Accounting, Finance or Economics EPT2020 Internship / Learnership
  • Electricity Licensing and Compliance Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Electrical Engineering ELC2020 Internship / Learnership Programme
  • Electricity Infrastructure Planning Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Electrical Engineering EIP2020 Internship / Learnership Programme
  • Finance Management and Governance Supply Chain Management, Facilities & Projects Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Accounting Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Supply Chain Management, Purchasing Management or Logistics Management FMG2020 SCM2020 Internship
  • Gas Licensing, Compliance and Dispute Resolution Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Chemical GLC2020 Internship / Learnership
  • Gas Pricing and Tariffs Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Economics GPT2020 Internship / Learnership
  • Human Resources Management Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Human Resources Management HRM2020 Internship Internal Audit Unit Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Auditing IAU2020 Internship
  • Regulatory Analysis and Research Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma in Economics, Finance, or Statistics RAR2020 Internship
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Eskom Puts Stage 2 Loadshedding Into Action

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 13:19Author: Sakinah Samuels

We are currently experiencing stage 2 loadshedding until late tonight. This comes as trouble to a country who is observing a national lockdown. Students are doing their work and people are working from home which would then result in delays all over. 


Article Category: News

South Africa is currently experiencing stage 2 loadshedding which will run from 8am to 10pm. This might be escalated to stage 3 during the evening peak between 5pm and 7pm if there are any further breakdowns.

This loadshedding comes as a result of generation units being delayed and Eskom having lost 2000mW overnight. "The delay of the return to service of two units at Duvha and Tutuka and the breakdowns of four units at Kriel, Tutuka, and Kendal have resulted in the need for load-shedding today," read a statement from Eskom.

Stage 3 is 3000 mW of breakdowns which means 3 hours of loadshedding at a time. 

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, spokesperson for Eskom said, "Breakdowns are mounting at stage 2. Over 18,000 mW of capacity," and said that Eskom's installed capacity is 44,000 mW. 

"Should anything change we will update the country whether we going up to stage 3 or going back down to stage 1 or even terminating loadshedding", said Mantshantsha.

Earlier, Eskom's CEO said that the issue of loadshedding will happen in South Africa up until next year around September. However, this was contradicted by experts who said it will be with us for the next three years.

"Eskom takes no joy in having to implement loadshedding. It is a last resort in order to prevent a total collapse of the system so we are doing everything we can. Regrettably, we keep having to have loadshedding"

Eskom will be embarking on a huge maintenance programme which has previously been neglected which will help loadshedding come to an end. They have said that they are making improvements and hope to be done by November which will allow Eskom to run at full capacity and end loadshedding as a whole.

Eskom stated, "We urge the public to continue reducing electricity usage to help us minimise loadshedding. Eskom wishes to assure the public that implementing loadshedding is the last resort, in order to protect the national grid."

Eskom's now has a commitment to embrace renewable energy. They are looking towards an inclusive business model. This business model will reduce the carbon footprint and create jobs. This is good as South Africa saw a concerning unemployment rate before the pandemic and it has now become even worse.



Eskom to implement Stage 2 loadshedding starting at 08:00 this morning as breakdowns
increase pic.twitter.com/K5x0CBuyEp

— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) August 13, 2020

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UIF Will Process TERS Claims Next Week

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:57Author: Simbongile Makanda

If you were hoping to apply for the Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS), then you've got a bit of time before applications close. This comes after Minister Thulas Nxesi signed new Directions on 11 August to extend the period of benefits. 




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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will start processing July/August applications for the Covid-19 TERS from next week. The new directions allow an employer/employee to claim benefits from 1 July until 15 August. 

The new directives cover the following categories of employees whose employers are:

  • Not permitted to commence operations under the Disaster Management Regulations;
  • Unable to make alternative arrangements for vulnerable workers, such as working from home or taking special measures under the OHS Direction to protect them; and
  • Unable to make use of their services because of operational requirements caused by compliance with the Regulations and Directions such as rostering, staggering working hours, short time and the introduction of shift systems.

 UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping, said the process will be similar to the previous process to claim benefits.

Employers will have to submit documents such as a signed approval or acceptance letter, bank confirmation letter and proof of payment to employees.

The UIF will be using bank verification before paying out funds into the accounts of successful applicants.

“The immediate past has taught us that even under the pandemic, criminals are at large and looking to benefit through their nefarious means. We have an obligation to do everything in our power to ensure that funds are not paid into the incorrect accounts." said Maruping. 

“UIF will issue a letter to employers who have applied for COVID-19 TERS benefits outlining the process to be followed when making applications for the extension period, and will also update the Frequently Asked Questions document to serve as a quick reference for applicants.” 

All applicants who will be applying during the extended period must upload their applications on or before 15 August 2020 in order to qualify for processing and payment. 

All claims must be lodged via the online portal https://uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19/ or www.labour.gov.za

“Employers who experience technical difficulty in creating or accessing their profile should immediately contact the department’s call centre 0800 030 007 for assistance. A reference number will be issued that will enable resolution follow-up and, in the event of non-resolution by application cut-off date, it will serve as evidence of efforts to comply within the time-frame,” Maruping explained.

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How Rejected Applications For R350 Grants Are Re-Assessed

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 11:45Author: Sakinah Samuels

SASSA initially rejected 3 million applicants for thr R350 grant. After complaints, they then announced that they would be looking at rejected applications again as this number was too high. Curious about how exactly they do this and how long you have to apply for an appeal? Here's how. 


Article Category: News

SASSA is reconsidering applications which were originally rejected on an unfair basis. This comes after man complained and Minister Lindiwe Zulu felt that 3 million was too big of a number for rejected applicants. 

Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, who is overseeing the SASSA R350 grant that has many South Africans talking has laid out how they re-assess rejected applications and what procedures SASSA needs to follow for the SRD grant.

Firstly, it was stated that SASSA needs to notify applicants about whether they have been approved to receive benefits from the R350 grant or not. They should then give reasons to those rejected as to why they didn't qualify.

SASSA also needs to make it clear to these rejected applicants that they are allowed to appeal SASSA's decision. If you wish to send in an appeal, you can now direct your appeal to [email protected] for review.

"This will ensure that all applicants are dealt with in a transparent and administratively just manner. This facility will have dedicated staff to respond timeously to all emails," said Zulu. 

Applicants requesting for their application to be reconsidered do not need to upload documents as the the recourse process is electronic.

It's important for the person applying to remember that they only have 15 days after they were told of their rejection to submit an application to have their application reconsidered. 

SASSA then has 30 days to make a decision about whether the applicant should still not qualify to receive the R350 grant or not. 

If applicants send in their request to be re-assessed after the periods given, they can still have their rejected status get a judicial review within 180 days after the re-assessment by SASSA.

This R350 grant will run until October 2020 and applications are still open. 

To check your online status, click here or to check on WhatsApp, type 'status' and send to 082 046 8553. 

Should you need more information, contact the 0800 60 10 11 (013) 754 - 9439/9428/9454 from 08:00 – 16:00 during week days Monday – Friday.

You can also reach SASSA through their Twitter account.

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Achieving Success While Being Stressed

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 11:09Author: Cayla Clement

Self-care and self-love are important in keeping mental health issues and stress at bay – especially while balancing a hectic lifestyle as a student. Many people practice self-care/self-love in different ways, but as long as whatever you are doing reduces stress, calms you down or brings up your self-confidence, you’re on the right track. Do what works for you.


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When interviewing different students on campus, I’ve found that there are many different tips and techniques on how to combat mental health issues associated with the stressful life of being a student. Some of these tips include listening to your favourite music, eating healthy snacks, exercising or meditating, keeping yourself busy with hobbies you enjoy, napping when needed, taking breaks from studying, simply just “chilling” and staying hydrated.

Some other techniques that are scientifically proven to reduce stress while studying include:

  • Getting into a proper routine every day and sleeping at least 6-8 hours a night.
  • Journaling or writing in a diary/blog about your feelings, your day, and your stresses.
  • Connecting with friends and family.
  • Joining societies or taking up a new hobby that you can use as “me time”.
  • Keeping on top of your assignments and important dates by getting a diary and planning a study schedule.
  • Reading positive quotes or saying daily positive affirmations.
  • Remembering to take a break every now and then, even for a short time between assignments, studying, or lectures.
  • Remember to stay on top of your physical and mental health regardless of how busy your days are and to do what makes you happy – your university marks aren’t worth losing your mind over!

And as RuPaul says: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”





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Want To Make It Big On The Internet?

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:32Author: Nolitha Ngamlana

With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, and with the growth of globalization, we find various people across the globe using social media as a means of getting the public’s attention. Gone are the days where people follow strict rules of having to approach a company or even becoming well-known by getting someone to get your foot into the door.


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Nowadays, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other platforms (Instagram being the most used,) help us market ourselves and directs us in the right paths of being our own bosses and becoming a brand.

But the question remains, how does one market themselves on social media?

Well, that depends. What will determine how you market yourself will be based on what you want to do on social media. Do you want to advertise your business, gain more attention and customers or are you the business? Or do you want to be some type of brand ambassador for products? Or do you want to be a singer or an actor?

The list is endless. But here are a few ways of marketing yourself across all the above. Some you’d have to modify or change a bit to fit what niche you are interested in.

Have a definite idea of where your expertise lie

This is essential as it informs you of the target market you’re aiming at.  It is important to research your specific area of interest and which social media to platform to use in order to share this interest with the world. For example, if you are interested in photography, you will need to know a lot about photography, the rules of taking great images and what is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  

You’ll need to be able to create, edit images and attract an audience. Then you’ll choose a digital platform that is best suited for images. Instagram may be better suited over Facebook or Twitter.

Be a responsive content creator

Being able to communicate and respond to the people who comment on your posts online makes the audience see that you are interested in their opinions. It is all about being yourself authentically and engaging with people. If they see you genuinely have an interest in what they have to say, they will most likely continue viewing your posts and commenting more.

Some comments may bruise your ego if they critique you but use their critique to better yourself. Yes, you can’t please everybody, but knowing where you went wrong and how to avoid such issues in the future will help.

Know your audience peak time

You should research and study how often people in your area use the specific social media platform you are using and at what times of the day they are most active in. This will ensure that when you post, it increases the chances of your posts being seen and getting noticed.

Post regularly and consistently

We all have busy schedules and life can hit us hard but posting consistently lets the audience know that you are active and you take them and what you do online seriously. Again, this will increase the chances of people noticing your posts.

Use hashtags

Use hashtags that complement what your post is about. And don’t forget if you are writing something, the headlines should be eye-catching. Don’t be afraid to play around with words, using puns, alliterations or other types of parts of speech to attract the attention of the reader/viewer.

Colour is important

If it’s images or videos, they should be attractive. Create an aesthetic so that when people see it, they will know it belongs to you.

Travel between social media platforms

Don’t be shy to import your contacts from other social media platforms to follow you on the social media that you will be marketing yourself in. Using various social media platforms can help you get your name out there faster.


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