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New Coding & Robotics School Subjects Will Soon Be Taught

Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 11:00 Author Sakinah Samuels

Over 1000 schools in the country will soon see teachers implement a new Coding and Robotics curriculum. Along with this, the Department of Basic Education provided us with updates with what’s happening within the sector.

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Soon, schools in the country will see a new curriculum being taught which will introduce Coding and Robotics subjects.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) gave updates on this and other aspects within the sector during their weekly DBE News Bulletin.

Coding and Robotics Programme

The Department is set to launch a new Coding and Robotics curriculum with the DBE having roadshows to prepare schools for it. These have now finished.

Years of work has been done for this curriculum to be implemented.

This new curriculum will be piloted at 1000 schools for grade 7 to 9 learners and 200 schools for grade R to 3 learners. These schools are located all around the country.

DBE said:

This initiative is about more than going digital. It is also about upscaling teachers and learners with great technological tools that they can take with them anywhere they go.

Schools seem to be excited and ready for this new programme.

Read-to-Lead Campaign

The Department is encouraging that teachers and parents instill reading habits in children as they would be “building strong and confident members of society that are bold enough to face anything”.

Since 2015, DBE has been implementing a Read-to-Lead campaign which works to ensure that all learners can demonstrate age appropriate levels of reading so that they can enjoy the good that comes with reading.

“Through this campaign, the Department wants to ensure that children are reading, or at least encouraged to read, in everything they do and everywhere they go”

South African Administration Management System

The South African Administration Management System (SA-SAMS) is an IT system created to provide schools with a cost-effective and easy-to-use computer solution that contains all aspects of school management requirements.

DBE reported:

Although the system has been largely successful, it has had it’s challenges but it’s users always find a way to work around those.

The system was also created to improve data capturing processes in the sector and reduces the burdens on schools. It captures information about learners in a more efficient way which also saves time.

There were however some hiccups with Ayesha Suleman, Director of Education Management Information Systems (EMIS), said there are IT challenges with some schools not having the proper resources which can cope with SA-SAMS.

Principals have said that the system works well and is used for various administrative tasks.

 

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Department Unveils Student Accommodation Project at the UFH

Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 10:45 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

The Department of Higher Education Science and Innovation has recently unveiled a completed student village housing accommodation development at the University of Fort Hare's Alice Campus in the Eastern Cape.

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Student accommodation is often among the many grievances raised when students take part in protests across the country's 26 public universities. It is an area that leaves much to be desired in the way of results when it comes to being fully addressed. 

However, there seems to have been progress made as spirits were high in the small town of Alice at the University of Fort Hare's on Monday afternoon, as the Department of Higher Education (DHET) unveiled the completion of a student housing village.

Heralded as one of the largest student accommodation developments in the country with a housing capacity of 2000 beds. According to a tweet by the DHET, the project will ensure that the university currently provides accommodation for 70% of its enrolled students and is said to have taken two years to complete at the cost of R419 million.

Mr Siphiwo Ngcenge, SRC President at @ufh1916, welcomed this great initiative which is already being seen as beneficial for the students since the University is able to accommodate 70% of students on its Alice Campus. #UFHStudentVillageLaunch pic.twitter.com/ejBwdBTv7F

— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) May 31, 2021

The University's Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu also expressed gratitude to the Department of Higher Education and Innovation for its support in ensuring that the project materialized.

During his address at the launch, Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande also stated that student accommodation must be prioritized as it is paramount in ensuring the safety and comfort of students. Further stating that negative living standards tend to have a huge impact on a student's overall studying experience.

Prof Sakhela Buhlungu (Vice-Chancellor and Principal at @ufh1916) expressed gratitude to appreciate the support from DHET and @DBSA_Bank in turning this dream into a reality for the University as they launch the Alice Student Village. #AliceStudentVillageLaunch pic.twitter.com/lVTz89bWK7

— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) May 31, 2021 

Minister @DrBladeNzimande also stated that student housing must be taken as a key priority because it’s paramount that all students feel safe and comfortable in their accommodation, as a negative living situation can have a huge impact on a student’s overall studying experience. pic.twitter.com/8lP6v6SnyK

— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) May 31, 2021

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Fewer Candidates For Matric Rewrites in 2021

Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 10:15 Author Sakinah Samuels

With thousands of candidates now sitting down to write their May/June Matric exams, which includes Matric rewrites, this year’s numbers are said to be lower than previous years. The May/June exam season commenced on 26 May.

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May/June Matric exams commenced on 26 May and are set to come to an end on 7 July.

These exams are for those who are doing Matric rewrites due to being unsuccessful in their end of year Matric exams or having been unsatisfied with the results they have obtained. The Department has these exams fall under the Second Chance Matric Programme.

The Director of the Second Chance Matric Programme, Sandy Malapile, said that this year’s May/June exams has fewer candidates than there were in previous years due to last year’s combined exams.

Around 300 000 candidates are writing in this May/June exam season with Malapile saying, “The Department is ready to administer the full standard Covid operating protocols”.

When you achieve a Matric qualification, opportunities will open. You then apply to the institution of higher learning. You qualify for NSFAS. You qualify for Funza Lushaka. Your life is transformed and changed.  

RELATED: What is the Second Chance Matric Programme?

The Department of Basic Education has support programmes in place to assist these candidates which is done through the Second Chance Matric programme. This is done through four platforms:

  • Online support where you can access and download study guides and past papers
  • Video and audio material
  • Broadcasting programmes on SABC 1, Mindset (Channel 319 on DSTV), Channel 201 on Open View and radio stations
  • Face to face classes conducted in 113 centres throughout South Africa
  • Hardcopy revision material

To access these, head to the Second Chance Matric Programme website here.

This May/June exam period will see individuals write to gain their National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Senior Certificate (SC).

RELATED: Dept Releases May/June Matric Exam Timetable

Malapile went on to say, “We want to take the opportunity to wish all our learners, and of course our teachers, a best examination”.

 

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Deafening silence from government on Covid-19 grant

Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 09:47 Author GroundUp

Activist organisations are battling to secure meetings. The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant came to an end in April, but activists are calling for it to be extended.
By Marecia Damons

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Activist organisations say attempts to meet government to discuss the urgent extension of the Covid-19 grant have come to nothing. The R350-a-month grant came to an end at the end of April. Black Sash and other organisations want the grant extended because income support for millions of destitute people has been cut off.

Activist organisations are battling to secure meetings with the government to discuss the termination of the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.

The R350-a-month grant was terminated on Friday 30 April 2021, and no new applications will be processed. Members of the #PayTheGrants campaign have called on the government to extend the grant, on which more than 6 million people depended.

In a joint statement, the Black Sash, #PayTheGrants, the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) said the termination of the support grant “in the middle of an economic and deepening health crisis, goes against government’s constitutional mandate and is a political decision to reverse social protection.”

“Income support for millions of destitute people has been cut off, leaving them to face a Covid-19 third wave without any means to afford food and other basic necessities.” There is no justification for terminating the Covid-19 grant, the groups said.

In the latest National Income Dynamics Study - Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM), researchers found that 67% of households had run out of money to buy food in the previous month in at least one of the four NIDS-CRAM surveys.

Child hunger was reported in nearly one third of households.

The survey also showed that women were the hardest hit by the Covid-19 lockdown, and are recovering jobs at a slower pace than men.

“If the Covid-19 grant is not reinstated, government must urgently clarify what it intends to put in its place for those aged 18 to 59 years who are excluded from social security programmes,” the joint statement said.

But the organisations endorsing the #PayTheGrants campaign say they have yet to receive a response to written requests to the Presidency, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the Ministry of Social Development and the National Treasury to discuss the extension of the grant.

Esley Philander of the Black Sash said letters of request to meet were sent to government in January, February and April 2021, but to no avail. Their most recent open letter (22 April 2021) was endorsed by 86 civil society organisations.

“While the Acting Director-General of the Department of Social Development indicated that a meeting would be scheduled, despite a follow up to secure a date for the meeting, we have yet to receive a response.

“We fail to understand why key government departments continue to ignore our requests. Given our current unprecedented health, economic and humanitarian crisis, government should make every effort to meet with civil society partners,” said Philander.

SASSA national spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi confirmed to GroundUp that the agency had received the open letter. But several of the demands did not fall within SASSA’s responsibilities, Letsatsi said.

“The issues raised such as extending the Covid-19 grant are policy matters above the mandate of SASSA.”

GroundUp also contacted the Department of Social Development, the National Treasury and the Presidency for comment but did not receive a response.

This article was first published by GroundUp.
 

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Editorial and Digital Content Internships At Highbury Media

Bronwyn Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 09:40

Highbury Media (Pty) Ltd is an independent magazine and digital publishing company responsible for some of the best performing titles. 

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Opportunity Details

We are currently looking for an editorial and social media intern for our editorial department.

Requirements:

-Tertiary qualification in marketing and/or journalism with a strong interest in the digital sphere, specifically social media.

-Should be familiar with WordPress and trending social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest and YouTube).

-Excellent writing, copy-editing and organisational skills.

-Proactive and self-disciplined with a strong sense of responsibility.

-Able to work accurately under deadline pressure.

-They should be creative and familiar with digital trends and work with the editor, to constantly improve the digital numbers.

  HOW TO APPLY

CLICK HERE TO HIGHBURY CAREER PAGE AND APPLY ONLINE

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Intern Apprenticeships Available At COGTA Mpumalanga

Bronwyn Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 08:29

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), in partnership with Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA), invites unemployed graduate and apprenticeship applications.

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Opportunity Details INTERNSHIP AND HET BSC/Eng/ND/BTECH: Property Development

Applications for Internship and HET graduate placement on property development in Mpumalanga Province within the next 12 months.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Certified copy of Matric Certificate with minimum English Level 4 and Mathematics minimum Level 4 OR Mathematical Literacy Level 5 minimum (Certification stamp must not be older than 6 months)
  • Certified copy of qualification (Certification stamp must not be older than 6 months)
  • Certified copy of South African ID (Certification stamp must not be older than 6 months)
  • Recent Municipal proof of residential address
  • CV (Provide two cell phone numbers)
  • Professionally prepared Application Letter
APPRENTICESHIP BRICKLAYING OPPORTUNITY National Certificate: Bricklaying NQF Level 3

Unemployed applications for Apprenticeship in bricklaying opportunity for Nkomazi Municipality within the next 36 months.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Certified copy of Matric Certificate (Certification stamp must not be older than 6 months)
  • Certified copy of South African ID (Certification stamp must not be older than 6 months)
  • Recent Municipal proof of residential address (Nkomazi Municipality)
  • CV (Provide two cell phone numbers)
  • Medical certificate
  HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants must send the following documents to: The Acting Director, Human Resource Management, Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Private Bag X 11304, Mbombela, 1200 or Hand delivered to Rhino Building, extension 2, Government Boulevard, Riverside Park, Mbombela on or before 04 June 2021.

CLICK ON VACANT POST TO VIEW INTERNSHIP AND APPRENTICESHIP PDF

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Journalist Internship Opportunity At MyBroadBand

Bronwyn Tuesday, 1 June, 2021 - 08:07

As a journalism intern you will learn to cover the latest news, produce interesting features, and sub-edit articles for publication.
 

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Opportunity Details MyBroadband Centurion

Broad Media - which owns MyBroadband, BusinessTech, and TopAuto - is gearing up for further expansion.

Broad Media offers an excellent work environment and awesome perks, and all the training you need to grow your career.

Requirements

  • English first language, excellent English writing ability
  • A degree – does not have to be in journalism
  HOW TO APPLY

This includes growing our editorial team, and we have a great opportunity for aspiring journalists in our journalism internship programme.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND APPLY ONLINE

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Union Concerned About Handling Of Full-Time Return Of Learners

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 16:32 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

Teacher's union Naptosa has raised concerns about the Department of Basic Education's handling of the return of primary school students to their normal full time schedule.

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Speaking to Radio 702's Africa Melani on Early Breakfast With  Africa Melani, Naptosa's executive director, Basil Manuel added that their concerns stem from the looming third-wave of Covid-19 infections which have seen sharp rise nation wide in recent weeks.

The Minister actually wanted that to happen today, on the 31st of May and we said to her that's not efficient time for schools to get organized of of course that was listen and now we the beginning of the third term.

"We hope that with everything that we have put in place that it is going to be safe" he said 

"These are some of the experts that we have been talking to, together with our scientist and of course Africa fear is real no matter what informs it and many of our people are reading many things that are not necessarily based in science and the mental health of our teachers  is not what it should be," he continued.

This comes after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the return the of daily school attendance for primary school students and students with special needs Friday this past week.

Pupils enrolled in Grade R to 7 as well as those with special needs are set to resume their daily attendance on the 26th of June.  

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Wits SRC Concerned About Students' Mental Health

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 14:35 Author Sakinah Samuels

Following the death of a Wits student just last week by suicide, the University's Student Representative Council has shown concern for students' mental health. The University itself has not said anything about the student's passing, even though it happened at a University residence.

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The Wits Student Representative Council has issued a statement following the death of a student who took his own life where they encourage students to make use of all mental health platforms. 

Samuel Mnisi passed last week Monday at his student residence in Braamfontein Centre. Mnisi was a final year LLB student.

In the SRC statement, it reads:

We are truly saddened to have lost one of our own in such a tragic manner. We would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends, classmates, and the entire student body.

Wits University has not said anything about the student or it's death.

The SRC then also addressed the matter of Wits not having said a word by saying, "We note and reject the attempt of the University to put the matter under the carpet by means of no communication to most of the Wits community".

A prayer session is being held for Mnisi on Tuesday at the Great hall Piazza at 17h30.

Mental health is extremely important to pay attention to as you navigate your studies as the SRC encouraged:

We are aware that this is one of the most stressful and triggering seasons of the year as we are approaching exams, we would like to encourage all students to assist each other where they can, share information, support each other in every way possible because all we've got is each other.

Students should not be competing with each other and should instead be working together "against a system that constantly attempts to exclude less privileged students", the SRC said.

They continued to encourage students to:

  • Check up on each other
  • Make use of all mental health platforms
  • Reach out for help
  • Make use of school councils, SRC, house committees, CCDU and lecturers for academic and mental support

Students from all over South Africa should also keep this in mind as they all experience the same struggles and it is then important to remember that you're not alone.

 

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79 Northern Cape Schools Closed In A Month

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 13:55 Author Sakinah Samuels

Northern Cape is currently experiencing the third wave with schools in the province seeing an increase in cases and 79 having been closed since the beginning of May. With this, the Department of Basic Education announced that all primary school learners will be returning full-time to school pretty soon.

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Schools in the Northern Cape are recording an increase in Covid cases. These schools are seeing high infection rates among learners and teachers.

The Northern Cape Education MEC, Zolile Monakali, said:

We are experiencing high levels of infections in the province. It's correct that since the start of the month, the 1st of May, we had 79 schools that were closed. 

60 of the 79 school have since re-opened with 18 currently closed.

"In all of our schools in the province, we are observing all protocols, all social distancing. The schools are disinfected. Learners are having masks," the MEC said.

However, Monakeli said that the challenge is with learners coming from their homes and communities. Learners are attending superspreader events and are then spreading Covid when they come to school.

Protocols have changed within schools as learners no longer move to different classes with subject changes. Instead, educators are the ones moving from one class to the next. This is in efforts to control the environment.

Schools are also encouraging parents to practice the safety protocols and to make sure learners are as well.

Just last week, the Department of Basic Education announced that all Grade R to Grade 7 learners will be back at school Monday to Friday from 26 July.

26 July will mark the beginning of the third term for the 2021 school year. 

Learners in Grade R to 12 with special education needs will also be going back to school following the everyday timetable from 26 July. 

School hostels must comply with social distancing as well as the minimum health and safety measures to protect learners and school staff from Covid-19.

However, the Covid statistics will be monitored and the return to full capacity might not happen. 

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MEC Addresses Racism Allegations At Cornwall Hill College

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 12:54 Author Bulelani Dyomfana

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited Cornwall Hill College in Centurion on Monday following reports of racism and lack of transformative policies at the school. 

 

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lusufi visited Cornwall Hill College in Centurion on Monday morning. This comes after students as well as their parents embarked on a peaceful protest, accusing the school of failing to address ongoing racial discrimination against its black students.

During his brief address, the MEC spoke strongly against racism and went on to thank the parents for standing in solidarity with their children in the fight against racism:

I want to thank all the parents for standing on the side of their children, because whoever hates a child that person is not a human being.

The MEC further said, "I want to thank the leadership of the school for welcoming us and accepting that something is not right".

He further reassured the parents that he has had discussions with the school's leadership to correct the ongoing issue and ensure that the school is more racially inclusive.

"My discussion with them was very clear. Go back to the negotiating table, resolve all outstanding problems and ensure everyone is welcomed in this school".

After calling out the school for racial discrimination on black students for their hair texture, the MEC also went on to commit on behalf of the school that racism has come to end with in the school:

To the leadership of this school, to the parents and to all of you my children. I can tell you now that racism and declaring it, racism ends here and no further.

 

Following this, one of the students at the school gave her account of her experience before breaking into tears, "My first and most vivid memory of racism happened when I was only in grade four."

"I was happily on my way to break when a teacher stopped me, she had a big frown that encompassed her whole face and swallowed me whole. She looked me dead in the eyes and said 'Your hair is unpresentable. It is messy and it's not the Cornwall Way'. She also told me that I would  look better if I chemically straightened my hair." said the student.

She further added that discrimination towards her identity came in other forms as well "And that stripping of my identity didn't end there."

She continues, "It continued when I was barred from speaking my home language with my classmates, while simultaneously having math lessons turned into Wiskunde." She further explains that in these instances, "it became clear that my home language and culture were second to that of Afrikaans."

During the conclusion of his address the MEC of Education went on to state that there will be review of the the school's policies in order to ensure the school's commitment to inclusivity.

"I can commit on behalf of this is school that no one will be mistreated from now on. I commit on behalf of this school that we will have teachers that represent all of us in this school. I can commit on behalf of this school that all the policies will be reviewed so that all these policies must accommodate all of us", he said

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Work Integrated Learning (WIL) 2022/2023 At KZN Transport

Bronwyn Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 12:52

The Department Transport is offering a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Programme opportunity for students requiring 18 Months of work experiential learning.

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Opportunity Details WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) PROGRAMME 2022/2023

FINANCIAL YEAR TARGETING MAINLY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

REFERENCE NUMBER: WIL/04/2021/DOT

Requirements for the WIL Programme:

  • Applicants must be of a historically disadvantaged background.
  • Applicants must be unemployed
  • Applicants must have NOT participated in WIL Programme before
  • Applicants must be computer literate in Microsoft packages
  • Candidates must demonstrate a willingness to work and excel in the specialised fields.
  • Stipend – R4850.00 per month
Field of Study

Administration

  • ND: Public Management/ Public Administration 

Finance

  • ND: Financial Accounting/ Financial Management 

Supply Chain Management

  • ND: Financial Management/ Supply Chain Management 

Office Services

  • ND: Public Administration/ Public Management/ Office Management 

Human Resource Development

  • ND: Human Resource Management/Development 

Human Resource Management

  • Management Assistant
  HOW TO APPLY

APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING {ALL INFORMATION WILL BE VERIFIED}:

Only one application per applicant will be accepted.

  • All applications must be submitted on the prescribed new Z83 Form. Clearly state on the application form the placement area and occupation you are applying for, e.g. Cost Centre Metro: HRM.
  • a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) with traceable contact details
  • originally certified copy of Identity Document
  • originally certified copy of Matric Certificate
  • an original statement of results, N6
  • an original letter from the institution
  • Applicants must attach a signed affidavit from a Commissioner of Oaths indicating they are unemployed and have never participated in a WIL programme.
  • Applicants must submit an SAP91 Form {obtainable from the South African Police Services}
  • NB: Failure to submit the required documentation will result in the application not being considered.

Applications are to be forwarded to the Directorate: Human Resource Development, Private Bag X9043, Pietermaritzburg 3200 or hand delivered to 172 Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg 3201, for the attention of Ms D Lewis. Applications can also be delivered the Departments Regional Offices (HRD Section).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PDF AND DOWNLOAD Z83

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Thousands of NSFAS Students Owe Money to Universities

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 12:19 Author Sakinah Samuels

Almost 30 000 NSFAS students are in debt and must pay their Universities, according to the Democratic Alliance. They have said that this is due to inefficiencies at NSFAS.

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29 140 students, who are or were funded by NSFAS, currently owe money to their respective institutions. This is said to be due to inefficiencies at the financial aid scheme.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Chantel King, said in a statement, "The DA can reveal that 29 140 students currently owe money to universities as a result of inefficiencies at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)."

She continued to say that the Minister of Higher Education for the country, Blade Nzimande, said that the reason behind this debt is because NSFAS are either with payments or didn't pay the full amount they needed to.

The constant challenge of rising student debt because of NSFAS incompetence has caused a great threat to the financial stability of many universities across the country and contributes to the instability on campuses.

King then places the blame on NSFAS due to it's "inability to synchronize university and TVET college registration systems with their systems for ease of access and a faster turnaround time", which she says then negatively impacts students waiting on funding outcomes.

The DA is now calling for some of NSFAS function to be decentralised to the financial aid offices found at Universities and College. They then want NSFAS offices to be found at Universities and Colleges, which they hope would help aid any delays.

"It would certainly be better and work faster if universities and TVET college registrations were synchronized with NSFAS systems."

The spiralling of student debt is indicative of systematic and administrative failures which have been ongoing for a very long time ... It is high time NSFAS and institutions work hand in hand to avoid future disruptions.

NSFAS issues have been at the centre of many protests and controversies, which the political party says "result in higher learning institutions continuing to bear the brunt".

King concludes the statement, "Only a different NSFAS funding model with decentralised processes into higher education institution will help to limit the delays and produce a sustainable and long-term solution."

The Careers Portal has asked NSFAS for a comment and is awaiting a response.

This is a developing story.

Click here to read the full statement.

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Funza Lushaka Bursary Has An Age Limit

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 12:17 Author Lerato Botha

The Funza Lushaka bursary, along with other requirements, contains an age limit for potential bursars. This bursary is geared towards students and prospective students wanted to pursue a teaching a career.

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The government subsidised Funza Lushaka bursary is a funding programme catered towards students wanting to enter the Education field as teachers. The bursary which funds students year after year, has also got an age limit attached to its list of requirements for students to qualify for the programme.

The age limit goes for all first time applicants, allowing only students the age of 30 or younger the opportunity to apply.

Among these requirements include the ineligibility of people with criminal records, people charged with misconduct and people dismissed from work, to apply for the bursary. 

The bursary funds students with qualifications that allow a specialisation in teaching “in at least two priority subject areas”, as stated on the Funza Lushaka website. 

The bursary serves to cover much of the bursar’s expenses including the student’s “meals, books and learning materials, teaching practice” and potentially a small allowance for other monthly living expenses. 

Recipients of the fund will be able to repay their bursary by teaching at a public school for the same amount of years that they were funded, with the payment of each year of funding being offset for each year spent teaching at a public school.

Head to the Funza Lushaka Bursary website here for more information on the bursary.

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PE TVET College 2nd Semester Applications Open

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 11:25 Author Sakinah Samuels

Second Semester applications for 2021 are now open at the Port Elizabeth TVET College. Port Elizabeth TVET College wants to empower their students with quality, market related skills.

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Port Elizabeth TVET College applications for second semester are now open. Applications will close on 4 June 2021 so apply now!

The College offers a wide variety of courses to their learners as well as online courses at certain campuses.

How To Apply

You will need to visit the relevant campus and apply manually.

Bring along the following documents:

  • Matric results
  • Copy of ID
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of NSFAS application

Dower Campus

Courses available at this campus are as follows:

Report 191 Programmes (NATED)

  • Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Assistant
  • Public Management

This campus can be found at 117 Rensburg Street, West End, PE. To contact this campus, call 041 509 6200.

Russell Road Campus

Courses available at this campus are as follows:

Report 191 Programmes (NATED) (N4 Only)

  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management

This campus can be found at 139 Russell Road, Central, PE.  To contact this campus, call 041 509 6300.

2020 Grade 12 learners who applied for the 2021 intake must bring their Grade 12 results to the Russell Road Campus.

Port Elizabeth TVET College provides bursary support to their learners. All learners are encouraged to make use of this bursary support as it provides financial relief to low income households.

Visit PE TVET College's website for more information.

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Everything You Need To Know About Transnet Bursaries

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 10:53 Author Terrique Faro

Transnet is one of the largest freight logistics companies that delivers goods to South Africans and is fully owned by the government. Transnet aims to create a positive impact by contributing to society by delivering a fast, reliable and cost effective logistic service. They also aim to promote economic growth and improve the lives of many South Africans through their integrated service. 

Transnet company is also known for helping students to reach their dreams by acquiring the necessary skills they need to become successful in their chosen career industry. Bursaries are awarded to students based on the employment needs of the company. All students studying full-time are viewed as potential applicants depending on the vacancies available after successfully completing their qualification.

What does a Transnet bursary cover?
  • Students are allowed to study at any South African academic institution of their choice. The comprehensive bursary will cover expenses such as:
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Textbooks
  • Experiential learning 
How do I apply for a Transnet bursary?
  • You must be a South African Citizen
  • You must meet the standard for entry in your chosen field at the institute
  • You have already partially completed some kind of qualification and thus are higher than the normal achiever
  • A valid South African ID

 

How are applicants awarded a Transnet bursary?

The Transnet bursary department will screen all applicants. All candidates need to meet the requirements to qualify for the bursary. The selection of the applicants will be based on your academic performances either at a secondary or tertiary level. Once you have been selected, you will be invited for an interview which will either take pace in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein ,Cape Town or Durban depending on where you reside. The final selection and award will be based on the interview, academic results and medical fitness of the candidate. 

What is expected from the candidate?

Students are obliged to undertake a 1 year service for every financial reward received from Transnet after completing their qualification. Should a student not qualify for any subject, the repeated module must be done at the students own cost and the bursary will be terminated. Should a student fail to comply with the agreed requirements of the bursary, it will become payable in terms of the agreement. The bursary will also be reviewed annually by the sponsor if the students academic performance is satisfactory. 

For more information on Transnet’s bursaries, you can email the bursary office at [email protected]  and enquire about what their requirements are for a specific field of study or you can click here to find out more about Transnet Company.

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All Primary School Learners To Return To School Soon

Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 10:43 Author Sakinah Samuels

The Department of Basic Education has announced that all learners will be back in the classroom full-time, Monday to Friday, pretty soon. This comes after the department saw a major loss in teaching time due to the pandemic.

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Primary School learners will soon be back to their regular schooling schedule which sees them in school everyday. 

The Department of Basic Education announced the following:

... primary school learners (Grades R to 7) must return to the daily attendance and traditional timetabling model from 26 July 2021.

Learners in Grade R to 12 with special education needs will also be going back to school following the everyday timetable from 26 July. 

School hostels must comply with social distancing as well as the minimum health and safety measures to protect learners and school staff from Covid-19.

Second term is set to end on 9 July with third term commencing on 26 July.

The Department also made sure to mention:

Teaching and learning may be conducted outside the confines of a classroom provided that all health and safety measures are adhered to and the safety of learners is ensured.

The Government Gazette also emphasised, "Movement of learners must be minimised during teaching time with teachers rotating between lessons." Usually, learners will have to move from one class to another but now the teachers will instead be doing it.

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— Elijah Mhlanga (@ElijahMhlanga) May 29, 2021

NAPTOSA's Executive Director, Basil Manuel, said that they raised concerns about how safe this return would be along with teachers fears of Covid-19. 

 One concern surrounds the screening of learners with Manuel asking "how do you cope with screening a thousand learners in the morning?" and this would also take up time.

SADTU's Secretariat officer, Xolani Fakude, said:

We are going to monitor very closely the developments, especially as they relate to the third wave ... We are going to make sure that we also conduct our own surveys targeting school management teams.

Both unions have said that they will follow and focus on the science while also seeing the impact Covid has had on schools. They will therefore be monitoring manual processes such as the procurement of PPE, social distancing and other support needed.

 

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How To Become A Chartered Accountant In South Africa

How To Become A Chartered Accountant In South Africa Terrique Faro Mon, 31/05/2021 - 10:14

A Chartered Accountant (CA) is a professional accountant that is qualified to work within a broad spectrum of accounting related activities. A CA is also better known as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and represented at senior management level. A CA performs various duties but their core function is to implement accounting systems and processes, preparing financial reports, controlling the information of the general ledger and submitting corporate tax returns. A CA’s main aim is to help protect various sectors of the economy by providing guidance on how to handle taxation matters. This means that they have an important role in nation building by preventing corruption, malfunctioning and detecting any fraudulent matters that occur in companies.

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Bursaries And Learnership Opportunities At AfriSam

Bronwyn Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 08:50

Operating in five Southern African countries, the company offers a wide scope of career opportunities and exposure to best business practices. 

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Opportunity Details

AfriSam (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd is one of the largest suppliers of constructionrelated materials, specialising in the production of Cement, Aggregate and Readymix Concrete.

At AfriSam (South Africa) we recognise that talent and enthusiastic people are the basis of our ongoing success.

LEARNERSHIPS

Successful applicant will be placed on a training programme to qualify in an
artisan trade.

We have opportunities for learners in the following fields:
 

  • Learnership for Fitter Trade
  • Learnership for Boilermaker Trade
  • Learnership for Electrician Trade

BURSARY

 

Responsibilities:

To ensure the continued success of our business, our bursary scheme is meant to provide financial support to registered undergraduate students who are currently registered for first year of study at a recognized South African University.

We are offering bursary opportunities and inviting talented and high performing full-time students to apply.

Students with an excellent academic track record (65% average in academic results) and good behavioral standards and who are in need of financial assistance are invited to apply.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Degree and BTech: Mechanical, Electrical
  • Diploma, BTech and Degree: Financial Management, Cost Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Internal Auditing
  HOW TO APPLY

Please forward with your application form:

  • CV/resume
  • Certified copy of ID
  • Latest academic results

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LEARNERSHP< BURSARY< INSERVICE AND APPLY ONLINE

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Payroll Administration Internship Opportunity At SAPREF

Bronwyn Monday, 31 May, 2021 - 08:35

If you have completed a National Diploma/Degree, have an aptitude for numbers and excellent communication skills, then you could qualify for a 2-year Internship at SAPREF.

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Opportunity Details

Hours of Work (WSR) : 8hr Day Worker Schedule

Years of Experience: 1 - 2 years

Minimum Requirements:

  • South African citizenship.
  • Completed Degree/National Diploma in Commerce, Accounting or HR.
  • Strong aptitude for numbers as evidenced by mathematics results.
  HOW TO APPLY

 

Job Title: Payroll Administration Intern

Requisition #: 3.3

Organizational Unit: Shell and BP S.A. Petroleum Refineries (Pty) Ltd -> Human Resources

Location: Prospecton - Durban, KZN ZA (Primary)

Advert Closing Date: 9/6/2021

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND APPLY ONLINE

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Latest Bursaries

Flywire aims to award a total of seven scholarships of $5,000 USD each. These scholarships will be awarded across different themes. 

These are the themes:

  1. Social justice
  2. Global citizenship
  3. Global health

Closing date: 21 June 2021

Sanlam is offering bursaries to scholars who have enrolled to study actuarial science.

If you are a whiz at maths, enjoy a good challenge by solving difficult problems and are willing to remain focused and disciplined through years of studying and training, then you are just who Sanlam is looking for.

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for graduate students with a passion for teaching and education.

The Old Mutual Education Trust (OMET) applications are open to all participating union members and their dependents. The funding from this scholarship will allow for the pursuit of any tertiary qualification at one of South Africa’s public higher education institutions.

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) awards a limited number of scholarships annually. These scholarships are for postgraduate study at public Higher Education Institutions in South Africa at Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral level.

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