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Auditors To Check For Dodgy TERS Payments

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Monday, November 30, 2020 - 10:24Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Unemployment Insurance Fund is now taking security a step further as they hire auditors to track TERS payments. This relief scheme has birthed heaps of fraud worth millions as well as employers trying to keep TERS funds for themselves.

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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is now taking security a step further as they hire auditors to track Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) payments. This relief scheme has birthed heaps of fraud worth millions as well as employers trying to keep TERS funds for themselves.  

These auditors will be tracking the financial records of companies that received funds from TERS. This comes after some employees were already arrested due to engaging in shady handling of TERS funds.

On irregularities with TERS, UIF Spokesperson, Makhosonke Nuthelezi, said:

They may have slipped through the cracks simply because our system wasn't linked with other databases such as Home Affairs and SASSA but I think most importantly is that with the system, what we have done, is that even if you aren't a contributor to the UIF, we cannot punish the employees simply because the employer was not contributing to the fund.

To this effect, the UIF is now attempting to ensure that no employee is left behind and adopted the view of should they not be contributing to the UIF, the employers can still apply to the UIF and they will then only ask that the relationship between the employer and the employee is declared.

"I think that's where we might have opened the floodgates which might have lead us to paying people who are not supposed to be paid," explained Nuthelezi.

These audits will take place from 1 December as the UIF now begins briefing companies about this process. 

The audits will take six months, says the spokesperson, but will be extended if it's not finished within those six months. "We must make sure that the Covid TERS benefit has been paid to the correct and the right employees," he said.

Millions of rands were lost due to these irregular payments. 

Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu found that there were many irregularities with the UIF Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). The irregularities found by Makwetu include overpayments, underpayments, invalid rejection of beneficiaries, fraud and double-dipping. 

The audit report, put together by Makwetu found that R140 556 822 was paid by the UIF to 35 043 applicants who had already received benefits from other state institutions which also included remuneration in some instances.

The report stated:

  • NSFAS students who received stipends, were paid Ters benefit claims of R10 335 344.
  • Beneficiaries by the SANDF received benefit claims of R327 638.
  • Employees paid through PERSAL were paid benefit claims of R41 009 737. 
  • Disability grant recipients were paid Ters benefit claims of R69 419. 
  • Old age grant recipients were paid benefit claims of R88 814 684.

The report also revealed that citizens who were indicated as dead as per Home Affairs database, received TERS payments totaling R441 144.

We have always had this follow-the-money project ... we will have to follow the monies that we are paying.

Even if the irregularities didn't happen, Nuthelezi said these audits would have happened nonetheless. 

Employers and companies who received TERS funds and did not give them to their employees will be taken to court and might receive fines or even some jail sentences. Employees who were affected will have their funds recovered but this is yet to be discussed.

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Lephalale Municipality Finance Management Internship 2021

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Dynamic persons who wish to take the leading role in the development and exposure of the Lephalale Municipality are hereby invited to apply for the challenging positions in Financial Management.

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3x Financial Management Interns : L10 (24 Months contract)

(Budget & Treasury)

Commencing salary: R 100 000.00 p /a

Requirements:

  • Grade 12 & 3 years National Diploma NQF L6 in Financial / Management/ Accounting/ Internal Audit.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Good communications skills.
  • Preference will be given to unemployed graduates within the municipal boundaries.

KPA’s Inter alia: The suitable candidates will inter alia perform the following duties:

  • Assisting the Chief Financial Officer in preparing budgets and annual financial statements.
  • Implementing Municipal Finance Management Act, GRAP and financial management reforms.
  • Managing and monitoring capital and operational budgets.
  • The successful candidates will be rotated in different sections of the Budget & Treasury in order to gain experiential training in different aspects of accounting.

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Online School Applications Is A Headache, Says MEC

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Monday, November 30, 2020 - 10:16Author: Sakinah Samuels

Gauteng went online for it's 2021 school applications this year which was also a great move in terms of the pandemic. However, the MEC has now said that it actually gave the department a headache as he provided some more details on where the process stands.

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Gauteng went online for it's 2021 school applications this year which was also a great move in terms of the pandemic. However, the MEC has now said that it actually gave the department a headache as he provided some more details on where the process stands. 

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi said:

With more applications that the number of classrooms that we had and this has created a huge headache to the department, the officials and the parents.

Lesufi continued to say that the department is aware of parents being in a panic mode or even angry or anxious. 41 000 pupils, which is 18% of applicants, have not received placements as parents are now being urged to accept different placements at schools around the province. 

Parents who received offers since October for their children to be placed in school but were not accepted after 7 days had their offer forfeited. 

"From the capacity of each and every school to accommodate learners, offers of placement were released to qualifying parents, " said the MEC.

181 119 applications were properly placed and 41 156 parents were not given placements for their children for 2021. 222 000 applications were received in total for the 2021 school year and of these, 81% have been placed.

Applications were open from 25 June to 25 July 2020 and parents could apply to a maximum of 5 schools. 

Lesufi said parents received a text notification informing them that their children were offered a place at a school. He has urged parents to accept the offers as soon as possible, as there are not enough spaces to accommodate all of the learners who sent applications.

He said the Gauteng province is facing space shortages, as the education department has received more applications than schools can accommodate. 

 

 

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NSFAS Clears The Air On Funding

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Monday, November 30, 2020 - 10:07Author: Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS has had to speak up and clear the air as more fake news goes around concerning students who are already funded by NSFAS. Alerting all those interested in or funded by NSFAS as well as applicants when fake news occurs is especially important now that we are at the end of the 2021 application cycle.

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NSFAS has had to speak up and clear the air as more fake news goes around concerning students who are already funded by NSFAS. Alerting all those interested in or funded by NSFAS as well as applicants when fake news occurs is especially important now that we are at the end of the 2021 application cycle.

NSFAS posted the following on social media when pointing to images:

FAKE NEWS ALERT!! You are NOT required to reapply if: 1. You applied for #NSFAS2021 funding during August 2020 & November 2020. 2. You are currently funded for NSFAS in 2020 & you will be continuing your undergrad qualification in 2021.

The fake messages which were being spread seems to have come from a Facebook page titled, 'SASCO UFH ALICE', and was instructing NSFAS beneficiaries to visit their myNSFAS portals and re-register. 

Students are then being told to check their application and funding statuses and to possibly re-apply. 

NSFAS has made it clear that if you are funded by NSFAS, you need not worry as your funding is still in place.  

Students do not need to re-register or re-apply for NSFAS. 

NSFAS applications are due to come to an end today so those who haven't applied should do so before their time runs out. 

You can apply now on http://nsfas.org.za or visit your nearest NYDA Centre or Teachers' Centre. Do however remember that NSFAS does not accept emailed or posted applications.

NSFAS offers funding to University students as well as TVET College students in the form of a bursary. Getting funded by NSFAS does not only cover your tuition fees but will have you receive funding for other needs you have as a student. NSFAS will also provide assistive devices & human support for applicants with disabilities.

FAKE NEWS ALERT!! You are NOT required to reapply if:
1. You applied for #NSFAS2021 funding during August 2020 & November 2020. 2. You are currently funded for NSFAS in 2020 & you will be continuing your undergrad qualification in 2021. pic.twitter.com/godbArwRaE

— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) November 30, 2020

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Forestry and Agriculural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) Internship 2021

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The FABI Internship Programme provides interns with a period of experiential learning during which previously acquired knowledge and theory are integrated with practical application and skills development in the plant health research environment or professional setting. It thus provide interns with the opportunity to gain applied experience, while affording their mentors/supervisors the opportunity to guide their development

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Forestry and Agriculural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) Internship in Phytosanitation and Biosecurity

Our vision is that the initiative prepare interns for careers in the forestry and agricultural sectors.

The internship draws from the expertise of multiple stakeholders and the training is coordinated with the needs of relevant industries, organizations and government.

By the end of this one-year internship, successful candidates will be acquainted with and able to practically apply the knowledge gained on all of the following:

  • Plant health and pest/disease threats Global trade; Pathways of introduction and spread; Examples and case studies; Biosecurity; Quarantine and exclusion
  • Phytosanitary concepts International Plant Protection Convention; International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures; Pest and disease risk analysis; Phytosanitary certification; Phytosanitary import/export regulatory systems
  • Pest and disease diagnostics Identification of insects, fungi, bacteria and viruses; Field- and laboratory-based identifications; Pest and disease reporting and communication
  • Disease and pest surveillance Importance of surveillance; How and why surveillance is implemented; Strategies and methodologies
  • Pest and disease risk analysis and management Assessing risk; Commodity-specific management options; Pre- and postharvest practices; Integrated management systems; Biological Control; Systems approaches
  • Agricultural/Forestry extension Concept and practice of extension; Target groups and their needs; Stakeholder engagement and awareness; Communication media

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  • South African graduates with a minimum of a BSc Hons degree or a four-year BSc Agric degree.
  • These may include specialization in a range of fields in the biological and agricultural sciences (e.g., genetics, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology, plant breeding, plant production, agricultural extension, etc.).
  • Preferred applicants are those whose appointment would contribute towards achieving demographic representation in FABI.
  • This is a one-year internship with a monthly stipend of at least R8000, depending on the student’s academic qualifications.
  • The Internship Programme typically runs from February to February every year

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Siemens Energy Engineers In Training (EIT) Program 2021

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Engineers in Training is a 24 Months Programme aimed at developing young Electrical/Electronic /Mechatronic Engineering graduates

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Location: Midrand, South Africa

Job Family: Human Resources

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Experience Level: Recent College Graduate

Job Type: Full-time

This opportunity will allow the development of key skills that is required for our SV CD business. 

We are looking for B Tech / Degree Graduates in Electrical/Electronic/Mechatronic Engineering. (Instrumentation and Computer Systems) 

The graduates will support the Engineering and commissioning Teams, with other areas of exposure being: Software /PLC/programming; Hardware; Instrumentation; Service and Maintenance Fields

The program with include a professional development element (ECSA)

Do you have following:

  • Looking for Graduates who are Keen on innovation
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  • Network with internal and external stakeholders

 

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Top 10 Universities in South Africa

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Monday, November 30, 2020 - 08:09Author: Terrique Alie

There are five globally used parameters in the ranking of universities. These are teaching, research, citations, international outlook and Industry income. 

 

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If you are a high school graduate and simply not sure which university to study at, we have compiled a list of the top 10 universities in South Africa for you. 

In no particular order, here is a list of the top 10 universities in South Africa:

  1. Rhodes University
  2. University of South Africa (Unisa)
  3. University of Western Cape (UWC)
  4.  Northwest University (NWU) - this is the largest full-time university in South Africa.
  5. University of Johannesburg - this is a Joburg based university which is a diverse, vibrant and forward-thinking velocity strongly focused on technology.
  6. University of Pretoria - the university has one of the best engineering. 
  7. University of Kwazulu-Natal 
  8. Stellenbosch University - it's famous for its law and business schools. It's the second oldest varsity in South Africa
  9. University of Witwatersrand (WITS University) - this university is famous for mining, politics and business and it's situated in johannesburg. 
  10. University of Cape Town (UCT) - this is South Africa's oldest university. UCT is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. University of Cape Town (UCT) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognised higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
     
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How to apply for a matric rewrite

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Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 13:49Author: Lauren Chawula

Grade 12 final examinations, commonly known as matric exams are essential to learners if they wish to pursue a certain career, however many don't pass these exams or don't pass them with their desired marks. For these students there is still hope as they can apply for a matric rewrite to improve their scores. 

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The Department of Basic Education created the Second Chance Programme to aid learners in improving their matric scores.

This allows them to rewrite subjects they have failed and even just improve their marks in certain subjects. Listed below is all you need to know to about the logistics of this Second Chance Programme. 

Matric Rewrite Registration:

For the May/June 2021 examination sitting the registration process ends 31st January 2021. You are advised to apply immediately after receiving your 2020 matric results. To inquire on the process of registration go to: https://www.gov.za/services/second-chance-rewrite-matric

You can register for a matric rewrite in the following instances:

  • If you did not meet the minimum university requirements in the previous exam sitting. 
  • Grade 12 students who passed but wish to improve their score
  • If you missed a number of question papers in the previous exam sitting due to unforeseen events that were beyond your control. 

To complete the registration process you will need:

  • statement of your previous results 
  • certified copy of your ID or passport
  • supporting documents to show the reason for absenteeism where/if applicable

You can either undertake matric subjects that you failed or new subjects that will help you to achieve subject requirements for a particular career. There are a number of institutions that offer matric rewrites. The modes of teaching are both online and face to face. However, you will have to sit for the rewrite at verified exam centers. 

If you are 21 years old and older and you did the amended Senior Certificate and did not pass, then you have an opportunity to upgrade your performance too. 

The cost of a matric rewrite:

The Department of Basic Education supports students by offering free matric online programs, face to face classes, TV and radio broadcasts, media platforms, as well as Mzansi online libraries.

You also have the option to enroll in institutions that offer tuition for the particular subjects you are taking. The amount you pay for tutoring depends on the institution. The costs for each subject also vary.

It is advised that you apply early. 

 

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NSFAS applications close tomorrow, 30 November 2020

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Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 12:42Author: Lauren Chawula

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), has received 648 000 applications since they opened for applications in August. Students are urged to apply and finalize their applications before the closing date 30 November 2020. 

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If you're hoping to receive funding from NSFAS for the 2021 academic year, you have until 30 November to apply and make that happen.

Minister Blade Nzimande has expressed concern for the underwhelming figure of 648 000 applications that have been received so far. 

He urges all students to apply especially those who live with disabilities, as the number of applications received from this group was quite low. 

“As the closing date is looming NSFAS has embarked on an intensified outreach programme, visiting communities across the country to assist applicants who have not yet applied for funding. I would like to thank the department of basic education and the National Youth Developing Agency (NYDA) for availing their centres to be used as NSFAS applications centres,” he said.

“These centres will remain fully functional until the closing date of the 2021 application circle, which is November 30 2020. ”-Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innocation, Dr Blade Nzimande. 

Be sure to make use of these centres near you if you need assistance in completing your application.

NSFAS offers bursaries for South African students studying at public universities and TVET colleges. NSFAS covers funding for registration, tuition and provudes monthly allowances. 

To apply make sure you have a cellphone number and email address as well as your supporting documents. 

There are no age limits, so if you meet the requirements you can get funded by NSFAS. 

The NSFAS requirements are as follows:

  • You're a South African citizen
  • If you're a SASSA grant recipient, you qualify for funding
  • You have a combined household income of not more than R350 000 per year
  • Person with disability: Combined household income must not be more than R600 000 per year

NSFAS emphasizes that they do not discriminate against any race or any age and the applicant just needs to meet the requirements above to qualify. 

 NSFAS has sent some applicants a consent form which needs to be completed and returned so that their application is completed.

Click here to access the consent form: NSFAS Consent form

Application results will be communicated to all applicants once NSFAS received confirmation from the institution that an academic offer has been made to you. NSFAS will inform you of their decision before the start of the academic year and this will be done through SMS, email as well as your myNSFAS account.

Once you are approved for NSFAS funding, the funding covers you until you finish your qualification. This does however depend on whether you continue to meet the academic criteria. You just need to focus on studying and passing your modules to secure your continued funding.

Once you've applied and you want to access your application status:

  • Login on the myNSFAS student portal through this link: https://bit.ly/2SWFVh3 (link is external)
  • Enter your username and password, then click SIGN IN!
  • Click on Track Funding Progress.
  • Once you have followed these three easy steps, you will be able to see whether you are funded or not. It may take some time for your application to be successful so please be patient. 

Apply now!

 

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Brackenfell protests: SAHRC takes PAC to court

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Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 11:34Author: Lauren Chawula

The South Africa Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be taking the PAC to the Equality court, following the PAC's use of the chant "One Settler, One Bullet" in the protests near Brackenfell High School. 

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The Brackenfell High protests were held after the school had been accused of racism as a private matric party was held which allegedly excluded pupils of colour. However, the school has denied these allegations. 

The SAHRC held a press briefing after investigating all the complaints relating to the protests. This included those of police brutality and the use of hate speech. 

It says that the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) used hate speech in its slogan: 'One Settler, One Bullet' during the protest. 

The PAC along with the EFF have held demonstrations against the alleged racism at Brackenfell High School. 

"We are busy compiling all the complaints that we have received with regard to the Brackenfell incident, but also subsequent then is the incident of hate speech that has followed all the events."- Western Cape Commissioner for the SAHRC, Chris Nissen. 

On the slogan 'One Settler, One Bullet' made by the PAC Nissen said:

"We have agreed to take that party to the Equality because that poster is clearly hate speech... emanating from the PAC,"

The SAHRC commissioner, advocate Andre Hurtley Gaum said the commission would also investigate allegations of hate speech by the EFF members who protested and sang 'Shoot the farmer, shoot the boer'. Gaum said that the commission and the Equality Court had previously determined that, that slogan constituted as hate speech. 

"There are several complaints of hate speech we are investigating, some laid against EFF, but the one we have decided that we can take now to the Equality Court is the PAC chant 'one settler, one bullet'. In that regard, we are taking that matter to the Equality Court." -SAHRC commissioner, advocate Andre Gaum. 

The PAC argue that the slogan is a part of their heritage and they believe the SAHRC should focus their attention on more important issues on racism. 

PAC president Mzwanele Nyhontso said:

"We can't be worried (about) our heritage. It is up to them to explain how it is hate speech."

Nissen emphasizes that all matters concerning the Brackenfell incident and the protests held around it are being investigated. 

He urges political parties to respect the learners' right to education and writing their examinations in a peaceful environment. 

 

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Nzimande appoints new NSFAS board and CEO

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Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 10:28Author: Lauren Chawula

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande appointed a new National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) board and Chief Executive Officer. 

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Thursday, 26 November 2020 Minister of Higher Education Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande briefed a conference on the progress concerning the higher education and training sector in repsone to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also announced the new board and CEO of NSFAS. 

Andile Nongogo, former CEO of the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) was appointed as the CEO of NSFAS for a period of five years. 

Nzimande also appointed a board made up of 13 members. These include Ernest Khosa as chairperson; Yonke Twani; Bamanye Matiwane; Jullie Beya; Cyril Madiba; Reshma Mathura; Max Fuzani; Richard Msweli; Pumela Msweli; Sanele Zondi; Lindiwe Matlali and Pretty Makukule. 

The Treasury position is still to be selected. 

Nongogo is replacing Dr Randall Carolissen, who Nzimande said had done a good job in changing the face of a "complex operation". 

Carolissen recently found himself in hot water after trade union National Education and Health Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and former and current NSFAS employees alleged that irregular appointments were made under his leadership, which Carolissen denied. 

He explained to the higher education committee that these allegations made by Nehawu and its members had tarnished his reputation and attempted to "restore his reputation" by setting the record straight. 

On Thursday Nzimande told journalists:

 “The state in which NSFAS was 29 months ago is so vastly different to where NSFAS is now. I want to say that without any contradiction. People with different views can hold them; as minister responsible for NSFAS, it's a sea change,” 

Nzimande said that Nehawu's allegations of maladministration at NSFAS was not out of the ordinary. 

“There will be always people who have complaints, some of whom have decided to go to the portfolio committee. The portfolio committee has a right to decide how it deals with the matters, but as far as I am concerned, most of the matters that are being dealt with by the committee are matters that are being dealt with by the ordinary labour relations processes.” - Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande.

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Buti Manamela says that the issues brought up by Nehawu and its members shouldn't be taken up by the department but rather the Hawks as the department does not have the skills or the capability to determine whether Carolissen is guilty. Randall Carolissen said in the press conference that he would be opening himself up for investigation and will take legal action against those who have smeared his name if he is not found guilty.

“I want to say this: some of the people who have gone to complain to the portfolio committee are people who are being disciplined by NSFAS, so they are trying to find another opening ... It is people, some of whom are going to be handed over to the Hawks for corruption in NSFAS,” -Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande.  

 Nzimande says he has observed many changes under the leadership of Carolissen, such as the speed of distribution of funds across institutions, setting up systems and the prompt response to students' queries. 

“I will be requesting the board to co-opt two more members because as it stands the board is not fully balanced. There is a need to bring individuals with actuarial and social dialogue skills and experience. They will be announced later,” said Nzimande.

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Ekurhuleni Artisans And Skills Training Centre

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Registration Number: 2019/FE07/033

Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre's mission is to empower people and contribute to the social up-liftment by presenting practical orientated skills courses, through superior training, in a market related need in Africa. Their programmes are developed to equip the person with essential skills in a workshop environment over a short period of time. On completion of the course the trainee will be competent in a specific field and will be able to start working immediately, either as an employee of a large corporation or even as an entrepreneur, and as a result also providing jobs to other less fortunate individuals.

Courses Offered: 
  • National Certificate: Engeneering Studies (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Building and Civil Technology (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Building Drawing (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Building Science (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: ElectroTechnololgy (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Engineering Drawing (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Engineering Science (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Industrial Electronics (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Mathematics (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Mechanotechnology (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Refridgeration Technology (N1-N3)
  • National Certificate: Plating and Structural Steel Drawing (N1-N3)
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WCED Asks Parents To Confirm 2021 School Placement

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Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 12:53Author: Raigan Cloete

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) urges parents to confirm their children's placement for the 2021 school year.

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) believes that COVID-19 may have disrupted the school placements for the 2021 academic year.

Although the application deadline for 2021 admissions closed on 17 March 2020, which was before the lockdown, the WCED is still receiving late applications.

Bronagh Hammond, WCED spokesperson, said "A lot of parents are only coming to us now to look for places." 

According to Hammond, the provincial department has received about 100 000 applications for Grade 1 and Grade 8.

Which is why the WCED is urging parents to submit their confirmations as soon as possible, to secure placement for their children.

In other words, if a child has been accepted at one or more schools, the parent must confirm acceptance at one of the schools on the list where the application was successful.

Hammond says 2021 admissions have also been affected by the fact that schools have not yet been able to confirm their learner progression numbers, which must also take into account pupils who deregistered this year.

Parents are encouraged to contact their nearest school or the department's district officials if they have not yet applied for 2021 placement. Here's a list of various district contact details.

Hammond believes that next year's application deadlines for 2022 will also be impacted by the disruption in the academic calendar.

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Make Wise Choices During Back-To-School Season

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Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 12:25Author: Raigan Cloete

Many South Africans have had to deal with salary cuts and losing their jobs, which may result in parents being more "cash-strapped" than usual. However below are a few tips of how parents can deal with the cost of sending their children back to school.

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Back-to-school in 2021 may look different from previous years due to COVID-19 negatively affecting the economy. Many South Africans have had to deal with salary cuts and losing their jobs, which may result in parents being more "cash-strapped" than usual. Below are a few tips of how parents can deal with the cost of sending their children back to school.

Every year parents are provided with a list of stationery and uniform requirements for school, which can be quite expensive. However there is no reason to buy everything at the beginning of the school year. 

It would be best to buy what is needed for the beginning of the school year and to buy the rest once they are need, especially the winter school uniform.

Create a budget before going shopping. And allow your child to get in on the experience by allowing them to help you look for the best bargains while shopping. This will help your child see the fun in shopping and they may realise that brands are not that important.

However it is important to buy quality items so that you do not end up having to replace them frequently.

Before going to buy these essentials, do your research and find the best prices for your quality items.

It is also wise to buy items, like blazers, from second-hand clothing stores as they will cost less and most of them would be in good condition.

Plan meals and snacks in advance to avoid impulse purchases.

When it comes to school fees, they are essential and need to be paid. However if you find yourself in a situation where you can't pay, contact the school to arrange an alternative fee paying arrangement or to possibly reduce the fees.

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Budge Cuts To Second Chance Matric Programme

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Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 11:06Author: Raigan Cloete

The DA is concerned that continued budget cuts for the Second Chance Matric Programme will inhibit efforts to support to more students who would like to obtain their NSC.

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is concerned that continued budget cuts for the Second Chance Matric Programme will inhibit efforts to support to more students who would like to obtain their National Senior Certificate (NSC) and would lead to those students remaining behind in life.

The Second Chance Matric Programme was started to offer those learners, who failed their NSC exams, a second chance to obtain their matric certificate.

This programme plays an important role in helping students complete their Matric, however if budget cuts continue the programme could become useless.

Fewer funds have been allocated to this programme, since it was launched in 2016. The budget for the programme went from R60 million to R42 million.

If the Department of Basic Education continues to give less and less to this programme, it will result in many students entering the job market without a Matric qualification. Which means that they will be entering into low paying jobs. 

The DA believes that education should be the area which is given additional funding instead of receiving budget cuts.

"Quality education will never be possible to achieve when the funding keeps getting cut. Government cannot continue to prioritize vanity projects such as the bankrupt SAA at the expense of funding crucial education programmes," says the DA.

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Apologies To Grant Beneficiaries For Delayed Payments

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Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:17Author: Raigan Cloete

Minister Lindiwe Zulu apologises to all those grant beneficiaries who have not received their payments. These beneficiaries include those who were eligible to receive the R350 COVID-19 social relief grant.

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According to the South African government, many beneficiaries, who were eligible to receive the R350 COVID-19 social relief grant, have not received their payments.

The R350 COVID-19 social relief grant was implemented to assist those who were unemployed due to the pandemic and those who have not received other forms of government assistance.

Fortunately this COVID-19 grant has been extended until January next year.

Lindiwe Zulu, the Social Development Minister, was part of the virtual question and answer session in the National Assembly. She mentioned that six million beneficiaries were procressed last month.

“For October, 9 267 261 were processed. 6 160 014 were approved. A total of 160 847 have not yet been paid. I do wish to indicate honourable chair and honourable members that the numbers of the unpaid are accumulative because these are the numbers that come from each and every one of the months that we were supposed to pay,” says Zulu.

Minister Zulu apologised, on behalf of the government, for the delay in payment of the special COVID-19 social grant. Which is due to a number of factors. 

She does indeed understand that these social grants are important for many people in South Africa. 

“I want to assure you, honourable member, that those that have seem to have fallen to the cracks will remain our responsibility to pay them, whether we are backdating them-whatever the case may be. They do deserve to be paid and I am responsible for SASSA and doing oversight in the department in making sure that they are paid. And we really apologise to the fact that many of them remain unpaid,“ says Zulu.

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COVID-19: Long Queues Are Spreading The Disease, Warn Health Officials

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Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 09:32Author: GroundUp

People queue for social grants at a post office in Port Elizabeth. Health officials have warned that “self-defeating” practices by government departments are contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in the Eastern Cape.

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People are still having to queue for hours, and sometimes all night, for social grants or documents from the Department of Home Affairs, in spite of warnings by health officials that this is contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in the Eastern Cape.

In their epidemiological report for 12 November, the Eastern Cape Health Department and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases warned that “self-defeating tendencies or practices by government departments, including long queues with no social distancing during the payment of social grants, at the Department of Home Affairs and full load taxis are all contributing to the fast spread of the virus”.

GroundUp reporters found long queues at SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) pay points and Home Affairs offices in Port Elizabeth and East London.

When GroundUp visited earlier this month, about 300 SASSA beneficiaries queued at Kenako Mall’s Post Office in Port Elizabeth with no social distance between them. It was raining and everyone took cover next to the shops. Some people were chatting with their masks under their chins, while some had no masks at all.

Joseph Ngeyana from KwaDwesi Extension said, “I left my house at 3:30am and walked here to get my R350. The nearest Post Office to me in KwaDwesi is always full. “

Lindile Tyali from Soweto-on-Sea said, “I have been in this queue since 6am. There is no food at home. People are frustrated and are more concerned about their money than keeping social distance. Almost everybody here is wet because we don’t have taxi fare to come here.”

Some people had slept outside the main entrance to the Motherwell Shopping Centre in order to collect their COVID-19 grant from the post office, braving the drizzle through the night.

Most had face masks but there was no social distancing and when the office opened people jostled each other to hand over their IDs to officials.

Anele Gaba and his brother had joined other beneficiaries to huddle around a fire made from old car tyres collected from a nearby business.

“I am concerned that many people will get infected with COVID-19 due to the exposure to the bad weather and most people did not wear masks when we were around the fire,” said Gaba.

“People are dying in Motherwell and other areas around the metro from the COVID-19 pandemic but poverty and desperation are forcing people to risk contracting the disease.The conditions are very bad and expose beneficiaries to the risk of contracting the disease and spreading it to their families and communities,” said Gaba.

Gaba, who works as a security guard, said some people were going out of Motherwell to places where queues were shorter but he and his brother did not have money for transport.

Luzuko Qina, SASSA provincial spokesperson, acknowledged the problem.

“SASSA is concerned and will continue to make efforts to minimize the spread of the virus. Beneficiaries are urged not to come to Post Offices without having received a text message calling them to collect their grants on a specified date and branch,” he said.

He said SASSA had come up with a system where people could apply for a grant, have their application approved and be paid without having to visit an office. But “on payment we were faced with numerous challenges chiefly emanating from the population we seek to serve. The majority of this targeted group does not have bank accounts nor do they have cellular phones.”

He said this had compelled SASSA to use the Post Office to pay these beneficiaries.

In East London, when GroundUp visited people said they had been queuing outside the Department of Home Affairs since 5am. There was no social distancing. Everyone had masks because entry without a mask was prohibited, but in the queue few people were wearing them. People said they couldn’t breathe properly or couldn’t talk with a mask on.

This is the only Home Affairs in East London that issues IDs.

Sizeka Ndontsa, from Mooiplaas just outside East London, said there were already people queuing when she arrived at 5am. She was there to collect her ID book which she has been waiting for since July. There were no marks on the ground and no social distancing.

“The sad thing about this Home Affairs is that their system is always down now. Instead of standing in a line we ended up sitting on the pavement. Hence you find us all sitting close to each other. We want to be closer to the door so we can hear when the staff comes out to talk to us,” she said.

She said she would only wear her mask when she went inside.

GroundUp travelled in two “amaphela” taxis which carry four people. Neither driver was wearing a mask, and not all the passengers. One driver said he only put his mask on when he saw police officers.

This article was first published by GroundUp.

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Edge Training Consultancy

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Registration Number: 2019/FE07/006Courses Offered: 
  • General Education and Training Certificate: Hygine and Cleaning (Level 1)
  • National Certificate: New Venture Creation (SMME) (Level 2)
  • National Certificate: Business Administration (Level 3)
  • National Certificate: Management
  • National Certificate: Customer Management (Level 4)
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management: General Management (Level 4)
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Project Management (Level 4)
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Marketing (Level 4)
  • National Certificate: Generic Management: Strtegic Management (Level 5)
  • National Diploma: customer Management (Level 5)
Fees:

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Easy English Centre

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Registration Number: 2018/FE07/038

Easy English Centre's mission is to ensure the growth and development of all their students to reach their full potential. They strive to maintain the highest quality service by offering the best course material, which is delivered by teachers with degrees and diplomas in addition to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Courses Offered: 
  • FET Certificate: Foundation Learning Competence (Level 2)
Fees:

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Divine Favour Progressive College FET

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Registration Number: 2019/FE07/035

Divine Favour Progressive College FET is a college that has a network of highly skilled specialists and lecturers who draw their experiences from different working life experiences and a variety of multicultural organizations to provide the best quality education and training through assembling and implementation of the best learning resources. They believe in excellence, hence providing a platform for learners to get adequate, excellent training to become relevant to the society.

Courses Offered: 
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Boiler Making
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Public Relations
  • Office Admin
  • Specialized Trainings
Fees:

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