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Union Concerned As More Grades Return

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Monday, August 24, 2020 - 11:53Author: Simbongile Makanda

A teacher union wants the government to do more, after hearing news of some schools receiving PPE and hand sanitisers that are not up to standard. The union is afraid that schools are not ready to receive pupils, even after the break that the government said it would use to solve these problems. 

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The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) said it first wants the government to solve issues of overcrowded schools and Personal Protective Equipment before letting more grades return. 

This is the same cry that the union had in July when it called for schools to close because it felt that the government was not doing enough to provide learners and teachers with protective gear and psycho-social support.

Naptosa president, Basil Manuel said one of the biggest issues that some schools are facing now is a shortage of teachers, since some teachers have comorbidities. 

He said the survey that Naptosa did with other unions showed that 13% of schools were worried about making timetables because of the teacher shortages that they were facing. 

Absenteeism is also a big problem at schools, as some schools were reporting that some learners have not been returning.

"In the last couple of weeks, when the grade 12s and 7s have been back, the attendance hasn't been as great as it should be."

He said the reopening of schools should not be done at all costs, as schools could become the place where the next wave starts.

Manuel said the department was not giving enough psychosocial support to teachers and learners.

"Not all learners are as resilient as others, and they need support. They live in communities where people have died, family members have fallen ill, they live in fear of doing so too."

Many learners in matric have also been facing pressure, especially because they have to catch up 3 months worth of work without getting any extra lessons. 

He said teachers need just as much support because they face similar problems and pressures to the ones that learners face. 

Some schools have been left behind because not all schools have been following the same system. 

There are some schools that have received PPE that is not up to standard and some have received hand sanitisers with less than 40% alcohol. 

Manuel said these are the schools that Naposa is worried about because even though the department has done well in some schools, it has not necessarily done enough.

"What we want is that after this we have a better norm, not a new norm a better one. We must be better off for having had a crisis that has pointed out all the problems that we've had. Much much more needs to be done"

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Students At These Universities Can Get Funded By NSFAS

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Monday, August 24, 2020 - 11:49

NSFAS provides funding to University students that extends beyond just your fees. Not sure if NSFAS funds the University you're at or plan to go to? Well, now you can find out. Read further.

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You need to apply or be studying at a public university to qualify for financial assistance. Students who intend to study at private institutions will not be assisted by NSFAS. 

NSFAS provides funding to vulnerable students who cannot afford to pay their own fees and have a annual household income of less than R350 000. NSFAS funding extends further than just paying your tuition fees. It also covers books, accommodation, transport and there are other benefits as well.

NSFAS funds students at the following Universities:

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • University of Limpopo
  • Durban University of Technology
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • University of Pretoria
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • University of South Africa
  • North West University
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Rhodes University
  • University of the Free State
  • Sefako Makgatho University
  • University of the Western Cape
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Venda
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Zululand
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Walter Sisulu University

If you're a Unisa student, yes you can get funded but your funding would work differently. You would not get all the allowances students at contact universities get because University is basically online. Unisa students only get their tuition fees paid and a learning materials allowance for books or devices. Unisa students who are registered for ten modules or more are also allocated an incidental allowance.

Qualifying and getting funded by NSFAS means nothing if you are not registered to a University or TVET College.

You are also encouraged to apply to NSFAS as soon as you can as the demand for funding is expected to grow due to the effects Covid-19 and the lockdown has had on employment and finances.

NSFAS applications for 2021 are now open. NSFAS does not accept emailed or posted applications. For more information on how to apply, click here

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SATI Academic Study Bursary 2021

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Bursaries are awarded annually to Black South African students (especially land reform beneficiaries and their children), who demonstrate a keen desire to pursue careers in the table grape industry – or supporting industries.

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SATI is awarding bursaries for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies.

Bursaries will be awarded in the following fields of study:

  • Agricultural Economy
  • Entomology
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Viticulture

The bursaries will be awarded for Tertiary Education (TE) and Further Education and Training (FET).

PagesOpportunity Closing Date: Monday, August 31, 2020Opportunity is closing in 6 daysOpportunities Offered By : South African Table Grape Industry (SATI)Article Category: Bursaries 2020Tags: bursary 2021Table Grape Industry (SATI)Opportunity available in: Eastern Cape / Free State / Gauteng / KwaZulu-Natal / Limpopo / Mpumalanga / North West / Northern Cape / Western Cape

Back To School, Once Again

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Monday, August 24, 2020 - 10:23Author: Simbongile Makanda

Today is another busy day for schools, as more grades have returned to school. Some schools have faced a few hiccups along the way, but the department said it will keep a close eye on everything to make sure the return to school is a smooth one. 

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Steve Mabona of the Gauteng Education Department said schools in Gauteng are ready to receive more learners. This includes learners from grades R to 6, excluding learners in grade 5 and 8 as they will be returning next week. 

"We have delivered our PPEs in all our schools. We don't expect any hassles or any disturbances. We can confirm that we are ready."

Mabona said the country has moved to level 2 and learners should be given an opportunity to return to classrooms. He also said his department was aware that some parents were nervous to send their children back to school. 

"We just want to say to parents, let's give this opportunity to our children, they need to gain something out of what they've missed in the classroom. We know some of them have been working hard remotely."

"We need to give them this opportunity, they need to be in the classroom."

More than 2 million learners in KwaZulu Natal are expected to be back at school today. 

KwaZulu Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala said “The Department of Education in the province has thoroughly prepared for the full opening of the system. All Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other essentials have been procured and delivery made to schools,”.

Zikala said he was aware of complaints that schools had been making about water and sanitation.

“As part of ensuring a sustainable solution, the department has started a programme of drilling boreholes at schools. This work is undertaken through Public Works and IDT. Currently, 600 schools have been identified for the immediate drilling of boreholes, while studies to ascertain the availability of underground water in other schools are proceeding.”

Elijah Mhlanga of the Basic Education department said schools would face a few challenges while welcoming learners in the pre-school phase. He was still confident in the measures the department has put in place at schools. 

"It’s something that we need to do our best to ensure that schools don’t become centres of infections.”

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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2021-2022

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Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.  Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. 

Swiss Government Scholarships for Foreign Scholars 2021-2022 

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level.

Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology.

Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.

Art scholarships are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland.

Art scholarships are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts.

This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

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Kader Asmal Fellowships 2021

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The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme (KAFP) is a fully funded scholarship opportunity for South African students. It offers the opportunity to further develop skills and knowledge to contribute to socio-economic development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in South Africa.

Kader Asmal Fellowships 2021

Students who complete their studies in Ireland can extend their stay for a period of 24 months to join industry and gain valuable work experience and practical skills.

 In 2021, fellowships will be offered for postgraduate study in:

  • Agriculture, Environmental Science, Conservation, Rural Development 
  • Food Science, Food Engineering and related
  • Pharmacy and Biotechnology
  • Health, Medicine and Health Economics
  • Development Studies, Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Action
  • Education
  • Social Policy, Social Research, Community Development and Sociology
  • Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Equality Studies
  • Law, Human Rights and related
  • International Relations, Politics, Government, Ethics
  • Engineering, Hydrology, Sustainable Technology
  • Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management and Business
  • Information Systems and Communications Technology
  • Tourism

Applicants must:

  • be a resident national of South Africa
  • Have work experience relevant to your proposed course(s) of study (this can include internships and volunteering)
  • Hold an honours' level academic quealification with a minimum grade point average of 75% (First class honour, or second class honour, Grade 1)
  • be seeking funding for a full-time postgraduate programme in one of the above listed subject areas
  • be able to take up fellowship in the academic year 2021/2022
  • Must not have applied for Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme on more than one previous occasion.
  • Please note applicants already in possession of a Master’s degree are not eligible

Please note applicants already in possession of a Master’s degree are not eligible

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Multi-Media, Film, TV, Radio and Animation Internships

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There are 12 month internships available for unemployed graduates to work in multi-media production, film and television, radio production, animation and graphic design and related disciplines.

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Internship opportunities are available with Nemisa (The National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa) for 12 months for unemployed graduates who have completed their qualifications at minimum NQF Level 5 in the following field of study.

• Multi-Media Production

• Film and Television

• Radio Production

• Animation and Graphic Design

• Information Technology/ Software/ Web Development

Requirements:

Applicants must have satisfied the academic requirements for the advertised field of study/ discipline and should not have previously served as an Intern or Contract Worker in the Public Sector or Private Sector and must not be older than 35 years.

Preference will be given to NEMISA Alumni and graduates with disability.

Applications must be submitted to the following email addresses.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to quote the relevant reference number and to submit application to the correct email address.

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How To Apply For Jobs At KFC

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KFC promises every employee an opportunity to make a difference to themselves, the team the work with and the community they serve and to have fun while doing it. And they are proud of how we give back to each community that they are situated in, whether it’s something small like a smile given to each customer or through Add Hope, KFC’s corporate social initiative.

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How To Apply For Jobs At KFC

KFC belives that when they invest in their staff, they invest in the heart of our company.

KFC promises every employee an opportunity to make a difference to themselves, the team the work with and the community they serve and to have fun while doing it. And they are proud of how we give back to each community that they are situated in, whether it’s something small like a smile given to each customer or through Add Hope, KFC’s corporate social initiative.

KFC is always looking to themselves  apart by continuously striving to be a great place to work. Their culture ultimately aims to create an environment that is Friendly, Fun, Supportive and Customer –Focused.

If you would love to be part of the team, follow the steps below to apply.

  1. Visit The KFC Career Site
  2. Click on "Apply Now At Head Office Vacancies" or " Apply Now For Restaurant Vacancies"
  3. Select the vacancy you are interested in
  4. Apply!

To work at a KFC Franchise you will need the following:

  • A South African ID 
  • Be able to work retail hours, including weekends and Public Holidays
  • A minimum qualification of Grade 10 (or equivalent)
  • KFC reserves the right to conduct Employee Verification Checks, including but not limited to Criminal and Credit Checks
  • If you haven't heard back within 30 days, your application was unsuccessful.

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Universities Awaiting Student Measures During Level 2

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Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 12:19Author: Raigan Cloete

At the beginning of lockdown, the ministry expected that 66% of students would be allowed to return to campus during level 2. However will that be possible?

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At the beginning of lockdown, the ministry expected that 66% of students would be allowed to return to campus during level 2. However all universities are waiting to see if that will happen.

University of KwaZulu-Natal acting executive director for corporate relations, Normah Zondo, said the university would be guided by the Campus Readiness Task Team and the Department of Higher Education and Training, with regards to students returning during level 2.

"UKZN will also consider the specific categories eligible for lockdown level 2, and the proposed plan will be outlined," said Zondo.

At the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 6 000 students were able to return during level 3.

Those students are restricted to their residences and are only allowed to go to clinics, laboratories and LANs with prior approval.

Bheki Hlophe, spokesperson for the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), said it was waiting for government directives on whether to allow more students back to campus.

Mangosuthu University of Technology has about 10 000 students accessing their online platforms.

"Being a historically disadvantaged institution, MUT had to wait on funds from the government to begin identified interventions. For example, we could not issue laptops to students, we had to rely on the process from NSFAS." 

“In most instances the infrastructure was already in place. However, the growing use of the MUT digital platforms necessitates an upgrade. In other instances we had to consider putting up new equipment to deal with the uptake of online platforms.”

UKZN SRC president, Sifiso Simelane, said that during the period of online learning, the online platforms were presenting many issues. 

Although all students were required to work online, this form of learning was not suitable for all students.

UCT’s Elijah Moholola said: “Following level 2 there are likely to be some amendments to the institution’s return to campus framework. Any amendments will be determined by guidelines from the minister. UCT has about 1 400 students invited back in line with higher education department’s guidelines. The return to campus, however, does not mean the resumption of physical classes. Teaching and learning will continue online for the rest of the term.”

Universities should expect an update on level 2 directives some time next week, says Department of Higher Education spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi.

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Workplace Rules Under Level 2

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Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:31Author: Raigan Cloete

South Africa has moved into Level 2 Lockdown, which means that more people are allowed to return to work. Which is why regulations were put into place specifically for workplaces.

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Earlier this week, South Africa moved into Level 2 Lockdown, which eased more restrictions.

However President Cyril Ramaphosa continues to eager South African not to be reckless. 

“It is a sign of the progress we are making in reducing new infections and demand on our health facilities. It is also a very important development as we strive to restart our economy. But it is too soon to celebrate,” said Ramaphosa.

Level 2 lockdown means that more people will be allowed to return to work, which is why regulations were put into place specifically for workplaces.

Shane Johnson of law firm Webber Wentzel outlined the regulations for workplaces.

  1. New face mask definition - The regulations define “face mask” to mean a cloth face mask or a homemade item that covers the nose and mouth. It remains mandatory for everyone to wear a face mask within the workplace, including customers.
  2. Gatherings at workplaces and conference - Gatherings at a workplace for work purposes are permitted. Employees must wear a face mask and adhere to all health protocols and social distancing measures when attending a gathering. Gatherings at conferences and meetings for business purposes are also permitted subject to a limitation of 50 persons. All attendees must wear face masks and adhere to all health protocols and social distancing measures.
  3. Businesses with more than 100 employees - All businesses may operate, except for those listed in specific economic exclusions. Businesses with more than 100 employees, working together in a group in the same floor space, must make provision for minimising the number of employees at any given time. For example, this can be done through the use of rotation or shift systems and remote working arrangements or similar measures.
  4. Phased-in return - Employers must phase-in the return to work of employees from other provinces, metropolitan areas and districts. They must develop measures to ensure that the workplace meets the standards of health protocols, adequate space for employees and social distancing measures. The regulations still provide that employees who are able to work from home must do so. Employers are still under an obligation to implement special measures for vulnerable employees to facilitate their safe return to work. Where possible, special measures may include vulnerable employees working from home.
  5. Compliance officers - Employers are still obligated to designate a COVID-19 compliance officer who must oversee the implementation of the COVID-ready workplace plan and ensure strict adherence to health protocols in the workplace. The COVID-ready workplace plan should correspond with the regulations and it should be retained for inspection. The plan must contain the following information – Employees who are permitted to work; the plan for the phased-in return of employees to the workplace; health protocols that are in place to protect employees from COVID-19; details of the COVID-19 compliance officer.
  6. Firm-specific rules - Employers in the construction, manufacturing, business & financial service sectors, with more than 500 employees, must adhere to the appropriate sector or workplace arrangements or compacts to address the following: Provide or arrange transport to employees coming to site; stagger the return to work of employees; screen employees daily for COVID-19 symptoms; submit data collected during the screening and testing process to the Director-General: Health. Sector-specific health protocols may be developed and implemented in consultation with the Department of Health.
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Most of Gauteng Schools Open

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Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:24Author: Raigan Cloete

Good news for Gauteng, nearly all of their schools are open. Due to a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases.

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 The Gauteng Provincial Command Council gave its latest update on the province’s Covid-19 response, on Friday 21st of August, as the country went into Level 2 lockdown. 

Education head of department, Edward Mosuwe, announced that during Level 2, more learners were allowed to attend school.

These schools are encouraged to respect and follow the COVID-19 regulations to ensure the safety of their students and staff.

He also pointed out that the department was prioritising health and safety for over 1.5 million learners resuming classes.

It has been reported that 99% of regular schools and 78% of special needs schools were open. The reason for certain schools not reopening is as a result of reported COVID-19 cases.

It is best for those schools to remain close as Gauteng is doing its best to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections.

However hopefully all schools will be able to resume learning and ensure that all learners receive the education that they require. 

While these schools are closed it is their responsibilty to provide their learners with adequate learning materials so that they do not fall behind while at home. 

The matric class of 2020 are not to worry as their final exams are still on track and are set to be written on 5 November and end on 15 December. These results are expected to be released on 23 February 2021.

The Gauteng health department report stated that the daily COVID-19 infection rates had dropped from an average of 7,000 to just over 3,000. However this could be due to patients not presenting themselves for treatment as soon as they show symptoms or completely ignoring them.

Even though the number of infections are decreasing, testing still continues to take place.

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RunwaySale Digital Marketing Internship

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Are you a creative genius looking for the next part of your journey with a funky and talented digital team? RaunwaySale is looking for a Digital Marketing Intern who is looking to show off their marketing & content creation abilities.

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Are you a creative genius looking for the next part of your journey with a funky and talented digital team? RunwaySale is looking for a Digital Marketing Intern who is looking to show off their marketing & content creation abilities.

This opportunity is based in Cape Town.

You will predominantly assist with the development and production of multi-media campaigns for various events. This fantastic opportunity is perfectly suited for a self-motivated individual with a twist of quirkiness who will thrive under pressure, who has a keen eye for detail, a guru in numbers, and better multitasking abilities than a circus juggler.

Sounds like fun, well you will be sure to work with equally awesome, passionate people who will not only support your journey to become the next big marketing success story, but also make it a fun & adventurous one! This is a great opportunity that should not be passed on for just another day at the office. You will grasp the chance to learn and grow quickly in what is a dynamic, flexible & awesomely equipped company.

Requirements
  • Tertiary qualification in marketing
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word 
  • Well-spoken and able to communicate clearly (in English)
  • Social Media Savvy: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok & YouTube
  • Copywriting skills
  • Graphic design principles and knowledge of the programmes: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc (advantageous)
  • Analytics, SEO and AdWords experience (advantageous)
Responsibilities
  • Assist with the roll-out of marketing campaigns
  • Support the marketing team in daily administrative tasks
  • Work closely with the Graphic Designer to manage weekly artwork
  • Manage social media platforms
  • Conduct competitive research
  • Manage the supplier and printer relationships
  • Assist with experiential events and initiatives
  • Brainstorm and design new ideas 
  • Assist with the building of our content database

 

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Customer Services Internship At Sage

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People make Sage great. Sage is looking to hire a Customer Services intern. Sage is writing their next chapter. Be part of it! 

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People make Sage great. From their colleagues delivering ground-breaking solutions to the customers who use them: people have helped Sage grow for more than thirty years, and people are driving their future as a great SaaS company. They’re writing their next chapter. Be part of it!

Sage is looking to hire a Customer Services intern at their Johannesburg branch.

Experience has taught Sage that when our customers thrive, we thrive. As a team, we always start with what customers need. Through the good… and more challenging times. Innovating at pace so customers can manage their finances, operations and people. Every one of us shapes our culture at Sage - doing what’s right and succeeding together, united by our commitment to each other. We encourage each other to grow in our roles, in our careers and as individuals.

Responsibilities
  • To engage with customers.
  • To (first) analyse and interpret the context of their query(s) and (second) provide direction on how their query will be resolved.
  • Investigating each application or environment query for validation of an issue, a problem, or needing clarification, or to escalate for a data investigation.
  • Helping customers define the context of the issue, then narrow down the cause by continuously analysing the information available, and to find and analyse solutions (options).
  • Making decisions on how the query should be resolved with minimal impact to the live customer processing environment
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Where To Study Nursing In South Africa

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 21:26Author: Sakinah Samuels

If you dream of making a difference in people's lives, maybe even saving them, and want to care for people day in and day out, maybe nursing is the perfect career for you. South Africa offers many opportunities for nurses, that goes from studying it to becoming one and actually working. Here's where to study to become a nurse.

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If you have always seen yourself as someone who helps and cares for others and have always wanted to be your own version of a hero, nursing is the right choice for you. The nursing industry in South Africa is growing fast and finding a job as a nurse is easier than most. Nurses also don't have to only work in a hospital, they can work across multiple places, even for a large company who needs a nurse on hold.

There are three types of nurses: Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters who supervise other nurses and carry out nurse duties, Enrolled Nurses who perform limited nursing care and Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries who perform basic procedures and care for patients.

To qualify as a nurse, you can do one of the following:

  • a four-year bachelor degree in nursing (BCur– Bachelor of Nursing Science, Education & Administration)
  • a three-year diploma
  • a one-year higher certificate in auxiliary nursing 
  • one-year postgraduate advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.

After you get your qualification, you will then need to a year of mandatory community service and you have to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) which involves doing an exam. 

Gauteng
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Pretoria
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Mediclinic
  • Baragwanath Nursing College
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Healthnicon SA
  • Ann Latsky Nursing College
  • Rahima Moosa Campus
  • Ga-Rankuwa Nursing College
  • SG Lourens Nursing College
  • SAMHS Nursing College
Cape Town
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of the Western Cape
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Western Cape College of Nursing
  • Worcester Nursing School
North West
  • North West University
  • Xcelsius Nursing College
  • Mmabatho Nursing College
  • Moses Kotane Nursing School
  • Thusong Hospital Nursing School
  • Caerus Nursing School
Kwazulu-Natal
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • University of Zululand
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal College of Nursing
  • ChatsMed Candlelight Nursing School
  • Bethesda Hospital School
  • Rietvlei Hospital School
  • Eshowe Hospital School
  • St Aidans Hospital School
  • Manguzi Hospital School
  • Nkonjeni Hospital School
  • Iris Marwick Hospital School
  • Church of Scotland Hospital School
Eastern Cape
  • Life College of Learning
  • Netcare Education
  • Lilitha College of Nursing
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Fort Hare
Northern Cape
  • Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College
Free State
  • University of Free State
  • Free State School of Nursing
Limpopo
  • University of Limpopo
  • Limpopo College of Nursing
Mpumalanga
  • Mpumalanga College of Nursing
  • Barberton Hospital School
  • Standerton Hospital School
  • Middleburg Hospital School
  • Sabie Hospital Nursing School
  • Witbank Hospital School
  • Piet Retief Hospital Nursing

Hospitals all over South Africa also offer nursing programmes. A good thing to do would to be to contact your nearest hospital and ask whether there are nursing courses attached to the hospital and go from there.

You can also study nursing through Unisa. They offer a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science qualification and you can even go up to a Masters qualification in Nursing at Unisa.

Choosing to study nursing is a very good option in South Africa and you should definitely get excited about the range of opportunities that await you when you choose to embark on your nursing journey.

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Union Threatens To Take Legal Action Against NSFAS

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 20:09Author: Sakinah Samuels

The South African Union of Students, and many others, have been responding to the news that NSFAS pulled the funding of 5000 students. SAUS has now said that if the financial aid scheme doesn't make this right, they will take legal action. 

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The South African Union of Students (SAUS) is demanding that NSFAS retracts their statement saying they unfunded 5000 students and issue an apology within 5 business days and if they don't, SAUS is threatening to seek legal recourse.

SAUS, EFF Students Command and many other student leaderships have rejected the decision made by NSFAS to pull the funding from 5000 students who were found to not actually fit the criteria needed. This, SAUS and many others say is basically saying that students needing to prove their poverty.

A statement posted by the union starts off strong and criticises NSFAS as an institution by saying, "NSFAS is narrow and further reckless in its failure to take into account the enduring internal systemic weaknesses that have characterized NSFAS as an institution prone to error".

Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown has had excruciating effects on the economy and the financial stance of many South Africans and worsened those who were already struggling. 

SAUS says this defunding goes in the opposite direction of what NSFAS stands for which is, "promoting access and ensuring the doors of learning remain open".

They have also, through reacting to this latest development, highlighted other shortcomings of NSFAS such as historic debt-sentence, underfunding of students and weak internal controls over the past few years. The EFFSC done the same in saying that the financial aid scheme still has not dealt with student appeals which were sent in five months ago.

"Students have been having issues with NSFAS as an institution historically since its inception as a loan system", said the union, "which has resulted in many students not receiving their meal and book allowances on time or even at all".

Another reason for NSFAS being in the spotlight is that of an error which saw a student have R14 million deposited into her student account's court case coming to light. SAUS says that this further shows the systemic weaknesses within NSFAS and that this went on "for months without accountability nor necessary checks and balances in place". The student not is at risk of being jailed due to not reporting it and SAUS says this is just the easy option for NSFAS and an escape from condemnation on NSFAS' behalf.

The Union does make sure to applaud Dr Randall Carolissen, NSFAS Administrator, for his work done while being at NSFAS, but also says that this decision, which he supports, is unfortunate and the commitment to defund is at best dishonest on the part of NSFAS. 

Their reasons behind that statement are as follows:

  1. NSFAS has entered into a contractual obligation through agreement forms to fund these students
  2. NSFAS has set aside funding for these students already for the 2020 academic year
  3. NSFAS has carried these same students for 8 months into the academic year

SAUS thinks "it is unethical and inhumane to give promise to funding a student’s academic year and then back track as late as August on that commitment". This does leave the student to have the carpet completely pulled out from under their feet and they now have to find money to pay back the student fees eight months into the year. 

There is no doubt that the timing of this decision makes the situation even worse and this is being seen as a "direct attack on our struggle for free education and keeping the doors of learning open to all" as well.

This, SAUS says, just places the burden of the weaknesses in NSFAS' structure on students. 

A statement from the Union boldly reads:

If NSFAS wants to make an appeal to efficiency, it would be to resolve the backlog of appeals earlier in the year; and- together with the Department of Higher Education and Training- revise its N+2 policy and revising how it funds UNISA students who have largely been compromised for years on end.

"As SAUS we reiterate to NSFAS the position and message of ALL students: “Asinamal! Asisebenzi! and kunzima emhlabeni!”", stated the union.

 

SAUS Official Statement (20/08/2020) RE: SAUS Rejects NSFAS Rejections The South African Union of Students (SAUS)...

Posted by South African Union of Students on Thursday, 20 August 2020

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Who Qualifies For A Bursary From NSFAS?

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 19:24Author: Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS offers a bursary to University and TVET College students who are in need and can't afford to pay for fees. This bursary covers more than just your fees so to find out if you fit the criteria to get one, keep reading.

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People are often unaware of the fact that to get funded by NSFAS, it is not about your marks but rather your SASSA status or your parents' income. The grades are important to get into an institution and you would need to be a registered student to get funded. Should you be getting funds from SASSA, you also would need to send your SASSA details to NSFAS. 

The organisation funds 42% of the University population and 70% of TVET College students. NSFAS wants Universities to step up their enrolments of NSFAS. Students who intend to study at private institutions will not be assisted by NSFAS.

Not sure if you qualify for NSFAS funding? Well, look through this list and see:

NSFAS Requirements
  • You are a South African citizen
  • Financial constraints which doesn't allow you to fund your own studies such as: 
    • Having a combined household income that's under R350 000 per year
    • You have a disability and your combines annual household income is less than R600 000
    • You are a SASSA grant recipient
  • You are applying to get a formal qualification from a public university or TVET College
  • You passed grade 9 to 12 (for those applying for TVET funding)
  • You passed grade 12 (for those applying for University funding)

The NSFAS Administrator also advised students to not think that University is their only choice and that the option to attend a TVET College is there as well. 

It's also very important for students to remember to apply to Universities and TVET Colleges before the application closing dates at those institutions. The NSFAS Administrator encouraged parents to ensure their children apply to both NSFAS and higher education institutions as it was found that students qualified for funding and did not apply to a University or TVET College. 

Qualifying and getting funded by NSFAS means nothing if you are not registered to a University or TVET College.

You are also encouraged to apply to NSFAS as soon as you can as the demand for funding is expected to grow due to the effects Covid-19 and the lockdown has had on employment and finances.

NSFAS does not accept emailed or posted applications. For more information on how to apply, click here

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School Welcomes Tablet Donation For e-Learning

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 15:27Author: Simbongile Makanda

Grade 11 learners at Nqweba Secondary School in Graaff-Reinet have received special Omang ed-tech tablets to make remote learning a better experience. The tablets are different from other ones on the market and are described as "not just a smartphone with data."

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The tablets are personalised according to each learner's subjects and are preloaded with textbooks, educational websites, apps and 2GB of free data a month.

Quinton Uren, managing director of Jendamark group responsible for donating the tablets, said the Omang tablets are different because they can only be used to access educational content. 

“For example, it cannot be used for unsupervised social media consumption, which can be both time-wasting and dangerous for children.”

Uren described the tablet as a "digital classroom", and said some research had gone into the launch of the tablet. 

“Our research showed that what was needed was an affordable device that provides safe, controlled access to really useful educational resources."

Headmaster of Nqweba Secondary School, Zolile Malotana was excited that learners and teachers had received their tablets. 

“It’s going to help the teachers a lot because now, learners can communicate with their teachers about any challenges they are having and, similarly, if there’s something that comes up from the educator, it is easy for them to communicate with learners through the devices.”

One learner was also just as excited to receive the tablet, and they said it would help them a lot in their studies. 

“It has been very difficult because it has been months that we have been at home.

“We don’t have access to the internet and we don’t have money to buy data every day so that we can interact with our teachers.

“We don’t know where we stand with our schoolwork.”

Graaff-Reinet executive mayor Deon de Vos welcomed the donation of tablets and saw them as a way for the youth of the town to better their lives. 

"There are those young people who stand out, and education is one of the tools they can use to liberate themselves from the conditions they find themselves in,”  De Vos said.

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Schools Face Teacher And PPE Shortages

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 14:27Author: Simbongile Makanda

Thousands of schools in KwaZulu Natal are facing shortages of teachers and PPE. Some principals have lost faith in the education department and feel that they cannot cope with the shortages. This is not a good look for the department as more grades are expected to return to school next week. 

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According to the education department, 5 970 teachers have applied for concessions. In addition to this, more than 200 employees over the age of 60 and some with comorbidities have also applied for concessions, while 1 400 teachers have chosen to work from home.

KwaZulu Natal Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu explained how the department was coping with this shortage of teachers. 

“The situation is currently under control. Teachers with the requisite qualifications and competency are taking on the teaching loads of those who are at home. In instances where this is not possible, the school may request the appointment of a substitute teacher,” he said

Democratic Alliance spokesperson of education, Dr Imran Keeka said the solution would not benefit learners in the long run. 

“The current situation within the department does not bode well for our pupils. Our Grade 12s have experienced a difficult year and it is imperative that the department fulfills its side of the bargain.”

“The situation is so bad that the department has had to approach the Treasury to request funding for the creation of 4 000 new posts. This as the department’s current pool of 2020 substitute teachers is labelled as insufficient by the MEC.

He said uMlazi and Pinetown are the districts that are most affected by the shortage of teachers. uMlazi is short of 1 242 teachers while Pinetown is short of 1 197 teachers. 

Provincial Education spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa said the department was coping, despite losing some teachers. 

“We have released a circular that explains the process to get teachers to assist where there are comorbidities. We can’t go against the advice of medical practitioners when people present symptoms of sickness.

"How we are dealing with the situation is an open process, bearing in mind that it is between the employer and employee,” Mthethwa said.

Some schools in KZN have also not received PPE and principals expect answers from the department as more grades are meant to return to school on Monday. 

“Our KZN officials, who are really out of their depth, are passing the buck onto school principals, who are expected to wave magic wands and increasingly are being threatened that they have to make ill-considered plans work.” said one principal. 

Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said schools would have everything they needed by Monday, as suppliers were in the process of delivering PPE to schools. 

He said schools should not worry about a shortage of teachers because the department had it under control.

"The issue of comorbidities is something that we treat case by case, but there is not going to be a situation where our pupils are without a teacher”.

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Get Your Foot Into Journalism & Media With Wits

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 12:33Author: Sakinah Samuels

Do you want to be be a part of South Africa's premier journalism programme in 2021? Apply now to the Career Entry Honours Programme in Journalism and Media Wits has on offer. Here, there are industry-sponsored bursaries & internships available to qualifying students.

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Do you want to be be a part of South Africa's premier journalism programme in 2021? Apply now to the Career Entry Honours Programme in Journalism and Media Wits has on offer. Here, there are industry-sponsored bursaries & internships available to qualifying students.

Applications close on 30 September 2020.

If you want to pursue a career in journalism or want to use it in the job you choose, you should be a part of this Wits Honours Programme. All that's required is that you are a graduate, and this can be in any field, and you must at least have graduated with an average of at least 65% in your final year.

Wits says they encourage applicants whose first degrees are in a range of areas, including the humanities, commerce, arts, science and law to apply.

If you already have more than three years’ working experience in journalism, then please refer to the Mid-Career Honours.

This programme only accepts 24 students based on their academic record, writing skills and commitment to the profession of journalism. So if you think you want to join, better hurry and apply. Students who worked in media, whether that be on or off campus, will be favoured. 

If your application peaks Wits' interest, you will then head to the next step which is a writing test and then an interview.

This programme is for a period of one year and is full-time. 

Given the workload of this course, it is impossible for students to work part-time or to take additional courses. This degree is made up of five courses which will prepare you for the journalism world. There are four compulsory courses and the fifth, students will need to choose between television, radio or photography.

Students will also become involved with producing media content hands-on and they are required to be available to work in the mid-year study break and to complete their In-Depth Reporting Project during November.

Students who form a part of this programme will be involved in a weekly campus newspaper which is online, Wits Vuvuzela.

How To Apply

You will need to complete an online application form. Click here to access it.

For information on Mid-career Honours, please click here.

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Health Department Recruits Thousands Of Interns

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 12:13Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Health Department has recruited thousands of interns which they say is part of the biggest medical intern allocation programme in history. These interns will help in the frontline battle against Covid-19. South Africa is said to now be getting over it's Covid peak.

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The Health Department has hired over 2000 interns to fight in the battle against Covid-19. This is said to be part of the biggest medical intern allocation programme in history. 

This comes after many South Africans questioned the Department's decision to recruit 200 Cuban doctors, costing the country millions. This then lead South Africans to ask why the country doesn't give jobs to those in the medical sector who are sitting with nothing. Now, the Department has recruited 2369 medical interns.

"In addition, a further 41 medical interns that studied abroad have passed their exams and are now being allocated in various provinces across the country," stated the Department.

Over 650 graduates from the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Cuba medical programme will also start their reintegration programmes to prepare to start practicing medicine in the country. 

There have also been calls for hospitals to have their resources and equipment improved as this could lead to those seeking help worsening due to not being able to be treated properly. Ngwenya explained, “If we are going to meet the sustainable development goals, we need institutions that can take care of patients efficiently".

Minister Zweli Mkhize said on this intern recruitment, "Having met some of these bright young colleagues, I am always left inspired by their passion, enthusiasm and willingness to contribute not only to the fight against COVID-19 but also the attainment of Universal Health Coverage".

These interns being added to those in the frontline is a really good move for South Africa to make as it was said that after a five month fight, healthcare workers are burning out. 

SAMA national chairperson Angelique Coetzee said, "The emotional burnout on these doctors and nursing staff is enormous and if we do not address that, we are going to lose young doctors to emigration. They just get so disillusioned, they leave the medical work that they are doing".

Previously, there was also concerns that many South African medical graduates were finding work outside of South Africa. Dr Rhulani Edward Ngwenya from the SA Medical Association (Sama) said, “We have an overwhelming shortage of qualified doctors and nurses, yet we are losing them to foreign countries because they can’t get jobs in public hospitals".

 

All hands on deck as the Department of Health Recruits nearly 2400 interns in 2020. @HealthZA pic.twitter.com/ugC9hFhhlI

— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) August 21, 2020

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