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TVET Students Urged Not To Worry

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 13:43Author: Sakinah Samuels

Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has urged TVET students not to worry about the changes brought about for colleges due to the pandemic. He also outlined some important dates TVET students should be aware of.

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Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has urged TVET students not to worry about the changes brought about for colleges due to the pandemic. He also outlined some important dates TVET students should be aware of.

The start of the academic year for TVET college was delayed by three weeks. 

TVET students are set to return to campuses for the 2021 academic year starting 25 January. 

However, exams for the current 2021 academic year is continuing until 11 December.

On the results of these exams, Nzimande said:

The marking, moderation and results processing will thus go into January 2021 affecting the usual release of the results.

The release date of results will also be delayed. TVET colleges will then close on 15 December.

Nzimande did however make it clear that these delays will not affect the 2021 academic year.

Following these engagements, it was concluded that the release of matric results in February 2021 does not necessitate an amendment of the 2021 academic calendar for TVET colleges as this will only affect students who would like to enrol for the Report 191 programme.

On grade 12 admissions, the Minister explained, "The Department had engagements with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO) regarding the implication of the late release of the Grade 12 class of 2020 on registration for the 2021 academic year."

The late release of grade 12 results TVET college admissions but will not affect the TVET college calendar as he emphasised that there is "no need for anxiety".

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No Family Working For NSFAS, Says Carolissen

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 13:33Author: Sakinah Samuels

NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, took the opportunity to give his final word on all the allegations which were laid against him. The Minister also made a few things clear and definietly broke a sweat when it came to answering questions on Carolissen.

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NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, took the opportunity to give his final word on all the allegations which were laid against him. The Minister also made a few things clear and definietly broke a sweat when it came to answering questions on Carolissen.

During the Minister's briefing, Carolissen wanted to make the following clear:

I don't have any family employed at NSFAS. I've said that in Parliament and some journalists conveniently ignored that. All people that were appointed were appointed following a detailed process that we designed and implemented.

The Minister also had the Administrator's back as he said, "the administrator has done a good job".

He then continued to say that Parliament needs to ensure that it does not allow it's platforms to be used by people who are being disciplined. Previously, allegations were laid against Carolissen and taken to Parliament to have further action taken.

Nzimande said that those people who are complaining to the Portfolio Committee and going to Parliament are those who are being disciplined or investigated by the Hawks. "They are now trying another way to try to discredit the Administrator," he exclaimed.

We are not saying the Administrator is an angel but he has done a good job and all the matters that they are raising are matters that can be dealt with. I intervened when NEHAWU went to Parliament and I said "you have a right to go to Parliament but separate these matters. which matter do you think we can deal with at NSFAS level as labour relations issues and I will facilitate a meeting with the administrator".

Nzimande then proclaimed that the Union knows that and that they've dealt with most of those issues with some of it seeing the Union agree to disagree.

He also rejected the idea that someone who worked in his staff before couldn't be employed anywhere in government saying, "its ridiculous ... she doesn't need me to be holding her hand". Those recruited went through the processes required, said Nzimande.

The Minister does however welcome any actions taken to investigate but said, "we will also be coming up with the truth".

The administrator then stepped up and spoke further on the matter. 

"This has been a tough journey. Much tougher than I think anybody anticipated. We have done a great lot of work and there's still a lot of work to be done and we tried to do that with integrity," Carolissen said.

He continued, "despite the significant power of the administrator, we instituted policies and procedures to make sure that those powers are not abused".

He then went further and said that he had the power to bring on experts to rescue NSFAS from collapse. "If you read the first annual report, I think you'll be frightened to see how close to collapse NSFAS came and the amount of money that disappeared," he emphasised. 

We will not be the recipients of abuse and smear campaigns.

Carolissen also said that himself and his wife is under armed guard for 24 hours as this is the extent to which the allegations have gone to, ultimately seeming like his life is being threatened due to his portrayal in the media.

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NSFAS Allowances Will Be Extended

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 12:59Author: Sakinah Samuels

Prayers are being answered as the Minister announced that NSFAS allowances will be extended due to the academic year being extended. This is however not the full story with there being a tiny bit of a catch added.

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Prayers are being answered as the Minister announced that NSFAS allowances will be extended due to the academic year being extended. This is however not the full story with there being a tiny bit of a catch added.

Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced the following:

NSFAS has managed to identify additional living allowances to cover meals and personal expenses which will be made available to those qualifying University students who require additional months to complete their academic year.

He did however make it clear that this is not a blanket support. Those students who have completed the academic year will not get any allowances until they start the 2021 academic year. This NSFAS allowance extension is only meant for students who will be completing the 2021 academic year beyond this year. 

This announcement comes after the Minister requested that NSFAS identifies funds to support the extended academic year from existing funds.

"This money is only for meals and personal expenses, not for other things that I shall not name," the Minister implied. Students are urged to spend this money wisely and responsibly as Nzimande continued to say, "you spend the money, you destroy your future, easy".

The Minister revealead that no additional funding was provided to NSFAS in order to support the payment of extended year allowances and that this is a challenge the Department is sharing with the country honestly.

The Minister was addressing the public on the latest developments in the higher education sector today with the Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, present. 

The Department is also said to be working to regulate University fees but this was not completed for the 2021 academic year. They therefore proposed a further fee agreement with public Universities to ensure that fee increases are kept at affordable levels.

It was then decided that there would be a 4.7% increase on tuition fees and 6.7% increase on accommodation fees and to not have it go higher than these numbers.

On 5 October 2020, the Department released a government gazette which outlined a framework for tuition and accommodation fees.

It was then explained that students who stay in University owned, mananged or leased accommodation won't need to pay additional accommodation fees. 

Nzimande said that they are aware that there may be additional costs for students who have private accommodation. On this he said, "we urge all private accommodation providers to work within the national framework and request that universities assist students to negotiate with private accommodation providers".

"I urge that we all work together to find the best possible solution of supporting our students to effectively complete the academic year"

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Minister Announces 2021 Academic Year Start Dates

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 12:46Author: Sakinah Samuels

Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has detailed when Universities will be completing the current academic year as well when they'll be starting the next. Surprisingly, these dates might not be what we originally thought they would be due to the pandemic.

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Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has detailed when Universities will be completing the current academic year as well when they'll be starting the next. Surprisingly, these dates might not be what we originally thought they would be due to the pandemic.

The current academic year has had to be extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting national lockdown.

Nzimande said that Universities and staff and students responded positively although in different places depending on each institution's circumstances.

The Department is said to be closely monitoring the situations at the Universities.

As of 13 November, 25 of the 26 Universities are at low risk when it comes to completing the academic year. All unis are fully committed to completing the 2020 academic year by mid-March 2021, said the Minister.

25 Universities are set to start the 2021 academic year in March 2021 while the one other University will start in April of 2021.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of Pretoria (UP) plans to complete the academic year during this month with UJ having completed already.

Eight Universities which includes Cape University of Technology, Sol Plaatje University, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Free State, Unisa, University of the Western Cape and University of the Witwatersrand, plan to complete the academic year in December.

Three Universities which are Rhodes University, University of Mpumalanga and North West University plan to complete the academic year in January.

Nine Universities which are Central University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Nelson Mandela University, University of Kwazulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, University of Venda, University of Zululand and Vaal University of Technology plan to complete the academic year in February.

Four Universities which include Sefaka Makgatho University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu University plan to complete the academic year in March.

This aligns well with the release of the basic education national sen cert results which are expected to released on the 23rd of Febrary 2021.

The Minister was addressing the public on the latest developments in the higher education sector today with the Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, present. 

"Despite the crisis that Covid-19 caused, valuable lessons have been learned. We have again been starkly reminded of the high levels of inequality that is in South Africa generally as well as in higher education," said the Minister.

During the switch to online learning, it was seen that the better developed University were able to navigate the severe operating challenges with less difficulties than the historically disadvantaged Universities could. Some students have however struggled to access these learning methods due to being disadvantaged. The past is impairing students' abilities to fully take advantage of the new learning methods, explained the Minister. 

A positive of this shift was however seen in the way that a number of Universities showed better student performance in academics compared to previous years. The Department then interrogated reasons for this.

Their research then proved that the multimodal blended teaching plan which was put into place has worked and has improved results due to students being allowed to study and do their work more flexibly and in more different ways. The implementation of new teaching methodologies also had a positive impact.

The multiple assessment methods which had to be used also contributed to students having better results.

With all these positives, the Minister insisted that blended learning must become a part of future higher education learning systems. He therefore intends to set up a ministerial task team to develop strategies to make online learning a permanent feature.

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What Wits' Students Should Expect In 2021?

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 12:14Author: Raigan Cloete

Wits' SRC has tried their best to get the 2020 tuition fees reduced however Wits and the DHET have decided that fees in the 2021 academic year will increase. 

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The SRC at Wits University believed that the 2020 academic tuition fees should be reduced since students were not on campus, for about seven months, to use any of the facilities.

They do not think it is fair for students to have to pay for services they did not use.

They understand that online learning does have certain costs however they believe that the costs that accumulate while students are on campus are a lot more than the cost of preparing online lectures. Which they think Wits should be taking this into consideration.

However, the university and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) have decided that the tuition fees for 2021 would increase.

Tuition fees are set to increase by 4.7% and accommodation fees to increase by 6.7%.

The SRC would like to make it clear to the students at Wits that they have done all they could to fight against this decision.

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Department Concerned About University Cluster Outbreaks

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 12:04Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Minister of Higher Education has expressed his and his department's concern when it comes to cluster outbreaks on campuses. Even though moves have been made as far as reducing the infection numbers, Covid knows no rest, especially with festive coming up.

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The Minister of Higher Education has expressed his and his department's concern when it comes to cluster outbreaks on campuses. Even though moves have been made as far as reducing the infection numbers, Covid knows no rest, especially with festive coming up.

There have been cluster outbreaks in Universities in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.

Higher Health has assembled a team which includes members of the World Health Organisation and the Health Department who will manage and contain these outbreaks and future outbreaks through early identification of infected persons and assisting them with early isolation and quarantining.

The Department has negotiated to reducethe confirmation time of results with thousands of individuals having been tested since the outbreaks became a reality on campuses.

The Minister was however delighted to report that few to no new cases were reported in the last week.

However, he said that more cluster outbreaks are expected, especially now that the festive season is coming up.

Nzimande encourages students and staff to stick to the preventative measures. Students are also encouraged to call the mental health helpline should they need to at 0800 36 36 36.

The Minister was addressing the public on the latest developments in the higher education sector today with the Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, present. 

He also addressed Gender Based Violence (GBV) on South African campuses. Earlier in the year, Nzimande released a policy framework to address GBV in the higher education sector. 2019 also saw the recruitment of a ministerial task team to help assist with GBV and sexual assault cases and understanding it better.

The Minister expects a report on GBV on campuses at the end of the financial year.

Nzimande is now calling on the sector to contribute to combatting GBV and wants us all to educate ourselves.

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Institutions That Offer Distance Learning Courses In South Africa

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 11:54Author: Terrique Alie

Distance learning is referred to home study or correspondence learning and is a form of tertiary education. This method of study is popular in South Africa because of its cost-effectiveness and students are able to work in the comfort of their own home. There are different types of learning styles to accommodate the needs of students. Learning is done remotely where there is little to almost no interaction between students and lecturers. 

 

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What are the advantages of distance learning?

  • It is cost-effective for students
  • There is a broad range of courses that you can study through distance learning
  • Flexible schedules 
  • There are no physical classroom environment as everything is done remotely 
  • You can work a full-time job whilst furthering your studies
  • You can study at your own pace 
  • You can work anywhere from home as long as you have a computer and internet access

What qualifications can you receive through distance learning?

Students are able to access various types of qualifications, which includes qualifications that are nationally and internationally recognised. The level of qualifications includes certificates, diplomas and degrees however, not all distance learning institutions offer the same courses or qualifications. 

How to apply:

Every institution has its own registration methods and entry requirements that depends on the type of qualification or course you would like to pursue. To find out more information, you can contact the institution directly or visit their website. 
 
Here are a few distance learning institutions where you can study distance learning courses.

Is distance learning a reliable form of higher education?

This is one of the most popular questions asked. Unlike normal classroom learning, you do not have a lecturer standing in front of you and teaching you everything that you need to know, all course material is self-study. 

Once you have decided on your institution, you will receive all your study materials. Most institutions design their course material in a way that is easy to understand. All your textbooks and study guides will help you get through your course and assignments. It would be helpful to have a study schedule or plan in place to ensure that you do not fall behind. 

Remote learning is not for everyone and it requires self-motivation,dedication and commitment. If you would like to pursue your studies at a distance learning institution, be sure to have a schedule that balances your studies and work life. 
 

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Festive Season Gift Guide

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 11:44Author: Terrique Alie

The 2020 festive holiday season is drawing close and for many it will be a very busy time of the year. Holiday shopping on a student's budget can feel quite overwhelming especially when you know that your loved ones deserve so much more than you can afford to give them. However, it is possible to give your loved ones something unique, creative and meaningful, even on a student budget.

 

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As a student, you do not want to find yourself buying expensive luxurious gifts and be left with no money by the time reality kicks in by January. Here is a list of awesome, easy and inexpensive gift ideas which you can buy your loved ones this Christmas for under R600. 

The Crazy Store:
If you are a creative person, making something handmade is a special thing you can do for your loved ones. These gifts are usually the most cherished gifts that are given during the holiday season. The cost of the supplies are relatively low and you can go to a local arts and crafts store and get everything you need. Here you can get anything under R200 on electrical accessories, household consumables, toys and many more. 

Thrift Stores:
Thrift stores is a charitable store that raises funds for churches or charities.They have a wide variety of second-hand items that are priced relatively low than any other regular store. These stores have everything from craft items and clothes to decorations and books. A quick browse through the store can unveil some awesome, affordable and unique gifts for your loved ones.

Lovisa:
Lovisa is a well known fashionable jewelry and accessories store.  It is great if you want some costume jewelry and don’t want to spend a fortune on them. You can save by claiming Lovisa’s deals ranging from buying 5 pairs of earrings for R200 or mix and match 3 items for R160.

Clicks:
Clicks is one of South Africa’s leading health, beauty and lifestyle stores. Students can claim deals from various brands by buying 3 items and getting the cheapest one free. This will be a great way of saving and getting value for your money. 

Here are a promotional offers which you can claim:

  • Discounted offers on home appliances, beauty brands and fragrances
  • Christmas 3 for 2 purple sticker deals on women and men fragrance gift sets, The Body Shop products, chocolates and biscuits, makeup and bath and body gift sets
  • Buy one get one free offers
  • Buy one get one half price offers on selected items 

Food Lovers Market:
Going to a Food Lovers Market store can be a great way of saving money by. Food Lovers are recognised for their combo specials where you can create a fruit and nut basket of your choice through these unbeatable deals. 

Jam Clothing:
This store offers the latest and fashionable clothing from brands from all over the world at a bargain. Here you will receive deals from as little as R50 or buy 2 clothing items priced to the value of R100.

Mr Price:
Mr Price offers various items ranging from homeware, clothing and sports equipment. 

Here are a affordable deal which you can claim:

  • Buy 2 get the 3rd item free
  • Priced to go items
  • Promotional offers such as take 2 for R200 or 2 for R150

NetFlorist:
For any decadent and indulgent Christmas gift ideas, NetFlorist brings you flowers and hampers that are beyond your wildest dreams. They offer affordable gifts for almost any occasion that can be tailored to your budget requirements and meets your desired expectations. 

Sorbet:
Sorbet provides a wide range of skin care products for both men and women. At Sorbet you will find products and treatments that are valuable and leave you feeling rejuvenated. 

Typo:
Typo is a stationery, home living and accessories store where you will receive the most exclusive and unbeatable deals.  

Here are a affordable deal which you can claim:

  • R150 for drinking bottles
  • 30% off bags, laptop cases and stationary 
  • 50% off selected items

Eco Wine Safari and Tasting at Avondale:
You can treat a loved one to a wonderful day of wine tasting amongst the vineyards of Paarl. This tour is approximately 2.5 hours where you will explore the most incredible Klein Drakenstein Mountains at an affordable price of just R300. This is a perfect gift for all eco-conscious wine lovers.

Eagle Encounters:
If you and your loved ones are animal lovers, you can spend your day at the Eagle Encounters exploring nature's wildlife conservation situated in Stellenbosch. For just under R200, guests can experience the conservation facility of owls, reptiles, eagles and many more.  

Saving money can be quite stressful but you do not have to feel embarrassed to shop on a student's budget. Having a budget does not always equate to a simple gift because you can purchase the most memorable gifts for your loved ones at an affordable price. 
 

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UNISA Supplementary Exams Take Place In January

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 11:14Author: Raigan Cloete

Exam period can be quite stressful for all students, which could often result in them not doing well. Which is why UNISA offers supplementary exams as a second chance for students to improve their marks.

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Exam period can be quite stressful for all students, which could often result in them not doing well. Which is why UNISA offers supplementary exams as a second chance for students to improve their marks.

Students who wrote the October/November 2020 exams and did not do well, will be given a chance to write the supplementary exams.

These supplementary exams have been set to take place during the January/February 2021 examination period.

This will assist students to expedite the writing of the assessment which will allow them to reregister for the 2021 semester period.

The examination timetables for the online supplementary examinations will be available from mid-December 2020.

UNISA would like to wish all their students goodluck for their exams.

For more information, click here.

 

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Applications Are Now Open For 2021 At Red & Yellow

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 09:58Author: Red & Yellow

Hi There! Do you consider yourself creative, innovative and strategic? If you are interested in the design, marketing and advertising, here is an exclusive sneak peek of why the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business is your future home.

We offer a wide variety of accredited undergraduate qualifications and qualifications for post-graduate students. Click this link to watch videos about our programmes.

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Please note that we do not charge an application fee. An acceptance fee of R 9 500 is only payable upon acceptance into one of our programmes. See attached brochure for 2021 fee breakdown. Classes start on the 30th of March 2021. 

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Win A R100 000 Bursary To Study At Richfield

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Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (previously PC Training and Business College), commenced operations in 1998 as a Computer Training Centre and has since grown to be one of the largest Private Education providers in South Africa. We have established branches in the various provinces and today have a national footprint of over 70 sites.

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You’re invited to enter the #FundaFriday Bursary Challenge. Enter the challenge and stand a chance to win a R100 000 bursary to study any of Richfield’s programmes, anywhere, anytime.

You’ll also get a laptop, and their online platform is zero-rated on Vodacom sim cards.

The details

  • R100 000 for any course you want
  • Includes Free Laptop
  • Study online or on campus
  • 36 campuses nationwide

What you can expect

The choice is yours! Richfield offers TVET Certifications, Diplomas, Bachelor’s Degrees, Post-Graduate qualifications and a Master’s programme. If you choose a Diploma qualification or higher, you’ll qualify for the free laptop. These programmes are available in the following faculties, and can be complete on campus, online or via distance learning:

  • Information Technology
  • Business & Leadership
  • Hospitality
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Business Administration Internship Opportunity At

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Could you be the intern SEDA is looking for to coordinate the administrative activities at Branch/Provincial level in terms of financial functions as well as management of information and reporting systems?

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Operations Administrator Internship

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  • Matric (NQF level 4) and a three year tertiary qualification (NQF level 6) in Business Management or Business Admnistration (NQF Level 6)

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  • Not applicable – work experience exposure programme
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Unisa Takes Legal Action Against Invigilators

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 17:59Author: Sakinah Samuels

Unisa has now taken legal action against the protesting exam invigilators in the form of an interdict. The exam invigilators have said that the University is exploiting them and that they did not expect this from an institution as large as UNISA.

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Unisa has now taken legal action against the protesting exam invigilators in the form of an interdict. The exam invigilators have said that the University is exploiting them and that they did not expect this from an institution as large as UNISA.

The interdict aims to stop any action taken by South African National Civic Organisation, Jacob Solly Morudo, Yvonne Lindiwe Radebe and any other participants of the protest.

A statement released by Unisa shows a legal document which instructs those mentioned:

  • The intimidation, threatening, harassing and insulting of any member of the public along with students and staff of Unisa is prohibited
  • They are not allowed to prevent any member of the public, students or staff from entering or exiting the Unisa campuses
  • Instructing, affecting or causing any employee, staff member or official to leave their offices and the campuses is forbidden
  • They cannot make campuses ungovernable
  • They are not allowed to put up obstacles at campus entrances
  • They are prohibited from organising and participating in protests, protest meetings and protest marches at any of the campuses or within 1km of campuses without the approval of Unisa's Vice-Chancellor
  • They are not allowed to take part in any action which would result in violence at the campuses

The mentioned parties are also being told to pay the costs of Unisa.

Around 200 UNISA examination invigilators marched earlier last month citing that they were allegedly not being paid their salaries for the past six months. They are also accusing the administration at the University of not consulting them about their move to online examinations. 

One invigilator participating in the march said:

Since the 6th of March, there was a lockdown but I think the Department of Labour approached different companies in the sense that they discussed the different issue of the Relief fund and when we go there, they say we must go to out employer so that he can apply for us so that we can get something like TERS.

This is not the first, or even second, time UNISA's administration and management has been slammed. Students have previously complained that the University has poor communication as far as updates and announcements go.

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Covid-19: Health department warning on initiation schools

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 17:07Author: GroundUp

Initiation season has been suspended because of Covid-19. But some Eastern Cape clinics are still issuing documents to parents certifying that their sons are fit for initiation school. Eastern Cape will probe issuing of certificates when schools are still closed. Eleven initiation schools have been closed down and demolished in Buffalo City. 

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Initiation season has been suspended because of Covid-19. But some Eastern Cape clinics are still issuing documents to parents certifying that their sons are fit for initiation school. The Eastern Cape health department is investigating. Meanwhile, the department has urged parents to abide by the decision to suspend initiation and not to break the law.

The Eastern Cape Department of Health has urged parents not to take their sons to initiation school even if they have been issued certificates authorising initiation by health officials.

Initiation schools are closed because of Covid-19, but some parents whose sons have been found fit for initiation school have been issued certificates to this effect at clinics.

“Initiation season is not yet permitted”, said Eastern Cape Health Department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo. “Those officials who issued those clearance certificates erred and the department will investigate.”

According to the spokesperson for the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mamnkeli Ngam, 11 illegal initiation schools have been demolished in Buffalo City.

“We have rescued about 20 initiates and arrested four people, two parents and two traditional surgeons,” said Ngam. He said initiation schools remained closed and parents who took their sons to initiation school were breaking the law.

Mdantsane traditional surgeon Andile Siko said the certificates, issued by clinics in East London, were a cause of confusion. He was concerned that parents could be arrested “when they have legal papers that authorise them to take their sons to initiation schools”.

“Health officials should be well informed that the government has not authorised initiation season and as such they can’t grant those certificates until there’s a final order that authorises initiation schools,” he said.

Siko said traditional surgeons and their assistants were not ready for summer initiation season because of the challenges presented by Covid-19.

“Everyone from traditional surgeons to traditional nurses needs training about dealing with Coronavirus in initiation schools. We need training to help us understand Covid-19 symptoms, we need plans in place on what to do when initiates display such symptoms, and how to protect initiates from contracting Covid-19 from traditional nurses.”

“We urge people not to break the law but abide by the government proclamation to put the initiation season on hold,” said Kupelo.

This article was first published by GroundUp.

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Matrics Call Validity Of Exams Into Question

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 17:02Author: Sakinah Samuels

Hours before Matrics were set to sit down and write their exams recently, on two occasions the exam papers were leaked. The Mathematics and Physical Sciences exam papers were leaked and were allegedly leaked via Whatsapp. Now, Umalusi has spoken on the matter as Matrics strart questioning the quality and validity of the exams.

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Hours before Matrics were set to sit down and write their exams recently, on two occasions the exam papers were leaked. The Mathematics and Physical Sciences exam papers were leaked and were allegedly leaked via Whatsapp. Now, Umalusi has spoken on the matter as Matrics strart questioning the quality and validity of the exams.

Umalusi is the Education Quality Assurance Council which sets and monitors standards for general and further education in the country. They have been engaging with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on the leaks as it seems to be an area of concern.

Dr Mafu Rakometsi, the CEO of Umalusi, told SABC News on the matter:

Umalusi is deeply disappointed by the announcement made by the Department of Basic Education that Physical Sciences Paper 2 has also been leaked. This is at a time when we are still reeling from the leaking of Maths Paper 2. We have hardly recovered from the shock of that leak and we are saying as Umalusi, this continuing chain of paper leaks does not overwhelm the writing of the 2020 National Senior examinations that are administered by the Department of Basic Education.

He then continued to say that they hope the investigating task team will soon get to the bottom of the leaks and hold those who are responsible accountable. "The heads of all those who are involved must roll," Rakometsi emphasised.

Umalusi is said to be awaiting a formal report from DBE and that while investigations are in progress, Umalusi can't comment on the finer details of the leak. The Hawks have been investigating and the Department of Basic Education.

We strongly condemn all forms of cheating in the writing of national examinations including the leaking of question papers. Such activities have the potential to compromise the integrity of national examinations.

"The systems that the department is running is temper proof. What remains worrisome is the human element in the chain that while it is true that their systems seem to be perfect in terms of the security upgrades that they have, the security checks and balances ... with the human dynamics, you know the human would be committed to a cause at one point and be tempted to undermine that very same cause in the next moment," explained Rakometsi.

Regular vetting for those involved in the examinations is important, said Rakometsi, and that there needs to be control. Umalusi is said to be committed to making sure all exams and results are credible.

Umalusi is going to ensure that whatever final outcome we have is having integrity and that we ensure that moving forward, we take precautionary measures. That we don't have a repeat of what we have had with Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Rakometsi assured those watching that the Department is already putting systems in place to combat any other leaks. 

Spokesperson of the Basic Education Department, Elijah Mhlanga said the people responsible for leaking the papers are most likely high up in the exams process. 

"Someone who is involved in the system, perhaps someone close to the distribution, someone very close to the movement of the papers. That's why one of the things that we are looking at now is when did the paper become available?", said Mhlanga.

Mhlanga said an exam rewrite would be the last option, the department has backup papers available if the exams must be rewritten. "Right now with the exam schedule having been revised because of Covid-19, it means that we don't have a date and we will have to go back to the calendar to see when the rewrite will take place," he explained.

Umalusi is however not able to give any further details on rewrites and what is to be done right now. Matrics should expect to hear an announcement on whether the paper will be rewritten or not around early December. 

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Unisa 2021 Applications Are Closing Soon

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 16:19

If you're wanting to study at Unisa in 2021 but haven't applied yet, you should definitely get moving on that application right now. Unisa's closing date for applicaations is very near and realising that you're too late is not something you should experience.

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If you're wanting to study at Unisa in 2021 but haven't applied yet, you should definitely get moving on that application right now. Unisa's closing date for applicaations is very near and realising that you're too late is not something you should experience.

Closing Dates
  • Undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees) 30 November 2020
  • Honours degrees 15 December 2020
  • Postgraduate diplomas 15 December 2020

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period.

The verification of applications takes some time. You may only receive feedback from Unisa six to eight weeks after the closing date for applications.

Unisa is an open distance e-learning university which reaches into places where other institutions do not, making a difference to everyone. Unisa offers many certificates, degrees and diplomas.

Faculties
  • Accounting Sciences
  • Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
  • Economic & Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Human Sciences
  • Law
  • Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Graduate Studies
  • Graduate School of Business Leadership

For more information on the qualifications Unisa offers, click here.

Here's what you'll need to apply:

  • A valid email address
  • A valid cellphone number
  • South African applicants will need an ID number.  Foreign applicants will need their passport number.
  • Copy of your school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
  • Application fee of R115 which should be paid once you receive your student number 
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Consequences Of Being Connected To The Leaked Exams

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 13:25Author: Raigan Cloete

Minister Angie Motshekga made it clear in her speech how disappointed she was and that there would be consequences for those students or adults who were involved in leaking NSC exams.

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2020 has been a very challenging year for all students especially matrics. They recently started their final year examinations and a few obstacles have popped up.

Since these exams have taken place, both the Mathematics and Physical Sciences exam papers were leaked. They were allegedly leaked via Whatsapp.

Minister Angie Motshekga made it clear in her speech how disappointed she was that this year two NSC exams were leaked.

Allegedly students had access to these exam papers before they were written.

Any student who was involved in the leaking of the exams will be banned from writing them for three years and any employees involved could be sent to jail.

The Department of Basic Education prided themselves in working hard to reopen schools under the current pandemic. And especially prided themselves in starting the Matric exams.

These exams are currently underway at 8 200 exam centres with 80 000 invigilators. There are 45 000 markers in 180 marking centres.

On the 4th of January 2021 marking will commence and results will be released on the 22nd of February 2021. Which means that schools will have opened before matric results are handed to students.

“The 2020 academic year will go down as the most challenging, complex and unpredictable. It has required innovation, courage, collaboration, sacrifice and selflessness. I admire the mental strength of our learners in particular and the dedication of our teachers and officials,” says Motshekga.

Click Here for Motshekga's full statement.

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How To Get Started On Your NSFAS Wallet

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 12:08

If you're going to be a first time NSFAS beneficiay and want to know what to do to get your NSFAS wallet working, keep reading. Here's a guide on how to get your NSFAS wallet started. NSFAS-Funded students who qualify to receive allowances directly from NSFAS will receive cash funds in their NSFAS Wallets.

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If you're going to be a first time NSFAS beneficiay and want to know what to do to get your NSFAS wallet working, keep reading. Here's a guide on how to get your NSFAS wallet started. NSFAS-Funded students who qualify to receive allowances directly from NSFAS will receive cash funds in their NSFAS Wallets.

What you will need to receive your NSFAS allowances through NSFAS Wallet
  • Your own cell phone and valid SIM card 
  • You must sign your NSFAS Bursary Agreement if you are a new student to NSFAS
  • You will not need to withdraw cash to pay your landlord or any registered merchant.
How To Get Started
  • Receive an SMS welcoming you to NSFAS Wallet
  • Verify your account by dialing *120*176# and reply with your ID number
  • Receive a password that you will use when transacting.

Be sure to keep this password secure at all times as anyone with access to your password may access or spend your money. It is advisable to log in to Celbux.appspot.com with your 5 digit password and update your password to something more secure and memorable.

Do not keep or save your password on your cell phone and always keep your cell phone’s screen locked with a password or pin.

Ensure at all times that you have access to the cell phone number you provided to NSFAS upon application, as this is the number we will use to deposit your funds. 

To update your cell phone number, register on myNSFAS with your facebook or google account, and update your cell number. Note that this new number must be UNIQUE and accessible by you at all times.

Your NSFAS Wallet will allow you to withdraw cash and/or spend at any merchant registered by NSFAS. Allowance amounts are determined through consultation with institutions, communicated to NSFAS when you register.

Should you wish to withdraw cash, you may do so at any of our cash withdrawal merchants, Checkers, Boxer, U-Save and select Spar stores. Note that these stores have daily cash withdrawal limits from R200 – R1000 per day.

Spending at a registered store has no limit. What this means if that you can spend up to the maximum value of your cash wallet.

For more information, head to nsfas.org.za

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Emergency SOS Button Available To Bolt Passengers

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 12:00Author: Raigan Cloete

Traveling alone in South Africa is not always the safest option however with Bolt’s new emergency SOS button you can feel safe while traveling home any time of the day.

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Bolt is an e-hailing service which has recently updated their app and introduced an emergency SOS button. The button is located within the app’s safety Toolkit, which allows passengers to signal a 24/7 private armed response team, emergency medical services, and roadside assistance easily and   quickly.

Which could be used if they ever find themselves in any medical or security emergency while in a Bolt vehicle.

This safety feature does not cost the passenger anything and is enabled through an expansion of Bolt’s partnership with Namola, a national safety platform.

Passengers are guaranteed that Namola will call back within 90 seconds. While helping the passenger stay calm, Namola will establish the nature of the incident and immediately send the appropriate response services to their location.

Recently a Bolt driver was robbed and his vehicle was hijacked by a 20 year old and his accomplices. This incident allegedly took place in Browns Farm.

The integration between Bolt and Namola’s technology platforms makes it possible for the emergency response teams to ascertain passenger’s identity, location and contact information, the make, model and license plate of the car, as well as their driver’s details.

“Safety is an ongoing focus for everyone in the transportation sector in South Africa and it’s our responsibility to continue to invest heavily in keeping our passengers and drivers safe while they are utilising our platform,” said Gareth Taylor, the country manager for Bolt in South Africa.

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Department Received Almost 900 000 School Assistant Applications

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 11:57Author: Sakinah Samuels

The Department of Basic Education received a total of almost 900 000 applications for school assistants. This initiative is Government's latest attempt to combat the major problem the country faces with youth unemployment.

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The Department of Basic Education received a total of almost 900 000 applications for school assistants. This initiative is Government's latest attempt to combat the major problem the country faces with youth unemployment.

As of 22 November, 859 208 applications were received from people across the country. However, only 319 061 jobs are available. Government has dished out R4,47 million to employ the over 300 000 school assistants. 

Job allocation per province which makes up the 319 061 openings are as follows:

  • Limpopo: 52 116
  • Gauteng: 41 129
  • Mpumalanga: 26 108
  • Free State: 19 002 
  • North West: 23 523
  • Northern Cape: 7323
  • Western Cape: 20 402
  • Eastern Cape: 55 803
  • Kwazulu-Natal: 73 655

This shows that a bulk of the jobs will go to individuals in Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Gauteng and Limpopo.

This initiative was driven to address the systemic challenges before, during and after the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and is a big step towards the post-COVID-19 future.

In order to address COVID-19 academic disruptions, this programme will assist to bridge gaps created by the pandemic concerning curriculum coverage, literacy, reading, Mathematics programmes, Science programmes and remedial classes. 

Applications to become a school assistant has closed and everyone who applied should have started hearing back from the Department.

Interviews are being conducted by School Governing Bodies between 23 and 27 November. 

In most provinces, finalisations of allocations of the assistants to schools have already been done. Each school will have between 2 and 20 assistants allocated to it. 

Training for this programme will start in December as work begins on 1 December and ends 31 March. 

The job opportunities which the general school assistants have include screeners, reading coached, library assistants,clerk assistants, admin support, food and sports assistants, cleaners, brigades, security, janitors and handy men. 

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education sat down for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the preparations for the Department's readiness for the reopening of schools in 2021, the second chance Matric programme and also on the Education Employment Initiative which will see the recruitment of 300 000 youth as school assistants. 

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