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The Move for Two dance school has classes three times a week in a classroom at Bonga Primary school in Gugulethu. The classes cater for children between 6 and 16.

Hundreds queued at River Club development in the hope of getting work. Jobseekers converged on the River Club on Wednesday. 

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

The Department of Education says over 5,000 learners have still not been placed at schools in the Western Cape. Education department says many of the learners applied late.

By Marecia Damons

Parents picket outside the Department of Education’s district office in Gqeberha to demand that a school get a fence, toilets and more staff, among other things. The parents said, “We are here to give the District Director seven days to respond to our memorandum of demands or he will see the wrath of the parents”.

By Mkhuseli Sizani

Some students started returning to classes on Monday. For two days last week students burnt tyres and wood in front of the South Cape Bitou campus.

 By Siphokazi Mnyobe

The Department has cut the school transport budget. Frustrated parents have been going to the department of education offices in Mdantsane in the hope of finding places for their children in Buffalo City schools.

By Johnnie Isaac

Schools are battling to accommodate children. Parents at Laerskool Piet Hugo say the Limpopo education department has provided mobile classrooms but not the teachers to use them. 

By Bernard Chiguvare

Virtual medical assessments will speed up the process, Western Cape legislature told.

By Mary-Anne Gontsana

Some students in Bellville protested for travel allowances. Others in Parow narrowly avoided eviction from their residence. 

By Liezl Human and Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

University of Johannesburg has extended it's registration for NSFAS-funded students. Students believe it’s unfair that classes started without students having financial access to books and food due to delays in NSFAS payments.

By Julia Evans

Parents and learners have been gathering outside Sinenjongo High school in Joe Slovo park in the hope of finding placement at the school. They are among more than 8,600 learners still to be placed at schools in the Western Cape.

By Peter Luhanga

“We really need this grant, as small as it may appear”, are the words of beneficiaries of the R350 grant queuing in Parow.  January payments are still being made but the grant came to an end on 31 January. 

Social grant applicants are still spending the night outside offices of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in the hope of being helped the next day. SASSA says offices are operating with only one third of staff to respect social Covid-19 protocols.

The team over at the University of Witwatersrand have now had a breakthrough when it comes to HIV prevention. Researchers say this could lead to a drop in HIV infections worldwide.

By Elsabé Brits.

By Nokulunga Majola. Over 1.3 million people have been approved for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant in KwaZulu-Natal. People wait outside a post office in Durban. Most of them are there to check the status of their special Covid-19 grants which are R350 per month. 

Levana Primary School in Lavender Hill is one of a 1,010 Western Cape schools that depend on government’s National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) feeding scheme. The school has 1,090 learners. Only half of them attend at any one time because of rotational classes introduced due to Covid-19, but “those children must still eat”, says Shamiega Charity, Acting Principal at Levana Primary.

“I heard the government extended the grant for three months, but I am still waiting for my first payment to be approved” Residents of Orlando in Soweto, Johannesburg say they joined the line outside this post office as early as 4am in the hope of getting their R350 Covid-19 relief grants this week.

“It’s about time something is done to improve the situation at TVET colleges” says student. South African Students’ Congress (SASCO) members marched to the Durban City Hall on Wednesday as part of the National Day of Action.

By Mosima Rafapa and Nokulunga Majola.

Protesters demand municipality convert derelict buildings into residences. About 100 students from TVET colleges and Nelson Mandela University marched on Tuesday to the Port Elizabeth City Hall to hand over a memorandum of demands to Mayor Thsonono Buyeye. 

By Joseph Chirume