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The Banking Association South Africa has released a statement which states that banks, retailers and the Post Office will be working together to ensure that SASSA beneficiaries receive their grant payments after disruptions were caused by the recent unrest in the country. 


If you are keen to pursue tertiary studies next year and you're searching for funding, then you'll be pleased to know that NSFAS will soon start preparing for 2022 applications. Keep reading to find out more. 


SADTU has recently released a statement after monitoring the reopening of schools to see whether schools are ready to reopen and begin with their learning and teaching.


According to SASSA, over 10 000 people have been involved in defrauding the agency. SASSA announced that these people have been benefitting from the COVID-19 SRD grant.


The recent National Income Dynamics Study-Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) Wave 5 report has revealed the negative effect that the economic insecurity that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the mental well-being of adults, particularly those with children.


Government has finally made the decision to bring back the Special Relief of Distress grant and this comeback will amount to R27 billion. Further details are yet to be given about the return so keep reading to see what we know so far.


The South African government is reported to have failed to pay stipends to medical students based in Cuba for months. Just less than 500 medical students are said to be left without means in the foreign country.


As we near the end of the month of July, it's important to know which dates your SASSA grants will be paid. We can help so keep reading to find out SASSA’s payments dates for grants in August 2021.


South African Schools appear to be at risk of closure despite reopening on Monday. This comes after the Eastern Cape MEC for Education announced that there would be a closure of all dysfunctional schools as well as the merger of a school into another in Limpopo. 


May/June examinations for Matriculants has now been concluded. The Department of Basic Education has now said when results for these exams will be released as well as other details.


While the reinstatement of the social relief of distress grant has been widely welcomed, human rights organisations believe government can do more. Economists now say that the state can easily afford a game-changing basic income grant.


The Finance Minister has given some more details into what we should expect from this new round of R350 grants which is to come. The grant is set to run until March 2022.


Anxiety is on the minds of the matric class of 2021 as some feel they are not prepared enough for their preliminary exams. They’re expected to sit for their mock exams in about a month’s time, but the three-week disruption because of lockdown alert level four has made them feel uncertain and anxious.


There has recently been speculation that the Department of Basic Education was threatening teachers who were not getting vaccinated and they were told they would be fired. The Department has now addressed this so keep reading to find out whether this is just another bout of fake news or if it's true.


Western Cape schools saw a fewer number of learners attending as they reopened schools on Monday. It's not clear if the taxi violence has completely stopped in the province but it has been impacting the number of learners present at schools.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the many disruptions it birthed, South African schools and it's learners are a year behind. The pandemic has also largely impacted the rate of dropouts in the country.


Although the South African Union of Students welcomed the Higher Education Minister's recent speech, the union says there are a number of issues that remain unattended. Careers Portal caught up with SAUS Secretary, Lukhanyo Daweti, to get a sense of where the sector needs to make improvements including within NSFAS. 


This pandemic has resulted in many losses, one of them being class and valuable teaching time. For over a year now, schools have not seen normalcy with online classes and rotational timetables being the centre of schools. The dropout rate has also worsened.


While communities say they welcome the reinstatement of the R350 social relief grant, many argue that it's way too little and does not go far enough to cover their basic needs. The grant will be in place until March 2022.


If you’re interested in benefiting from SASSA’s Special Relief of Distress  grant and you want to know more about it being revived, keep reading. Minister Lindiwe Zulu has given some insight into how this round of grants will work.

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