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Unisa is the biggest distance learning university in South Africa, whose qualifications at certificate, undergraduate and post-graduate levels are held by millions of South Africans and graduates from outside the country boarders. In recent times, the credibility of its qualifications have been a topical issue. 


During one of his regular meetings on the status of Covid-19 in South Africa on the 30th of September, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an adjustment to Alert Level 1 Covid-19 Regulations. This news has major implications for how university operations will continue under these more flexible guidelines.

 


The Higher Education Minister has said that he doesn't have anything against Afrikaans as a language. This comes as the Minister expressed his dismay with the way it is being used as a means of exclusion towards non-Afrikaans speakers in the higher-education sector.


Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has called out the DA and accused the party of using Afrikaans to fight its own political agenda. This comes after the party laid a complaint against Nzimande for defining Afrikaans as a 'foreign language'


The suspended Director-General of higher education, Gwebinkundla Qonde, has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of failing to act on corruption allegations against Minister Blade Nzimande. Qonde has since appealed his suspension at Labour Court which was subsequently dismissed. 


The Department of Higher Education and Training is developing the Scarce, Critical Skills, and Occupations in High Demand lists to influence college and university program offerings and recruitment. This is in hopes to improve the placement of graduates into jobs.


Now that anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, the Department of Higher Education has stepped in to assist. Vaccination sites are set up at Universities across the country.


The South African Students Congress (SASCO) at the University of Free State say they won’t back down from the intimidation of law enforcement officers until NSFAS approved students are funded. Students aimed to shut down the campus this week.


The Higher Education sector rolled out vaccinations to thousands of Post Schooling education and training sector staff since the commencement of the vaccination rollout on 24 July 2021. 


The University of Johannesburg has launched a campaign to raise R27 million which will go towards paying students outstanding historical debt. They hope to reach this goal by the end of the year. 


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.


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. 


The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, spoke on Friday and announced that vaccinations for the higher education sector will begin on Saturday. Government has been working on this rollout for a year already.


The Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, will step up to the podium this weekend to address vaccinations in his sector. This comes as the basic education finished up it's vaccine rollout just last week.


Some students were left stranded due to their residence being set on fire while other students go hungry, all due to the current looting activities occurring in the country. The South African Union of Students has now spoken out against the violence.


Students in areas affected by looting are fed up and have decided to start cleaning up their communities. Roads were scattered with debris from violence and looting which has been occurring for the past few days.


As we all watch the chaos unfold in parts of South Africa, student residences have reportedly been set alight. The South African Students Congress (SASCO) has addressed this and have made demands.


Due to the third wave of COVID-19 caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant, tertiary institutions may not complete the 2021 academic year, as students have not been able to attend lectures in person.


The South African Students Congress Organisation, also known as SASCO, supports the continuity of classes by tertiary institutions through an online platform. SASCO promises a closer look at how the Department of Higher Education & Training will deliver its plans.


A few months ago, we finally saw moves being made for students to order NSFAS laptops which were promised to them last year. Now, NSFAS is said to have more than 90 000 laptops ready for delivery.

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