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All students in South Africa as well as the world had the opportunity to share in the feelings of chaos the 2020 academic year presented. Which forms of support has the Department provided for varsity students to complete the academic year?

Many fear that now that South Africa has officially moved into Level 1 of lockdown, a second wave of Covid-19 will be seen and the battle will start all over again. Prof Shabir Madhi, from Wits University has given us a look into whether a second wave will occur and also where the country stands with the vaccine.

Today marked the first official day of Lockdown Level 1 which sees South Africans gain more freedom as we inch towards our normal lives, or rather our new normal lives. Health Minister of South Africa, Zweli Mkhize, does not want citizens to become careless now as we move to the lowest level of this National Lockdown.

All South Africans are now waiting for the President to announce Lockdown Level 1. This comes as we see government consider the easing of further regulations with many experts saying that Level 1 is coming soon.

Regular South African citizens aren't the only ones hoping that Lockdown Level 1 comes into effect soon but so does the country's health minister. Mkhize seems very optimistic that it might happen sooner than we thought as statistics shows us many positives.

The University of Kwazulu-Natal has confirmed positive tests for Covid-19 of a student and staff member on campus. 

It has been announced that in Advanced Lockdown Level 3 we will see libraries, museums and galleries reopening as well. This is in addition to cinemas, theatres and casinos. 

Ramaphosa announced that lockdown level 3 regulations will be further eased and has granted South Africans further access to hairdressers, restaurants and other services. 

Two members of the University of Fort Hare community have tested positive for Covid-19. This comes as the first batch of students returns to campuses. 

As we see the return of TVET College students to students, it has been announced that not all TVET Colleges will reopen as they are not readily equipped.

When higher education students head back to campuses, they will have to screen themselves using the Health Check App daily. Here's what it is, how to get it and how to use it. 

Online learning has many students losing their trust in the Department of Higher Education. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, spoke on Radio 702 about the issues affecting the sector right now. 

During a meeting with the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef), Cyril Ramaphosa admitted that he, instead of Minister Dlamini-Zuma, should have been the one to say the cigarette ban will no longer be lifted as citizens question Ramaphosa's leadership.

Unisa has started their exams but students have been experiencing glitches and last minute postponements. Unisa's Deputy Dean of Education, Veronica Mckay spoke to Radio 702 on how Unisa handles these issues as well as what further moves Unisa is making. 

Feenix has launched the Cap The Gap Covid-19 Response Fund to raise money so that vulnerable students can be equipped with data and devices to make online learning possible and more accessible as well as providing food vouchers. 

A staff member at Vaal University of Technology in Gauteng has tested positive for Covid-19 as the University prepares to reopen it's doors. 

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) said they could not accept May applications due to a broken cable. These application were for the Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS). 

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has made changes to the regulations which now allows more individuals to get fund from them, even if they aren’t registered with UIF. This comes after complaints of exclusions of those in need and working.

In his last media briefing, Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande addressed students who want to return to campuses as well as parents concerned about students returning. Nzimande is determined to save lives while also saving the 2020 academic year.