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In order to make an informed or educated decision about having an HIV test it is important to understand what is involved, why you should have a test, or why not. This is one of the reasons for HIV/AIDS counselling. There are emotional issues to deal with.

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Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande is confident that the higher education sector is ready to welcome new students and old ones.

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The health sector will receive more funding towards Covid-19 interventions. Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni announced this during the 2021 Budget Speech.

An additional R8 billion will be allocated to provincial health departments along with the R20 billion the sector will receive. 

Phase 1 of the vaccination programme is in progress, and government plans to continue with the rest of the rollout plan as more vaccines are expected to arrive. 

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize said 52 647 health care workers have already been vaccinated under the Sisonke programme.

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SASSA

SASSA has released grant payment dates for March, as February comes to an end. 

Payments for the month of March will be made as follows:

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The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, said the government bursary scheme is in the process of finalising outcomes.

 The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a government bursary awarded to students who come from households earning an annual income of R350 000 or less. 

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The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2021 is expected to increase. The National Treasury has projected the growth rate to be 3.3%. 

Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni said Covid-19 has led the GDP to shrink by 7.2%.

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Covid-19 vaccines

With the vaccination programme finally in progress, the National Treasury has decided to allocate R9 billion towards it. 

Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni confirmed this during his budget speech on Wednesday afternoon. 

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alcohol & cigarettes

You can expect to pay more for alcohol and tobacco, as government has decided to increase the excise duties on these products.

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced that the excise duties on these products will increase by 8%.

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Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni has confirmed that social grants will increase by below inflation rates of between 1.0 and 3.4 percent.

This increase will take effect from April 2021. Along with this, the extension of the temporary R350 grant will come to an end, decreasing grant expenditure by 2.2% over the next three years. 



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While delivering the annual budget speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced that there will be an increase in the personal income tax brackets and rebates. 

In an effort to ease the burden of inflation on individual households, the personal income tax brackets and rebates will increase by 5%. 

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Tito Mboweni

Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni announced that the gross tax revenue will be lower this year compared to what was projected in the 2020 budget. 

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South Africa's unemployment rate has increased by 1.7% from the third quarter of 2020. 

StatsSA released the Labour Force Survey in the fourth quarter, which showed that the number of unemployed persons increased by 701 000.

This brought the total to 7.2 million, compared to quarter 3 in 2020. 

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Wankira Kamwere

It’s evident by the significant investments into skills development and educational programmes that Microsoft believes in upskilling our youth to have the right skills to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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The second batch of Johnson&Johnson vaccines will be arriving this week, following the recent start of the first phase of the vaccine rollout. 

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize said a total of 80,000 doses of Johnson&Johnson vaccines will arrive on Saturday, 27 February 2021.

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Current international developments are moving the world of business into uncharted territories in ways that are unprecedented in the modern era. At this point, it is easy to say that we have never been here before. As such, the need to be able to accurately predict the market is greater than it has ever been before.

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Baby Boom co-workers are stuck in a job on a level for years and a millennial counterpart arrives and gets promoted to a managerial position within a year of his/her employment. Can you understand why there is some resentment and combined feelings of fear and disappointment from the Baby Boomers?

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You have read or heard a million times that a company’s competitive advantage in today’s current economic climate depends on its people’s skills and talents.  You have also heard platitudes like ‘people are our most important asset’ but when times are tough the first line item that gets yanked from the budget or put on hold funnily enough is always training.

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Data & Internet Connectivity has been researched to be the largest factor in Africa that has inhibited real progress and growth on the continent. It seemed impossible to overcome.
 

2020 has not only been an uncertain year but a testing one with various organisations making drastic decisions, the safety and compliance of each company must be taken into consideration.

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Do you want to know where the money is? Check out the five highest paying jobs in South Africa.

If you are deciding on a career path, it might help you to learn more about your job prospects after you graduate or qualify to work in your chosen field.

If you’re looking for funding for your studies, you probably know you need to go through NSFAS if you qualify.

You may be a little confused as to how to apply though, so here’s a quick guide on how to apply for NSFAS online.

Thinking of studying at Unisa? Now is the time to apply for the academic programme of your choice.

According to Unisa's Website, "Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission. This includes first-time Unisa applicants and Unisa students changing to a new qualification."