Ryan Cloete


Ryan Cloete a rookie journalist based in Cape Town. In 2021, he obtained his Advanced Diploma in Journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. 

As a journalist, his ultimate goal is to work for a publication that makes a difference in the lives of people. Working at Portal Publishing has provided him with the opportunity to do this and kick start a hopefully long career in news. He enjoys reading, having a good laugh with friends and watching sporting events.

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen


South Africa’s largest university is currently experiencing technical difficulties with its new online system. This will result in several assignment deadlines being extended.

As students navigate life at tertiary education institutions, not having access to money for essentials could take their focus away from education.

Every month Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant recipients check their payment status to see if they have been approved for payment. 

Employers are required by law to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). Failure to contribute to the fund could leave workers without crucial financial relief if they are unable to work. 

The pandemic has impacted many aspects of our lives and many students at tertiary education institutions did not have the opportunity to walk across a stage and have their academic achievements celebrated.

Despite an injection of funds from the National Treasury, The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) is requesting financial assistance from the private sector.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) have opened their brand new walk-in centre in Cape Town to assist students. 

There are many people advertising services on social media and fail to deliver what they promise to.

As the new month begins, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will begin to process a new round of grant payments. 

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has reassured clients that they will be paid for each month they were approved for payment. 

Of every three learners who fall pregnant, only two will return to school. Here’s how the Department of Basic Education (DBE) plans to deal with this crisis. 

South Africa ranked number one out of 163 and remains the most unequal country in the world according to the World Bank.

The extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) came as a welcomed relief to millions of South Africans. 

The cost of tertiary education is a barrier between many students and their academic goals. However, this latest announcement will put many students' minds at ease and allow them to focus on their education.

South Africans are once again dealing with interruptions to electricity supply after Eskom announced the move to stage 4 loadshedding. 

A survey commissioned by the Department of Social Development found that 90% of Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant recipients used their money to purchase food. 

Many young people in South Africa do not have adequate skills to enter the labour force and are not upskilling themselves due to several circumstances

Recent figures released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) have revealed that South Africa’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 1,2% in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

As the new month commences, around 10 million people will check whether or not the payment of their Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant has been approved. 

More than 10 million people have been approved for payment for the R350 grant, however, many of which are yet to receive their money.