Ryan Cloete

My name is Ryan Cloete. I'm a rookie journalist based in Cape Town. I'm currently studying towards an Advanced Diploma in Journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

I am very much a work in progress with the goal of being better than I was yesterday. As a journalist, my ultimate goal is to work for a publication that makes a difference in the lives of people.

Working at Portal Publishing has provided me with an opportunity to do this and kick start my hopefully long career in news. I also enjoy reading, having a good laugh with friends and watching sporting events. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen


The South African Special Risk Insurance Association (Sasria) has paid out more than R5.8 billion in insurance claims related to the unrest that took place in July. Additional funds have since been given to the insurer to tackle the remaining backlog of claims.

Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira is urging South Africans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 so that spectators can return to stadiums.

 South African Deputy President David Mabuza has urged South Africans not to delay getting their Covid-19 vaccination.

 The Department of Home Affairs has announced the extension of the validity of visas and asylum permits that expired during the Covid-19 lockdown to 31 December 2021.

school learner erasing paper

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has announced they will be extending the deadline for the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI). The new closing date will be on Sunday, 10 October 2021.

A United Kingdom Newspaper revealed that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK’s red list will be cut from 54 countries to just nine.

SASSA cards stacked

 The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has only paid out around 6 million special Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress grants. This equates to less than 50% of the number of applications that SASSA have received.

Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 on the African continent have continued to decline for the tenth consecutive week. However, Dr Mary Stephen, Technical Officer for the World Health Organisation's regional office for Africa, has warned that we must not become complacent.

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The National Liquor Traders Council has welcomed President Cyril Ramapohosa’s announcement that the country will be placed on alert level 1. This means that there will be fewer restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

Yesterday President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed that nation on South Africa’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The country was moved to clear level one and the president announced that the Department of Health will soon be rolling out Covid-19 vaccine certificates.



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