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


Earlier this month the National assembly passed 2 gender-based violence (GBV) bills. The bills will now be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa and it is expected that he will sign these bills into law to combat GBV in South Africa.

On 27 October 2021, the matric class will sit down to write their English paper 1 exam. The matrics will be asked to answer the exact same question paper, even though many students have not had the same learning opportunities.

NUMSA Strike coming

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) has said it will be going ahead with a plan for a nationwide strike which will continue until all their demands are met.

jobs lost

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) has released its Quarterly employment statistics (QES) for the second quarter of 2021. StatsSA found that around 86 000 formal jobs were lost during the second quarter of 2021.

The South African Social Security Agency has received more than 13 million applications for the R350 social relief of distress grant. More than 3.7 million of these SRD grant applications were rejected by SASSA.


The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has announced that South Africa has officially exited the third wave of Covid-19 infections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that there is a long way to go when it comes to instilling a culture of ethics in South Africa’s public service. This comes after it was revealed that around 16,000 government employees irregularly received the Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress grant.

During a media briefing on Monday, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa confirmed that an indipendent forensic report was presented to him by the National Art Council (NAC) which highlighted the mismanagement of funds, violation of the PFMA, maladministration and over-committing of funds.

Last week it was announced that unemployed caregivers can now collect their R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant without an identification document (ID) but rather using their SASSA system genreated ID number.

South Africa’s current unemployment rate is just above 34%. Losing your job can be an extremely stressful experience for people. It could leave you in a position where you have no income but your expenses remain the same.



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