Ryan Cloete


ryan cloeteRyan Cloete is a journalist based in Cape Town who writes for The Careers Portal and The Skills Portal. He received an Advanced Diploma in Journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2021. Ryan has also previously worked as an on-air contributor at One FM.

As a journalist, Ryan's 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 an opportunity to do this and kick start his hopefully long career in news. He also enjoys reading, having a good laugh with friends and watching sporting events.

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Ryan's Articles:

As the month of June begins, approved beneficiaries of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant will qualify for a new round of payments. However, some grant beneficiaries have not been paid for the past two months. 

South Africa has 26 public universities throughout its nine provinces, however, only specified institutions offer certain unique and specialised courses. Students wanting to study at these universities require accommodation, which is not always possible.


While obtaining a tertiary education qualification increases your chances of finding a job in South Africa, it does not guarantee you will find employment. The government has committed to placing unemployed graduates.

The cost of basic needs has increased, leaving the most vulnerable in extreme circumstances. This, as the average cost of fuel and electricity has climbed over the past few months with the increases being passed on to consumers around South Africa.

While there have been strides made since South Africa’s dawn of democracy in 1994, the legacy of Apartheid still impacts youth in the country, especially those from disadvantaged communities.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has called on all beneficiaries of the Social Relief Distress (SRD) R350 grant to reapply for the grant. However, some beneficiaries have complained that their contact details have changed.


Notorious for extremely long queues, hours of waiting time and the dreaded offline system, Home Affairs have launched an online booking service with the goal of assisting clients quickly.


Recent statistics revealed that South Africa’s official unemployment rate stands at 34.5%. While this is an improvement from the last measurement, questions remain to be asked about whether young people are being adequately prepared for the workplace.


With the first semester reaching the business end at universities around the country, many students will be readying themselves for the mid-year examinations. This is also true for students who attend online institutions, such as Unisa.


Millions of South Africans rely on social grants distributed by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). It is estimated that the agency serves as much as 46% of the country’s population.


Grade 1 and Grade 8 are often the start of a brand new journey for many children as they begin a period of several years at a new school. In South Africa, many provinces make use of online application processors to manage the enrolment of children in schools.


With the easing of travel restrictions around the world, many people will look to travel abroad. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, travellers may require different documentation apart from their passports and travel visas.

While it can be extremely difficult to not immediately sign on the dotted line after getting your job offer, the importance of reading your contract thoroughly and understanding the terms of your contract cannot be understated.


Stellenbosch University is being accused of dragging its feet and being selective in which demands they have met in regards to the recent racism incident at the institution.


Social grants ensure that millions of South Africans receive some financial support from the government. A recent announcement by the Department of Social Development (DSD) will see some grant recipients receive a higher grant payment every month.


President Cyril Ramaphosa said the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality needs to be addressed in South Africa. And while millions remain unemployed, marginal gains in tackling unemployment were made as the unemployment rate declined.


While motorists will be paying more at the pumps as of 1 June 2022, many have breathed a sigh of relief as the government announced a partial extension to a relief measures that have cushioned the rising price of petrol for the last two months.


While the cost of living in South Africa seems to be on an unstoppable upward spiral, the government said they will be investigating a possible new revenue source in the form of a driving tax.

More than 36 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in South Africa, 38 754 of which were administered in the past 24 hours. And while there is no mandatory vaccination legislation in South Africa, institutions of higher learning have been introducing vaccination policies which are impacting students.


The internet has made it easier to complete tasks, shopping and loads more. However, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is facing challenges which is resulting in grant applicants having to travel to make grant applications.