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 has once again been plunged into darkness after its power utility Eskom implemented stage 2 loadshedding.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has recently announced that it will be imposing penalties on certain taxpayers for failing to respond to auto-assessments.

In 2022, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) received more than 900 000 applications for funding. However, if you received a Non-SASSA declaration message, your funding will be on hold.

The new internet censorship law approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa will result in several changes in the regulations of content posted on the interest and guilty individuals could be fined or spend time behind bars.

Tertiary education is expensive and without financial support in the form of bursary or student loan, many students will not attend an institution of higher learning.

The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was introduced to assist unemployed people between the ages of 18-years-old and 59-years-old. 

As the new academic year gets underway, many students entering tertiary education will be required to pay a registration fee.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) provides grants to around 46% of South Africa's population. 

As a new month begins, around 46% of South Africa’s population will be eligible to receive their grant payment.

Many students around the country who want to complete or improve their Matric results have just two weeks to register for the 2022 October/November National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

More than 66% of South Africans between the ages of 15-years-old and 24-years-old are unemployed.

Around 15 million people applied for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. To apply for the grant you need a valid mobile cell phone number.

The Minister of Health has announced that government officials are ready to present their recommendations on the topic of mandatory vaccinations in the country.

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana revealed that more than 46% of South Africa’s population are beneficiaries of a social grant. 

The internet has changed the way people live their lives, complete tasks, learn and interact with one another. 

The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga wants schools to become centres of excellence and believes in renewing the current basic education accord to do this.

The Department of Employment and Labour’s latest announcement will hope to tackle the high unemployment rate in South Africa. 

Last week, the Minister of Basic Education revealed that more than 150 000 learners have not yet returned to school. What's even more worrying is that this figure does not include two of South Africa’s nine provinces. 

In a country like South Africa with an extremely high unemployment rate, finding work could drastically improve your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

During the third quarter of 2021, unemployment reached 34,9% in South Africa. This means that more than one-third of people living in the country do not have work.