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


The 2022 academic year is underway with many learners around the country attending lectures to achieve their academic goals. 

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has declared that every approved Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant applicant will be paid. However, many are yet to receive their money. 

A tough next round of wage negotiations has been set up after public sector unions lost a court bid that will see their members lose out on the third year increases of the collective wage agreement reached in 2018.

Unions are set to strike at the offices of the Department of Public Enterprises as workers are unhappy with alleged corruption and mismanagement taking place at the national carrier.

The South African Post Office has released new payment dates for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant.

Motorists will be feeling the pain at the pumps after the fuel adjustments were announced. Here's how much more you’ll be paying for petrol, diesel paraffin and LP gas. 

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is on a recruitment drive that could bolster its ranks with at least 12 000 new policemen and policewomen by the end of 2023. 

The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant was introduced to assist unemployed individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As a new academic year begins, students who applied for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in the Western Cape will need to go to a new walk-in centre for assistance.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides crucial financial support to workers who have lost income due to various circumstances. 

South Africa’s power utility Eskom will be allowed to increase the tariffs on electricity by almost 10%, however, this is not what they were hoping for. 

The cost of tertiary education serves as a barrier to many prospective students in South Africa and many won't be able to register for the 2022 academic year without bursaries and scholarships. 

In 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector would fall under the jurisdiction of a different governmental department which would impact the operations of the sector. 

More than 46% of South Africa’s population are beneficiaries of a social grant and it takes a coordinated approach from the government to ensure that all of the grant beneficiaries receive their money. 

With the price of fuel set to reach record highs in March, South Africa’s finance minister has announced a first step which could see the price of petrol drop in the country. 

During his maiden budget speech, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana revealed which government department will receive the largest allocation of funds over the medium term.

During the State Of The Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that more than 850 000 opportunities were supported through the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programs. 

The South African Finance Minister has announced increases in Excise Duties and the introduction of a new tax during his maiden budget speech. 

South Africans are warned to brace for another big increase in the price of fuel as we enter the third month of 2022. 

As the application period for students applying for funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). came to an end, some applications were rejected by the scheme.