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


UIF sign

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides short-term financial relief to workers who have contributed to the fund. 

Minister of Employemnt and Labour Thulas Nxesi

After Statistics South Africa revealed the country’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 1.5%, Covid-19 vaccinations are viewed as the best tool in preventing lockdowns that would negatively impact South Africa’s economy.

A tractor

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) have revealed that South Africa’s economy is still smaller than it was before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic which was more than 20 months ago.

SASSA card in a hand

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is facing mounting calls to extend the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant as millions will be left without support once the current cycle comes to an end. 

Covid-19 vaccine

As South Africa braces for the impact of the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, the Department of Health is continuing to encourage people to get vaccinated against the virus.

Post Office sign

The South African Post Office (SAPO) has notified R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant that some will not be paid next week.

Group of students

As the grade 12 examination season concludes, the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation has advised prospective students to investigate whether colleges are registered before enrolling.

National Senior Certificate

Despite some minor issues, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) says no major incidents were reported during the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination season.

construction site

The South African labour force is made up of around 22 million individuals, of which 34.9% are unemployed.

Children in a classroom

As South Africa braces for the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, could schools open later than originally planned for?



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