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


hand stacking coins

For many workers, the month of December comes with a bonus or 13th check. This could see some employees' income doubled for one month. 

Child in hospital

Gauteng has entered the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. Driven by a new variant and increasing number of infections among children under the age of five has authorities concerned. 

UIF bus service

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides short-term financial relief to workers who need to have their income supplemented.

SASSA Office

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will distribute the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant until March 2022.  

SASSA office covid-19 protocols

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) received around 14 million applications for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. 

SASSA podium and sign

Just under half of South Africa’s population are recipients of social grants. It is above 27.8 million people. 

UIF sign

The Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) was introduced to help supplement workers' income as many companies were shut down during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Social Media

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed a new bill into law that could see many people face consequences for the messages they share on social media platforms. 

Sick couple

Could being forced to take time off from work due to Covid-19 lead to employees losing their annual leave?


Earlier this year it was revealed that more than R200 million in relief grants were paid to government employees.



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