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


The gender pay gap in South Africa

It is estimated that women earn between 23% and 35% less than men in the South Africa for the same type of work. Momentum is calling on South African corporates to get involved in the fight against the gender pay gap in country.

Vaccine hoarding affecting the poor

Vaccine hoarding and inequality have become a serious issue during the Covid-19 pandemic. While rich countries have the financial capabilities to purchase large quantities of the potential life saving Covid-19 vaccine. Poorer nations have to wait for donations as their government simply cannot afford to purchase the vaccines from manufactures.

Vaccination rollout in Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional director for Africa has revealed that around 39 million people on the African continent have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This represents just under 3% of people living on the continent. Moeti was part of a panel discussing the Covid-19 Pandemic and Vaccination Rollout in Africa

SASSA Press Conference

If you have recently become employed you are required to cancel your special Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress grant. If you want to know how to do this follow the easy steps below. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged residents of South Africa to get vaccinated against Covid-19. He believes that if enough adults get vaccinated, the country can avoid a large wave of infections and further lockdowns.

South Africa has a stable supply of vaccines.

The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla is comfortable with the number of vaccines available in the country. He says South Africa can administer between 300 000 and 400 000 vaccines per day throughout the country.

Could Covid-19 vaccines be made mandatory?

The option to receive the Covid-19 vaccination is a personal choice. However, recent comments by roleplayers and policies made by companies have ignited the debate around vaccines being made mandatory.

Third wave could be ending

Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, a CSIR senior researcher, says that nationally, keys indicators such as confirmed cases and positivity are on a downward trajectory. This indicates that South Africa is coming to the end of the unpredictable third wave of Covid-19 infections.

The price of basic food items are increasing.

The latest Household Affordability Index by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity(PMBEJD) show that over the past 12 months, the price of the consumer food basket has increased by 10%. 

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has recently announced that just around 11.5 million people have applied for the Special Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress grant. If their applications are approved they will receive their R350 grant.



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