Ryan Cloete


ryan cloeteRyan Cloete is a journalist based in Cape Town who writes for The Careers Portal and The Skills Portal. He received an Advanced Diploma in Journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2021. Ryan has also previously worked as an on-air contributor at One FM.

As a journalist, Ryan's 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 an opportunity to do this and kick start his hopefully long career in news. He also enjoys reading, having a good laugh with friends and watching sporting events.

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Ryan's Articles:

With an extremely high youth unemployment rate, the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) served as a beacon of hope for thousands of young people. The department has announced that the initiative will continue to make a difference in the lives of youth.


The R350 grant ensures that more than five million people living in South Africa receive some financial support from the government. However, sometimes the website on which the grant is managed is unavailable, leaving millions in limbo.


Around 18 million individuals living in South Africa benefit from permanent grants distributed by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). These grants are distributed monthly during the first week of every new month.  

Millions of individuals rely on the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to purchase essential goods and services. This grant specifically targets vulnerable citizens living in South Africa with only unemployed individuals qualifying for the grant.


The third term of the 2022 school year is now underway as learning and teaching resumed last week. However, some learners returned to schools that were vandalised during the three-week June holidays.


The ageing teacher demographic is a cause for concern in South Africa. This is as at least half of the teachers in the country are in their 50s, meaning that they will soon retire.



While tax filing season is underway in South Africa, many workers at the country’s tax regulator have been on an indefinite strike. This indefinite strike has been temporarily suspended as unions return to the bargaining table.


In a bid to prepare South Africa’s youth for the future, South Africa’s education department is in the final stages of its plan to introduce coding and robotics into schools. The appraisal and quality assurance process are ongoing for the proposed curriculum.


The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant that many workers required a special form of relief from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). However, unscrupulous individuals took advantage of these benefits and wrongly received money from the fund.


There are currently more than 580 000 students enrolled at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in South Africa. Many will graduate this year but will face the challenge of not having enough workplace experience to secure employment.


Millions of individuals living in South Africa rely on the R350 grant every month to purchase essential goods. However, changes in the legislation under which the grant is provided left beneficiaries with no grant payments for two months.


While it may be in the best interest of South Africa to have a stable supply of electricity, workers' unions have lambasted the plans presented by President Cyril Ramaphosa. They believe that the plans could result in the price of electricity skyrocketing.


The R350 grant supports millions of vulnerable people in South Africa. The grant is specifically aimed at supporting individuals who receive no support from the government. However, where does this leave caregivers?


Petrol is expensive, the most expensive it has ever been. However, data suggests that South Africans will pay less for fuel on the first Wednesday of August 2022.


During the Covid-19 lockdown, members of South Africa’s workforce were forced to work from home. Many of these workers enjoyed the benefits of working from home and took steps to change how and when they work.


South Africans have been subjected to more than 1600 hours of continuous loadshedding so far this year. And while the government has announced plans to end the rolling blackouts, loadshedding will be around for the next 24 months at least. 

A 12-month extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is costing the government R44 billion. When the grant comes to an end March 2023, millions of people living in South Africa will be without the crucial support mechanism.


The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant serves as a lifeline for millions of vulnerable people living in South Africa. However, technical challenges have prevented individuals from receiving their money.


Last week, the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) began accepting online school admissions for the 2023 academic year. Thousands of applications have already been processed after just four days of the system being active.


Parents and guardians of learners living in the Limpopo province have just one week left to submit their applications for school placement. This is a bid to secure placements at their preferred school for the 2023 academic year.