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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

RYAN'S ARTICLES:

Health care workers frustrated

The impact of misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine is being felt in hospital wards. This has put healthcare workers in a difficult position. Doctors and nurses are having to treat people who refuse to take a potentially life-saving vaccine.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele has revealed the crime statistics for the first quarter of 2021/2022 financial year. The statistics revealed that between April and June 2021, 10 006 people were raped. The works out to an alarming 109.9 people being raped per day.

School Disinfection

The Special Investigations Unit(SIU) has recommended that disciplinary action be taken against companies involved in the R431 Million Gauteng school’s sanitising tender.

Pfizer covid-19 vaccine

The United States of America’s Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has fully authorised the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine. The vaccine known as the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty.

Alcohol glass

Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba has announced that engagement between government and businesses in the liquor has begun concerning vaccinations. Ramthunba believes that the engagement regarding vaccines, with the liquor industry, could benefit both the Department of Health and the Liquor traders.

Classrooms being disinfected.

The Department of Education in Northern Cape is experiencing a surge in infections in schools throughout the province. Eight schools in the province have been closed in order for contact tracing and the disinfection of the school premises.  

vaccine passport

Professor Shabir Madhi has said that it is unlikely that the Covid-19 vaccine will be made mandatory in South Africa. This comes after policies have been introduced in different parts of the world regarding vaccine passports.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised South African youth due to their eagerness to get the Covid-19 vaccine. He described the turnout  made by the 18-35 year-olds to get their jabs as 'impressive' in his weekly newsletter, From the Desk of the President. 

It is estimated that more than 82 000 South African children have been orphaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a further 94 000 children lost their primary caregiver, a recent report found. Save the Childrens SA’s Divya Naidoo explained that this could be either a parent or grandparent. She believes that this will have a long lasting impact on these children. 

teenage-pregnancy

A recent report found that 23 226 teenage pregnancies were reported in Gauteng between April 2020 and March 2021. Even more concerning, girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth to 934 babies during this period. This has raised concern among various roleplayers in South Africa

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