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


Motorists can breathe a sigh of relief after the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula announced that drivers license renewals will be extended to the end of March 2022. The grace period for motorists to renew their expired drivers’ licence cards was to conclude on 31 August 2021.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has said that the October school holidays will not be scrapped despite the loss of learning time due to Covid-19. She has described the loss of learning time as concerning. 

SASSA grant beneficiaries standing in line

The South African Social Security Agency has issued a statement asking for all people who are still owed money from previous rounds of grant payments, to collect it before 31 August 2021.

person receiving vaccine injection

Minister of Health, Dr Joseph Phaala has expressed his concern over the Western Cape and the Northern Cape recording Covid-19 positivity rates above the national average.

Deputy President David Mabuza

Deputy President David Mabuza has vowed to work with various stakeholders in the economy to tackle youth unemployment in South Africa. This comes after StatsSA revealed that 34% of the countries citizens are without a job.

Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba

Limpopo Department of Health has announced that more than 70% of its senior citizens have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba has praised the role of church leaders, traditional leaders, Queens, Kings and community leaders in encouraging the elderly to get their jabs.

SASSA applicant visiting SASSA office

Citizens are encountering a number of different issues when it comes to getting approval for the special Covid-19 R350 relief grant. Some people are being rejected by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) online application system.

Absa says that 90% of the jobs lost up to the beginning of the third quarter took place in Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) sector. Tsungai Masendeka has described the situation faced by SMME’s as dire.

Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has announced that the first batch of R350 relief of distress grants has been successfully paid to citizens who applied last month. Sassa is hoping to have processed the final batch of grants for about 2 million people by the end of the month.


The Minister of Health, Dr Joseph Phala said that he hopes that country can reach herd immunity by the end of 2021. Phala hopes that between 60% and70% of South Africa’s adult population will be vaccinated by the end of the year as this would help open the economy and other social activities.



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