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:

Many individuals will look to upskill themselves and look to pursue a career that requires them to attend a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college. There are funding options for these students, but is Feenix one of them? 

It may be very difficult for some to save money in the current economic climate as they barely have enough money to cover their monthly expenses. However, it's crucial to plan for the time when you may not be able to work.


As a new month begins, applicants of the R350 grant will be eager to check the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant website to see if they qualify for the crucial relief mechanism. However, over the past few days clients were unable to check their status.


While the country's tax regulator has geared up for a busy tax filing season, workers around the county have downed tools in protest. This comes as SARS kicked off their tax season just last week.

Social workers can play an important role in bringing about solutions to the societal issues that continue to plague South Africa and its citizens. However, there may not be enough social workers to make meaningful changes.

Tragedy struck South Africa this past month as 21 teenagers lost their lives at a tavern in the Eastern Cape. The ages of the deceased have sparked a debate around whether the drinking age in the country should be raised.  


The R350 grant ensured that millions of people received some government support during the Covid-19 pandemic and after the July riots in 2021. However, under the current regulations, many people who previously benefited from the grant no longer qualify.


Online examinations, while convenient, can present further challenges during an already stressful time for millions of students. Some students from South Africa’s largest distance learning university have faced several challenges related to the completion of their examinations.

South Africa’s largest distance learning university has recently concluded its midyear examinations. However, some unsuccessful students will have the opportunity to rewrite certain examinations to improve their marks.  


South Africa’s health system will be boosted after the graduation of around 600 students from Cuban Universities. This comes as a welcomed relief as provinces require boots on the ground.


Deadlines provide a clear time frame for the completion of tasks. Organisations are therefore concerned that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is taking steps to remove deadlines for providing appropriate school infrastructure.


A civil organisation group has vowed to continue protesting against the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) proposed laws that would make changes to the school infrastructure law. They fear consequences of this change could be dire for schools in poor communities.


As we enter the second half of the 2022 academic year, grade 12 learners around the country will be preparing for their final school examinations. This is also true for learners who attend independent schools. 




It has been almost two months since a white Stellenbosch University student urinated on the belongings of a black student. Despite the promise of swift action, the university has not yet provided updates on the outcomes of its independent inquiry into the incident.


The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is calling on parents to prepare all the required documentation in preparation for the upcoming schools online admissions period. This applies to parents whose children will be starting Grade 1 or Grade 8 for the 2023 school year.


It has been one week since South African taxpayers across the country began submitting their tax returns. For some, they will qualify to receive a refund from the country’s tax collector. But how long will they wait?


As the month of July begins, beneficiaries of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will soon receive their grant allocations for the new month. However, not everybody who applied for the grant has been approved for payment.  


Learnerships can be a crucial part of learning for students as they get to experience what their daily life will be like once they graduate with their qualification. However, questions have recently been raised around the impact of learnerships on the bursaries of government funded students.  


With the rising cost of living firmly under the spotlight in South Africa, many people have taken steps to increase their income to maintain their lifestyle. However, will government-funded students lose their bursaries if they have a job?


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) is a crucial support mechanism which provides bursaries to deserving students and removes the barriers that not having the financial resources would create.