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:

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides short term financial relief to individuals who require it. This relief is provided to workers who made the required contributions to the fund and have the credits needed. 


The late payments of allowances could leave many students at tertiary education institutions without money they desperately need. South Africa’s largest distance university has announced changes to the way they pay allowances to their students.


In the past, financial constraints meant that students from poor and working-class backgrounds could not afford to pursue a tertiary education qualification. However, this has changed with numerous bursary schemes catering to a wide range of students.

More than 960 hours and counting. This is the number of hours of loadshedding that South Africans have been subjected to so far this year. This amounts to 40 days of rolling blackouts.


In 2021, Judge Muller from the High Court of South Africa (Polokwane Division) described the persistence of pit toilets at schools as a national emergency. While new plans are in place to address issues around the use of pit toilets, civil society believes more work must be done.


The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is a crucial government intervention aimed at ensuring that unemployed individuals receive some support from the South African government.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) is a crucial support mechanism which ensures that funding is not a barrier for youth around South Africa in achieving their goals of obtaining an academic qualification.  


With an extremely high rate of youth unemployed, job advertisements from the education department are seen as an attractive proposition. This is especially true when that same department has launched youth employment initiatives in the last year.

When the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) was extended by 12 months earlier this year, it meant that around 10 million people would continue to receive crucial financial support.

Motorists will be rushing to petrol stations before Wednesday when the price of fuel will surge by midnight. The latest increase comes after months of consecutive increases.


More than 18 million South Africans and permanent residents are expected to receive their social support grants this week. This is due to the start of a new month.

It is expected that 10 million people will benefit from the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant in the coming months. However, mistakes made in the application process could prevent applicants from receiving the crucial relief.


To ensure participants are better equipped for the world of work, the education department will strengthen their employment initiative by offering participants short courses.


The cost of tertiary education can serve as a barrier to entry for young people around South Africa. This is why the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) seeks to ensure that students from poor and working class backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve their academic goals. 

Thousands of parents in the Gauteng province are advised to get ready for the upcoming school admission season, as there is less than a month left before the online allocation period begins.


With more than 18 million permanent grant recipients in South Africa, technical difficulties with grant payment systems could inconvenience millions of individuals and their family members who rely on the crucial government support mechanism.


As a new month begins in South Africa, taxpayers will need to ensure they have all their important documentation on as they are required to submit their tax returns to the South African Revenue Service (SARS)


It has been just four days since the new Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant appeal website launched. During its first week, the website has seen more than half-a-million appeals lodged.


The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has revealed that when the lockdowns began in March 2020, they were inundated with requests for benefits, which also created an increased demand for improved service delivery. In addition to this, data from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) showed that more than 600 000 formal sector jobs were lost during this lockdown period.

Whether it be for work, making school applications, making an appointment for a drivers licence test or simply for leisure purposes, you will need the appropriate documentation. The latest announcement from Home Affairs will allow people more time to access official documentation.