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:

In 2014, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga published the Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure regulations. This law set out that all schools must have water, electricity, internet, working toilets and safe classrooms.


The education department has announced that schools cannot make new education assistant appointments. As this phase of the youth employment initiative concludes, Skills Portal spoke to three individuals who participated in the programme to find out how it impacted their lives.


Eskom's latest announcement means South Africans are in for a dark weekend ahead. Loadshedding will also be escalated to stage 6 at 2 PM on Thursday and will remain in place until Friday morning.


The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has announced several changes to how the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) is managed. This has resulted in a change in how reconsideration requests are dealt with.


Seeing someone get prosecuted for a crime often serves as a warning to others that the law will catch up to you eventually. This warning has been taken by some employers as they begin returning funds to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).


In November 2021, the Minister of Home Affairs announced that the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) will be terminated. The implications of this decision are set to impact more than 100 000 Zimbabwean citizens living in South Africa. 

Earlier this year, it was announced that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was extended by twelve months and is set to end in 2023. However, many of the administration aspects of the grant have changed, including the process of appeals.


As the second half of 2022 approaches, students around the country will continue working towards their academic goals. However, one university is calling on students to pay their minimum fees before they can register.


South African power utility Eskom has announced stage 6 loadshedding will commence at 4 PM on Tuesday. Here’s what it means for the country.


Minister Higher Education Blade Nzimande recently revealed that of every one hundred children who begin Grade 1, only twelve will enrol at a university and half will complete a qualification. Not all of those who graduate will secure employment.


Graduation is a celebration of a student’s hard work, perseverance and commitment to obtaining an academic qualification. However, students at South Africa’s largest distance learning institution have encountered unforeseen circumstances that prevented them from enjoying their special day.


In 2022, the Department of Social Development (DSD) received R257 billion from the government. It has since been revealed that 99.6% of this money or R248 billion will go towards the provision of social grants.


The legislation under which the R350 grant is provided and the qualifying criteria are not the only things that change about the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The process of submitting a R350 grant appeal has also changed.


It was recently revealed that many of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant requirements were changed. This means that some individuals who previously benefited from the grant no longer qualify for the crucial relief mechanism.


The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant serves as a crucial relief measure for millions of unemployed South Africans. However, recently clients who receive their grants through the Postbank service have not been able to use their money.


More than half-a-million students will receive funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) during this academic year. However, the higher education minister revealed that the actions of some students are preventing them from receiving funding.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) aims to ensure that students from poor and working-class backgrounds have all the tools they need to obtain an academic qualification. However, challenges have arisen concerning student accommodation.



The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides short term financial relief to individuals who have lost their income. However, the fund is warning South Africans against applying for a “new benefit”.



It has been almost three months since unemployed individuals in South Africa received the crucial R350 grant. This is due to the rules around the grant’s disbursement changing after the National State of Disaster was lifted.


Every month, around 10 million people qualify to receive the R350 grant. The grant is crucial as it is the only support unemployed individuals between 18 and 59 years old receive from the South African government.