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Recently, Minister Blade Nzimande released the list of Occupations in High Demand. What is this list used for and who does it help?

 Schools in Gauteng have been facing some challenges since applications opened for grade 1 and grade 8 school admissions. The online application process for 2021 has made it difficult for the department to place all learners. 

Pit latrines and classroom shortages have been the reality of many schools in South Africa. The department of basic education has failed to meet yet another deadline to improve schools and this has upset Equal Education. 

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is on a mission to track payments made to employers. This comes after the UIF discovered that some employers were not being honest about making payments to employees.

The government has been aiming for sustainable growth as part of the national Recovery Plan, aimed at changing South Africa as we know it. Now, the Driving Force for Change initiative has given youth a chance to play an active role in creating change.

Eskom has had its ups and downs as the national supplier of electricity. The power utility has even managed to rake up a debt of R488 billion and plans are in motion to save it. 

The NSFAS N+ Rule has been around for some time, making the lives of some students difficult. Students said this rule has been negatively affecting them, as some were not able to finish their degrees with funding from NSFAS. 

The Western Cape is facing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. The province has faced a 52.1% increase in cases over the last week alone. 

Many universities have made changes to their traditional learning systems because of Covid-19. From contact classes to online classes, the higher education system will have to keep adapting. 

NSFAS laptops have been taking a bit longer than expected. Minister Blade Nzimande has finally given some good news to students who have been waiting for months for devices. 

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