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A third wave of Covid-19 has been predicted to hit Gauteng if the province continues to see an increase in cases.

The province has over 3 000 active cases, and the number of cases are expected to increase soon.

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While government celebrates the arrival of the long awaited Pfizer vaccines, concerns have been raised about the future of the rollout. 

Over 300 000 Pfizer vaccine doses arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday 2 May.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said government is expecting to receive over 1.3 million vaccines by the end of May 2021. 

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The Energy Department has confirmed the price will decrease this month, after months of steadily increasing.  

As of Wednesday, the following prices will decrease by nine cents a litre.

  • 93 Unleaded petrol (ULP) and Lead Replacement Petrol (LRP)
  • 95 ULP and LRP

In Gauteng, a litre of 95 ULP will decrease from R17.32 a litre to R17.23.

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It has become a practice by employers to insert automatic termination clauses into employment contracts for reasons including the following:

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While the future of the R350 grant remains in the air, SASSA has given beneficiaries some reassurance about what they can expect over the next few months. 

SASSA has confirmed that it will keep paying out the grant to successful beneficiaries who applied before 30 April. 

In a statement, SASSA stated that no new applications for the grant would be accepted going forward. 

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Whether employers, who issue provisional ultimatums to employees who participate in unprotected strike action, may subsequently dismiss employees who comply with the ultimatum. 

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This May and June, UEL will be offering its loyal clients a mid-year sales promotion for any programme commencing in May or June 2021! They have an exciting line-up of programmes (see full list below) that you can choose from, including Project Management, Health and Safety, Finance, Supply Chain, Emerging Managers and Bridging programmes.

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South African’s recently commemorated Freedom Day, a celebration of our nation’s struggle for democracy. But how many of us are truly free?

Freedom means being able to do what you want, when you want – within the confines of the law of course. But how many South African’s actually have enough money to live the lives they choose?

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Digital currencies like bitcoin might be all the rage right now but is it wise to invest your money in this asset? The concept of digital monies that people send online is not that complicated in itself. Cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are a form of payment that uses blockchain technology to send data in cyberspace.

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The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will be introducing a new debit order system in an effort to make transactions more secure. 

The Authenticated Collections (AC)/DebiCheck project will take effect on 1 May 2021. This project is part of the SARB's plan to modernise the National Payment System (NPS). 

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The 4IR and COVID-19 have forced us into a new reality that requires the re-examination and restructuring of South Africa’s post-school skills development system so that it is fit-for-purpose to prepare the workforce for the new world of work.

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Why Customer Service is essential in 2021?

We at Academy Training Group have been in the training game since 1997 and we would not be here had it not been for good customer service!

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SASSA has launched a new online booking system for grant beneficiaries. Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu spoke about how the booking system will work. 

The system has been launched in collaboration with GovChat in an effort to reduce long lines at SASSA offices. 

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If you feel your NSFAS application was wrongfully rejected, you have one last chance to appeal. 

Appeals for returning students close on 30 April 2021.

How to submit your appeal:

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Learnership For Performance

If you are seriously considering applying for CHE accreditation, you can arrange for a free 30- minute virtual discussion in which I will answer specific questions you have about your situation and the qualification/s you plan to offer.

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Programme accreditation is a form of quality assurance which is practised in many countries and is usually associated with purposes of accountability and improvement in programme quality.

In South African the Council on Higher Education (CHE) is responsible for quality assurance in higher education.

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With the month of April coming to an end, SASSA has released payment dates for the month of May. 

Beneficiaries can expect to receive payments on the following dates: 

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A disciplinary warning is an oral or written statement made by an employer informing the employee that his/her conduct or performance level is not acceptable, and that any further failure to meet the required standards will result in stronger measures being taken. In this sense, a warning is not a punishment.

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vaccine administration

The future of the vaccine rollout has been raising eyebrows since the recent suspension of the Johnson&Johnson vaccine.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the rollout is back on track. This follows a recommendation from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). 

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Michael Pretorius

According to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), small businesses have been growing steadily from generating 16% of total turnover in the formal business sector in 2013 to 22% in 2019. At the same time, the contribution of large business waned, from 75% to 68%.

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