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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.  


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.