Basic Education Director-General, Mathanzima Mweli held a media briefing today to discuss the progress that the department has been making with the marking of exams. Marking is taking place at 177 exam centres across the country, with all marking centres chasing the deadline of 22 January 2021. 

Covid-19 deaths have been increasing at a high rate, causing problems for the funeral industry. Funeral parlours are struggling to cope and some workers fear contracting Covid-19.

The Western Cape has reached the peak of its second wave and a third wave could be next as cases continue to rise. 

Following the drop out of over 800 markers in Gauteng, Naptosa is concerned about how the rest of the exam marking process will go. 

More than 1000 teachers have quit marking, nationwide. There has been some concern about the Gauteng Department of Education, as the province that has lost the most exam markers. 

Government is in talks to replace Sassa grant beneficiary cards. This comes after Sassa faced a security breach 2 years ago. 

After much uncertainty about when the vaccine will arrive in South Africa, the government has given an update about the roll out strategy. 

The Unemployment Insurance Fund has decided to step in once again and to provide relief for workers affected by the lockdown. This comes as many businesses have been looking to the government for some form of relief, following the new level 3 regulations. 

South Africans don't seem to be too keen on taking the vaccine. This is according to an Ipsos survey done on behalf of the World Economic Forum.

One of the reactions of employers to difficult economic times is often to "restructure" - to reduce the number of positions in the company and retrench the newly surplus staff. Ivan Israelstam explores the legal requirements and pitfalls to avoid.



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