Matshidiso Khalimatshi was one of many South African youth unable to find work in their chosen field after graduation. After weeks of sending one email application after another without response, she realised that she would have to change job-hunting tactics.
As many of us kick off our working year, we are no doubt looking at new plans, new ways to adapt, improving on some issues and letting go of unhelpful habits. But 2021 is not business as usual, the toll that last year took on all of humanity and the continued war that COVID is waging has many of us just not ready to face another year.
Before committing to a gap year, there is at least one obstacle students and parents must consider: Approval from their colleges. Every college has its own deferral policy; some grant one automatically, while others review and approve each request based on its merits.
The marking of matric results has been going well for the Department of Basic Education. The Department held a live briefing to give updates about the process that was initially scheduled to end on 22 January 2021.