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Gauteng Premier envisions a Gauteng where young people are digital savvy

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The Gauteng premier, David Makhura delivered his State of the Province Address yesterday at the University of Johannesburg, SOWETO on Monday.

Taking that the youth unemployment rate was higher in the first quarter irrespective of the educational level, with a record of 52% of the youth aged between (15-24) unemployed, and among graduates in this age group, the unemployment rate is 31%.

During his speech, he took time to touch on the subject of Youth unemployment, promising the youth of Gauteng that 1 million young people will be equipped digital skills in a bid to make Gauteng the silicon valley of Africa.

He mentioned that this was to get South Africa’s youth ready and equipped to be compatible with the fourth industrial revolution.

Another concern has been the number of people in South Africa living with HIV, with young women making up the largest percentage of people within the country living with HIV.

“Our HIV and Aids programme will target specifically young women because that’s where increases on HIV infections are happening.”

Makhura further stated that, the province will ensure that services including infrastructure and maintenance will be made accessible for the youth.

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R100 million plegde to reduce student fees

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Regenesys Business School has taken the initiative to reduce fees that students have to pay to study business programmes by 60%.

A pledge of R100 million has been made by the institution. This comes after looking at how the Covid-19 outbreak has affected people’s income.

This is the institutions lockdown initiative which is said to be made available to the first 500 students to register for the online MBA, Bachelor, Diploma, and Certificate programmes for the period between May and August 2020.

“Regenesys is deeply committed to helping all members of society that have been affected by pay cuts and job losses to develop a competitive edge and bounce back from the pandemic or to start their own new venture”, said Dr Marko Saravanja, Chairperson of Regenesys Business School.

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What level 3 means for higher education institutions

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The Deparment of Higher Education, Science and Technology has been working on plans to enhance online learning platforms to accommodate students so that remote learning can continue.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday (24 May), that the country will move to level 3 lockdown from the 1st of June.

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technolgy, Buti Manamela talking to Cape Talk explained how higher education institutions are getting ready for the reopening of universities from the 1st of June.

33% of students will be returning to campus. “Univeristies will be spending this time building up to ensure that they get the universities ready according to the guidelines and protocols regarding sanitation, PPE, and quarantine”

He further stated that most univeristies needed atleast two weeks to prepare for the students who are allowed to return to campus.

Adding to the medical and clinical students who are in campus, trimetser students will be returning to TVET colleges, these are engineering students.

This will be followed by a phase-in return of other students within various fields.

“We have had discussions with unions, students Vice-chancellors that we will have to reconstitute the academic year, that we really complete that”

In conclusion he added that, ” What we have been working on, is that all students by 1 June get some form of support and that is what we have asked universities to do -either send them a device, learning materials, data,”

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Minister Blade Nzimande to hold briefing on lockdown in the higher education sector

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Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation,Dr Blade Nzimande will hold a media briefing on matters pertaining to the lockdown in the higher education, science and innovation sector.

The Minister will be addressing the public based on their concerns about schools reopening.

The South African Union of Students ( SAUS) has expressed their concerns, and are hoping that Minister Nzimande will speak on allowing higher education institutions to reopen since Basic education sector is preparing to have grade 7and 12 learners back in school.

The Minister will address amongst other issues NSFAS allowances,SETAs stipends and the return of medical students to campus.

In the science and innovation sector, there will be an update on research on South Africa’s traditional medicine and the engagements with stakeholders in relation to indigenous knowledge systems and COVID-19.

The briefing will take place today at 11am.

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