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News: SASSA Launches Online Grant Application Portal

As from Monday, 14 September 2020 social grant applicants will be able to apply for certain social grants online.

The pilot project will at this stage cover the Child Support, Older Persons, and Foster Child grants.

Applications can be lodged on https://services.sassa.gov.za which is a secure website.

After reviewing the system other grants will also be added to the portal.

This should be a relief to grant applicants as it will save them the inconvenience of standing in queues at SASSA offices in order to apply for their grants.

The added advantage is that the convenience of online applications eliminates the risk of being infected with the COVID-19 virus because there will be no need to gather at public places in order to apply. This remote self-service will be possible on both a computer and a mobile phone. The turnaround time is 10 days, provided the applicant supplies all the stipulated documents such as identity documents of applicant and spouse as well as banking details among others.

This will enable access to the following SASSA services:

  • Applications for grants for Foster child grant, Older persons grant and Child Support grant
  • Online submission of the required supporting documentation linked to the application;
  • Change of circumstances (Payment method, banking details, address);
  • Status of application

To access this service, applicants need to have an email address to sign up and to be able to login for further services.

Feedback to applicants will be sent through SMS notification to applicants with no email addresses and an email response will be sent to applicants choosing to be contacted by email. A receipt will be generated when the application is completed.

The testing of the system will run from 14 September 2020 till 25 September 2020.

It is important to note that required supporting documents to be attached must be certified. These documents should be certified by a commissioner of oaths.


Local online schools you might want to consider

Local online schools you might want to consider

If you are struggling with the decision whether to send your child back to school, here are a few online schools you might want to consider.


Teneo Education

  • With a focus on making learning fun, structured and interactive, Teneo Education offers online CAPS aligned learning to pupils in Grades 4 to 12.


  • The online school boasts a cutting-edge learning management system, online textbooks, live classes with teachers who are specialists in their subjects.


  • Teneo material is available both English and Afrikaans.

Link to the website




  • Following the Cambridge curriculum, CambriLearn offers online education for pupils from the Pre-Primary phase up to an International GCSE (Grades 10 & 11), AS (Grade 12) and A-Levels (NQF level 4).


  • The school is accessible on mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop devices.


  • It offers live online lessons, progression tests and assignments, mock exams and a chat function providing its pupils with a direct line of contact with their teacher.

Link to the website



Valenture Institute

  • The Valenture Institute is an online private High School focused on individual growth in a social learning environment.


  • Providing both personal mentors and group learning, the institute offers qualifications aligned with Pearson Edexcel at four different levels beginning from Grade 8 up to International A-Levels.


  • Valenture offers English, Mathematics, Life Skills, Social Studies and Environmental Management (Geography & Biology), Business Studies and Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Science (Biology, Physics & Chemistry) and Introduction to French.

Link to the website



Think Digital College (TDC)

  • Offering both the CAPS (Grade R to 12) and British International (Stage R to AS Levels) aligned curricula, TDC is registered with the South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute (SACAI).


  • The TDC strongly promotes a “work at your own pace” approach which allows pupils to begin and end their day in their own time.


  • It also provides video, animation and text to make learning as fun and interactive as possible.

Link to the website



Source: parent24

Photo Credit: Unsplash

The online school everyone is talking about

The online school everyone is talking about

The online school everyone is talking about.

According to Business Tech, Curro, the private school group is launching Curro Online. This will be its first online school which aims to provide a flexible education model. The classes will be taught by current Curro teachers.


Jay Paul, Curro online business manager said, “We’ve been developing our digital education offering for some time now, which is evident with our recently launched DigiEd Model.”


“As part of the design process, we decided to rethink how home-schooling distance learning is currently being offered. Many parents are also concerned about sending their children back to school once schools reopen, especially those with immune-compromised family members living in the same household. Curro Online is a response to all these pressing needs,” said Paul.


What you need to know about Curro Online

  • Curro Online is not a home-schooling model, where parents need to take on the responsibility of teaching and continuous supervision.
  • It is a learn-from-home online model that is aligned with Curro’s enhanced CAPS curriculum
  • The model’s online material is created and taught by Curro teachers.
  • There is a structured timetable in place for the learner that needs structure
  • There is also an option to be flexible for those learners that work well at their own pace.
  • The timetable includes teachers initiating each class and guiding learners through pre-set material on the online platform.
  • The Curro Online platform has an easy-to-follow curriculum with a variety of video material, recorded live lessons and other learning material.
  • Curro Online will be taught by a dedicated Curro teacher per subject, per grade, for the whole year.
  • The teaching model combines flexible learning through pre-set material
  • There is live interaction whereby learners can ask teachers for help and also receive detailed feedback on their progress.
  • The school will be English-medium
  • Grades 4 – 9 with new grades being phased in every year.
  • Matric learners will write the IEB examination.
  • Curro Online learners will also have access to an educational psychologist for virtual consultations if needed.


Source: BusinessTech

Photo Credit: BusinessTech

Marist Brothers Linmeyer held an online-Prayer Service

Marist Brothers Linmeyer held an online-Prayer Service

Marist Brothers Linmeyer held an online-Prayer Service

On Friday, 8th May 2020, Marist Brothers Linmeyer held an online-Prayer Service for High School Staff.


The service was a prayer to God during this difficult time and a reflection on God’s gifts of love and family, especially for all the mothers.


A total number of 47 computer screens were logged in to Google Meets and staff members and the rest of their families could join in the service.


Those who had candles at home, kept them lit throughout the service.


It was a beautiful occasion where members of the Marist community gathered to pray and maintained social distancing at the same time.

Marist Brothers Linmeyer held an online-Prayer Service.


Top: High School IT Coordinator, Mrs Samantha Perry.

Middle: Pre-School Educator, Mrs Norton and High School Principal, Mr Norton.

Bottom: High School Educator, Mrs Delia Kitzler.

Trendy Face Masks you can order online

Trendy Face Masks you can order online

Small businesses and fashion houses are now selling hip and trendy face-masks across South Africa, and they are so affordable.

Here are some of our favourites!

Loin Cloth & Ashes

The brand was founded by Tanzanian-born, South-African-raised designer Anissa Mpungwe.

The awarded-winning brand’s clothing retail between R300 and over R4,000 a piece. Their custom masks, however, retail for R39 and can be ordered from the website.


Marianne Fassler

Award-winning designer Marianne Fassler’s masks are made from her team’s homes, to Leopard Frock standards, she says on her Instagram.

Fabric cloth face masks

@mariannefasslerofficial (Instagram)

All masks are three-layered with a breathable layer in-between. The masks retail from R80 and can be ordered by contacting Aldene on 084 654 3227

Black Coffee

Black Coffee’s cloth face masks retail between R80 and R190.

Cloth Face Masks


A portion of the masks’ sale will be going MES ‘s Covid-19 Fundraiser. The masks can be ordered online.



Inga Atelier

Inga Gubeka’s leather bags are so popular, even president Cyril Ramaphosa has one.

While a single Inga Atelier bag can set you back over R3,000, Gubeka’s custom masks cost R199 for two and includes delivery.

Gubeka studied interior design at the Durban University of Technology and founded his first company, Indalo Décor, in 2012. He later resigned and started Inga Atelier to focus on nothing but luxury leather accessories.

Orders can be made via email on bespoke@ingaatelier.com or call 0789026434 for more information.

Mzansi Masks

Mzansi Masks is selling masks retailing between R90 and R100. You can order their masks online.


The masks are available in child and adult sizes in a variety of fun designs and colours.


Ballo, a Cape Town company known for making sunglasses, clothes, hat hangers, and even pots from recycled materials, has also joined the call to make cloth face masks.


The masks are made from discarded pieces of material at R150 per unit. They are also giving away 1 mask for free, to someone in need, for every mask purchased on their website.

The masks feature a pleated double layer cotton cloth construction and easy to fit elastic-over-ear design. You can order the masks online.



Source: Business Insider


Online Mathematics

Online mathematical videos to assist your child

Online Mathematical videos to assist in your child’s home schooling


View these online mathematical videos to assist in your child’s home schooling from educator, trainer and researcher, Liezel Blom.



Liezel Blom, Mathematics educator for over 25 years and founder of SATeacher in 2003, is the most published Mathematics author in South Africa with more than 300 titles.


She already trained more than 12 000 educators and parents, from the most rural schools to the most sophisticated and well performing private schools in South Africa.


Her hands-on and practical approach to mathematics makes her the most sought-after facilitator in South Africa.


All techniques and methodology shared in her sessions, and now online lessons, are based on best practice that was international researched.


It is practical, easy to apply and makes a difference in understanding Mathematics for teachers and learners alike.


Grades 1-3 and Grades 4 -7

The youtube channel is: /www.youtube.com/channel/UCMTzhgYXRNQdv3wlOITi2Og

and the supporting resources can be downloaded from www.sateacherestore.co.za

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary special to be streamed for free on YouTube

The musical maker has announced his show will be available online from Friday


Musical maker Andrew Lloyd Webber will stream his anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera on his new YouTube channel from 7pm on Friday (17 April).

The 25th-anniversary concert production, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 features Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. It will be available for 48 hours.


The show is the third in a new series of Lloyd Webber’s works that are being streamed for free online while a lockdown of UK households continues, which has seen theatres closed up and down the country. You can tune in here on Friday for more.


The epic 2011 production, inspired by Hal Prince and Gillian Lynne’s original staging and directed by Laurence Connor, featured a cast and orchestra of over 200, plus some special guest appearances.


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