Interest-free education loans for South African students studying in Germany

During these times of pandemic, the German government is offering financial support for South African students who are currently engaged in studies at German universities. Due to Covid-19, many foreign students have lost their jobs which allowed them to finance their stay in Germany. According to official figures from Statista, three out of four foreign students in Germany work throughout their studies and have had their incomes seriously affected by the pandemic.

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Some go back to their offices, but some are still at home

While an estimated one million South Africans are returning to work, at least as many are still working from home – and might continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This gives employers a double challenge: on the one hand, they need to ensure a safe return to work for those venturing back into the workplace; on the other, they should not lose sight of the employees still at home.

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DealMaking in a virtual world – the working environment post COVID-19

It is difficult to lift one’s gaze from the immediate, dramatic impact that COVID-19 has on our working lives and look towards the horizon to see what lies ahead. Looking around corners does not feature in the workplace triage in which we are engaging at the moment. And to be fair, there are many businesses or services who are so deep into dealing with the crisis that no one can blame them for not taking a minute to consider the office environment six or twelve months in the future. For those of us not engaged in essential services, however, perhaps now is the time contemplate our working environment post COVID-19.

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Hiring in the brave new world

The coronavirus will dominate our lives for the foreseeable future. But we now have sight of slightly less rigorous restrictions and business is going to have to slowly resuming as people find new ways to do what needs to be done. The sooner we adapt to doing things differently, the sooner our economy will recover.

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