Gabriélla Siebritz



Gabriélla is an intern writer at Portal Publishing and studied Journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology

With an interest in reading and writing developing from a young age, Gabriélla is passionate about producing good stories and loves learning as much as she can about all the forms of media she's interested in. 

When she's not writing on her blog, you'll find her re-watching The Vampire Diaries, reading a book or obsessing over Taylor Swift lyrics. 

Gabriélla's Articles:

The University of South Africa (Unisa) has been in hot water throughout recent months, with shocking maladministration revelations brought to the forefront. The Minister of Higher Education has weighed in. 

Grant beneficiaries have been advised to visit Post Office branches if their Sassa gold cards are expiring, but the Department of Social Development has plans in place to assist beneficiaries in the coming months.

A number of students funded by NSFAS have been left unhappy after the scheme cut off funding for their studies. These students claim that their application statuses randomly changed from approved to rejected. 

The wait is finally over for matric candidates who participated in the 2023 May/June matric examinations and chose to rewrite subjects. The Education Department has officially revealed when exam results will be released.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has made strides in onboarding almost all bursary beneficiaries, but issues still persist. More than one million students are currently benefiting from NSFAS, but many are not able to access their allowances with some questioning the introduction of the scheme's new allowance payment system.

The South African Social Security Agency distributes social grants to millions of people each month. These individuals rely on monthly Sassa payments to purchase their most basic needs.  



South Africa’s largest university has opened its registration period for semester 2 qualifications. Prospective students can register for several courses offered both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

If you have been approved for the Social Relief of Distress grant but have no payment date, you may be confused about when and how to collect your grant payment. Here's what you can do if you have not received a R350 grant payment date.

Mid-year matric exams have come and gone, meaning the next area of focus will be on the final end of year examinations. The Department of Basic Education has released the timetable for the upcoming matric exam season. 


Umalusi has raised concerns about the increase in the rapidly growing number of online schools in South Africa. The accreditation body warned that some of these institutions have not been accredited and are offering bogus qualifications.

The start of each academic year is often marked by student protests, and this year was no different. Questions have been raised about what the Department is doing to combat the issues that lead to these protests to prevent this from occurring in years to come.

Sassa grant applications are administered by the South African Social Security Agency. Applicants are required to submit a number of documents to complete their application, as each Sassa grant requires its own set of documentation.

Many R350 grant applicants have been left with an "incomplete application" status and are unsure what this means. Luckily, there is a solution. 

A significant change to the South African school system is on its way, meant to help Grade 9 learners realize their career options before reaching Grade 12. While the change is already in its pilot phase, many still have lingering questions. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme is no stranger to controversy and allegations of fraud, corruption and maladministration. Now, the CEO of the bursary scheme may be soon placed under investigation after criminal complaints were laid against him.

South Africa's ongoing living crisis, extreme levels of poverty and unemployment show no signs of slowing down, particularly due to the slow-growing economy that is needed to create jobs. 

Suddenly finding yourself unemployed for whatever reason can be a huge financial burden for anybody, and if you are among this cohort of people, you can apply for UIF benefits, even if you only work during certain times of the year.

Motorists are expected to feel some relief from their pockets due to the positive fuel price adjustments for July 2023. However, not everyone on the road will experience the same.

The South African Social Security Agency provides financial assistance to low-income individuals in the form of social grants. There are eight grants that South Africans can apply for. 

Suddenly finding yourself unemployed for whatever reason can be a huge financial burden for anybody, and if you are among this cohort of people, you can apply for UIF benefits.




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