Hazel Kosie


hazel kosieHazel is a junior journalist at Portal Publishing and writes for The Careers Portal and The Skills Portal. She started out by writing short stories, drawing inspiration from books that she took from her local library. She has obtained her National Diploma in Journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

She has great interest in news and she has previously worked as a radio journalist, producing content for Zibonele FM, a Current Affairs show. While studying towards her journalism qualification, she was working part-time as an online English tutor.

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Articles by Hazel:

The South African Department of Social Development has presented it's Budget Vote 2023/24 to the National Assembly with a focus on protecting the poor and vulnerable from poverty and inequality. 


The Sector Education and Training Authority's primary function is to increase the skills of employees and work-seekers through learnerships, skills programmes, internships, and apprenticeships. Fortunately, there is funding that is available to employers and training organisations to be able to do this.


South Africa is facing a nurse shortage, with a nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:218 and a total shortage of over 44,700 professionals. To resolve these shortages, the Department of Health has made necessary plans in healthcare.


Every month, millions of unemployed individuals benefit from the Social Relief of Distress grant in South Africa. If you have applied for the grant, you can track your status for the month of May 2023.


The nursing profession is in high demand in South Africa due to a critical shortage of nurses. It is for this reason that both public and private institutions have an offering nursing qualifications that interested individuals may apply for.


The University of South Africa recently came under fire due to a number of serious allegations that were leveled against the university’s executive staff members. This was followed by the Department of Higher Education and Training kick-starting investigations to look into these allegations and more.


The Social Relief of Distress Grant is for South African citizens, refugees, asylum seekers, and special permit holders who are unemployed and do not receive any income, social grant, or Unemployment Insurance Fund payment.


If you are a tax paying employee, it is important to know the penalties that will be imposed on you by the South African Revenue Service for non-compliance with tax laws. 


As of the 2023 academic year, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) established a new payment method for its bursary recipients to access their monthly allowances. The Scheme first piloted this in public Technical and Vocational Education and Training.


In February 2023, the government agency revealed that approximately 7.5 million people benefit from the Social Relief of Distress grant each month. These grant recipients are able to access their funds using their various payment methods.


Earlier this year, an audio of Higher Education Minister Dr. Blade Nzimande was leaked. In it, Nzimande could be heard pointing out that he was not receiving as much coverage as another Minister in his department.


Workplace injuries can have negative impacts on employees, such as mental health issues, poor health outcomes, financial issues, emotional strain, and fear. However, each company has its own policies and procedures that need to be followed to make sure that injured employees have a swift return to the workplace.


Almost 50% of the South African population relies on the various social grants that are administered on a monthly basis by the South African Social Security Agency. Some civil society groups have proposed that social grants receive an increase.


The University of South Africa’s May/June 2023 online examinations commenced on 8 May 2023. Exam periods often expose students to scams and fraudulent offers.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has established a payment method students will use to access their monthly allowances as of the 2023 academic year and university students have been advised to open their bank account to conveniently receive their monthly allowances.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme funds students who are pursuing their studies in any of South Africa’s public universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.


The student debt crisis has rapidly grown from R13 billion in the 2019/20 academic year to R16.5-billion in 2021/22. A public university has taken steps to ensure that something is being done to address this issue.


Social grant clients use various channels in withdrawing their grants, using the South African Social Security Agency payment card. Should you lose your payment card, there is a way to get a replacement card.


Learners lost teaching and learning time during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Department of Basic Education has since made an effort to make sure that the school year goes back to normal. However, some changes might be implemented to the School Calendar for Public Schools.


NSFAS funding applications for funding for the 2023 academic year opened on 28 September 2022 and closed on 31 January 2023. The Scheme has opened another application cycle for Trimester Courses in some public institutions of higher learning.





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