Sakinah Samuels


sakinah samuelsSakinah is Head of Content at Portal Publishing where she manages content strategy for the company websites, and is passionate about the work she does. With a passion for writing developed at a young age, she is always creating some form of written content at all points in time.

Sakinah completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Western Cape majoring in Psychology, English and Philosophy in 2019 and has since expanded her skill set. She also gained an SEO qualification through the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business.

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Articles by Sakinah:

A new month is just a few days away. If you require financial support and meet the eligibility criteria, then you should submit an SRD Grant application for May 2024.

Millions of people are set to be assessed for the SRD grant in April despite not submitting a new application. However, they will be interested to know if Sassa decided they deserve an SRD grant payment this month. 

Unisa offers a comprehensive range of qualifications, including vocational training and academic degrees, many with international accreditation. Many have now been asking: when will Unisa 2025 application season start?

Millions of South Africans rely on social security grants from Sassa. In April and October this year, the Sassa grant values will see changes.

Thousands of South African students face financial strain due to recent delays in receiving their NSFAS allowances. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has stepped in to address the issue, announcing "catch-up" payments scheduled for April.

The Sassa SRD Grant is paid to approximately 8 million South Africans every month. Here's a guide on how to do your Sassa status check for May SRD grants.

The Northern Cape education department is accepting applications for Grades R, 1, and 8 for the 2025 school year. Apply online before the fast approaching deadline. 

Unisa is the largest open distance learning university where students decide what their schedule looks like. The University has now opened Unisa Semester 2 applications for the 2024 academic year.

South Africa is taking a significant step towards addressing its skill shortage by fast-tracking the development of two brand new universities. These institutions will not only increase access to higher education but also focus on equipping graduates with the skills most sought-after by employers in South Africa. 

While the National Student Financial Aid Scheme appointed a Board to improve operations and ensure that students receive support effectively, it's introduction has brought about many challenges. The Minister of Higher Education has now made a major announcement.

For many South African students, the matric exams are a crucial gateway to higher education. A matric rewrite allows you to improve your matric results and unlock a wider range of study opportunities at the tertiary level.

With the recent boost in the SRD grant, the R350 grant payment has now been raised to R370. If you've applied for the R370 Sassa grant, here are the steps to verify your Sassa status.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has now released a statement revealing details about April NSFAS allowance payments. They also addressed non-payment of NSFAS allowances.

Unisa has clarified misinformation circulating regarding NSFAS allowances, affirming that allowances for 2024 are currently being disbursed.

The Free State Department of Education has announced that 2025 school admission applications are open. This is in preparation for a smooth start to the 2025 school year.

The Department of Basic Education has confirmed the extension of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI), bringing back a popular programme that provides valuable teaching assistant positions in schools across South Africa. Many are eager to know: when can they apply for Phase 5 of the PYEI Teaching Assistant Initiative?

Some universities in South Africa have already announced their opening dates for 2025 admissions applications. Getting this information early can give you a head start on your application process and help you prepare effectively.

After many calls for the SRD grant to be increased, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana finally made the announcement. Now, the SRD grant increase is officially in effect.

During the 2024 Budget Speech, Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana announced that Sassa grants will be increased. These Sassa increases are officially in effect.

In efforts to combat youth unemployment in South Africa, Government has injected billions into the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI). Details on the PYEI's increased budget were unveiled by the Deputy President.




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