Simbongile Makanda


simbongile makanda

Simbongile Makanda is Head of Editorial at Portal Publishing where she manages a team of young, enthusiastic writers. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town. In her spare time, she enjoys creating a host of content on various platforms.

Articles by Simbongile:

With 10 million people expected to benefit from the R350 grant, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has established multiple application channels to handle the number of incoming applications. The most recent addition to the application channels will allow for the process to be completed, using a phone. 



With millions of South Africans applying for the R350 grant, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is tasked with ensuring qualifying beneficiaries receive their payments. 

Funding your tertiary education can be challenging, but the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) aims to provide financial support to students who are in need. If you're a TVET college student, here's how NSFAS funding works. 

A new partnership could see fewer postgraduate students slipping through the cracks. This is thanks to an initiative which aims to create a seamless funding transition for students.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides financial relief to workers who are either unemployed or unable to work. Those who would like to claim benefits, can submit a manual application form.

With the announcement of the National matric pass rate for the class of 2021 out of the way, the performance of the country's nine provinces is in the spotlight. 

The time has finally arrived, as the Minister of Basic Education has confirmed the national pass rate for the matric class of 2021. Many experts predicted a low pass rate, but the Minister’s announcement is a pleasant surprise.

Despite the move to lockdown level 1 and the further easing of restrictions, South Africa will remain in a National State of Disaster.

The month of January is in full swing, and this means R350 grant beneficiaries can expect to collect their grants soon. 

R350 grant payment dates for the month of January have been released. Here's how payments will work in the first month of 2022. 

Applications for the temporary R350 grant can be submitted on SASSA's Social Relief of Distress (SRD) website. Here's how you can go about submitting your application using the SRD website. 

Part of applying for a social grant includes being evaluated through a means test. Here's what a means test is and how it affects your application for a grant through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Applications for the R350 grant are declined for a number of reasons and it can sometimes be difficult to make sense of what these reasons are.

If you've been wanting to collect your R350 grant payment, you'll have to make sure you have a few things in order before cashing out. 

SASSA payment days for the month of November are now available for all beneficiaries of the R350 grant. The South African Post Office recently release a payment schedule. 

The R350 grant is back for a new cycle of applications, which opened on Friday 6 August. Much like the previous cycle of applications, SASSA has set a deadline. 

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offers a number of grants with the aim of providing social assistance to those in need. 

After much anticipation, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has finally revealed when applications for 2022 funding will be opening.

SASSA has set a deadline, as it is calling on previous beneficiaries of the R350 to collect their outstanding grant payments. 

Network provider, MTN has launched a new online school for learners across South Africa. The launch of the online school was announced on Thursday as part of a collaboration between MTN and the Department of Basic Education.