Simbongile Makanda


simbongile makandaSimbongile 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:

Once you've submitted your application for SASSA's R350 Social Relief Of Distress (SRD) grant, you can track it on Whatsapp. This one of the few platforms that SASSA has given applicants as an option to track the progress of their Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant applications. 

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. 

Colleen Osorio Skills Development Consultancy, is offering combined courses at discounted prices. If you’re looking to upskill yourself, make use of these special prices before they expire. 

Protecting employees from harm at work is essential in creating a safe and secure working environment. This is why training in Occupational Health and Safety should be a top priority. 

The Unemployment Insurance Fund provides benefits to people who are unable to work or have been left without employment for a number of reasons. While workers in formal sectors of employment are typically covered, you might be wondering if there are benefits for domestic workers. 

Shifts in technology have made it necessary for universities to start planning for the future. Among these universities hoping to spearhead change, is the University of Cape Town, which has begun the launch of its University of The Future Project. 

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande has addressed the funding concerns of students who change courses of study.

With unemployment at an all time high, all eyes have been on government to find a way forward. One way that government has been hoping to tackle unemployment is through the introduction of youth employment initiatives. 

The annual budget speech is always much anticipated, with citizens and organisations hoping to have their concerns addressed. The most recent budget speech has left one organisation unimpressed with the budget allocations. 

Careers Portal had the pleasure of catching up with founder of DigsConnect, Alexandria Procter. She shared her top 5 tips for entrepreneurs who need a little push to get started. 

Applications for the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant are still open and will close next March. One of the most common way of submitting an SRD grant application is online.

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. 

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.

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. 




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