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:

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.

Students at the University of South Africa (Unisa) have been reminded to collect their certificates. This has been an ongoing issue at the university.

Some applicants of the R350 grant have been approved, but have not yet received their payments. If ypou are one of these applicants, SASSA has explained why this could be the case. 

When applying for the R350 grant, you will need to select a payment option. The payment option you select will be used when the grant is being paid out. Here's how you can go about choosing your preferred payment option.

Good news for beneficiaries of the R350 grant, as the Post Office has revealed the days that the grant will be paid out to successful applicants.

Keeping track of your application for the R350 grant can be done in multiple ways. Applications for the grant opened on 6 August and SASSA has paid millions of applicants since then. Here's how you can check if you're one step closer to receiving your grant. 

After completing the final matric exams, the class of 2021 can expect to receive their results in January 2022. This follows an announcement made by the Department of Basic Education, revealing when marking will be taking place and the date that the Minister will be announcing the national results.

With the final matric exams less than 3 weeks away, over 700 000 full time candidates are counting down the days until they write the biggest exams of their school career. The Department of Basic Education held a media briefing on Friday to unpack its readiness for the final exams.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has appointed a new Director-General.

Payments for the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant are made in various ways, depending on the payment method selected by applicants. New and existing applicants have the option to submit their banking details if they wish to receive money directly in their bank accounts.

SASSA payment dates for the month of October are now available for all beneficiaries who receive permanent grants. 

Applications for education assistant jobs are now open for those hoping to be a part of the second phase of applications. The Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) is a government initiative that is calling on young people to apply for a chance to fill 287 000 education assistant vacancies.




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