Alan Hammond


Alan HammondAlan Hammond is the CEO of Portal Publishing. Alan co-founded Portal Publishing with his mother Sylvia Hammond in 2003, with the launch of the Skills Portal website.  Before that Alan was an independent HR and skills development consultant.  Alan learned about online publishing while working for the online publishing company from 1996 to 2002.  He started as an entertainment industry writer and rose to the rank of Managing Editor.

Alan studied at the University of Cape Town and holds an Honours Degree in Workplace Change & Labour Law from the Humanities Faculty, as well as the Associate in Management Certificate from the Graduate School of Business

Alan is the former Chair of the Publisher's Council of South Africa's association for online publishing, the IAB SA.

In his spare time Alan is a mountain biking enthusiast and a regular participant in his local parkrun.

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A panel of experts will be given a month to look into the 'House of Horrors' scandal at Stellenbosch University, and advise the management on how to proceed with Wilgenhof Residence. This action is not nearly enough for the SRC who have called university management 'irresponsible'. 

As well as celebrating the success of the top Matric students in the country, the Basic Education Department also compiles data on Matric exam performance of all schools in the country. The information is shared with the public in an annual report.

A new government funding scheme has been launched to assist students at universities and colleges who have not qualified for NSFAS funding but are still struggling to pay their fees. We have details of the requirements for this new scheme.

There was good news for university and college students when the Higher Education Minister announced that a new fund has been launched to provide funds for students who haven't been able to access NSFAS funds to pay for their studies.

If you are refused an SRD Grant and you think they made a mistake, you can appeal the decision.  We have all the details on how to lodge your appeal and have the best chance of success.

To login to your NSFAS online portal will require some personal information and passwords. We have the full details for you on how to use the NSFAS service.

Act quickly and you can still be studying in 2024! Late applications are open at some universities if you apply at the CAO now.

If you are lucky enough to get an offer to study at Unisa you have to move quickly as you only have 10 days to accept the offer. We have all the information you need to make sure your acceptance at Unisa goes smoothly.

All those who want to study at Unisa in 2024, and have had an offer letter, have been reminded by the university to login to complete the Mooc test. We have all the details.

Unisa are warning applicants to be on the look out for scammers who are trying to take advantage of people who are desperate to register at the university. We have the details of the fake message so you can avoid being scammed.

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