Hazel Kosie


hazel kosie

Hazel is a junior journalist at Portal Publishing. She started out by writing short stories, drawing inspiration from books that she took from her local library. She has obtained her National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT.

She has great interest in news and she has previously worked as a radio journalist, producing content for a Current Affairs show. While studying towards her journalism qualification, she was working part-time as an online English tutor.


Articles by Hazel:

School infrastructure has been a long-standing challenge for the Education Sector, as education activists have been advocating for changes to better the lives of school learners. The Education Department has announced that it has extended the deadline for submission for amendments affecting school infrastructure. 


According to reports, school principals in KwaZulu-Natal have been negatively affected by a letter received from the Education Department. The department has shared that there is good in the decision that it has taken.


There have been many debates around the tragic deaths of young children that occurred at an East London-based tavern. Amongst many things, the issue of who should be held accountable has been a burning question. The Education Department has officially weighed in on the matter.


The Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill proposes to amend education acts. According to Basic Education, this is to align the acts with developments in the education landscape and to ensure that systems of learning are put in place. It has been reported that the Basic Education Portfolio Committee has given the public an opportunity to make submissions on the Bill.


Amongst the many challenges that South African schools have, the issue of fewer classrooms and overcrowding in schools continues to be a problem across all nine provinces. The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has outlined its interim plan to resolve this issue in one of the schools in the province.


The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) allocated funds to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) to cover tuition costs for qualifying TVET college and the public university students. However, the government bursary scheme is now facing a challenge, making it difficult to release funds.


Earlier this year, a 15-year-old learner was in the news following an ancestral calling saga at a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) school. It has now been reported that the learner has taken their life, leading to an intervention from the education department.


Following the closing of public schools for the winter holiday on 23 June 2022, a group of teenagers went on to celebrate the end of term and the end of examinations. It is reported that there was a turn of events when 21 teenagers lost their lives at a local tavern. This has sparked discussions in the education sector.


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has confirmed that it has received at least 40 000 appeal applications. Out of this batch, 30% of the appeals could not be processed, here’s why.


The education department recently announced that the wearing of face masks is no longer a requirement for teachers and learners within school premises. This has resulted in teacher unions and education experts having mixed reactions about what this new change will mean for the education sector.


As the number of university dropout continues to increase annually, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched an innovative initiative to help them be competitive in the current job market that has a high demand for digital skills in the workplace.


In the first semester of the 2022 academic year, the Stellenbosh University (SU) had made headlines for racism and rape allegations within its student community. One student who laid a complaint is not happy with how things are being handled by a panel appointed to investigate the matter.


Its been over a year since destructive fires swept over Table Mountain and the University of Cape Town (UCT) Jagger Library. Experts and university alumni are among the individuals that have also played their part in reviving the iconic library.


Recently, the Health Department repealed at least three Covid-19 regulations. The removal of these regulations has also led to changes in the education sector. 


If you are amongst the millions of individuals that applied for the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant and received a notification that you have been rejected, there is still an opportunity for you to appeal the outcome of your application.

Mid-year university examinations have been halted due to protests at the Umlazi Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) campus. The university’s executive held a meeting to come up with solutions.


A youth-led organisation prides itself in the achievements of one of its programmes that was introduced to primary school learners. Since its initial launch during the lockdown period, the lives of learners have improved. 


With the return of loadshedding, comes a number of challenges that affect even state-owned businesses. Sassa grant beneficiaries are among the latest to be affected by rolling blackouts. 


Online applications for boarding school admissions to Gauteng schools will open when learners return from their winter holidays. If you will be applying for admission to boarding schools, here's what you need to know. 


Thousands of young people have benefitted from the government's youth employment initiative since its introduction. However, this might no longer be the case for other young people who have been hopeful to be appointed in the next phases of the teaching assistant initiative.