Lauren Chawula


Lauren Chawula

Lauren is a writer at Portal Publishing where she writes for The Careers Portal and has a deep interest in conveying the latest news and other important information to students like herself.

She is currently in her second year at the University of Cape Town pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. However, writing has always brought her great joy and she's grateful to explore it as a career while she pursues her studies.

Articles by Lauren:

Teachers Union, SADTU calls for funding to be allocated to psychosocial support for education workers after the mental and emotional strain they experienced over the last few years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

A Stellenbosch University student who has been charged with two counts of rape has been granted a R1 000 bail at the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court. 

Human rights group, Black Sash released a report which highlighted issues faced by R350 grant beneficiries such as long queues and difficulties with connectivity to apply for the SRD grant.  

The R350 SRD grant provides financial relief to beneficiaries across South Africa who require financial assistance from the state, but you may be wondering if individuals from outside of the country are able to qualify for this grant? Find out more below. 

The Equal Education Law Centre has taken legal action against the Western Cape Education Department over seven learners who have not been placed at a school in the Metro East District. 


The Department of Higher Education and Training has plans to spend billions on the improvement of the infrastructure of universities and TVET colleges across South Africa. 

As exam season approaches students at Unisa may be interested in familiarizing themselves with the Unisa Invigilator App, which will be used to invigilate their upcoming online exams. Here is how to navigate the Unisa Invigilator App. 

Sassa has announced that recipients of the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant will no longer be able to collect their grant payments from the South African Post Office. The Sassa spokesperson has explained why the R350 grants are no longer available at Post Offices. 

The University of the Western Cape welcomes prospective students to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the 2023 academic year. Keep reading to find out how to apply. 

If you plan on pursuing studies in the health and safety at Unisa then you may be interested to know how to apply for these courses. Well we are here to help. 

West Coast TVET College has opened its applications for Semester 2. This college provides students with an opportunity to make a career change with the skills they gain. 


The Eastern Cape Education MEC Fundile Gade has voiced their concerns surrounding community disruptions to teaching and learning at some schools in the province. 

If you're a TVET College student or you're about to be and you're looking for a way to pay for your studies, you may want to consider applying for NSFAS funding. Here's when NSFAS will open their applications for second semester. 

If you are a beneficiary of the Sassa R350 SRD grant and have opted to collect your grant payment at the post office, here's the payment schedule for the next week. 

Majuba TVET College has opened Business Studies Courses Semester 2 Applications. Majuba TVET College offers a wide variety of courses as well as leadership programmes at their seven campuses.

The Center for World University Rankings has listed the top universities in the world including the top universities in South Africa. Here are the top universities in South Africa. 

The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress R350 grant was recently reinstated and applications for the grant have opened, but many wonder how long these payments will last. 

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has raised concern over how long Umalusi takes to process certificates, specifically for Grade 12 learners. The Quality Assurance body has explained why there are delays in the process.

Teachers and students at various Mpumalanga schools have been given tablets and computers to be used both in the classroom and at home as part of efforts to improve academic performance.

The government has set aside around R200 million for all the tertiary institutions affected by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal.