Melikhaya Zagagana


Melikhaya Zagagana journalist at Portal PublishingMelikhaya Zagagana experienced writing through sketches of poetry and short stories while growing up. His love for writing and inquisitive nature grew into aspirations to become a journalist. He is currently serving as an intern at Portal Publishing to complete his diploma in Journalism at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

His philosophy in life is to show up and believing that everything else will follow suit. Melikhaya's aim through his journalism career is to inspire change for the better and become a mouthpiece for those who can’t speak for themselves. He believes that the journalism landscape has improved for the better with more exciting tools and endless options to tell stories - which has left the world in a better place.

Articles by Melikhaya:

NSFAS first time applicants tend to experience a number of challenges when applying for funding. With Covid-19 protocols still in place, the process will be even more challenging, this is where Unisa comes in.

While institutions of higher learning debate mandatory vaccination, university and college students could be required to produce a negative Covid-19 test before attending in-person classes. This comes after some of the major universities in the country shared their intentions to adopt a mandatory vaccination policy in public.

Due to overdue complaints in the culture of schools having a preference to where parents should buy a school uniform, the Competition Commission had to mitigate and make a ruling. The tribunal has now imposed new rules for schools on uniform supplies.

Overcrowding has been identified as an obstacle to quality teaching and learning at some Gauteng schools. This is according to a report launched by Equal Education (EE) on overcrowding at nine schools in Etwatwa, and Ekurhuleni.

Many universities in South Africa intend to adopt Covid-19 vaccination as a requirement for students to access facilities in 2022. The University of Free State has announced its plans to limit the spread of the virus on its premises.

The National Senior Certificate and the National Benchmark Test are both used as means to access education at higher learning institutions, but they perform different functions. Here's the difference between the two. 

It’s been a challenging year for Unisa as students have voiced a number of complaints about the institutions, including the delivery of their certificates. The institution has since taken action to redeem itself as it announced new developments in the collection of certificates.

Between June and August 2020, the Gauteng Department of Education spent more than R431-million on sanitizing schools. The Special Investigating Unit SIU was reported to have been briefed to investigate the legitimacy of procurement process.   

Sexual offences in schools have fast become a common trend among teachers who take advantage of learners. The South African Council for Educators (SACE) shared a shocking list of misconducts within the basic education sector on Wednesday. 

Apart from being one of the most unequal countries in the world, South Africa holds one of the highest unemployment rates at 34.4%. The Department of Labour seeks to mitigate the continuous crisis of unemployment.

The Department of Basic Education says inclusive education is about developing and designing schools, classrooms, programs and activities so that all students learn and participate together. The department is said to have been making moves to ensure that the inclusive education program is not only talked about, but is implemented within the framework of basic education system.

Bullying has become one of the most dominating acts of violence in South African schools. The country once again mourns the loss of a young life that could have been avoided.

For over two decades, parts of South Africa have not had clean running water, despite this being a basic human right within the constitution. The University of South Africa, also known as Unisa, seeks support in order to ensure adequate supply of water to affected communities.

The NSFAS proposal for funding sparked controversy last week after it was misunderstood by a number of students who thought the scheme is considering increasing the pass figure of 50% to 75% to qualify for funding. After the financial aid scheme clarified the confusion, youth organisations are now demanding more than just clarity.


How exciting it is to start planning for your future or your children’s future. However, this excitement may be overshadowed by not knowing how to afford the long list of things you or your child need to pursue an education. Here's what you need to know about whether or not Fundi offers bursaries.

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has been under immense pressure due to recent reports of kidnapped learners in their schools. The department has however shared new developments on some of the abducted learners.  

The Department of Higher Education and Training came under fire this week after reports of 75% pass mark was said to be a requirement for NSFAS funding. The rumour sent shock waves to a majority of students in higher learning institutions and those who are looking to join.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) issued a statement regarding an unfortunate incident where a staff member was arrested on Tuesday. South African Democratic Teachers’ Union has since released a media statement, citing the swift response of the department.

South Africa is fast becoming one of the most unsafe countries for children as the abduction of learners in school escalates. The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) issued a response related to the recent incident of abduction of a learner in school.

Due to unmitigated circumstances which students experience throughout the year, many students resort to supplementary examinations. The University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the institutions of higher learning whose students had the hardest academic year in 2021.