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Simbongile Makanda

Simbongile Makanda

Simbongile Makanda is a Senior Writer at Portal Publishing. In her spare time, she enjoys creating a host of content on various platforms.

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The University of Witwaterstrand (Wits) has been preparing for a new intake of students as many matric learners in the class of 2021 brace themselves for the university application process. 


Many successful applicants have been waiting for SASSA to process the payment of the R350 grant. SASSA has given clarity about the payment dates. The Special Covid-19 grant of R350 came to an end in April.


The pressure is on for Gauteng’s education department, as the province is trying to contain Covid-19 outbreaks in schools. 


The passing of 15 year old Lufuno Mavhunga has given government a wake up call about bullying at schools. 

 


Woza Matrics has officially launched today. The Department of Basic education launched this programme to help matric learners catch up with school work. Classes will be broadcast on TV channels, online platforms and radio. 

 


The Department of Basic Education has faced many challenges over the past year. Minister Angie Motshekga recently shared how her department has managed to bounce back. 

 

 

 


Since Covid-19 led to the disruption of learning for students and the national academic year, many have called for more interventions to bridge the gap.

 


President of the UCT SRC has called out the university's management for its slow response to the recent Cape Town fires. 


The R350 grant will be coming to an end at the end of April. The Black Sash has called on government to not put an end to the grant. 


School rules have been updated for learners across the country. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga released a gazette, explaining the new changes. 


Once you’ve finished your NSFAS application, you’ll probably want to know if things are going right or wrong. We’re here to help you figure out how to track your application.


Fundi provides education loans to students, these loans can cover the expenses of registration fees and outstanding balances. This is how you can get a quote and apply for a loan. 


South Africa has reached a new daily peak in Covid-19 cases, as the country faces a second wave of infections. This new peak is the highest daily peak the country has recorded since the first wave of infections.  


The Johannesburg district will be giving out fines to people found guilty of not following the updated level 3 regulations. These updated regulations will be in place until 15 January 2021. 


The UCT Student Representative Council (SRC)  has decided to take action against a student, following a series of tweets. The tweets shared by the student sparked a trending debate on social media.
 

 


A new board and CEO have been appointed to handle the administration of NSFAS in the new year. The financial aid scheme has been under the administration of Dr Randall Carolissen and his team for two years. 


Matric exams have officially come to an end, but the drama still continues. The Department of Basic Education has released more details about those behind the leak of one of the matric exam question papers. 


More than 1 million candidates were registered to write the final matric exams this year. Now that the exams have come to an end, the department is certain that its efforts had a positive impact on learners.

 

 


In a briefing held today, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga discussed the state of readiness for schools ahead of the start of the 2021 school year. 


The Eastern Cape Education Department has faced some challenges this year but it is still gunning for an 80% pass rate for matric learners in the province. Recently, KwaZulu-Natal also set a pass rate of 80%.

 

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