Simbongile Makanda


Simbongile Makanda

Simbongile Makanda is Head of Editorial at Portal Publishing where she manages a team of young, enthusiastic writers. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town. In her spare time, she enjoys creating a host of content on various platforms.

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Award-winning digital entrepreneur, media personality, and mother of three, Olwethu Leshabane, has teamed up with early learning non-profit SmartStart, to empower parents and caregivers to play an active role in their children’s education, especially in the early learning years.

In a bid to establish a financially sustainable future for both its students and the domestic fashion sphere, STADIO School of Fashion (SSOF) has revealed two exciting new collaborations that centre around the world of work and aspects of giving back to the local community through circular fashion.

Schools do not exist in isolation. They reside within the communities they serve, and to function optimally (and find solutions to learning issues), they must work together with diverse individuals and structures in their immediate environment, including the private sector.

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. 

Companies and individuals are donating more than ever to South African universities, but the current challenge is to help historically disadvantaged universities to become more sustainable. This is according to the latest Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE), conducted in 2019 and based on data from the 2018 calendar year.