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.

Articles by Simbongile:

If you've applied to university, you will most likely be required to write the National Benchmark Tests. There are a few things you should know before you register to write. We also have the information you need on how to register for the NBTs.

If you're planning to study at Tshwane University of Technology and you're in need of accommodation, look no further. The university offers students a range of on-campus and off-campus accommodation.

It is important to get an identity document (ID) as soon as you turn 16 years old. It is a document that you will most likely need for many things after you turn 16, like writing your grade 12 exams and applying to university.

Nursing is a sought-after profession in South Africa. If you’re searching for a nursing school, the Free State School of Nursing is an option you can consider. 

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.

Parents and guardians hoping to secure 2024 school placements for their children have limited time to do so. The North West Department of Education advises parents and guardians to submit their applications as soon as possible. 

School admission applications open annually for parents and guardians hoping to secure placements for their children. This year is no different for schools in KwaZulu Natal, as applications for 2024 admission close soon. 

Putting things off until the last minute can work against you and any goals you might have in matric. This is why it’s important to find ways to knock the habit of procrastination. 

Knowing where to find all of your study resources can help you feel most prepared for your matric exams. This is why it’s important to familiarise yourself with the platforms you can use to access these resources.


Matric can feel like it’s all academics and no play. But it doesn’t have to be that way, because extracurricular activities can help you de-stress and take your mind off academics.

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Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a lot of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even starting your own business. There are so many choices but we are here to help.


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