Sakinah Samuels


sakinah samuels

Sakinah is Head of Content at Portal Publishing where she manages content strategy for the company websites, and is passionate about the work she does. With a passion for writing developed at a young age, she is always creating some form of written content at all points in time.

Sakinah completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Western Cape majoring in Psychology, English and Philosophy in 2019 and has since expanded her skill set. She also gained an SEO qualification through the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business.

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Thousands of South African students rely on NSFAS allowances to cover living expenses while pursuing their higher education dreams. With the academic year well underway, a crucial question remains: Who will be responsible for disbursing NSFAS allowances for the rest of 2024?

TVET College NSFAS applications are now open. Students have limited time to submit a NSFAS application and secure NSFAS funding for 2024. 

NSFAS is a lifeline for many South African students, providing financial support to attend public universities and TVET Colleges. But what if your educational journey takes a turn?

Over 1 million South African students are funded by NSFAS which provides bursaries that help cover the financial burden of obtaining a degree at a public university or TVET college. However, a recent proposal by a political party has student unions worried about potential changes to how NSFAS allocates funding.

Occupational programs are hands-on training programmes offered at TVET colleges that equip students with the skills they need for specific careers. NSFAS has confirmed which allowances these students will receive. 

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has opened 2024 applications for semester 2 studies. TVET College students who need funding for their studies should apply as soon as possible.

South Africa's higher education sector has a new leader at the helm, with Dr. Nobuhle Nkabane taking over as Minister of Higher Education and Training. This appointment is being met with optimism by student unions, who are eager to see long-standing issues surrounding NSFAS addressed.

ISFAP is specifically designed to help "missing middle" students achieve their academic goals. Now, the financial aid programme provides funding at all 26 public universities.

Dreaming of pursuing higher education at a prestigious South African university? Universities across South Africa have now opened their applications for the 2025 academic year.

Thousands of South African students depend on NSFAS allowances to cover their rent but recent delays in these payments, however, resulted in eviction threats for many. NSFAS has announced measures to address the situation and ensure students have stable housing throughout their academic journey.

Attention aspiring teachers!  Are you dreaming of a career in education? The wait for news on the highly anticipated Funza Lushaka Bursary for the 2025 academic year is almost over.

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme, what we know as ISFAP, has now opened 2025 applications for both undergraduate and postgraduate bursaries. Here's how to qualify and apply for these missing middle bursaries.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) recently held a briefing with Administrator Mr. Freeman Nomvalo. He gave an update on the NSFAS missing middle loan programme for the 2024 academic year. 

Over 1 million South African students benefitting from NSFAS can expect a significant shift in how they receive their allowances. To ensure a smooth transition, the NSFAS Administrator has revealed details of a new allowance payment system launching soon.

Struggling to finance your studies? ISFAP just announced the opening date for 2025 applications. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about qualifying and applying for this life-changing bursary!

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has recently rolled out a new and improved system for delivering your allowances. Now, NSFAS is in the process of making May NSFAS allowance payments.

NSFAS has recently announced that TVET college students must submit their bank details to receive their May allowance payments. This ensures faster and more secure delivery of financial support for students pursuing higher education.

Are you a TVET College student and receiving financial aid through NSFAS? Well, NSFAS allowances for the 2024 academic year are being processed.

Following internal upheaval at NSFAS, an important update on student allowances has arrived. Students must take action to ensure they receive their NSFAS allowances payments. 

NSFAS is urging those who've previously received funding to repay their bursaries. This helps ensure more students can access this vital support in the future.