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The SRC of Mangosuthu University of Technology has met with the university's management to discuss issues of financial exclusion and historical debt among others. This comes after protests broke out at the university in which students and the police clashed.
The DA has stated that it will be requesting to present its higher education student funding model on NSFAS business processes. This comes after the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande announced that a new model of funding would need to be looked into for tertiary education.
Advocacy group the Black Sash has called on the South African government to advance with the implementation of the proposed basic income grant as soon as possible. This is so that the grant can help those who have become impoverished due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Recently the DA called for legal and disciplinary action against the 40 000 state workers who applied for the R350 Covid-19 relief grant while they were still earning full salaries. The Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu responded saying that she agrees that action must be taken against these individuals as they acted selfishly.
BEE Novation Transformation Consultant and Managing Director, Lee Du Preez believes that Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) could provide a solution to funding in the tertiary education sector.
The University of the Western Cape has financially cleared all students so that they may register for the 2021 academic year. They will still be expected to submit a payment plan to the university next month, and students with outstanding debts are required to sign an acknowledgement of debt with the institution.