As part of the NSFAS digital learning device programme official launch, the Minister of Higher Education Science & Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande visited South Cape TVET College as an initiative to provide NSFAS funded students with laptops.
During the initial part of his speech, Nzimande extended his apologies to the students who have been waiting to receive their devices since September last year.
"I would like to once-more apologise to those who have been affected by the hold-up following the re-advertisement of the tender to supply and deliver these laptops in September last year".
He continued, "I would like to assure all students that the delays were not intended but it was very important to ensure that procurement processes were followed strictly".
The Department is said to be excited that they are finally issuing these laptops to students, "as I believe they will help improve their chances of success."
The Minister then appealed to all the students to keep these devices safe and use them to advance their careers.
Nzimande went on to extend his thanks to members of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for their involvement in the project and for carrying it through to its current stage.
"Let me take this opportunity to thank the NSFAS Board, the Executive management, the staff and all the service providers who are involved in this process since its inception and who made it possible that today we celebrate this achievement".
The NSFAS Board Chairperson, Mr. Ernest Khosa, also emphasized the importance of ensuring that the project is a success despite the challenges involved.
"We started this year with big challenges as a sector and NSFAS in particular. One of the challenges was the issue of laptops and that is why the NSFAS Digital Device Roll-out is very important," he said.
— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) June 11, 2021