UKZN Announces NSFAS Allowances Payment Date

Amidst all the chaos in the country concerning NSFAS allowances, the University of Kwazulu-Natal has announced when students should expect their NSFAS allowances to reflect in their accounts. 

The University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) has spoken on their own issues experienced with NSFAS.

The University took to social media and simply said:

The issues encountered with the payment of allowances have now been resolved and the new payment date is Wednesday, 9 December 2020.

UKZN then goes on to thank students for their patience and understanding.

At the University of Free State, students were protesting and shutting down campuses to have their demands heard. UFS students are now calling for the University management to pay students their allowances out of their own pockets while they wait for NSFAS to disburse allowances. The SRC will also be handing over a memorandum of demands to management.

As for Tshwane University of Technology, the University confirmed that all qualifying NSFAS students, who are registered for 2020 will continue to receive their normal living allowances from the 4th of December 2020. This announcement came following strikes at the University over the unallocated NSFAS allowances to students.

Students at the University of Mpumalanga are now having their examinations paused due to them protesting against NFSAS' decision to not pay for private accommodation. UMP students are said to have went on a rampage at the University which resulted in damage to property.

Two buildings were allegedly burnt down including a security house and also had an entrance shut down. Building equipment was destroyed as well while UMP is currently under construction. The reason for this violence is said to be due to NSFAS' inability to pay students accommodation fees for off-campus learners.

Students at the University of Venda (Univen) were told to vacate their residences on 1 December after a protest turned violent. Protest action has been ongoing at the University for the same reason as other University protests, unhappiness with NSFAS.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology also saw some outrage coming from students. Eventually, the University announced that they will fund students' allowances themselves while they wait for NSFAS to disburse funds.

NSFAS is said to be quite worried about the levels of violence and interruption of current academic year.

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