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Blade Nzimande


The University of Johannesburg has launched a campaign to raise R27 million which will go towards paying students outstanding historical debt. They hope to reach this goal by the end of the year. 


The South African government is reported to have failed to pay stipends to medical students based in Cuba for months. Just less than 500 medical students are said to be left without means in the foreign country.


Although the South African Union of Students welcomed the Higher Education Minister's recent speech, the union says there are a number of issues that remain unattended. Careers Portal caught up with SAUS Secretary, Lukhanyo Daweti, to get a sense of where the sector needs to make improvements including within NSFAS. 


The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, spoke on Friday and announced that vaccinations for the higher education sector will begin on Saturday. Government has been working on this rollout for a year already.


The Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, will step up to the podium this weekend to address vaccinations in his sector. This comes as the basic education finished up it's vaccine rollout just last week.


Some students were left stranded due to their residence being set on fire while other students go hungry, all due to the current looting activities occurring in the country. The South African Union of Students has now spoken out against the violence.


Students in areas affected by looting are fed up and have decided to start cleaning up their communities. Roads were scattered with debris from violence and looting which has been occurring for the past few days.


As we all watch the chaos unfold in parts of South Africa, student residences have reportedly been set alight. The South African Students Congress (SASCO) has addressed this and have made demands.


Due to the third wave of COVID-19 caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant, tertiary institutions may not complete the 2021 academic year, as students have not been able to attend lectures in person.


The South African Students Congress Organisation, also known as SASCO, supports the continuity of classes by tertiary institutions through an online platform. SASCO promises a closer look at how the Department of Higher Education & Training will deliver its plans.


A few months ago, we finally saw moves being made for students to order NSFAS laptops which were promised to them last year. Now, NSFAS is said to have more than 90 000 laptops ready for delivery.


After the President's announcement, we've all been waiting to hear how students will be affected. Now, the Minister of Higher Education has announced that TVET students will return from July using a rotational timetable.


The Minister of Higher Education finally addressed the public with the changes happening at Universities now that we're under level 4 lockdown. This lockdown is set to come to an end on 11 July.


We've all been waiting for this announcement after President Ramaphosa's last "family meeting" and now it's here. The Higher Education is set to brief the public today about his sector.


Student debt is only one of the issues we need fixing in the higher education system. The Department of Higher Education is said to be working on it, will we ever see any solutions being presented?


Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande says the development of a policy framework for the regulation of university fees is underway to ensure that fees are kept at affordable levels for all families that need assistance.


President Ramaphosa announced on Sunday evening that under Level 4 lockdown, Universities will have no contact classes. This is only one of the many restrictions in place under Adjusted Level 4.


A study launched by the Human Sciences Research Council revealed that over 65% of students experienced mild to severe psychological distress due to the pandemic and the resulting Lockdown. This was only one of many other shocking and concerning findings of the study.


Now that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has set up a Covid-19 vaccination site, more Universities will soon follow. These vaccinations will give more access to communities to get vaccinated in hopes that the vaccine rollout will go faster.


Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has now reiterated the fact that NSFAS beneficiaries who change courses won't have their funding affected by this move. NSFAS provides bursaries to students from poor and working class backgrounds.

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