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Blade Nzimande


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.


The South African Federation of Trade Unions has requested for Minister Blade Nzimande to resign because "he is now an agent of austerity beating students into accepting government’s programme of stealing their future."


Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that the national shutdown needs to end. However, his comments during a parliamentary meeting has lead students to criticise him further and call for him to be fired.


The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, continues to emphasise that government has met it's side of the deal when it comes to free education. Students all over South Africa were protesting for free education and for historic debt to be wiped. 


Students all across South Africa have lodged complaints that they have not received their learning materials allowances, or better known as the book allowance, and the academic year has already commenced. The Minister has addressed this issue.


Final year UJ students are sitting with outstanding debt because, NSFAS is not paying their fees. The struggle with communication from NSFAS seems to be a never ending problem for students.


Students are continuing their fight towards free education along with other demands as the National Shutdown is still in effect. 18 Universities have already joined protests and the South African Union of Students has said that this number will grow.


Student protests have escalated to a nationwide shutdown and students say they aren't demanding anything they weren't already promised.


The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, who is also responsible for NSFAS dealings in the department, has said that over 60% of the NSFAS applicants are SASSA beneficiaries. 


Unisa academic year commences soon and Minister Blade Nzimande's request for the university gets rejected by students.


Calm has not been restored on the higher education protests as it's been reported that 18 Universities are now taking part in the national shutdown. If students' demands are met, we can expect to see protest action continue into the following week.


A solution to the current issues regarding higher education and funding is being discussed by the important parties involved and South Africa might have a new funding model available soon for students with historic debt as well as the missing middle.


NSFAS-qualifying students with historic debt have now been given instructions on what to do if they want to register and can't afford to pay historic debt at the present moment. Protests against historic debt have been at the centre of higher education institutions around the country recently.


Both the demands for a 0% increase and writing off student debt gets denied by Minister Blade Nzimande, as he explains why he can't meet this demand. NSFAS says that the first set of laptops with be received in April.


Higher education students across South Africa took part in protests and a national shutdown since last week to declare that all students be allowed to register and for historical debt to be cleared. The situation at campuses have now calmed down, for now.


Universities have said that they can't afford to scrap historic debt and government has said that they can't provide funding to do so. This is however the centre of nationwide protests around the country as students demand that historic debts be written off.


Students all over are protesting against financial exclusions in higher education institutions and are calling for a national shutdown from Monday. Demands are being made for Universities to allow students to register even with historic debt.


Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, gave updates on NSFAS laptops, NSFAS allowances and funding, Unisa and many other topics which are currently being discussed in Higher Education. This is in response to a list of demands submitted to the Minister by the South African Union of Students.


If you're at a TVET College and you're looking for funding, NSFAS is currently holding 2021 walk-in applications. 


The Gauteng High Court recently ruled that the decision to limit first-time entrants into Unisa, taken by the university and Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology Blade Nzimande, should be set aside. The university has now said it will study this judgement given by the court. 

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