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Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced that NSFAS will not be taking late applications from students wanting to be funded for the 2021 academic year.

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.

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.

Missing middle students continue to struggle with financial aid and being financially excluded. The state requires a national system to be implemented for this problem to be solved. 

We have all been shaken by the death that came from the Wits protest on Wednesday. Now, the University, along with Minister and many organisations have responded, with dismay nonetheless. Students now want further action to be taken, even more than before.

If you've applied to receive funding from NSFAS and you're wondering when they will communicate your application results, then keep reading. 

All students in South Africa as well as the world had the opportunity to share in the feelings of chaos the 2020 academic year presented. Which forms of support has the Department provided for varsity students to complete the academic year?

The Portfolio Committee of Higher Education are now concerned about the delays being presented in finalising the audit of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). They were recently briefed on the outcomes of the audit.

Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education has addressed the issue of students not having their certificates which prove that they have completed their studies. It was also recently revealed that this certificate backlog goes as far back as 1992. 

The Minister in charge of Higher Education has defended NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, against various accusations laid against him by unions and employees. The Union previously initiated protests at NSFAS head offices.

Deputy Minister Manamela has said that he is happy with the way Lovedale TVET College has put safety protocols in place to protect against Covid. However, students at the College do not necessarily agree with the Deputy Minister.

As it stands, no South African University is seen as high risk. This categorisation is based on many aspects of the University itself. Nzimande outlined further plans for Universities in South Africa as we are now on Lockdown Level 1.

All of the students at South African Universities are allowed to return to campuses now that the country is on Lockdown Level 1. Minister Nzimande has given updates on higher education now that we are on level 1.

The Higher Education sector has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as many members of the sector lost their lives due to complications from the virus. Minister Nzimande has given updates on higher education now that we are on level 1.

Staff and students at TVET Colleges have been lodging many complaints when it comes to operations and treatment at institutions. Now, it's been found that all these issues stem from the Colleges being underfunded. 

College students have been left homeless due to financial difficulties. This, they say is due to NSFAS being insufficient in their service and students then having many blanks when it comes to their funding situations.

Students at TVET Colleges have issued many grievances when it comes to how Colleges and the Department has dealt with the pandemic. With issues from maanagement, residences and NSFAS, students are not being able to continue their academic programmes in many parts of the country.

Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, has recognised that the supply of data and laptops to students is important and is something that is urgently needed. He visited the University of Fort Hare and Buffalo City TVET College to see monitor the institution and how it's Covid-19 health and safety measures are being put in place.

As we see the return of TVET College students to students, it has been announced that not all TVET Colleges will reopen as they are not readily equipped.

Online learning has many students losing their trust in the Department of Higher Education. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, spoke on Radio 702 about the issues affecting the sector right now.