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The issue of missing middle funding, along with postgraduate funding, is ongoing. The Minister of Higher Education is now pushing for NSFAS to introduce a loan scheme to support these categories of students.


Students who had their higher education funded by NSFAS are now being encouraged to pay back their student loans. NSFAS has been criticised for their administration and lack of efficiency.


After Minister Blade Nzimande announces that he is working on a task team and says 'there is no free education for all', a Professor from Stellenbosch University comes to believe that there is a sustainable solution for the issue of free education, and a task team is not part of the solution. 


Thousands of students reportedly remain unregistered for the 2021 academic year at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Last week saw violent clashes between students and the police force as students demand free education.


The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has the task of finding resolutions to all the issues students have been protesting about for years. He has now made it clear that there is no free higher education for all as government has previously said that they can't afford it.


Protests are said to be continuing at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Last week saw students clashing with the police as they burned tyres and blocked MUT's main entrance.


Violent protests took place on Thursday at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. The situation seems to have calmed down, however, classes remain suspended. The Minister and the MEC of education in the province have addressed the matter.


Following meetings with Student Representative Council members and the Minister of Higher Education, the South African Union of Students has now put an end to the national shutdown with immediate effect. Students all over South Africa were protesting for free education and for students with debt to be allowed to register.


Student debt in the country amounts to billions of rands. This student debt is also behind students not having their certificates and being in limbo after finishing University.


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 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.


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.


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.


Unisa students talk of planned nationwide shutdown as management refuses to meet their demands. Students from universities across the country have now joined the protest for free education. 


Four members of the South African Police Services have been arrested in connection with the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba. Ntumba passed away allegedly due to rubber bullets being fired by police during student protests.


A student has been shot and wounded in Johannesburg as student continue protesting for free education, amongst other things, across South Africa. Police have denied reports regarding the shooting.


Universities such as the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape are allowing students to register even though they have historic debt. Usually, students need to have paid a fraction of their debt before they're allowed to register. This has been at the centre of the recent protests.


The South African Union of Students have expressed their displeasure with the death which allegedly is a result of plice bullets. They have also issued a list of demands to the Higher Education Minister which included NSFAS funding, free education and registration.

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