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During one of his regular meetings on the status of Covid-19 in South Africa on the 30th of September, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an adjustment to Alert Level 1 Covid-19 Regulations. This news has major implications for how university operations will continue under these more flexible guidelines.

 


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.


With the March 2021 protests against university student debts, it has become clear that few changes have been made to correct the ongoing issue around tertiary education funding. 

 


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."


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.


Minister Nzimande has raised his concerns with the gap between the salaries of academics and Vice Chancellors. The Higher Education Department will now be looking into the salaries of Vice Chancellors over the years.


Minister Nzimande addressed how the academic year will work for those in the Community Education and Training sector. This includes updates on Adult Education Training, Senior Certificate, as well as full time and part-time qualifications.

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