The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are now calling for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to remove the Administrator from his position. They now claiming that the Administrator has turned the financial aid scheme into a 'mafia operation'.

NSFAS Administrator, Randall Carolissen, denied the claims against himself and NSFAS. Carolissen sat in front of the Portfolio Committee and delivered responses to all the allegations issued by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union.

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.

There has recently been a lot of back and forth between The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Today, NEHAWU was absent at a meeting to discuss the matter further with the NSFAS Administrator present.

Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that he is unhappy when it comes to the procurement of laptops for students which is being run by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The Department is now questioning whether the process of procuring laptops for students is still needed.

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.

Protests initiated by The National Education, Health and Allied Worker's Union (NEHAWU) with members from the National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has now come to an end. An agreement between the two parties has now been reached and outlined.

Dr. Randall Carolissen is not popular with the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), who accused him of mismanaging NSFAS, and generally being opposed to unions.  The NSFAS Administrator defended his record in parliament last week and now the Deputy Minister has voiced his support as well.

“It’s about time something is done to improve the situation at TVET colleges” says student. South African Students’ Congress (SASCO) members marched to the Durban City Hall on Wednesday as part of the National Day of Action.

By Mosima Rafapa and Nokulunga Majola.

A civil war seems to be raging at the student financial aid scheme with some staff supporting the Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen and others supporting their union's calls for him to be removed.  The battle moved from the picket outside the head office to parliament this week (virtually at least) as the portfolio committee sat through 5 hours of allegations and denials. 

This week saw the beginning of a strike by the National Education and Health Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) at NSFAS offices to have their demands heard and for action to be taken. Now, the Union is laying down allegations against the NSFAS Administrator.

NSFAS has made it clear that although a strike is currently underway at their head offices, allowances and other NSFAS operations will not be affected. Students are therefore advised that there is no need to panic.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) members have started striking in front of NSFAS offices in Wynberg, Cape Town, in support of their demands for a salary increase. 

Healthcare workers are praised as the heroes of the covid-19 pandemic, but who is fighting for them? Being in the frontline is often glorified, but it has come at a price for many healthcare workers who have been facing unfair conditions.


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