nsfas protest

Some students started returning to classes on Monday. For two days last week students burnt tyres and wood in front of the South Cape Bitou campus.

 By Siphokazi Mnyobe

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.

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.

The South African Union of Students joins students across the country as protests for free education and other demands take place. The Union has said that NSFAS is failing students, even with the switch to a bursary scheme.

In the midst of planning for a national shutdown, students all over are taking to the streets to have their demands be heard. On Monday morning, a small group of students head to NSFAS offices and had a meeting with the NSFAS CEO about a number of issues.

University of Johannesburg has extended it's registration for NSFAS-funded students. Students believe it’s unfair that classes started without students having financial access to books and food due to delays in NSFAS payments.

By Julia Evans

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.

Seventeen students at King Sabata Dalindyebo College's Ntabozuko campus in Xhorha have been suspended for misconduct after alleging that they were not receiving the correct amount of allowances. 

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.