Funding for missing middle students has been a topic of discussion for some time. Minister Blade Nzimande recently said the Department of Higher Education and Training has been working with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to find solutions.

The Minister for Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Blade Nzimande, says there is an alarmingly low number of black graduates who are able to advance into the accounting profession. This has been caused by a number of things, including setbacks faced by historically disadvantaged institutions.

Now that anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, the Department of Higher Education has stepped in to assist. Vaccination sites are set up at Universities across the country.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, spoke on Friday and announced that vaccinations for the higher education sector will begin on Saturday. Government has been working on this rollout for a year already.

The Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, will step up to the podium this weekend to address vaccinations in his sector. This comes as the basic education finished up it's vaccine rollout just last week.

The South African Students Congress Organisation, also known as SASCO, supports the continuity of classes by tertiary institutions through an online platform. SASCO promises a closer look at how the Department of Higher Education & Training will deliver its plans.

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.

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation engaged with USAf to discuss the current funding shortfall, student funding and debt challenges in the higher education and broader post-school education and training sector.


The Gauteng High Court recently ruled that the decision to limit first-time entrants into Unisa, taken by the university and Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology Blade Nzimande, should be set aside. The university has now said it will study this judgement given by the court. 

South Africa's Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has given her response to Unisa accepting fewer students in 2021. She is now calling for government to reverse this decision. Minister Nzimande spoke more on his decision during a briefing on Monday.

NSFAS is currently finalising checks on funding applications received for 2021. Applications for students wanting to be funded in 2021 thorugh the National Student Financial Aid Scheme came to a total of almost 800 000.

Unisa's decision to accept fewer first-entering students in 2021 has not been received well. Now, the University's Student Representative Council along with the EFF Student Command are wanting to take both the University and the Minister in charge of higher education, to court.

The EFF Student Command has now taken Unisa and the Minister of Higher Education to court following their decision to cut down the number of first-time entering students accepted into Unisa for 2021 by 20 000. This has contributed to #BladeMustFall trending on social media. 

Students have made #BladeMustFall trend on social media as they beg the Higher Education Minister to do more in supporting students. Calls have also come for NSFAS to be more efficient.

Four individuals were arrested for stealing funds from Coastal TVET College in Kwazulu-Natal. These incidensts of fraud are calculated to have happened between the end of 2018 and 2019. Millions of rands were stolen from the institution.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, spoke on a topic that had everyone confused last week. Nzimande has denied claims of NSFAS writing off R2 billion in historic debt, and has blamed the DA for the spread of this fake news. 

UKZN has still not had a moment of reconciliation between management and students in the midst of continuing protest action. Further memorandums have been issued to management as students become louder in addressing their demands. Registration has been extended. 

Blade Nzimande, Minister of  Higher Education, Science and Technology, joined by Dr Randall Carolissen, NSFAS Administrator, sat down for a press conference at the NSFAS offices yesterday. NSFAS procedures, issues with historic debt and the ongoing issues with student accommodation were discussed and concern for student issues was shown.