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More than 300 000 youth in South Africa have been employed as education and general assistants, more than 19 000 will be welcomed to address academic disruptions caused by Covid-19 in the Free State. 


NSFAS made the decision to pull the funding from over 5000 students earlier this year. The financial aid scheme is now said to have reversed it for hundreds of students. NSFAS has received a lot of backlash following this action but is supported by the Minister.


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.


NSFAs showed up ready in front of Parliament for the second time to respond to allegations made by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union Trade union (NEHAWU) against the organisation, many being against the Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen. 


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.


Blade Nzimande, the Minister who oversees Higher Education, has said that his Department aims to improve student accommodation in the country. This has always been a major issue in the higher education sector with students constantly seeking suitable accommodation spaces.


The Minister of Higher Education has re-addressed the situation where NSFAS pulled the funding of 5000 students. NSFAS and the Department received a lot of scrutiny after this process and were seen as irresponsible and an attack on the missing middle.


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.

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