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The University of Johannesburg has launched a campaign to raise R27 million which will go towards paying students outstanding historical debt. They hope to reach this goal by the end of the year. 


Student debt in the country amounts to billions of rands. This student debt is also behind students not having their certificates and being in limbo after finishing University.


Converse has pledged R2 million to help students pay their student debt in South Africa. Student debt is a massive issue in the country and now, many initiatives and students are looking for ways to help the crisis.


The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has put universities and their students under immense financial strain and the SRC at the University of Witwatersrand would like to raise funds in order to tackle student debt. 


The Student Representative Council at the University of the Witwatersrand, better known as Wits, has said there are more students than ever before at risk of financial exclusions. The University has responded and said that it supports the SRC in helping financially vulnerable students.


The 2020 academic year was difficult for university students as they had to adapt to online learning from home as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. Here's what first year students can expect from this academic year. 


The Department of Higher Education released the national framework for tuition and accommodation fees for the 2020 academic year. This will now give us guidance on what will be done about student fees now that a whole pandemic has been added to the equation.


The Department of Higher Education has proposed to not have tuition and residence fees be increased in 2021. Some students at Universities were also reported to not have received data and laptops for online learning to run smoothly. 


Funding the missing middle has been a growing concern. The Minister of Higher Education has confirmed that they are looking into providing the missing middle with a loan scheme from NSFAS. 


Tertiary institutions across the country have experienced weeks of disruption. Some have resumed teaching. A month after universities and TVET colleges started the 2020 academic year, protests at various institutions across the country have led to the suspension of numerous classes, while some institutions have resumed teaching. 

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