With the December holidays just around the corner, Nsfas has opened for 2024 bursary applications but students say it is too late.
With only a week before final examinations, students at WSU are fighting for their October meal allowances from Nsfas.
While students are preparing for year-end exams, Nsfas beneficiaries say their problems have not been addressed.
An investigative report, compiled by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), found that of the 20 mandatory requirements for financial service providers, the four appointed by Nsfas to disburse funds only met five.
Some students were still digging in their heels and refusing to vacate the university residences by 16h00 on Friday, arguing that an eviction order would be required to make them go.
The students dismissed reports of intimidation, looting and damage to property linked to the protest as only meant to silence and discredit their struggle for education.
Led by Giwusa, workers at university residences in major cities in South Africa have gone strike
The costs of getting a university education comes at higher cost for female students from poor backgrounds, no less if they are on NSFAS bursaries.
Thousands of students from three Eastern Cape universities may not receive payments from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) this year. According to a report released by NSFAS, this is due to the fact that some students didn’t sign their agreement forms for funding.
After weeks of protests and putting pressure on university management, students from poor families and workers at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University were victorious. The university council released a statement saying that they have resolved to commit the university to ending outsourcing of service workers. The council also pledged debt relief for students.
The student strike at Wits University gained momentum when the vice chancellor and his executive deadlocked in negotiations with maybe 2,000 students in the occupied Senate House (renamed Solomon Mahlangu House) over a fee hike of 10.5% for next year.