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nsfasThe Witness reports that the uMgungundlovu TVET College’s Northdale campus was shut down on Tuesday following student protests over the non-payment of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances.

SRC member Sphelele Ntombela said classes would be shut down until their issues are resolved. “We met with the school management yesterday and they told us that they are still compiling the second list of all the NSFAS beneficiaries. They told us that getting this list will take them approximately six days. We, as the SRC, decided to completely shut down the school for those six days until this matter is resolved,” he indicated. According to Ntombela, the payment system that the institution used, did not work properly and that it needed to go back to paying their allowances directly into their accounts. “This payment system was introduced to us late last year. Since then, we have not had the best experience with it. We just want to work with the institution in making sure that students get what they need and this Norraco system needs to be removed,” said Ntombela. uMgungundlovu TVET principal, Ntombi Ntshangase meanwhile encouraged students to attend classes, saying: “We are trying to help resolve the issue but there is only so much we can do as a school. This issue is mainly between NSFAS and the students because all payments are made directly to students and not via the school”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Zama Myeza at The Witness
  • Read too, Student unrest continues to mount as NSFAS remains mum on delayed payments, at The Star
  • And also, Student fund’s payment system under scrutiny again, at Mail & Guardian

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