Sweeping changes to NSFAS student loans

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will start rolling out a new application system for students next month – a move which is set to speed up the allocation of funds and help ensure that money set aside for bursaries does not go unspent. The new student-centred model will[…]

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#FeesMustFall leaders tell Mkatshwa to shut up

#FeesMustFall supporters have criticised the president of the Wits University Students’ Representative Council, Nompendulo Mkatshwa, for speaking on behalf of the movement. An interview with Mkatshwa was broadcast on eNCA’s current affairs show Checkpoint on Tuesday. Mkatshwa was asked for her thoughts on #FeesMustFall, about criticism of her and about[…]

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Wits students chant “Blade Must Fall!”

A small group of Wits University students disrupted a media briefing called by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Monday, chanting “Blade Must Fall”. The small group were angered when Nzimande requested that only journalists ask him questions. Reacting to Nzimande’s request, one student in[…]

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University ‘unrest instigators’ warned

The Department of Higher Education and Training has called for “decisive action” to tackle unrest at state universities and has warned that it will not tolerate the “destruction of property and threat to lives” during protests. In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday, the department urged management at troubled state[…]

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“Racism is real”: SAHRC

Recent social media posts in which individuals openly express their feelings toward another race has spurred government on in resolving suppressed interracial conflict. The matter appears to be spiralling out of control as more people consume themselves in conversation on the topic. As a means to seek mechanisms to resolve[…]

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RMF losing legitimacy: student

“Rhodes Must Fall protesters have lost legitimacy for their cause, in the eyes of their fellow students.” This was the opinion of one University of Cape Town student, following a night of mayhem which saw students vandalizing university property and riot police firing stun grenades. Speaking to VOC on Wednesday[…]

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Angry UCT students set artworks alight

UCT students, frustrated with the housing crisis and other challenges, set paintings and a plaque from the Smuts Hall residence alight at the foot of Jameson stairs on Tuesday. Earlier, students raided the dining hall at Fuller residence, and stripped the hall of its decor and paintings. The paintings were[…]

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