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NEHAWU And SASCO To Meet Minister Pandor On Issues Related To NSFAS This Morning

Wednesday August 21, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] and the South African Students Congress [SASCO] will meet the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Minister Naledi Pandor, on issues related to the National Students Financial Aid Scheme [NSFAS] in Cape Town this morning.

Last week Tuesday [14th August 2018] a letter was written to the Minister to demand answers on the following issues:

• On what basis did the Minister change her mind from a concurred view with us that NSFAS was on the stage of collapse?
• What happened to the demand of both NEHAWU and SASCO on the immediate dissolution of the board?
• As we are hearing her intention to appoint a new administrator to oversee the scheme, we would like to know the terms of reference before such an appointment is made. Unfortunately, the minister went ahead to appoint the administrator without replying to our questions.
• We would like to establish whether the Minister is prepared to institute an inquiry into alleged appointment of friends and relatives by the Mr Zwane.

Today’s meeting is convened by the Minister to supposedly respond to the above questions. The public and the media will be briefed accordingly on the outcomes of the meeting and our planned course of action thereafter.

Issued jointly by NEHAWU and SASCO.

For more information contact:

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968; December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969; Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or email:


Avela Mjajubana (SASCO President) at 078 253 8406; Moipone Mhlongo (SASCO Secretary General) at 078 651 9558.

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