According to the South African Union of Students (SAUS), over 70,000 students have not received their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances since the end of May.
SAUS national spokesperson Asive Dlanjwa stated that students are in the midst of their end-of-year exams and are facing significant challenges due to the delay in receiving their NSFAS allowances. In addition, the 2024 NSFAS applications were supposed to open on 1 October but have not done so.
Asive Dlanjwa also mentioned that there are thousands of students whose appeals have not been responded to since February, and these students are currently writing their final exams while dealing with issues such as homelessness, food insecurity, and lack of essential items for personal hygiene. SAUS is calling on Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to take action within the next seven days, listing their demands and indicating that failure to do so may result in lobbying for the minister’s removal.
NSFAS has issued an apology to all students who experienced delays in receiving their allowances.