Blade Nzimande

OUTA calls for resignation of Higher Education Minister, following damning report

By Ragheema Mclean Last week, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) released an investigative report, accompanied by two leaked recordings, which claim that the Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, the National Student Financial Aid (NSFAS) Board Chairperson, Ernest Khosa, as well as the South African Communist Party (SACP), received kickbacks.[…]

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“We are working tirelessly to resolve student allowance payment challenges” – says NSFAS

By Ragheema Mclean The funding provided by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is a crucial component of the academic journey of millions of students across the country. However, challenges facing the scheme could be detrimental for vulnerable students. The government’s bursary scheme has once again received backlash from[…]

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Nzimande appoints task team to probe NSFAS, calls for inquiry into salaries of vice-chancellors

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande has appointed a Ministerial Committee of Inquiry to independently probe the business processes, systems and capacity of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Nzimande made the announcement on Wednesday during a media briefing to update the nation on measures taken[…]

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Transport plan launched in the Western Cape

The transport initiative programme has been launched to improve the partnership between the department of transport, the Western Cape government and the mini bus transport industry. Transport Minister, Blade Nzimande and Transport MEC Donald Grant launched the “Smart Shayela” (smart driving) initiative programme which seeks to create awareness of the[…]

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Nzimande in the firing line as ‘rail shutdown looms’

The City of Cape Town has repeated its call for a state of emergency to be declared over the commuter railways. Brett Herron‚ the mayoral committee member for transport‚ said on Saturday his renewed plea to transport minister Blade Nzimande followed reports that the Railway Safety Regulator had issued a[…]

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Bus strike continues after talks with labour minister fail

The bus strike is to continue after the Department of Labour’s attempted intervention between employer organisations and unions representing striking bus drivers was fruitless. Bus drivers across the country took their feet off the pedal last week, demanding better salaries. The strike, which is now in its seventh day, has[…]

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