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Fee-free education off to a good start

Deputy Higher Education and Training minister Buti Manamela reassured the public of the department’s ability to fund poor students. “We obviously do not meet the demand, but the R57 billion we have is enough for our medium-term plans,” said Manamela on Thursday. The department plans to pay for the studies[…]

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Sasco eager to hear Gigaba’s plan on free education

Student body, South African Students Congress (Sasco) says it’s eagerly waiting to hear how the finance minister is going to allocate the funding for higher education on his budget speech on Wednesday afternoon. Former President, Jacob Zuma announced in December that the government would subsidise higher education for poor and[…]

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Union wants urgent answers on how free education will work

The country needs an urgent explanation on how free education for the poor and academically deserving, announced last month by President Jacob Zuma, will be implemented and paid for, two unions said on Monday. “It is critical for our institutions, students and our country that the implementation and budget plan[…]

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University of Western Cape joins UCT in 8% fee increment

The University of the Western Cape spokesperson, Luthando Tyhalibongo says applicants with a combined household income is more than R350 000 but less than R600 000 known as the “missing middle” are eligible to apply for gap funding. The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has joined the University of[…]

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Despite politics of Zuma’s free education, it is a good policy

By Yaseen Kippie President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free higher education for poor and working class students on Saturday has political and governance implications, according to Stellenbosch University Professor Erwin Schwella. “The political dimension is Zuma giving impetus to his slate of candidates. Essentially, its to influence the election. On[…]

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Zuma cements his legacy with free education

By Thakira Desai Despite sighs of relief, analysts are questioning how government will finance free higher education, this following a move that effectively overrules the recently released Commission into the Feasibility of Higher Education and Training recommendations. In a statement on Saturday morning, President Jacob Zuma announced government’s decision to[…]

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Malema urges students to fight for free education

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has encouraged student leaders to lead by example and complete their studies on time so that others can be accommodated at universities. Malema was addressing students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the party’s fourth anniversary celebration in Durban this weekend. He[…]

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Students to march to Parliament tomorrow

The Fees Must Fall campaign has planned to stage a march to parliament tomorrow in an attempt to continue the quest for free education in South Africa. Members of the campaign also wish to hand over a memorandum to the minister of education. The memorandum will detail the importance and[…]

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