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The higher education sector gets new leadership
Higher Education, Science and Technology led by Dr. Blade Nzimande.

The higher education sector gets new leadership

Four days after being inaugurated as the president of the Republic Of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, announced his Cabinet on Wednesday evening,May 29 2019.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme will now report under a new Ministry, that of Higher Education, Science and Technology led by Dr. Blade Nzimande and Deputy Minisister Buti Manamela.

Dr. Nzimande is not new to the higher education sector as he has been the Minister of Higher education and Training before.

50 unemployed graduates offered a stepping stone through the NSFAS-UIF partnership
In a country marred by high levels of youth unemployment, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has, through a partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), given 50 unemployed NSFAS funded graduates from the Western Cape Province a helping hand.

In a country marred by high levels of youth unemployment, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has, through a partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), given 50 unemployed NSFAS funded graduates from the Western Cape Province a helping hand. This fruitful partnership was officially launched today, May 03, in a media briefing held in the Western Cape Province.

This much needed opportunity in the form of a Graduate Programme, will see the 50 graduates being placed at NSFAS offices for a period of 12 months to gain work experience in their respectful fields.

“Youth unemployment has characterised the struggles of our young people in the past years and still continues to do so currently. As National Student Financial Aid Scheme, we are at the forefront of young people’s frustrations and are the first ones to see the impact of high numbers of graduates who have completed their studies but are unable to find employment”, NSFAS Administrator Dr. Randall Carolissen said during the launch. He added that NSFAS commends the UIF and the Department of Labour for this prestige opportunity in ensuring that graduates can play a part in the country’s economy. “This training programme is the first of its kind, and therefore needs to be celebrated”.

The launch was attended by the selected graduates, officials from UIF, NSFAS and Department of Labour whose Director-General Mr. Thobile Lamati gave a keynote address and expressed his gratitude to all involved. "These are unique opportunities that come once in a life time, grab these opportunities with both hands”, he advised the graduates.

The opportunity has been met with truly grateful hearts as the graduates have indicated how overjoyed and excited they are about it."Unemployment is a huge problem in South Africa and we are grateful to have been given an opportunity. This initiative will not go unnoticed" said Luchulumanco Nanto speaking on behalf of the graduates who are placed at NSFAS.

Another beneficiary, Andile Mtsibantu who is a Public Management B-tech graduate said she was grateful for the opportunity as she cannot wait to see what’s beyond the NSFAS doors. “I want to give back and serve the society”, she added.

The participants are expected to start working at their respective departments on May 6, 2019.

Make A Difference #NSFAS2020

NSFAS provides funding to South Africans wishing to study at public TVET Colleges and Universities. The funding provided covers the costs of academic registration, tuition, transport, food, accommodation, books and personal care. Every year NSFAS seeks ways to reach the youth who require the funding and who need assistance to apply, this year we are extending our reach by asking the public to help their neighbours, their colleagues, a stranger to apply for NSFAS funding.

You can help learners, out of school and your community members to apply NSFAS 2020 funding using the following options:

  • Applicants may apply anywhere anytime using a computer or cell phone, you can create a WIFI hotspot for applicants with smartphones to complete the online application.
  • You can offer your cellphone or computer to be used by the applicant to apply
  • You can download a brochure and share it with applicants in your community by clicking here
  • You can direct an applicant to one of the application centres across the country. Click here to find an application centre near you.
  • Follow NSFAS on social media and share our content
    Facebook: National Student Financial Aid Scheme
    Twitter: @myNSFAS
    Instagram: myNSFAS
  • Host a community outreach event and invite NSFAS to talk about the funding offered and to help applicants apply. Send us information about the event, like the name of the event, date, address, expected number of attendees, the purpose of the event. Send the details of your event to outreach@nsfas.org.za
  • Forms required for 2020 Applications:
    Consent form
    Disability Annexure A
    Orphan Declaration and Consent Form

Have you got a new cell phone number or email address? You can easily update your details online & stay updated with NSFAS - log onto myNSFAS and update your details or create your myNSFAS account today. Click here to read more

Keep your details up-to-date

Students who wish to change their contact details can do so by:
  • Login to my.nsfas.org.za
  • On the already registered tab
  • Enter your username and Password Click on sign in button
  • Click on my personal details
  • Go to the cellphone number section
  • Delete and remove and type in the new cellphone number Click on update details
  • OTP will be sent to your new number
  • Enter OTP and submit
Number is successfully changed (if a duplicate number exists student will get an error message) Students who are unable to change their details online can use the manual process by emailing certified copy of their green barcoded ID or smart card, and a completed affidavit specifying that they have changed their cell phone number; with the new and old number listed to uds@nsfas.org.za.