NSFAS receives over 490 000 applications for 2021 academic year

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande on Wednesday congratulated the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for receiving more than 493 904 applications before the November 30 deadline. Nzimande said the number of applications received to date has almost doubled the number received in previous cycles during the same timeline. He said […]

Minister Blade Nzimande condemns fatal shooting of KZN TVET college official

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has condemned a shooting incident, which claimed the life of the head of the infrastructure development at the Coastal TVET college in KwaMakhutha, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Lindinkosi Mazibuko was shot dead on Friday in the staff parking lot by an unknown assailant, who disappeared after […]

Minister Nzimande: Holomisa’s claims of interference at Unisa misleading & malicious

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, who stands accused of interfering with appointment processes at Unisa, has come out strongly against UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, calling the statement malicious and misleading. A war of words has erupted between the two after Holomisa wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday urging him to investigate Nzimande. In his […]

Minister Blade Nzimande in trouble for missing portfolio committee meeting

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande came under fire on Friday for failing to attend a portfolio committee to discuss the saving of the 2020 academic year at tertiary institutions. The MPs across the political divide raised concerns that Nzimande bunked their meeting and said they felt undermined in performing their duty of playing oversight over […]

Minister Nzimande condemns torching of UKZN Westville residence

Higher Education, Science, and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has condemned the torching of the Oval Residence at University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Westville campus on Monday. Nzimande called on management to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. The minister also called on the university’s staff and students to […]

This is the official plan for university students under level 1 lockdown

Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande has published a directive outlining funding and tuition guidelines for the 2020 academic year for public higher education institutions. This also provides additional information on the return-to-campus plans outlined by Nzimande last week. The directive gazetted on 5 October 2020 includes background on the national, […]

Tshwane University of Technology and Tuks students start returning to campuses

Students at the University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology yesterday joined their counterparts from other institutions of higher learning and started returning to campuses. This followed the announcement by Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Dr Blade Nzimande for university and college students to return to their institutions. Nzimande said the decision to […]

89 people from higher education institutions died from COVID-19: Minister Blade Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande says by 22 September, the higher education community had lost 89 members to COVID-19. The minister says of the 89, 53 are from universities while 36 are from TVET Colleges. 69 of those who lost their lives to the virus were staff members while 20 were students. […]

No university is at high risk – Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says no institutions are considered high risk at the moment. He says seven institutions are medium risk while 19 are at low risk. The minister further stated that at least 12,000 students and staff have been trained to manage COVID-19 in universities. Nzimande says universities are now ready to accommodate […]

Higher Education Minister Nzimande gives update on COVID-19 level 1 measures

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, is briefing the media on regulations relating to COVID-19 level one restrictions. Nzimande is expected to focus on the tertiary education sector and what has been put in place as students return to class. There has been a heavy focus on online classes and connectivity throughout the past few months […]