SAUS Highlights NSFAS Payment Failures as Disastrous. The South African Union of Students (SAUS) has expressed deep concern over the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) failing to disburse monthly allowances to students, deeming the situation disastrous.
NSFAS Failure to Pay North West University Students
The recent incident involves NSFAS allegedly neglecting to pay more than a thousand students at North West University their allowances for the month of November. This failure has triggered widespread distress among the affected students.
Lack of Concrete Answers from NSFAS
SAUS Spokesperson Asive Dlanjwa has reported a lack of clear and satisfactory responses from NSFAS regarding the payment issues. The absence of transparent communication exacerbates the challenges faced by students who depend on these funds for their education-related expenses.
Prolonged Payment Delays Since May
Dlanjwa emphasizes that students have been grappling with delayed payments since May, creating a protracted period of financial uncertainty for beneficiaries of the NSFAS program.
Impact on Students Exam Period
The consequences of NSFAS’s failure to disburse funds have been particularly severe during the end-of-year examination period. According to Dlanjwa, an estimated 80,000 students, at the very least, have faced the distressing prospect of writing exams without access to basic necessities such as food, toiletries, and other essential items.
Calls for Urgent Resolution
SAUS calls for an urgent and effective resolution to the ongoing payment challenges, highlighting the immediate need to address the plight of thousands of students who find themselves in dire financial circumstances due to the NSFAS payment failures.
SAUS emphasizes the critical importance of timely and reliable financial support for students, urging NSFAS to rectify these issues promptly to prevent further disruptions to the education and well-being of the affected individuals.