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Sasco: R1bn NSFAS boost not enough

Sasco's Sithembiso Ndlovu says the R1 billion will hardly make any difference.

Sasco's Sithembiso Ndlovu says the R1 billion will hardly make any difference. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite the Higher Education and Training department's R1 billion injection into the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), some universities are expected to remain shut today following a spate of student protests.

The Tshwane University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology closed on Wednesday, after violent demonstrations by students protesting against the shortage of funding from NSFAS.

Student organisation Sasco's Sithembiso Ndlovu says the R1 billion will hardly make any difference.

"If there are students who owe money and need NSFAS, R1 billion is not enough so we need more."

Meanwhile, organisers of a student protest at the University of Johannesburg say despite the rain this morning they are heading back onto the streets.

Their protest began on Monday with students demanding more time to register as funding problems were being sorted out.

One of the organisers Shir'a Jeenah says they are not ready to back down.

"We want the registration process to be extended as it ends today so that students who get credited for NSFAS now will be able to register in the future."

The students are also now venting their anger at alleged racism they've encountered from security services and the police.

They also want various suspensions overturned.

The protest is scheduled at the university's Auckland Park campus.

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