Naledi Pandor endorses fees announcement

Pandor says Nzimande’s approach ensures that the so-called 'missing middle' will receive financial support.

Min of science and technology Naledi Pandor. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says while free higher education for the poor has not been fully achieved - it's important to note Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement is the first of its kind in the country.

Pandor has told Eyewitness News - she applauds Nzimande's announcement on Monday, which she says will ensure that the families of the so-called "missing middle" will receive financial support.

At its 53rd national conference in Mangaung in 2012, the African National Congress resolved on a policy for free higher education to all undergraduate level students to be finalised for adoption before the end of 2013.

Speaking in her capacity as the party's education subcommittee chairperson, Pandor has told EWN that a gradual and progressive achievement of its 2012 resolutions is underway.

"The fact that there's a resolution in 2013 doesn't mean that the policy will be implemented within a year if there are no resources available to implement it."

The fact that there was a resolution in 2012 does not mean that the policy will be implemented within a year if there are no resources available for implementation

Pandor says the 2012 resolution must be read with their 2007 goals because there's a particular emphasis on poor families.

She adds that she's welcomed the announcement because there also needs to be consideration for the tough economic climate South Africa is faced with.