KZN govt in bid to recover R400m in student loans

2016-02-25 17:51
Senzo Mchunu (KZN Govt)

Senzo Mchunu (KZN Govt)

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal acting director general Frikkie Brooks has been tasked with finding ways of collecting the R400m provincial government officials owe to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

A total of 15 636 KwaZulu-Natal government employees, who studied with the help of NSFAS loans, still owed the organisation millions, Premier Senzo Mchunu announced during his State of the Province address on Thursday.

“The strategy must be soft but firm and the approach should be persuasive. It must talk to the conscience of the officials because we do not want to harass anyone or dock people’s salaries,” he said.

Mchunu said the officials should think about other people who needed study loans.

Government departments had committed about R316m to help needy students in the province this year.

Mchunu said 5 467 students benefited from bursaries awarded by provincial departments and municipalities in 2016.

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