Nzimande to wait for Zuma before explaining varsity funding plans

2015-10-29 12:28
Blade Nzimande. (File, Loanna Hoffmann)

Blade Nzimande. (File, Loanna Hoffmann)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will wait for President Jacob Zuma to return from abroad to tell the country where the money to cover a shortfall in higher education funding will come from.

The funding shortfall arises from President Zuma's decision that there would be no fee increases at tertiary institutions in 2016.

On Tuesday, Nzimande told the National Assembly that details on how the R2.6bn shortfall would be covered would be provided on Thursday afternoon after a meeting in the Presidency.

- Read more: Free education not for wealthy students - Nzimande

Nzimande's spokesperson, Khaye Nkwanyana, however, said on Thursday morning the announcement "would probably only happen next week" because it would be made together with Zuma, who is currently in India for the India-Africa Forum Summit.

Last Friday, Zuma announced that the fees would not go up - in line with demands by protesting university students for a 0% increase. The announcement broke the back of the #FeesMustFall protest which had shut down campuses countrywide.

But some students kept pushing to have broader demands met, like an end to outsourcing labour, and for no fees to be paid at all.

The protests started dying down on Thursday, with students keen to write their exams.

Nzimande earlier said the department had identified money that could be reprioritised, and wealthier universities said they would contribute.

- Read more: Zuma says free university education is possible

Funding models that have been considered include more money from the private sector, a wealth tax and a graduate tax. During a march from Johannesburg to Sandton on Wednesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters called on companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to each put 100 students through university.

But the Congress of the People felt the delay was a sign that Nzimande is ''clueless'' about where the money is coming from.

''Day by day, he is losing the confidence of both students and the nation. In our view, the President should sack him,'' said Cope MP Dennis Bloem.

Read more on:    blade nzimande  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  education  |  university fees

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

6 myths about male cancer
Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.