Limpopo education dept fails to pay bursaries

2012-08-11 16:11

Johannesburg - The Limpopo education department has failed to pay the bursaries of 207 students, the Saturday Star reported.

The students are studying towards Bachelor of Education Senior Phase and FET qualifications.

According to the weekend paper, the bursary entailed that the department be liable for the students tuition, meals, textbooks and accommodation.

The students were told their bursary funds would be released by the end of the June holidays but the department has reportedly failed to deliver.

Final-year student Elijar Maswangayi, 27, said the students met with the department's administrator, Mzwandile Matthews two weeks ago and he confirmed the department had no money to cover their costs.

"Matthews told us that the department didn't have money and said he would make an arrangement with the provincial treasury to address our challenges urgently," Maswangayi was quoted as saying.

Some students told the paper they were worried about the situation.

"It is public knowledge that the Limpopo provincial government has collapsed, so we are just wondering how this crisis affects us because the department knew they had to pay for our studies," one student told the newspaper.

Others said the department always paid their fees late and they wished the department would prioritise them.

According to the report students were meant to receive R13 200 a year but it was rumoured the amount had been reduced to R9 000.

Limpopo education department spokesperson, Pat Kgomo confirmed that students bursary funds were still outstanding.

He said they had made arrangements with the university to make payment later this year.

"Cash flow challenges hampered payments up to the third quarter," Kgomo told the paper.

The education department is one of five provincial departments that was placed under national administration in December due to financial mismanagement.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-08-11 16:19

    Another day in the success of "Together we can do more" - as long as the salary increases, nice German luxury cars, Sushi of naked women, and plenty of overseas travel, mansions, and designer clothes are there - why should we care for the people of South Africa... we are the rulers... and let's keep them stupid by not paying for their education and they will keep voting us in... tossers!

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-08-11 16:36

      "Together we can do more crime"

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-11 17:20

      Together we can steal more - 2012-08-11 19:49

      is there anything these damn bastards don't fail at?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-11 16:24

    Does anything work in Limpopo when it comes to caring for its people or is the gravy train just to full of politicians lining their own pockets.

  • onkgopotse.mashego - 2012-08-11 16:26

    Is Limpopo province a province in Zim cos all the problms dey face r similiar to their Northrn neighbours? This is really bad! - 2012-08-11 19:52

      Seems because it is so close to Zim, the mentality is rubbing off on SA. Soon the whole country will be affected. OH WAIT, THE WHOLE F@#KING COUNTRY IS ALREADY INFECTED. Damn ANC Scum

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-11 16:29

    Public money went into that thief Cassel Mathale`s bank account. Some of it went to pay for Juliarse's mansion in Sandhurst. The people of Limpopo must wake up from slumber and demand justice!!!

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-08-11 16:35

      It's currently being used for Juju and Mbalula's Moet and Johnnie Walker in London.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 18:04

      They fully subscribe to the "pay yourself first" theory

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-08-11 16:30

    Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold. That's my province for you. We are talking about a province that overwhelmly votes for ANC when elections come. This is how politicians pay you back Limpopo. ''How fortunate for leaders that men do not think'', Adolf Hitler.

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-08-11 16:32

    They should relocate to another province as soon as they're done with the degree. If their bursaries aren't being paid is the dept of education going to pay their salaries when they start teaching?

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-08-11 16:54

    Simple!! That money went into the Ratanang trust, and is paying for some businessman's helicopter and fleet of Range Rovers, wedding in mauritius, mansion in Sandton, italian clothing, designer shoes from France, Moet and Chandon that's used for throwing at each other, weekend getaways in Spain, and its spent on young university girls in clubs and malls. That's where the money is.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-11 17:06

      not to forget the Breitling watch for R 300 000

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-08-11 17:04

    Limpopo- the land of milk and honey....for politicians only

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-11 17:05

    Zimpopo is finished

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-11 17:13

    You don't acquire top of the range Merc and designer clothes, multi million rand homes with millions spent to furnish them ++++++ have weddings that cost almost the same as a small countries budget for the year....within a matter of 18 yrs. My husband and I worked all our lives and still have not been in this what I'M trying to say is these people are stealing at every opportunity(like ripping this bursaries money, but as no one keeps records they get away with it).

  • petrus.kok.1 - 2012-08-11 17:16

    why have the students not taken to the streets burning tyres ext. like we have seen on the N2? - if the limpopo was a DA province this surely would have been the case!

  • simon.pearce.790 - 2012-08-11 17:18

    "Cash flow challenges"...... snicker..... It seems to flow in other directions quite without challenge!!!

      zinzile.mtotywa - 2012-08-11 17:43

      funny how people can cause emberassment on top of emberassment , what is '' we ar having cash flow challenges while all along money has been there'' . The worst of all, is playing with all those students who are working hard to put smiles in your faces, to throw this back at their faces knowing offshore that they do not have any other means. After all, the head of province is still in-charge after such countless messes. This appears to have nothing to do with the minister of basic education, that leadership in that province is a mess in a mess.

  • lerato.c.marawa - 2012-08-11 17:20

    What happened to the money?

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-08-11 17:28

    i bet Edu solutions had the tender to pay the bursaries man the ANC is useless in everything they do

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-08-11 17:31

    What more can I comment on, the comments below tells it all. The Department of Education needs a Face-Lift and new Ministers, that is the bottom line. Good luck students.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 18:05

      Plastic surgery isn't going to help. It's the same rotten personality underneath

  • gideon.luthough - 2012-08-11 17:32

    people at top seats always feel comfortable and thus forget about those behind their chair, which is totally wrong. how do they expect learners to feel about this particular issue and ofcouse their studies? this needs imediate attention!

  • pws69 - 2012-08-11 17:58

    84.88% of voters in Limpopo voted for the ANC. Stop complaining, you got EXACTLY the government you voted for.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 18:06

      Don't vote! It just encourages them

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-08-11 19:00

      Cry.Wolf. A PJ O'Rourke fan I take it?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 19:13

      @bernard - that and a subtle mockery on those who lack remorse

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-08-11 19:37

      Thumbs up wolf

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-08-11 19:37

      Thumbs up wolf

  • zinzile.mtotywa - 2012-08-11 18:20

    mess in a mess, i always say and will continue to do so until we bring change this monster. This greed that knows no limits is a venomous virus that is shredding the very scarce resources bit by bit. it is clear that, money was there the near fact that there is suddenly a ''cash flow challenge'' at the expense of those kids at schools. greed to buy big cars and live in double stories, this is public money actually from tax payers. People should learn to sweat for the fruits that they want to enjoy, and with that you do not have a guilty heart. Easymoney for what??????

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 18:25

      Thing is, if you look at all the numbers, money isn't that scarce. It's the will and capability to do the right thing that is scarce. They conveniently hide behind this scare story to garner sympathy and deflect anger. There's enough to go around for everyone and pretty much everything that needs to be done. They just *refuse* to do it

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-11 18:43

    One thing these Palookas can do is steal. Eish, they are champion at it. Limpopo no different to other provinces soon to be. Ouch

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-11 19:14

      If theft of public funds was an Olympic sport SA would be on top of the medals table. With ZimBobwe in 2nd place.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 20:35

      @brett - well the Olympic Committee IS looking to drop some sports and add new ones. As this is an ancient continental sport practised for centuries, let's see what 2016 brings! :)

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-08-11 18:59

    One sentence with the following words: Limpopo, Education, Books, Bursaries e.t.c sound ridiculous unless in this context \Limpopo thieves stole the money for the books also stole bursaries funds and now education is a mess.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-11 19:19

    Get the money back from the tenderpreneur thieves. We need to have zero tolerance for corruption and only then will this theft stop. ANC too deep into corruption to fix the problem. Major regime change needed now. Arrest the tenderpreneurs now!!!

  • ben.bjergstad - 2012-08-11 19:21

    I'm so sick of GOVSA! We are fed up with this maladministration, seriously it's become a national hobby it seems! the saying shape up or ship out, would apply, however in my opinion it's too little, too late!

  • jmasha3 - 2012-08-11 20:13

    A hard lesson for ANC voters in the province,if we can check in all the provinces and municipalities where the ANC has majority seats there is corruption,nepotism,poor service delivery etc...etc..Opposition parties should step up their campaigns and reduce ANC dominance in provinces and municipalities or even win them from ANC.

  • Zahir - 2012-08-11 20:15

    The money is gone maybe ask the premier as he runs limpoop like his own spaza shop

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-11 22:40

      Maybe ask Blade..minister of higher Education....why these students have been let down by the anc,ONCE AGAIN.

  • tlou.wilson - 2012-08-11 23:09

    n what about the >200 interns of those departments who are under admin? Reali there is a disaster in they ar unemployed graduates because of ths thngs hapnd under d leadershp of mr mathale

      pws69 - 2012-08-11 23:54

      When things go well, the ANC is a collective, but when they go badly ANC supporters blame individuals. Which is it? You cannot have it both ways or you are just being dishonest with yourselves.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-12 01:01

    Very quick and easy solution to the bursary crisis: liquidate all the state assets in use by Cassel Mothale - he has no use for them anyway, he is blatantly not doing his job. If he had been doing his job this would not have happened, because he would have attended to it when it became evident. In business, if we fail, make a mess, disappoint etc, we pay! What makes the ANC so special that their faux pas are covered up, protected and defended to the detriment of the people they are there to serve? Do the right thing Cassel - get out and take your corrupt ill-trained buffoons with you. Our young people deserve far better than you could ever hope to deliver - especially since you've spent the money on yourself. Disgusting and disgraceful thief.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-12 08:53

    So where are all the Viva ANC trolls this morning? Where is everybody who usually defends the Anc's greedy executives? Maybe the fact that their theft, blatant greed, disregard for the people and evidence of lies, deceit and corrupt dealings is finally there for all to see. All those who are owed bursaries and other monies need to come forward and make a stand. You need to do this - no-one is going to do it for you.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-12 10:05

      bless....we keep posting these exact sentiments you have express in your comment....which is so VERY CLEAR to the average citizen.. Question.....Even if you are not still have a sense of right and wrong..WHY do anc supports not see the devastation that is occurring in our country, solely created by the useless anc party?

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-12 11:12

      Sandra, many times people have made comments about fear of retribution, tokoloshe, Muti, etc etc. many times I have pooh poohed it, but I am actually starting to believe that that is the only thing that keeps the ANC in power - the fear of the people that disloyal voting will bring all manner of further hardship upon them. The fact that the potential further hardship either doesn't exist, or could never be as bad as what awaits them if the ANC comes in again, does not occur to them. Their faith is blind, it is all they have. If they were truly informed and mentored we could overcome this. Even informed black people fall prey to the lies and deceit. What chance do those poor rural souls have? The ANC is a disgrace. Every time they open their mouths to make a statement they do even more damage to themselves - it's as if they expect to be believed - even though they have proved time and time again that it's all smoke and mirrors. They should hang their heads in shame at the mess they have made - the evidence is there for all to see. Perhaps, after all we have something to thank Zuma for, he has allowed the corruption to spiral so far out of control, that they no longer even try to cover it up. Now that all is revealed, its time for them to bugger off and leave running the country to someone who has morals, ethics and the real ability to do so.

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