After months of waiting, Minister Blade Nzimande has confirmed that NSFAS students will be receiving their laptops in April.
The Minister confirmed this in a statement released in response to a letter of demands from the South African Union of Students (SAUS).
In 2020, Minister Nzimande expressed that he was not impressed by the delays NSFAS was facing with procuring laptops.
"I'm not happy about the fact that this process is delayed.
"I want to make this clear. The laptop process was driven by NSFAS which means the accounting officer and the accounting authority for NSFAS, which is Dr Carolissen, is the one who was responsible for the entire process".
"I tried single-sourcing and failed. I am open about that. I was concerned that these laptops must come sooner rather than later," said the Minister.
Some students will receive allowances, which they will have to use in order to buy laptops and other school related equipment.
Here's a breakdown of NSFAS Allowances for 2021:
- Student allowances - R5000 for learning materials to purchase electronic devices for their studies.
- Living allowance - R15 000 for full time students doing contact learning
- Incidental allowance - R2 900 for distance learning & Unisa students
- Travel allowance - R7500 for students living at home or at non accredited accommodation.