NSFAS chief ex­ec­u­tive ig­nores union threat

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - BULELLWA PAYI

THE chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has re­fused to re­sign.

The Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and Al­lied Work­ers’ Union (Ne­hawu) and the SA Stu­dents’ Congress (Sasco) gave Steven Zwane un­til Au­gust 16 to re­sign or face a protest that would “help” him va­cate the of­fice.

How­ever, a planned picket out­side Zwane’s of­fice was called off at the last minute af­ter man­age­ment “threat­ened” work­ers with dis­ci­plinary ac­tion as the picket would have taken place dur­ing work­ing hours, union spokesper­son Khaya Xaba said. How­ever, he said the ac­tion would go ahead next week.

The NSFAS said Zwane was em­ployed by the board and it had not taken any de­ci­sion with re­gard to ter­mi­nat­ing his con­tract.

Zwane’s fu­ture will now be han­dled by the new ad­min­is­tra­tor, Dr Randall Carol­lis­sen

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor said Carol­lis­sen, the group ex­ec­u­tive of rev­enue plan­ning at Sars, would take over the gov­er­nance, man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the NSFAS for a year.

Carol­lis­sen’s ap­point­ment comes into ef­fect from the date of the pub­li­ca­tion of a no­tice in the Govern­ment Gazette, which is ex­pected on Tues­day.

Pan­dor has urged Carol­lis­sen to pre­pare for the open­ing of 2019 fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions by Septem­ber, af­ter the process was put on hold due to in­abil­ity by the NSFAS to deal with a back­log dat­ing back to 2017.

Carol­lis­sen will also have to en­sure:

the ef­fec­tive close­out of the 2017 and 2018 stu­dent fund­ing de­ci­sions and dis­burse­ments as well as fi­nalise plans for the 2019 fund­ing cy­cle which had been put on hold.

that over the next few months stu­dent fund­ing at uni­ver­si­ties and TVET col­leges is run­ning smoothly.

that the stu­dent-cen­tred model is re­viewed over the next few weeks and to pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions on how it can be im­proved to ef­fec­tively carry out its man­date.

Carol­lis­sen will be sup­ported by a team of ex­perts in fi­nan­cial aid, hu­man re­sources, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, business sys­tems and change man­age­ment.

Carol­lis­sen will be sup­ported by ex­perts

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