NSFAS chief executive ignores union threat
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