September 17, 2019

South Africa’s tertiary education institutions could face turmoil in 2019 that would make the Fees Must Fall disruptions of 2015/6 pale in comparison as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) struggles to play catch-up with burgeoning funding applications. The Minster of Education, Naledi Pandor, has already taken far-reaching steps to try to avoid an explosive crisis at campuses countrywide in the next academic year.

The recently released World Bank Group Diagnostic Report on South Africa, “An Incomplete Transition: Overcoming the Legacy of Exclusion in South Africa,” has in many ways shifted the ground on which the ruling party has for decades contested the so-called Washington Consensus. The big surprise was that the Diagnostic Report, released in May, was written in language that sounded very much like the National Development Plan (NDP).

Here is something for those who are wondering when the state capture investigation will get underway. It turns out that a small start has already been made.

Parliament’s Rural Development and Land Reform Committee is fast losing patience with the Ingonyama Trust, with a Committee member declaring at its most recent meeting that in terms of actual delivery the Trust had scored zero.

The Department of Social Development conceded in a committee meeting in Parliament that there is R500 million allocated for social grants in 2018/2019 which will simply not be spent. ALISON TILLEY reports on another debacle in the ongoing slow train wreck that is Sassa.

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