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NSF (DHET) HOSTED A SUCCESSFUL MEETING WITH NSF BENEFICIARIES AND FINANCIAL AID DEPARTMENT AT DUT

NSF (DHET) HOSTED A SUCCESSFUL MEETING WITH NSF BENEFICIARIES AND FINANCIAL AID DEPARTMENT AT DUT

The Financial Aid Department hosted a meeting with the National Skills Funds (NSF) and its beneficiaries at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Steve Biko Campus in Durban on Wednesday, 27 October 2021.

Two of the NSF representatives, Mr Nyiko Hlekame and Miriam Mosehla discussed bursary agreements with new students whilst monitoring continuing students.

Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET’s) NSF has a mission to provide funding for national skills development towards a capable workforce for an inclusive growing path. Financial Aid selected students as per NSF criteria, after much work, a listing of suitable candidates was submitted, NSF picked from this pool.

NSF beneficiaries, Mr Nyiko Hlekame and Miriam Mosehla

“The bursary covers your tuition fee and we have decided to pay for 2021 tuition fee, pay allowances from July 2021. If you stay at home, you shall get your travelling allowance. Allowances next year will kick in as from February up until November 2022. Should you fail any module, we won’t cover those,” Explaining the contract to the beneficiaries, Mr Nyiko Hlekame, NSF Deputy Director.

Sandra Moodley, Financial Aid Counsellor at DUT advised students to work hard and to perform well in their academics so they can keep the bursary. She further explained that students are not allowed to have more than one active bursary.

Hlekame emphasized on the fact that students should use their home address for statistical purposes and the POPI Act which gives individuals the constitutional right to privacy by safeguarding their personal information, at the same time protecting the flow of information.

“We take academic per annum. If you have any issues whether its family matters or any other issues in general that may destruct you from excelling in your academics, please do let us know,” said Mosehla, NSF representative.

One of the NSF beneficiaries, Sibonelo Khuzwayo is grateful to NSF for the bursary. Khuzwayo, a DUT alumnus, has been an NSF beneficiary since 2016 when he began with his Diploma in Electrical Engineering (heavy current) and he further completed his Bachelor of Technology Degree in the same field.

“NSF played a huge role in my life. They paid my school fees, accommodation, meal allowance and book allowance. I passed my BTech with Cum Laude and I am currently employed at Transnet Freight Rail as an Engineer Technician. My journey as a student was not difficult because I was privileged for receiving all those benefits. Thank you so much NSF, I am who I am today because of you!” said Khuzwayo.

Pictured: NSF representatives.

Nikiwe Sukazi

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