Today's Big Stories

Student funding scheme investigates fraud & Union threatens a Telkom strike

NSFAS investigating fraud by students

There's been countless reports of looting and disruption of lessons at many of our local universities and colleges owing to many reasons including lack of funds for students and things like disagreements between students and management regarding changes at these institutions. Wits University has undertaken a project where they try to raise funds for students who can't afford their education.

For those not as fortunate to have this assistance, National Students Financial Aid Scheme remains their only options, but reports suggests that NSFAS is experiencing its own challenges. Nikiwe Bikitsha spoke to Dr Diane Parker, Deputy Director General Department of Higher Education about the status of the national funder.

There are reports indicating fraudulent activities into NSFAS, from students presenting themselves as poor with affidavits from family members and business colluding with students to help them look favorable for financial aid etc. It is quite important to get to the bottom of the matter, we are having a meeting today with service providers and we may take up to a year investigating this.

Truck drivers on the road illegally

Road accidents are unfortunately a daily occurrence on South African roads, many of which involve truck drivers. the Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane says many of the truck drivers are on the road illegally as they have to public roads permit. Nikiwe Bikitsha spoke to him, asking what the department was doing with these drivers and if they take the blame for not ensuring only legal drivers are on our roads.

Our system revealed these results to us and we are talking to owners of these trucks so they can make sure their drivers comply with the rules. Almost every incident and accident involving a truck, has something to do with compliance.

Nikiwe also got reaction from the Road Freight Association's technical operations manager, Gavin Kelly who didn't share the view of RTMC.

RTMC is not accurate in their findings and the system they use is also not accurate. Yes compliance is important and we agree on that.

Another union calling on clarity from Telkom

Yesterday Nikiwe Bikitsha spoke to Telkom's Jacqui o'Sullivan about the rumored job cuts the company is planning to make. To get their take on the story, Communications Workers Union's President Clyde Mervin expressed the Union's concerns.

We are flabbergasted by Telkom for releasing a statement on Monday that workers will be retrenched and they will outsource a lot of their services. they should have approached the unions first before addressing workers. We declared yesterday that we are going on a strike, we are busy consulting our lawyers as we speak.

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