NSFAS, what are you doing with student funds?

During 2022, OUTA started investigating mismanagement of student funds by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

This investigation was sparked off by our investigation into the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA), when we found links to contracts in the two entities. Both entities fall under the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The failure by crucial institutions such as the Services SETA and NSFAS to manage their funds responsibly fails the unemployed youth and our country as a whole.

"A culture of transparency demands open governance and the disclosure of information except in exceptional circumstances."

– The South African Human Rights Commission, on the pervasive failure by public bodies to honour PAIA requests for information from the public, in its annual PAIA report for 2019/20.

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