Coronavirus: NSFAS students will receive funds despite lockdown

Coronavirus: NSFAS students will receive funds despite lockdown

- Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande says that NSFAS students will continue to receive their funds during the lockdown period

- Water will be distributed to vulnerable regions during the lockdown period

- In addition to this, social services will be bolstered as the state seeks out social workers to look after the nation

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Minister Blade Nzimande says that students who arrived in South Africa from Wuhan have recovered and will be assisted to get home amidst the current lockdown.

Nzimande says that the Department of Higher Education is exploring online learning options for the duration of the lockdown, encouraging students to continue studying at home to minimise the amount of time lost.

NSFAS students who receive funding will continue to receive financial support during the lockdown period, in addition to this the body has approved more applications for funding with the number of students rising to 800 000.

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Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says that communities under distress will be covered. Old age homes and homes for persons with disabilities will also be supported. This would also include substance rehab centres and halfway houses.

Social grants have been approved for early payment and Zulu called on mothers to arrange supervision for children to avoid taking them to points.

In addition to this, the state is looking for unemployed social workers to help citizens, with Zulu commenting:

"We don't want to find, post-corona, families who are worse than they have been before."

Water and sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says that 2 000 hotspots have been targeted to receive water during this time.

Water will be provided to people in urban informal settlements as well as those in more rural areas.

Churches, schools and police stations have been identified as potential sites for these water tanks, with the majority heading to the Eastern Cape.

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