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By Canaan Mdletshe | Dec 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier, Zweli Mkhize, has called on South African Students Congress leaders to lead by example.

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier, Zweli Mkhize, has called on South African Students Congress leaders to lead by example.

Mkhize said many of the leaders in powerful institutions and companies, including the current democratic government, were former members of Sasco.

Mkhize was speaking at the Sasco meeting that was also addressed by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.

The meeting was held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Edgewood Campus on Monday.

"I must also hasten to state that current leaders of this organisation must lead by example. You must do your assignments and finish your studies on time," he said.

He advised members of the student body to be at the forefront of the fight against corruption.

Nzimande said the ministerial committee reviewing the efficiency of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme would hand over its report to him before the end of the year.

"Many still play significant roles in the governance of many global institutions of tremendous influence," Mkhize said.

"It is fitting and proper that on such an occasion we should pay tribute to this organisation."

The ministerial review report is expected to contain proposals will change the nature and functioning of the scheme.

Nzimande said the report should include a review of the means to test the repayment process and a more equitable formula for the financial support of students.

Nzimande said he had instituted this evaluation shortly after his appointment because it was generally recognised that the scheme had acute shortcomings in providing adequate support for needy students.

"As a result of these shortcomings poor students and their parents have resorted to loan sharks to finance the studies.

"This practice perpetuates a cycle of debt in thousands of poor households around the country and needs to come to an end," he said.

Nzimande also said deficiencies in the scheme propagated high dropout rates since financial aid often excluded essentials such as food.

"It is imperative that poor students should not be denied an opportunity to quality higher education," he said.


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