BLF-SM KZN: Increase NSFAS, Defend poor students against fuel hikes

The Black First Land First Student Movement in KwaZulu-Natal (BLF-SM KZN) condemns the recent fuel hikes as they will impact students negatively.

South Africa has experienced two fuel hikes in one year and that is not where the problem ends, yet another fuel hike of approximately 26 cents will hit the country a few weeks after fuel prices went up by approximately 6 cents. Our concerns with the hikes is that students are not catered for and the hikes will hit students drastically following the increase in VAT tax to 15%, which raised the (already high) cost of living for the students of this country whose only hope of survival is the NSFAS student allowance.

However, it is not only those on NSFAS who will be affected badly, the students who do not even have funding, students with no support and students who take public transport to campuses will further be disadvantaged.

BLF-SM calls on the South African government to increase the student allowance (which doesn’t reflect the minimum living wage that Stats SA holds at R12 500), allocated to students.

Our message to the government is that “makunyiwe macala”. If the poor continue to be further disadvantaged, students will once again take the offensive and defend the right to free quality education.

IzweLethu!

ISSUED BY THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST STUDENT MOVEMENT IN KZN (BLF-SM KZN)

06 July 2018

Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
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Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

Thobani Zikalala
(Provincial Secretary of Student Affairs)
Cell:+2774 246 7848

Sipho Ntombela
(Howard College Branch Chairperson)
Cell:+2767 068 8862

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