BLF Student Movement supports #NationalShutdown of universities

BLF Student Movement supports #NationalShutdown of universities

Fees Must Fall protest at Parliament on October 21, 2015 in Cape Town. Image credit: Getty Images

Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) condemns Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, for not meeting the demands of the South African Union of Students (SAUS), after being put on terms to do so within 7 days from 16 January this year failing which a national shutdown of all universities will be embarked upon.

We support the call by SAUS for a national shutdown all campuses until all its demands are met.

BLF-SM is not surprised by the actions of Nzimande. Heis the same minister who at the height of the #FeesMustFall protests refused to listen to the call for Free Education.

We know that the pseudo-communist worked in cahoot with Sizwe Nxasana, the former chairperson of the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to throw poor students to the vampires called banks through their Ikusasa Lethu Programme.

It took the gallant efforts and resilient spirit of the the Fees Must Fall Movement to achieve, among other things, Free Education for the poor. Also giant steps were made towards making sure that students from working class families are able to go to university even if their families can’t afford it. Nzimande has even taken away the progressive grant subsidy of the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) that covered the shortfall of fee increases up to 8% and enabled millions of students to register even when carrying historic debt.

Today Nzimande is in cahoots with the Universities South Africa (USAf) to action a mass financial exclusion bloodbath in the public universities.

We are not surprised by this because ever since this new dawn government of Cyril Ramaphosa came into place it has sought to reverse all gains made by the poor during the Zuma administration.

BLF-SM calls on all progressive forces to join the #NationalShutdown until the following demands of the students are met:

‘1. Allocation of debt relief fund for clearance of student debts and all students with historical debts must be allowed to register.
2. Students must be given their academic records and certificates despite them owing universities.
3. Post-graduate students and B-Techs must be allowed to register. We are demanding postgraduate funding.
4. Correct accreditation process for private accommodation.
5. Free registration for vulnerable, poor and missing middle students.
6. Re- opening of NSFAS applications for new students and walk inns.
7. Revision of the DHET bursary guidelines to include submissions made by SRC Presidents last year especially on off campus students allowances and free sanitary towels for womxm students.
8. Increase of enrollment quotas amidst the high pass matric rate of 83.1 %.
9. A clear implementation plan for student Mental health, safety and security in campuses.
10. Inclusion of UNISA in all allowances.
11. DHET must address the shortage of student accommodation, decaying infrastructure for teaching and learning.
12. Expedite the NSFAS appeals process and elimination of n+1 and reinstatement of n+2 rule.
13. Food security for hungry poor students who are unfunded.
14. Improving the central application process and redesign the CACH to avoid excluding students.
15. Fees must fall in all universities that increased fees without consultation with the SRC.’

Let’s defend the gains of students to ensure that no academically deserving student suffers financial exclusion.


Issued by the Black First Land First-Student Movement
27 January 2020

Thobani Zikalala
National Secretary for Student Affairs
Cell: 0742467848

BLF-SM UKZN remembers Steve Biko

BLF-SM UKZN remembers Steve Biko

Black First Land First – Student Movement, University of KwaZulu Natal (BLF-SM UKZN) commences #BLFBikoWeek at Howard College with our weekly ‘Clean the Campus’ program – thus continuing our commitment in assisting our parents who work within this institution. We meet at the Shepstone foyer at 07:00am on Monday 11 September 2017.

BLF-SM is a Black Consciousness movement inspired by Steve Biko who was one of the founders of the South African Student Organisation (SASO), a movement characterized by its service within the black community.

Inspired by Steve Biko, a former UKZN medical school student, we as BLF-SM are committed to serving the black community both inside and outside the institution. To this end we are working to unite all black people so as to take back the land.

The #BLFBikoWeek will also include mobilization, conscientisation and recruitment drives as well as two Biko lectures.

In this regard the program at the UKZN Howard College and Westville Campus respectively is as follows:

Monday, 11 September 2017

Howard College – ‘Clean the Campus’; spread Biko’s black consciousness (residence mobilisation)

Westville College – Spread Biko’s black consciousness (campus, and residence mobilisation)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Howard College – spread Biko’s black consciousness (residence mobilisation)

Westville Campus – spread Biko’s black consciousness (campus mobilisation); Biko Lecture will be hosted in conjunction with Afri-esm at 6:15pm, in G1.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Howard College – Think!Black: Biko Lecture at 12:00pm at SH12 in
Westville Campus; Womxns dialogue will be hosted in conjunction with Res Life at 6pmin O-Block.

10 August 2017

Issued by BLF-SM UKZN
Twitter: @BLACK1stLAND1st
Twitter: @BLF_SM
Facebook: BlackFirstLandFirst
[email protected]

BLF-SM UKZN Howard College Branch
Gabriel Dube
Secretary General
+27 82 936 9196

BLF-SM UKZN Westville Campus Branch
Sifundo Nxele
+27 62 268 8456

BLF applauds BLF-SM on gaining recognition at UKZN, Westville campus

The Black First Land First Student Movement (BLF-SM) continues in its responsibility to build a student movement that takes the struggle for black liberation forward. Black First Land First (BLF) acknowledges and applauds the work done by its student movement in obtaining recognition from the “Recognition Appeals Committee” (RAC) of the Westville campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN).

The process for gaining recognition was long and tedious. It was riddled with the typical political gamesmanship associated with new student movements gaining entry into the Student Representative Council (SRC) but the resilience of the BLF-SM leadership at Westville campus ensured success.

This recognition follows a successful #BlackWave at the UKZN – Howard College branch in the past week and just as we prepare for #BLFremembersBiko – a time of reflection and inspiration as we struggle to take back the land.

Free the mind, take the land!

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
22 August 2017

Black First Land First Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First
Twitter: @black1stland1st

Zanele Lwana
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27799867225

Lindsay Maasdorp
(National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Brian Tloubatla
(Deputy National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF (Black First Land First) Limpopo congratulate the class of 2016.

BLF (Black First Land First) Limpopo congratulate the class of 2016.

6 January 2017

Media Statement

BLF (Black First Land First) Limpopo congratulate the class of 2016 matriculants.

The BLF in Limpopo joins the people of the Limpopo province to congratulate the hard working and successful 2016 matriculants announced by MEC for basic education in S.A.

BLF Limpopo would also like to congratulate the top achiever of 2016; Karabo Moremi and the Vhembe district for always putting Blacks in their district first; specifically Mbilwi Tshivhase and Thengwe schools.

As BLF Limpopo we do not celebrate the 62% as the best results. Our provincial department got more than R27bn in budget to improve the standard of education in the province but it seems like the opposite happened. With almost half of the provincial budget allocated to Limpopo Department of Basic Education but with this poor performance, BLF has noted that the problem isn’t with the educators, students nor the Department of Basic Education in Limpopo rather within the Provincial Leadership of the ruling party.

Internal factions in the province have put MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe’s department under administration. BLF has also noted that the road to the ruling party’s national conference is the reason why Mr Kgetjepe was neutralized in his department were looting by the provincial leadership of the ruling party is the order of the day.
The premier of Limpopo puts his interests(tenders) first than the people of this province.

BLF Limpopo cannot allow political factions destroy the future of our black society anymore,Greediness and Selfishness in this Province has compromised the citizens enough. The ruling party has also lost its morals and values. Statistically since the Premier took over the region ,the youth unemployment rate in the province has grown by 30% whilst the pensioners in the leadership are getting richer by the day.

BLF Limpopo demands that the Premier and the Limpopo MEC of Basic Education to account for this Province’s poor performance in 2016 due to their differences.

Black First Land First demands that the leadership of the ruling party in the Province to put Black People First and Land First before their tenders.


Issued by: Malose Maraba(BLF’s Limpopo’s Provincial Representative)

Contact: 072 651 0578

Email: [email protected]
Izwe Lethu✊🏾