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Efforts to reinstate NSFAS boss fail

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Efforts to reinstate NSFAS boss fail

Efforts to reinstate NSFAS boss fail. Andile Nongogo, former CEO of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), failed in his attempt to be reinstated through an urgent application to the Johannesburg Labour Court.

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Background

Nongogo’s contract was terminated in October after an investigation by Werksmans Attorneys and advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi. Alleging lack of due disciplinary process, Nongogo contested his dismissal.

Accusations and Counter|Accusations

Post-dismissal, Nongogo and NSFAS board chairperson Ernest Khosa engaged in a public dispute following a forensic report implicating Nongogo in corruption, fraud, and illegal tender dealing.

Contract Termination and Allegations

Nongogo entered a fixed-term contract in November 2020, intended to run until November 2025. He was accused of a conflict of interest in service provider appointments for student allowances, leading to his termination.

Legal Arguments

Nongogo argued that his termination breached the employment contract, emphasizing the necessity of reinstatement. His legal team contended that the board couldn’t unilaterally dismiss him without a disciplinary hearing, a right stipulated in his contract.

Court Ruling

Acting Judge MB Mahalelo found that Nongogo, as CEO, couldn’t be subjected to the management’s disciplinary policy. The judge ruled that even if the policy applied, it didn’t mandate a formal disciplinary hearing, leading to the dismissal of Nongogo’s application.

Conclusion

The Labour Court’s decision underscores the complexities of executive dismissals and disciplinary procedures within public entities. Nongogo’s bid for reinstatement based on procedural grounds faced legal challenges, ultimately resulting in dismissal.

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NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?

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NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?

NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides vital support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering bursaries and loans for education expenses. But what happens if you drop out? Do you need to reapply for NSFAS funding? Let’s find out.

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NSFAS Funding

NSFAS assists eligible students with tuition, registration fees, and various allowances, enabling them to focus on their studies without financial worries.

Dropping Out and NSFAS

Life circumstances can lead to a student dropping out of their course. Despite this, you can still qualify for NSFAS funding. However, you must take steps to restart your funding.

Reapplying For NSFAS

If you deregister or drop out, you must reapply for NSFAS if you plan to resume your studies in the future. This ensures you remain eligible for funding.

How to Reapply for NSFAS

Create or Log into Your myNSFAS Account

  • If you have an existing account, log in.
  • If not, create a new account on the myNSFAS portal.

Complete the Application

  • Click on ‘Apply’ and answer the questions on the screen.
  • If required, upload any supporting documents.

Submit Your Application

  • After completing the application, click ‘Submit.’
  • You will receive an application reference number.

Maintaining NSFAS Eligibility

Remember, NSFAS will only fund you if you meet the academic eligibility criteria.

Conclusion

If you dropped out of college or university but wish to return to your studies, you can reapply for NSFAS funding. By following the reapplication process, you can resume your education with the necessary financial support.

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