South Africa’s NSFAS “millionaire” student speaks…

By Malibongwe Dayimani – August 30, 2017

The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student who received a R14 million windfall instead of a R14 100 “food allowance” from NSFAS has spoken out.

For three months, from 1 June to 13 August she arguably became the richest full-time student in South Africa.

In a message to her friends today (Wednesday) – which followed the storm that came after reports of the “erroneous” payment made to her student account – she blamed NSFAS for the mistake. She claimed that she was the one who notified authorities.

“(They) allocated more money in a wrong account and that account happened to be mine. So I don’t deny anything…the money was loaded on the  1st june and reversed on the 13th August. But the question is how did it happen to be public news. The answer is still simply and right in front of us…(they) forget to mention one part that… I reported the matter to the authorities,” she said.

The student was credited with R14million “food allowance” three months ago and so far has spent R818 000 of the windfall. This means that she spent at least R10 900 per day over the period.

The student was meant to have receive a R14 100 allowance paid out in equal amounts over a 10 month period, for the year.

Instead she found herself an instant millionaire.

WSU spokeswoman Yonela Tukwayo admitted that the student had “erroneously” received R14 million in her account and that a forensic investigation was underway.

“The funds were allocated to the student’s IntelliCard, which is the debit card administered by IntelliMali,” she said. Tukwayo said WSU management will meet with IntelliMali CEO Michael Ansell, this afternoon (Wed) to discuss the matter further and “probe how such an error could have occurred and go undetected over (the) period”.

The student’s account, said Tukwayo, has since been blocked and the remaining balance recovered.

“The student has been advised by the University that they will remain liable for the money that she has spent,” she said.

*This is a developing story. More details will be in tomorrow’s edition of the Dispatch.

South Africa’s NSFAS “millionaire” student speaks…

WSU bookstore burnt in violent student riots

A campus bookstore was looted and burnt in a night of student rioting and police counter-action at two Walter Sisulu University learning sites on Monday night.

Police fired rubber bullets, teargas and stun grenades to disperse students who blockaded part of the N2 in front of the Nelson Mandela Drive site with burning tyres.

Walter Sisulu University

Heavily armed police were also kept busy at the Zamukulungisa site, where students allegedly looted and burnt a bookshop located on the premises.

University spokeswoman Yonela Tukwayo said: “I can confirm that a bookstore located at Zamukulungisa site was looted and burnt by students.

“The costs of the damage have not been quantified yet as the campus is closed. Assessors’ safety cannot be guaranteed if they go in.”

Commenting on the burning of the bookshop, SRC president Sinelizwi Mantangayi said : “We suspect it is people from outside since they know that there is a protest.”

The students are protesting over National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) food allowances.

Tukwayo said the university had made arrangements with NSFAS to extend the deadline and allow the affected students a chance to sign their agreements.

“After a meeting with the SRC, a NSFAS delegation and management on Friday, the SRC called a mass meeting on Saturday to report back,” Tukwayo said.

“They tabled the resolutions and action plans.”

Tukwana said it was disappointing that despite the university’s attempts to bring the situation under control, students still behaved violently and destructively.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said a case of arson and damage to property was being investigated.

“No arrests have been made as yet,” he said.

The university closed both the Mthatha and Butterworth campuses last week amid student disruptions, mostly over NSFAS-related issues.


Student causes a NSFAS after R14m ‘mistake’

A Walter Sisulu University student who accidentally received a R14 million payment on her student debit card will be liable after allegedly spending more than R400‚000.

A Walter Sisulu University student who accidentally received a R14 million payment on her student debit card will be liable after allegedly spending more than R400‚000. Picture SOURCED
University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo told TimesLIVE on Wednesday that a female student in the Eastern Cape had received the payment about five months ago.
“People started complaining after she started living a very lavish lifestyle‚” Tukwayo said.
Tukwayo said there were specific merchants where students were able to use the money to buy books and food‚ so the university would investigate how the student was able to buy some of the goods she bought.
“Some students picked this up from the very lavish lifestyle she started living. We will also be looking into how this money was spent to buy some of the expensive goods‚” Tukwayo said.
“There have been previous cases where merchants had colluded with students‚ but this will be part of the investigation.”
“We don’t know how this happened … but she will be held liable to pay back the money she had spent‚” she said.
Students on financial aid receive money for books and food.
“It was very callous and she did not report the matter immediately. She will definitely be held responsible‚” she said.
Tukwayo said the university was meeting with the CEO of the company who administered the student debit cards – called Intellicard – and that the university’s forensic team would also look into the matter.
Tukwayo added: “It was not a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) mistake. It was an Intellicard mistake and we are not sure how that happened.”
An Intellicard is a financial card used by students who are financed by NSFAS. Money is allocated to the cards‚ which are issued after an agreement is signed by the student.
NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo said the financial aid scheme didn’t pay the money directly to the student and said the university had to account.
This is a developing story.

Source: TMG Digital.

Mthatha Bucks vs. Tshakhuma Madzivhadila 

Mthatha Bucks were comfortable 2-0 winners on Sunday over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in our first home match of the 2017/18 NFD season.


Full time : Mthatha Bucks 2-0 TTM. #NFD …first home game, first win!!
A tame header from Kangwa in the 71st minute goes straight to the keeper from. Bucks 2-0 TTM. #NFD
Mbhele making way for Ngubane in the 58th minute.
Second half underway, Mthatha Bucks 2-0 TTM.
GOAL!!!!! Erasmus scores with an overhead kick in the 40th minute from a Mbhele corner!!
A good save by the keeper from a Bhengu low shot in the 44th minute and the visitors clear their lines from the resulting corner.
A good save by the visitors keeper after a good header from Kangwa from another Zulu cross in the 26th minute.
23′ – GOOOAAALLLL Amathol’amnyama!! A good cross by Zulu is headed home by Erasmus to make it 1-0. #NFD
20′ – Tshakhuma applying some pressure as they win their 4th corner but we remain resolute at the back, 0-0.
11′ – 1st chance at goal sees Erasmus diving header go narrowly wide after a good cross by Zulu, 0-0.
1′ – We underway at Mthatha Stadium! Our first home match of the season as we gun for the maximum against Tshakhuma TM, 0-0. #NFD ⚽?

Venue: Mthatha Stadium (Mthatha)

1st Division table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +2 6
2 2 +2 6
3 2 +2 4
4 2 +1 4
5 2 +1 4
6 2 +1 4
7 2 +4 3
8 2 +1 3
9 2 +0 2
10 2 +0 2
11 2 -1 1
12 2 -1 1
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -5 1
15 2 -3 0
16 2 -3 0