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‘I drink water, it’s the only thing I do’: students starve as NSFAS fiddles

Unisa students share heartbreaking stories as they beg for their monthly R290 allowance to buy food and data

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A Unisa student walked about 35 minutes to a shopping mall in Komani in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday to charge her cellphone so she could complete an assignment.

Another was forced to use money she had set aside for electricity to pay the printing costs for an assignment.

As beneficiaries of the government’s National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), the two and thousands of other Unisa students have been left stranded because the institution hasn’t paid their monthly R290 living allowance since the start of the academic year...

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