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Nzimande vows to follow through on unspent student grants

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Higher education department ‘will take action’ should investigations reveal financial impropriety

South Africa’s universities minister has promised he will take action if it emerges that institutions that failed to allocate nearly a billion rand in aid to students were “involved in financial impropriety”.

Blade Nzimande (pictured) made the comment in a written response dated 11 April to a question from Vuyani Pambo, an opposition MP, regarding an announcement in March by South Africa’s Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that universities and colleges had repaid R938 million (US$49.3m) of unallocated National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding.

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