National funding (Nsfas) for the poor to fund their education has forgotten to stand by its morals to help the 24 years old students from uMzimkhulu, KwaZulu natal.
Lihle Mbele whose been struggling to get funding from Nsfas is out to be drowning in debts today due to no assistance when applying for the financial scheme since 2018, with hopes that he will be achieving to change his family’s financial status.
“I have been trying to get financial assistance from Nsfas countless times since 2018 and I even tried getting assistance from financial offices at Nelson Mandela University they also failed to get me admitted countless times”.
Despite the family living off his father’s pension money, he is still well-focused and a dedicated straight-A student. Mbele has been bending at all costs since 2018 after he was admitted to the university.
“I have been performing very well since in 2018 I did a higher certificate in business studies and received awards for top academic student, in 2019-2021 enrolled for a diploma in management and obtained it with a cum Laude.”
Lihle has tried to look for employment, but due to his debt to the university, he has failed to get employment. He’s been using the completion letters given to him to seek employment, but because of his debt companies have failed to take him in as they want his original certificate.
“I have been trying to get employment, but when an opportunity arises, they want my certificate and I only have a completion letter, it does not help. I understand there is a high rate of unemployment”.
The dysfunctional of student financial assistance Nsfas has not stopped Mbele from aiming for his Advanced Diploma in Technical and vocational teaching, which he plans to use so that he can be able to find work to pay up his fees.
At this point, Mbele is one of many students who are in varsity with no funding, in his case he owes the institution R99999.50 in total.