By Julie Mahlase
Department of Military Veterans Is Taking One Step Ahead for Providing Educational Support to All their Approved Students at Various Universities.
The Department of Military Veterans had deployed its officials throughout the country to start visiting tertiary institutions from the end of March 2017 to inspect whether academic excellence of Military Veterans and their dependents are not negatively affected at institutions that are helping in offering them education.
The Department’s officials planned that it will interact with the deans of faculties, the NSFAS financial aid officers, as well as the military veterans and their dependants studying in different universities.
Currently the department had come to conclusion that about 1600 military veterans and their dependents that are students across the country, are in receipts of education support from the Department through NSFAS, to the tune of 115 million rends.
Most of these students are at UNISA, Nelson Mandela Bay University, TUT, University of Kwazulu Natal, University of Johannesburg and University of Venda, and had some challenges with the payment of fees which are now being resolved. Military veterans and their dependents who are students in these institutions are urged to contact the Department of Military Veterans to find out information about when each university will be visited.
“The Department calls on all South Africans to assist in making sure that support to students who are military veterans and their dependants, studying in institutions of higher learning proceed smoothly in pursuit of their academic goals and careers” said Mr Max Ozinsky, Acting Director-General of the Department of Military Veterans.