Blade Nzimande

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Blade Nzimande said : “As we head into a new academic year, it is important to remember that admissions’ decisions are made by individual universities and colleges, and that institutions have staggered registrations for continuing and new students,” External link

iol Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “African people have, from time immemorial, gathered tremendous experience on how to deal with diseases,” External link

iol Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As we head into a new academic year, it is important to remember that admissions’ decisions are made by individual universities and colleges and that institutions have staggered registrations for continuing and new students,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Due to the limited spaces in universities and colleges, meeting the minimum requirements does not mean a space for everyone who applies. The department has therefore made available the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) for students who have applied for a space but were declined,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “They [NSFAS] will communicate funding eligibility once the verification and quality assurance process is complete in order to ensure the credibility of this important process,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Among these are the 5G myths that have led to cell phone towers being destroyed in some parts of our country. The public must be informed that the COVID-19 virus is purely biological and has no roots in any fourth industrial revolution technology like 5G," External link

sinacom-en Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Among these are the 5G myths that have led to cell phone towers being destroyed in some parts of our country. The public must be informed that the COVID-19 virus is purely biological and has no roots in any fourth industrial revolution technology like 5G," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m impressed by the proactive and innovative measures introduced by the hospital to manage COVID-19. These include the establishment of a flu clinic since March 2020. The clinic is used to screen all patients and visitors to the hospital at the point of entry,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Significant efforts have been made across all institutions to ensure that a fair opportunity has been provided to all students to complete the 2020 academic year. This has included an inevitable extended period into the 2021 calendar year for the majority of institutions" External link

news24 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Too many students are rushing to courses that we are not short of in South Africa, [qualifications] which are oversubscribed,” External link

news24 Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Establishment of the SKA observatory enables the SKA project to enter an exciting phase which is the implementation of cutting edge scientific and technical designs that have been conceptualised by multinational teams, including many South African scientists and engineers, over the past few years” External link

iol Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In tandem we will amplify dialogues to address vaccination hesitancy and tackle other myths aimed to mislead our people, like the untruth that Covid-19 is caused by new technologies such as 5G,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In tandem we will amplify dialogues to address vaccination hesitancy and tackle other myths aimed to mislead our people, like the untruth that Covid-19 is caused by new technologies such as 5G," External link

news24 Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:49:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The strategy will help to ensure access to vaccination for our students and staff, of which priority for inclusion in the Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout programme are our frontline campus healthcare staff and health sciences students, especially the nursing, medicine and other disciplines,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In tandem we will amplify dialogues to address vaccination hesitancy and tackle other myths aimed to mislead our people, like the untruth that COVID-19 is caused by new technologies such as 5G,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Mental wellbeing and ability to manage not only the usual stresses and pressures of student life, but the uncertainty and deepening economic deprivation that COVID-19 caused among most South African families, is essential to support productive student lives in our institutions,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have already heard the very sad news that 48 staff members and 10 students had passed on last year of Covid-19. We know that infections will have risen over the festive season,” External link

iol Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “We want to use this opportunity of acquisition of vaccines to also put in place measures so that we can build our own local capacity for at least the production of vaccines,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “If we are not building our own capacity, we will be in trouble,” “As the Department of Science and Innovation, we’re determined to use this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen our local capacity for production” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It will be critical to ensure that the necessary health and safety protocols are in place for the registration period at universities and this will require clear and timeous communication with returning and new students,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It will be critical to ensure that the necessary health and safety protocols are in place for the registration period at universities and this will require clear and timeous communication with returning and new students,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In this regard our key task now is to get a better understanding of the mechanisms of increased transmissibility and if there is any evidence of increased pathogenicity, or whether reinfection can occur,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Scientists from the DSI-funded Krisp… have been meeting with the world’s top scientists every two weeks to discuss the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 lineages. The centre has been sequencing SARS-CoV-2 genomes locally and sharing its findings” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This partnership with SARS is meant to accurately assess declared household income from SARS and compare with information that students are using to apply for NSFAS bursaries, as a further control to ensure that only deserving students are funded,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:42:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In this regard our key task now is to get a better understanding of the mechanisms of increased transmissibility and if there is any evidence of increased pathogenicity, or whether reinfection can occur," External link

irishsun Monday, January 18, 2021 9:29:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In this regard our key task now is to get a better understanding of the mechanisms of increased transmissibility and if there is any evidence of increased pathogenicity, or whether reinfection can occur," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande asked : “Why can’t we produce in South Africa because we’ve produced other vaccines, with the scientist capacity that we have and infrastructure,” External link

sanews Monday, January 18, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "There must be no space left to corruption and state capture, old and new, to occur in the sourcing of the Covid-19 vaccine. By corruption and state capture, we include undue influence by private, vested interests" External link

news24 Friday, January 8, 2021 11:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "As the SACP, we are ready to make our modest contribution towards the unity of the ANC and the motive forces of our shared strategy — the national democratic revolution," External link

iol Friday, January 8, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We expect the ANC to lead in protecting and nurturing this Alliance," External link

iol Friday, January 8, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “GDP may grow, and it has happened in the past, yet at the same time poverty, inequality and unemployment is worsening. GDP growth is not a reliable measure of how our economy is performing in relation to the overwhelming majority of our people,” External link

the-star Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Don’t take kindly to the name of MK being used for factionalist behaviour in the movement. That is why we call upon the MKMVA together with the MK Council to merge and form one organisation, as has been decided by the ANC and supported by us to preserve the legacy of MK. If the MK was factionalist, we would not be where we are today,” External link

the-star Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Those who say who are we as the SACP to make statements, we must and will say so because we are the co-founders of MK, so it is very important that we do not forget that MK was never factionalist and therefore the MKMVA cannot act in a manner that divides the organisation,” External link

the-star Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Joe Slovo ) : "If MK was factionalist, we would not be here today. None of the names can be used to pursue narrow factionalist agendas. In memory of Slovo, we cannot allow this. MK was never factionalists and therefore MKMVA cannot act in that manner," External link

news24 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "We want to welcome the stance by the WHO to make the Covid-19 vaccine a global public good, rather than a profit driven imperative. In our country the government should ensure that the production and sourcing of the Covid-19 vaccine is not subordinated to private wealth accumulation interests. There must be no space left to corruption and state capture, old or new, in the sourcing of the Covid-19 vaccine, as in every government programme, department and public entity," External link

news24 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It has come to my attention that the university enrolled 77 840 FTEN students in 2020. This is an over enrolment of 20 137 students, 35% over the approved target. It will have a significant impact on the sustainability of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas),” External link

iol Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "On behalf of the SACP central committee and the party's entire membership, I wish to express our message of heartfelt condolences to the Shabalala family for the great loss encountered" External link

news24 Saturday, December 26, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "This is in line with the use of pathogen genomics for monitoring of transmission dynamics of infectious agents and potential vaccine escape is of crucial importance to South Africa, Africa and the world," External link

allafrica Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is in line with the use of pathogen genomics for monitoring of transmission dynamics of infectious agents and potential vaccine escape is of crucial importance to South Africa, Africa and the world,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 21, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The central committee denounced unscientific utterances promoting conspiracy theories against scientific vaccine development‚” “Having, in the past, gone through a devastating period of Aids denialism‚ we cannot allow another bout of the dangerous anti-vaccination and anti-vaccine postures” External link

businessday Monday, December 21, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is in line with the use of pathogen genomics for monitoring of transmission dynamics of infectious agents and potential vaccine escape is of crucial importance to South Africa, Africa and the world,” External link

sanews Monday, December 21, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In fact, universities in many areas incurred increased costs, including the provision of electronic devices and data, improvements to learning management systems, the cost of health and safety and other costs,” External link

iol Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In addition, through the gap grant (fee adjustment grant) provided from 2017 onwards, students with family incomes up to R600 000 received support from the government to cover the gap between the 2016 and increased fee required,” External link

iol Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande indiqué : "Nous avons identifié 345 professions qui sont en forte demande sur un total de 1.500 enregistrées dans notre cadre organigramme des professions. Cette liste est mise à jour tous les deux ans, et constitue une étape importante pour nous aider à mieux connaître les besoins du marché du travail, ainsi qu'à identifier les opportunités sur lesquelles nos étudiants et diplômés ont une meilleure chance de trouver un emploi" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, December 8, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I always found robust debates with her very informative. She was indeed a very important member of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology,” External link

sanews Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I always found robust debates with her very informative. She was indeed a very important member of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Despite many challenges, NSFAS is a much better entity now than it was when Carolissen took over," External link

allafrica Sunday, November 29, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have therefore proposed a further fee compact to public universities, continuing what has been in place for the past few years. The intention of these fee compacts is to ensure fee increases are kept at affordable levels, while also ensuring that universities are able to remain sustainable,” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, November 29, 2020 1:58:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Despite many challenges, NSFAS is a much better entity now than it was when Carolissen took over,” External link

sanews Friday, November 27, 2020 12:02:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Let me say this without fear of contradiction, the state Nsfas was 29 months ago is so vastly different to where Nsfas is now. I want to say that without any contradiction people with different views can hold their views but as the minister responsible for Nsfas I see change,” “The Nsfas director has done a great job, as minister anyone can come to challenge me. There are many great things I can mention like the setting up of systems although others are not complete. It’s not perfect but we must remember that Nsfas is a very complex operation,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Contacts have also been isolated and given the necessary support,” External link

businessday Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have been closely monitoring the situation across all universities, and I am pleased to say that as of November 13 the vast majority of institutions (25) are at 'low risk' of not completing the academic year,” External link

businessday Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I want to assure South Africans that all our universities are fully committed to complete the 2020 academic year by mid-March 2021. Twenty-five universities are set to start the 2021 academic year at end of March 2021 and one university in April,” External link

businessday Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I reject with contempt this idea, that is often pushed by the opposition, that someone who worked as my chief of staff is not supposed to work anywhere in government. " External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Despite many challenges, NSFAS is a much better entity now than it was when you took over,” External link

mg Thursday, November 26, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These occupations are at both high, as well as intermediate skills levels,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Too many students rush into courses or programmes that we’re not short of in South Africa and are oversubscribed, which is breeding unemployment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As a department, we have also researched and identified those occupations that may require skilled personnel to be recruited from outside of South Africa,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It is illuminating to note that a number of universities are pointing to better student performance in comparison to previous years. We have interrogated the reasons for this performance and found multiple contributing factors so there is good news from this cloud," External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande remarked : “I reject the idea that someone who was employed as my chief of staff should not be hired at NSFAS. Why should people who work in ministries not be employed anywhere else?,” External link

iol Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “This capacity is going to put us in good standing in South Africa in terms of future production of vaccines, even possibly down the line, a Covid-19 vaccine,” “It plays a very important foundation to build our capacity as a country” External link

iol Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The DSI achieved 87% (or 40 out of 46) of its targets, with just six targets (13%) not achieved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Director General ) : “I also congratulate the entire DSI staff, led by the Director-General, for its commitment, dedication and resolve to ensure that the department maintains and improves its annual performance by achieving most of their set targets and financial prudence,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Female applicants account for a 68 percent (338 324) of the total, while male applicants only account for 32 percent (155 543). This trend has been continuing in this trajectory for the past three years,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS’s efforts in providing easy access through partnerships are yielding positive results,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We remain highly grateful to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for their continuous support and partnership. NYDA centres and Teacher’s Centres across the country will remain operational NSFAS application centres throughout the application cycle. We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I congratulate SAPS for swiftly arresting these suspects and urge them to work tirelessly to also arrest the assailants who shot and killed Lindinkosi Mazibuko, the Head of Infrastructure at the same TVET College, who I visited his family on Sunday, the 1st November 2020,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS's efforts in providing easy access through partnerships is yielding positive results," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "NYDA centres, teachers' centres and NSFAS application centres across the country will remain operational throughout the application cycle. We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This trend has been continuing in this trajectory for the past three years,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS’s efforts in providing easy access through partnerships is yielding positive results,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I congratulate SAPS for swiftly arresting these suspects and urge them to work tirelessly to also arrest the assailants who shot and killed Lindinkosi Mazibuko, the head of Infrastructure at the same TVET College, who I visited his family on November 1,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “By this time last year (during the 2020 application cycle), NSFAS had only received over 287 769 applications. "Female applicants account for 68% (338 324) of the total, while male applicants only account for 32% (155 543). This trend has been continuing in this trajectory for the past three years,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS’s efforts in providing easy access through partnerships is yielding positive results,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “NYDA centres, teachers' centres and NSFAS application centres across the country will remain operational throughout the application cycle. We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I congratulate SAPS for swiftly arresting these suspects. I am grateful to the members of the community who cooperated with the police during their investigation,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "They are in the second phase. By the end of October they would have managed to appoint. I am concerned with this matter because it delayed the provision of the laptops," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Having reached the level which allowed us to admit the last group, we must be careful not to lower the guard. Already I will receive what seems to be an outbreak of the virus at University of Fort Hare," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I don't say people have no right to complain about things they see not going okay, but not so long ago we were so positive about the administrator and his good work, including this portfolio committee. He has actually changed so many things under very difficult circumstances," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We must not just because there are new things that we are not happy about and then rubbish all the good work he has done," "On my side, I want to put it on record that I think he has done a sea change in terms of what NSFAS was and some of the challenges of the organisation," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "As we grapple with the completion of the year, we have to look at the role of post-school education and training in our economic recovery. We are not just saving the 2020 academic year, for its own sake, we are saving it for our economy because these are our future skills," External link

news24 Friday, October 23, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Now the town has become a tourist destination with 14,000 and 15,000 visitors each year and over 40 B&Bs, providing a massive economic stimulus to both the town and region,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The minister reiterated his condemnation of those individuals and gangs who at all costs seek to threaten the lives and the stability of our higher education system. Individuals who continue to behave in such a matter must be isolated and exposed,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The destruction of university property is a criminal offence and all those engaging in such acts must be arrested and face the full might of the law,” External link

iol Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These are criminals must be totally removed from our institutions. They do not deserve to be within our institutions but belong in jail,” External link

citizen Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "HIGHER HEALTH has been developing programmes, systems and controls related to the pandemic through the establishment of guidelines, protocols, research and capacity building across our sector. These are grounded in the growing body of science and latest epidemiological data," External link

allafrica Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These are grounded in the growing body of science and the latest epidemiological data,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 12, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “There are two overarching aspects of the approach to mitigate transmission risks: optimising the engineering and administrative controls such as ventilation, distancing in the exam venues, hand-hygiene, training of additional invigilators, timetable management and regular cleaning and health screening; and individual behaviour including the wearing of masks, distancing and using the HealthCheck self-assessment tool,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 12, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These are grounded in the growing body of science and the latest epidemiological data,” External link

sanews Monday, October 12, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “There are two overarching aspects of the approach to mitigate transmission risks: optimising the engineering and administrative controls such as ventilation, distancing in the exam venues, hand-hygiene, training of additional invigilators, timetable management and regular cleaning and health screening; and individual behaviour including the wearing of masks, distancing and using the HealthCheck self-assessment tool,” External link

sanews Monday, October 12, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for implementation, to alleviate and contain the effects of the COVID-19 threat,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, October 10, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for the implementation [of the framework],” External link

sanews Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “This means that wherever possible, the costs of both academic years would be conceptualised as a package and payments spread out over the full period,” External link

sanews Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for implementation, to alleviate and contain the effects of the COVID-19 threat,” External link

gov-za Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The assertions that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe are nothing but a denial of the self-evident truth. In fact, you don't even have to go to Zimbabwe to see the crisis; you only have to go to our informal settlements in South Africa to see how many Zimbabweans, who are trying to make an honest living for their families, have had to come to South Africa to make a living because of the crisis we have there," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “the increased indebtedness of the working class and the lower middle classes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates food insecurity and deepens the crisis of social reproduction of many a household” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The levels of social distress, with a new job-loss bloodbath on top of existing crises, means that apart from thousands of localised initiatives and programmes, we have to respond with urgency and across the board,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is a strike against corruption and austerity,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At that time, it seemed likely that the academic year would be extended to a thirteen-month year, [end February 2021], depending on the epidemiology and affect of the Covid-19 pandemic. The initial financial affect of the extended academic year was estimated at R4.6bn, based on a three-month extension across the sector as at July 30 2020,” External link

businessday Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRDG) of R350 per month has offered a survival lifeline to millions. But that grant is now due to expire at the end of this month. We cannot allow this to happen,” External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The SRDG grant which has been going to those who are not covered by pensions, UIF, or as care-givers by the Child Support Grant must now be converted as an urgent priority, into a Universal Basic Income Guarantee. Without this small but desperately needed lifeline many households will fall into deeper distress. The SACP calls for a Basic Income Guarantee that is universal, in other words, that is not means-tested to avoid costly administrative overheads,” External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We anticipate that the results from the National Senior Certificate examination will be announced on 23 February next year,” External link

citizen Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande stated : “By the 22 nd September, we had lost 89 members of our public higher education community to deaths from the virus. Of these, 53 are from universities (44 were staff and 9 students), and 36 from TVET Colleges, with 11 students and 25 staff members,” “We mourn these losses of staff and students in our institutions, and send our condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who have succumbed to the illness” External link

citizen Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Only contact NSFAS students funded under the department and currently registered for the 2020 academic year will qualify to receive a device. NSFAS also welcomed further collaboration with pre-funding agencies who wish to opt into the scheme based on the availability of budget and their associated conditions," External link

news24 Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “There were some institutions that were not able to start their academic year effectively before the lockdown was implemented, and that is also reflected in this staggered end to the academic year,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Some institutions have indicated that not all students are taking up their invites to return to campuses, preferring to continue to work remotely,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Returning international students, who remain outside the country, need to meet the requirements of the COGTA regulations, which include having a test not older than 72 hours, showing that they are negative for the virus on arrival in South Africa. If not, they will need to go into quarantine at their own expense for at least 10 days before proceeding to their respective institutions,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “For the universities at medium risk, general observations are that they still have some way to go to complete their first semester programme. Summative assessments, where these are required, have yet to begin,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Strategy ) : “In order for South Africa to be able to secure early access to and delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, as soon as they become available, we will be developing and implementing a comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy, which among others, will ensure that there is sufficient supply of a safe and effective vaccine to achieve population immunity to COVID-19,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “We will also be undertaking the Wastewater COVID-19 surveillance work at some Gauteng identified nodal points. This will contribute to an early warning system for COVID-19 resurgence and other emerging pathogens,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The work is conducted through the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS),” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have also seen some major improvements and positive changes from Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, as well as North West. "To date, NSFAS has received over 300 995 applications, this number is extremely overwhelming and encouraging,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These pre-funding agencies must notify NSFAS in writing of their intent to opt into the scheme and confirm budget availability. All potential recipients of the digital learning devices, as well as the implementing institutions, are subject to the guidelines and must abide by the rules outlined in the guidelines,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is expected that data provision will decrease over the next few months as more students return to campus and so have access to campus networks and Wi-Fi,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I am pleased to say that we are now in a position to welcome back 100% of our university students, including all those international students who are currently outside the borders of South Africa,” “All universities are implementing their plans to return all students and staff from 1 October subject to any restrictions linked to their own risk assessment due to their local context and conditions,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “With respect to international students returning who remain outside our country, they will need to meet the requirements of the Cogta regulations, which includes having a test not older than 72 hours showing that they are negative for the virus on arrival in South Africa. If not, they will need to go into quarantine at their own expense for at least 10 days before proceeding to their respective institutions,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This staggered ending of the academic year is linked to the ability to support students and to ensure that all students have been given a reasonable opportunity to succeed,” External link

mg Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At these institutions, a significant number of students seem still not fully engaged in teaching and learning programmes,” External link

mg Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Unfortunately these wanton acts of corruption are just one awful example of the rampant scourge of corruption and unethical behaviour across much of the public and private sector,” External link

iol Sunday, September 13, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Much as the struggle against corruption must be waged on all fronts, it is important for the ANC as the governing party to take a lead in this regard, including a determined effort to confront all manner of fightback campaign including those fightback campaigns that are camouflaged in choreographed open letters,” External link

iol Sunday, September 13, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is, of course, unfortunate and regrettable only in the sense that the procurement of learning devices will not take place now. However, we are also quite clear that the rules of good governance and due process must be followed,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, August 27, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “All that he is saying is utter crap,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, August 27, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "For this reason, no tender was awarded. This is of course unfortunate and regrettable only in the sense that the procurement of learning devices will not take place right now," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "According to the criteria developed, I am happy to report that under Level 2 lockdown, it will be possible for us to allow for up to a maximum of 66% of students to return to university campuses," External link

irishsun Wednesday, August 26, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "According to the criteria developed, I am happy to report that under Level 2 lockdown, it will be possible for us to allow for up to a maximum of 66% of students to return to university campuses," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Because if wittingly or unwittingly he is being used for that, he will be exposed. I can guarantee that. There’s absolutely nothing wrong that I have done with my department and I’m not interfering in my department. I’m running my department,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Although this thing of the laptops put us back in terms of the quest to access sufficient learning devices, we will stay within the law and due administrative process. The results of this process will be open for public scrutiny once the process is independently and fairly completed,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The Centres of Specialisation were unable to realise the new enrolments for 2020 given the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, largely due to uncertainty in employer commitments and as a result, no new enrolments will take place in 2020," "This accounts for R86m of the R170m which colleges will carry forward into the new financial year," External link

iol Monday, August 10, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Considering all of these aspects, including the funding required to assist the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funded students to acquire laptops, the total financial impact is R3.8506 billion," External link

iol Monday, August 10, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Industrial Revolution ) : "This is the greatest innovation by far as it speaks to the current discussion around the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and how government can change lives by providing much-needed services in far and wide locations using technology. NSFAS is leading in this space," External link

news24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "While great work for the 2021 application cycle is underway, I want to reassure our current beneficiaries that the department, along with NSFAS, is working tirelessly ensuring that the 2020 academic year is saved and concluded to usher in the new academic year," External link

news24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The looters of public resources must be rooted out and sent to jail to wear orange overalls,” External link

citizen Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This work is at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) accreditation stage and, in some cases, approval has already been granted. Some of the products were ready for use in May 2020,” External link

sanews Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “eNtsa also positioned itself to provide engineering support in the Eastern Cape and around the country during the lockdown, so as to enable critical projects pertaining to maintenance for the power generation industry to continue,” External link

sanews Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The aim is to get South Africa into a state of readiness to manufacture an approved COVID-19 vaccine locally. In anticipation of the huge demand, should a candidate vaccine be identified, manufacturing facilities will need to be established in different regions, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Africa will also need to be ready,” External link

sanews Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The looters of public resources must be rooted out and sent to jail to wear orange overalls," External link

news24 Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The issue of mission drift has massive implications for the financial sustainability and future of Unisa. It also has materially significant implications for government for both subsidy and student financial aid support as we have seen at the start of the 2020 academic year, when segments of the student community made demands for near full-time equivalent NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) support from government. "Similarly, mission drift will impose major pressures on infrastructure, teaching staff and a host of other concerns,” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The issue of mission drift has massive implications for the financial sustainability and future of UNISA. It also has materially-significant implications for government for both subsidy and student financial aid support, as we have seen at the start of the 2020 academic year, when segments of the student community made demands for near full-time equivalent National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) support from government,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The issue of mission drift has massive implications for the financial sustainability and future of UNISA. It also has materially-significant implications for government for both subsidy and student financial aid support, as we have seen at the start of the 2020 academic year, when segments of the student community made demands for near full-time equivalent National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) support from government,” External link

sanews Monday, July 27, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This will assist, among others, to deal with governance collapses in some of the institutions as a result of the conduct of some of the members in governance structures. I am concerned, especially about institutions that are periodically placed under administration,” External link

citizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “No one likes a reduction of budget. But we are in the situation we are in now” External link

citizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "This will assist, among others, to deal with governance collapses in some of the institutions as a result of the conduct of some of the members in governance structures. I am concerned, especially about institutions that are periodically placed under administration," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "No one likes a reduction of budget. But we are in the situation we are in now" External link

news24 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “The final Special Adjustments Budget cut for the department for 2020/21 amounts to R9.857 billion,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:19:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : "The final Special Adjustments Budget cut for the department for 2020/21 amounts to R9.857 billion," External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We must also be innovators, creators of new technologies. The 4IR is not a social phenomenon with a predetermined trajectory the social effects of the 4IR will depend predominantly on how we, as South Africans, choose to harness it” External link

the-star Friday, July 17, 2020 3:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The BIS was undertaken in South Africa to produce indicators on business sector innovation performance, which helps the government and stakeholders to understand the nature, determinants and impacts of innovation. Such information is useful in shaping government policy on how to better promote innovation in order to boost inclusive economic growth and competitiveness,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is my intention that, after a period of two months during which the sector must propose concrete action on the recommendations, I will submit the report, its recommendations, and the actions to Cabinet for its consideration and approval,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, July 10, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande ajouté : "Les processus sont en cours auprès de l'Autorité sud-africaine des produits sanitaires pour la mise en place de structures dédiées aux régulations des médicaments africains, l'évaluation des essais cliniques de ces médicaments et leur enregistrement pour une application commerciale et clinique" External link

french.china.org.cn Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "Processes are underway at the South African Health Products Authority for the establishment of dedicated structures for African medicines regulations, evaluation of African medicines clinical trials and registration of these medicines for commercial and clinical application," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:19:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Because of government processes, the tender was advertised on 26 June with a closing date of 31 July,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In addition, the return rate is affected by the closure of 312 Community Learning Centres (CLCs) out of the 1 810 CLCs, due to hosting schools not complying with the regulations for operations under Covid-19," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Universities submitted costed Campus Readiness Plans, which varied considerably with respect to what institutions wanted to implement and with regards to the funding required and the equipment requested. Funding required varied from as little as R2.1 million to R 402.8 million. Some suggested items were large infrastructure changes that would not be possible. The total cost of the submitted plans was R1.85 billion. This was assessed as unrealistic as many items indicated were unnecessary," External link

news24 Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We need a huge, huge campaign against these two things (cigarettes and alcohol). "But, we cannot win this campaign on our own. We will need to forge partnerships with communities,” External link

iol Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “But the Treasury said to us that it was not advisable that we should waive the normal requirements, and asked us to follow the normal process, but to shorten it,” External link

iol Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “There will be very strict BEE requirements, which is another thing that we have to ensure,” External link

iol Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : "A project initiation meeting involving the Council Task Team and officials from the department took place in May. The CHE wrote to Councils of all universities on 11 May 2020 to inform them about the objectives, scope, and processes of the study; and the nature of inputs expected from them and their respective institutions. By 29 May, the CHE had received positive responses from seven universities," External link

news24 Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “A project initiation meeting involving the Council Task Team and officials from the department took place in May. The CHE wrote to Councils of all universities on 11 May 2020 to inform them about the objectives, scope, and processes of the study; and the nature of inputs expected from them and their respective institutions. By 29 May, the CHE had received positive responses from seven universities,” External link

citizen Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It’s something I am concerned about. I remember approving, around 2013, about R100 million for the procurement of a new IT system for Nsfas. By 2017, it was exposed as being inadequate. I don’t understand why,” “I am still very concerned to go back to that and understand why we paid R100 million for an IT system which is found [four] years down the line, to be terribly wanting. This caused huge delays” External link

citizen Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It's something I am concerned about. I remember approving, around 2013, about R100 million for the procurement of a new IT system for NSFAS. By 2017, it was exposed as being inadequate. I don't understand why," "I am still very concerned to go back to that and understand why we paid R100 million for an IT system which is found [four] years down the line, to be terribly wanting. This caused huge delays" External link

news24 Friday, June 19, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We need a huge, huge campaign against these two things (cigarettes and alcohol), but we won’t win this campaign on our own, and we will need to forge a partnership in society,” External link

iol Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “TUT also has a well-developed plan for multi-modal remote learning, which will ensure that it reaches the remotest of their students anywhere in our country for academic support and delivery of learning materials. I am happy with the progress I saw there,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The socio-economic status of the students is 55% National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries and predominantly from the rural areas of our country,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “TUT also has a well-developed plan for multi-modal remote learning, which will ensure that it reaches the remotest of their students anywhere in our country for academic support and delivery of learning materials. I am happy with the progress I saw there,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The socio-economic status of the students is 55% National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries and predominantly from the rural areas of our country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “NSFAS will look at the above three categories of students in considering the appeals, in line with the factors I have mentioned and address all deserving cases appropriately. However, the mechanisms to addressing the aspects of the N+2 rule that may have been unfair to some of our students will go a long way to ensure that those students who were unjustly excluded are considered,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are also finalizing the process of verifying which NSFAS students already have acquired devices, in order to avoid mistakenly issuing some students with more than one device per student. We urge for patience from both parents, staff and students,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “The tool allows for early detection, mapping and management of COVID-19 cases within higher education institutions and feeds into the national Department of Health's tracking and tracing system,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These guidelines outline why and how students and staff may be impacted and how to assist individuals that may experience problems. Through this protocol, the universities and colleges are also urged to keep top-of-mind mental health implications of each decision they make during the forthcoming period,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I would like to emphasise that we recognise that some institutions may identify other groups of students in line with their particular contexts for their return to campus. However, any deviation from this criterion must be approved by my department and must fall within the maximum of 33% of the student population,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “NSFAS will look at the above three categories of students in considering the appeals, in line with the factors I have mentioned and address all deserving cases appropriately. However, the mechanisms to addressing the aspects of the N+2 rule that may have been unfair to some of our students will go a long way to ensure that those students who were unjustly excluded are considered,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are also finalizing the process of verifying which NSFAS students already have acquired devices, in order to avoid mistakenly issuing some students with more than one device per student. We urge for patience from both parents, staff and students,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “The tool allows for early detection, mapping and management of COVID-19 cases within higher education institutions and feeds into the national Department of Health’s tracking and tracing system,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These guidelines outline why and how students and staff may be impacted and how to assist individuals that may experience problems. Through this protocol, the universities and colleges are also urged to keep top-of-mind mental health implications of each decision they make during the forthcoming period,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I would like to emphasise that we recognise that some institutions may identify other groups of students in line with their particular contexts for their return to campus. However, any deviation from this criterion must be approved by my department and must fall within the maximum of 33% of the student population,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Higher Health has been walking the Covid-19 awareness, prevention and care journey with universities and TVET colleges for several months. The focus now has shifted to shining the Higher Health spotlight on private higher education institutions and community education and training colleges. We want to ensure all students and campus staff have the tools and information necessary to deal with coronavirus,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “HealthCheck is secured to use by students and staff entering our campuses daily to self-check their body temperature and will link such data to the tracking system of the Department of Health,” “Based on the answers entered on the platform, the person receives a message with the low, moderate, and high-level risk reading. If the risk is low, the individual will receive clearance valid for 24 hours,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At Level 3, then we must bring back a total of 1/3, which is starting priority with final year students. The one challenge already is that final year students at TUT are 36% of the total number,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On the whole, I am very impressed with the work being done under the leadership of the vice-chancellor and his senior management team, who are already back at work,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I would like to emphasise that we recognise that some institutions may identify other groups of students, in line with their particular contexts, for their return to campus. However, any deviation from this criterion must be approved by my department and must fall within the maximum of 33% of the student population,” External link

mg Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Interested parties will further get information from the National Treasury on the requirements for bidding,” External link

businessday Tuesday, June 9, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I will make further pronouncements as soon as service provider/s have been appointed and give clear timelines for the commencement of the distribution of outstanding gadgets to all our institutions as per the NSFAS guidelines,” External link

businessday Tuesday, June 9, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "On the whole, I am very impressed with the work being done under the leadership of the vice-chancellor and his senior management team, who are already back at work," External link

news24 Tuesday, June 9, 2020 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “HealthCheck is secured to use by students and staff entering our campuses daily to self-check their body temperature and will link such data to the tracking system of the Department of Health,” “Based on the answers entered on the platform, the person receives a message with the low/moderate/high-level risk reading. If the risk is low, the individual will receive clearance valid for 24 hours,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, June 9, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “on condition that they can be safely accommodated and supported in line with the health and safety protocols as directed by the Department,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The department is responsible for transporting the students to their respective provinces and to ensure that they are reunited with their families,” External link

iol Monday, June 8, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : ”We are lucky to be able to draw from your wisdom,” External link

thezimbabwemail Saturday, June 6, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Students in all years of study, who require clinical training in their programmes provided that the clinical training platforms have sufficient space and can accommodate them while adhering to the safety protocols [may return]," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:42:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Students in all years of study, who require clinical training in their programmes provided that the clinical training platforms have sufficient space and can accommodate them while adhering to the safety protocols [may return],” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “South Africa’s ratification of the Convention confirms South Africa’s strong commitment to the global SKA partnership. We are determined to ensure the success of what will be the first ever large global research infrastructure hosted in Africa,” External link

modernghana Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Many of the problems and additional concerns have been unearthed during the period of administration thus far,” “Although the 2019 student funding cycle was much better managed, and there is evidence of significant improvements, some of the core problems remain” External link

iol Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : “In addition, NSFAS did not have the requisite capacity and technical knowledge required for a successful student financial aid administration from the start of the applications process to successfully funding students,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We have successfully negotiated with (cellphone service provider) networks" External link

iol Monday, May 25, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Students who don't have technology resources will have paper learning material delivered to them, based on each university's assessment" External link

iol Monday, May 25, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “That is the kind of social solidarity that we need from those who are rich,” External link

iol Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our theme is to save the academic year while saving lives,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “access to institutional websites will be free, although some of the embedded content like YouTube and videos will be charged for,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In weeks to come, we will give detailed information on how to access these offers,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is a huge step forward and highlighted the effective collaboration between the Department and the telecommunications sector. Zero-rating means that access to institutional websites will be free, although some of the embedded content like YouTube and videos will be charged for,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Under level 3, a maximum of 33% of the student population will be allowed to return to campuses, delivery sites and residences on condition that they can be safely accommodated and supported in line with the health and safety protocols as directed by the department,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As stated in our last briefing, government is committed to ensure that all NSFAS students have access to an appropriate device to support their online learning and to ensure that no student is left behind. Some universities have already issued their students with laptops, some as part of their normal policies, others as a response to COVID-19,” “A lot of work then had to be undertaken to quantify the exact number and location of these students who still need to be issued with devices. That work has now been completed and procurement will commence as soon as the approval of the minister of finance is received,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is critical that we adhere to these criteria to ensure that campuses are ready for students to safely return, and the effective health screening and cleaning protocols are in place to keep everyone safe,” External link

citizen Saturday, May 23, 2020 4:28:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The risk[s] of a return to normal campus-based activity for thousands of students and staff are simply too great, and [universities] cannot function successfully outside of the national context of a general lockdown. Universities … do not operate in a vacuum, but in a historically specific context,” External link

mg Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Loyiso Nongxa ) : “Professor Nongxa has performed the work as per the terms of reference, and reported to me on a quarterly basis. The outstanding task is the constitution of the council in terms of the newly developed statute,” External link

mg Tuesday, May 12, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "To be specific, our formal institution are made up of 2.5 million students. Universities do not operate in a vacuum," External link

iol Saturday, May 9, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Firstly, whatever we do in the PSET (post-school education and training) sector, our responsibility is to lower the infection curve. Secondly, we must save the 2020 academic year, but not at the expense of lives. Thirdly, our efforts to save the academic year must avoid worsening the infection curve,” External link

mg Friday, May 1, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The completion of the academic year 2020 and the start of the academic year 2021 will be aligned with the plans of the Department of Basic Education in terms of the completion cycle of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, and the release of the matric results,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “To this end, TVET colleges will have to enable students to complete trimester one and two for engineering students, both semesters for business studies and the full-year NC(V) programmes,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also be providing mental health support and other forms of support necessary for staff and students throughout,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the work and decisions of the National Command Council (NCC), we have decided not to resume with campus-based academic activity throughout the PSET sector, including all universities and TVET [ Technical and Vocational Education and Training ] colleges, both public and private, during the Level 4 lockdown period,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In a joint effort, Higher Health - supported by the Department of Health, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), USAf, SACPO and other organisations - has developed a comprehensive and clear set of PSET guidelines on managing COVID-19 in the sector, post lockdown,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As a result of the highly uncertain and fluid social context imposed by the viral threat on every aspect of South African society, it is not possible to determine with any measure of certainty the dates when physical return to campuses for the bulk of our students will be possible,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In acknowledgement of the fact that almost all TVET college students do not have devices to work online, and furthermore do not have access to data, various other support initiatives have been explored to support students remotely, whilst simultaneously working on acquiring devices for all NSFAS students,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “No single student will be left behind in our strategy in terms of ensuring that we do all we can to complete the 2020 academic year,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The likely extension of the academic year will require additional funding to maintain allowances for students while they complete the academic year. As a Department, we are therefore working with NSFAS, in modelling these costs,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As a result of highly uncertain and fluid social context imposed by the viral threat on every aspect of South African society, it is not possible to determine with any measure of certainty the dates when physical return to campuses for the bulk of our students will be possible,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande announced : “The department has requested all universities to complete an updated survey on their IT capability for offering online learning” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Today we are happy you are leaving to join your families. It was not easy to arrive at OR Tambo and to be told, 'No, wait, you are not going home to your families, you are still staying two weeks in quarantine,'" External link

allafrica Thursday, April 9, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m aware that four students will still have to complete their quarantine until Tuesday, as they had arrived later. We would like to assure them that we will continue to provide them with the same level of support,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today you are leaving for your homes to be reunited with you families after spending several months in China, and the last 14 days in quarantine,” External link

sanews Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m aware that four students will still have to complete their quarantine until Tuesday, as they had arrived later. We would like to assure them that we will continue to provide them with the same level of support,” External link

sanews Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today you are leaving for your homes to be reunited with you families after spending several months in China, and the last 14 days in quarantine,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m aware that four students will still have to complete their quarantine until Tuesday, as they had arrived later. We would like to assure them that we will continue to provide them with the same level of support,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today we are happy you are leaving to join your families. It was not easy to arrive at OR Tambo and to be told, ‘No, wait, you are not going home to your families, you are still staying two weeks in quarantine,'” External link

citizen Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have set up what you can call a dashboard that we feed data into such we’re then able to know which part of the country right up to even street level, just to trace and check where coronavirus is concentrated and how it is changing over time,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:18:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Two of these students tested positive for Tuberculosis before landing in South Africa, and were discharged from observation back into the quarantine facility at Birchwood on 26 March 2020. Both tested negative for COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Stella Ndabeni Abrahams ) : “I am in discussions with Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, on how to deal with access to data for expansion of online learning,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The situational awareness platform is flexible and dynamic and will be improved and customised based on the prevailing decision support requirements of the National Command Centre,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The NSFAS has already made an upfront tuition to TVETs of R623 million, which comprises 20% of the tuition allocation to colleges. This money was meant to assist colleges with cash flow and waive registration fees for students,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Progress is expected in about 18 months,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It has become very urgent to locally manufacture reagents for testing kits. These are currently being imported and the lockdown may threaten access to supply,” “Once we are able to establish how long the supplies will run out that we currently have, we can be able to work with the various partners to start in a matter of weeks” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On Friday 20 March, 80 other students arrived from China and they were on various TVET college programmes, especially work placements in China. And they have all been placed in quarantine somewhere in Ekurhuleni and they’ve been tested and we are awaiting their results,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) A is currently engaging with other sources of data and modelling groups, refining their assumptions with a view to produce an updated model of the spread of the epidemic over time by Friday,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The functionality of the CMORE system is designed to service a wide range of users, whether these are in a decision hierarchy as well as different types of first responders (health workers, police, the army),” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The private health care sector should participate in the national effort on humanitarian grounds and accordingly form part of Covid-19 tracking efforts, make available facilities, test suspected cases and treat those affected,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about National Health ) : “Under a successfully introduced National Health Insurance (NHI), health care will be available to all regardless of their ability to pay. The state of national disaster caused by the global public health emergency and spread of Covid-19 calls for implementation of the key NHI principles right now!,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Private health care providers must provide Covid-19 health care without demanding payment. All healthcare facilities and capacity in the republic is essential now and going forward in the face of the global public health emergency of Covid-19 and as a result of the declaration of the national state of disaster,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “All facilities and actions needed to contain and stop the spread of the pandemic should respectively be publicly available and implemented right now, rather than, belatedly, when the situation is out of control,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about error ) : “The omission of SADTU amongst the unions who participated in our meeting was purely an administrative error with no intention to cause harm or undermine SADTU’s contribution to our sector’s discussion on measures to combat COVID -19,” External link

africanewswire Friday, March 20, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed : “As a sector we will continue to meet with all stakeholders during this period to assess the situation relating to COVID-19 so that we can make any decisions on the basis of developments in relation to the virus,” External link

africanewswire Friday, March 20, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande stated : “The majority of public universities and some public TVET colleges are not just teaching and learning spaces, but are also living spaces, which include student residences and staff housing. Each institution will develop a mitigation plan for its residence system, to ensure that protocols and controls are in place to mitigate the spread of the virus and to provide for isolation facilities where necessary” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7:13:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Of course some of the institutional activities will continue during this period such as postgraduate and research work. In other words, it’s not a shut down its an early recess which in the main means the suspension of academic activity and lecturers mainly for undergraduate and TVET colleges of course for diploma and certificate programs,” External link

zbc Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This may be particularly important for contact teaching in a range of programmes at the majority of our colleges and universities. The decision by institutions will be based on scientific evidence and institutional considerations,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is not a shutdown. It’s an early recess, which in the main means the suspension of academic activities and lectures,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are also going to prioritise surveillance strategies, with the view of funding the top priorities,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also be liaising with other critical stakeholders, including national student representative bodies, to ensure that we move in unison as the sector,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Some institutions have suspended graduation ceremonies, exams and tests, while others have brought forward their end of terms in order to create space for longer-term planning,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Higher Health works closely with the Department of Health and the NICD in this regard. It is important that student health services are closely involved in the communication strategies and plans of individual institutions,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These instances of violence provide no solution to student concerns, but rather delay the implementation of the agreements reached with students, through the South African Union of Students,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “What is also important from the meeting is that there was a general agreement by both parties to recommit to urgent engagements on the challenges at the institution, particularly in relation to the reported academic and financial exclusions of students and the closure of the university,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “The meeting agreed that with immediate effect, there should be a process to categorise students, who have been academically and financially excluded. This process will then lead to the finalisation of the registration process for these categories of student,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Of importance is the need for all role players to work together to identify problems and seek to resolve them timeously and at an institutional level,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Following these violent incidences, I would like to restate my condemnation to violence that characterised the student protest at this university and other universities and TVET colleges throughout our country,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:14:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We agreed with the SAUS and USAf [Universities of South Africa] that institutional matters will be dealt with at institutional level, however my door as a minister and that of my department will always be open for further consultation,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:14:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is in the meeting with the South African Union of Students (SAUS), which represents all SRC of Universities, where SAUS agreed to call off the national shutdown with immediate effect in the wake of the common understanding and agreements reached in the meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of Universities South Africa, SAUS and the university and TVET branch of the Department of Higher Education,” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Through this project we have ensured that we provide the Mankosi community with technical and related skills, including support to install and operate their own communication services and infrastructure, allowing communities to access a more reliable network at a cheaper price than the current market offerings," External link

gov-za Thursday, March 5, 2020 8:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On our side as government and all our institutions, we stand ready to engage and deal with whatever problems we face and we urge all to seek to address problems constructively and peacefully,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The current phase of the project will be supported by the reallocation of existing financial resources within the Post School Education and Training Sector,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 27, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The current phase of the project will be supported by the reallocation of existing financial resources within the Post School Education and Training Sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This year, we are providing R34.5billion through NSFAS to support students from poor and working- class backgrounds in their studies at public TVET colleges and universities,” External link

iol Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This will include looking at infrastructure requirements for better security on campuses that could be funded through the department’s infrastructure and efficiency fund,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This year, we are providing R34.5 billion through National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to support students from poor and working-class backgrounds in their studies at public TVET colleges and universities,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We believe that this location, together with fresh new challenges arising from the revolution in science and technology in the third decade of the 21st century, offers an opportunity for a new initiative to provide cutting-edge science and technology innovations across crucial areas such as Data Science, Machine-Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Robotics, Hydrogen-powered technologies including smart transportation and logistics systems,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Through the Student Housing Infrastructure Programme (SHIP) we aim to develop large-scale student housing projects at universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed : “For the two new universities of Sol Plaatjie and Mpumalanga, 2 331 beds have been funded from the New Universities Infrastructure Grant to the amount of R772.950 million,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Amongst other achievements we pride ourselves on the fact that in 2018 we undertook a due diligence exercise to quantify the historic debt of NSFAS qualifying senior students registered in the 2018/2019 academic year. Through this exercise, all returning NSFAS qualifying students with university debt were allowed to register provided that they signed an Acknowledgement of Debt form. This exercise was meant to effectively ensure that students with NSFAS historic debt will be able to graduate,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Mitchells Plain ) : “We have made strides by commencing the building of nine (9) new TVET colleges campus sites scheduled for completion in 2020. They include Sterkspruit, Aliwal North, Graaff Reneit, Ngungqushe, Umzimkhulu, Greytown, Msinga, Nongoma and Kwagqikazi. Construction will commence with a new campus site for Mitchells Plain in 2020,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Against this backdrop there is now a stronger alignment between education and training institutions and work; with a significant focus on student success; growing and strengthening of the TVET college sector; new Community Education and Training colleges; and improving the capacity of the whole sector to provide quality education and training opportunities to more South Africans,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This year, we are providing R34.5 billion through NSFAS to support students from poor and working-class backgrounds in their studies at public TVET colleges and universities,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We believe that this location -- together with fresh new challenges arising from the revolution in science and technology in the third decade of the 21st century -- offers an opportunity for a new initiative to provide cutting-edge science and technology innovations across crucial areas such as data science, machine-learning, artificial intelligence, block chain, robotics, hydrogen-powered technologies, including smart transportation and logistics systems,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Mitchells Plain ) : “We have made strides by commencing the building of nine new TVET college campus sites, scheduled for completion in 2020. Construction will commence with a new campus site for Mitchells Plain in 2020,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “If we really want to address issues of youth unemployment and provision of skills, the strengthening and building of more TVET colleges is very important,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 14, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I denounce such barbaric and shameful acts against Boli and commend the swift arrest of the suspect, who is a senior student and a close friend of Boli,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I pass my deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow students of Forgiveness Sebola and Hope Mukovhanama,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In dealing with the spate of violent attacks on students on and off our campuses, we are currently finalizing the Policy Framework on Gender-Based Violence for the postschool sector. This policy will guide the whole sector in its management of and response to gender-based violence,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “One of the biggest achievements for NSFAS is that for the first time ever all applications that were received between September [2019] and November [2019] have been dealt with and the applicants have been informed,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We want to do it now while the administrator is still in place so he can make his own input … so we can improve the system as much as possible,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It is unfortunate, that after the successful meeting we held with the South African Union of Students (SAUS) on Friday 31 January 2020, which represents 26 public universities SRC’s, we find ourselves having to deal with such senseless destruction of the university and private property. These attacks look like well-orchestrated acts of sabotage and criminality meant to undermine and reverse the already achieved milestones reached with SAUS" External link

gov-za Tuesday, February 4, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I also call upon the UKZN University Alumni, parents and communities to join government and management of the university to condemn these acts of lawlessness,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, February 4, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Given the challenges facing the Ceta, and after careful consideration, I have decided to place the Ceta under administration so as to address all the concerns and governance issues which impact negatively on its critical mandate,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is the large-scale adoption of various forms of innovation for youth development that will be the real game-changer; that the country needs better ways of identifying and using a range of emerging and cutting-edge technologies, encouraging innovation across society, especially community-based and grassroots innovation – focusing on new business models and partnerships, and rapidly scaling up proven innovations and approaches,” External link

sanews Friday, January 31, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I am keen for South Africa to draw on the rich experience and evidence of what works in the various UNDP offices globally, and particularly the 59 other accelerators that are in various stages of development. We hope the UNDP will greatly assist us in our efforts to work with and learn from others," External link

sanews Friday, January 31, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “A partnership is in place between the department of higher education and training, national treasury, the European Union Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) and the private sector to support the SHIP,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Protesting students must refrain from intimidating the general student population and university employees by making inflammatory and provocative statements that incite violence,” External link

gov-za Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande says : “I wish to reiterate to student leaders that my door is always open for any further engagement and discussion. However, such engagements cannot take place in an environment of violence and destruction,” External link

gov-za Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I am aware that there is significant student debt within the university system owed by students who are not NSFAS beneficiaries. Unfortunately, public funds for the university system are constrained and there is no possibility that debts of students who are not NSFAS-qualifying can be eradicated by government,” External link

iol Monday, January 27, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is also a great improvement in the system because before, you would have a number of NSFAS qualifying students being asked to pay registration fees, that we have eliminated now [and] who ever does this is breaking the law,” External link

africanbrains Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Applicants include those who were in Matric in 2019, learners in Grade 10 – 11 and those intending to further studies at the TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Colleges, out of school youth, returning/continuing students without NSFAS funding in prior years,” External link

africanbrains Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our outreach program continually shows a relatively high number of learners know very little about NSFAS. Hence our focus in strengthening and expanding the outreach programme. Just under 50% of applications have been received from social grant beneficiaries,” External link

africanbrains Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Health Sciences ) : “The enrolment plan provides details of the enrolment targets for all fields of study, and specifically for those scarce skills fields that support our country’s growth, such as Engineering Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Animal and Human Health Sciences, and Teacher Education,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, January 17, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “new entrant opportunities will be provided by TVET colleges of which 156,800 opportunities will be available for students interested in studying towards a national diploma in engineering, general or business studies” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A total of 281,639, about 52%, of all applications received thus far, are Sassa beneficiaries. We are proud of this because it means the government’s system is able to ensure support for the poorer sections of our communities, right from birth, until the attainment of a qualification at a university or a college,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “That’s why we want to say here loud and clear – students who have failed and do not qualify for the NSFAS can’t be funded because if we had to do so, we would be reinforcing a wrong thing and depriving students who are capable of doing better,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is also a great improvement in the system because before, you would have a number of NSFAS qualifying students being asked to pay registration fees, that we have eliminated now [and] who ever does this is breaking the law,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Applicants include those who were in Matric in 2019, learners in Grade 10 – 11 and those intending to further studies at the TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Colleges, out of school youth, returning/continuing students without NSFAS funding in prior years,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our outreach program continually shows a relatively high number of learners know very little about NSFAS. Hence our focus in strengthening and expanding the outreach programme. Just under 50% of applications have been received from social grant beneficiaries,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The SACP strongly condemns the acts of aggression by the United States against both the Iranian and Iraqi people," External link

allafrica Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "A good communist is in the African National Congress. That's why today I am not wearing a red colour (SACP colours) but I am in full colours of our movement, the African National Congress," External link

iol Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our revolution and our organisation is not for sale,” External link

businessday Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The SACP strongly condemns the acts of aggression by the United States against both the Iranian and Iraqi people,” External link

citizen Monday, January 6, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The heightened imperialist offensive as well as its 'trade wars' is indeed broadly defining the sphere of international relations in general,” External link

iol Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In this way, the US is also acting extraterritorially,” External link

iol Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Merging the two events will see a wider variety of stakeholders within the science, technology and innovation landscape converging under one roof, thus enriching the discourse on the role of science in improving the lives of Africa's vast populations,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed : “The NYDA offices will be opened, tomorrow, Saturday, 30 November 2019 from 08:00 to 12:00 as part of the last push before the closing of applications at midnight,” External link

gov-za Friday, November 29, 2019 3:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I denounce such barbaric and shameful acts against women, both in our institutions of learning and in society in general. Our society cannot continue another day harbouring such disgraceful people, who are hell bent [on tearing] the moral fibre of our society apart,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:16:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “I have engaged all of our institutions, both universities and TVET Colleges to improve campus safety and security. I will be getting a report from the Ministerial Task Team we appointed to advise me on issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and harm at our institutions, focusing on institutional policy alignment and initiatives to address gender-based violence in universities,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “I have engaged all of our institutions, both universities and TVET Colleges to improve campus safety and security. I will be getting a report from the Ministerial Task Team we appointed to advise me on issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and harm at our institutions, focusing on institutional policy alignment and initiatives to address gender-based violence in universities,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande denounced : “barbaric and shameful acts against women” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have engaged all of our institutions, both universities and TVET colleges, to improve campus safety and security. I will be getting a report from the ministerial task team we appointed to advise me on issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and harm at our institutions, focusing on institutional policy alignment and initiatives to address gender-based violence in universities,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I trust that our criminal justice system will ensure a speedy apprehension and prosecution of those responsible for this dastardly act,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, November 26, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We must work to fix and turn around our economy, to systematically eliminate inequality, create employment and eradicate poverty. We must go back to the people and speak to them about the issues we were raising before the elections,” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I told them; ‘but they are the same people who were with you in the trenches’,” External link

zimeye Monday, October 7, 2019 10:44:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I told them; 'but they are the same people who were with you in the trenches'," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 7, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “People can’t come and tell us and say, the reason why our economy is in a bad situation is because of the wages of the workers. Wages of South African workers have been going down for the past 20 years. But we are not asking the key question; how about these big bosses who are earning millions per annum, what do you do with that money when there are people who don’t have nothing?” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, October 6, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “You fell into politics that you were not aware of. There were internal politics inside government, inside the ruling party, you played into the hands of those politics,” External link

mg Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added ( about Ahmed Bawa ) : “I am saying it for the last time Professor Bawa [Ahmed Bawa the CEO of Universities South Africa] because I do not want to be repeating it all the time. It’s been troubling me and that is why I spoke about it and I hope it does not happen again. You apologised, I accepted. But I have to repeat it here” External link

mg Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our relations with China started in 1998, and ever since we have had strong co-operation in multilateral fora. South Africa would like to express our gratitude to China for supporting Africa’s Agenda 2063 for the economic transformation over the next 50 years,” External link

the-star Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have agreed to call a meeting between the relevant ministers and the traditional authorities to find a solution and expedite the transfer of land to the university,” External link

mg Monday, September 23, 2019 8:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The university reported that the majority of its students are living off-campus, and face security issues on a daily basis. Ideally the university aims to house 80% of its students in on-campus or off-campus accredited accommodation that is safe and of quality that will support university learning,” External link

mg Monday, September 23, 2019 8:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have agreed that the university should start procurement for the first stage of construction as soon as possible,” External link

iol Monday, September 23, 2019 4:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for Sandile's death," External link

gov-za Monday, September 23, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "An industrial engineer, which Sandile was to be, finds answers to many important problems in manufacturing, distribution of goods and services, health care, utilities, transportation, entertainment, and the environment. Indeed, we have lost a young person who was going to play a significant role in moving our country forward," External link

gov-za Monday, September 23, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "Our institutions are a place of teaching and learning and not places to breed criminals and lawlessness. I therefore expect the university management to safeguard the lives of everyone on campus including the university property," External link

gov-za Monday, September 23, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Industrial Revolution ) : “I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for Sandile’s death,” “In Sandile, the Ndlovu family and the entire nation has lost an engineer in the making who could have been instrumental in addressing challenges in our economy, particularly those that might have been brought by the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” External link

citizen Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for Sandile’s death,” External link

iol Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "and the entire nation has lost an engineer in the making who could have been instrumental in addressing challenges in our economy, particularly those that might have been brought by the advent of the fourth industrial revolution" External link

iol Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Unless we understand the source of this thing, we are not going to be able to deal with it. I’m not suggesting that violence against women is only found in working class and poor communities, I’m not saying that at all. It tends to be worse there, but it’s found across the board. Even rich women suffer the brunt of abuse,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It’s also clear to us as the SACP that the struggle against violence in general, and gender based violence in particular, will not be successfully tackled unless we also deal with the scourge of substance and alcohol abuse in many communities,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We welcome the stance taken by our president comrade Ramaphosa for law enforcement to be tightened, including tougher sentences for gender based violence. However, government alone will not be able to successfully defeat these many social scourges inflicting our communities and society,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today that labour from SADC is no longer occupying the mining hostels but is sharing the very same informal settlements as South Africa’s workers. Once you do that you are setting the poor against the poor. This thing that South Africans are xenophobic is not true. South Africa’s working class has long been staying together with workers from outside South Africa,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “But all these issues won’t be solved because some of them won’t be able to solve their problems, that’s why we need working class solidarity in the African continent. So when you talk about our continent we are also talking about the need of working class solidarity in Africa and the building of the trade union movement,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our own studies in the Department of Higher Education and Training have shown that NSFAS students, on average, perform significantly better that students in the overall population,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is a massive investment in student support and an important policy of government to support and transform our higher education and training system and society,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “As a department, we are engaging all stakeholders to improve campus security. We are working with the Ministerial Task Team appointed to advise men on issues of sexual harassment and GBV and harm at universities, which has commenced its work,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “As a department, we are engaging all stakeholders to improve campus security. We are working with the Ministerial Task Team appointed to advise men on issues of sexual harassment and GBV and harm at universities, which has commenced its work,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande dit : "Il est important d'avancer plus radicalement pour mener à bien l'émancipation sociale tout en renforçant le programme visant à réaliser à la fois la révolution africaine et la paix dans le monde" External link

french.china.org.cn Sunday, January 13, 2019 12:39:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
general secretary6.73%EN12/04/201704/12/2017
secretary5.25%EN12/04/201704/12/2017
minister34.62%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
higher education minister22.38%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
education minister18.74%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
leader1.55%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
boss0.34%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
ally0.20%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
closest ally0.20%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
minister of higher0.20%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
secretary general0.54%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
general0.24%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
communist party boss0.07%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
communist party general secretary1.95%EN10/09/201709/10/2017
south african communist party general secretary1.48%EN10/09/201709/10/2017
african communist party general secretary0.67%EN10/09/201709/10/2017
secretary-general0.44%EN09/27/201727/09/2017
secrétaire0.13%FR08/27/201727/08/2017
south african communist party leader0.17%EN05/01/201701/05/2017
communist party leader0.10%EN05/01/201701/05/2017
african communist party leader0.07%EN05/01/201701/05/2017
public works minister0.03%EN02/27/201727/02/2017
cabinet minister0.07%EN01/13/201713/01/2017
ministre de l’ enseignement supérieur0.30%FR01/05/201705/01/2017
au commission chairwoman0.03%EN12/18/201618/12/2016
communist party secretary general0.07%EN12/12/201612/12/2016
ministre de l’ education0.03%FR11/25/201625/11/2016
ministre0.07%FR10/20/201620/10/2016
minister of education0.17%EN10/11/201611/10/2016
science and technology minister0.03%EN10/11/201611/10/2016
Names Lang Count
Blade NzimandeEN81.68%
Blade NzimandeFR7.11%
Blade NzimandeEU5.21%
Blade NzimandeAF5.21%
Blade NzimandePT0.60%
Blade NzimandeSA0.09%
Blade NzimandeSW0.05%
Blade NzimandeDE0.05%


 
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Cyril Ramaphosa said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “I have asked the minister of higher education and innovation [Blade Nzimande] to put together a team of scientists to begin the process of developing our own vaccines to deal with this and future pandemics,” External link

businessday Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

Bantu Holomisa said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “In our letter of 10 September 2020, we had explained the allegation that some of the appointments were directed by Minister Nzimande in favour of some South African Communist Party (SACP) favourites. We had also reported to you Minister Nzimande’s alleged direct interference in the appointment of the SETAs’ board members and chairpersons on 24 August 2020,” External link

the-star Friday, January 22, 2021 9:26:00 AM EAT

Bantu Holomisa said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “The involvement of the minister’s ‘industrial envoy’, Mr Nqaba Nqandela, who is masquerading as a DHET representative, definitely compromises Minister Nzimande’s promise that he would not interfere in the vice-chancellor appointment. Who mandated Mr Nqandela to poke his nose into Unisa’s affairs?” External link

the-star Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ishmael Mnisi said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “We want a fair opportunity for completion for all students, including the fact that online, remote and flexible learning methodologies be used as best as possible taking into account institutional differences. "Minister Blade Nzimande will make further pronouncement on the continuation of the 2020 academic year in a media briefing to be held before the end of this week” External link

iol Tuesday, May 19, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Ishmael Mnisi said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “Minister Nzimande further reiterates that in an effort to assist them to register, the government made a provision that all NSFAS students should be able to register, as long as they sign an acknowledgement of debt form” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, February 4, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT

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Blade Nzimande said : “As we head into a new academic year, it is important to remember that admissions’ decisions are made by individual universities and colleges, and that institutions have staggered registrations for continuing and new students,” External link

iol Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “African people have, from time immemorial, gathered tremendous experience on how to deal with diseases,” External link

iol Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As we head into a new academic year, it is important to remember that admissions’ decisions are made by individual universities and colleges and that institutions have staggered registrations for continuing and new students,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Due to the limited spaces in universities and colleges, meeting the minimum requirements does not mean a space for everyone who applies. The department has therefore made available the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) for students who have applied for a space but were declined,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “They [NSFAS] will communicate funding eligibility once the verification and quality assurance process is complete in order to ensure the credibility of this important process,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:19:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Among these are the 5G myths that have led to cell phone towers being destroyed in some parts of our country. The public must be informed that the COVID-19 virus is purely biological and has no roots in any fourth industrial revolution technology like 5G," External link

sinacom-en Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Among these are the 5G myths that have led to cell phone towers being destroyed in some parts of our country. The public must be informed that the COVID-19 virus is purely biological and has no roots in any fourth industrial revolution technology like 5G," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m impressed by the proactive and innovative measures introduced by the hospital to manage COVID-19. These include the establishment of a flu clinic since March 2020. The clinic is used to screen all patients and visitors to the hospital at the point of entry,” External link

sanews Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Significant efforts have been made across all institutions to ensure that a fair opportunity has been provided to all students to complete the 2020 academic year. This has included an inevitable extended period into the 2021 calendar year for the majority of institutions" External link

news24 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 8:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Too many students are rushing to courses that we are not short of in South Africa, [qualifications] which are oversubscribed,” External link

news24 Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Establishment of the SKA observatory enables the SKA project to enter an exciting phase which is the implementation of cutting edge scientific and technical designs that have been conceptualised by multinational teams, including many South African scientists and engineers, over the past few years” External link

iol Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In tandem we will amplify dialogues to address vaccination hesitancy and tackle other myths aimed to mislead our people, like the untruth that Covid-19 is caused by new technologies such as 5G,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In tandem we will amplify dialogues to address vaccination hesitancy and tackle other myths aimed to mislead our people, like the untruth that Covid-19 is caused by new technologies such as 5G," External link

news24 Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:49:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The strategy will help to ensure access to vaccination for our students and staff, of which priority for inclusion in the Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout programme are our frontline campus healthcare staff and health sciences students, especially the nursing, medicine and other disciplines,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In tandem we will amplify dialogues to address vaccination hesitancy and tackle other myths aimed to mislead our people, like the untruth that COVID-19 is caused by new technologies such as 5G,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Mental wellbeing and ability to manage not only the usual stresses and pressures of student life, but the uncertainty and deepening economic deprivation that COVID-19 caused among most South African families, is essential to support productive student lives in our institutions,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have already heard the very sad news that 48 staff members and 10 students had passed on last year of Covid-19. We know that infections will have risen over the festive season,” External link

iol Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “We want to use this opportunity of acquisition of vaccines to also put in place measures so that we can build our own local capacity for at least the production of vaccines,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “If we are not building our own capacity, we will be in trouble,” “As the Department of Science and Innovation, we’re determined to use this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen our local capacity for production” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It will be critical to ensure that the necessary health and safety protocols are in place for the registration period at universities and this will require clear and timeous communication with returning and new students,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It will be critical to ensure that the necessary health and safety protocols are in place for the registration period at universities and this will require clear and timeous communication with returning and new students,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In this regard our key task now is to get a better understanding of the mechanisms of increased transmissibility and if there is any evidence of increased pathogenicity, or whether reinfection can occur,” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Scientists from the DSI-funded Krisp… have been meeting with the world’s top scientists every two weeks to discuss the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 lineages. The centre has been sequencing SARS-CoV-2 genomes locally and sharing its findings” External link

citizen Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:03:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This partnership with SARS is meant to accurately assess declared household income from SARS and compare with information that students are using to apply for NSFAS bursaries, as a further control to ensure that only deserving students are funded,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:42:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In this regard our key task now is to get a better understanding of the mechanisms of increased transmissibility and if there is any evidence of increased pathogenicity, or whether reinfection can occur," External link

irishsun Monday, January 18, 2021 9:29:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In this regard our key task now is to get a better understanding of the mechanisms of increased transmissibility and if there is any evidence of increased pathogenicity, or whether reinfection can occur," External link

news24 Monday, January 18, 2021 7:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande asked : “Why can’t we produce in South Africa because we’ve produced other vaccines, with the scientist capacity that we have and infrastructure,” External link

sanews Monday, January 18, 2021 5:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "There must be no space left to corruption and state capture, old and new, to occur in the sourcing of the Covid-19 vaccine. By corruption and state capture, we include undue influence by private, vested interests" External link

news24 Friday, January 8, 2021 11:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "As the SACP, we are ready to make our modest contribution towards the unity of the ANC and the motive forces of our shared strategy — the national democratic revolution," External link

iol Friday, January 8, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We expect the ANC to lead in protecting and nurturing this Alliance," External link

iol Friday, January 8, 2021 11:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “GDP may grow, and it has happened in the past, yet at the same time poverty, inequality and unemployment is worsening. GDP growth is not a reliable measure of how our economy is performing in relation to the overwhelming majority of our people,” External link

the-star Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Don’t take kindly to the name of MK being used for factionalist behaviour in the movement. That is why we call upon the MKMVA together with the MK Council to merge and form one organisation, as has been decided by the ANC and supported by us to preserve the legacy of MK. If the MK was factionalist, we would not be where we are today,” External link

the-star Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Those who say who are we as the SACP to make statements, we must and will say so because we are the co-founders of MK, so it is very important that we do not forget that MK was never factionalist and therefore the MKMVA cannot act in a manner that divides the organisation,” External link

the-star Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Joe Slovo ) : "If MK was factionalist, we would not be here today. None of the names can be used to pursue narrow factionalist agendas. In memory of Slovo, we cannot allow this. MK was never factionalists and therefore MKMVA cannot act in that manner," External link

news24 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "We want to welcome the stance by the WHO to make the Covid-19 vaccine a global public good, rather than a profit driven imperative. In our country the government should ensure that the production and sourcing of the Covid-19 vaccine is not subordinated to private wealth accumulation interests. There must be no space left to corruption and state capture, old or new, in the sourcing of the Covid-19 vaccine, as in every government programme, department and public entity," External link

news24 Wednesday, January 6, 2021 6:32:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It has come to my attention that the university enrolled 77 840 FTEN students in 2020. This is an over enrolment of 20 137 students, 35% over the approved target. It will have a significant impact on the sustainability of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas),” External link

iol Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "On behalf of the SACP central committee and the party's entire membership, I wish to express our message of heartfelt condolences to the Shabalala family for the great loss encountered" External link

news24 Saturday, December 26, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "This is in line with the use of pathogen genomics for monitoring of transmission dynamics of infectious agents and potential vaccine escape is of crucial importance to South Africa, Africa and the world," External link

allafrica Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:27:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is in line with the use of pathogen genomics for monitoring of transmission dynamics of infectious agents and potential vaccine escape is of crucial importance to South Africa, Africa and the world,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 21, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The central committee denounced unscientific utterances promoting conspiracy theories against scientific vaccine development‚” “Having, in the past, gone through a devastating period of Aids denialism‚ we cannot allow another bout of the dangerous anti-vaccination and anti-vaccine postures” External link

businessday Monday, December 21, 2020 1:29:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is in line with the use of pathogen genomics for monitoring of transmission dynamics of infectious agents and potential vaccine escape is of crucial importance to South Africa, Africa and the world,” External link

sanews Monday, December 21, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In fact, universities in many areas incurred increased costs, including the provision of electronic devices and data, improvements to learning management systems, the cost of health and safety and other costs,” External link

iol Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In addition, through the gap grant (fee adjustment grant) provided from 2017 onwards, students with family incomes up to R600 000 received support from the government to cover the gap between the 2016 and increased fee required,” External link

iol Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande indiqué : "Nous avons identifié 345 professions qui sont en forte demande sur un total de 1.500 enregistrées dans notre cadre organigramme des professions. Cette liste est mise à jour tous les deux ans, et constitue une étape importante pour nous aider à mieux connaître les besoins du marché du travail, ainsi qu'à identifier les opportunités sur lesquelles nos étudiants et diplômés ont une meilleure chance de trouver un emploi" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, December 8, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I always found robust debates with her very informative. She was indeed a very important member of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology,” External link

sanews Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I always found robust debates with her very informative. She was indeed a very important member of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Despite many challenges, NSFAS is a much better entity now than it was when Carolissen took over," External link

allafrica Sunday, November 29, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have therefore proposed a further fee compact to public universities, continuing what has been in place for the past few years. The intention of these fee compacts is to ensure fee increases are kept at affordable levels, while also ensuring that universities are able to remain sustainable,” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, November 29, 2020 1:58:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Despite many challenges, NSFAS is a much better entity now than it was when Carolissen took over,” External link

sanews Friday, November 27, 2020 12:02:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Let me say this without fear of contradiction, the state Nsfas was 29 months ago is so vastly different to where Nsfas is now. I want to say that without any contradiction people with different views can hold their views but as the minister responsible for Nsfas I see change,” “The Nsfas director has done a great job, as minister anyone can come to challenge me. There are many great things I can mention like the setting up of systems although others are not complete. It’s not perfect but we must remember that Nsfas is a very complex operation,” External link

citizen Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Contacts have also been isolated and given the necessary support,” External link

businessday Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have been closely monitoring the situation across all universities, and I am pleased to say that as of November 13 the vast majority of institutions (25) are at 'low risk' of not completing the academic year,” External link

businessday Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I want to assure South Africans that all our universities are fully committed to complete the 2020 academic year by mid-March 2021. Twenty-five universities are set to start the 2021 academic year at end of March 2021 and one university in April,” External link

businessday Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I reject with contempt this idea, that is often pushed by the opposition, that someone who worked as my chief of staff is not supposed to work anywhere in government. " External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Despite many challenges, NSFAS is a much better entity now than it was when you took over,” External link

mg Thursday, November 26, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These occupations are at both high, as well as intermediate skills levels,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Too many students rush into courses or programmes that we’re not short of in South Africa and are oversubscribed, which is breeding unemployment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As a department, we have also researched and identified those occupations that may require skilled personnel to be recruited from outside of South Africa,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It is illuminating to note that a number of universities are pointing to better student performance in comparison to previous years. We have interrogated the reasons for this performance and found multiple contributing factors so there is good news from this cloud," External link

news24 Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande remarked : “I reject the idea that someone who was employed as my chief of staff should not be hired at NSFAS. Why should people who work in ministries not be employed anywhere else?,” External link

iol Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:49:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “This capacity is going to put us in good standing in South Africa in terms of future production of vaccines, even possibly down the line, a Covid-19 vaccine,” “It plays a very important foundation to build our capacity as a country” External link

iol Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The DSI achieved 87% (or 40 out of 46) of its targets, with just six targets (13%) not achieved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Director General ) : “I also congratulate the entire DSI staff, led by the Director-General, for its commitment, dedication and resolve to ensure that the department maintains and improves its annual performance by achieving most of their set targets and financial prudence,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 11, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Female applicants account for a 68 percent (338 324) of the total, while male applicants only account for 32 percent (155 543). This trend has been continuing in this trajectory for the past three years,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS’s efforts in providing easy access through partnerships are yielding positive results,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We remain highly grateful to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for their continuous support and partnership. NYDA centres and Teacher’s Centres across the country will remain operational NSFAS application centres throughout the application cycle. We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I congratulate SAPS for swiftly arresting these suspects and urge them to work tirelessly to also arrest the assailants who shot and killed Lindinkosi Mazibuko, the Head of Infrastructure at the same TVET College, who I visited his family on Sunday, the 1st November 2020,” External link

africanewswire Thursday, November 5, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS's efforts in providing easy access through partnerships is yielding positive results," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "NYDA centres, teachers' centres and NSFAS application centres across the country will remain operational throughout the application cycle. We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres," External link

allafrica Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This trend has been continuing in this trajectory for the past three years,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS’s efforts in providing easy access through partnerships is yielding positive results,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I congratulate SAPS for swiftly arresting these suspects and urge them to work tirelessly to also arrest the assailants who shot and killed Lindinkosi Mazibuko, the head of Infrastructure at the same TVET College, who I visited his family on November 1,” External link

iol Wednesday, November 4, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “By this time last year (during the 2020 application cycle), NSFAS had only received over 287 769 applications. "Female applicants account for 68% (338 324) of the total, while male applicants only account for 32% (155 543). This trend has been continuing in this trajectory for the past three years,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These latest statistics are encouraging and give an indication that NSFAS’s efforts in providing easy access through partnerships is yielding positive results,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “NYDA centres, teachers' centres and NSFAS application centres across the country will remain operational throughout the application cycle. We would like to encourage applicants to use these centres,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I congratulate SAPS for swiftly arresting these suspects. I am grateful to the members of the community who cooperated with the police during their investigation,” External link

sanews Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "They are in the second phase. By the end of October they would have managed to appoint. I am concerned with this matter because it delayed the provision of the laptops," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Having reached the level which allowed us to admit the last group, we must be careful not to lower the guard. Already I will receive what seems to be an outbreak of the virus at University of Fort Hare," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 8:32:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I don't say people have no right to complain about things they see not going okay, but not so long ago we were so positive about the administrator and his good work, including this portfolio committee. He has actually changed so many things under very difficult circumstances," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We must not just because there are new things that we are not happy about and then rubbish all the good work he has done," "On my side, I want to put it on record that I think he has done a sea change in terms of what NSFAS was and some of the challenges of the organisation," External link

iol Friday, October 23, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "As we grapple with the completion of the year, we have to look at the role of post-school education and training in our economic recovery. We are not just saving the 2020 academic year, for its own sake, we are saving it for our economy because these are our future skills," External link

news24 Friday, October 23, 2020 3:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Now the town has become a tourist destination with 14,000 and 15,000 visitors each year and over 40 B&Bs, providing a massive economic stimulus to both the town and region,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The minister reiterated his condemnation of those individuals and gangs who at all costs seek to threaten the lives and the stability of our higher education system. Individuals who continue to behave in such a matter must be isolated and exposed,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The destruction of university property is a criminal offence and all those engaging in such acts must be arrested and face the full might of the law,” External link

iol Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These are criminals must be totally removed from our institutions. They do not deserve to be within our institutions but belong in jail,” External link

citizen Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "HIGHER HEALTH has been developing programmes, systems and controls related to the pandemic through the establishment of guidelines, protocols, research and capacity building across our sector. These are grounded in the growing body of science and latest epidemiological data," External link

allafrica Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These are grounded in the growing body of science and the latest epidemiological data,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 12, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “There are two overarching aspects of the approach to mitigate transmission risks: optimising the engineering and administrative controls such as ventilation, distancing in the exam venues, hand-hygiene, training of additional invigilators, timetable management and regular cleaning and health screening; and individual behaviour including the wearing of masks, distancing and using the HealthCheck self-assessment tool,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 12, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These are grounded in the growing body of science and the latest epidemiological data,” External link

sanews Monday, October 12, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “There are two overarching aspects of the approach to mitigate transmission risks: optimising the engineering and administrative controls such as ventilation, distancing in the exam venues, hand-hygiene, training of additional invigilators, timetable management and regular cleaning and health screening; and individual behaviour including the wearing of masks, distancing and using the HealthCheck self-assessment tool,” External link

sanews Monday, October 12, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for implementation, to alleviate and contain the effects of the COVID-19 threat,” External link

africanewswire Saturday, October 10, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for the implementation [of the framework],” External link

sanews Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “This means that wherever possible, the costs of both academic years would be conceptualised as a package and payments spread out over the full period,” External link

sanews Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for implementation, to alleviate and contain the effects of the COVID-19 threat,” External link

gov-za Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:44:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The assertions that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe are nothing but a denial of the self-evident truth. In fact, you don't even have to go to Zimbabwe to see the crisis; you only have to go to our informal settlements in South Africa to see how many Zimbabweans, who are trying to make an honest living for their families, have had to come to South Africa to make a living because of the crisis we have there," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “the increased indebtedness of the working class and the lower middle classes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates food insecurity and deepens the crisis of social reproduction of many a household” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The levels of social distress, with a new job-loss bloodbath on top of existing crises, means that apart from thousands of localised initiatives and programmes, we have to respond with urgency and across the board,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is a strike against corruption and austerity,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, October 4, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At that time, it seemed likely that the academic year would be extended to a thirteen-month year, [end February 2021], depending on the epidemiology and affect of the Covid-19 pandemic. The initial financial affect of the extended academic year was estimated at R4.6bn, based on a three-month extension across the sector as at July 30 2020,” External link

businessday Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRDG) of R350 per month has offered a survival lifeline to millions. But that grant is now due to expire at the end of this month. We cannot allow this to happen,” External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The SRDG grant which has been going to those who are not covered by pensions, UIF, or as care-givers by the Child Support Grant must now be converted as an urgent priority, into a Universal Basic Income Guarantee. Without this small but desperately needed lifeline many households will fall into deeper distress. The SACP calls for a Basic Income Guarantee that is universal, in other words, that is not means-tested to avoid costly administrative overheads,” External link

iol Sunday, October 4, 2020 4:56:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We anticipate that the results from the National Senior Certificate examination will be announced on 23 February next year,” External link

citizen Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande stated : “By the 22 nd September, we had lost 89 members of our public higher education community to deaths from the virus. Of these, 53 are from universities (44 were staff and 9 students), and 36 from TVET Colleges, with 11 students and 25 staff members,” “We mourn these losses of staff and students in our institutions, and send our condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who have succumbed to the illness” External link

citizen Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Only contact NSFAS students funded under the department and currently registered for the 2020 academic year will qualify to receive a device. NSFAS also welcomed further collaboration with pre-funding agencies who wish to opt into the scheme based on the availability of budget and their associated conditions," External link

news24 Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “There were some institutions that were not able to start their academic year effectively before the lockdown was implemented, and that is also reflected in this staggered end to the academic year,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Some institutions have indicated that not all students are taking up their invites to return to campuses, preferring to continue to work remotely,” External link

citizen Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Returning international students, who remain outside the country, need to meet the requirements of the COGTA regulations, which include having a test not older than 72 hours, showing that they are negative for the virus on arrival in South Africa. If not, they will need to go into quarantine at their own expense for at least 10 days before proceeding to their respective institutions,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “For the universities at medium risk, general observations are that they still have some way to go to complete their first semester programme. Summative assessments, where these are required, have yet to begin,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Strategy ) : “In order for South Africa to be able to secure early access to and delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, as soon as they become available, we will be developing and implementing a comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy, which among others, will ensure that there is sufficient supply of a safe and effective vaccine to achieve population immunity to COVID-19,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “We will also be undertaking the Wastewater COVID-19 surveillance work at some Gauteng identified nodal points. This will contribute to an early warning system for COVID-19 resurgence and other emerging pathogens,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The work is conducted through the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS),” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have also seen some major improvements and positive changes from Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, as well as North West. "To date, NSFAS has received over 300 995 applications, this number is extremely overwhelming and encouraging,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These pre-funding agencies must notify NSFAS in writing of their intent to opt into the scheme and confirm budget availability. All potential recipients of the digital learning devices, as well as the implementing institutions, are subject to the guidelines and must abide by the rules outlined in the guidelines,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is expected that data provision will decrease over the next few months as more students return to campus and so have access to campus networks and Wi-Fi,” External link

sanews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I am pleased to say that we are now in a position to welcome back 100% of our university students, including all those international students who are currently outside the borders of South Africa,” “All universities are implementing their plans to return all students and staff from 1 October subject to any restrictions linked to their own risk assessment due to their local context and conditions,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “With respect to international students returning who remain outside our country, they will need to meet the requirements of the Cogta regulations, which includes having a test not older than 72 hours showing that they are negative for the virus on arrival in South Africa. If not, they will need to go into quarantine at their own expense for at least 10 days before proceeding to their respective institutions,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This staggered ending of the academic year is linked to the ability to support students and to ensure that all students have been given a reasonable opportunity to succeed,” External link

mg Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At these institutions, a significant number of students seem still not fully engaged in teaching and learning programmes,” External link

mg Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Unfortunately these wanton acts of corruption are just one awful example of the rampant scourge of corruption and unethical behaviour across much of the public and private sector,” External link

iol Sunday, September 13, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Much as the struggle against corruption must be waged on all fronts, it is important for the ANC as the governing party to take a lead in this regard, including a determined effort to confront all manner of fightback campaign including those fightback campaigns that are camouflaged in choreographed open letters,” External link

iol Sunday, September 13, 2020 5:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is, of course, unfortunate and regrettable only in the sense that the procurement of learning devices will not take place now. However, we are also quite clear that the rules of good governance and due process must be followed,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, August 27, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “All that he is saying is utter crap,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, August 27, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "For this reason, no tender was awarded. This is of course unfortunate and regrettable only in the sense that the procurement of learning devices will not take place right now," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "According to the criteria developed, I am happy to report that under Level 2 lockdown, it will be possible for us to allow for up to a maximum of 66% of students to return to university campuses," External link

irishsun Wednesday, August 26, 2020 9:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "According to the criteria developed, I am happy to report that under Level 2 lockdown, it will be possible for us to allow for up to a maximum of 66% of students to return to university campuses," External link

news24 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Because if wittingly or unwittingly he is being used for that, he will be exposed. I can guarantee that. There’s absolutely nothing wrong that I have done with my department and I’m not interfering in my department. I’m running my department,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Although this thing of the laptops put us back in terms of the quest to access sufficient learning devices, we will stay within the law and due administrative process. The results of this process will be open for public scrutiny once the process is independently and fairly completed,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The Centres of Specialisation were unable to realise the new enrolments for 2020 given the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, largely due to uncertainty in employer commitments and as a result, no new enrolments will take place in 2020," "This accounts for R86m of the R170m which colleges will carry forward into the new financial year," External link

iol Monday, August 10, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Considering all of these aspects, including the funding required to assist the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funded students to acquire laptops, the total financial impact is R3.8506 billion," External link

iol Monday, August 10, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Industrial Revolution ) : "This is the greatest innovation by far as it speaks to the current discussion around the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and how government can change lives by providing much-needed services in far and wide locations using technology. NSFAS is leading in this space," External link

news24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "While great work for the 2021 application cycle is underway, I want to reassure our current beneficiaries that the department, along with NSFAS, is working tirelessly ensuring that the 2020 academic year is saved and concluded to usher in the new academic year," External link

news24 Monday, August 3, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The looters of public resources must be rooted out and sent to jail to wear orange overalls,” External link

citizen Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This work is at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) accreditation stage and, in some cases, approval has already been granted. Some of the products were ready for use in May 2020,” External link

sanews Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “eNtsa also positioned itself to provide engineering support in the Eastern Cape and around the country during the lockdown, so as to enable critical projects pertaining to maintenance for the power generation industry to continue,” External link

sanews Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The aim is to get South Africa into a state of readiness to manufacture an approved COVID-19 vaccine locally. In anticipation of the huge demand, should a candidate vaccine be identified, manufacturing facilities will need to be established in different regions, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Africa will also need to be ready,” External link

sanews Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The looters of public resources must be rooted out and sent to jail to wear orange overalls," External link

news24 Sunday, August 2, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The issue of mission drift has massive implications for the financial sustainability and future of Unisa. It also has materially significant implications for government for both subsidy and student financial aid support as we have seen at the start of the 2020 academic year, when segments of the student community made demands for near full-time equivalent NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) support from government. "Similarly, mission drift will impose major pressures on infrastructure, teaching staff and a host of other concerns,” External link

iol Friday, July 31, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The issue of mission drift has massive implications for the financial sustainability and future of UNISA. It also has materially-significant implications for government for both subsidy and student financial aid support, as we have seen at the start of the 2020 academic year, when segments of the student community made demands for near full-time equivalent National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) support from government,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The issue of mission drift has massive implications for the financial sustainability and future of UNISA. It also has materially-significant implications for government for both subsidy and student financial aid support, as we have seen at the start of the 2020 academic year, when segments of the student community made demands for near full-time equivalent National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) support from government,” External link

sanews Monday, July 27, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This will assist, among others, to deal with governance collapses in some of the institutions as a result of the conduct of some of the members in governance structures. I am concerned, especially about institutions that are periodically placed under administration,” External link

citizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “No one likes a reduction of budget. But we are in the situation we are in now” External link

citizen Thursday, July 23, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "This will assist, among others, to deal with governance collapses in some of the institutions as a result of the conduct of some of the members in governance structures. I am concerned, especially about institutions that are periodically placed under administration," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "No one likes a reduction of budget. But we are in the situation we are in now" External link

news24 Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “The final Special Adjustments Budget cut for the department for 2020/21 amounts to R9.857 billion,” External link

citizen Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:19:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : "The final Special Adjustments Budget cut for the department for 2020/21 amounts to R9.857 billion," External link

news24 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We must also be innovators, creators of new technologies. The 4IR is not a social phenomenon with a predetermined trajectory the social effects of the 4IR will depend predominantly on how we, as South Africans, choose to harness it” External link

the-star Friday, July 17, 2020 3:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The BIS was undertaken in South Africa to produce indicators on business sector innovation performance, which helps the government and stakeholders to understand the nature, determinants and impacts of innovation. Such information is useful in shaping government policy on how to better promote innovation in order to boost inclusive economic growth and competitiveness,” External link

africanewswire Friday, July 10, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is my intention that, after a period of two months during which the sector must propose concrete action on the recommendations, I will submit the report, its recommendations, and the actions to Cabinet for its consideration and approval,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, July 10, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande ajouté : "Les processus sont en cours auprès de l'Autorité sud-africaine des produits sanitaires pour la mise en place de structures dédiées aux régulations des médicaments africains, l'évaluation des essais cliniques de ces médicaments et leur enregistrement pour une application commerciale et clinique" External link

french.china.org.cn Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:14:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "Processes are underway at the South African Health Products Authority for the establishment of dedicated structures for African medicines regulations, evaluation of African medicines clinical trials and registration of these medicines for commercial and clinical application," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:19:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Because of government processes, the tender was advertised on 26 June with a closing date of 31 July,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In addition, the return rate is affected by the closure of 312 Community Learning Centres (CLCs) out of the 1 810 CLCs, due to hosting schools not complying with the regulations for operations under Covid-19," External link

news24 Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Universities submitted costed Campus Readiness Plans, which varied considerably with respect to what institutions wanted to implement and with regards to the funding required and the equipment requested. Funding required varied from as little as R2.1 million to R 402.8 million. Some suggested items were large infrastructure changes that would not be possible. The total cost of the submitted plans was R1.85 billion. This was assessed as unrealistic as many items indicated were unnecessary," External link

news24 Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We need a huge, huge campaign against these two things (cigarettes and alcohol). "But, we cannot win this campaign on our own. We will need to forge partnerships with communities,” External link

iol Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “But the Treasury said to us that it was not advisable that we should waive the normal requirements, and asked us to follow the normal process, but to shorten it,” External link

iol Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “There will be very strict BEE requirements, which is another thing that we have to ensure,” External link

iol Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : "A project initiation meeting involving the Council Task Team and officials from the department took place in May. The CHE wrote to Councils of all universities on 11 May 2020 to inform them about the objectives, scope, and processes of the study; and the nature of inputs expected from them and their respective institutions. By 29 May, the CHE had received positive responses from seven universities," External link

news24 Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:52:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “A project initiation meeting involving the Council Task Team and officials from the department took place in May. The CHE wrote to Councils of all universities on 11 May 2020 to inform them about the objectives, scope, and processes of the study; and the nature of inputs expected from them and their respective institutions. By 29 May, the CHE had received positive responses from seven universities,” External link

citizen Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It’s something I am concerned about. I remember approving, around 2013, about R100 million for the procurement of a new IT system for Nsfas. By 2017, it was exposed as being inadequate. I don’t understand why,” “I am still very concerned to go back to that and understand why we paid R100 million for an IT system which is found [four] years down the line, to be terribly wanting. This caused huge delays” External link

citizen Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:04:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It's something I am concerned about. I remember approving, around 2013, about R100 million for the procurement of a new IT system for NSFAS. By 2017, it was exposed as being inadequate. I don't understand why," "I am still very concerned to go back to that and understand why we paid R100 million for an IT system which is found [four] years down the line, to be terribly wanting. This caused huge delays" External link

news24 Friday, June 19, 2020 10:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We need a huge, huge campaign against these two things (cigarettes and alcohol), but we won’t win this campaign on our own, and we will need to forge a partnership in society,” External link

iol Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “TUT also has a well-developed plan for multi-modal remote learning, which will ensure that it reaches the remotest of their students anywhere in our country for academic support and delivery of learning materials. I am happy with the progress I saw there,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The socio-economic status of the students is 55% National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries and predominantly from the rural areas of our country,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “TUT also has a well-developed plan for multi-modal remote learning, which will ensure that it reaches the remotest of their students anywhere in our country for academic support and delivery of learning materials. I am happy with the progress I saw there,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The socio-economic status of the students is 55% National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries and predominantly from the rural areas of our country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “NSFAS will look at the above three categories of students in considering the appeals, in line with the factors I have mentioned and address all deserving cases appropriately. However, the mechanisms to addressing the aspects of the N+2 rule that may have been unfair to some of our students will go a long way to ensure that those students who were unjustly excluded are considered,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are also finalizing the process of verifying which NSFAS students already have acquired devices, in order to avoid mistakenly issuing some students with more than one device per student. We urge for patience from both parents, staff and students,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “The tool allows for early detection, mapping and management of COVID-19 cases within higher education institutions and feeds into the national Department of Health's tracking and tracing system,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These guidelines outline why and how students and staff may be impacted and how to assist individuals that may experience problems. Through this protocol, the universities and colleges are also urged to keep top-of-mind mental health implications of each decision they make during the forthcoming period,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I would like to emphasise that we recognise that some institutions may identify other groups of students in line with their particular contexts for their return to campus. However, any deviation from this criterion must be approved by my department and must fall within the maximum of 33% of the student population,” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “NSFAS will look at the above three categories of students in considering the appeals, in line with the factors I have mentioned and address all deserving cases appropriately. However, the mechanisms to addressing the aspects of the N+2 rule that may have been unfair to some of our students will go a long way to ensure that those students who were unjustly excluded are considered,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are also finalizing the process of verifying which NSFAS students already have acquired devices, in order to avoid mistakenly issuing some students with more than one device per student. We urge for patience from both parents, staff and students,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “The tool allows for early detection, mapping and management of COVID-19 cases within higher education institutions and feeds into the national Department of Health’s tracking and tracing system,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These guidelines outline why and how students and staff may be impacted and how to assist individuals that may experience problems. Through this protocol, the universities and colleges are also urged to keep top-of-mind mental health implications of each decision they make during the forthcoming period,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I would like to emphasise that we recognise that some institutions may identify other groups of students in line with their particular contexts for their return to campus. However, any deviation from this criterion must be approved by my department and must fall within the maximum of 33% of the student population,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Higher Health has been walking the Covid-19 awareness, prevention and care journey with universities and TVET colleges for several months. The focus now has shifted to shining the Higher Health spotlight on private higher education institutions and community education and training colleges. We want to ensure all students and campus staff have the tools and information necessary to deal with coronavirus,” External link

iol Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “HealthCheck is secured to use by students and staff entering our campuses daily to self-check their body temperature and will link such data to the tracking system of the Department of Health,” “Based on the answers entered on the platform, the person receives a message with the low, moderate, and high-level risk reading. If the risk is low, the individual will receive clearance valid for 24 hours,” External link

eyewitness-news Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:38:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At Level 3, then we must bring back a total of 1/3, which is starting priority with final year students. The one challenge already is that final year students at TUT are 36% of the total number,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On the whole, I am very impressed with the work being done under the leadership of the vice-chancellor and his senior management team, who are already back at work,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I would like to emphasise that we recognise that some institutions may identify other groups of students, in line with their particular contexts, for their return to campus. However, any deviation from this criterion must be approved by my department and must fall within the maximum of 33% of the student population,” External link

mg Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Interested parties will further get information from the National Treasury on the requirements for bidding,” External link

businessday Tuesday, June 9, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I will make further pronouncements as soon as service provider/s have been appointed and give clear timelines for the commencement of the distribution of outstanding gadgets to all our institutions as per the NSFAS guidelines,” External link

businessday Tuesday, June 9, 2020 8:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "On the whole, I am very impressed with the work being done under the leadership of the vice-chancellor and his senior management team, who are already back at work," External link

news24 Tuesday, June 9, 2020 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “HealthCheck is secured to use by students and staff entering our campuses daily to self-check their body temperature and will link such data to the tracking system of the Department of Health,” “Based on the answers entered on the platform, the person receives a message with the low/moderate/high-level risk reading. If the risk is low, the individual will receive clearance valid for 24 hours,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, June 9, 2020 6:27:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “on condition that they can be safely accommodated and supported in line with the health and safety protocols as directed by the Department,” External link

citizen Tuesday, June 9, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The department is responsible for transporting the students to their respective provinces and to ensure that they are reunited with their families,” External link

iol Monday, June 8, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : ”We are lucky to be able to draw from your wisdom,” External link

thezimbabwemail Saturday, June 6, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Students in all years of study, who require clinical training in their programmes provided that the clinical training platforms have sufficient space and can accommodate them while adhering to the safety protocols [may return]," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:42:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Students in all years of study, who require clinical training in their programmes provided that the clinical training platforms have sufficient space and can accommodate them while adhering to the safety protocols [may return],” External link

sanews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “South Africa’s ratification of the Convention confirms South Africa’s strong commitment to the global SKA partnership. We are determined to ensure the success of what will be the first ever large global research infrastructure hosted in Africa,” External link

modernghana Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Many of the problems and additional concerns have been unearthed during the period of administration thus far,” “Although the 2019 student funding cycle was much better managed, and there is evidence of significant improvements, some of the core problems remain” External link

iol Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : “In addition, NSFAS did not have the requisite capacity and technical knowledge required for a successful student financial aid administration from the start of the applications process to successfully funding students,” External link

iol Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We have successfully negotiated with (cellphone service provider) networks" External link

iol Monday, May 25, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Students who don't have technology resources will have paper learning material delivered to them, based on each university's assessment" External link

iol Monday, May 25, 2020 8:24:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “That is the kind of social solidarity that we need from those who are rich,” External link

iol Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our theme is to save the academic year while saving lives,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “access to institutional websites will be free, although some of the embedded content like YouTube and videos will be charged for,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In weeks to come, we will give detailed information on how to access these offers,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is a huge step forward and highlighted the effective collaboration between the Department and the telecommunications sector. Zero-rating means that access to institutional websites will be free, although some of the embedded content like YouTube and videos will be charged for,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Under level 3, a maximum of 33% of the student population will be allowed to return to campuses, delivery sites and residences on condition that they can be safely accommodated and supported in line with the health and safety protocols as directed by the department,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As stated in our last briefing, government is committed to ensure that all NSFAS students have access to an appropriate device to support their online learning and to ensure that no student is left behind. Some universities have already issued their students with laptops, some as part of their normal policies, others as a response to COVID-19,” “A lot of work then had to be undertaken to quantify the exact number and location of these students who still need to be issued with devices. That work has now been completed and procurement will commence as soon as the approval of the minister of finance is received,” External link

eyewitness-news Saturday, May 23, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is critical that we adhere to these criteria to ensure that campuses are ready for students to safely return, and the effective health screening and cleaning protocols are in place to keep everyone safe,” External link

citizen Saturday, May 23, 2020 4:28:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The risk[s] of a return to normal campus-based activity for thousands of students and staff are simply too great, and [universities] cannot function successfully outside of the national context of a general lockdown. Universities … do not operate in a vacuum, but in a historically specific context,” External link

mg Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Loyiso Nongxa ) : “Professor Nongxa has performed the work as per the terms of reference, and reported to me on a quarterly basis. The outstanding task is the constitution of the council in terms of the newly developed statute,” External link

mg Tuesday, May 12, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "To be specific, our formal institution are made up of 2.5 million students. Universities do not operate in a vacuum," External link

iol Saturday, May 9, 2020 3:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Firstly, whatever we do in the PSET (post-school education and training) sector, our responsibility is to lower the infection curve. Secondly, we must save the 2020 academic year, but not at the expense of lives. Thirdly, our efforts to save the academic year must avoid worsening the infection curve,” External link

mg Friday, May 1, 2020 12:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The completion of the academic year 2020 and the start of the academic year 2021 will be aligned with the plans of the Department of Basic Education in terms of the completion cycle of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, and the release of the matric results,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “To this end, TVET colleges will have to enable students to complete trimester one and two for engineering students, both semesters for business studies and the full-year NC(V) programmes,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also be providing mental health support and other forms of support necessary for staff and students throughout,” External link

dailymaverick Friday, May 1, 2020 4:37:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the work and decisions of the National Command Council (NCC), we have decided not to resume with campus-based academic activity throughout the PSET sector, including all universities and TVET [ Technical and Vocational Education and Training ] colleges, both public and private, during the Level 4 lockdown period,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In a joint effort, Higher Health - supported by the Department of Health, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), USAf, SACPO and other organisations - has developed a comprehensive and clear set of PSET guidelines on managing COVID-19 in the sector, post lockdown,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As a result of the highly uncertain and fluid social context imposed by the viral threat on every aspect of South African society, it is not possible to determine with any measure of certainty the dates when physical return to campuses for the bulk of our students will be possible,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In acknowledgement of the fact that almost all TVET college students do not have devices to work online, and furthermore do not have access to data, various other support initiatives have been explored to support students remotely, whilst simultaneously working on acquiring devices for all NSFAS students,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “No single student will be left behind in our strategy in terms of ensuring that we do all we can to complete the 2020 academic year,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The likely extension of the academic year will require additional funding to maintain allowances for students while they complete the academic year. As a Department, we are therefore working with NSFAS, in modelling these costs,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As a result of highly uncertain and fluid social context imposed by the viral threat on every aspect of South African society, it is not possible to determine with any measure of certainty the dates when physical return to campuses for the bulk of our students will be possible,” External link

eyewitness-news Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande announced : “The department has requested all universities to complete an updated survey on their IT capability for offering online learning” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, April 16, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Today we are happy you are leaving to join your families. It was not easy to arrive at OR Tambo and to be told, 'No, wait, you are not going home to your families, you are still staying two weeks in quarantine,'" External link

allafrica Thursday, April 9, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m aware that four students will still have to complete their quarantine until Tuesday, as they had arrived later. We would like to assure them that we will continue to provide them with the same level of support,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today you are leaving for your homes to be reunited with you families after spending several months in China, and the last 14 days in quarantine,” External link

sanews Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m aware that four students will still have to complete their quarantine until Tuesday, as they had arrived later. We would like to assure them that we will continue to provide them with the same level of support,” External link

sanews Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today you are leaving for your homes to be reunited with you families after spending several months in China, and the last 14 days in quarantine,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I’m aware that four students will still have to complete their quarantine until Tuesday, as they had arrived later. We would like to assure them that we will continue to provide them with the same level of support,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, April 4, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today we are happy you are leaving to join your families. It was not easy to arrive at OR Tambo and to be told, ‘No, wait, you are not going home to your families, you are still staying two weeks in quarantine,'” External link

citizen Saturday, April 4, 2020 5:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We have set up what you can call a dashboard that we feed data into such we’re then able to know which part of the country right up to even street level, just to trace and check where coronavirus is concentrated and how it is changing over time,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:18:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Two of these students tested positive for Tuberculosis before landing in South Africa, and were discharged from observation back into the quarantine facility at Birchwood on 26 March 2020. Both tested negative for COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Stella Ndabeni Abrahams ) : “I am in discussions with Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, on how to deal with access to data for expansion of online learning,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The situational awareness platform is flexible and dynamic and will be improved and customised based on the prevailing decision support requirements of the National Command Centre,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The NSFAS has already made an upfront tuition to TVETs of R623 million, which comprises 20% of the tuition allocation to colleges. This money was meant to assist colleges with cash flow and waive registration fees for students,” External link

citizen Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Progress is expected in about 18 months,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:03:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It has become very urgent to locally manufacture reagents for testing kits. These are currently being imported and the lockdown may threaten access to supply,” “Once we are able to establish how long the supplies will run out that we currently have, we can be able to work with the various partners to start in a matter of weeks” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On Friday 20 March, 80 other students arrived from China and they were on various TVET college programmes, especially work placements in China. And they have all been placed in quarantine somewhere in Ekurhuleni and they’ve been tested and we are awaiting their results,” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) A is currently engaging with other sources of data and modelling groups, refining their assumptions with a view to produce an updated model of the spread of the epidemic over time by Friday,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The functionality of the CMORE system is designed to service a wide range of users, whether these are in a decision hierarchy as well as different types of first responders (health workers, police, the army),” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The private health care sector should participate in the national effort on humanitarian grounds and accordingly form part of Covid-19 tracking efforts, make available facilities, test suspected cases and treat those affected,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about National Health ) : “Under a successfully introduced National Health Insurance (NHI), health care will be available to all regardless of their ability to pay. The state of national disaster caused by the global public health emergency and spread of Covid-19 calls for implementation of the key NHI principles right now!,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Private health care providers must provide Covid-19 health care without demanding payment. All healthcare facilities and capacity in the republic is essential now and going forward in the face of the global public health emergency of Covid-19 and as a result of the declaration of the national state of disaster,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “All facilities and actions needed to contain and stop the spread of the pandemic should respectively be publicly available and implemented right now, rather than, belatedly, when the situation is out of control,” External link

iol Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about error ) : “The omission of SADTU amongst the unions who participated in our meeting was purely an administrative error with no intention to cause harm or undermine SADTU’s contribution to our sector’s discussion on measures to combat COVID -19,” External link

africanewswire Friday, March 20, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed : “As a sector we will continue to meet with all stakeholders during this period to assess the situation relating to COVID-19 so that we can make any decisions on the basis of developments in relation to the virus,” External link

africanewswire Friday, March 20, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande stated : “The majority of public universities and some public TVET colleges are not just teaching and learning spaces, but are also living spaces, which include student residences and staff housing. Each institution will develop a mitigation plan for its residence system, to ensure that protocols and controls are in place to mitigate the spread of the virus and to provide for isolation facilities where necessary” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7:13:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Of course some of the institutional activities will continue during this period such as postgraduate and research work. In other words, it’s not a shut down its an early recess which in the main means the suspension of academic activity and lecturers mainly for undergraduate and TVET colleges of course for diploma and certificate programs,” External link

zbc Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This may be particularly important for contact teaching in a range of programmes at the majority of our colleges and universities. The decision by institutions will be based on scientific evidence and institutional considerations,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is not a shutdown. It’s an early recess, which in the main means the suspension of academic activities and lectures,” External link

businessday Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are also going to prioritise surveillance strategies, with the view of funding the top priorities,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also be liaising with other critical stakeholders, including national student representative bodies, to ensure that we move in unison as the sector,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Some institutions have suspended graduation ceremonies, exams and tests, while others have brought forward their end of terms in order to create space for longer-term planning,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Higher Health works closely with the Department of Health and the NICD in this regard. It is important that student health services are closely involved in the communication strategies and plans of individual institutions,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These instances of violence provide no solution to student concerns, but rather delay the implementation of the agreements reached with students, through the South African Union of Students,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “What is also important from the meeting is that there was a general agreement by both parties to recommit to urgent engagements on the challenges at the institution, particularly in relation to the reported academic and financial exclusions of students and the closure of the university,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande explained : “The meeting agreed that with immediate effect, there should be a process to categorise students, who have been academically and financially excluded. This process will then lead to the finalisation of the registration process for these categories of student,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Of importance is the need for all role players to work together to identify problems and seek to resolve them timeously and at an institutional level,” External link

sanews Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Following these violent incidences, I would like to restate my condemnation to violence that characterised the student protest at this university and other universities and TVET colleges throughout our country,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:14:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We agreed with the SAUS and USAf [Universities of South Africa] that institutional matters will be dealt with at institutional level, however my door as a minister and that of my department will always be open for further consultation,” External link

citizen Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:14:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is in the meeting with the South African Union of Students (SAUS), which represents all SRC of Universities, where SAUS agreed to call off the national shutdown with immediate effect in the wake of the common understanding and agreements reached in the meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of Universities South Africa, SAUS and the university and TVET branch of the Department of Higher Education,” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Through this project we have ensured that we provide the Mankosi community with technical and related skills, including support to install and operate their own communication services and infrastructure, allowing communities to access a more reliable network at a cheaper price than the current market offerings," External link

gov-za Thursday, March 5, 2020 8:28:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On our side as government and all our institutions, we stand ready to engage and deal with whatever problems we face and we urge all to seek to address problems constructively and peacefully,” External link

iol Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The current phase of the project will be supported by the reallocation of existing financial resources within the Post School Education and Training Sector,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 27, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The current phase of the project will be supported by the reallocation of existing financial resources within the Post School Education and Training Sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This year, we are providing R34.5billion through NSFAS to support students from poor and working- class backgrounds in their studies at public TVET colleges and universities,” External link

iol Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:46:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This will include looking at infrastructure requirements for better security on campuses that could be funded through the department’s infrastructure and efficiency fund,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This year, we are providing R34.5 billion through National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to support students from poor and working-class backgrounds in their studies at public TVET colleges and universities,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We believe that this location, together with fresh new challenges arising from the revolution in science and technology in the third decade of the 21st century, offers an opportunity for a new initiative to provide cutting-edge science and technology innovations across crucial areas such as Data Science, Machine-Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Robotics, Hydrogen-powered technologies including smart transportation and logistics systems,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Through the Student Housing Infrastructure Programme (SHIP) we aim to develop large-scale student housing projects at universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed : “For the two new universities of Sol Plaatjie and Mpumalanga, 2 331 beds have been funded from the New Universities Infrastructure Grant to the amount of R772.950 million,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Amongst other achievements we pride ourselves on the fact that in 2018 we undertook a due diligence exercise to quantify the historic debt of NSFAS qualifying senior students registered in the 2018/2019 academic year. Through this exercise, all returning NSFAS qualifying students with university debt were allowed to register provided that they signed an Acknowledgement of Debt form. This exercise was meant to effectively ensure that students with NSFAS historic debt will be able to graduate,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Mitchells Plain ) : “We have made strides by commencing the building of nine (9) new TVET colleges campus sites scheduled for completion in 2020. They include Sterkspruit, Aliwal North, Graaff Reneit, Ngungqushe, Umzimkhulu, Greytown, Msinga, Nongoma and Kwagqikazi. Construction will commence with a new campus site for Mitchells Plain in 2020,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Against this backdrop there is now a stronger alignment between education and training institutions and work; with a significant focus on student success; growing and strengthening of the TVET college sector; new Community Education and Training colleges; and improving the capacity of the whole sector to provide quality education and training opportunities to more South Africans,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This year, we are providing R34.5 billion through NSFAS to support students from poor and working-class backgrounds in their studies at public TVET colleges and universities,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We believe that this location -- together with fresh new challenges arising from the revolution in science and technology in the third decade of the 21st century -- offers an opportunity for a new initiative to provide cutting-edge science and technology innovations across crucial areas such as data science, machine-learning, artificial intelligence, block chain, robotics, hydrogen-powered technologies, including smart transportation and logistics systems,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Mitchells Plain ) : “We have made strides by commencing the building of nine new TVET college campus sites, scheduled for completion in 2020. Construction will commence with a new campus site for Mitchells Plain in 2020,” External link

sanews Thursday, February 20, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “If we really want to address issues of youth unemployment and provision of skills, the strengthening and building of more TVET colleges is very important,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 14, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I denounce such barbaric and shameful acts against Boli and commend the swift arrest of the suspect, who is a senior student and a close friend of Boli,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I pass my deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow students of Forgiveness Sebola and Hope Mukovhanama,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In dealing with the spate of violent attacks on students on and off our campuses, we are currently finalizing the Policy Framework on Gender-Based Violence for the postschool sector. This policy will guide the whole sector in its management of and response to gender-based violence,” External link

gov-za Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “One of the biggest achievements for NSFAS is that for the first time ever all applications that were received between September [2019] and November [2019] have been dealt with and the applicants have been informed,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We want to do it now while the administrator is still in place so he can make his own input … so we can improve the system as much as possible,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It is unfortunate, that after the successful meeting we held with the South African Union of Students (SAUS) on Friday 31 January 2020, which represents 26 public universities SRC’s, we find ourselves having to deal with such senseless destruction of the university and private property. These attacks look like well-orchestrated acts of sabotage and criminality meant to undermine and reverse the already achieved milestones reached with SAUS" External link

gov-za Tuesday, February 4, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I also call upon the UKZN University Alumni, parents and communities to join government and management of the university to condemn these acts of lawlessness,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, February 4, 2020 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Given the challenges facing the Ceta, and after careful consideration, I have decided to place the Ceta under administration so as to address all the concerns and governance issues which impact negatively on its critical mandate,” External link

citizen Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is the large-scale adoption of various forms of innovation for youth development that will be the real game-changer; that the country needs better ways of identifying and using a range of emerging and cutting-edge technologies, encouraging innovation across society, especially community-based and grassroots innovation – focusing on new business models and partnerships, and rapidly scaling up proven innovations and approaches,” External link

sanews Friday, January 31, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I am keen for South Africa to draw on the rich experience and evidence of what works in the various UNDP offices globally, and particularly the 59 other accelerators that are in various stages of development. We hope the UNDP will greatly assist us in our efforts to work with and learn from others," External link

sanews Friday, January 31, 2020 2:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “A partnership is in place between the department of higher education and training, national treasury, the European Union Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) and the private sector to support the SHIP,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Protesting students must refrain from intimidating the general student population and university employees by making inflammatory and provocative statements that incite violence,” External link

gov-za Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande says : “I wish to reiterate to student leaders that my door is always open for any further engagement and discussion. However, such engagements cannot take place in an environment of violence and destruction,” External link

gov-za Thursday, January 30, 2020 1:26:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I am aware that there is significant student debt within the university system owed by students who are not NSFAS beneficiaries. Unfortunately, public funds for the university system are constrained and there is no possibility that debts of students who are not NSFAS-qualifying can be eradicated by government,” External link

iol Monday, January 27, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is also a great improvement in the system because before, you would have a number of NSFAS qualifying students being asked to pay registration fees, that we have eliminated now [and] who ever does this is breaking the law,” External link

africanbrains Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Applicants include those who were in Matric in 2019, learners in Grade 10 – 11 and those intending to further studies at the TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Colleges, out of school youth, returning/continuing students without NSFAS funding in prior years,” External link

africanbrains Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our outreach program continually shows a relatively high number of learners know very little about NSFAS. Hence our focus in strengthening and expanding the outreach programme. Just under 50% of applications have been received from social grant beneficiaries,” External link

africanbrains Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Health Sciences ) : “The enrolment plan provides details of the enrolment targets for all fields of study, and specifically for those scarce skills fields that support our country’s growth, such as Engineering Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Animal and Human Health Sciences, and Teacher Education,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, January 17, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “new entrant opportunities will be provided by TVET colleges of which 156,800 opportunities will be available for students interested in studying towards a national diploma in engineering, general or business studies” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A total of 281,639, about 52%, of all applications received thus far, are Sassa beneficiaries. We are proud of this because it means the government’s system is able to ensure support for the poorer sections of our communities, right from birth, until the attainment of a qualification at a university or a college,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “That’s why we want to say here loud and clear – students who have failed and do not qualify for the NSFAS can’t be funded because if we had to do so, we would be reinforcing a wrong thing and depriving students who are capable of doing better,” External link

citizen Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is also a great improvement in the system because before, you would have a number of NSFAS qualifying students being asked to pay registration fees, that we have eliminated now [and] who ever does this is breaking the law,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Applicants include those who were in Matric in 2019, learners in Grade 10 – 11 and those intending to further studies at the TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Colleges, out of school youth, returning/continuing students without NSFAS funding in prior years,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our outreach program continually shows a relatively high number of learners know very little about NSFAS. Hence our focus in strengthening and expanding the outreach programme. Just under 50% of applications have been received from social grant beneficiaries,” External link

sanews Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The SACP strongly condemns the acts of aggression by the United States against both the Iranian and Iraqi people," External link

allafrica Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "A good communist is in the African National Congress. That's why today I am not wearing a red colour (SACP colours) but I am in full colours of our movement, the African National Congress," External link

iol Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our revolution and our organisation is not for sale,” External link

businessday Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The SACP strongly condemns the acts of aggression by the United States against both the Iranian and Iraqi people,” External link

citizen Monday, January 6, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The heightened imperialist offensive as well as its 'trade wars' is indeed broadly defining the sphere of international relations in general,” External link

iol Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In this way, the US is also acting extraterritorially,” External link

iol Wednesday, December 11, 2019 1:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Merging the two events will see a wider variety of stakeholders within the science, technology and innovation landscape converging under one roof, thus enriching the discourse on the role of science in improving the lives of Africa's vast populations,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed : “The NYDA offices will be opened, tomorrow, Saturday, 30 November 2019 from 08:00 to 12:00 as part of the last push before the closing of applications at midnight,” External link

gov-za Friday, November 29, 2019 3:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I denounce such barbaric and shameful acts against women, both in our institutions of learning and in society in general. Our society cannot continue another day harbouring such disgraceful people, who are hell bent [on tearing] the moral fibre of our society apart,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:16:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “I have engaged all of our institutions, both universities and TVET Colleges to improve campus safety and security. I will be getting a report from the Ministerial Task Team we appointed to advise me on issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and harm at our institutions, focusing on institutional policy alignment and initiatives to address gender-based violence in universities,” External link

the-star Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “I have engaged all of our institutions, both universities and TVET Colleges to improve campus safety and security. I will be getting a report from the Ministerial Task Team we appointed to advise me on issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and harm at our institutions, focusing on institutional policy alignment and initiatives to address gender-based violence in universities,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande denounced : “barbaric and shameful acts against women” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have engaged all of our institutions, both universities and TVET colleges, to improve campus safety and security. I will be getting a report from the ministerial task team we appointed to advise me on issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and harm at our institutions, focusing on institutional policy alignment and initiatives to address gender-based violence in universities,” External link

citizen Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I trust that our criminal justice system will ensure a speedy apprehension and prosecution of those responsible for this dastardly act,” External link

gov-za Tuesday, November 26, 2019 12:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We must work to fix and turn around our economy, to systematically eliminate inequality, create employment and eradicate poverty. We must go back to the people and speak to them about the issues we were raising before the elections,” External link

the-star Monday, October 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I told them; ‘but they are the same people who were with you in the trenches’,” External link

zimeye Monday, October 7, 2019 10:44:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I told them; 'but they are the same people who were with you in the trenches'," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, October 7, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “People can’t come and tell us and say, the reason why our economy is in a bad situation is because of the wages of the workers. Wages of South African workers have been going down for the past 20 years. But we are not asking the key question; how about these big bosses who are earning millions per annum, what do you do with that money when there are people who don’t have nothing?” External link

eyewitness-news Sunday, October 6, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “You fell into politics that you were not aware of. There were internal politics inside government, inside the ruling party, you played into the hands of those politics,” External link

mg Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added ( about Ahmed Bawa ) : “I am saying it for the last time Professor Bawa [Ahmed Bawa the CEO of Universities South Africa] because I do not want to be repeating it all the time. It’s been troubling me and that is why I spoke about it and I hope it does not happen again. You apologised, I accepted. But I have to repeat it here” External link

mg Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our relations with China started in 1998, and ever since we have had strong co-operation in multilateral fora. South Africa would like to express our gratitude to China for supporting Africa’s Agenda 2063 for the economic transformation over the next 50 years,” External link

the-star Thursday, September 26, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have agreed to call a meeting between the relevant ministers and the traditional authorities to find a solution and expedite the transfer of land to the university,” External link

mg Monday, September 23, 2019 8:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The university reported that the majority of its students are living off-campus, and face security issues on a daily basis. Ideally the university aims to house 80% of its students in on-campus or off-campus accredited accommodation that is safe and of quality that will support university learning,” External link

mg Monday, September 23, 2019 8:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have agreed that the university should start procurement for the first stage of construction as soon as possible,” External link

iol Monday, September 23, 2019 4:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for Sandile's death," External link

gov-za Monday, September 23, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "An industrial engineer, which Sandile was to be, finds answers to many important problems in manufacturing, distribution of goods and services, health care, utilities, transportation, entertainment, and the environment. Indeed, we have lost a young person who was going to play a significant role in moving our country forward," External link

gov-za Monday, September 23, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : "Our institutions are a place of teaching and learning and not places to breed criminals and lawlessness. I therefore expect the university management to safeguard the lives of everyone on campus including the university property," External link

gov-za Monday, September 23, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Industrial Revolution ) : “I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for Sandile’s death,” “In Sandile, the Ndlovu family and the entire nation has lost an engineer in the making who could have been instrumental in addressing challenges in our economy, particularly those that might have been brought by the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” External link

citizen Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:50:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I urge our criminal justice system to ensure a speedy arrest and prosecution of the people responsible for Sandile’s death,” External link

iol Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "and the entire nation has lost an engineer in the making who could have been instrumental in addressing challenges in our economy, particularly those that might have been brought by the advent of the fourth industrial revolution" External link

iol Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:57:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Unless we understand the source of this thing, we are not going to be able to deal with it. I’m not suggesting that violence against women is only found in working class and poor communities, I’m not saying that at all. It tends to be worse there, but it’s found across the board. Even rich women suffer the brunt of abuse,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It’s also clear to us as the SACP that the struggle against violence in general, and gender based violence in particular, will not be successfully tackled unless we also deal with the scourge of substance and alcohol abuse in many communities,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We welcome the stance taken by our president comrade Ramaphosa for law enforcement to be tightened, including tougher sentences for gender based violence. However, government alone will not be able to successfully defeat these many social scourges inflicting our communities and society,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today that labour from SADC is no longer occupying the mining hostels but is sharing the very same informal settlements as South Africa’s workers. Once you do that you are setting the poor against the poor. This thing that South Africans are xenophobic is not true. South Africa’s working class has long been staying together with workers from outside South Africa,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “But all these issues won’t be solved because some of them won’t be able to solve their problems, that’s why we need working class solidarity in the African continent. So when you talk about our continent we are also talking about the need of working class solidarity in Africa and the building of the trade union movement,” External link

iol Monday, September 16, 2019 6:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Our own studies in the Department of Higher Education and Training have shown that NSFAS students, on average, perform significantly better that students in the overall population,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is a massive investment in student support and an important policy of government to support and transform our higher education and training system and society,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “As a department, we are engaging all stakeholders to improve campus security. We are working with the Ministerial Task Team appointed to advise men on issues of sexual harassment and GBV and harm at universities, which has commenced its work,” External link

sanews Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2:12:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Team ) : “As a department, we are engaging all stakeholders to improve campus security. We are working with the Ministerial Task Team appointed to advise men on issues of sexual harassment and GBV and harm at universities, which has commenced its work,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande dit : "Il est important d'avancer plus radicalement pour mener à bien l'émancipation sociale tout en renforçant le programme visant à réaliser à la fois la révolution africaine et la paix dans le monde" External link

french.china.org.cn Sunday, January 13, 2019 12:39:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
general secretary6.73%EN12/04/201704/12/2017
secretary5.25%EN12/04/201704/12/2017
minister34.62%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
higher education minister22.38%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
education minister18.74%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
leader1.55%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
boss0.34%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
ally0.20%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
closest ally0.20%EN10/27/201727/10/2017
minister of higher0.20%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
secretary general0.54%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
general0.24%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
communist party boss0.07%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
communist party general secretary1.95%EN10/09/201709/10/2017
south african communist party general secretary1.48%EN10/09/201709/10/2017
african communist party general secretary0.67%EN10/09/201709/10/2017
secretary-general0.44%EN09/27/201727/09/2017
secrétaire0.13%FR08/27/201727/08/2017
south african communist party leader0.17%EN05/01/201701/05/2017
communist party leader0.10%EN05/01/201701/05/2017
african communist party leader0.07%EN05/01/201701/05/2017
public works minister0.03%EN02/27/201727/02/2017
cabinet minister0.07%EN01/13/201713/01/2017
ministre de l’ enseignement supérieur0.30%FR01/05/201705/01/2017
au commission chairwoman0.03%EN12/18/201618/12/2016
communist party secretary general0.07%EN12/12/201612/12/2016
ministre de l’ education0.03%FR11/25/201625/11/2016
ministre0.07%FR10/20/201620/10/2016
minister of education0.17%EN10/11/201611/10/2016
science and technology minister0.03%EN10/11/201611/10/2016
Names Lang Count
Blade NzimandeEN81.68%
Blade NzimandeFR7.11%
Blade NzimandeEU5.21%
Blade NzimandeAF5.21%
Blade NzimandePT0.60%
Blade NzimandeSA0.09%
Blade NzimandeSW0.05%
Blade NzimandeDE0.05%


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Cyril Ramaphosa said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “I have asked the minister of higher education and innovation [Blade Nzimande] to put together a team of scientists to begin the process of developing our own vaccines to deal with this and future pandemics,” External link

businessday Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

Bantu Holomisa said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “In our letter of 10 September 2020, we had explained the allegation that some of the appointments were directed by Minister Nzimande in favour of some South African Communist Party (SACP) favourites. We had also reported to you Minister Nzimande’s alleged direct interference in the appointment of the SETAs’ board members and chairpersons on 24 August 2020,” External link

the-star Friday, January 22, 2021 9:26:00 AM EAT

Bantu Holomisa said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “The involvement of the minister’s ‘industrial envoy’, Mr Nqaba Nqandela, who is masquerading as a DHET representative, definitely compromises Minister Nzimande’s promise that he would not interfere in the vice-chancellor appointment. Who mandated Mr Nqandela to poke his nose into Unisa’s affairs?” External link

the-star Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Ishmael Mnisi said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “We want a fair opportunity for completion for all students, including the fact that online, remote and flexible learning methodologies be used as best as possible taking into account institutional differences. "Minister Blade Nzimande will make further pronouncement on the continuation of the 2020 academic year in a media briefing to be held before the end of this week” External link

iol Tuesday, May 19, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Ishmael Mnisi said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “Minister Nzimande further reiterates that in an effort to assist them to register, the government made a provision that all NSFAS students should be able to register, as long as they sign an acknowledgement of debt form” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, February 4, 2020 8:42:00 PM EAT