Blade Nzimande

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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 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

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

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 : “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 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 : “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 : “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 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 : “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 : “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 ( 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 : “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

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

Blade Nzimande said : “I urge the council, unions and student leadership to remain calm and to collectively work together in ending the protest and in dealing with all challenges facing this university,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The 4IR is a new era in technological development that blurs the lines between physical, digital and biological systems. It integrates cyber physical systems and the internet of things, big data and cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The 4IR is a new era in technological development that blurs the lines between physical, digital and biological systems. It integrates cyberphysical systems and the Internet of Things, big data and cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “There is a huge attempt to try and displace comrade Cyril because he is seen to be pursuing all the wrong things that have been done,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, August 5, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “The ANC is under distress, divided and fighting among itself. There is a huge attempt to displace Cyril Ramaphosa because he is pursuing all the wrong things that have actually been done, and as communists we cannot celebrate an ANC that is in distress,” External link

businessday Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Pravin Gordhan ) : “Gordhan managed to nail those people selling illicit cigarettes and not paying their taxes … When we say we are defending comrade Pravin, we are not defending him as an individual, we are defending a principle,” External link

businessday Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The difficulties [we are] facing today is largely because of the billions of rand stolen through state capture,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, August 4, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are going all out to organise all South Africans who want peace to come together to come and defend this democracy against theft and corruption,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, August 4, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande warned ( about George Mukhari ) : “This protest not only affects the university, but also the adjacent Dr George Mukhari Hospital and Dental Hospital, and other healthcare delivery facilities situated on the campus,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Government supports a healthy, safe and habitual post school education environment, which encourages productivity for both labour and students,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande warned ( about George Mukhari ) : “This protest not only affects the university, but also the adjacent Dr George Mukhari Hospital and Dental Hospital, and other healthcare delivery facilities situated on the campus,” External link

iol Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Government supports a healthy, safe and habitual post school education environment, which encourages productivity for both labour and students,” External link

iol Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We aim to ensure that within the next 10 years there is no district municipality that will not have access to a post school training institution. This, in my view, would be a major development in the struggle to overcome the spatial legacies of under-development inherited from the apartheid and colonial system,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I will shortly be receiving a report on what the obstacles are in the production of black and women South African academics in our institutions, and how to overcome such obstacles,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Since the appointment of the new administrator, there has been significant improvements in the operations at NSFAS, with improved working relationships between NSFAS and institutions,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A full assessment and investigation into the root causes of the systems, process, policy and capacity problems at NSFAS will be undertaken by a specialist Ministerial team to be appointed over the next few months. In addition, we will be working closely with NSFAS to ensure a smooth transition period between the administrator and new management and governance teams of NSFAS,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “This has been made possible through a partnership between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Infrastructure Investment Programme of South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa and National Treasury,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Since the appointment of the new administrator, there has been significant improvements in the operations at NSFAS, with improved working relationships between NSFAS and institutions,” External link

sanews Friday, July 12, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A full assessment and investigation into the root causes of the systems, process, policy and capacity problems at NSFAS will be undertaken by a specialist Ministerial team to be appointed over the next few months. In addition, we will be working closely with NSFAS to ensure a smooth transition period between the administrator and new management and governance teams of NSFAS,” External link

sanews Friday, July 12, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “This has been made possible through a partnership between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Infrastructure Investment Programme of South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa and National Treasury,” External link

sanews Friday, July 12, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Since the appointment of the new administrator, there has been significant improvements in the operations at NSFAS, with improved working relationships between NSFAS and institutions,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A full assessment and investigation into the root causes of the systems, process, policy and capacity problems at NSFAS will be undertaken by a specialist Ministerial team to be appointed over the next few months. In addition, we will be working closely with NSFAS to ensure a smooth transition period between the administrator and new management and governance teams of NSFAS,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “This has been made possible through a partnership between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Infrastructure Investment Programme of South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa and National Treasury,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We aim to ensure that within the next 10 years there is no district municipality that will not have access to a post school training institution. This, in my view, would be a major development in the struggle to overcome the spatial legacies of under-development inherited from the apartheid and colonial system,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I will shortly be receiving a report on what the obstacles are in the production of black and women South African academics in our institutions, and how to overcome such obstacles,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also continue to play our role in driving and advocating for increases in gross investment in research and development as a percentage of GDP with the aim of achieving the National Development Plan target of 1.5%,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela ) : “The office of the Public Protector, instead of being preoccupied with defending the poor and vulnerable, has become an instrument of the better-off in society to fight political and other battles. It is for these reasons that the SACP is seriously concerned about the constant scathing court judgments against the current Public Protector. The SACP believes it is imperative for Parliament to carry out an inquiry into her suitability,” External link

news24 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:12:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Mr Selepe’s sudden passing comes as a complete shock to me. His vast knowledge and contribution to the transport sector and government will be dearly missed,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 22, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Throughout this long, painstaking legal process and impediments thrown our way, we remained resilient, undeterred and resolute in our commitment to leave no stone unturned to fight against corruption and state capture,” External link

citizen Monday, May 13, 2019 11:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Throughout this long, painstaking legal process and impediments thrown our way, we remained resilient, undeterred and resolute in our commitment to leave no stone unturned to fight against corruption and state capture,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, May 13, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are jumping too much ahead. I have no idea what cabinet is going to look like but what I think one of the priorities of (the department of) transport is that we have to finalize this issue of e-tolls one way or the other,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At the heart of the e-toll debate it’s about that — is it government or is it users?” “Government has adopted a mix approach to say that it is going to put an infrastructure and some of that infrastructure will have to be paid for by the users” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : ”There is commitment to restructure government and to improve the functioning of government but most importantly to clean government,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It would be a mistake for South Africans to leave it all to government alone. South Africans must stand up, whether you serve in a school governing body or you are in a civil organization or even if you are a professional somewhere, join in together with government, ” “Let all South Africans irrespective of political persuasion fight to defend the gains we have made over the last 25 years” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Some air transport markets between Africa and countries outside of Africa have been liberalised to a significant extent. But most intra-African aviation markets remain closed and regulated through bilateral agreements which limit the growth and development of air services,” External link

businessday Friday, May 3, 2019 12:35:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Over and above notices issued, a total of 1 343 arrests were effected in 2019, compared to 1 598 in 2018,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Single vehicle overturns contributed 24%, an increase of 3% as compared to 21% in 2018,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "This year we recorded 128 crashes, which is a 46 percent decrease, as compared to the 238 crashes recorded in 2018," External link

iol Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Given the above scenario, there will be long-term benefits for business to invest in South Africa with solutions that may change the transport landscape,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This will also ensure that the majority of our commuters use safe and convenient modes of transport,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “To fulfil the transformation and sustainability requirements of the revised taxi recapitalisation programme, 60% of the commercial benefits generated by the taxi recapitalisation SA operations will flow to the taxi industry” External link

citizen Saturday, April 27, 2019 12:50:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : ”The department of transport, appointed Anthus Services 84 (Pty) Ltd (Anthus) as the technical partner responsible for the administration and management of the RTRP in March 2019. I am also delighted to announce that as part of our commitment to support the taxi industry, government has decided to increase the taxi scrapping allowance from R91 100 to R124 000 per scrapped old taxi,” External link

iol Friday, April 26, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In accordance with the mandate of the department of transport, Anthus has established the Taxi Recapitalisation SA (TRSA) as the trading entity which will implement the Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. To fulfil the transformation and sustainability requirements of the Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, 60 percent of the commercial benefits generated by the Taxi Recapitalisation SA operations will flow to the taxi industry”. He said there are many possible commercial benefits in the taxi business in South Africa but the operators were not reaping them. “We are not just looking at just an act of submitting an old taxi, scrapping it and being paid an allowance. We want to link the entire programme to other commercial benefits, including effective participation of taxi owners and taxi operators in the entire value chain of commercial activities linked to the taxi industry," External link

iol Friday, April 26, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The accurate statistics for the taxi industry will enable the Department of Transport to undertake proper planning and embark on appropriate interventions,” External link

sanews Friday, April 26, 2019 2:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “All citizens of George are entitled to a safe, reliable, scheduled and accessible transport service” External link

citizen Friday, April 26, 2019 2:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I wish to applaud these patriotic compatriots for putting the interests of the country first by obeying the rules of the road and by following the guidance of our law enforcement officers,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “A high decrease on absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with 13 fatal crashes, followed by Gauteng with 11 fatal crashes,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have directed the Road Accident Fund to provide the families of the deceased and the injured with the necessary support and care during this difficult time,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Their resilience and combat readiness fortified our determination to steadfastly roll-out our road safety programs, focusing on drunk driving, road safety education and awareness," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Nazi Totalitarianism ) : “I wish to applaud these patriotic compatriots for putting the interests of the country first by obeying the rules of the road and by following the guidance of our Law Enforcement Officers,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “A high decrease on absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with thirteen (13) fatal crashes, followed by Gauteng with eleven (11) fatal crashes,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On behalf of the Government of South Africa, we send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives on our roads and wish all those recuperating in hospitals and at home a speedy recovery. I have directed the Road Accident Fund to provide the families of the deceased and the injured with the necessary support and care during this difficult time,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “There were 104 fatalities recorded since the 18-21 April 2019, with a decrease of 41% from the previous Easter period. A high decrease on the absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with twenty-six (26), followed by Gauteng with twelve (12) fatalities” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Ideally, we would not like to see a single soul being lost on our roads, but we are happy thus far because nationally, in terms of road fatalities this time last year, we are 41% down. And we attribute that largely to our visibility,” “But we are concerned about the weather in parts of the country, as many people are travelling back to their homes” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is now undeniable that there is a sinister force at work trying to destroy our rail system,” “It is also clear that this force is relentless and determined to reverse the ANC government gains and efforts being made to modernise Metrorail service, particularly in the Cape Town metro corridor” External link

citizen Monday, April 22, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The support of the taxi operators and the commuter forum that are likely to be affected by the rollout of the IPTN's in particular, and the community in general, is critical for the successful rollout of the systems,” External link

africanreview Monday, April 22, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have been assured by the security cluster that it is ready to deal decisively with any such possible disruptions‚” External link

businessday Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Blocking roads would not only disrupt the flow of traffic, but was tantamount to sabotaging the economy of the country, service delivery programmes and disrupting the Easter break of millions of South Africans," External link

iol Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Blocking roads would not only disrupt the flow of traffic, but was tantamount to sabotaging the economy of the country, service delivery programmes and disrupting the Easter break of millions of South Africans," External link

the-star Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Between 2,400 and 2,800 vehicles an hour, are expected to pass through major toll plazas during the peak periods,” External link

gov-za Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Motorists can expect an increase in traffic on the main routes from Gauteng such as the N1, N3 and N4, with thousands of pilgrims and holidaymakers traveling to church gatherings and holiday destinations,” External link

gov-za Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The support of the taxi operators and the commuter forum that are likely to be affected by the rollout of the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) in particular, and the community in general, is critical for the successful rollout of the systems,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:18:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Skipping Phase 4A of the GIPTN Project that will serve the communities of Thembalethu and proceed to (Phase 4B), that include Parkdene, Borcherds, Conville, Lawaaikamp, and Ballotsview, will not only cause divisions amongst the communities, but will further delay the implementation of this project,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:18:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande announced : “I will be appointing a team of organisational or performance experts to undertake a six-to-eight-week organisational analysis of Prasa” External link

dailymaverick Friday, April 12, 2019 2:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande told ( about Rail Agency ) : “I will be extending the current PRASA Board term by six months before its expiry on the 30th April 2019. The Board will be expected to finalise the appointment of advertised executives’ vacancies and ensure that recommended candidates undergo the State Security Agency vetting process,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Chris Hani ) : “There is factionalism, state capture, corruption, anti-intellectualism, populism and gate-keeping. These belong to the same place, they were born by the same parents, and unless we deal with these, Comrade Chris will have died in vain,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will continue to roll out these centres countrywide. This… means that all road users will be accountable for any deviant and reckless actions perpetuated on our roads,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “Road accidents has an immense impact on all aspects of society,” External link

citizen Monday, April 8, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will be joined by the [SA Police Services] SAPS, the Department of Health and Emergency Services, who will be strategically operating in our known hazardous locations,” External link

citizen Monday, April 8, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It should be noted that commuter injury claims take a long time to finalise and settle. To that extent, claims incurred in a specific month are not settled in that month, but in later months,” External link

iol Monday, April 8, 2019 8:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The department has been working on a recovery tool to retrieve the missing images (fingerprints, photos and eye-test) In those instances where we have not been able to, members of the public have been requested to return to the centres to redo their applications,” External link

iol Monday, April 8, 2019 8:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This report by the Public Protector vindicates us because as the department, we always held the view that the conversion of the panel vans for the purpose of carrying passengers was illegal,” External link

sanews Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “When the Department of Transport was made aware of the illegal conversion in the course of 2009, the department informed all agencies responsible for law enforcement to impound all the illegally converted vehicles,” External link

sanews Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also bring to their attention the Public Protector’s finding and remedial action to investigate all cases of fraud and corruption against the staff at the licensing offices responsible for administering the eNATIS system, who may have manipulated the system to illegally register panel vans as passenger carrying minibus taxi,” External link

sanews Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The intention by the City of Cape Town is dishonest, opportunistic and absolute political maneuvering that seeks to undermine the enormous efforts by the … government to change the rail landscape of South Africa, which has been characterised by decades of disinvestment by the apartheid regime,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We urge the law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who break the law and disrupt the flow of traffic are apprehended and for the trucks to be impounded," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The Department of Transport took the initiative to get the relevant stakeholders to resolve the matter as a labour dispute because this had unfairly impacted on the flow of transport on our highways," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Similarly, we have met and urged employers to work towards resolving the grievances of truck drivers speedily, whose major complaint is the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is disingenuous for some truck drivers to block the road or engage in any protest whilst there are current engagements between government and the foundations,” External link

sanews Monday, March 25, 2019 7:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Similarly, we have met and urged employers to work towards resolving the grievances of truck drivers speedily, whose major complaint is the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry,” External link

sanews Monday, March 25, 2019 7:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At the meeting held at the City Lodge, a request was submitted to the minister in terms of section 11(4) of the National Land Transport Act … to assign two functions, namely operating licensing and contracting authority, to the local authority. Other local authorities have just indicated their intentions, but no negotiations have started thus far,” External link

businessday Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In alignment with the Integrated Urban Development Framework, a directive of the National Development Plan, the department will develop a devolution strategy that would allow the department to consider the viability of devolving the rail function to metropolitan authorities,” External link

businessday Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As part of the rail devolvement strategy, metropolitan authorities should be supported to build a business case based on undertaking a due-diligence exercise to determine the status quo, a clear direction on the role of rail, including the resources required to manage and oversee the function, the service levels, quality and reliability envisaged, how connectivity and integration will be improved and how budgets will be better allocated. The strategy will also investigate specific performance standards and realistic targets to be negotiated between the affected metropolitan authorities and the department, including Prasa,” External link

businessday Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At the meeting held at the City Lodge, a request was submitted to the minister in terms of section 11(4) of the National Land Transport Act … to assign two functions, namely, operating licensing and contracting authority to the local authority. Other local authorities have just indicated their intentions, but no negotiations have started thus far,” External link

businessday Friday, March 22, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In alignment with the Integrated Urban Development Framework, a directive of the National Development Plan, the department will develop a devolution strategy that would allow the department to consider the viability of devolving the rail function to metropolitan authorities,” External link

businessday Friday, March 22, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As part of the rail devolvement strategy, metropolitan authorities should be supported to build a business case based on undertaking a due-diligence exercise to determine the status quo, a clear direction on the role of rail, including the resources required to manage and oversee the function, the service levels, quality and reliability envisaged, how connectivity and integration will be improved and how budgets will be better allocated. The strategy will also investigate specific performance standards and realistic targets to be negotiated between the affected metropolitan authorities and the department, including Prasa,” External link

businessday Friday, March 22, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We know that the EFF is doing this because they know that they will never govern, progressive youth formations should protect institutions of learning and not compete with others in destroying properties, and I am challenging the YCL to deal with this,” External link

iol Monday, March 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Oliver Tambo ) : “Even during the most difficult times under apartheid rule, there was no destruction like we see today because Comrade Oliver Tambo reminded us that we would govern one day and there was a need to preserve institutions when protesting. The EFF knows they will never govern,” External link

iol Monday, March 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “By campaigning, we are not giving the ANC a 'blank cheque' but still insist that the alliance needs reconfiguring,” External link

iol Monday, March 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : “However the department of transport is working hard to ensure that this matter of GFIP is resolved speedily,” External link

iol Monday, March 11, 2019 9:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The stimulus and recovery plan consists of a range of measures, both financial and non-financial, that will be implemented immediately to firstly ignite economic activity, secondly restore investor confidence, thirdly prevent further job losses and create new jobs, and fourthly to address some urgent challenges that affect the conditions faced by vulnerable groups among our people,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is currently upgrading the Mpumalanga and Limpopo side of this road to the value of R4.5 billion. This includes the improvement of road safety measures,” External link

sanews Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Communities across the province now have access to safer and more convenient infrastructure, access roads and pedestrian walkways because of the construction activities initiated by Sanral,” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Within the wider regional context, the N2 Wild Coast Road will save three hours of travel time between Durban and East London; improve logistical linkage; and facilitate the easier and safer movement of people, goods and services,” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are going to mobilise workers in the country to ensure that the unbundling of Eskom does not lead to its privatisation. We want government to commit that privatisation does not actually happen,” External link

the-star Monday, February 25, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “One of the things I [noticed when I came in] was that the board did not adequately defend Prasa for cases that came before it. That is one of the reasons I saw [Prasa] as an ATM … people would make claims and the [previous] board [would not] dispute them,” External link

businessday Sunday, January 27, 2019 6:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Although we have not succeeded in achieving the goal of a 10% reduction [of road fatalities] in this period, we shall not despair,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Our roads continue to be slaughterhouses," "More than 80 percent of accidents are as a result of the human factor such as drunken driving and driving and texting" External link

naharnet-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "People joke about how they can afford to break the rules as long as they have got a spare 1,000 zar ($72) in the pocket, they know they are going to negotiate their way through," "We coming for them in a big way" External link

naharnet-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Gauteng recorded a commendable 19 percent decrease while the North West recorded only a two percent decrease,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “An analysis of these shows a disturbing trend where drivers from our neighbouring countries were involved in some of the major of crashes in which five or more people died. A total of 54 lives were lost in these crashes and the Free State province was the worst affected,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Our roads continue to be slaughterhouses," "More than 80 percent of accidents are as a result of the human factor such as drunken driving and driving and texting" External link

afp-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "People joke about how they can afford to break the rules as long as they have got a spare 1,000 zar ($72) in the pocket, they know they are going to negotiate their way through," "We coming for them in a big way" External link

afp-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Association ) : “This unfortunate action by truck drivers is not in keeping with the letter and spirit of our meeting held this past Friday, 11 January 2019, where I met with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association to address challenges facing South African truck drivers. This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 14, 2019 10:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 14, 2019 10:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I commend the law enforcement agencies for their swift response in arresting those responsible for this malicious act which seeks to undermine the efforts by government and truck drivers’ associations who are committed to resolve this matter within the ambit of the law,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 14, 2019 10:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

sanews Monday, January 14, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

sanews Monday, January 14, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 14, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 14, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Association ) : “This unfortunate action by truck drivers is not in keeping with the letter and spirit of our meeting held this past Friday, 11 January 2019, where I met with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association to address challenges facing South African truck drivers. This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

gov-za Monday, January 14, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

gov-za Monday, January 14, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I commend the law enforcement agencies for their swift response in arresting those responsible for this malicious act which seeks to undermine the efforts by government and truck drivers’ associations who are committed to resolve this matter within the ambit of the law,” External link

gov-za Monday, January 14, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Association ) : "This unfortunate (latest) action by truck drivers is not in keeping with the letter and spirit of our meeting held this past Friday, where I met with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association to address challenges facing South African truck drivers," "This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers" External link

iol Monday, January 14, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry," External link

iol Monday, January 14, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “Former presidents carry a particular stature, and they have got certain experiences which may enable them to play a role in creating, hopefully, a better world. But I do not know what the president meant. It is up to him what he does,” External link

news24 Monday, January 14, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “We will see what he (Ramaphosa) has in mind about that,” External link

news24 Monday, January 14, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It requires the unity of the ANC; the unity of each one of the components of our alliance, the unity of each one of our leagues and the unity of each one of the mass, sectoral and community organisations that support the success of our shared programme,” External link

iol Sunday, January 13, 2019 6:41:00 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

Blade Nzimande said : “Otherwise we have turned Prasa into an ATM,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is factionalism and dividing the movement and we must fight and defeat it,” External link

iol Monday, January 7, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today we are told that we can’t campaign for elections without a particular person being present because the ANC will not win. Where does that come from? There is no one who is bigger than our movement, not a single individual,” External link

iol Monday, January 7, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The work of the high-level review panel must lay the basis for digging up all the rot in the SSA and for firm action to be taken against abuse of this state organ. All rogue intelligence activities must be exposed and decisively uprooted from the SSA,” External link

citizen Monday, January 7, 2019 7:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “However, the alliance cannot be strengthened unless it is reconfigured to deal with all the regressive tendencies in our movement, effectively fight and defeat the fightback campaign, and selflessly serve our people wholeheartedly,” External link

citizen Monday, January 7, 2019 7:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This highlights the importance of using safety belts and child restraints. Pedestrian fatalities had increased as well, followed by drivers,” External link

iol Saturday, December 29, 2018 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It is sad to note that we have witnessed a period of an unparalleled mixture of agony, misery and pain on our roads from December 1 to 18 this year," External link

allafrica Thursday, December 27, 2018 5:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “KwaZulu-Natal with 162 fatalities recorded the highest number of fatalities, followed by Gauteng at 125. Limpopo and Eastern Cape had 89 fatalities each, while Mpumalanga had 82, Western Cape 81, Free State 78, North West 57 and Northern Cape 24,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Very disturbingly, the contribution of females has increased from 23% to 27% while the incidents where the gender could not be determined have been reduced from 5% to 1%,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These vehicles were involved in single vehicle overturning, head-on and head to rear collisions which strongly suggests that drivers were unable to control the vehicles due to fatigue and the vehicles veered onto oncoming traffic or they were unable to stop the vehicles on time to avoid collisions because of high speed,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Law enforcement operation will be stepped up and public safety campaigns up scaled to turn the situation around,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Firstly, the leadership must be prepared to take forward the struggle against the capture of the state, other forms of corruption and general leadership arrogance, the establishment of an independent judicial commission into state capture, support for the criminal prosecution without fear or favour” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, December 4, 2017 10:26:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Had we known that we are being headed for the Guptas taking over this country and make it their playground‚ we would not have support President Zuma,” External link

confidente Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : “Had we known what is it that we are actually supporting, given the outrageous capture of our country by the Guptas, we would not have supported President Zuma because our deal with him was to actually lead the process of sorting out things that were wrong in the ANC,” External link

enca Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : “President Zuma is going, he is going to be a non-factor after December,” “Well if he continues being head of state and well if the ANC doesn’t recall him as we have been calling for that, of course he is going to be a factor” External link

enca Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “The ANC is being stolen in broad daylight,” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande estimé : "La destruction de biens et la perturbation du programme universitaire ne sont pas des réponses aux inquiétudes légitimes des étudiants" External link

slateafrique Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande estimé : "La destruction de biens et la perturbation du programme universitaire ne sont pas des réponses aux inquiétudes légitimes des étudiants" External link

afp-fr Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:30:00 PM 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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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

Fikile Mbalula said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “We are building on what previous minister Blade Nzimande had done. We are bringing innovations and want change which we know will come after a while,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, August 11, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Ace Magashule said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “I agree with Comrade Blade. It is unfortunate that comrades burn this book. There is no intellectualism about it. We have fought for freedom of speech. Let those who write, write whatever they like to write. When you burn their book you make them so special,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Steve Harris said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “We have been asking for a meeting with Minister Nzimande for over 11 months now without success. He is kept in the dark about the true state of affairs on ground level while our members and commuters are dying,” External link

the-star Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

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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 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

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

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 : “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 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 : “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 : “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 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 : “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 : “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 ( 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 : “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

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

Blade Nzimande said : “I urge the council, unions and student leadership to remain calm and to collectively work together in ending the protest and in dealing with all challenges facing this university,” External link

citizen Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The 4IR is a new era in technological development that blurs the lines between physical, digital and biological systems. It integrates cyber physical systems and the internet of things, big data and cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing,” External link

sanews Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The 4IR is a new era in technological development that blurs the lines between physical, digital and biological systems. It integrates cyberphysical systems and the Internet of Things, big data and cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:53:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “There is a huge attempt to try and displace comrade Cyril because he is seen to be pursuing all the wrong things that have been done,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, August 5, 2019 12:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “The ANC is under distress, divided and fighting among itself. There is a huge attempt to displace Cyril Ramaphosa because he is pursuing all the wrong things that have actually been done, and as communists we cannot celebrate an ANC that is in distress,” External link

businessday Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Pravin Gordhan ) : “Gordhan managed to nail those people selling illicit cigarettes and not paying their taxes … When we say we are defending comrade Pravin, we are not defending him as an individual, we are defending a principle,” External link

businessday Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:00:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The difficulties [we are] facing today is largely because of the billions of rand stolen through state capture,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, August 4, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are going all out to organise all South Africans who want peace to come together to come and defend this democracy against theft and corruption,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, August 4, 2019 9:09:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande warned ( about George Mukhari ) : “This protest not only affects the university, but also the adjacent Dr George Mukhari Hospital and Dental Hospital, and other healthcare delivery facilities situated on the campus,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Government supports a healthy, safe and habitual post school education environment, which encourages productivity for both labour and students,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande warned ( about George Mukhari ) : “This protest not only affects the university, but also the adjacent Dr George Mukhari Hospital and Dental Hospital, and other healthcare delivery facilities situated on the campus,” External link

iol Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Government supports a healthy, safe and habitual post school education environment, which encourages productivity for both labour and students,” External link

iol Saturday, August 3, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We aim to ensure that within the next 10 years there is no district municipality that will not have access to a post school training institution. This, in my view, would be a major development in the struggle to overcome the spatial legacies of under-development inherited from the apartheid and colonial system,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I will shortly be receiving a report on what the obstacles are in the production of black and women South African academics in our institutions, and how to overcome such obstacles,” External link

africanbrains Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Since the appointment of the new administrator, there has been significant improvements in the operations at NSFAS, with improved working relationships between NSFAS and institutions,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A full assessment and investigation into the root causes of the systems, process, policy and capacity problems at NSFAS will be undertaken by a specialist Ministerial team to be appointed over the next few months. In addition, we will be working closely with NSFAS to ensure a smooth transition period between the administrator and new management and governance teams of NSFAS,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “This has been made possible through a partnership between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Infrastructure Investment Programme of South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa and National Treasury,” External link

africanbrains Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:49:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Since the appointment of the new administrator, there has been significant improvements in the operations at NSFAS, with improved working relationships between NSFAS and institutions,” External link

sanews Friday, July 12, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A full assessment and investigation into the root causes of the systems, process, policy and capacity problems at NSFAS will be undertaken by a specialist Ministerial team to be appointed over the next few months. In addition, we will be working closely with NSFAS to ensure a smooth transition period between the administrator and new management and governance teams of NSFAS,” External link

sanews Friday, July 12, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “This has been made possible through a partnership between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Infrastructure Investment Programme of South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa and National Treasury,” External link

sanews Friday, July 12, 2019 4:52:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Since the appointment of the new administrator, there has been significant improvements in the operations at NSFAS, with improved working relationships between NSFAS and institutions,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “A full assessment and investigation into the root causes of the systems, process, policy and capacity problems at NSFAS will be undertaken by a specialist Ministerial team to be appointed over the next few months. In addition, we will be working closely with NSFAS to ensure a smooth transition period between the administrator and new management and governance teams of NSFAS,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Investment Programme ) : “This has been made possible through a partnership between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Infrastructure Investment Programme of South Africa (IIPSA), the Development Bank of South Africa and National Treasury,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We aim to ensure that within the next 10 years there is no district municipality that will not have access to a post school training institution. This, in my view, would be a major development in the struggle to overcome the spatial legacies of under-development inherited from the apartheid and colonial system,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I will shortly be receiving a report on what the obstacles are in the production of black and women South African academics in our institutions, and how to overcome such obstacles,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 12, 2019 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also continue to play our role in driving and advocating for increases in gross investment in research and development as a percentage of GDP with the aim of achieving the National Development Plan target of 1.5%,” External link

businessday Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela ) : “The office of the Public Protector, instead of being preoccupied with defending the poor and vulnerable, has become an instrument of the better-off in society to fight political and other battles. It is for these reasons that the SACP is seriously concerned about the constant scathing court judgments against the current Public Protector. The SACP believes it is imperative for Parliament to carry out an inquiry into her suitability,” External link

news24 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:12:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Mr Selepe’s sudden passing comes as a complete shock to me. His vast knowledge and contribution to the transport sector and government will be dearly missed,” External link

sanews Wednesday, May 22, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Throughout this long, painstaking legal process and impediments thrown our way, we remained resilient, undeterred and resolute in our commitment to leave no stone unturned to fight against corruption and state capture,” External link

citizen Monday, May 13, 2019 11:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Throughout this long, painstaking legal process and impediments thrown our way, we remained resilient, undeterred and resolute in our commitment to leave no stone unturned to fight against corruption and state capture,” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, May 13, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are jumping too much ahead. I have no idea what cabinet is going to look like but what I think one of the priorities of (the department of) transport is that we have to finalize this issue of e-tolls one way or the other,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At the heart of the e-toll debate it’s about that — is it government or is it users?” “Government has adopted a mix approach to say that it is going to put an infrastructure and some of that infrastructure will have to be paid for by the users” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : ”There is commitment to restructure government and to improve the functioning of government but most importantly to clean government,” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It would be a mistake for South Africans to leave it all to government alone. South Africans must stand up, whether you serve in a school governing body or you are in a civil organization or even if you are a professional somewhere, join in together with government, ” “Let all South Africans irrespective of political persuasion fight to defend the gains we have made over the last 25 years” External link

citizen Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Some air transport markets between Africa and countries outside of Africa have been liberalised to a significant extent. But most intra-African aviation markets remain closed and regulated through bilateral agreements which limit the growth and development of air services,” External link

businessday Friday, May 3, 2019 12:35:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Over and above notices issued, a total of 1 343 arrests were effected in 2019, compared to 1 598 in 2018,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Single vehicle overturns contributed 24%, an increase of 3% as compared to 21% in 2018,” External link

sanews Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:59:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "This year we recorded 128 crashes, which is a 46 percent decrease, as compared to the 238 crashes recorded in 2018," External link

iol Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:54:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Given the above scenario, there will be long-term benefits for business to invest in South Africa with solutions that may change the transport landscape,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This will also ensure that the majority of our commuters use safe and convenient modes of transport,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “To fulfil the transformation and sustainability requirements of the revised taxi recapitalisation programme, 60% of the commercial benefits generated by the taxi recapitalisation SA operations will flow to the taxi industry” External link

citizen Saturday, April 27, 2019 12:50:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : ”The department of transport, appointed Anthus Services 84 (Pty) Ltd (Anthus) as the technical partner responsible for the administration and management of the RTRP in March 2019. I am also delighted to announce that as part of our commitment to support the taxi industry, government has decided to increase the taxi scrapping allowance from R91 100 to R124 000 per scrapped old taxi,” External link

iol Friday, April 26, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "In accordance with the mandate of the department of transport, Anthus has established the Taxi Recapitalisation SA (TRSA) as the trading entity which will implement the Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. To fulfil the transformation and sustainability requirements of the Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, 60 percent of the commercial benefits generated by the Taxi Recapitalisation SA operations will flow to the taxi industry”. He said there are many possible commercial benefits in the taxi business in South Africa but the operators were not reaping them. “We are not just looking at just an act of submitting an old taxi, scrapping it and being paid an allowance. We want to link the entire programme to other commercial benefits, including effective participation of taxi owners and taxi operators in the entire value chain of commercial activities linked to the taxi industry," External link

iol Friday, April 26, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The accurate statistics for the taxi industry will enable the Department of Transport to undertake proper planning and embark on appropriate interventions,” External link

sanews Friday, April 26, 2019 2:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “All citizens of George are entitled to a safe, reliable, scheduled and accessible transport service” External link

citizen Friday, April 26, 2019 2:20:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I wish to applaud these patriotic compatriots for putting the interests of the country first by obeying the rules of the road and by following the guidance of our law enforcement officers,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “A high decrease on absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with 13 fatal crashes, followed by Gauteng with 11 fatal crashes,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have directed the Road Accident Fund to provide the families of the deceased and the injured with the necessary support and care during this difficult time,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:39:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Their resilience and combat readiness fortified our determination to steadfastly roll-out our road safety programs, focusing on drunk driving, road safety education and awareness," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Nazi Totalitarianism ) : “I wish to applaud these patriotic compatriots for putting the interests of the country first by obeying the rules of the road and by following the guidance of our Law Enforcement Officers,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande confirmed ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “A high decrease on absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with thirteen (13) fatal crashes, followed by Gauteng with eleven (11) fatal crashes,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “On behalf of the Government of South Africa, we send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives on our roads and wish all those recuperating in hospitals and at home a speedy recovery. I have directed the Road Accident Fund to provide the families of the deceased and the injured with the necessary support and care during this difficult time,” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande added ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “There were 104 fatalities recorded since the 18-21 April 2019, with a decrease of 41% from the previous Easter period. A high decrease on the absolute figures has been recorded for KwaZulu-Natal with twenty-six (26), followed by Gauteng with twelve (12) fatalities” External link

gov-za Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Ideally, we would not like to see a single soul being lost on our roads, but we are happy thus far because nationally, in terms of road fatalities this time last year, we are 41% down. And we attribute that largely to our visibility,” “But we are concerned about the weather in parts of the country, as many people are travelling back to their homes” External link

citizen Tuesday, April 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is now undeniable that there is a sinister force at work trying to destroy our rail system,” “It is also clear that this force is relentless and determined to reverse the ANC government gains and efforts being made to modernise Metrorail service, particularly in the Cape Town metro corridor” External link

citizen Monday, April 22, 2019 5:16:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The support of the taxi operators and the commuter forum that are likely to be affected by the rollout of the IPTN's in particular, and the community in general, is critical for the successful rollout of the systems,” External link

africanreview Monday, April 22, 2019 2:34:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I have been assured by the security cluster that it is ready to deal decisively with any such possible disruptions‚” External link

businessday Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Blocking roads would not only disrupt the flow of traffic, but was tantamount to sabotaging the economy of the country, service delivery programmes and disrupting the Easter break of millions of South Africans," External link

iol Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Blocking roads would not only disrupt the flow of traffic, but was tantamount to sabotaging the economy of the country, service delivery programmes and disrupting the Easter break of millions of South Africans," External link

the-star Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Between 2,400 and 2,800 vehicles an hour, are expected to pass through major toll plazas during the peak periods,” External link

gov-za Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Motorists can expect an increase in traffic on the main routes from Gauteng such as the N1, N3 and N4, with thousands of pilgrims and holidaymakers traveling to church gatherings and holiday destinations,” External link

gov-za Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The support of the taxi operators and the commuter forum that are likely to be affected by the rollout of the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) in particular, and the community in general, is critical for the successful rollout of the systems,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:18:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Skipping Phase 4A of the GIPTN Project that will serve the communities of Thembalethu and proceed to (Phase 4B), that include Parkdene, Borcherds, Conville, Lawaaikamp, and Ballotsview, will not only cause divisions amongst the communities, but will further delay the implementation of this project,” External link

sanews Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:18:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande announced : “I will be appointing a team of organisational or performance experts to undertake a six-to-eight-week organisational analysis of Prasa” External link

dailymaverick Friday, April 12, 2019 2:39:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande told ( about Rail Agency ) : “I will be extending the current PRASA Board term by six months before its expiry on the 30th April 2019. The Board will be expected to finalise the appointment of advertised executives’ vacancies and ensure that recommended candidates undergo the State Security Agency vetting process,” External link

sanews Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:31:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Chris Hani ) : “There is factionalism, state capture, corruption, anti-intellectualism, populism and gate-keeping. These belong to the same place, they were born by the same parents, and unless we deal with these, Comrade Chris will have died in vain,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will continue to roll out these centres countrywide. This… means that all road users will be accountable for any deviant and reckless actions perpetuated on our roads,” External link

sanews Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “Road accidents has an immense impact on all aspects of society,” External link

citizen Monday, April 8, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will be joined by the [SA Police Services] SAPS, the Department of Health and Emergency Services, who will be strategically operating in our known hazardous locations,” External link

citizen Monday, April 8, 2019 10:51:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It should be noted that commuter injury claims take a long time to finalise and settle. To that extent, claims incurred in a specific month are not settled in that month, but in later months,” External link

iol Monday, April 8, 2019 8:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The department has been working on a recovery tool to retrieve the missing images (fingerprints, photos and eye-test) In those instances where we have not been able to, members of the public have been requested to return to the centres to redo their applications,” External link

iol Monday, April 8, 2019 8:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This report by the Public Protector vindicates us because as the department, we always held the view that the conversion of the panel vans for the purpose of carrying passengers was illegal,” External link

sanews Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “When the Department of Transport was made aware of the illegal conversion in the course of 2009, the department informed all agencies responsible for law enforcement to impound all the illegally converted vehicles,” External link

sanews Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We will also bring to their attention the Public Protector’s finding and remedial action to investigate all cases of fraud and corruption against the staff at the licensing offices responsible for administering the eNATIS system, who may have manipulated the system to illegally register panel vans as passenger carrying minibus taxi,” External link

sanews Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:44:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The intention by the City of Cape Town is dishonest, opportunistic and absolute political maneuvering that seeks to undermine the enormous efforts by the … government to change the rail landscape of South Africa, which has been characterised by decades of disinvestment by the apartheid regime,” External link

sanews Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "We urge the law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who break the law and disrupt the flow of traffic are apprehended and for the trucks to be impounded," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "The Department of Transport took the initiative to get the relevant stakeholders to resolve the matter as a labour dispute because this had unfairly impacted on the flow of transport on our highways," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Similarly, we have met and urged employers to work towards resolving the grievances of truck drivers speedily, whose major complaint is the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry," External link

iol Monday, March 25, 2019 9:37:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It is disingenuous for some truck drivers to block the road or engage in any protest whilst there are current engagements between government and the foundations,” External link

sanews Monday, March 25, 2019 7:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Similarly, we have met and urged employers to work towards resolving the grievances of truck drivers speedily, whose major complaint is the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry,” External link

sanews Monday, March 25, 2019 7:15:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At the meeting held at the City Lodge, a request was submitted to the minister in terms of section 11(4) of the National Land Transport Act … to assign two functions, namely operating licensing and contracting authority, to the local authority. Other local authorities have just indicated their intentions, but no negotiations have started thus far,” External link

businessday Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In alignment with the Integrated Urban Development Framework, a directive of the National Development Plan, the department will develop a devolution strategy that would allow the department to consider the viability of devolving the rail function to metropolitan authorities,” External link

businessday Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As part of the rail devolvement strategy, metropolitan authorities should be supported to build a business case based on undertaking a due-diligence exercise to determine the status quo, a clear direction on the role of rail, including the resources required to manage and oversee the function, the service levels, quality and reliability envisaged, how connectivity and integration will be improved and how budgets will be better allocated. The strategy will also investigate specific performance standards and realistic targets to be negotiated between the affected metropolitan authorities and the department, including Prasa,” External link

businessday Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:22:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “At the meeting held at the City Lodge, a request was submitted to the minister in terms of section 11(4) of the National Land Transport Act … to assign two functions, namely, operating licensing and contracting authority to the local authority. Other local authorities have just indicated their intentions, but no negotiations have started thus far,” External link

businessday Friday, March 22, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “In alignment with the Integrated Urban Development Framework, a directive of the National Development Plan, the department will develop a devolution strategy that would allow the department to consider the viability of devolving the rail function to metropolitan authorities,” External link

businessday Friday, March 22, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “As part of the rail devolvement strategy, metropolitan authorities should be supported to build a business case based on undertaking a due-diligence exercise to determine the status quo, a clear direction on the role of rail, including the resources required to manage and oversee the function, the service levels, quality and reliability envisaged, how connectivity and integration will be improved and how budgets will be better allocated. The strategy will also investigate specific performance standards and realistic targets to be negotiated between the affected metropolitan authorities and the department, including Prasa,” External link

businessday Friday, March 22, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We know that the EFF is doing this because they know that they will never govern, progressive youth formations should protect institutions of learning and not compete with others in destroying properties, and I am challenging the YCL to deal with this,” External link

iol Monday, March 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Oliver Tambo ) : “Even during the most difficult times under apartheid rule, there was no destruction like we see today because Comrade Oliver Tambo reminded us that we would govern one day and there was a need to preserve institutions when protesting. The EFF knows they will never govern,” External link

iol Monday, March 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “By campaigning, we are not giving the ANC a 'blank cheque' but still insist that the alliance needs reconfiguring,” External link

iol Monday, March 18, 2019 10:45:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande added : “However the department of transport is working hard to ensure that this matter of GFIP is resolved speedily,” External link

iol Monday, March 11, 2019 9:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The stimulus and recovery plan consists of a range of measures, both financial and non-financial, that will be implemented immediately to firstly ignite economic activity, secondly restore investor confidence, thirdly prevent further job losses and create new jobs, and fourthly to address some urgent challenges that affect the conditions faced by vulnerable groups among our people,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:21:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is currently upgrading the Mpumalanga and Limpopo side of this road to the value of R4.5 billion. This includes the improvement of road safety measures,” External link

sanews Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:04:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Communities across the province now have access to safer and more convenient infrastructure, access roads and pedestrian walkways because of the construction activities initiated by Sanral,” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Within the wider regional context, the N2 Wild Coast Road will save three hours of travel time between Durban and East London; improve logistical linkage; and facilitate the easier and safer movement of people, goods and services,” External link

businessday Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “We are going to mobilise workers in the country to ensure that the unbundling of Eskom does not lead to its privatisation. We want government to commit that privatisation does not actually happen,” External link

the-star Monday, February 25, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “One of the things I [noticed when I came in] was that the board did not adequately defend Prasa for cases that came before it. That is one of the reasons I saw [Prasa] as an ATM … people would make claims and the [previous] board [would not] dispute them,” External link

businessday Sunday, January 27, 2019 6:41:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Although we have not succeeded in achieving the goal of a 10% reduction [of road fatalities] in this period, we shall not despair,” External link

businessday Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:10:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Our roads continue to be slaughterhouses," "More than 80 percent of accidents are as a result of the human factor such as drunken driving and driving and texting" External link

naharnet-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "People joke about how they can afford to break the rules as long as they have got a spare 1,000 zar ($72) in the pocket, they know they are going to negotiate their way through," "We coming for them in a big way" External link

naharnet-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:08:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Gauteng recorded a commendable 19 percent decrease while the North West recorded only a two percent decrease,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “An analysis of these shows a disturbing trend where drivers from our neighbouring countries were involved in some of the major of crashes in which five or more people died. A total of 54 lives were lost in these crashes and the Free State province was the worst affected,” External link

sanews Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:06:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Our roads continue to be slaughterhouses," "More than 80 percent of accidents are as a result of the human factor such as drunken driving and driving and texting" External link

afp-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "People joke about how they can afford to break the rules as long as they have got a spare 1,000 zar ($72) in the pocket, they know they are going to negotiate their way through," "We coming for them in a big way" External link

afp-en Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Association ) : “This unfortunate action by truck drivers is not in keeping with the letter and spirit of our meeting held this past Friday, 11 January 2019, where I met with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association to address challenges facing South African truck drivers. This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 14, 2019 10:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 14, 2019 10:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I commend the law enforcement agencies for their swift response in arresting those responsible for this malicious act which seeks to undermine the efforts by government and truck drivers’ associations who are committed to resolve this matter within the ambit of the law,” External link

AfricaNews-English Monday, January 14, 2019 10:05:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

sanews Monday, January 14, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

sanews Monday, January 14, 2019 5:47:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 14, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 14, 2019 4:30:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Association ) : “This unfortunate action by truck drivers is not in keeping with the letter and spirit of our meeting held this past Friday, 11 January 2019, where I met with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association to address challenges facing South African truck drivers. This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers,” External link

gov-za Monday, January 14, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry,” External link

gov-za Monday, January 14, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “I commend the law enforcement agencies for their swift response in arresting those responsible for this malicious act which seeks to undermine the efforts by government and truck drivers’ associations who are committed to resolve this matter within the ambit of the law,” External link

gov-za Monday, January 14, 2019 1:55:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Association ) : "This unfortunate (latest) action by truck drivers is not in keeping with the letter and spirit of our meeting held this past Friday, where I met with the leadership of the All Truck Drivers Foundation and the National Truck Drivers Association to address challenges facing South African truck drivers," "This is nothing but negotiating in bad faith on the part of some of the leaders of the truck drivers" External link

iol Monday, January 14, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "Guided by the law and applicable legislation, as government we remain steadfast to resolve this issue that is beginning to bedevil the South African trucking industry," External link

iol Monday, January 14, 2019 1:33:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “Former presidents carry a particular stature, and they have got certain experiences which may enable them to play a role in creating, hopefully, a better world. But I do not know what the president meant. It is up to him what he does,” External link

news24 Monday, January 14, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Cyril Ramaphosa ) : “We will see what he (Ramaphosa) has in mind about that,” External link

news24 Monday, January 14, 2019 9:43:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “It requires the unity of the ANC; the unity of each one of the components of our alliance, the unity of each one of our leagues and the unity of each one of the mass, sectoral and community organisations that support the success of our shared programme,” External link

iol Sunday, January 13, 2019 6:41:00 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

Blade Nzimande said : “Otherwise we have turned Prasa into an ATM,” External link

citizen Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:36:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This is factionalism and dividing the movement and we must fight and defeat it,” External link

iol Monday, January 7, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Today we are told that we can’t campaign for elections without a particular person being present because the ANC will not win. Where does that come from? There is no one who is bigger than our movement, not a single individual,” External link

iol Monday, January 7, 2019 11:09:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “The work of the high-level review panel must lay the basis for digging up all the rot in the SSA and for firm action to be taken against abuse of this state organ. All rogue intelligence activities must be exposed and decisively uprooted from the SSA,” External link

citizen Monday, January 7, 2019 7:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “However, the alliance cannot be strengthened unless it is reconfigured to deal with all the regressive tendencies in our movement, effectively fight and defeat the fightback campaign, and selflessly serve our people wholeheartedly,” External link

citizen Monday, January 7, 2019 7:24:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “This highlights the importance of using safety belts and child restraints. Pedestrian fatalities had increased as well, followed by drivers,” External link

iol Saturday, December 29, 2018 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : "It is sad to note that we have witnessed a period of an unparalleled mixture of agony, misery and pain on our roads from December 1 to 18 this year," External link

allafrica Thursday, December 27, 2018 5:08:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “KwaZulu-Natal with 162 fatalities recorded the highest number of fatalities, followed by Gauteng at 125. Limpopo and Eastern Cape had 89 fatalities each, while Mpumalanga had 82, Western Cape 81, Free State 78, North West 57 and Northern Cape 24,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Very disturbingly, the contribution of females has increased from 23% to 27% while the incidents where the gender could not be determined have been reduced from 5% to 1%,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “These vehicles were involved in single vehicle overturning, head-on and head to rear collisions which strongly suggests that drivers were unable to control the vehicles due to fatigue and the vehicles veered onto oncoming traffic or they were unable to stop the vehicles on time to avoid collisions because of high speed,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Law enforcement operation will be stepped up and public safety campaigns up scaled to turn the situation around,” External link

sanews Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Firstly, the leadership must be prepared to take forward the struggle against the capture of the state, other forms of corruption and general leadership arrogance, the establishment of an independent judicial commission into state capture, support for the criminal prosecution without fear or favour” External link

eyewitness-news Monday, December 4, 2017 10:26:00 AM EAT

Blade Nzimande said : “Had we known that we are being headed for the Guptas taking over this country and make it their playground‚ we would not have support President Zuma,” External link

confidente Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:46:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : “Had we known what is it that we are actually supporting, given the outrageous capture of our country by the Guptas, we would not have supported President Zuma because our deal with him was to actually lead the process of sorting out things that were wrong in the ANC,” External link

enca Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande said ( about Jacob Zuma ) : “President Zuma is going, he is going to be a non-factor after December,” “Well if he continues being head of state and well if the ANC doesn’t recall him as we have been calling for that, of course he is going to be a factor” External link

enca Tuesday, October 24, 2017 3:38:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande told : “The ANC is being stolen in broad daylight,” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:40:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande estimé : "La destruction de biens et la perturbation du programme universitaire ne sont pas des réponses aux inquiétudes légitimes des étudiants" External link

slateafrique Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:45:00 PM EAT

Blade Nzimande estimé : "La destruction de biens et la perturbation du programme universitaire ne sont pas des réponses aux inquiétudes légitimes des étudiants" External link

afp-fr Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:30:00 PM 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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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

Fikile Mbalula said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “We are building on what previous minister Blade Nzimande had done. We are bringing innovations and want change which we know will come after a while,” External link

dailymaverick Sunday, August 11, 2019 6:44:00 PM EAT

Ace Magashule said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “I agree with Comrade Blade. It is unfortunate that comrades burn this book. There is no intellectualism about it. We have fought for freedom of speech. Let those who write, write whatever they like to write. When you burn their book you make them so special,” External link

citizen Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Steve Harris said ( about Blade Nzimande ) : “We have been asking for a meeting with Minister Nzimande for over 11 months now without success. He is kept in the dark about the true state of affairs on ground level while our members and commuters are dying,” External link

the-star Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT