NEWS: National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) CEO Msulwa Daca says the number of former beneficiaries coming forward to pay back their loans is increasing. According to a Business Day report, NSFAS has recovered around R5 million per month since launching an aggressive recovery campaign in September. “We think that in 12 or 18 months, we will have added another R50 million per month into the system,” he said. “By 11 December, all 26 universities should receive a signed letter from the director-general indicating how much they will be getting in 2016.” He said universities were paid 30% of the expected funds every year to “ensure that they do not use the lack of cash flow as an excuse for failing to immediately give students allowances”. “This will also prevent them from demanding registration from students who are not expected to make family contributions.”

NEWS: The Pikitup strike is over, the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said on Thursday. In a statement, the union said all workers were expected to report for duty on Friday after the end of the two-week strike. Samwu signed an agreement with the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department and the City of Johannesburg to allow the provincial government to appoint a senior counsel who will act as a mediator between management and staff, with the aim of resolving grievances. Samwu said it had also agreed on a process that would manage the adverse effects of the principle of “no work, no pay”. This would include forgoing leave days to make up the work time. Pikitup management instituted the principle as part of its ultimatum to workers last week. Union spokesperson Jacky Mashapu said it would help intensify their recovery plan and clear the rubbish collection backlog.

BUSINESS: Embattled SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been thrown a temporary lifeline, after his disciplinary hearing was abruptly put on hold, Business Day reports. In halting the proceedings on Thursday, Advocate William Mokhari argued that the Cape Town High Court judgment handed down by Judge Dennis Davis last week, which set aside Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as COO, superseded the hearing. As a result, he said the start of Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing was dependent on the outcome of an appeal lodged on his behalf by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. “It is not clear to me why these parallel processes [appeal and disciplinary hearing] were allowed to continue together, given that the conclusion of one of them [the High Court verdict] first could effectively extinguish the other process,” Mokhari said.

Sources: Business Day, News24Wire

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