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Nasdev 2015 newsletter final final 2.0.pdf

13 Oct

Nasdev 2015 newsletter
Nasdev 2015 newsletter final final 2.0.pdf

Fees Commission weighs in as it discusses funding for universities

25 Sep

21 September 2016 – The commission investigating the feasibility of free higher education says it cannot speed up its work because of the situation on the ground.

TSHWANE – The commission of inquiry into higher education fees, established by President Jacob Zuma, has its sights in finding a long term solution, not the current turbulence rocking in the sector, Judge Jonathan Arthur Heher said on Wednesday.

“One of the things the [Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande] made clear is that this commission was set up to achieve a long term goal. It wasn’t empowered or asked to investigate issues of immediate importance,” chairperson of the inquiry, Heher told reporters in Pretoria.

Heher said government has reserved to itself the power to address the current challenges relating to fees for tertiary education.

“The minister emphasised that the commission is looking for a long term solution,” said Heher.

He said his inquiry was however still “only at a preliminary stage”.

“Because the goal [of the Heher-led inquiry] is a long term one, the terms of our commission have been so structured that the real question is only to be answered towards the last stages of this commission. The question is to say ‘is free education feasible?’ The first set of the inquiry was introductory, and was designed to deal with ideological issues, issues of principles and an understanding of the real problems that we’re facing,” said Heher.

“What we have been very much interested in hearing from those who have participated, is what their view is on fee-free education. If so, what fee free education should extend to. I must say all the institutions have participated freely and the students lesser.”

Heher said while his commission is not empowered to decide on the structure of education in South Africa, participants so far have urged the inquiry to probe, in a financing context, the possibility of restructuring the college and the university system.

“The point is made that at the present stage we have a pyramidal structure which puts the universities at the bottom, therefore with a much broader base of students, and the TVET colleges at the top therefore with a limited point beyond which their students cannot extend. Almost everybody who knows anything about education has said to us, that will not work and isn’t in the best interests of the country,” said Heher.

He said indications so far are that the college system needs to be broadened to enable it to provide fundamental practical skills which are critically required by the South African economy. He said such an agreement would not mean “relegating the university education but to transfer the university component to the top of the pyramid where there will be fewer but high skilled” individuals.

Calls for free higher education in South Africa have been rekindled recently, with violence and disruption of classes at several universities.

On Monday, Nzimande announced that tertiary education institutions in South Africa are permitted to individually determine the level of 2017 fees increase that their institutions require.

Nzimande, however, said government recommends that the fees increments should not go above eight percent.

Last year a number of university campuses were shut down after the #FeesMustFall campaign gained momentum and even saw students storm Parliament and the Union Buildings. This led Zuma to announce a zero percent fee hike for the 2016 academic year.

Here is the NASDEV Annual Conference Call for Papers

21 Jun



06-09 October 2016





The National Executive Committee invites you to submit papers and programmes to be presented to the NASDEV Annual National Conference to be held in Mangaung, Free State PROVINCE from the 06-09 October 2016.

Please take note that NASDEV will be turning 30 years of its existence as a vibrant and being at the foremost of building the student affairs fraternity in South Africa

SUBMISSIONS for Abstracts are invited for papers, mini workshops, presentations and posters. All submissions should address the main theme or one of the sub themes listed below. Accepted papers, presentations and mini workshops will form part of the conference program and will be scheduled in 30 minute timeslots (20 mins speaking time and 10 mins question time). A deadline for submissions is 31 July 2016. Authors of accepted abstracts will then need to provide copies of full papers, presentations and posters by 15 August 2016 for inclusion in the conference programme.


– Please send your abstract in a MS Word format using Font size 12 Arial in a document of not more than 200 words.
– State the Title of the presentation; Presenters details (title, name, surname, position, institution, email address, telephone and fax numbers); the relevant sub-theme; what form your presentation will take and what type of equipment you need for your presentation.


Email address: nasdev or ckokoana


1. First Years orientation:

– Orientation of International students into South Africa.
– Integration of first generation students in the post schooling environment.

2. Student Governance

– Managing effective Student Representative Councils.
– Approved student governance led by the SRC versus the new movements/ forums/ flat leaderless # movements.

3. SRC Elections and Democracy:

– Maximising students participation
– Using technology to maximise participation and efficiencies.
– Critical role of our institutions in building the culture of Human Rights and Democracy.
– Student activism for the betterment of society. 4. Student Development and Professional Development:
– The prospects of student affairs Professional Associations in South Africa.
– Framework for the Development Programs.
– Wellness of Student Affairs professionals.
– Readiness of practitioners and student leader for the shift in the post schooling environment.

5. Events, Projects and competitive programs:
– JOC/ events safety/ Norms and standards
– Evaluation and reporting
– Selecting service providers
– Organising successful events
– Student engagement through Competitive programmes, Talent, Sport and Recreation.
– Navigation and Innovation in response to shortage of resources and facilities. 6. Campus Safety and Students wellness:
– Strategies for responding to violent student protests in the universities and Tvet Colleges.
– Tools developed to respond to protests.
– The changing students profile in higher education: understanding the hash tag generation.
– Supporting sick and disabled students.
– Supporting pregnant students on campus.

7. Students Media:

– The Importance of student media in our campuses as strategic means to advance informative and vibrant campus life: Is there a good story to tell?
– Technology that enhances student’s media work. 8. Advocacy work:

– Gender based advocacy
– Businesses and enterprising
– Community engagement and voluntarism
– Student workers
– Free Education
– Transformation

9. Accommodation, Residence Life and Catering:
– Creating suitable living and learning environments in our residences and residence halls.
– Responding to the DHET norms and standards. Is the policy practical?
– Room Allocation and Sharing for first timers in residences.
– The Influence of the hashtag # movement in compromising norms and standard in the residences.


NB: All presenters are expected to register as delegates for the conference and pay conference fees as well.

– Registration and conferencing for members R4950.00 (excludes accommodation).
– Registration and conferencing for non-members R5700.00 (excludes accommodation).
– Booking accommodation will be the delegates’ responsibility.


China Kokoana
Deputy Secretary

UWC’s Response on FMF Summit (unverified doc)

14 Jun

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UWC’s Response on FMF Summit.doc


Test Post

20 Apr


27 Nov


A well-round and well-grounded student presentation 16 October 2015 @NasdevSA @ThokozaniLegacy

16 Nov

Itu presented this at our Annual Conference last month…
Itu 2015 Nasdev Presentation 16 October 2015.pptx

Scary Living and Learning Spaces: Female Students’ Perspectives – posted by @ThokozaniLegacy

15 Nov

“Scary Living and Learning Spaces: Female Students’ Perspectives” presented by Bongeka Mabaso, Shakila Singh, Asheena Singh-Pillay and Ronicka Mudaly
UKZN Presentation re- modified 16 October 2015.pptx