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Troops, Attention!

DASO in action at the march (photo courtesy of DASO NMMU Facebook page)

DASO in action at the march (photo courtesy of DASO NMMU
Facebook page)

 

Thursday the 28th of August 2014 saw the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO)

 

host a march that in principle was a protest on behalf of all students on the state of NSFAS

 

(South African government student loan and bursary scheme) and its adverse effect on

 

young people and their futures.

 

The protest sought to bring about a decentralization of the current system in order to allow

 

for a more efficient and attainable structure that can allow for faster processing of the

 

respective applications. The status quo is one that see’s applications being processed in

 

Cape Town, with very little information available about the state of applications and their

 

reasons for rejection in certain cases.

 

The turnout was good, with a few hundred people coming out to support the cause. What

 

was even better was that not all of the participants in the march were supporters of DASO

 

per sa but were supporters of the student agenda as a whole. Management was handed a

 

petition by DASO’s presidential candidate in Hlomela Bucwa calling for the materialization

 

of this proposal, dare I say-demand! As per University policy, management has 14 days to

 

respond to the issue.

 

We will all be waiting with bated breath, indeed.

 

of August 2014 saw the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO)