Minister of Higher Education Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande, on Thursday 26 November 2020, touched on the progress in the post-school education and training sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also announced new appointments of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Board and CEO. 


While Nzimande appointed 13 ordinary members of the NSFAS Board in accordance with the criteria prescribed in the NSFAS Act for a period of four years, he concurred with the decision of NSFAS to appointed Andile Nongogo as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a period of five years. According to Politics Bureau, Nongogo previously served as CFO at Services Seta. 

The board members are;  

  • Ernest Khosa (Chairperson); 
  • Mr Yonke Twani; 
  • Mr Bamanye Matiwane; 
  • Ms Jullie Beya;  
  • Mr Cyril Madiba;  
  • Ms Reshma Mathura;  
  • Mr Max Fuzani;  
  • Mr Richard Msweli;  
  • Ms Pumela Msweli;  
  • Mr Sanele Zondi;  
  • Ms Lindiwe Matlali; 
  • Ms Pretty Makukule (DHET Rep); and
  • Treasury Rep (to be appointed) 

“I will be requesting the Board to co-opt two more members because as it stands the Board is not fully balanced. There is a need to bring individuals with actuarial and social dialogue skills and experience. They will be announced later whilst I completed engagements with the Board,” said Nzimande. 


Apart from NSFAS Board members, Nzimande also shared the list of the appointed members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Infrastructure (MACI); who will provide technical support to the minister. 

The members are; 

  • Mr Bafana Ndendwa;
  • Mr Madapu Nhlapo;
  • Mr Warwick McCance-Prince;
  • Ms Lebo Leshabane; and 
  • Ms Nonkululeko Ntshona. 

“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate all those who have been appointed in various positions in our sector. I wish you all the best in your responsibilities,” he said. 

“In conclusion, COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. It is not seasonal. This means that we must all stay alert to the changing landscape and keep on planning for months and possible years ahead. Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year,” he added. 

Nzimande also thanked Dr Randall Carolissen, the Administrator of NSFAS, for having done a great job in turning the organisation around over the past two and a half years, as his tenure comes to an end in December 2020. 

“Despite many challenges, NSFAS is a much better entity now than it was when you took over,” he said.