WATCH: SA’s Minister of Higher Education and Training explains his reasoning for proposing a fee increase in the new year, despite the recent #FeesMustFall student protests.  

With Blade Nzimande’s recent recommendation that universities and colleges increase fees by no more than 8% in 2017, it sure looks like fee’s won’t be falling anytime soon and scholars are not impressed.

Addressing the media in Pretoria on Monday 19 September 2016, Nzimande expressed:

“Our immediate and pressing task is to ensure that, as we continue to improve access to post-school education and strengthen the quality of learning and teaching, we do not erode the financial stability of the sector.”

Pointing out that students who can afford to pay their university fees must put their money up, Nzimande went on to say that the government would subsidise any price hike for students NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) loans, as well as students in what he refers to as the “missing middle” – those who’s family’s income is less than R60,000 a year – explaining that the government will cover any increase of up to 8%.

In eNCA’s video coverage of his media address, Nzimande says:

“The tax burden has been rising in recent years and we must preserve the fiscal space to fund governments policy agenda in future years and the minister of finance concurs on that.”

Watch Nzimande’s full media briefing below: