UNIZULU recently hosted the 12th Financial Aid Practitioners of South Africa (FAPSA) Conference, themed Rise of the New Era, at Elangeni Hotel, Durban.
Welcoming delegates UNIZULU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Dr Prins Nevhutalu said the University was honoured to have been given the opportunity to host the conference. “As financial aid practitioners, you play a very big role in shaping this country into the right direction. Being admitted to a university means taking people out of poverty,” said Nevhutalu.
Outgoing FAPSA President, Busisiwe Sithole said inadequate funding and the struggle for resources, particularly finance and human capital present the greatest challenges to most financial aid practitioners in the institution of higher learning. “Adequate budgets to properly administer all of the services that should be made available to students are the greatest obstacle to overcome,” she said.
Sithole stressed on the challenge of financial aid practitioners to bring about necessary changes for delivering excellent service to students and for institutions to recognise the central role student financial aid plays in ensuring that the university achieves its goal.
Department of Higher Education and Training Chief Director: University Financial Planning and Information Systems, Shai Makgoba said that as the department they are aware that change is not easy but it brings with it new opportunities. He said FAPSA should evolve and engage with the new developments. “There are a few colleagues who are giving the sector a bad name by engaging in corruption and mismanagement. The responsibility is for all of us to correct this,” said Makgoba.