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Amendments Proposed to Regulations on Basic Education Assistance

April 30, 2019

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

30 April 2019

Amendments are proposed to the Regulations Relating to Assistance to Victims in Respect of Basic Education.

The regulations flow from the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act of 1995.

The justice and constitutional development department published the draft regulations in Government Gazette 42424 for comment.

The regulations came into effect in 2014 designed to provide financial assistance to victims and their relatives and dependants identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The regulations empower the basic education department to delegate its responsibilities on assessing applications and making payments to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

However, according to the justice and constitutional development department, the basic education department has never delegated its responsibilities to NSFAS.

Therefore, the power to delegate does not need to be retained in the regulations.

The draft amendments also call for an extension to the period of application of the regulations from five to six years in order to complete a review process.

Comment is invited until 31 May 2019.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 42423, the department has published increased amounts in terms of the Regulations Relating to Assistance to Victims in Respect of Higher Education and Training.

The maximum transport allowance is now set at R4 081 while the payment of a boarding allowance for further education and training will not exceed R21 767.

A boarding allowance for higher education cannot exceed R42 175 and the annual gross income as a condition for assistance must not exceed R269 377.

The increased amounts came into effect on 1 January 2019.