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MBABANE- Relief! That is one word that best describes what went down at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security when students who had gone to request answers about their delayed allowances received notifications on their mobile phones that their allowances had been deposited into their accounts.

The students had vented their grievances and even told the acting Principal Secretary (PS), Norman Gamedze, about their hardships.
In fact, they said nothing showed that government cared about them. They wondered why civil servants’ salaries were not delayed yet it was fine for them, as students to suffer.

“What do they think we are eating? As we speak, our landlords want us out of their houses,” they said.
It was after the students representative councils (SRCs) from some universities had returned from the meeting with the ministry and were giving students feedback of the meeting that notifications started popping up and they jumped in joy while shouting “yangena (it just came through).”

They then started celebrating by dancing and singing.  However, it was not the case for everyone as others kept checking their phones but there was no notification.

Also confirming the payment of the allowances was Minister of Labour and Social Security Makhosi Vilakati in a statement.


He said those who experienced challenges were supposed to verify if their account numbers were still active with their respective banks as information they gathered was that some of the bank accounts were inactive.

“The ministry would like to thank all stakeholders who were involved in making this a timely project. Assurance is given by the ministry that its mandate is primarily for the best interests of students, stakeholders and the entire nation,” reads part of the statement.

Vilakati stated that they remained committed to serving all stakeholders involved in providing services and ensuring necessary support for all students.

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