PROGRAMMES & SERVICES
SASSA`s priorities is to provide affordable decent accommodation for the 80 percent commuter students in colleges and university campuses across the country, especially those in rural and township communities.
SASSA will also work with the government and funding agencies to access funding for commuter students who qualify for private accommodation. Payments for rentals will be made through the SASSA Debit Cards.
Currently colleges and universities have a capacity to provide accommodation to about 20 percent of the 2 million student population in South Africa. SASSA will work closely with the government to provide accreditation to available and suitable private accommodation as well as guide the building of new student accommodation in accordance with the prescribed norms and standards.
The key objective is to facilitate and ensure the provision of quality housing rentals at subsidised prices, working closely with private providers and local municipalities and traditional authorities.
Food security is a major threat to student success due to lack of funding for access to a healthy and balanced nutrition.
SASSA will also work with the government to ensure that students, especially commuter students, have access to at least one healthy, nutritious meal per day. Student cafeterias and dining halls will be made available in private accommodation where students can have properly prepared meals.
Additionally SASSA has secured discounted meals and groceries with various food and grocery vendors or merchants in the villages, townships, towns and cities. Payments for food and groceries will be made through the SASSA Debit Cards.
The national Scholar Transport policy provides a guideline for the transportation of learners and students in South Africa. For many college and university students, especially in township and rural communities, struggle daily with transport to reach their campuses.
SASSA will work closely with local municipalities and private accommodation providers to provide affordable and reliable transport to college and university students. Payments for transport will be made through the SASSA Debit Cards.
The SASSA Driver Education and Development Program is mainly targeted at youth and students between 18-34 years who are currently registered in colleges and universities across South Africa.
The goals of the program includes the following:
- To ensure that every college and university student acquire a drivers licence before they exist the post-secondary sector;
- To reduce youth unemployment due to the lack of a drivers licence, especially for career opportunities that require a drivers licence as a requirement;
- To develop a new generation of courteous and responsible drivers who will contribute towards the reduction of road fatalities.
An allocation of R 5,000 will be made per student to fund learner driver, driver`s licence and licensing fees for beneficiary students. The R 5,000 will be transferred into the “driver education wallet” in the SASSA Debit Card for designated payments for the program.
SASSA support student projects through its cultural programs co-funded by the Department of Arts and Culture and Lotto Funding. An estimated 1,000 projects will be funded in 2016 and national awards will be awarded to the best projects in the fields of culture, civic involvement, student artistic creation and scientific and technical culture.
National competitions such as short story writing, photography, short films, comic strips, dance, theatre, painting, digital art and musical springboards will give visibility to the student’s artistic productions and will serve as a stepping stones into the professional world. Entertaining events organised at student life venues will be used to strengthen the social cohesion between students and their involvement in student life.
SASSA will also negotiate discounted access to local museums, theatres and cinemas as part of the student life program offerings. A determined allocation will be deposited into the “arts wallet” for payment through the SASSA Debit Cards.
One of the premier programs offered by SASSA will be programs targeted at the recruitment and retention of international students in South Africa.
The program is primarily aimed at assisting international students to adjust and be fully integrated within the socio-cultural environment of campus and community life in South Africa. The program will also promote diversity and social cohesion in order to avoid xenophobic attitudes towards students who are foreign nationals.
SASSA will focus on the orientation and welcome of new international students to ensure that they experience South Africa as a liveable and friendly country for international students.
SASSA will partner with the local Health and Social Development towards the providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle amongst the student communities in South Africa.
SASSA will also invest in an extensive program to deal with the scourge of alcohol and drugs abuse amongst students and the youth.
In line with its goal to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle, SASSA will work closely with the various inter-faith and spiritually-based organizations to design a program that will promote spiritual development for student communities.
The SASSA Advice and Information Centres will provide information to direct new students to their various religious and spiritual denominations.
SASSA will also have a special focus on the provision of a student support services for student communities living and learning in colleges and universities that are located in townships, small towns and rural communities.
Students living and learning in villages, small towns and rural communities are facing unique challenges regarding student life and access to amenities and facilities such as student accommodation, catering facilities, health and wellness facilities and leisure/recreational facilities