Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande will hold a media briefing on matters pertaining to the COVID-19 lockdown in the higher education, science and innovation sector.
In the higher education sector the Minister will address amongst other  issues; NSFAS allowances, SETAs stipends, private accommodation establishments and the return of medical students to campus.
In the science and innovation sector there  will be an update on  research on South Africa’s traditional medicine and the engagements with stakeholders in relation to indigenous knowledge systems and COVID-19.

The details of the media briefing are:

Date: Thursday, 21 May 2020

Time: 11h00
Venue: The Minister will brief from Tshedimosetso House, GCIS Auditorium, 1035 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield in Pretoria

Media Participation: Journalists may view the briefing via live streaming on the SA Government Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube channels on the links below.




For interaction, journalists may call and pose their questions using the following number: 067 005 9766 or 064 981 0218. 
NB: Only journalists may use these numbers to  ask questions during the briefing.  

SABC will provide pool feed as follows:


-       Downlink Frequency 12649.5

-       Symbol Rate:           2.7 M/Sym

-       Hd 10801 25 H.264 4:2:0

-       Rollof factor 5%

-       DVB- S2 8psk

-       Audio Channel 1 256kbs

Enquiries: Mr Ishmael Mnisi 066 037 8859 Spokesperson for the Department of Higher Education and Training, Science and Innovation. 

Issued by Government Communications (GCIS) on behalf of
The Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation