Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has strongly condemned violent student protests at some universities in the country.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will next month during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) announce how National Treasury will fund the university fees shortfall.
Universities will individually decide on the fee increases for 2017 academic year, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced on Monday.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received claims amounting to R373.3 million for 17 580 students, says Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.
The Department of Higher Education and Training says government has not yet made a pronouncement on university fee adjustments for 2017, as consultations on the matter are ongoing.
Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says he is hopeful that the current consultations with all stakeholders on the 2017 university fees will conclude successfully, with a formal announcement expected to be made in mid-September.
The Presidency has reiterated that a decision on whether there will be university fee increases or not in 2017 has not been concluded.
Government has not yet made a pronouncement on the 2017 universities fees and has called for patience to prevail until then.
Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has called for bold solutions to tackle the challenges that South Africa is facing in providing housing for students in institutions of higher learning.