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NSFAS has introduced a new system called sBux to pay students for food, accommodation, books and travel allowances.

sBux was introduced at the following universities and colleges in 2014:

  • University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • University of Venda
  • Sol Plaatjie University
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • Ekhurhuleni East TVET College
  • King Hintsa TVET College
  • Motheo TVET College

 Using sBux, students are paid allowances as cellphone vouchers that can be spent at registered sBux merchants.

How will sBux work?

•     NSFAS will pay your allowances for food, accommodation, books and transport in the form of sBux vouchers sent to your cellphone.

•     You will be able to spend your sBux vouchers at registered sBux merchants.

What will you need?

In order to receive your NSFAS allowances via sBux, you will need:

  • Your own cellphone
  • To have signed your NSFAS Loan Agreement Form
  • To ensure that your landlord is registered on sBux in order to receive payment.  Please download the application pack below.

How will NSFAS support you?

  • Download your sBux Guide below which will explain how to use sBux and also download a list of registered Merchants
  • If you have any queries, please contact the NSFAS Contact Centre on 0860 067 327.
  • You can also send any enquiries or feedback to sbux@nsfas.org.za


2015 sBux Student Guide

How to get started

2015 Merchant Application Pack

sBux Merchant Guide

sBux UNISA Book Merchants

Merchant List – DUT (Food)

Merchant List – DUT (Books)

Merchant List – NMMU

Merchant List – UNIVEN

Merchant List – Motheo College (landlords)

Merchant List – Motheo College (food)

Merchant List – Motheo College (landlords)

Merchant List – King Hintsa College

Shoprite Checkers Store List (nationwide)

Merchant Poster - USSD Transactions

Spar Stores – KZN

sBux Terms and Conditions