Illana Melzer, Director of Strategic Research at Eighty20, was invited to speak about Student Debt in South Africa at the All Africa Credit Congress held in Johannesburg on 16 – 17 May 2016. The aim of the congress was to bring together policymakers, credit grantors, financial sector stakeholders and development role-players from across the continent to discuss the opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed when it comes to credit granting and financial inclusion in Africa. As it is well known, South Africa faces a major student funding crisis. NSFAS, the current Government student funding scheme, is unsustainable and doesn’t cover all students in need. Furthermore, the Universities are under extreme pressure to keep their fees low and include more students. Thus, it is critical that we find an alternative student funding model that works for South Africa and Africa at large. This is what Illana explores in her presentation, available to view below.