Blade Nzimande

Wits student leaders to meet with management

Fifteen student leaders are expected to meet to negotiate free education with Wits University management in Solomon House on Thursday morning. There are strict controls in place at entrances by security and everyone who enters must prove they are a student by presenting their student cards. There is a heavy[…]

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Nzimande presentation expected at higher education inquiry

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is expected to make a presentation to the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training when it sits in Centurion on Thursday. The commission was established by President Jacob Zuma as part of a range of measures to address a demand for fee-free education.[…]

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Don’t hold the future of others ransom – Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande has called on protesting students not to hold the futures of others to ransom. Nzimande in a statement again condemned the violence at Wits University, saying it is the work of irresponsible and disrespectful students not interested in completing the 2016 academic[…]

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Destruction at universities must stop – Nzimande

The ongoing destruction and intimidation by small groups at universities must stop, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday. He warned students that failure to complete the academic year on schedule would mean poverty for many who would not get their degrees. “At some universities there have been attempts[…]

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Violent student protesters will not be let off the hook: Zuma

In line with lessening public sympathy with students damaging university property during protests‚ President Jacob Zuma on Friday warned violent offenders that they would have to account for their actions in court. “The destruction of property is a criminal offence and will be treated as such by the law enforcement[…]

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Wits suspends academic activity for the week

The University of the Witwatersrand has suspended all academic activity for the rest of the week, it announced in a statement on Tuesday night. “Following the events of today, and considering the safety of our staff and students, we, the Senior Executive Team of the University of the Witwatersrand, in[…]

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‘8% fee increase recommendation strikes a balance’

Yesterday, higher education minister, Blade Nzimande recommended that South African universities consider an eight per cent tuition fee increase for the 2017 academic year. While the decision to accept the recommendation is at the discretion of each institution, protesting students have voiced their anger at the announcement. The announcement follows[…]

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Blade Nzimande decoded

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement on Monday that universities will shoulder the responsibility for fee increments for 2017 has agitated the #FeesMustFall movement. VOC News journalist Rafieka Williams, a Wits ulumna, decodes Nzimande’s speech. In what many thought would be a decisive moment, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande[…]

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SA universities contest drop in world rankings

South Africa’s universities have vehemently challenged their across-the-board drop in world rankings, saying the criteria followed failed to take into account realities in Third World countries. The funding shortfall has been cited as a major reason for the decline in rankings – even as students await an announcement on whether[…]

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