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State of crisis over university fees question

The battle for free university education is headed for a crisis after government revealed plans to announce a draconian mid-term budget, which will include cutting its numbers of civil servants. Senior government officials told City Press that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget – to be delivered in two weeks[…]

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Wits postpones general assembly

The University of the Witwatersrand has postponed its planned general assembly on Friday. “We will postpone the general assembly until consensus is reached and the conditions for such an assembly are met,” the university said in a statement. Head of communications Shirona Patel said there is a risk that the[…]

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Third force behind student protests: Nzimande

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande believes the demands of students have been hijacked by a third force. Nzimande says poor students are plundering universities on behalf of the rich who know that they will send their children abroad as soon as the higher education system collapses. He says ongoing protests[…]

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Opposition parties meet VCs over university crisis

It is vital that university classes resume because if the academic year is not completed it will negatively impact admissions for next year and new graduates entering the workplace. That’s the message from university representatives and opposition parties after a meeting on Saturday night. The Democratic Alliance (DA)‚ United Democratic[…]

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Student protests caused R459m in damage

The damage caused by violent protests at South Africa’s universities since late last year resulted in damage of nearly half a billion rand, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said in response to a written parliamentary question. “The estimated costs of damage to properties have increased by R151.532 million, totalling R459.853[…]

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‘We’ve lost control of students’: FMF

A member of the Fees Must Fall movement at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has conceded that the student movement has lost control of students who have revolted on campus by looting resources and set buildings alight. UWC and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) remains on[…]

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Protests continue at UWC

Around three hundred students were seen demonstrating at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Monday, calling for it to close its doors. Speaking to VOC News, UWC student protester, LeratorWolela says throughout the day, students chanted songs for free higher education as they say their demands have not[…]

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UCT campus to remain closed

The academic programme at the University of Cape Town remains suspended, the institution announced on Sunday via Twitter. “After careful consideration we advise that campus will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 26 2015,” the University tweeted. This comes after a wave of student protests over fee increases for 2016 swept[…]

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