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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:28

Summary of Council proposals

Adam Habib

Here follows a summary of Wits University Council’s proposals on how it plans to address the fee increase challenge.

 

  • Students will not pay an upfront fee.
  • The fee increase proposal for 2016 has been suspended.
  • Calling for transparent negotiations between the University and the student community/Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) as a matter of urgency.
  • Wits will cut spending and investigate non-essential spending, and will focus financial resources on academic matters and access for students.
  • Discounts for NSFAS and financially stressed students.
  • Wits will continue to source additional funding form external sources.
  • Wits will continue to engage with government to address the shortfall in higher education funding.
  • Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib, to give up any performance bonus and redirect the monies towards access for deserving students.

Statement on behalf of Prof. Ihron Rensburg, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UJ.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:36

Government addresses newspaper report

Acting Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) spokesperson Phumla Williams on Monday reiterated that Operation Fiela Reclaim was an intervention that came as a result of concerns from communities.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:19

Best of luck matrics!

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has wished the Class of 2015 the best of luck and assured them that they have the department’s full support as the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations kicked off on Monday.

Monday, 19 October 2015 14:19

UCT student injured during protest

A student at the University of Cape Town has been injured during on-going protests against a proposed fee increase of 10.3%.

Wits Council Exco and students sign agreement on process to be followed to determine student fee increases for 2016.

Friday, 16 October 2015 06:46

Wits chancellor to meet protesting students

Wits vice chancellor Adam Habib is this morning set to meet with students who have been protesting at the university to hear their grievances and find a resolution, the university said.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:09

The Business Place opens in Soweto

The Business Place, an advisory agency that assists SMMEs to establish themselves, has opened a new office in Soweto to ensure that its services are easily accessible to the residents of South Africa’s biggest township.

The protest, which started at around 7am, gathered momentum soon after students blocked the university gate entrances including the main Empire road entrance and the Yale Street entrance.

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