Some UCT students eager to resume lectures

Some students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) say they are eager to resume lectures on Monday, when the institution is expected to re-open. UCT has been closed for the second week following the resumption of the Fees Must Fall protests after the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement[…]

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Failed interdict sees #WitsPoll go ahead

Wits University held a poll on the resumption of classes on Thursday morning after a court bid to stop it failed. Protesting students represented by advocate Dali Mpofu approached the High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday but were unsuccessful in obtaining an interdict. According to the institution, the poll is[…]

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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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Political agenda behind Wits protests: Nzimande

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande says there is no reason for the protests currently taking place at Wits university. Students are refusing to accept announcement on fees adjustments. Monday Nzimande suggested that there be a fee increase of not more than 8% but universities and not the[…]

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10 students arrested at Wits for blocking entrance

Police have arrested ten students protesting over tuition fee adjustments at the University of the Witwatersrand. “This morning students woke up and started singing, police came and started assaulting us. Right now it’s a warzone here,” incoming Student Representative Council member Ntokozo Luthuli told News24 on Tuesday. According to the[…]

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Fees Commission seeks ways to make hearings safe

The Fees Commission says it is seeking ways of ensuring that the venues of its public hearings are safe. The commission’s statement comes after it suspended proceedings after students disrupted the Cape Town leg of its public hearings on Tuesday. The students demanded that the University of Cape Town (UCT)[…]

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#FeesMustFall: Student union set to begin consultations

Pressure is mounting on the higher education department as student leaders plan to begin consultations and mass meetings on Monday to pave a way forward on the issue of student fees. The South African Union of Students (SAUS), which claims to be the largest federation of student governance representation, says[…]

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