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Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Protests have continued at TUT. Lectures were scheduled to start on 1 February but due to the strike opposing outsourcing, EWN reports that students on the West campus had to be turned away because of the continued disruptions. The strike against outsourcing ensued after the workers and the EFFSC rejected the proposed R5000 monthly salary, with the gradual absorption of workers into the workforce. Although there have been reports that say a deal has been agreed upon, the Citizen reports that a small group continues to protest in rejection of the deal. Leadership spearheading the battle against outsourcing stated that the agreement must be modified to their satisfaction or the university might see a more intensified protest. Management, however, said that academic activities should return to normal by the end of 2 February. The university’s spokesperson spoke to ENCA and said, “We are an institution of learning and cannot let the academic year continue being disrupted.” Registration has been extended to 19 February. The university has received a court order barring protesters from accessing the universities premises.

University of Cape Town (UCT) EWN reports that yet another student was raped near campus “while walking in the Rhodes Memorial.” This is the second reported case of rape within the space of just five weeks. The incident that occurred on 19 January saw the student approached by two unknown men who followed her. “The institution’s management has urged students to avoid the area, especially at night,” EWN reports. Both women have been offered counselling by the university.

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) On 31 January Wits launched its “Access Must Rise” campaign. Following their successful “1Million1Month” campaign last year, they seek to raise R10 million by the end of February. Thus far, they have received donations from corporate companies and private donors. According to EWN, they have received R2 million from Nedbank and an additional R600 000 from Abbott. The aim of the campaign is to help students who are categorised by SRC president Nompendulo Mkatshwa as the “missing middle”. This means that the initiative seeks to help those that do not meet the requirements set by NSFAS but conversely cannot afford to pay for their own tuition, such as students whose parents are civil servants.

University of the Free State (UFS) The UFS SRC has raised R1.2 million to help students who cannot afford to pay for their tuition. Contributions to this initiative came from students, lecturers, businesses and the community. The initiative was started late last year following the #FeesMustFall campaign. Each member of the SRC has contributed R500 from their own pockets to help raise funds. The SRC aims to reach R5 million by the end of April.

 

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