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Intervarsity News 27 October 2015


University of Witwatersrand
On 14 October the University of the Witwatersrand was brought to a halt due to protests on most of the university’s campuses. Students protested against the proposed tuition fees for 2016.

The protest #WitsFeesMustFall, which is currently still protesting, saw the closure of the university’s campuses as university management feared for the safety of both students and lecturers.

According to reports, the university had proposed to increase the tuition fees by 10.5%, which sparked a fierce protest from already discontent students.

On 20 October the university postponed exams for medical students and, at the time of going to print, it was a possibility that more exams and classes will be cancelled as the issues have yet to be fully resolved.

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Chaos at transformation debate

The pre-summit dialogue on transformation in higher education was held on 5 October at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). It was organised as a buildup to the second National Higher Education Transformation Summit. 

The pre-summit was hosted by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with Independent Media Group and UJ. The dialogue was facilitated by a seven-member panel that consisted of three vice-chancellors, namely Prof. Ihron Rensburg from UJ, Prof. Dan Kgwadi from the North- West University and Dr Sizwe Mabizela from Rhodes University, and four student leaders and representatives, including Jody Williams from the Open Stellenbosch Movement.

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Intervarsity News 9 March 2015


University of Witwatersrand
Wits SRC President Mcebo Dlamini has resigned with immediate effect. The message announcing his resignation was posted on his Facebook account. A post made earlier said he was found guilty of insulting a member of senior management.

It was reported by Wits Vuvuzela that Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Habib “received a report that Dlamini was part of a disciplinary hearing about an offence committed prior to his election”. Habib added that, “The hearing apparently found him guilty and he subsequently resigned on Facebook... He is entitled to appeal as per rules.” SRC deputy secretary Amogelang Manganyi told Wits Vuvuzela that the secretary has not received an official resignation from Dlamini.


University of Stellenbosch (Maties)
Students at Maties are reported to have racially taunted black staff and tugged at their uniforms across the counter in the food court. A case has been opened with the police and the chairperson of Daso Maties has written to the Rector and the Rector’s management committee regarding this matter.

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University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

MJL Electrical workers marched to the Wits Senate Hall on 14 May, making an impassioned plea to the Wits vice-chancellor, Prof. Adam Habib, and management. They handed in a petition and letter to the Wits management. In the letter they accuse the university of not doing enough to help them. MJL workers have been in a salary dispute with the company’s owner, George Cresswold, since last year. Wits management has responded to the situation by stating that it is not the university’s responsibility to ensure jobs for workers but added that it was ready to support the workers with their legal battle against Cresswold.


Wits students have given vice-chancellor Prof. Adam Habib 48 hours to reinstate ousted Wits president Mcebo Dlamini. Dlamini was removed from office as SRC president last week after being found guilty of misconduct. Wits student and political parties have added that the university will become ungovernable if their demands are not met by Friday 15 May.

Dlamini also voiced his opinion on the matter with several Facebook posts. Among others, Dlamini added that failure to meet the demands of students will bring Wits to a standstill.

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Stellenbosch University
On 22 February 2015 the University of Stellenbosch’s Van der Sterr building caught fire. The 56-year-old building housed the accounting and statistics department.

The roof as well as sections of the third floor of the building were the most damaged. It is thanks to safety precautions such as firewalls that the fire did not reach and destroy other sections of the building.

It is not known if it will be business as usual on the sections that had not been affected by the fire, however at the time of going to print this was not the case and students were being directed to attend lectures at alternative venues on the university’s website.


University of the Witwatersrand
The SRC of Wits launched the 1 Million 1 Month campaign. This target was reached in less than half of that time and on 24 February the amount collected was R1.6 million. The money collected is to assist more than 2 000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds with registration fees.

The Wits SRC is currently in negotiations with the institution in order to get the university to reduce the cost of registration for these students from R9300 to R3000.

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