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University of Johannesburg also not accepting walk-in applications

JOHANNESBURG, January 4 – The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Thursday, joined a chorus of tertiary institutions that it would not accept “walk-in” applications for the 2018 academic year under any circumstances, saying that its registration process was handled entirely online.
UJ joins the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) said that they would not be accepting any further applications for the 2018 academic year.
“The University reminds all who have applied to and are interested in studying at UJ that the application, admission and registration process is handled entirely online. This includes late application enquiries. UJ does not, under any circumstances, accept on-campus late application enquiries (walk-ins),” said UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.
“All applicants who have been accepted for a programme of study at UJ will receive official confirmation of their final admission status via email by 8 January 2018. If applicants have not received an email by 8 January 2018, they should visit the UJ website to verify their final application status, or call the UJ Call Centre for more information.
“The procedures to be followed once accepted for a programme of study at UJ are set out on the website. The University will also inform all the successful applicants on funding and accommodation opportunities.”
UJ said that all students accepted for a programme of study and who have registered may collect their student cards which will provide access to campus, libraries and other facilities.
This comes as there is a growing call for matriculants and prospective university students to report to institutions of higher learning despite having not applied after President Jacob Zuma last month announced the roll-out of free education from this year.
The demand at South African universities for undergraduate places for 2018 has dramatically increased, with Wits receiving 70,000 applications for 5,600 places, University of Western Cape got 30,000 applications for 4,500 places, University of Fort Hare got 32,602 for 5,542, the University of Cape Town got 26,416 for 4,200 places, while 115,000 prospective students applied at UJ for 10,500 and 95,929 applied at University of KwaZulu-Natal for 8,770.
The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) has vowed to shut down universities if walk-ins are not allowed, saying its “Sizofunda Ngenkani” (We will study by force) campaign will be deployed countrywide.
– African News Agency (ANA),

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