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MKMVA welcomes government’s commitments to free higher education

JOHANNESBURG, December 16 – The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that government will provide free higher education to “poor and working class” South African youth. The presidency announced earlier on Saturday that government would extend fully subsidised free higher education to “poor and working class” youth from […]

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Free higher education for ‘poor and working class’ youth – presidency

PRETORIA, December 16 – Government will extend fully subsidised free higher education to “poor and working class” youth from 2018, the presidency said on Saturday. Government would increase subsidies to universities from 0.68 percent to one percent of GDP, in line with comparable economies, over the next five years as recommended by the Heher Commission […]

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The devil’s in the detail – Universities South Africa CEO on Heher report

CAPE TOWN, November 13 – Universities South Africa (USAf), representing higher education institutions in the country, says while it welcomes recommendations contained in the report by a commission tasked by President Jacob Zuma to probe the feasibility of free higher education, it wanted more detail on funding models.   Speaking to eNCA from New York on […]

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Wits SRC backtracks on shut down

JOHANNESBURG, November 2 – The newly elected University of Witwatersrand’s Student Representative Council (SRC) cancelled a planned shut down of academic activities shortly before midnight on Thursday. The Economic Freedom Fighters-led student council said it received a ”plethora of complaints” immediately after a mass meeting outside the Great Hall, where the decision to embark on […]

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Heher commission report on higher education fees expected to be released soon – presidency

PRETORIA, October 29 – The Heher commission’s report on its inquiry into the feasibility of making higher education and training fee-free in South Africa could be released before the end of next week, the presidency said on Saturday.   Following widespread and sometimes violent protests by students at universities and other higher education institutions around […]