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Free higher education to be introduced – Mantashe

JOHANNESBURG, JULY 31– The governing African National Congress has resolved to introduce free higher education next year, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday. The party held its national executive committee lekgotla over the weekend. “Being cognisant that the Heher Commission has until 31 August 2017 to submit its report on the feasibility of fee free higher education […]

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Outrage over alleged theft of R25m by UJ officials

Sello Theletsane Amidst the turmoil the higher education sector has seen in recent years with the #FeesMustFall movement, South Africans have reacted with outrage at reports in the Sunday Independent that two senior officials have been suspended amid allegations they swindled millions from the University of Johannesburg (UJ).   The Sunday paper reported that  UJ chairperson […]

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Fees Must Fall Aftermath

Ogopoleng Mushi People were involved with the Fees Must Fall social media hype, but where are those loud voices after the stun grenades, tear gasses, arrests, deaths and the continuation of higher learning institutions extreme tuition fees? Instead of fees “falling”, university fees have increased up to 8% nationwide. The unresolved issues of the department […]

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#FeesMustFall: Anglican bishops warn against ‘militarised’ university campuses

JOHANNESBURG – The Anglican Church’s Synod of Bishops on Monday warned that a “militarised presence” on some university campuses creates “a false sense of calm … which conceals the potential for renewed violent confrontation”. In a statement Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said the Anglican Church’s Synod of Bishops is appealing to university managements to scale back […]

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Students march in Durban to demand release of Fees Must Fall student

Around 200 students marched through central Durban on Friday to demand the release of Bonginkosi Khanyile, a final year student from the Durban University of Technology who has been in jail for 5 months for charges related t illegal gathering and incitement of violence. Philani Gazuzu Nduli, spokesperson of the Free Bonginkosi Khanyile organising committee in KZN […]

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#Budget2017: Government pulls out all stops to fund higher education

PARLIAMENT – Government has made large adjustments to overall spending plans in a bid to accommodate critical new requirements, including additional funding to higher education budgets and other spending obligations, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday. Gordhan said in order to find funds for new spending requirements, government had to make adjustments and lower […]