Blade Nzimande

University education can never be free‚ says SA's statistician-general

Bekezela Phakathi | 17 November, 2016 07:46

South Africa must not deceive itself with the idea of free higher education and should focus on finding a workable model‚ statistician-general Pali Lehohla says.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced in September that university fee increases for 2017 would be capped at 8%‚ and poor and "missing middle" students would receive state help to make up for the hike.

This sparked a wave of protests and renewed calls for fees to be scrapped‚ reports Business Day.

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Students set fires at Fort Hare Alice campus

Tmg Digital | 18 May, 2016 22:30

Students at the Fort Hare campus in Alice went on a rampage on Wednesday night and burnt tyres outside the campus after they claimed management had failed to meet their demands.

One of the main demands was that students who were not resident on campus must receive their accommodation and transport allowance before the end of the first semester.

Another demand was that all first year students who applied and qualified for NSFAS funding must sign the loan agreement forms today.

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