7 March 2013
The IFP is pleased that the Department of
Higher Education and Training has allocated R1.4 billion to
improve university infrastructure. Upgrades will include
university student residences especially at disadvantaged
universities such as Walter Sisulu University and University of
Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape, where students currently live
under extremely poor conditions and have to share small rooms
with a number of other students.
This funding should be made available
immediately to universities so that they may begin with their
renovations. A portion of the funding should also be used to
provide universities with a student transport infrastructure as
this is currently a point of contention and one of the main
issues of the current student protest at
Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban
The Department must endeavour to meet the needs
of all students in order to prevent this kind of disruptive
action being taken by students on university campuses.
The IFP urges the management at Mangosuthu
University of Technology to resolve this impasse with its
students as a matter of urgency so that the business of
educating students may resume in earnest.
IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr.
Alfred Mpontshane MP, 083 448 4896
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Ms. Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252