Wits protest on ice as varsity budges on demands

2009-09-18 10:16

A planned protest by Wits University students in Johannesburg has

been suspended, the SA Students Congress (Sasco) has said.

Sasco president Mawethu Rune said yesterday afternoon that Sasco

had resolved to suspend the mass action and referred their outstanding issues to

the council, which would be sitting in the first week of next month.

“All our energies are now put on engaging council members and

helping them see the rationale upon which our demands are based,” said

Rune.

“Today (Friday) is a normal schooling day.”

The institution has signed an agreement on some of the issues that

led to a campus protest this week.

It has agreed to increase the allowances for students on financial

aid from R1?500 to R2?000 per quarter, although this would mean a reduction in

financial aid packages available next year.

The management will try to reduce the residence fee hike from the

proposed 11.68% and convene committees to investigate the student fee structure,

student transport and contractors’ pricing.

Student cards blocked this year would be unblocked and the current

student representative council (SRC) would carry on telling students to approach

the fees office for financial aid for the rest of the year.

The SRC would also conduct a campaign encouraging students to

settle their fees.

The upfront fee of more than R6?000 for next year would stay

intact, but there will be mechanisms to deal with individual cases of students

who could not afford to pay the amount upfront.

 

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