University of Joburg ready for 2016 intake

2016-01-05 14:33

Johannesburg – The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Tuesday congratulated matriculants who successfully completed their final school exams.  

The institution said it was looking forward to welcoming the new first-year students.

"For UJ, every new student is a welcome addition to our ever growing community of South Africans who are uplifted, inspired and empowered by a programme of academic study and a concrete qualification," said Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Ihron Rensburg. 

"We look forward to our 2016 intake as the latest of a group of inquiring young minds eager to learn and to empower themselves, their communities and their nation with meaningful and transformative knowledge, insight and capabilities."

In October last year, students at the institution joined protests against a proposed double-digit fee increase. On October 23, President Jacob Zuma announced that university fees would not increase in 2016.

Political party youth leaders had vowed to lead protests against university fees at the beginning of the new academic year.

The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command and the ANC-aligned Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA), which included the SA Student Congress, had vowed to lead the charge.

"We will not be having a holiday as the EFF Student Command and come January we will make sure we are vigorously advocating for the implementation of free, quality education," its president, Mpho Morolane, told News24 in December.  

ANC Youth League president Collen Maine said the PYA had been leading students from all political parties during the protests and would continue to do so. 

"We have structures in all universities, so they are still relevant."

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