Accommodation fiasco costing UKZN dearly

2013-03-15 08:42

Durban - The University of KwaZulu-Natal accommodation fiasco that saw 560 students sleeping in the streets is costing the institution dearly.

The university confirmed that each student who was moved from the Renaissance building near Albert Park a month ago would receive R300 as compensation for groceries that were spoilt during the months that they lived there without electricity.

The homeless students have since been accommodated at hotels in Durban and the university is reportedly footing the bill.

The students said the university had also been paying for their transport to and from lectures.

Hotel rates

The standard rates at the hotels where the students are staying are between R500 and R700, which means the university may be paying hundreds of thousands of rands a day renting rooms for 560 students.

The Pavilion Hotel on Marine Parade charged R695 a night, said a receptionist at the hotel. The Coastlands Hotel at the beachfront charges up to R700 a room for four people. The other hotel where the students are living, Impala Holiday Flats, also on the beachfront, charges R500 a night.

But the university would not say how much the measures were costing, and would only confirm the R300 compensation for spoilt groceries.

Students who were put up at the Downtown Hotel complained about the conditions there.


On Tuesday, a student was injured during a protest and the university has since expressed regret over the chaos.

Students are still unhappy about the arrangements. They are demanding an investigation into why they were forced to live with no water and electricity in an apartment block for months.

One student who didn’t want her name used, said the R300 the university was offering was a “kick in the teeth”.

In a notice issued to students on Thursday, the university said it “sincerely regrets the unfortunate incident”.

“At the outset, the university wishes to thank the students who were affected for their patience and understanding. The matter which necessitated the relocation of our students to alternative accommodation in the city is deeply regretted,” it said.


  • willem.steyn.33 - 2013-03-15 09:28

    I just love watching this circus which is RSA and any type of governing body where BEE was so successfully applied.

      msophiasharp - 2013-03-15 10:25

      Yes it does provide excellent entertainment and would be interesting to see who they going to blame failure of BEE on?? Thank heavens it is post-1994 LOL!!!!

      Tums Down - 2013-03-15 14:57

      - You enjoy the entertainment.....whilst government laugh's all the way to the bank... with your TAX money

  • Cabbage Promise Goats Dlamini - 2013-03-15 09:29

    Universities were not like this before 1994. It was not a place of violence and throwing rocks. It was not with barb wire and razor wire around it and gates with guards everywhere. Why now is it like that?

      Victor Luiz - 2013-03-15 09:34

      You answered your question in your first line there, buddy.

      msophiasharp - 2013-03-15 10:24

      @Cabbage Promise Goats Dlamini (first must commend you on your 'alias' its priceless LOL!!) Your comments were spot-on!!!

      Emma Boesak - 2013-03-15 11:52

      Well if you were a student at UWC(Bush) before 1994 you would know about policee brutality and barb and razor wire around the campus and no students then did not thrash the campus property when demonstrating like they do now.

  • Nickolous Mabika - 2013-03-15 09:29

    Very bad management

  • Quartus van Zyl - 2013-03-15 10:01

    Watch how students from all over are going to rush to Durban!

  • Timothy - 2013-03-15 10:08

    And these academics are teaching the future? They cannot even solve an accommodation problem.

  • jacobus.m.vantonder - 2013-03-15 10:11

    And I still get people asking me why study I don't study in SA... stick to an European standart and I am set for life...

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-15 11:17

    What is our number one communist Blade saying about all this?.

  • Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2013-03-15 11:20

    Who is the Rector?

  • joeballito - 2013-03-16 00:19

    BLACK the rest of africa....Nuff said.

  • Bongumusa Mbongwe - 2013-03-17 20:05

    Our SA is like this because people in power are more worried in making their bank accounts fat rather than doing what they were hired to do in the first place and that's to look after us...

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