SA to get two new universities by 2014

2012-10-11 11:54

Johannesburg - South Africa will have two new universities in two years, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

"The plan is to have the universities by 2014," he said at a Black Business Council summit in Midrand.

They would be built in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.

President Jacob Zuma told the meeting earlier the sites for the two universities were being identified and sod-turning could take place soon.

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-11 12:00

    Well Done Blade

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-11 12:49

      Will my daughter be able to go there for free. Because I won't pay for it

      peter.ndamase - 2012-10-11 12:56

      Current Universities are not properly funded but you build two more universities!!! It is generally understood that all prospective university students prefer your Gauteng, Cape town and other top universities. It is not a matter of accesibility but it's about the economic powerhouses and the worth of your degree. Is that difficult for the minister to understand? The solution will have been to pump more funding to the current universities, build more residences for "refuge" students, and focus on the quality of education/qualifications.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-11 15:17

      ha, ha, ha Cliffy. We know you by now and know you have enough money. Stop pulling people's legs. They don't get your sarcasm.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-11 12:14

    Blade, hope its paid for already, because the way the rand is falling, we wont have money for the foundations if things carry on like it does right now. First finish paying for Nkandla, and if there is some change left, then we will see

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-11 13:59

      Exactly... how will our children get into the universities when they don't even have textbooks? The strikers are screwing up the economy, so what is the point of having a degree anyway?

  • mknnko003 - 2012-10-11 12:18

    I am happy, I will be involve as an academic in Mpumalanga.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-11 15:19

      Good luck. Please develop us some good educated children.

  • richard.bradshaw2 - 2012-10-11 12:19

    @ bhekifa.bhekifa you are a complete Idiot, U must be related to JUJU, first they need to get qualified lectures,good luck with that,and then you will need to pay them, and the "ONLY black Students" will have to pay to be educated at a hiher level, as education at that level is not free, not even to use white people, WTF you are a looser, goodbye

      richard.bradshaw2 - 2012-10-11 12:20

      Higher sorry typo

  • Chengboogy - 2012-10-11 12:22

    But what's the point of building a University in Kimberley which are situated approximaitely 200 km from Bloemfontein,why not Upington(365 km from Kimberley) which was a central choice for students of Springbok(370km from Upington and almost 800 km from Kimberley)...,the surrounded areas namely:Rietfontein,De Aar,Postmasburg,Calvinia,Olifantshoek etc.even closer to Namibia and Botswana...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-11 15:02

      Good point. Very central in Northern Cape(just had a look on the map.) I think they will have enough students. Wonder if someone clever can explain to us?

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-11 12:22

    Good, now give the kids some education so they can take their proper place in a University environment.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-11 12:27

    Who cares! With the quality in this country those degrees will only be accepted locally!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-11 12:33

    Don't mean to sound negative. Quality, tertiary education is vital to SA's credibility and general prosperity. Can't help but think that the tenders for construction, fitting, etc have already been awarded !

  • kieron.dean.9 - 2012-10-11 12:38

    a university has everything to do with its quality of lecturer and syllabus. I am very concerned as to where the lecturers will be sourced from, no point investing in buildings if they will not be filled with knowledge and experience. Its the same as hospitals without doctors or nurses.

  • brian.mokhawana - 2012-10-11 12:40

    Well done Mr. Blade

  • Antipoaching - 2012-10-11 12:41

    Dear Honourable Minister why not rather properly fund the current universities? Just asking

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-11 15:03

      I would have gone for the new universities as well as better funding for the current ones.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-11 12:45

    Is he saying things he thinks we want to hear to be the hero. Election is a few weeks away. Basic eduction is in a crisis mode. Who is going to fill the spots students with a 35% pass rate with no maths and science. Even the normal Universities are struggling to get student to pay fees.

  • Patrick Malungana - 2012-10-11 12:46

    Two universities in two years ? Why not stop the development in nkandla and use the money for building university now

  • nota.darki - 2012-10-11 12:58

    I like the idea of the 'sod'-turning. Can we turn all the sods around and point them to the nearest exit, please, so we can make room for skilled management to oversee the higher education of our youth which is currently sadly lacking substance.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-11 13:06

    "sod-turning could take place soon" The actual "turning of "sod" should take priority in December first.

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-11 13:18

    They should rather focus on improving the current universities. Start with UNISA and their godawful level of service, out-dated study guides and pathetic multiple choice assignments that do nothing towards prepare the student for exams.

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-11 13:25

    Maybe this time they mean two new FET Colleges......

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-11 13:25

    And what does the White Business Council have to say about this? I think we should get the White Lawyers Association involved just in case there are any legal questions as to the White Affirmative Initiative that will be enforced at the end of the year. There has been a great response from the White Womans League !!!!!!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-11 14:03


      brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-11 14:06

      Wesley, work with me buddy. There is a Black Business Council, a Black Lawyers Ass, a Black Womans League, a Black this, a Black that. I bet if we started a couple of "White This, White That, we would all have our arses thrown in jail.

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-11 13:26

    Maybe this time they mean two new FET Colleges......

  • BossTPlaya - 2012-10-11 13:28

    Well done. Please ensure that the standard is of high quality relevant and in line with current trends of education to that of international standards.

      Shaun Daly - 2012-10-11 18:38

      Unfortunately thats impossible as in SA 33% is considered passing where as the rest of the world its between 65 and 68%.

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-10-11 13:39

    If they're serious about tertiary education and can\r\n afford it, then I see the NC pupils going to UCT,\r\n Stellenbosch or UWC, and the MP pupils going to\r\n Tuks, Wits etc.\r\n If these new varsities will focus solely on lower\r\n income groups, how will they become sustainable\r\n and reputable? What's to stop poor people from\r\n burning them down once unrest occurs about\r\n student fees? We've seen this kind of thing way too\r\noften to give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-10-11 13:51

    I guess it's a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't for the ANC. Instead of this announcement being celebrated for the purpose of releaving pressure from the existing institutions of study, creation of permanent jobs this is being seen in a negative manner. Such is the blind hatred for the ANC that dogs never stop barking at the mention of the name.

      Antipoaching - 2012-10-11 14:47

      My criticism is not born out of any "hatred" of the ANC Luvo, I work at a Tertiary institution that has to constantly run around with a begging bowl to maintain itself, fund research and offer a high quality degree programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. My objection is based on a number of issues: Where are the quality lecturer going to be found? How is the building of these universities going to be funded? (infrastructure isn't cheap); Has a feasibility study been conducted on where best these universities should be situated? Has a feasibility study been done to determine what path would best benefit the populace, new universities or better funding of existing tertiary institutions? I know the answers to a lot of these questions, the minister was advised that more funding to existing well-run and results producing Universities would be the best course of action.... instead he's building universities that will have no track record of success, are off the beaten track and difficult for students to actually get to; will be hiring junior academics (because A-rated academics want to be associated with prestigious universities).....

  • gary.guy.507 - 2012-10-11 14:02

    OMG... can u imagine with the Cadre deployment what the standard of education will be there!!

  • jan.kotze.7 - 2012-10-11 14:48

    Are we going to see more tender fraud and corruption?

  • mahlorislash - 2012-10-11 14:57

    Ja ne!!! There is no pleasing some people, they will die complaining...

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-11 16:54

    Now what? Is it easier to get text books to universities?

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