September 23, 2016 by Student 24/7 Blog
Activities on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) will resume as normal on Monday 26 September 2016. Staff members are requested to report for their duties and students to classes on Monday.
Consultation process relating to 2017 fees increment to commence
The NWU Council held a meeting on Thursday 22 September 2016, and gave management the mandate to start the process of consulting with the various stakeholders of the university in relation to the proposed fee adjustment for 2017. This decision is in line with the recommendations of the Minister of Higher Education and Training (DHET), that universities should consider a fee increment for 2017 and that the increment should not be higher than 8%. The Minister also announced that students qualifying for NSFAS and the so-called “missing middle” will not experience any fee increment in 2017. This means that students from households with an annual income of less than R600 000 will not be affected by fee increases during the 2017 academic year. The Minister emphasised that there are a number of students from upper middle class and well-off families, as well as students on full company bursaries in universities who can afford to pay the proposed adjusted fees for 2017, and he expects them to continue to do so.
To kick start this process, a consultation meeting has been scheduled for Monday 26 September 2016 with all CSRC members from the three campuses of the North-West University. The Vaal Triangle Campus’s CSRC will also be in attendance. As a result of this development, the anticipated mass meeting for the coming Monday (26 September) on the Vaal Triangle Campus – to hand over a memorandum of grievances to management, will no longer take place.
Call for stability on the NWU Vaal Triangle Campus
Management wishes to reiterate its message to the campus community that it remains committed to creating a safe and conducive environment for both staff and students in which academic excellence can flourish.
As a result of the student protest action that took place on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 on campus, Management applied for an urgent Court Interdict. The Court Order was granted on Thursday, 22 September 2016.
The Court Order amongst others, prohibits any illegal protest or picketing, intimidation of non-protesting students and staff, damage to property and/or the disruption of normal operations at the NWU Vaal Triangle Campus. Management acknowledges the rights of students to engage in a protected and peaceful protest and call upon students to do so in accordance with the NWU Policy on Gatherings, Demonstrations and Picketing; and to respect the rights of all students and staff on campus.
Management remains open to any dialogue to address concerns of students.
Please continue to follow us on the official NWU Vaal Facebook Page for further developments on the Campus.