Government Pushes to Increase Critically-Needed Student Accommodation at Universities and Colleges
The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande says the government is making a major push to ensure much greater availability of decent, affordable student accommodation at the country’s public universities and colleges.
Speaking today after answering a question on student housing from the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the National Assembly, Minister Nzimande said DHET was seized with this initiative because the government realised that empowering young people for the future with knowledge and skills had a much greater chance of success if they had a decent, safe, affordable and accessible place to live while studying.
“The challenges faced by tertiary institutions in providing lodgings for as many of their needy students as possible is an immediate result of the government’s successes in recent years in expanding access to post-school education.
“It is a simple matter of logic therefore that if we want these young people to realise their potential and contribute to the growth of our economy, we must assist them with housing while they are studying,” he said.
“It is in this regard that in July last year we once again brought together students, universities, colleges, banks, pension funds and other long-term investors such as development finance institutions to thrash out a way forward.
“Our aim is to see accommodation for 300 000 students built in the next 10 years,” Minister Nzimande added � adding that the total number of available beds at public universities stood at 115 040 in 2016.
Source: Government of South Africa