PRETORIA PROVIDES EXTRA 1.1 BILLION RAND TO BUILD MORE ACCOMODATION FOR STUDENTS

PRETORIA– The South African government has allocated a further 1.1 billion Rand (about 93 million US dollars) to build additional accommodation for students at 17 institutions of higher learning across the country, says Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor,

The funds, which have been allocated from the Infrastructure and Efficiency Grant, are in addition to 1.0 billion Rand released to 14 universities for student housing in March 2017. “As a result of this significant government investment, all universities are either busy constructing student housing or have funds to start new construction projects in 2018, Pandor said Tuesday.

In addition, the department is working with some institutions to facilitate options to build on a larger scale over a longer period through the Student Housing Infrastructure Programme (SHIP), she added.

Pandor said the department recognized the need to provide sufficient, dignified and affordable student accommodation across the higher education sector, as raised by students on number of occasions and the government would continue to invest in accelerating the construction of affordable student accommodation.

The huge investment we are making in living and learning environments that are supportive of student success, is a clear indication of our commitment, said Pandor, who called on students to express their activism by respecting and maintaining the existing facilities and accommodation while legitimately lobbying for improved accommodation.

The government has invested a total of more than 16 billion Rand over the past 13 years in the development and building of student accommodation, as well as establishing the two new universities in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape provinces.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK