Student fees protest at Wits
The media have covered many of the angles in this story. Here are a few:
- Whose fees won’t rise?
- Intimidation by a violent minority
- Save our post-school education and training sector
- Is free education possible?
The Department of Higher Education and Training has produced graphics explaining government’s fee support.
Student financial support at Wits
“Wits University and our student body are extremely grateful for the generous support that is provided by the current diverse funding base,” says Peter Bezuidenhoudt, Director: Development and Fundraising.
More than 20 000 of Wits’ 35 000 students receive some form of external financial support totalling more than R900-million.
“During 2015, more than 100 South African corporate and corporate foundation donors and 300 human resource pipeline sponsors invested more than R400-million in University projects and student bursaries and scholarships. Similarly, 80 local and 20 international philanthropic foundations donated more than R100-million to deserving projects in the University and more than 1000 individual donors donated amounts ranging from R15-million through to monthly donations of R100. More than 30% of our donor income came from the United States and the United Kingdom.
“A strong indication of our strong public support is that 2016 year-to-date donations into the University are higher than this time in 2015. We are committed to growing this support and engaging with existing and potential funders to continue to increase the amount of investment into the University.”
The University has received many letters from concerned students, staff and parents. The University has responded and encouraged more Witsies to make their voices heard publicly or to email firstname.lastname@example.org.