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Statement from Wits University in response to Minister's announcement on 2017 fee increment

- Wits University

The University of the Witwatersrand notes the announcement made by Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training today.

 The Minister recommend that universities implement a maximum increase of 8%, but the state will subsidise for all those with a family income less than R600 000 per annum. The University will analyse the recommendations and will consult with relevant University stakeholders before making recommendations to Council.

 The academic programme and all University activities continue as planned. Additional security has been brought onto campus and the police are on standby. We remind all colleagues and students that an interdict remains in place to protect staff, students and University property.

We respect the rights of those who may wish to protest around these issues, provided that it does not infringe on the rights of those who wish to learn and work. All protests should be undertaken in line with the University's rules and the rights and responsibilities of all, as outlined in our Constitution. 

Please report any disruptions or incidents to Campus Control on (011) 717-4444 or (011) 717-6666. We urge members of the Wits community to engage in thoughtful and meaningful ways on these important issues.