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The need to address the funding crunch, the resultant need for substantial financial aid particularly for students from poor and the so-called “missing middle” families, which has in turn inspired the local and national “free higher education” campaign, has been under intense discussion country-wide

This saw a meeting on Saturday, initially billed for students, parents and community members but later converted into a student body meeting, committing to a process of ongoing dialogue with a view to collectively arriving at workable solutions.
Earlier in the past week, a group of concerned NMMU academic and professional and support staff, as well as students, met to deliberate on the same issues and committed to create spaces to enable constructive debate of the local and national issues confronting us.
On Monday (3 October 2016), students will hold a mass meeting to continue their deliberations on the campaign for “free higher education”, and on whether to resume the academic activities or continue the shutdown.
Management, which supports the establishment of a “free higher education system for the poor”, is of the view that all should be done to get the current sector funding crunch addressed, and is supportive of efforts by staff, students and community members, directed at the resolution of the funding challenges.
In the context and spirit of the above, the Acting DVC: Institutional Support Lebogang Hashatse has agreed to support the student assembly by allowing shuttles to ferry students to campus.
Communication and Stakeholder Liaison

Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057