THE Durban University of Technology (DUT) Management and Student Representative Council (SRC) met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issues that were outlined in the SRC memorandum and to find a way forward following student protests which broke out on the Steve Biko campus on Monday.
Following the meeting, the SRC fully accepted management’s responses to the majority of their demands.
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Both parties have agreed that the SBux payment issues and the late registration requests required further discussion in order for all parties to reach a consensus.
A comprehensive plan of action for these issues, which seeks to find lasting solutions, was also discussed.
“All parties agreed that the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of DUT, Professor Thandwa Mthembu will engage with the Nsfas Administrator immediately to request an urgent investigation of the anomalies and discrepancies in the disbursed allowances to Nsfas funded students. He was also mandated to request that the Nsfas Administrator deploy a team of senior officials with decision-making powers to urgently visit DUT and to empower the Nsfas team to resolve issues that the DUT Financial Aid officials cannot resolve, due to the centralized Nsfas system. After his engagement with the Nsfas Administrator, Nsfas agreed that they will deploy a team that will visit DUT before the end of business day today,” said DUT’s Alan Khan.
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The University further said it wished to acknowledge and commend the SRC for the calm and professional attitude displayed in yesterday’s meeting.
It was further agreed that more engagements will be arranged in the near future to discuss other issues that the SRC had tabled in the meeting.