New universities to open in 2014

"Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN – Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Thursday said two new universities will be ready for their first intakes in 2014.

He said R300 million was set aside for the preparation process.

Environmental impact assessments are currently underway.

The universities will be built in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, with construction expected to start in early 2013.

Nzimande said by 2013, university enrolments must increase to 1,5 million students.

He said the immediate priority is the acquisition of state-owned land, on which the two new universities will be built.

The one in Mpumalanga will accommodate 15,000 students, while the Northern Cape campus will take in 5,000.

Meanwhile, Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has urged students to register on time for university.

The department wants to prevent a repeat of January’s stampede at the University of Johannesburg.

A 48-year-old woman was crushed to death when prospective students stormed the entrance during late application process.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)