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No date set for fees shortfall announcement

Officials say it’s up to the president to announce how to make up the shortfall in university revenue.

FILE: Government has to find around R2,7 billion to make up the shortfall that will be created by a freeze on tuition fee increases for 2016. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister Blade Nzimande's office says it will be up to President Jacob Zuma to announce how to make up the shortfall in university revenue for next year.

Government has to find around R2,7 billion to make up the shortfall that will be created by a freeze on tuition fee increases for 2016.

The decision came in the wake of widespread student demonstrations.

WATCH: The day fees 'fell'

The higher education minister told MPs this week that his department was considering all options to fill the gap.

His spokesperson, Khaye Nkwanyana, says a meeting was held yesterday to discuss plans.

"There was a meeting on Thursday between the director general of the presidency and the director general of higher education and training, and that of the treasury with their respective CFOs, working out the details of the financing for the no fee increase."

It's unclear when the president will make an announcement.

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