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Life at UCT slowly getting back to normal

The institution says exams are set to run from 10 to 27 November.

FILE: Last month hundreds of students at UCT protested over tuition fees. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says the institution is slowly returning to normal following weeks of students' protests.

It was one of several tertiary institutions in the country affected by the Fees Must Fall campaign.

Management at UCT has over the past few weeks been largely preoccupied with negotiating with student groups.

But it's now turned its attention back to preparing for exams.

In a statement, the institution says exams are scheduled to run from 10 to 27 November.

It remains to be seen if they will proceed without any further hitches.

In a video on UCT's web site, vice chancellor Max Price says they will continue to work hard to bring academic activities back to normal.

WITS HAPPY WITH AGREEMENT

Meanwhile, Wits University says it's relieved by an agreement reached in principle to insource workers.

Students and employees who protested last week gathered at the institution on Sunday to receive the outcome of this weekend's deliberations.

Last month, President Jacob Zuma announced a freeze on fee increases for next year.

This week, a commission will start working on feasible ways to do away with outsourcing.

The university says one proposed method includes taking in workers once their contracts with outsourced companies expire.

Deputy vice-chancellor Tawana Kupe says workers and students are equally relieved.

"They were highly excited. There was jubilation, singing and dancing. We feel good because clearly this has become a source of division and people analysed it and perceived it to be exploitation."

Meanwhile the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) says it will resume operations today following student protests last week.