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UJ signs agreement to end outsourcing

Deputy Vice Chancellor Mpho Letlape says an insourcing task team has now been set up.

Students, parents and workers from the University of Johannesburg gather outside the court singing and dancing as they wait for missing dockets to be found, which will allow for court proceedings to eventually start on 9 November 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has signed an agreement to end outsourcing at the institution.

The deal has been reached after weeks of demonstrations by students and workers calling for UJ to stop outsourcing.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Mpho Letlape says an insourcing task team has now been set up.

"We will have finished these cases by no later than 30 June 2017, but we will not renew any of the outsourced service contracts that are currently running."

Letlape says the last contract with one of the outsourced companies expires in 2018.

"In the interim, just to bring relief to the workers, they will receive an additional monthly allowance of R1,000, effective January next year."

She adds workers will receive an additional R2,500 allowance in December.

Meanwhile, in the Western Cape, dozens of workers and students at Stellenbosch University protested for an end to outsourcing.

This led to a clash with police, who fired rubber bullets.

Two campus vehicles were among the objects set alight today and it's understood 11 students and four workers were arrested.

Eight appeared in court this morning where they were granted bail of a R1,000 each.