Govt to transfer 80 percent of university fee contribution in January

The funding allocation will be made up of contributions from universities and the national budget.

Students shout slogans outside the African National Congress ruling party (ANC) headquarters, on October 22 2015, in Johannesburg during a demonstration against university fee hikes. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Following the allocation of R2.3 billion towards a zero percent university fee increase next year, government says it will transfer more than 80 percent of its contribution to universities next month.

The funding allocation, which is meant to address the shortfall of a scrapped fee increment, will be made up of contributions from universities and the national budget.

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma announced that short-term solutions towards achieving the zero percent fee increase are being implemented.

Today, the president gave a Reconciliation Day address at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

He says the way students of all races marched for free higher education in October was an example of the non-racial society South Africa needs.

"We congratulate our youth as they clearly took forward the country's tradition of non-racial struggle and of being a united South Africa."