Maties management updates Parliament on transformation efforts

A parliamentary committee is being briefed on various issues, including transformation and funding.

FILE: Members of Sasco march towards Stellenbosch University's campus to deliver a memorandum on transformation during a protest. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN"

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's higher education and training portfolio committee is being briefed by management at Stellenbosch University on various issues, including transformation and funding.

This follows a meeting last year where the committee members grilled management after a video, depicting alleged racism at the institution, went viral.

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After that meeting, officials took steps to address some of the issues, including reviewing its contentious language policy.

Vice-rector of social impact and transformation Nico Koopman has told the committee that management is committed to ensuring students and staff adhere to the principles of inclusivity and diversity. Koopman admits it has been a long and difficult process.

Vice-chancellor Wim de Villiers has revealed there's been an increase since 2013 in the number of English home language students.

The latest figures show that of the almost 30,000 students who attend Maties, 45 percent are English-speaking, while 42 percent speak Afrikaans at home.

White students make up 62 percent of the student population, while coloured, black and Indian students make up 38 percent.