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NWU staff told restructuring may result in job cuts

The university says it’s too early to determine how many posts will be affected by the process.

Banners hang at the University of Northwest campus. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The North West University says it's implemented a restructuring programme and can't rule out the possibility of job losses.

The university's Mafikeng campus was hit hard by the recent Fees Must Fall protests, which saw a science building being torched and the campus closed for over a month.

But management says its restructuring programme is not the result of the violent demonstrations.

North West University spokesperson Louis Jacobs says all staff members have been notified of restructuring and its potential implication for jobs.

"This whole process of restructuring can potentially affect some individual positions, levels of responsibility, as well as reporting structures; because one cannot avoid the possibility of a limited number of post reductions, we have to adhere to this process also."

He says the university remains in a sound financial position despite President Jacob Zuma's decision not to hike fees at tertiary institutions this year.

"We have to keep an eye on our financial positions, but it's definitely not the reason or the motive behind what has happened."

Jacobs says it's too early to determine how many posts will be affected by the restructuring process.