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UCT set to reopen doors today

Student protests against looming fee hikes brought the academic programme to an abrupt halt.

FILE: Students at the University of Cape Town demonstrate in support of the resumption of lecture and academic activity. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to reopen its doors today after a two-week shut down.

Student protests against looming fee hikes brought the academic programme to an abrupt halt.

UCT vice-chancellor Max Price has urged all students and staff to assist in a peaceful reopening today.

"If we cannot reopen on 3 October, we will have to have exams on weekends and we will lose study days. If it goes beyond a week or so, we will not be able to complete the academic year."

Academic activities at Rhodes University are expected to continue following an alleged arson attack over the weekend.

Police captain Mali Govender says an investigation is underway. "We are investigating a case of arson and damage to infrastructure."

Protesting students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology have given management until today to meet a list of demands.

Despite a widely spread online message calling for a shutdown, the institution has confirmed that classes will go ahead.