Maties staff to be given extra counselling amid fees protests

The university says the on-going protest action has undoubtedly had an impact on the well-being of its staff.

Protesting Stellenbosch University students say they're going to shut down campus on 23 September 2016, because they say management isn't taking them seriously. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says it plans to provide extra counselling to staff members who have been affected by the recent demonstrations on campus.

The institutions vice chancellor Wim de Villiers says the on-going protest action in the higher education sector has undoubtedly had an impact on their well-being.

Professional counsellors will be made available to staff members until the end of the year.

De Villiers says the security change and routine instability may have led to anxiety and trauma.

The university says security will remain on campus to ensure the academic year is completed with minimal disruptions.

Spokesperson Martin Viljoen says, "In order to provide staff members with an accessible and confidential point of entry, where they can be assisted by professional counsellors, management decided to expand the current wellness services for this purpose - this is of course apart from the normal counselling services at the university - and to students as well."

Meanwhile, the University of Cape Town (UCT) says it will resume academic activities on Monday, despite protesting students vowing to continue demonstrations on campus.

Yesterday there was a tense stand-off between students -police and vice chancellor Max Price in front of the administration building.

Students called for the release of their leader Masixole Mlandu, who was arrested last week, and is facing a variety of charges including malicious damage to property and contravening a court order.

Price's response was not taken well and as he tried to leave a mini scuffle ensued. Police had to intervene by using stun grenades to disperse the group.

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The university's Elijah Moholola says classes will go ahead on Monday.

"UCT will resume academic activities on Monday, 17 October 2016. Teaching and learning will resume through a variety of approaches which include blended learning. The precise combination will vary by faculty and discipline, and will be communicated to students by the faculties and departments shortly."

This comes as classes at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and at the University of the Western Cape will remain suspended next week.