Higher education institutions urged to cut costs to ensure sustainability

Chairperson of the social development cluster, Minister Bathabile Dlamini, says that some institutions may experience a shortfall in income next year.

FILE: Wits University banners in a hall. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Higher Education and Training says while its noted decisions by some universities to raise their fees within the 8% adjustment for 2017, it has urged universities to implement cost cutting measures to ensure sustainability.

The social protection, community and human development clusters held a briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

Chair of the social cluster, Bathabile Dlamini, says the department has calculated that some institutions may experience a shortfall in income next year.

“All affected institutions are faced with the task of implementing cost cutting measures to ensure their sustainability. This is an interim measure.”

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In September, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities will be free to implement their own fee increases for 2017, but with a cap of 8%, which led to nationwide protests.

So far, the universities of Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch have increased their fees to 8% next year.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)