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Disruptive protests not expected as UCT prepares for 2017 academic year

The faculties of health, engineering and humanities will also complete outstanding work from last year.

UCT Fees2017 protesters march to Jameson Hall. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) management says it expects 20% of its students to sit down for deferred 2016 exams this month.

The faculties of health, engineering and humanities will also complete outstanding work from last year through a mini-semester, set to begin this week.

The academic calendar was disrupted last year as a result of nationwide protests.

UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola says: “We will have the orientation and registration taking place late in February until 10 March. This will be followed by the start of the 2017 academic programme on 13 March.”

Moholola says the university is not expecting major disruptions from protests.<!--[if gte mso 9]>

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“At UCT, we have a situation where most of the issues raised last year are being addressed and some have been addressed. This comes following an agreement between the executive and student representatives.

"We continue to uphold the right to protest lawfully and in a non-disruptive manner, while engaging with students to resolve the issues at the heart of protest."

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)