Announcement from Universities South Africa
On the 10th November 2017, the Universities South Africa announced that South African students should expect a fee increase of 8% across the sector with who will be funding the predicted increase, state or by students themselves
Universities South Africa CEO Professor Ahmed Bawa stated, “We have actually taken a sector-wide approach to indicate that universities would need an 8% fee increase simply as a starting point to balance budgets,” Bawa said. “Universities will simply not be able to carry another 0% fee increase.”
Bawa expressed concern over the delay in releasing the Fees Commission report, saying it places universities at “severe financial risk”. Universities are ‘technically’ not supposed to wait for report. The President received the report late August 2017 and has been “studying” it ever since.
The following universities have been waiting for the release before making any fee announcement:
- The University of Pretoria (UP)
- University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
- Walter Sisulu University
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
- University of Cape Town (UCT)
However, Stellenbosch University, the University of the Free State (UFS) and Free State’s Central University of Technology (CUT) have announced a “preliminary” fee increase of 8%. “Universities cannot enter the 2018 financial year without some indication of what their budget will be,” Bawa said.
He said universities were technically not required to wait until the report was released to make fee announcements.