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Mahlatse Ramatseba

Unisa's top staff take R10m bonus cut to fund students #FEES MUST FALL

Unisa's top staff take R10m bonus cut to fund students #FEES MUST FALL
Unisa's top staff take R10m bonus cut to fund students #FEES MUST FALL


Unisa’s vice-chancellor Makhanya said the contribution by his management team was in recognition of “the importance of education in the growth and development of our country”. (Delwyn Verasamy)

While several universities experience growing campus unrest over demands for free higher education, senior administrators at Unisa are donating half of their bonuses to assist students in need.

Unisa’s vice-chancellor, Professor Mandla Makhanya, as well as his registrar, seven vice-principals and five executive and deputy executive deans will contribute a total of R10-million towards the institution’s bursary fund.

The money will be used to top up the university’s existing contribution of R74.1-million that funded 4 555 undergraduate and postgraduate students this year.

A further 13 667 students received funding of almost R226-million from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). But at least 8 392 applicants, who qualified for NSFAS funding in the second semester, could not be assisted.

For the first time, Unisa wrote off almost R60-million in bad debts because of students’ inability to pay fees.

“We are trying to also be sensitive to this reality.

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