1. Payment of 2018 NSFAS Allowances to students
Management confirms that the University successfully effected the payment of all 2018 outstanding NSFAS allowances today, 18 February 2019. We are aware that some student’s banking details were incorrect and as such the transactions couldn’t go through. Affected students are requested to contact Financial Aid Office with the correct banking details.
2. 2019 NSFAS Allowances
Management is committed to process 2019 NSFAS allowances this week. If there are no disturbances on Campus, the payment of 2019 allowances would commence on Friday 22 February 2019 and the process is anticipated to be completed by Wednesday 27 February 2019 as originally agreed with student leadership.
3. Safety and Security for students
The University Management learned with shock this morning about the robbery and rape incidents which took place at Marude High School residence on Friday 15 February 2019. Management engaged with SAPS and learned that the victims of this particular criminal incident are not UNIVEN students, but learners at Marude High School and some nearby schools. Despite them being non UNIVEN students, the University Management is concerned about the safety of its students and members of the surrounding communities. Management is committed to continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure safety and security on and around the Campus. The University already provides transport to accredited off Campus residences and Management is willing to work with students to find transport solution for students residing in the non-accredited off campus residences.
4. Registration of Postgraduate students
All South African postgraduate students with outstanding debt will be allowed to register without paying upfront fees, provided that their outstanding debt is below a threshold of R50 000.00 (fifty thousand Rands) and provided that they sign and submit an acknowledgement of debt form. The deadline of 1 March 2019, for the first payment towards 2019 fees, will be extended and a new schedule for payments will be communicated in due course.
International postgraduate students have to declare that they have sufficient funding for their studies and accommodation in South Africa when applying for a study permit from the South African Home Affairs Department. Students who obtain study permits without having the necessary funding in place for their studies make themselves guilty of fraud and this cannot be condoned. However, the University will investigate means to assist continuing international postgraduate students to complete their degrees at Univen.
5. Completion of student residences under construction
Management remains committed to complete all the residences under construction as per the original timeframe. Due to various unforeseen circumstances, including heavy rains in the area and student protests, we are reassessing the completion dates and should be able to communicate the accurate timeframe. At this moment, Management is still hopeful that two residences should be ready for occupation by March 2019 should there be no further disturbances.
Dr NB Nthambeleni
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
18 February 2019