Pandor hails 'significant investment' in university infrastructure


Education Minister Naledi Pandor has announced what she terms a "significant investment" in higher education infrastructure at public universities. She was speaking in parliament before a lively debate about her Department's budget for the year ahead.

"It is a long time since we have been able to make such a significant investment in infrastructure development in higher education," the Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor said today.

In the far north of the country, the University of Venda will receive R207 million to refurbish student residences and teaching facilities. In the near future, all the students at the University of Venda will be able to attend lectures without overflowing into corridors.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) will receive R200 million. Along with matching funds from an international donor, this will enable UWC to realise its plans for a new biological sciences building, which will radically change the face of the university.

The University of Johannesburg plans to utilise R300 million to revitalise its Soweto campus, which was a campus of the former Vista university.

Similarly, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will be using its funding to upgrade the former Vista campus in Port Elizabeth. The Tshwane University of Technology has already begun work on renewing its student residences.