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witsuniversityBusinessLive reports that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has had to institute some wide-ranging cuts in its operational budget to make provision for insourcing, while also staving off a deficit.  

Vice-chancellor Adam Habib said this week that the university cut its budgets for professional and administration units 8% and for faculties 6%.  The university insourced more than 1,500 workers at the beginning of 2017, which was one of the demands of the student-led #FeesMustFall movement.  Habib confirmed that the university managed to steer clear of what would have been its first deficit in 11 years, largely by making budget cuts.  But this has had unpleasant implications for students and lecturers, who have had to do more with less.  "By making tough decisions and tightening our belts, we managed to avert a crisis," Habib said.  Student Representative Council president Kefentse Mkhari said many students did not have tutors because of the budget cuts.

  • Read this report by Michelle Gumede in full at BusinessLive


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