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unisaTimesLive reports that the SA Students Congress (Sasco) and the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have joined forces to shut down the University of SA (Unisa).  

This forced potential students to abandon their applications and registrations at the university's Sunnyside campus in Pretoria on Wednesday.  The two organisations have consolidated their myriad of demands to the university‚ with Sasco saying it was practical for students to be in solidarity with the union as the workers were their parents.  Nehawu has deadlocked with Unisa management on the union’s demand for a 12% wage increase‚ with the university management offering 4.5%.  Sasco is demanding‚ among other things‚ the scrapping of students’ historic debt and the abolishment of application and registration fees.  Nehawu’s Ntsako Nombelane claimed that they had shut down all campuses of the university‚ saying the campuses would remain shut until their demands were met.  He said they were willing to settle for 9% if the university management was willing to negotiate in good faith‚ adding that the attitude of management was to stick to its 4.5% offer.

  • Read this report by Sipho Mabena in full at TimesLive

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