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graduate thumb100 City Press reports that most South African universities are still outsourcing their cleaning, gardening, security and catering services despite calls and protests by students since 2015 to end the exploitative practice.  

A September parliamentary report reveals that “all universities” were contacted by Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor to advise whether they were insourcing or outsourcing their services.  No responses” were received from UKZN, Rhodes University, Wits, Fort Hare, Free State and CPUT.  According to the report, only the University of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela University and University of Pretoria indicated that they were insourcing all services, while the University of Venda said that it was only outsourcing student catering.  According to a CPUT spokesperson, they were was insourcing all staff except caterers.  Tensions ran high at Wits the week before last as workers protested against allegations of continued outsourcing.  But this was disputed by Nehawu’s Wits branch secretary, who said the issue concerned 35 relief workers who were not among those insourced and that Wits agreed last week to absorb the workers.  A Wits spokesperson said the university committed to and has completed the in-sourcing of all workers who met the qualifying criteria that was agreed to.  This report goes on to indicate responses received by City Press from several other universities.  The newspaper got no word from 24 of the country’s tertiary institutions.

  • Read Msindisi Fengu’s report on this matter in full at City Press

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