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newsSunday Independent reports that revelations that Capricorn TVET College student Precious Ramabulana’s killer gained access to her room through a window with a dysfunctional lock to the room she was renting in a Limpopo village has once again cast the spotlight on accommodation for students at institutions of higher learning in rural areas.  

Ramabulana, who was buried on Friday, was killed by an intruder who allegedly stabbed her 52 times in the early hours of last Monday.  A 28-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday morning in a village outside Polokwane, and is expected to appear in court soon.  Wendy Matshela, SRC chairperson at the Capricorn TVET College, said that accommodation for students in the village was generally poor.  The campus itself does not have accommodation facilities.  As a result, students rent rooms from homesteads around the Botlokwa area, paying between R500 and R1,000 a month.  SRC president Robert Bopape called on the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology to allocate resources to TVET colleges in the same way as it did at universities when it came to the safety of students.  He said the department must help to build accommodation facilities for students.  “Stop taking universities more seriously than TVET.  We are more than 50 colleges in this country.  We are more than universities.  We need infrastructure.  TVET colleges, it is these same centres that will produce engineers.  It is these same centres that will produce future artisans,” he said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lucas Ledwaba at Sunday Independent

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