Fees Commission coming to Mpumalanga

The Commission looking into the possibility of free tertiary educationin South Africa will conduct its next public hearing in Mpumalanga.

Spokesman Musa Ndwandwe said the public hearing will take place at theCivic Centre in Mbombela on 22 August.

“On our program we have the Council of Higher Education and Trainingas they are the ones who advise the Minister [Blade Nzimande] on 2017fees increment, so they are the people who are quite topical at thecurrent moment and we will invite the South African Student Congress(Sasco) to make representation”, Ndwandwe said.

A week ago both the EFF and Pasma student representatives withdrewfrom the Fees Commission, citing the reasons that it was a waste oftime and a “toothless circus”.

This weekthe Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande indefinitely postponed a press conference that was scheduled to pronounce on tertiary fee adjustments for next year.

Meanwhile SASCO has threatened to shut down campuses nationwide.

Ndwandwe said the Commission invites all stakeholders to come maketheir “valued presentations, including members of the general public”.

(edited by MM)