Deputy Minister Of Higher Education And Training, Buti Manamela visits University Of Fort Hare

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On Tuesday 29th January, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Honourable Buti Manamela, visited the University of Fort Hare. The Deputy Minister had a two-pronged session with both the university management and stakeholders at the historic Phyllis Ntantala Collaborative Library.  The visit was a default exercise which the DHET does as part and parcel of ensuring oversight and accountability regarding registration and admission processes each year.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu and his senior management team briefed the Deputy Minister on the ongoing admission and registration processes at Fort Hare. Additionally, the Deputy Minister met with the SRC and the labour unions in an endeavour to corroborate but also to hear what their assessment is about the registration and admissions processes. This session was held jointly with management.

Such issues as student residences, infrastructure, healthcare facilities, transport and disability friendly infrastructure were raised particularly by the SRC as having an undesired effect on the two processes.  In general, Deputy Minister Manamela appreciated how the university is responding to the different challenges and committed his department to ongoing support of the University of Fort Hare. In closing the session, Honourable Manamela encouraged internal engagement and joint problem solving.