Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has addressed immediate issues and is addressing a wide-range of medium to long-term issues raised by the SRC and various student groupings at the institution.
Furthermore, the University is actively engaged in resolving the unprotected strike by its new protection service employees in order to restore normalcy on its Port Elizabeth campuses as soon as possible.
Yesterday’s protest and strike was unexpected at the start of the second semester, and the University immediately engaged the various parties to seek solutions.
As a result of the various student demands relating to access, concessions, finance and accommodation challenges, NMMU can assure that the following has already been undertaken:
The University is confident that the various outstanding student issues can be resolved as discussions are ongoing. Its main concern at present lies with the unprotected strike, since the safety and security of staff and students remains paramount.
It is presently engaged with unions and worker representatives to resolve these issues.
The NMMU Council made a decision in November 2015 to reintegrate its outsourced workers for ethical reasons. We have pursued this course in good faith ensuring that our new employees are better off than they were before joining us.
NMMU is not in favour of postponing examinations again. Students have spent time, effort and personal resources to attend these examinations. They were initially postponed because of a province-wide taxi and public transport strike on 10 June.
Some 4 200 students are due to write exams at 4.30pm today and tomorrow. Given the circumstances, management has put the following arrangements in place:
However, the safety of staff, students and property remains our priority. Between 1pm and 2pm NMMU will issue a statement around safety on campus.
Once again, we apologise for the inconvenience caused. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.
Communication and Stakeholder Liaison
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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