Shutdown At TUT Ends After Issues Were Resolved

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Classes at the Tshwane Universivity of Technology (TUT) continues today after the issues between the student bodies and management were resolved.

Last week the Campus was filled with hundreds of students protesting against the student’s disapproval of TUT’s new bus schedule and insufficient accommodation for students who needed places to live as it resulted to a total shutdown.

The march was led by united student representative bodies such as the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC), South African Students Congress (Sasco), DA Student Organisation (Daso) and Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma), in demand that the management to resolve their issues.

First year students used the nearby Stadium as a second option to sleep as of them found themselves sharing backrooms, while the institution has a residence that has been under construction since year 2013.

According to the issue that was resolved on Thursday by the maagment and the student representatives, the accommodation which is currently in progress in terms of renovation, will be completed by the end of February for the 1st Year students.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter has revealed that, the Block K is currently being renovated and alternative transportation arrangements will be organised to affected students.

“Cleaning of bathrooms and the renovation of bathrooms will be completed by the end of the month in identified wings.”

According to De Ruyter, some students were frustrated and angry about the new bus timetable that travels at two-hour intervals, instead of the usual hourly departures that has been creating longer queues and result in students arriving late for class.

The university will revert back to the 2017 bus timetables as an interim arrangement.

”Consultation with the contractors will be undertaken to obtain a full picture of student transport provision”. De Ruyter added