By matshidiso makhalanyane SRC is avoiding the fact that the University is shutting its doors on 4,000 students who cannot afford their tuition fees. The SRC is trying their best to buy time and the university is about to extend deregistration date to the 4th of April. “No big sponsors had come on board to help the students.” SRC President, Lindokuhle Ntuli. “We hope that we will be able to raise the R10 million.” he said. “It has been 22 years since democracy and it would be disheartening to see the thousands of students going home because they are unable to afford tuition. Registration fee of 4000 students was covered last year through R1.2 million which was raised by SRC but what is difficult is keeping them in the system. The SRC asked the entertainment department to assist them by fund-raising through hosting music festival, gala dinner and golf day. Musicians like HHP, Thandiswa Mazwai, DJ Leminka and Mo`molemi are going to be performing at the festival. Student representatives at Witwatersrand and Johannesburg have managed to save thousands of students from being excluded in the 2016 academic year. UJ has trust fund which helps less fortunate students. It was founded by students. The trust had R22 million at the beginning of the year and now standing on R32 million which is to play accommodation and fees for 5000.   Photo courtesy of: Times LIVE  

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