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Nz­i­mande this week met with vicechan­cel­lors and mem­bers of stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cils about a way for­ward. But stu­dents told City Press they did not think the minster had a sense of ur­gency; they said he seemed clue­less about what progress the pres­i­den­tial com­mis­sion on fund­ing for higher ed­u­ca­tion was mak­ing, if any at all.

There has been rel­a­tively min­i­mal protest ac­tion in the past few months, but some stu­dents say in light of dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings, there is a chance that they will re­turn with a vengeance once the sec­ond se­mes­ter gets un­der way.

The depart­ment is in the process of in­ves­ti­gat­ing which uni­ver­si­ties will be lodg­ing in­sur­ance claims to cover some of the costs of the dam­age.

The depart­ment has con­trib­uted R40.496 mil­lion to­wards re­pair­ing dam­age at five his­tor­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged uni­ver­si­ties. • Univer­sity of Fort Hare – R8 mil­lion • Zu­l­u­land – R4.5 mil­lion • Western Cape – R25.858 mil­lion • Wal­ter Sisulu – R351.287 • Lim­popo – R1.786 mil­lion Four uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing KwaZu­luNatal, Lim­popo, Tsh­wane and Western Cape, have thus far lodged claims with in­sur­ers es­ti­mated at R106.917 mil­lion. In­sur­ers have to date paid out R28.227 mil­lion.

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