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ALLOWANCES PAID, UNESWA CLOSED

By Bongiwe Dlamini and Bongumusa Simelane | 2019-11-08

THE lengthy wait for their allowances is over, as some students started receiving their two-month pay yesterday.

The first group of students from both the University of Eswatini and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology received the long awaited incontact notifications on their cellphones at around lunchtime.

Although this was good news for most scholars, the University of Eswatini students were filled with mixed emotions, as this was around the same time that the institution’s Senate had issued a memorandum notifying them of the university’s immediate closure.

The memo stated that due to disruptions to normal operations of the university, which compromised the safety of staff members, students and the institution’s property, the Senate resolved to close the institution with immediate effect.

The students were also informed that the institution would be closed until further notice.

Information gathered was to the effect that the university's closure came a day before the students officially went on a week-long study break.

The memo further stated that the students were to vacate the three campuses premises by 3pm yesterday.

However, students fro the institute of distance education (IDE) and Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (IPGS) departments would be allowed to continue with classes.

Furthermore, the memo stated that the university, will in future, implement a punitive policy should students decide to boycott or disturb classes.

The disbursement of the September and October allowances, fixed at E3 380 to the students was preceded by a memorandum by the Minister of Labour and Social Security Makhosi Vilakati, which informed all relevant stakeholders that the money was available.

The memo stated that students who still experienced challenges should verify if their account numbers were still active with their respective banks, as information gathered was that some of the bank accounts were inactive. “The ministry would like to thank all stakeholders that were involved in making this a timely project. Assurance is given by the ministry that its mandate is primarily for the best interest of students, stakeholders and the entire nation,” the statement read.

“We remain committed to serving all stakeholders involved in providing service and ensuring necessary support for all students,” it continued.

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