Landlords Can't Afford To Have Students Back

In a conversation on Radio 702 with Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Buti Manamela, a landlord expressed his grievances with the slow return of students to residences and what challenges landlords are having with being ready.

As Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, engaged with the Radio 702 presenter, a landlord spoke up about the challenges landlords are having in getting residences ready for students. 

The Department of Higher Education (DHET) is in conversations with landlords about students on off-campus residences.

Landlords feel ignored by Government. They are saying they are not able to cater for the return of tens of thousands of students to off-campus residences. 

The question of 'how are they going to afford to accommodate students' when they have received no communication from Government, or funding, to follow protocols or which protocols to follow such as disinfecting premises. Other things such as WiFi, electricity and water have not been paid for the last three months and landlords cannot afford to pay them. 

Some students are returning to residences this week but this return will be to residences that aren't ready. 

Manamela has said that the Department has encouraged institutions to communicate with landlords and that Government has been engaging with private accommodation providers. 

When the landlord expressed his disappointment in the Department and his reasons why, Manamela's curiosity was peaked and was interested to hear further details. 

The Department is said to be receiving a report on student accommodation from relevant stakeholders tomorrow.


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