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People who wanted to attend the momentous meeting were not guaranteed a spot inside the Great Hall as seats were quickly taken and many had to stand in the foyer.
VC Adam Habib talking to Wits students and staff. Frank and honest.
Students questioned Habib about Wits University not being “techno savvy” and encountering huge problems with regard to wi-fi.
Habib admits that Wits has an IT infrastructure that is insufficient. A DVC of technology& IT will be appointed in charge of this
Habib admits to technological failures. He points out that not enough has been done to develop coherent systems
Habib was faced with burning questions about salaries of workers, finances and money spending.
Our VC Adam Habib answering the hard questions: supplementary exams, finances and race.
I am for the Vice Chancellor’s Equality Scholarship
Students are now handing over a petition to the VC for better services, we are fully behind it!
The town hall gathering repeatedly raised the issue of the racial imbalance of race among the staff at the university.
Questions asked about transformation amongst staff – particularly w/ hiring black staff.
Only 28% of our lecturers are black. What a shame.
A question was raised as to why is there little funding for social sciences.
Habib says they have just released R20million in funds for social science bursaries as well as research.
Habib also added that he does not have enough money to increase workers’ salaries at the moment.
However, students also brought up the issue of the VC’s house costing nine million rand to renovate. People seemed confused and upset about this issue.
9 million rands to renovate the VC’s house??? Ngoba???
The VC’s house will cost 9 million but it will be for the benefit of Wits, it will host wits functions
Sitting in at town hall meeting QnA with Wits chancellor. Good initiative.
The townhall went down well and was a huge success. Here is what some of the people tweeted after attending the meeting.
says that in fact he wants to do this four times a year not just once.
is trending in South Africa. Great turnout at the Town Hall Meeting. Definitely gave a new perspective on the university’s policy.
And that’s a wrap. Some students sing their way out of the Great Hall. Over and out
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