”The university is committed to giving 4,000 beds to homeowners. We gave the university our lease that we give to the students, and they said they were going to make some adjustments and bring it back to us, so that`s the norm between all of us as owners, but it didn`t happen. During the past year, the tut Executive Committee has decided that only tut residences, rented accommodation and accredited residences are fully occupied, that students residing in non-accredited private accommodation will be considered for NSFAS housing allowances. Mutloane added that they had also given their lease to the university so that they could make some adjustments, he claimed that what IS DOING is unfair because they have given them feedback that only favors them. He concluded by saying that the university had forgotten its social role for the community. ”Last year there was a housing problem and we had a protest and a consensus emerged that students who do not stay in university residences and who reside with their landlords must file a lease with the university`s financial aid office and their housing allowances are released,” said Mr. Moloto. Dr Randall Carolissen, administrator of the NSFAS, said that under DHET funding policies, students living in university accommodation are entitled to the actual cost of housing calculated by the institution. ”Students who live in university-managed housing off campus and students who live in private rental housing are entitled to an accommodation allowance provided the accommodation has been accredited by the institution,” Carolissen said. The Residential Student Association collected the names of tenants who had moved into private housing from landlords to submit to TUT management at the same time as a new lease, which they claimed was fair to them and to the university. ”I believe that if TUT takes advantage of it, we must also benefit as residents of Soshanguve, but what they are doing is unfair, some of us have even borrowed to build these houses. When students move into private housing, we remain in debt. Mahlatse Moloto, chairman of the management committee at tut Soshanguve, said that students who reside in unaccredited private accommodation have not received accommodation allowances since the beginning of the academic year. Moloto said: ”I don`t know where this policy was conducted, by whom, because this policy, when it came to us, the students, we should be consulted.
University spokeswoman Willa de Ruyter said the TUT made the decision in line with the recommendations of the Ministry of Higher Education and Training (DHET). They say they have noticed a trend where students funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) are informed by SMS to pack their bags and move to other residences. ”If we stay in Soshanguve, unlike the Pretoria CBD university residences, we will buy locally and use local transport and increase the economy of the townships there.” She said the decision was communicated to each student. Vice President Wilfred Sebeta added that TUT wastes government money by transporting students from cheaper accommodation to private shelters and hiring buses to transport them. The owners – a few elderly people – have been in this business for years. They are afraid that private shelters will kill their belongings and welcome all the students. ”When they are in the news to sleep in public spaces, we are the ones who are there for them, not the university. Now that NSFAS can help them pay, they are taken away from us.