Mutloane added that they had also given the university its lease so that it could make some adjustments, saying that what TUT was doing was unfair because they had given them returns that only benefited them. He concluded by saying that the university had now forgotten its social role for the community. Nick Motsatse, CEO of the company, said: “The Soshanguve campus has only been able to accommodate 8,000 students. Through this venture, we will be able to house 4,000 students in private single-use properties and we will help the owners finance it so that their small place is conducive to welcoming students that the university will recover later. About 24,000 students will then be accommodated in our accredited accommodation and 6,900 will be housed in the rented premises. “We have a policy that our service providers should require with a standardized lease that our students sign. It was also agreed that students should not be charged more than the rates paid by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). “We used NSFAS as a reference for student housing,” Motsatse said. In accordance with DHET guidelines/guidelines published on January 25, 2019, eligible NSFA students living in private housing are eligible for housing assistance. In order for students to benefit from a lease agreement signed with this form, you must be submitted to the Campus Financial Aid Office (FAO). “Last year there was a housing problem and we protested, and a consensus was reached that students who are not staying in university residences and who reside with their owners are forced to file a lease with the university tax authorities and release their accommodation allowances,” Moloto said.
Dr Randall Carolissen, administrator of the NSFAS, stated that students living in university institutions are eligible for the actual accommodation fees charged by the institution, in accordance with the DHET guidelines. “Students who live in university housing off-campus and students living in private rental housing receive an accommodation allowance provided the accommodation has been accredited by the institution,” Carolissen said.