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. “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. 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. “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. 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. The Residential Student Association has collected names of tenants who have moved into private landlords` homes to submit to TUT management, along with a new lease that they consider fair to them and to the university. “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 would make some adjustments and bring them back to us so that it would be standard between all of us as owners, but that did not happen. Over the past year, the TUT Board of Directors has decided that residential, rental and TUT-accredited housing will only be fully occupied if students residing in non-accredited private housing will be considered for NSFAS accommodation allowances. He said people should be aware that universities were not in the housing subsidy business. “Imagine how many other students could be helped with this money.