Classes resume at Durban University of Technology

Monday, February 9, 2009
By: 
Gabi Khumalo

Durban - Lectures have resumed at the Durban University of Technology following management and staff unions reaching an agreement over salaries.

Staff downed tools last week after wage negotiations with management deadlocked, students also embarked on protests complaining about shortage of accommodation.

DUT spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said the two parties have agreed to increase salaries by 10.5 percent across the board to all permanent staff with effect from 1 January 2009.

"In addition all staff will also receive a once-off non-pensionable bonus, the parties further committed themselves to concluding a three-year salary agreement for the years 2010 to 2012," Ms Mbadi said.

She said the negotiations to finalise the three-year agreement will commence and be concluded by no later than 30 March 2009, adding that management was delighted that a salary dispute has finally been resolved and settled by all parties concerned.

Regarding the accommodation concerns raised by students, Ms Mbadi said management was hopeful that the meeting with the Student Representative Council would resolve some of the issues raised.

Meanwhile, classes at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) have also resumed on Monday with registration date being extended for late registration without penalty until Friday.

The university extended the registration date as a result of a strike by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the National Union of Tertiary Employees of South Africa (Nutesa) over salary dispute.

University's spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said students who were prevented from registering due to the strike should attend classes and ensure that they are registered before 13 February 2009.

"The university urges all students to ensure that they finalise their registrations by no later than the new registration closing date, students who are registering for semester subjects should ensure that they register now for both first- and second-semester subjects," she said.

The strike resulted in the disruption of the registration process at various TUT campuses including Pretoria, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve, Witbank and Polokwane.

Ms de Ruyter added that other students, who have completed their national diplomas successfully and wish to register for B Tech degree studies, should first apply for admission.

She said new B Tech registration was only possible after a student had successfully applied and had been selected for a course of his or her choice.

"It is only after selection that new B Tech students will be able to register through any of the available TUT registration options.

"For their own convenience, students can register at www.tut.ac.za, then click on Enrolment 2009 and select Online Registration, before registering online," she said.

To register online, students will need a Pin Code, indicated on the January 2009 registration letter, students who have forgotten their Pin Codes can contact (012) 382-5523 for assistance.

Students who are unable to register online can still follow the normal registration process or use the self-help stations at the various TUT campuses.

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