DUT STAFF STRIKE DELAYS ACADEMIC LECTURES
Written by: Shanice Pillay
Students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) are feeling the pinch of the strike as operations of the university are almost at a standstill following the ongoing staff strike.
Though the university has made provisions for online registration and also got casual workers to assist with on-campus registration, students lament the inconveniences they have faced in various departments.
Graphic design student, Devani Pillay, cannot settle fees to proceed with registration as cashiers and finance administrators are on strike. Even though students have been urged to deposit their fees through a bank, they have to wait for four days before payments reflect. Administrators at the finance department are still needed to clear students’ debt so they can register.
Another student, Thandazile Mchunu, who has to register for Financial Information System says she has been travelling from Ngwelezane in Empangeni, northern KwaZulu-Natal hoping the strike would come to an end so she would be able to sort out her administrative challenges.
“Travelling all the way from Ngwelezane is expensive. I don’t have money to travel every day and it is dangerous for me because I don’t know anyone here. I would wake up really early and leave late just to get home, this is really difficult,” she says.
University Communications Manager, Noxolo Memela, says students can register online via the DUT website and there are registration activities on campuses despite the strike.
The university claims to have registered more than 18 000 students for the current academic year. Lectures are set to commence on Tuesday, February 13.
Picture credit: Nonhlanhla Mbatha, via Facebook.