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. ”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. 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. 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. 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. ”Imagine how many other students could be helped with this money.
It doesn`t make sense that a student`s tuition costs 18,000 R18000, but accommodation costs almost twice as much. Moloto said, ”I don`t know where this policy was made, by whom, because this policy, when it comes to us students, we should be consulted.” Vice President Wilfred Sebeta added that you are wasting state money by moving students from cheaper housing to private housing and renting buses to transport them. Buildings identified by the university that are suitable for student accommodation and donation or sponsorship funds – such as NSFAS – can be used as a contribution to the payment of rent. ”We need to review this policy and ensure that our students fully exhaust their allowances,” Moabelo said. This frustration was expressed by restless homeowners in Soshanguve, who protested yesterday at the university to ask management to ”end the trend of wasting public funds”. They said that last year, students protested for NSFA support, even though they lived off campus, but since they won that battle, there have been many private residences in the community. One of the owners, Solomon Papo, said he was frustrated when he saw some student tenants leave their rooms without paying rent at the end of the month, adding that students were leaving them with debts because TUT was texting them to move into private housing. ”There is a policy that says students must stay in university buildings and fill them. Students who do not stay in university buildings have not received accommodation allowances for seven months,” he added.