A breakthrough for higher education on the South Coast happened on Wednesday, when the Ray Nkonyeni municipality represented by Her Worship the Mayor and the Municipal Manager, signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria which will see UNISA constructing a campus in Uvongo.

According to the agreement the municipality will donate land, part of which is a portion of the former Bird Park in Uvongo, to the university. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Mayor said that it was telling that only 4% of the population of the South Coast held a post matric qualification. And whilst it may not be the only reason, the fact of the 120km or so that prospective students have to travel to Durban to access UNISA and other institutions, cannot be ignored. Therefore, she said, it was extremely exciting that many of our residents will save on transport and other costs when they would be able to access quality higher education on their doorstep.

Representing UNISA, the Vice Chancellor Prof Mandla Makhanya, stressed that the partnership with the municipality went beyond just the donation of land for the construction of physical structures. “What we are building is the future of the municipality, its people, and by extension, the future of the country”, he said.

Echoing his sentiments, the municipality undertook that it would be ready to assist the university through the process of obtaining the necessary authorisations in relation to the land and its approved uses.

The Ray Nkonyeni municipality is confident that the construction of this campus will be a milestone, not only for the South Coast, but will go a long way to assist students from as far as the Eastern Cape.

Issued by
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
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