The Chairperson greeted all those present and informed members that the Official Journal programme had changed slightly. The committee was due to receive a briefing from Parliament`s legal services, but it was postponed to the following week, and the committee decided to focus on issues at the Vaal University of Technology (STV). The Committee would also receive a briefing from two unions, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and students. The commission had received complaints from students about the end of funding. The Committee also learned that the institution does not currently have a Student Representation Council (SRC), as the mandate expired in April 2020 and the SRC had not been refounded. Therefore, the committee had to give students the opportunity to speak for themselves. Teacher. Ihron Rensburg, a trustee at VUT, said the university had to be placed under administration in 2019 after the catastrophic collapse of the University`s board and management. Three phases of the management period were planned: the stabilisation phase – from 15 August 2019 to 29 February 2020; the rotation phase from March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021; and the final phase, from March 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021, which would include the creation, initiation and handover of the Council. The activities at each stage were detailed in the PowerPoint slides, as well as the main highlights of the progress reported by the administrator. [These are available on the PMG website for the meeting.] In the area of human resources (HR), individuals have been appointed to critical positions and some of them will take up their duties in October 2020. The organizational structure of the university has been reviewed and adapted to the new strategic plan.
The structure of the heads of academic departments has been reviewed and streamlined, saving R30 million a year. Disciplinary action has been taken and is underway against employees involved in fraud and corruption through forensic investigations. .