Amanda O Mathe and Smangele Rantsoabe


Amanda and Smangele want to raise awareness about the variety of issues surrounding student accommodation, with a focus on the country’s biggest university, the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The continued pressure or lack of management of student housing plays a crucial point in causing flare up’s in the wound, with many students being subjected to finding a pillow or bed in spaces that entice criminal activity, unsafe to live in and in many cases not in the location of the institute they are registered at.

Join us a we attempt to find the cause of this wound through a comparative analysis of University of KwaZulu Natal and University of Zululand. Two large universities sharing a similar make-up of design and positioning. We take into account UKZN Howard College campus and UniZulu Ongoye campus.

Photo by Themba Hadebe/Associated Press

Vuyi’s story

A Chemistry student, Vuyi shares how as a local finding accommodation on and off campus can be challenging. She also shares the impact of the recent protest action on life on-campus. In Vuyi’s word the upkeep of off-campus residence is a critical issue for the past two years, with many students lodging complaints with the Department of Student Housing.

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A parent and her daughter

As parent Mrs. Mkhwanazi (not her real name) stated that she discussed her preferred choice of studies for her daughter and reasoning as to her staying at home for the duration of her studies. Relying heavily on approval from NSFAS Zanele has kept to this request and though she doesn’t stay on campus or in any off-campus residence, her insight into her friends’ challenges brings light into the recent protests the university faced.

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RezIsHome's story

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