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By unknown | Nov 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Elijar Mushiana

Elijar Mushiana

The University of Venda (Univen) will in 2010 be able to comfortably accommodate 10000 students, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said at the weekend.

The minister revealed this when she visited the institution.

Pandor acknowledged that institutions, especially those that were previously disadvantaged, required significant financial support to deal with backlogs.

Pandor's tour of Univen forms part of her planned visits to other disadvantaged universities.

Univen is among universities lacking classrooms, student residences and workers' offices.

The university is also faced with overcrowding at the moment.

Though the campus was built to accommodate 5500 students with ease, it now has an enrolment of 11000 - twice its present capacity.

Pandor has set a target enrolment of a 10000-student head count by 2010. In line with this goal, Univen is hard at work completing lecture theatres and science ce buildings, among others.

Pandor said more than R200million will be spent on Univen to help it progress from being a disadvantaged university.

Univen spokesman Rufus Kharidzha said funds from the department will bring it up to par with others.


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