THE ongoing strike at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has done little to stop major refurbishments taking place at the campus to accommodate tourists for the World Cup.
The R20million upgrade, which will be completed next month, will see more that 12000 soccer fans being accommodated in both single and double rooms with about 8000 beds, of which 7 500 are booked.
Ironically, students are boycotting lectures complaining about a lack of accommodation.
Reggie Govender, chief executive of the university's nnovation, says: "We are currently upgrading all residences across our four campuses (Howard College, Westville, Pietermaritzburg and Edgewood)."
"The upgrade will include the painting of rooms and common areas, the refurbishment of ablution blocks and the installation of new TVs, microwaves, fridges, stoves, other equipment and also an upgrade of sports facilities."
Three other university campuses across South Africa (Johannesburg, Witwatersrand and Cape Town) are undergoing a similar revamp.
While thousands of rooms made available at university campuses around the country are being snapped up, private homeowners who underwent Fifa's Match accreditation, aren't faring so well.
Senior match accommodation manager Vivienne Bervoets said not all properties contracted to them were fully booked.
Peggy Mkhwanazi from Umlazi said she spent more than R60000 to refurbish her home and turn it into a guest house in anticipation of fans. But she said she has not had even one booking.