Update regarding the investigation into disruptive actions during an official NWU event
13 February 2024
In terms of the disciplinary procedures of the university, any student being temporarily suspended, has the right to appeal to such. The student in question allegedly involved in an incident on Tuesday, 6 February 2024, appealed on Friday, 9 February. Based on his appeal, approval was granted that he be allowed to participate in academic matters only. He has to report to Protection Services upon accessing the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus. Investigation into the matter continues.
A senior student who was attending the session stood up from the audience, moved to the front of the stage, and expressed his displeasure pertaining to the LGBTQIA+ content on the agenda. This was done in a disruptive manner that did not respect the rights of other members of the audience, and certainly not what is expected from members of the NWU. The student’s actions resulted in disruption and confusion among the students, and a large section of the audience left the proceedings.
As part of the North-West University (NWU) Council approved annual Registration and Orientation Programme of the first-year students on the Potchefstroom Campus, this session addressed the following topics: psychological fitness, rights of persons living with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ community matters, and environmental sustainability awareness.
We strongly condemn any actions where these fundamental rights of association and expression are infringed upon, and this incident is continued to be viewed in a very serious light.
eFundi access for provisionally registered students
12 February 2024
Within the University's boundary conditions pertaining to provisionally registered students not being admitted to campus, support for these students is provided and enabled.
In those terms:
- provisionally registered students do have access to eFundi;
- academics are aware of the need to place materials sufficient for students to commence learning from Monday, and to communicate as such to students;
- where needed by students, catch-up opportunities for assignments and assessments; are available to provisionally registered students.
A fully hybrid online programme, as is suggested in a letter received from the EFF at Mahikeng Campus, is not possible to offer to students in parallel with the contact teaching programme for 2 reasons:
- only 121 of NWU venues are set up with thus infrastructure for a fully hybrid experience and these are subject to instability of connectivity and power supply;
- timetables are not aligned for all three campuses except for a few fully aligned programmes.
It is also not possible to suspend the contact teaching academic programme. Provisionally registered students not able to access campus, are requested to contact their lecturers with any questions, and to read eFundi communications as regards guidance and direction in the use of materials placed online to support the academic programme.
Disruption of the Registration and Orientation Programme on the Potchefstroom Campus
8 February 2024
On Tuesday, 6 February 2024, as part of the North-West University (NWU) Council approved annual Registration and Orientation Programme of the first-year students on the Potchefstroom Campus, an incident occurred during a session that addressed the following topics: psychological fitness, rights of persons living with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ community matters, and environmental sustainability awareness.
A senior student who was attending the session stood up from the audience, moved to the front of the stage, and expressed his displeasure pertaining to the LGBTQIA+ content on the agenda. This was done in a disruptive manner that did not respect the rights of other members of the audience, and certainly not what is expected from members of the NWU. The student’s actions resulted in disruption and confusion among the students, and a large section of the audience left the proceedings. The NWU prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive institution which allows constructive discourse on all matters irrespective of race, religion, culture, or gender/sexual orientation.
We strongly condemn any actions where these fundamental rights of association and expression are infringed upon. We view the incident in a very serious light; hence, we immediately commenced an investigation. Consequently, the student in question has been temporarily suspended for his disruptive behaviour, pending the finalisation of the investigation.
The orientation of first-year students to a new environment that should serve as their home for the next few years needs to cover as many relevant issues as possible to ensure that they know and appreciate the diverse nature of a higher education institution such as the NWU. Therefore, we will continue to allow our staff and students to share and offer advice regarding matters that are relevant for the university community and society in general. Students who feel that their rights are violated or disrespected should make use of the various reporting mechanisms including the thoughts and complaints lines, or the offices of the Directors of Student Life on our campuses.
- Mahikeng: 018 389 2156
- Potchefstroom: 018 299 2830
- Vanderbijlpark: 016 910 3227
NWU Corporate Relations and Marketing
Follow-up statement on alleged bribery for admissions at our campuses
6 February 2024
Dear prospective students and parents,
This is a friendly reminder to please be cautious of unscrupulous characters around our campuses promising to facilitate your admission to the North-West University. These criminal elements promise to admit students, in exchange of payment, even when their applications are unsuccessful.
Please avoid falling victim to such schemes. The university processes payments exclusively through its official financial systems. The banking details are available on the website and our Finance department can assist those who must pay for registration. Applications to study at the NWU are free.
The South African Police Service is investigating the scam and is reportedly making progress. Please report perpetrators of this scam and any other fraudulent incidents to our Protection Services department at:
018 389 2331 / 2167 / 2432
018 299 2215 / 2211
081 897 5671
016 910 3339
You can also report at the local police station(s).
Status of registration at the North-West University
Dear NWU stakeholder
The North-West University (NWU) is satisfied with progress of the registration process for the 2024 academic year. As at mid-day on 5 February 2024, close to twelve thousand, four hundred (12 400) first-year students (contact and distance) have been registered (fully or preliminarily registered.) Our enrolment target for first year students for the 2024 academic year is twelve thousand, nine-hundred and four (12 904). We have received more than hundred and eighty thousand (180 000) applications.
When including returning students, more than 50 000 students (contact and distance) have been registered thus far. We are confident that we will meet our enrolment target when registration closes on 9 February. A range of issues including funding are crucial to ensure that students are fully registered. We are aware that many of the provisionally registered students are still awaiting financial clearance to complete their registration.
We recognise that the delayed release of the NSFAS funding results has an impact on many students’ registration and access to campus(es). We are encouraged that NSFAS has already released some of the details of funded students and we recommit to assist where possible to ensure that our students can commence with their academic programme on 12 February.
Kindly take note that the registration status of students (first years and returning students) can only be made final once their funding status has been confirmed. Regrettably, students who are conditionally registered will not be allowed to make use of university facilities or occupy university residences.
Many of fully registered first-year students have already moved into university residences and private accommodation and are participating in the Registration and Orientation (R&O) programme that commenced on 3 February across our campuses. We thank staff and student leaders who are ensuring that the R&O programme runs smoothly and creates a welcoming environment for our first-year students.
For any enquiries regarding your registration status, kindly contact us at:
- NWU Central Admission and Applications Office: 018 285 4320
- NWU Mahikeng Campus: 018 389 2252/018 389 2525
- NWU Potchefstroom Campus: 018 299 4259 / 018 299 4123
- NWU Vanderbijlpark Campus: 016 910 3168 / 016 910 3119
NWU Corporate Relations and Marketing
Status of NSFAS allowance reconciliation for 2023
After an extensive two-month consultation with NSFAS, the NWU is delighted to share the successful finalisation and agreement on the reconciliation of allowances of 23,386 NSFAS students for the year 2023.
We are pleased to inform you that the NWU will be disbursing the last and final allowance for 2023, covering living and applicable travel allowances during the upcoming week. NSFAS however still owes the NWU millions in respect of 2023 and prior years, and the payment of these allowances will be made from our internal cash flow.
Please note that there is however a group of 282 students whose unpaid allowances are not yet resolved between the NWU and NSFAS. Reconciliation of data is still in process.
Student Finances will send an SMS to both groups of students.
We remain committed to actively engage with NSFAS in the best interest of our students towards a smooth and transparent financial assistance experience for all our students.
Update on NSFAS payments
17 January 2024
For the past 2 months, NSFAS has consistently referred to ongoing reconciliations before proceeding with any further payments in respect of 2023. However, as of now, no reconciliation has been shared with the NWU. In contrast, the NWU has shared its reconciliation with NSFAS and is awaiting feedback from them. We are eagerly awaiting their feedback, which they indicated will be by the end of business on 16 January. Unfortunately, they requested extension of time and will meet with student finance officials at 15:00 on 17 January 2024.
As soon as we receive the necessary information and approval from NSFAS, we will pay the outstanding allowances immediately even if we have to use the already constrained NWU funds. Please note that NSFAS owes the NWU R372m for 2023 and a further R108m for previous years, which you can understand put a lot of pressure on our cash flow. Nevertheless, the NWU remains committed to assist students.
The principal and vice-chancellor, Prof Bismark Tyobeka is the chair of a special task team introduced by the Minister in the second week of January 2024 to work with NSFAS and the DHET representatives and try and get NSFAS issues resolved ASAP. Once again, the NWU is actively involved in the sector to try and assist all the students and institutions and get outstanding matters resolved.
The NWU already in Dec 2023 applied for permission to pay out allowances for 2024 ourselves. We will push for this decision as hard as we can, but unfortunately have not received any feedback as yet.