Bed timing: student accommodation company sues varsity over Covid cuts
University of Johannesburg has slashed its contracts for off-campus student housing, leaving one company high and dry
A company that spent R60m to develop a building to house University of Johannesburg students near its Doornfontein campus is now unable to access government funding for students who stay there.
The company, Gaetal, made renovations to a building last year, with the aim of housing 366 students who received National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding in 2021.
But Gaetal says the university’s decision, taken in August last year, not to consider applications for 2021 private student accommodation has left it with a building which is not suitable for any other use...