South African universities have cut spending on assets for the second year in a row‚ according to StatsSA.
Wits initiated outsourcing in 2002 when it appointed external companies to provide cleaning‚ catering‚ security‚ transport‚ waste‚ grounds and landscaping services. This policy was reversed after it became one of the demands of the student-led #FeesMustFall movement.
The university hired more than 1‚500 workers at the beginning of 2017.
Wits said in a statement last year that the insourced workers were not only given salary increases‚ but also a chance to improve their children’s lives.
“The children of previously outsourced workers will now be able to access quality higher education. Those who qualify to study at Wits will receive financial aid from the university‚ setting them on a new trajectory‚” the university said.