Mositi explained that he had been informed that students would need to pay for their own electricity, but that water was included in the overall amount. He added that all the agreements that they had concluded with the private accommodation stakeholders would be self-catering.

When asked why Hatfield Studios was chosen, Mositi said, “Myself and some colleagues have been negotiating with various private accommodation providers to ensure that more NSFAS students were offered […] affordable quality places to stay. Studios agreed to our request already during the registration period in January. A week ago, myself, the SRC President, Kwena Moloto and SRC Residences, Heidi Davis concluded a deal with South Point, where students would only need to pay R1100 booking fee and the rest would be covered by NSFAS. This would include water, electricity, and the bus shuttle fee. Unfortunately, a deal could not be concluded with Mid City Properties and TMM Lofts”.

 

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