Question NW1922 to the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

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19 June 2023 - NW1922

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Marais, Ms P to ask the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Whether his department has looked into the extent of the problems brought up by students who are subjected to Southpoint due to the failure to provide student accommodation; if not, why not; if so, what are the reasons that his department has not (a) banned Southpoint from doing business in the Republic and (b) taken control of its properties to guarantee that students have a safe and healthy place to live?


South Point are private providers of student accommodation and support several universities in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The Department is not aware of complaints about South Point and has not received any complaints from students on accommodation provided by South Point. Hon. Marais is requested to provide more details about the complaints so that further investigations can be conducted, and comprehensive response be provided.

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