Minister Blade Nzimande

Universities may have to retrench staff should there be no fee increase for 2017, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande reportedly said yesterday.

He says a report from the Council on Higher Education on recommendations for 2017 fee adjustments raised the spectre of retrenchment.

He said the ministry’s dilemma was that it took into account “the feeling of students, but simultaneously, we must also look at the viability of our institutions”.