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MUT Council turns sod for 640 bed residence

The Mangosuthu University of Technology has started to build the first of several new residences that should add over 4000 extra beds to the university. The total cost of the first phase is estimated to be R 155 million and the 1st residence should be completed in December 2015.

MUT’s VC Prof Mashupye Kgaphola has said on a number of occasions that in the next few years people will need a GPS to find their way at MUT. The architecture’s sketches on Prof Khehla Ndlovu’s office support this view.

As a step towards achieving this goal, on 26 March the university Council did a sod turning where a 640 bed residence, costing R155 million, will be built. The completion date for this is December 2015. “This is part of the 4240 new bed space that we want to have built by 2020,” said Prof Ndlovu, DVC Planning and Resources. The entire project has been broken into five phases. The 640 bed space is the first phase. The next one – 1000 bed space is expected to start before the end of phase 1, and finish in 2017. Another 1000 bed space, which is phase 3, will finish in 2018. The next two phases, 4 and 5, will finish in 2020.

Altogether, by this time there will be 5440 students accommodated on campus. This includes the 1200 students who are residing on campus. This will be the solution to the commuting problem faced by the students that are using university-hired residences in town. The VC said they were building a “small city” and changing the landscape of the university and Umlazi. “This is the beginning of a long journey,” he said. The Chair of Council, Judge Jerome Ngwenya called this step a ‘catalyst’.

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