Funding of about R400 million has been secured between the Development Bank of Southern Africa as well as the Department of Higher Education and Training. This funding will be used in order to complete Phase 2 of student accommodation at the Alice Campus of the University of Fort Hare. This is to meet the growing need for student accommodation, a phenomenon experienced at many universities in South Africa.
Over six hundred beds were completed during Phase 1. In Phase 2 close to one thousand five hundred beds will be provided. Construction on Phase 2 commenced during December 2018, with completion anticipated in September 2020. MBB Consulting Engineers is the Principal -Agent on this project, acting on behalf of the university to manage the project.
Luke Mafuma, MBB’s engineer, commented that he is happy that the new accommodation at Alice Campus will provide such an improvement to the living conditions of students attending the university, since they have been struggling to find enough quality and comfortable lodgings over the last few years. We are proud to be a part of this project. We look forward to ensuring the efficient and timeous construction of the lodgings that will house the future of South Africa.