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South Africa Country puts aside $154 million for university fee freeze

In October hundreds of students across the country protested against the fee increases. A march to President Jacob Zuma's offices descended into violence, before Zuma capitulated to demands to freeze hikes in tuition fees.

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Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings play Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (Reuters)

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South Africa will set aside 2.3 billion rand ($154.32 million) to fund a shortfall resulting from its decision to freeze tuition fees at universities next year, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

The government said the money would go towards addressing a 4.6 billion rand shortfall in a national student funding scheme.

In October hundreds of students across the country protested against the fee increases. A march to President Jacob Zuma's offices descended into violence, before Zuma capitulated to demands to freeze hikes in tuition fees.

($1 = 14.9045 rand)

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