DUT’s #ShutdownHertineCourt Students To Be Reallocated To Other Accommodations On Monday

Hertine is the University’s student accommodation that trended earlier this year on Twitter under #ShutdownHertineCourt as students voiced out various issues about the substandard conditions at the residence.

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By Nkosingiphile Dladla (2 mins read)

Some students residing at DUT’s Hertine Court residence will be reallocated on Monday, 13th May to Indatshana, Mavovo and Wild n Windy.

A number of students are to remain in this residence until further notice as per the SMS communique from the institution to students, disseminated on Friday, 10th May 2019.

Hertine is the University’s student accommodation that trended earlier this year on Twitter under #ShutdownHertineCourt as students voiced out various issues about the substandard conditions at the residence.

It is located by the famous Durban Park Street. Park is known for being dangerous as it is roamed by hobos known as Amaphara, who are allegedly notorious for mugging people.

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A screenshot of a reallocation SMS to students from the institution.
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A screenshot of an SMS to students that will remain in Hertine until further notice.

It was announced last month in a report by the DUT’s students housing and res’ life that Hertine Court would temporarily close for renovations. Baltimore res was also in the picture.

The report statement was issued on Tuesday, 9th April 2019, titled, “REALLOCATION OF STUDENTS FROM BALTIMORE AND HERTINE COURT”. It reads as follows,

“PLEASE NOTE THAT BALTIMORE AND HERTINE COURT WILL BE TEMPORARY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS, THEREFORE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO ALL AFFECTED STUDENTS:

  1. SMS STATING YOUR NEW RES;
  2. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED ON FRIDAY 12/4/2019 @18:00 (KINDLY ENSURE THAT YOU ARRANGE ALL YOUR BELONGINGSIN TIME).

Mduduzi Mncwango, a student who is a resident at Hertine Court now relocating to a new res’, told The Open Journal that he is fine at Hertine unless a place he is being reallocated to is better than the current one.

“The building, which we were earlier said to be moved to called Ndatshana, is just as worse,” said Mncwango.

In a media briefing following the shooting of a member of the DUT’s SRC, 21-year-old Mlungisi Madonsela, DUT SRC president Sesiyanda Godlimpi in his speech said the students are being allocated to such mediocrity and are told to take it or leave it. TOJ

Reporting by Nkosingiphile Dladla; Editing by Kupakwashe Kambasha & Gaby Ndongo.

Feature image: Hertine Court, a student accommodation of the Durban University of Technology, as see on Sunday, 12th May 2019.

Image courtesy to Nkosingiphile Dladla.

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