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uctWeekend Argus reports that staff at the University of Cape Town (UCT), both academic and non-academic, could face retrenchment if the institution’s savings target of R120 million to attain sustainability is not achieved.  

Austerity measures are under way and staff have until 30 June to apply for early retirement or voluntary retrenchment.  UCT spokesman Pat Lucas said:  “Declining state funding is the primary driver for these measures, although pressure on fee increases has added additional impetus to cut recurrent costs.”  The National Health Education and Allied Workers Union’s (Nehawu’s) Smartdryck Abrahams said they were in talks with management and would be “extra vigilant to protect our members.”  Speaking for the UCT Academics Union, Kelley Moult said the institution was not yet at the retrenchment stage and that efforts were being made to avoid retrenchments.

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