UFH Launches Alice Campus Student Village: Phase Two

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The formal launch of the R400 million Alice Student Village, Phase2 Student Housing Project, based on the Alice campus of the University of Fort Hare, will take place on Thursday, 3rd October 2019 at 10h00.  The function will also include handing over of keys to the first completed block of Phase2. This is a significant milestone in the 18-month construction project.  The infrastructure will transform the Alice campus by providing high quality student housing in a village setting, to an additional 1437 students. Key features of the development are a new student centre and a dedicated postgraduate accommodation block.

The University of Fort Hare’s new student housing development is a lead project in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Student Housing Infrastructure Programme (SHIP), which aims to significantly improve the number of beds and quality of student housing on both rural and urban campuses country-wide. The project is the outcome of a strong partnership between the University of Fort Hare, the DHET, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

The development would not have been possible without R122 million in infrastructure funding provided by DHET and a R28 million European Union-funded direct capital grant made available through the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA).The developer Stag African, also designed and completed 610 student beds as part of Phase 1 of the project.

Construction on Phase 2 will continue until October 2020. Students will take occupation in a phased approach. Once completed, the Student Village will boast 2047 student beds in a landscaped setting. This will improve the wellbeing of students and set a standard for dignified student housing and a socially-integrated design.

This is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the University of Fort Hare yet.

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