THE SEAT of the university to be built in the Northern Cape will be in Kimberley, President Jacob Zuma announced yesterday.
The decision was made after months of anticipation and lobbying by various groups, each hoping for the seat to be built in either Kimberley, Upington or Colesberg.
Satellite campuses will be built elsewhere in the province.
Zuma made the surprise announcement at the launch of the Department of Labour’s Jobs Fair in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday afternoon.
The decision was finalised at the ANC’s policy conference in Midrand last week.
“The university’s heart will be in Kimberley with schools in different regions,’’ Zuma said.
‘‘We are awaiting a briefing from the minister (Blade Nzimande) on the issue of where the different schools will be,” Zuma said.
The ANC wants a sod-turning ceremony to be held by the end of this year. The first intake of 5 000 students is expected in 2014.