Durban - There has been mixed reaction to trade union Solidarity’s plan to build an Afrikaans-only university in Centurion, Gauteng.
A sod-turning ceremony took place last week, paving the way for construction of Sol-Tech, a private vocational training college founded on Christian values.
Solidarity has been criticised for its move, but said it had no energy to argue with naysayers.
This comes after Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi raised questions about the motive behind the move. Lesufi said the language policy was taking the country backwards to an apartheid era.
However, Connie Mulder, head of research at the union, defended the language policy. He said Solidarity had no time to argue with politicians because the intention was to upgrade tertiary learning through hi-tech technology, without focusing on race issues. He confirmed that students were required to abide by the university’s Afrikaans-only language policy.