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UCT students help homeless worker affected by #FeesMustFall protests

The fees protests in South Africa's universities have been going on for almost a month and this has affected many businesses and staff in, for example, the food industry on campus who depend on these universities students' patronage.

Right after Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande made an announcement that universities should determine the level of fee adjustments for 2017‚ to be capped at 8%, student protests over free education reignited.

UCT civil engineering student Phil Oertel, told CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies how he and his girlfriend helped Eddie, who has worked for years at a food station at UCT, with accommodation.

Eddie gets paid weekly based on the shop's turnover. Because of the ongoing fees protests, income dropped and the cafeteria was unable to pay Eddie his weekly salary.

This resulted in Eddie being unable to pay his rent and was left homeless.

Phil and his girlfriend helped get Eddie out of the Woodstock shelter where he ended up, and he has been staying with them for the past two weeks.

Listen to UCT student explain how they helped Eddie, who is affected by fees protests:


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