oa Alternation - Analysing access in the context of the merger

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The merger between the University of Durban-Westville and Natal University in 2004 was supposed to build a combined university that would seek to redress the inequities of the past (Department of Education Merger Plan). It was billed as a merger between equal partners; Natal would bring its huge financial resources and Durban-Westville its historical mission of providing an affordable education for the disadvantaged. The Mission Statement of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) was to be 'A truly South African University that is academically excellent, innovative in research, critically engaged with society and demographically representative, redressing the inequities and imbalances of the past'. No one can question such noble goals, especially with the huge socio-economic inequalities that beset South Africa.

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