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Unisa spokesman says negative effects of future strikes will be minimal

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Many Unisa students have expressed anxiety during registration for the 2015 academic year after extensive disruptions to learning during the three month strike by South African Post Office employees in 2014. Unisa was unable to send various important documents such as assignment solutions and examination letters to students around the country. Students could not send or receive library material through the SA Post Office during the protracted postal workers strike.

Unisa spokesman Martin Ramotshela tried to allay fears of further disruptions during an interview with StudyNotesWiki.com ahead of the Christmas break by pointing to the University’s increasing reliance on private postal companies for the delivery of study material.

"We have other options for the delivery of study material including by courier through SkyNet and UTi" said Ramotshela who also referred to the 2014 strike as an "extraordinary occurrence" and encouraged students to continue to download their study material online through myUnisa. StudyNotesWiki.com received assurance from Ramotshela that the delivery of study material has been running smoothly during the festive season.

When the strike finally ended during November 2014 the SA Post Office issued a stern warning that it will "no longer tolerate interruptions to its operations due to strikes that do not fall within the ambit of the law." Students like 3rd level LLB student Maria Nzima find such assurances hard to believe. Maria told StudyNotesWiki.com soon after completing her registration that, "Strikes will never stop. I’m used to them and the frustration when the due dates are extended and other students have more time to do their assignments. It’s not fair …"

Registration for 2015 through post, fax, self-help and online for semester 1, semester 2 and year modules started on Monday the 5th of January 2015 and will close on the January 27th 2015.

 

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