The campus is part of the union’s education and employment projects worth R4,5 billion over the next five years. The project is set to cost about R300 million funded through donations from the community, the union said.
The university will be home to Solidarity’s accredited, Afrikaans private vocational training college founded on Christian values.
The campus is the first of the major projects the union would embark on over the next five years to boost education and employment to the tune of R4,5 billion.
The next project would be the construction of the Akademia campus where “world-class education will be offered through Afrikaans as the medium of instruction”.
“The strength of Sol-Tech and of this campus lies in the fact that it is being built by the community,” said Solidarity COO Dr Dirk Hermann.
“Every Solidarity member donates R10 to a building fund each month.
“Thousands of members of the public donate smaller amounts each month to make the building of institutions such as Sol-Tech possible.”
Hermann said the campus would not be a product of state money or major empowerment money “but of small contributions by the thousands adding up to make something big happen”.
According to Cape Talk, the R300m university in Pretoria has been funded by donations and trade union group Solidarity.
Speaking on the radio station,Panyaza Lesufi said the idea of the university was started “out of anger” when universities across the country began changing their language policies to promote inclusivity.
“It’s very important to understand where we come from, that there was a certain language that was used to oppress people in this country,” he said.
He also defended himself against accusations that he was anti-Afrikaans, adding that he believed all languages should be treated equally.
“We’re not saying this because we are attacking Afrikaans but because the message of ‘we only need one language’ is bad.”