The South African Higher Education Department has asked the Nehawu workers union to review its plans for a national strike.
The action is scheduled for Thursday, and the Department estimates that the event will affect about a million university students across South Africa.
According to the Department spokesperson Lunga Nqgengelele, the institution has a plan in case of unforeseen situations related to the strike.
“We always have a contingency plan because it is not only Nehawu and members of TVET colleges that will be on strike. There will be skeleton staff that we are able to rely on,” said Lunga Nqgengelele.
Previously, workers associated with Nehawu have expressed outrage at working conditions and the lack of a permanent job. The Higher Education Department believes that these problems can be solved through the joint negotiations.