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MARKO SVICEVIC: The University of Pretoria has confirmed that the man who died this morning after an alleged suicide attempt is a 44-year old lecturer at the university. The man was confirmed dead on the scene by paramedics.

According to Tswhwane Emergency Services, the man had apparently jumped from the roof of the Humanities building (HSB) and had fallen on the roof of the sixth floor of the building. 

Earlier reports suggested that the man was a student but this has since been corrected.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN AND MAXINE TWADDLE: UP will not make a decision on splitting residences this year. Instead, the proposal to make Olienhout, Inca and Jasmyn exclusively first-year residences, and Boekenhout, Asterhof and Lillium exclusively senior residences has been postponed for further discussion on the proposed model or an alternative model.

The decision to split the residences was initially announced on 26 June and was opposed by the university’s residences, who felt that they had not been properly consulted.

BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO: A 29-year-old police constable was injured in a shootout with three suspected hijackers in Hatfield on Sunday 13 July.

The three suspected hijackers, aged between 20 and 25, have been arrested, according to SAPS provincial spokesperson Noxolo Kweza.

Members of the Pretoria Flying Squad received a signal of a hijacked vehicle while they were patrolling in Silverton. Other police unit members also responded to the signal, which registered a stolen vehicle in Hatfield.

LISA KAHIMBAARA: Hailing from Johannesburg, Strike in Berlin have an infectious and distinct indie-electro pop sound. They have also recently been announced as one of the ten finalists in the annual Converse Get Out of the Garage competition that has produced the likes of Matthew Mole. Perdebychatted to Martin, the man behind the keyboard and electronics while also making up one half of the vocal duo, about the exciting news as well as their future plans. 

NICOLE BARON: Assupol TuksCricket won the coveted Sports Team of the Year award for 2013 at the Gauteng Sport Awards held on 11 July at Montecasino in Johannesburg.

Last year was a successful year for TuksCricket. Assupol Tuks 1 won the Momentum Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Club Championships for the second year in a row, having gone unbeaten in 12 matches throughout the past two seasons. They also won the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) Premier League for the third year in a row, the NCU Knock-Out Competition for the fourth year in a row and the NCU T20 Club Competition. Assupol Tuks 1 were also crowned winners of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Cricket Week.

KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 won gold at the USSA rugby festival hosted by Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 30 June to 4 July.

The Tuks side, under the mentorship of Pote Human, succeeded in winning back the title that Tuks had last won in 2012, beating 2013 champions the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the final.

UP-Tuks 1 came into the competition as strong favourites as the core of their team had been participating in the BBRU Carlton Cup, where they dominated. This meant that most of the Tuks players were already match fit whereas some of the other participating teams did not have this advantage.

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE: UP played host to the 2014 USSA student cycle tour and successfully defended their 2013 title. The race began on 30 June and consisted of five stages over the course of three days in which cyclists were tested in different disciplines.

The first day started with stage 1A, the Rooiwal road race, consisting of a three lap course which was 72km in total. Tuks’s Thomas Weeks managed to break away from the bunch in the final lap as the competition was too focused on Tuks team captain Kevin Patten.

ELMARIE KRUGER: For nearly 20 years, Zelda La Grange dedicated her life to former president Nelson Mandela as his personal assistant. In her personal memoir Good Morning, Mr Mandela, La Grange recounts both her life before working for Mandela as well as the years she spent by his side. The book is well-organised in a chronological sense, beginning with La Grange’s childhood.

In the first section of the book La Grange speaks of her formative years, which were spent in a conservative Afrikaans household in the midst of the apartheid regime. Here she admits that at the tender age of 13 she had already been conditioned to think like a racist without ever questioning the reason for the apartheid government’s existence or its actions.

JOHAN SAAYMAN: Politicians are corrupt, war is looming over America, the education system ruins our children and big corporations are destroying the morals of society. These are the statements an average American punk-rock band grinds into their music to a point of redundancy, but multi-award winning punk-rock band Rise Against also believes that the power of love and acoustic music is equally as powerful as thick drum lines and roaring bass guitars.

YANGA TYIKWE: The 20th annual Talent Evening was hosted by Pulse, the Medical students’ society, at the Musaison on Sunday 20 July. The show’s theme was “A Night on the Nile” and the entire stage was transformed into an Egyptian postcard to set the backdrop for the talent as contestants wowed the audience.

The Faculty of Health Sciences proved that their talents don’t only lie in dissecting bodies, learning complicated terms and writing indecipherable prescription notes.

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