KEEGAN FRANCES: On Wednesday 22 October the United Nations Association of South Africa, in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre, hosted the annual UN Day career and quiz event at the University of Pretoria.
The main aims of the event included raising awareness among students about the UN as an organisation and the potential career opportunities available for students within the UN.
The event featured four guest speakers from various agencies in the UN: Mr Walid Badawi, the country director of the UN Development Programme in South Africa, Dr Habib Somanje, the health systems advisor for the World Health Organisation’s South African sector, Ms Cecilia Njenga, the head of office for the UN’s Environmental Programme in South Africa, and Ms Chantell Witten, a nutrition specialist from the UN Childrens Fund in South Africa. Each of these speakers gave information to students about the sections of the UN they work for and the specific mandates of each of these sections. They then gave their biographies and the various routes they took to eventually attain their current positions within the UN.
JULIA FISH: After months of speculation as to who would take over from the distinguished Dr Saleem Badat, it was announced in an e-mail to staff that the post will be filled from within.
Acting Vice-Chancellor and distinguished mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has been announced as the incumbent “6th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University with effect from 1 November 2014”.
Dr Mabizela has quietly and confidently been running the show since Dr Badat stepped down earlier this year. The choice to retain institutional memory, promote from within and show commitment to the ethos that Rhodes has maintained, is expected to be widely respected.
MARKO SVICEVIC: Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2014 took place this past week at the Waterkloof Air Force Base and has once again achieved the goal of uniting man and machine in an epic display of dust, dirt and danger. AAD is the largest showcase of land, sea and air defence technologies on the African continent. The exhibition, which takes places biennially in September, attracts thousands of traders and attendees both from Africa and from the rest of the world.
This year, AAD took place from 17-19 September and coincided with South Africa’s celebration of 20 years of democracy. The first three days of the exhibition were private trade days followed by a two day air show (AAD Airshow and Defence Exhibition) which took place over the weekend and was open to the public.
CECILIA MUDAU: The SRC has announced that the Sunnyside-Arcadia bus service was reinstated on 17 September and will run until 5 December 2014. Buses will run from 21:15 to 23:45.
The service is being funded by the SRC. According to SRC Student Sport portfolio holder Xabisa Sicwebu, the reimplementation of the bus service is in response to complaints and challenges voiced by students who travel daily between Sunnyside, Arcadia and Hatfield. Students had previously expressed their discontent with the lack of a reliable means of transport between campus and their places of residence.
MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE, BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO, RODNEY XABA & KEEGAN FRANCES
President Mosibudi “Rassie” Rasethaba
What do you plan to do with your portfolio next year?
I plan to ensure that each and every portfolio does what it is supposed to do. I also plan to assist where most assistance is needed. Three portfolios that I’m going to work closely with are the transformation and student success, study finance and facilities, and safety and security. Transport with regard to the bus service still remains a big issue.
What are some of the issues affecting students that you will address next year?
I’ve realised that issues go beyond what I thought. Study finance is a huge issue. Accommodation and transport are also big issues. Mamelodi students also need a dining hall as most of them can’t afford to buy their own monthly groceries. I will also focus on the issue of parking and security. I would also like students to be aware of the support available in order for them to acquire student success.
Rhodes University (RU)
RU has created a memorial prize to honour former RU student Lelona Thembakazi Fufu, who was murdered on her way to her graduation ceremony in 2012.
Fufu was to receive an honours degree, which she completed with majors in maths and mathematical statistics.
The R8 000 Lelona Thembakazi Fufu Memorial Prize is awarded to students graduating with BSc or BSc (Hons) degrees who have “overcome educational hardships to achieve very good results”, RU communications officer Zamuxolo Matiwana said.
MAXINE TWADDLE: Judge Thokozile Masipa has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide.
During her judgement, Masipa said, “the accused acted negligently when he fired into the toilet door, knowing there was someone behind the door”.
Masipa acknowledged that Pistorius perceived someone who posed a threat to his safety to be behind the door, but said, “It could not be said that he foresaw that either the deceased or anyone else for that matter might be killed when he fired the shots at that door.” She based this on Pistorius’s behaviour after the shooting.
DYLAN FLOWERDAY: At a meeting hosted by the Anti-Racism Forum (ARF) at Tuks on Tuesday 9 September Sasco, ANCYL, EFF Tuks, Up and Out, Young Communist League (YCL) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) Tuks discussed issues of racism and transformation at the university.
Although the political societies dismissed any talk of a possible coalition in the future, they reiterated that they are all committed to working together to achieve the same goal, which is fighting racism and ensuring transformation at UP. Alfred Moraka from the ARF called on the political societies “to come together and discuss common issues” affecting students at UP.
SABRINA MWAURA AND RODNEY XABA: UP’s annual Spring Day will undergo major changes this year. According to outgoing SRC President Enwee Human, the event will now be a sport event.
The event will take place at the Rag Farm on 10 September, where games and mini-sport events will be played. The inauguration of the new SRC will take place between 11:00 and 12:00.