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.
MAXINE TWADDLE: A video commissioned by the South African Human Rights Commission has cast doubt on the testimony of police of the events leading up to Marikana, The Times has reported.
The video, which was produced by TiNT Post, portrays the events in chronological order and each frame has a timestamp to prove this.
Stills in the video, which were taken ten minutes before the police opened fire on striking miners, shows barbed wire laid out by police after the miners had moved towards a road leading to Nkaneng. The video indicates that the strikers would not have had time to attack the police, as the police testified.
Stellenbosch University (SU)
As the Ebola death count continues to rise in west Africa, SU has made an urgent appeal to foreign students who have recently returned from this area to seek medical attention should they experience any symptoms.
Die Matie was approached by Dr Craig Thompson, manager of Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine, to help convey the message to SU’s students and faculty members. According to Die Matie, the university’s Campus Health Service has “a comprehensive emergency plan” in place to deal with any suspected cases.
PETRU SAAL: Beer Properties have recently been inundated with complaints from residents saying that the construction site at Pepper Grove Mall is disruptive and inconveniences mall goers. Business owners and customers alike are up in arms saying that the 23 parking bays that have been cordoned off for the first phase of construction is disrupting the general functioning of the mall.
In a letter sent out to Pepper Grove tenants, Rob Beer from Beer Properties asked residents to be patient while the upgrade to the mall is still in construction. Referring to rumours that Spec Savers, Crazy Store and Mugg & Bean are the shops that will be opening in the mall, Beer said that no confirmation has come through yet. “I am not at liberty to disclose, at this stage, which new shops are entering the mall.” Beer said that the new shops will definitely attract students to the mall. “There are four in number all of which will be of benefit to Rhodes students”.
MAXINE TWADDLE: The man who has come to be known as “the Tukkie rapist” has been sentenced to life in jail with an additional 40 years.
In October 2011, Tsietsi Samuel Mziza broke into a 22-year-old UP student’s townhouse in a security complex in Pretoria. He raped her and stabbed her 23 times, both with a knife and with a machete. She survived the attack, even though eight of her stab wounds were potentially deadly.
MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE, MARKO SVICEVIC AND FUMILAYO SOKO: A male student died after jumping from the Humanities building (HB) on main campus on Monday morning in an alleged suicide. The university confirmed the incident in a statements labeling it as an “unnatural death of a student”.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men both claimed the title of Serenade National champions in the women’s and men’s division respectively on Saturday. Curlitzia and Vividus Men represented UP as winners of the university’s leg of the national competition.
This year’s finalists comprised of the ladies and men Serenade winners from UP, the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Free State (Kovsies), North-West University (Pukke) and Stellenbosch University (Maties).
Curlitzia have represented Tuks at nationals for the past three years but their car guard theme and refined harmonies managed to secure them the win this year. Soetdoring from Kovsies placed second and Francie van Zijl from Maties placed third.
DYLAN FLOWERDAY AND FUMILAYO SOKO: The third quarterly Student Forum meeting took place on Wednesday 27 August. The NSFAS, the discontinuation of the Sunnyside/Arcadia bus service, the racial segregation in residences and the upcoming SRC elections were some of the matters discussed.
Before SRC President Enwee Human began his quarterly report, an argument ensued between the deputy chair of the Constitutional Tribunal and the Student Forum members. The members requested that SRC deputy secretary James Lotter give them a report of what had been addressed in terms of the issues raised at the previous forum meeting. Lotter did not to present the report, citing the procedure for raising issues at the Student Forum. Students must submit questions prior to the forum’s sitting.
University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
Wits SRC election candidates have opposed the university’s controversial new residences admission policy, which they feel will be detrimental to disadvantaged students.
Wits Vuvuzela reported that the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA), Project W, Wits EFF, the house committee and the current SRC drafted a memorandum which will be handed to Wits Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Habib.
Prof. Habib explained at a recent town hall meeting that the new residence admissions policy aims to make campus accommodation “more accessible and appealing to all students, especially those who have good academic [records]”. He said that this would create diversity within residences.