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Ilanit Chernick: Reports have emerged of three attempted kidnappings just outside Wits University over the last two weeks.

In the latest incident, a female student was forced into a red vehicle by unknown assailants in a botched abduction.

Privatisation is an “economic blunder”

Written by Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:44

Privatisation is not a solution to the problem of dispossession in a country like South Africa. This was the overall message of the two-person panel discussion on the impact of privatisation that took place at the Origins Centre last night.

Dr Christoph Hermann, from the University of Vienna, and Wits Professor Christopher Malikane unpacked the effects of privatisation in Europe and South Africa to highlight the “economic blunders” that result from the process.

The newly launched Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development will ensure a better response to the challenges of child development in the country, according to Michael Masutha, deputy minister of science and technology.

Masutha was speaking at the launch of the centre, a joint initiative between Wits and UKZN (University of KwaZulu-Natal), at the Origins Centre earlier today.

The recent decision by Wits University to end the undergraduate LLB degree from 2015 has been met with mixed reactions. Wits Vuvuzela spoke to current law students on campus to hear what they have to say about the move.

Ilanit Chernick: Intolerance reigned during the second installation of the Great Debate at Wits University last night.

Last night’s debate featured Mbali Ntuli of the DA youth wing, EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) Chief of Staff Floyd Shivambu and ANCYL (African National Congress) coordinator Bonisile Modise all of whom could hardly be heard amid the persistent combination of boos, jeers and cheers.

Rofhiwa Madzena: Wits University’s decision to discontinue its undergraduate LLB degree has been met with a mixed reactions from other universities.

The launch of a campaign calling for South Africans to spoil their vote in the upcoming national elections attracted a small protest from political parties at Wits on Tuesday. 

The  Sidikiwe Vukani! [We are fed up! Wake up!] campaign, formed by African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts Ronnie Kasrils and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge was formally inaugurated at a small launch held at the campus in Braamfontein. 

Passover or Pesach is an annual festival celebrated by the Jewish community over 7 days in April. Wits Vuvuzela journalist Ilanit Chernick shares the experience of the festival as it happens in her home. 

Palesa Tshandu and Luca Kotton: Legal ballot voting in the industrial relations sector can be used to prevent violent strike action and promote solidarity among mine-workers, according to Prof Edward Webster.

Roxanne Joseph: “A few people can make a difference in journalism,” according to Doug Frantz, assistant secretary of state for public affairs in the USA.

Frantz, who previously worked for former Senator John Kerry, spoke to the Wits Journalism department in Johannesburg on Monday, as part of his visit to South Africa.

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