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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.

TEBOGO TSHWANE: UP is considering installing pharmaceutical vending machines which will allow students to access over-the-counter medication and other health items across all campuses.

“These machines will sell over-the-counter type products similar to what may be bought on the shelves of supermarkets. The machine will also offer some female products,” said Prof. Susan Adendorff, the director of the Department of Facilities Management. One such machine has been installed on the Prinshof campus on a trial basis.

On 18 July numerous departments at UP did their bit to better the lives of those in need by giving 67 minutes of their time for Mandela day.

The Department of Business Management in collaboration with a local small business H Brian Customs MAG RIM Repairs / Car Sales celebrated Mandela Day at the Child Welfare Tshwane centre in Eersterust. Both the department and H Brian Customs donated groceries, clothing and food to the centre’s children and adults. Hotdogs and juice were also prepared and handed out.

MAXINE TWADDLE: Students at the North-West University (NWU)’s Potchefstroom campus held the first protest in the campus’s history yesterday.

The protest formed part of the SalJyOpstaan campaign, which aims to fight for the continued use of Afrikaans on campus, transformation, and human rights. The campaign also seeks to eradicate the negative views of the Potchefstroom campus following media reports on residence traditions.

MAXINE TWADDLE: Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande allocated R8.8 billion to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in his 2014/2015 budget.

This is not much of an increase from the 2013/2014 R8.2 billion and concerns have been raised that the government is not doing enough to provide funding to students who cannot afford tertiary education.

Of the R8.8 billion, only R3.9 billion has been allocated to university loans and bursaries, with the remainder of the money going to further education and training bursaries (R2.1 billion), scarce skills bursaries, including Funza Lushaka (R2.4 billion).

MAXINE TWADDLE: The Centre for Human Rights, linked to UP’s Faculty of Law, has called for the South African government to exert pressure on its Swaziland counterpart to release UP alumni Thulani Maseko.

Maseko was convicted with contempt of court on 27 July. He has been sentenced to two years in prison. The prosecution had asked for the harshest possible sentence, which was three years in prison.

PRAISE MAGIDI AND FUMILAYO SOKO: A security guard was shot after attempting to stop two armed robbers in Hatfield Plaza onthe afternoon of Thursday 19 June. A security guard at Hatfield Plaza, who wishes to remain anonymous, says that armed robbers posed as customers at the Telkom Mobile store, where they held staff and customers hostage during the heist.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitiza and Sonop took first place at this year’s Serrie finals. The finals were held on 19 May and residences performed for judges in both the Amphitheatre and Aula.

Six men’s and six ladies’ residences took part in the final but it was Curlitzia with their lifeguard theme and Sonop, who presented a unique 1900s Bohemian Paris-themed performance, that beat out the competition.

STAFF REPORTER: The Young Communist League (YCL) and other members of the Progressive Youth Alliance protested outside the Nigerian High Commission last week Monday to put pressure on the Nigerian government to take action after the kidnapping of nearly 300 choolgirls by Islamist group Boko Haram.

Protesters carried posters saying “Bring back our girls”, “Islam by choice” and “Don’t rape our girls Boko Haram”. Women chanting “bring back our girls” in Zulu led the march.

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