MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men were crowned the Tuks Serenade winners at the annual Serenade Gala evening hosted by Stuku last Friday night. The Musaion played host to the eight finalists as they each performed one last time before the winners were announced. Boekenhout, Olympus, Sonop, Vividus Men, Curlitzia, Erika, Magrietjie and Vividus Ladies qualified for the final on Thursday through the marks they obtained in the prelims last week.
The gala evening started off with Olympus. Their song selection, which included Ed Sheeran’s “I see fire” and Bastille’s “Things we lost in the fire” reflected their firemen theme well. Olympus also made thoughtful use of firemen-related props, such as a ladder, that were later used as percussion instruments.
DYLAN FLOWERDAY: SRC member for transformation and student success Nthabiseng Nooe hosted a forum last Wednesday which discussed the role of student governance.
The discussion focused on why student governance exists, ways to tackle student apathy, ways the SRC can be more effective, and what services the SRC should provide.
Students who attended the forum pointed out that there is a lack of communication between the SRC and students, and said that the SRC does not seem to be taken seriously by either students or UP management.
BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO: The EFF Tuks branch was officially launched on 6 August at the Graduate Centre. At the launch, new executive committee members were elected. Each member introduced themselves to the crowd with a unique EFF chant.
EFF Tuks secretary Jaco Oelofse said that three candidates affiliated with the EFF will contest the SRC elections. He added that the party has an alliance with the Young Socialist Student Society.
“Due to our new presence on campus, we are still finding our place. However, we are deeply committed to deal with the issues of the working class student,” Oelofse said. He said that although the EFF will focus on “the struggles of black working class students”, they will not alienate other students.
MAGGIE ROODT: A UP lecturer died after jumping off of the 21st floor of the Humanities Building (HB) on UP’s Hatfield Campus last Wednesday.
44-year-old Danny Nortjé-Rossouw was an accounting lecturer at the university. He also studied at UP, obtaining a degree in financial management.
SAPS warrant officer Dave Miller told Perdeby that the police are approaching Nortjé-Rossouw’s death as a suicide. This can only be confirmed after the postmortem and when the investigation has been completed.
Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)
The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) in Durban suspended all lectures on 28 July due to student protests.
Protests began when students who could not register for the second semester because they owed MUT money demanded to be registered.
MUT marketing and communications director Len Mzimela told eNCA that the institution had come to an agreement with students who were in debt of more than R10 000 that they could still register if they negotiated a way of paying back that debt with the university. The protesting students were those who would not negotiate.
BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO: Last week Perdeby published an article reporting TuksRes’s proposal to create separate residences exclusively for first-year students and residences exclusively for senior students. Perdeby asked a few residence students for their opinions on the matter.
“The proposal is fine if it will make more space for first years as long as no one is excluded.” – Precious Mphago, second-year BA Psychology student from Lilium
DYLAN FLOWERDAY: On Monday 28 July AfriForum Youth placed a coffin with the message “RIP koshuise / residences” at the entrance to the Roosmaryn Building. The coffin contained a petition with 1 600 student signatures along with a memorandum of students’ demands regarding the proposed changes to residences.
Last week, Perdeby reported on proposed changes to residences, which include dividing certain residences into first-year only and senior only residences. “AfriForum Youth and students decided to object to the planned changes by illustrating the death of residences symbolically,” said AfriForum Youth spokesperson Eduan Dupper in a media statement.
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.