Perdeby Newspaper Feed Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:53:32 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev ( UP Vice Chancellor and Principal to step down  


In an email sent to staff on Monday 11 June, Prof Cheryl de la Rey announced she will be stepping down from her position as Vice Chancellor and Principal at the end of this year. Her contract was set to end in 2021.
Prof De la Rey’s early departure follows her acceptance of an offer to lead the University of Canterbury, New Zealand from 2019.
In her email to staff Prof De la Rey said, “After nine years at the helm of the University of Pretoria, I believe that, together with you, we have delivered on almost all the objectives I had set at the beginning of my tenure. The University has enhanced its academic stature, improved its international ranking, made significant strides in transforming its staff and student demographics, expanded and renewed its physical infrastructure and is in a sound financial position. Overall, I have experienced a very satisfying journey as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria.”
Prof De la Rey was appointed as UP’s 12th Vice Chancellor and Principal in November 2009 following Prof Callie Pistorius who served in the position from 2001. In 2014 she was re-appointed for a second term which would’ve ended in 2021.
“It is with sadness that the University of Pretoria takes note of the VC’s decision to step down in favour of a new role” says Rikus Delport, University or Pretoria spokesperson. “We are proud of her achievement and for the recognition she has received by being elected to lead an international institution” says Delport.
The process for the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal will be dealt with in terms of the approved regulation and procedure. The Human Resources Committee of Council (HRCC) is responsible for setting a time frame for this process and are scheduled to meet next month. Council, Senate, and the Institutional Forum (IF) are key stakeholders in the process.
Once candidates have been identified and interviewed, the Senate and IF will vote on their suitability and the Joint Committee of Council, which consists of both HRCC and Standing Committee of Council members, will make a recommendation for the appointment. The appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal will be made by the Council.


]]> (Carel Willemse) Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:59:03 GMT
SRC holds second quarterly Student Forum Henri Uys

On 16 May, the UP SRC held its second quarterly Student Forum in the Engineering Building.

SRC President Kwena Moloto, delivered his quarterly report. Moloto commented on the SRC’s recent food drive and said, “The food drive was a massive success and ensured that no student was forced to study on an empty stomach. The food drive also demonstrated how effective Student Governance structures can be when working together for a common goal…Going forward the UP SRC intends on continuing to foster working relationships with all Student Governance structures to ensure that events such as the food drive continue to be impactful and effective.”

Moloto also spoke about this year’s registration period and the problems that some students were facing. He said, “With the commencement of the academic year, many returning students still weren’t registered. This was due to various factors. The most notable being historical debt and the NSFAS strike. As a result, on the 19th of February 2018 when the registration period ended, hundreds of students still hadn’t registered. After many engagements with the UP Executive it was decided that the registration period would be extended to the 2nd of March 2018. This was the first time in recent years that an SRC was able to extend the registration period. Furthermore, the SRC was able to negotiate that unregistered students be allowed onto campus in order to seek help from the SRC and attend class until the 2nd of March 2018.”


]]> (Web Editor) Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:50:08 GMT
SRC holds first mass meeting Resego Molele

On 23 April, the SRC announced on their official Facebook page that they would be hosting a mass meeting on 8 May at the Piazza, Hatfield campus. However, on 8 May the SRC posted that the mass meeting had been postponed “due to health reasons of an executive member and other unforeseen circumstances”. Shortly after this, another announcement was posted saying that the meeting would take place at 13:30. “Please note [that] previous communications can be ignored,” the announcement read. As stated on a Facebook post, the agenda of the meeting was for “students to come forward with any issues they have”.

Chapter 7, Section 48 subsection (2) of the CSG states, “Mass meetings must be attended by all the members of the executive committee of the SRC and at least five (5) other members of the SRC. Failure of the aforementioned SRC members to attend a Mass Meeting is a violation of the Code of Conduct.” The meeting was presided over by 3 executive members: SRC Secretary, Soraia Machado; SRC Deputy Secretary, Kutlwano Molotsi; and SRC Treasurer, Duane-Jeffery van Wyk. Also in attendance were Media, Marketing & Communications SRC member, Kyle Goosen and SRC member for Postgraduates & International Student Affairs, Jodie Chikowi. The absence of all executive members of the SRC made the mass meeting unconstitutional. “Although it is unconstitutional, any issues raised here will be taken with the serious intent that is needed for it,” said Machado.

According to Section 23, subsection 2(b)(v) of the CSG, the SRC President “Must attend and do whatever is reasonably necessary to ensure the success of mass meetings and presides over mass meetings.” Section 23, subsection 2(d)states that “During any period of absence of the President and Deputy President or inability to perform their duties for whatever reason, the SRC Secretary acts as President.” In this case, Machado acted as President of the SRC.


]]> (Web Editor) Tue, 22 May 2018 07:34:01 GMT
TuksNetball seeks to continue with their winning streak MARIESA POTGIETER

On 13 May, at Ellis Park Indoor Arena, the Gauteng Jaguars beat the Southern Stings 51-43. The Gauteng Jaguars, which comprises mostly of TuksNetball players, had a great start to the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League, continuing their winning streak from last year. A total of 26 TuksNetball players will be representing four different teams in the Brutal Fruit series. Apart from currently competing in the six week long Brutal Fruit series, TuksNetball are also taking part in the Tshwane Super League.

The Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League is the TuksNetball players’ and coach’s main focus throughout May and June. Perdeby spoke to Head Coach of TuksNetball and of the Gauteng Jaguars, Jenny Van Dyk, to get an insight into the world of TuksNetball.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 11:32:49 GMT
Roland Garros 2018 PAUL GRAY

The French Open, otherwise known as Roland Garros, takes place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris from 27 May to 10 June. This year’s version of the Grand Slam sets up to be a highly contested one, with the return of Serena Williams to Grand Slam tennis after the birth of her child.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 11:14:14 GMT
A ‘Brand’ new cricketing star KEEGAN SULLIVAN

On 27 April, after five days of exhilarating cricket, the Assupol TuksCricket team was crowned the Momentum National Club Champions premier cricketing side as they retained their title of champions for a consecutive year. The UP side cruised to victories over Crusaders, NWU Pukke, Wellington, Yorkshire and Fort Hare on their way to being crowned champions. Although it was a team effort and every member of the squad put in a performance when the team needed them to do so that ultimately lead to success, Neil Brand was undoubtedly the brightest shining star as he earned himself the player of the tournament award.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 11:06:20 GMT
TuksRugby women: The road to success with Kemisetso Baloyi Caitlyn Walsh

Perdeby spoke to TuksWomensRugby seven’s player Kemisetso Baloyi to talk about her experience as a rugby player. Baloyi has been playing rugby for five years and joined TuksRugby in 2016.

Why did you decide to join TuksRugby?

I wanted to be a part of one of the most successful teams in the country, I knew joining the club would [help] [me] grow […] as a player.

What has been your best memory out on the field?

It’s difficult to pick one but it is between winning the Stanislas 7s and the Oktoberfest 7s, and winning bronze at the Dubai 7s.

Rugby is often presumed to be a male’s sport, have you, as a woman, ever experienced social or gender barriers in sport?

The mere fact that some people still get surprised when they learn that there is women’s rugby, is a challenge on its own. I feel that we do not get as much media coverage and opportunities as our male counterparts.

How do you overcome these challenges?

We try as much as we can to promote our team on social media platforms, that way we attract a lot of attention towards the sport.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 10:17:00 GMT
UP SHS provides papsmears Correction: In a previous version of this article, it was written that “…this subsidy is limited to two students per UP campus per year.” However, Johan Maritz, Senior Manager at the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G), said that they “have funding to subsidise about 25 pap smear tests per quarter – regardless from which campus they are from”. Sr Coetzee verified that, “…we do 2 pap smears per campus per month not per year, which amount[s] to about 10 per month”. The article has since been corrected and Perdeby apologises for any inconvenience caused. 


Henri Uys

UP’s Student Health Services (SHS) provide Papanicolaou tests (pap smears) to students. These tests are used to test whether a female patient might have cervical cancer. If a student cannot afford a test, she can pay R55 only and the remaining R100 of the test’s cost is subsidised. However, Johan Maritz, Senior Manager at the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender (CSA&G), said that they “have funding to subsidise about 25 pap smear tests per quarter – regardless from which campus they are from”. Sr Coetzee verified that, “…we do 2 pap smears per campus per month not per year, which amount[s] to about 10 per month”.

According to an article on Marie Stopes South Africa’s website, one in 41 South African women are affected by cervical cancer. Around 16.84 million women over the age of 15 are at risk of getting cervical cancer, according to Statistics South Africa. According to an article on’s website, there are no symptoms of cervical cancer in its early stages. When symptoms do appear, these may include unusual vaginal bleeding, painful sexual intercourse and longer or heavier menstruation periods. Perdeby spoke to SHS HOD, Sr. Hannelie Coetzee. Coetzee said that pap smears are used to detect cellular changes in the cervix, most of which are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). If something abnormal is detected, treatment can start early to prevent the cancer from spreading and causing more harm. Coetzee explained how the process works. Before a pap smear is administered, there are strict criteria which needs to be followed. Pap smears are expensive treatments, Coetzee said. A pap smear will only be administered if absolutely necessary. A full medical examination is done. This includes a pelvic examination.


]]> (Web Editor) Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:36:07 GMT
SpeakOut UP tackles sexual harassment

Correction: In a previous version of this article, a source’s surname Laluma Shongwe, was incorrectly stated as Laluma Chabedi. The article has since been corrected and Perdeby apologises for any inconvenience caused. 


Mbali Mkhithi

On 8 May, a demonstration was held by Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) at the Student Centre on Hatfield Campus where students protested using slogans such as “Femicide is a South African Curse”, “No to women killing” and “Blow the whistle on the likes of Mdu Manana”. According to PASMA secretary Olwethu Dlanga, the aim of the protest was to raise awareness about femicide, which is the killing of women by men. Dlanga said that, “People are not educated about the dangers of masculinity, misogyny and patriarchy and its toxicity. Violence perpetuated on women by men has been normalized by society to an extent whereby people are becoming desensitized to these things.” During the mass meeting which was held on the same day, questions were raised concerning the safety of victims who are forced to live within the same space as their perpetrators on campus.  Another speak out session was organised by the Hatfield Studios executive committee and held on 9 May at Hatfield Studios Lounge. The main point of discussion was, “Are we safe?” The guest speakers at this event were senior UP students Tshegetso Moepi, Refiloe Mofokeng, Letlotlo Chabedi and Laluma Shongwe. The speak out session aimed to address issues that women face around Hatfield, to share lived experiences of student assaults and the impact that the current clubs in the area have on student safety outside campus. Chabedi explained that, “There were multiple events which influenced the team to hold the speak out session but one topic which we all felt strongly about are the dangers which women face (even in an academic environment like Hatfield) and the national growth of femicide which is disregarded across the country. An event which was discussed is the frequency at which young women’s drinks are being spiked around the social spaces in Hatfield and the terrible events that followed as result of this.”


]]> (Web Editor) Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:34:04 GMT
Sasco remains a suspended society  

Ditebogo Tshaka

On 23 January, Sasco Tukkies Branch was temporarily suspended as a society of UP. According to a letter issued to the society by the SRC, the temporary suspension comes following Sasco’s failure “to adhere to a direct order prohibiting [the] society and its members from participating in the 2018 registration period” at UP’s Hillcrest Campus. Together with the above reason, Sasco was said to have failed to produce a Managerial Report that was requested by the SRC Member for Societies, Obakeng Sepeng, on 11 October 2017 by email. It also failed to supply the same report at an SRC Societies Sub Council meeting that took place on 18 October 2017. The report in question was received on 8 November 2017. On 23 March 2018, Sasco instituted proceedings against the SRC with regards to this matter. They requested an adjudication process between their party and the SRC. The adjudication was held on 3 May in the Graduate Centre L1-68 from 09:00 to 18:00 and was chaired by the Constitutional Tribunal. Here, evidence was heard. Sasco had made four contentions, namely, that the “SRC President acted ultra vires[beyond the powers] in issuing the notice of withdrawal … [and that the] Societies Officer [Sepeng] failed administratively to carry out his duties in terms of Societies Sub Council Constitution…[and] failed administratively to collect managerial reports in a consistent and accountable manner”.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 08:31:36 GMT
UP societies face funding cuts Ricardo Teixeira

On 3 May, the SRC member for Societies, Obakeng Sepeng, told chairpersons of UP societies that their funding would be withheld if they failed to attend society specific training. This came after some chairpersons of UP societies claimed that the training was poorly communicated. According to Sepeng, he notified the chairpersons during the society sub-council meeting on 26 March that the training would take place on 10, 11, or 12 May, and asked them to reserve those dates. Sepeng created a WhatsApp group on 23 April and said the training program would be communicated on 7 May. However, it was only confirmed by Sepeng on 9 May that the training would take place on Saturday 12 May. Sepeng communicated with the societies chairpersons in response to their unhappiness towards the short notice. He responded by saying “Please let me know not to bother my self organising training for yall [sic].” On the WhatsApp group, Sepeng added further that the chairpersons who could not attend should “keep it to your self till Monday [7 May] when I address y’all at 15:00 [sic]".


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 08:46:05 GMT
National minimum wage debate KATHERINE ATKINSON

South Africa’s national minimum wage (NMW) will soon increase from R11 per hour to R20 per hour, which equates to R3500 per month. The NMW was meant to be implemented on 1 May, but there is a delay since the bill is currently with the labour department for revision, says Mail and Guardian.

The new NMW is intended to improve living conditions of the working class. However, a worker needs to earn at least R26 per hour to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their dependents, says Mail and Guardian. Several federations are pushing for an NMW of R26 per hour, or R4750 per month, but they believe that the new NMW is a step in the right direction. These include federations such as the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu). Fedusa stated that they are “keenly aware that a R3500 a month minimum wage is less than an ideal living wage but will certainly lift an estimated 4.5 million workers currently earning below that amount out of abject poverty,” says Fin24.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 08:10:20 GMT
The recognition of Muslim marriages in SA  


South Africa has once again been confronted with the historical battle for the legal recognition of Muslim marriages. The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) has launched an application in the Western Cape High Court to take the President of South Africa and executive respondents to court for the lack of a legislative framework governing Muslim marriages in South Africa. According to WLC, their basis for this action lies in the fact that non-recognition has far-reaching implications and consequences for women in Muslim marriages, as they do not have the protection offered to women in civil marriages. The application is in the name of public interest and seeks relief for women in Muslim marriages, and the children born of such marriages as well as legal protection upon the dissolution of the marriage.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 07:54:01 GMT
Aandklas Open Mic Night celebrates 3rd anniversary Ricardo Teixeira

Aandklas, a place that is the epitome of rock ‘n roll, celebrated the third anniversary of their open mic night on Sunday 13 May. Since it started, Open Mic Night has been a platform for many aspiring musicians to get stage experience and necessary exposure. In a series of interviews, Perdeby spoke with the organiser and acts at the event.

The idea for Open Mic Night came in early 2015 when Aandklas owner Rudi Oosthuizen, and open mic night founder and manager Christo “Baas” De Beer watched Francois Van Coke perform at Aandklas during one of his first solo performances. After which Oosthuizen said to De Beer, “I wish we had something like this every day.” A week later De Beer approached Oosthuizen with the possibility of running an open mic night, because at the time there weren’t any open mic nights in Pretoria. For the first few months, the two co-managed the weekly event, until Oosthuizen gave complete control to De Beer. “He[Oosthuizen] said to me, ‘You know what, take it, run with it.’ So basically, it’s all thanks to Rudi, he made it all possible.”

Open mic nights like these play and important role for anyone hoping to build a career in the South African music industry. De Beer explained, “Musicians need a stage. No one is willing to give a musician a stage, unless he’s got stage experience, which he can’t get without a stage. Which is kinda f***ed up.” Acts that perform well at open mic night are given opening slots for other acts when possible, giving them more exposure and experience. One of the popular acts at Open Mic Nights, Zebra, was given an opening slot for a Jack Parrow performance, two weeks after their first open mic night. De Beer said that he has approached a few of the acts and brought them into his company, Activation Media, to help book them for other performances. When asked about acts that perform badly, De Beer defended them, saying “Some of them improve a lot. I’ll be honest, we get guys here that are not musicians and they want to try it out, but I believe [we should] give everyone an opportunity.” De Beer recalled a memorable performance, one he deemed the epitome of Open Mic Night, when a performer who had never been on stage before stepped on the Open Mic Night stage. “He had friends in the crowd who didn’t know he owned a guitar,” De Beer said, “and he blew minds. I honestly wish I could remember who the f*** he was.”


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 05:59:19 GMT
Five Guys notes and summaries: an interview with a first-year Executive Director By Alison Massey

Perdeby recently interviewed JC Steyn, the Executive Director of a company called “Five Guys Notes and Summaries” that he and a group of friends started earlier this year. The business guarantees top-quality study notes and has seen a lot of growth in the few months since its inception. Steyn explains how this came to be and what the company’s plan for the future is.


Where did you get the idea for your business?
With the original team we started out as five people who just happened to meet each other throughout orientation week, and by the end of orientation week we sat together and had a conversation where we said “let’s try to do really, really well at our studies” and then someone came up with the idea to all put our notes together, and then I said ‘let’s sell that’. The whole business concept actually started with my girlfriend who bought a set of medicine notes off one of those flyers on the noticeboards for like R300 and it was terrible. I mean, I’m sure all the content was there but it was so jumbled and terribly formatted that if you had to study for a test you wouldn’t be able to pick out the work that was important. Nothing was labelled, nothing was clear, [there were] inconsistent fonts throughout the whole thing, it was terrible. And it was just an email so she [JC’s girlfriend] could then theoretically take that email and send it to everyone else and ef­fectively stop the sales for this girl who had made the notes. So, for us it was just so important that our notes were really good, easy to use and that people could say “I need to revise this one topic” and open up the notes, find it on the index and go straight there and just revise it. For students, by students, in a way that we would understand.


How does your business work?
The way it works is that the business functions as a partnership. So, there’s the senior partners which are myself as the executive director, since I founded the company and I’m sort of the leader of the partners, [and] four other senior partners, two of them are founding members. Then below us [… ]we’ve got compilers (people who basi­cally help adapt the notes to our format); we’ve got independent creators who are people who take subjects that we don’t have and they do those notes for us for a percentage […] Something that’s new is what we’re calling the “faculty teams” which are made up of four creators and a faculty representative, so for example if we wanted to expand into the engineering faculty we would have one faculty rep from that faculty who would attend the partners meetings with us, talk to us a bit and basically raise the interests and concerns of his specific faculty and then he would also function as the leader of his team. So, they would duplicate what we are doing in their own faculty and then report back to us and then in that way we can spread our brand across the university.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 05:55:19 GMT
Janie Bay ahead of the Capital Craft Beer Festival Nthabeleng Vilakazi

The Craft Beer Festival will take place on the 16 June at the Botanical Gardens, Pretoria. Among the performers that will be gracing the stage, one of them is Janie Bay, a South African singer-songwriter who released her latest album, Miscellany, last year September. In her preparation for the event, Perdeby decided to sit down with her to find out more about her upcoming performance, upcoming projects and more.


You have done an impressive number of gigs and you’ve toured all over the country for a few years, what is your favourite part about performing live?
Even though it is a vulnerable thing to share your own music, that is by far the most ful­fulling part of performing live. Sharing your heart and art is a privilege.


As a follow up to that question, is there anything you find terrifying about perform­ing in front of a live audience?
It is kind of the same answer. As amazing and rewarding as it is, it can be scary too.


You’ll be performing at this year’s Craft Beer Festival, what should your fans expect from this particular performance?
I will be performing my songs from my latest album with a full band for the first time. This is a very special thing for me.


What else from this year’s Craft Beer Fes­tival, aside from your performance, are you excited about?
I still have a few singles coming out with music videos from my album Miscellany. I will also be writing for a new album and will [...] be doing another collab with a very awesome SA artist, another one of my dreams coming true.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 05:49:18 GMT
The Grind radio opens own bar and eatery Ricardo Teixeira

A new bar is opening next door to Latino’s Bistro, on what many are referring to as “the Lynnwood strip”. The Grind bar and eatery has been born out of necessity, as The Grind radio was in search of a new home.

The Grind radio was located at Arcade Empire, and then moved their studio to Open Window with plans to expand. With the moving, founder and station director Jarryd Wood decided that The Grind radio needed a permanent setting, something they could call their own. Wood came together with a friend, Raynard, and the two decided to create a new place to host The Grind radio. In an interview with Perdeby, Wood spoke about the inspiration behind The Grind bar and eatery, “the idea was, a band comes in, does an interview, chills and has a few drinks. So that’s how it all started.”

The new studio for The Grind is in a familiar space. Moving in to the location previously occupied by Drink Inc, Wood and Raynard had the building completely redone. Filthy walls replaced with sleek black tiles and a dancefloor surrounded by graffiti of Homer Simpson and Rick Sanchez, The Grind bar and eatery is a colourful and creative space. With the studio for The Grind radio stationed beside the dancefloor, Wood hopes to bring back the social feeling of the radio station, and to create a sociable environment. “We were at Arcade, and had been at Aandklas, that setting of being in a sociable environment where you could hear guys chatting or having a shooter, that really appealed to listeners.”


]]> (Web Editor) Wed, 23 May 2018 17:32:03 GMT
Road to Tuks FM relaunch Dinah Ramonyai

Tuks FM, the university’s radio station in association with Budweiser, is having their brand relaunch rooftop party on the 25th of May at 012 Central on the Prinschurch rooftop.

The party will be starting at 18:00 until 01:00, featuring performances by deep house DJs DJ Loko, Abby Nurock, Leeu and Mvelo, who played at Mieliepop. The party is hosted by Summerhouse and King of communes.

TuksFM, well known for its alternative and rock and roll style, is working towards a relaunch of its brand. From April, the radio station has undergone full format changes, including the launch of an all new programme line up which aims to cement the radio station’s new emphasis on being “for the youth by the youth”. These programme changes have already started on the 1st of May. The new programme features Hip Hop Nights, a whole hour at 18:00 on Wednesday evenings dedicated to the hip hop scene locally and internationally. Another one of the new segments is an hour of Locals Only on Tuesday 18:00.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 05:43:43 GMT
Seedtimes for changing times Naomi-Lisa Kobbie

The university’s departments of Sociology and Visual Arts held a book launch on 9 May for Omar Badsha’s latest collection of photographs. The book is titled Seedtimes and features a collection of the photographer’s work spanning four decades. They capture Omar’s travels to Denmark and Ethiopia as well as the experiences of Apartheid South Africa. Omar said the purpose of his work was to find new ways of representing blackness as well as to remind viewers of their shared humanity.

The struggle icon was first inspired to take photographs while earning a living as a chemical worker. Omar was part of a workers trade union and wanted to document the poor working conditions as evidence. He began to take a more critical interest in his encounters and discussions with people, using photography as a means of expressing the black identity as well as inviting black communities to be critical of their own representation in white South Africa.

The works present images of black humanity, such as the hardships of overcrowded classrooms, a happy couple on their wedding day, men and women protesting and a mother with her new born baby. Curator and art historian, Tembinkosi Goniwe, panelled the event and highlighted the important role of Omar in the construction of our history. He said that these images become a way of creating an alternative narrative, one in which a people’s representation is self-determined. He reminded the audience not to marginalise Omar as only a visual producer but rather to recognise him as “a political activist in the sphere of culture.”


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 05:42:07 GMT
Little Wolf Brewery discusses Capital Craft Beer Festival 2018 Claudine Noppe

Perdeby sat down with Cape Town based brewing company, Little Wolf, to chat about the upcoming Capital Craft Beer Festival. If you are an avid beer drinker or even just interested in the artisanal beer scene, the 2018 craft beer fest will be held on 16 June at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden.


For our readers who do not know about Little Wolf, describe the brewery in five words.
Using science to create art.


What can patrons expect from you at this year’s Capital Craft Beer Festival?
Dry and delicious ciders, including our collaboration Elderflower cider with Alpha Craft, as well as the ever-popular Hoppy Wheat.


What aspects of a beer festival keeps Little Wolf breweries coming back?
Chatting with our fans and introducing new people to our drinks. We love being able to personally interact with drinkers and shatter their preconceptions of what beers, cider and other drinks can be.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 05:40:20 GMT
UP’s Open Day now online  


The University of Pretoria made an announcement on its website that they will be launching a new method of hosting open days for prospective students. Open days will be carried out through a virtual online system. This system involves an “online web application” that will allow prospective students to log on and see an overview of UP’s academic programmes, facilitiesand its different campuses.


]]> (Web Editor) Fri, 18 May 2018 17:06:31 GMT
Additional funds allocated to NSFAS Henri Uys

Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, announced on 24 April that an additional R7.1 billion will be allocated to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

During a media briefing, Pandor said, “Additional government funding of R7.1 billion in 2018 has been allocated to fund bursaries for children of poor and working-class families entering universities and TVET colleges, with R4.5 billion set aside for qualifying university students and R2.6 billion for TVET college students. As a result the baseline allocation to NSFAS to support poor and working-class university and TVET students will increase from the R9.849bn in 2017/18 to R35.321bn in 2020/21.”

Pandor said, “The new funding allocation for first time entry university students is expected to fund approximately 40% (83 200) of the 208 000 spaces for new entrants at universities in 2018.”

Pandor said during the briefing that changes are being made to the student funding scheme. One of these changes is that the new student funding is being seen as a grant, not a loan. This means that students will not be required to pay any money back. However, there are conditions attached to this. Pandor explained, “Although first time entering students will not be expected to pay back the costs of their bursaries, they will be expected to meet certain conditions and expectations, including those relating to satisfactory academic performance.”

Pandor also said that her department is aware that some students are experiencing delays with their funding, but that they are working on solving this issue.

Rikus Delport, UP media spokesperson, said that a total of 7 342 students are being funded by NSFAS at UP this year. In 2017 and 2016, 6 611 and 6004 were funded by NSFAS respectively. In 2015, 5 418 students were funded.


]]> (Web Editor) Fri, 18 May 2018 16:54:29 GMT
Pregnancies at UP increase Henri Uys

According to statistics from UP’s Student Health Services (SHS), the number of pregnancies at UP has increased from last year. The number of pregnancy related visits to the SHS between January and April 2017 increased for the same period in 2018 on some UP campuses. Senior coordinator at Student Health Services, Sister Hannelie Coetzee said that these statistics only reveal the amount of cases that have been reported to the SHS. Coetzee mentioned there has been a problem with regards to the availability of contraceptive treatments, such as injections and medication.


]]> (Web Editor) Mon, 21 May 2018 06:04:05 GMT
UP in possession of possible Rembrandt Ricardo Teixeira

The 107-year-old Old Arts building at the University of Pretoria was once a building that held lectures and is now a museum and the head of the Arts Faculty. As a museum, it holds hundreds of ceramic pieces and several art collections. Among these is the Van Tilburg art collection, within it is a specific painting with an interesting history. Number 16 of the Van Tilburg art collection is long rumoured to be a Rembrandt. Believed to be the Portrait of a Rabbi, its authenticity is disputed as the premier expert on Rembrandt art, Ernst Van de Wetering, could not confirm if it truly was a Rembrandt.

Born in 1606, Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Seen by many as one of the greatest visual artists in art history and the most influential Dutch artist of all time, Rembrandt’s work has been seen by millions. The Rembrandt Research Project believes he created roughly 300 paintings, 300 etchings and approximately 2000 drawings, during his lifetime.

There are some reasons as to why some would deem Number 16 to not be authentic. One of the major reasons is because the painting has been glazed. It is possible that it was glazed to help preserve it, however it removes the ability to identify a painting by brush strokes. It is due to this reason that Van de Wetering could not say if it truly is a Rembrandt. There are also several versions and copies of the painting, and there is a possibility that one of Rembrandt’s students could have copied the painting while being taught at his studio. The painting is possibly one of nine authentic pieces, all believed to be different versions of Portrait of a Rabbi, including a sketch. One of the pieces famously belonged to the Rothschild family until 1922, when it was donated to the Louvre. The piece in the university’s possession however, was willed to UP in 1976 by Jacob van Tilburg.


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Step It Up 2018 round up Claudine Noppe

On Saturday 5 May, the finals of the Stuku-organized res event Step It Up were held at the Amphitheatre on Hatfield campus. Step It Up replaced Serrie, with residences combining to sing and dance, choreographing a 10-minute themed performance. This year the prelims took place on the Hatfield Campus in four venues, over two days. After these prelims, the top five women’s residences and the top four men’s residences went through to the finals. The overall winners of the night, Asterhof, captivated the crowd from the beginning. Their powerful and unique performance won them three titles at the Step It Up finals, including best ladies theme. The ladies had a punny “Asternauts” theme which was upheld by their vibrant costumes and song choices. The energetic and well-choreographed performance made the Asterhof ladies a crowd favourite, and secured them a win. First place for a male performance went to Taaibos, a Hillcrest campus res. They kicked off their “Around the world” themed performance with a humorous monologue by an airplane pilot.


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