Intervarsity News 8 September 2014

KEEGAN FRANCES

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.

Dr Thompson told Die Matie that SU is adequately prepared to deal with the situation following meetings between the various interested parties. SU is a part of the South African health plan that has been put in place in response to the Ebola threat.

University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

Wits Education campus students who feel that their grievances are not taken seriously by their SRC handed out “# WhyShouldWeVote” pamphlets on 2 September as part of their campaign to boycott the current SRC elections. The Wits Education Student Council (ESC) leaders told Wits Vuvuzela that the pamphlets were part of a campaign to caution students to vote carefully or not at all. Bedney Morole, one of the ESC leaders, said that he would not be voting in this year’s elections.

Mokolwane Masweneng, Wits ESC academic officer, told Wits Vuvuzela that the pamphlets were handed out in response to grievances that were never addressed. Some of the grievances listed include limited and expensive food options on campus and insufficient printing and ATM facilities.

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

UJ’s Division for Internationalisation with Africa Legal Aid (AFLA) and International Commission of Jurists-Kenya (ICJ-Kenya) will be host a two-day conference from 9-10 September. The conference will look at the impact that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has in Africa and promote the correction of the ICC statute in Africa. Furthermore, the conference will strive to improve access to the ICC and strengthen relationships between the ICC and African countries.

The conference will host 40 international representatives. According to the UJ Observer, UJ’s fourth International Leadership Platform for 2014, which will be led by Dr Pinkie Mekgwe, will also participate in the conference. The International Leadership Platform strives to promote an open dialogue on political, cultural and economic matters.

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