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Blind cricketer graduates 
On 3 May, Kenneth Mabelane, a national blind cricketer, graduated with a degree in Music. According to an article posted on UP’s website, Mabelane has already released a song called “Make it better”, which is available online. “He will not let anything stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming an established musician,” the article said. Like any other journey, Mabelane’s has not been short of challenges. “You will always have issues with yourself,” he is quoted as saying. He chooses to draw strength from the guru Sri Ravi Shankar, who says that it is important for people to never “lose [their] smile and equanimity even for a moment”. Apart from continuing to pursue a music and sporting career, he hopes to further his studies in law and sports journalism.

UP volleyball player graduates with a medical degree

According to UP’s website, Margrit Springer, a newly capped medical doctor, lives by the famous athlete Jerry Rice quote – “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” Dr Springer recently graduated with a degree in Medicine and Surgery. As a key UP Volleyball player and captain of the team for the past three years, Springer has been selected to represent South Africa at the upcoming Zone 6 Beach Volleyball Competition scheduled to take place in Namibia at the end of the year.

UP Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control
The University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP ISMC) seeks to be a key player in fighting the spread of malaria, both nationally and globally. In light of its malaria awareness week held in April, the institute has released the second version of its “Malaria Buddy” app. According to UP’s website, “The app originally focused on informing people, mainly tourists, about the disease - its symptoms, how to prevent getting malaria, and what one should do if you suspect that you have the disease. The app also included a malaria risk map of South Africa.” The app is available for download on the Google Play and iTunes stores.

Enterprises UP supports UP Campus Tours
Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) recently sponsored UP Campus Tours (UPCT) with branded gear, which the tour guides will wear when conducting tours of the university campuses.

The daily programme is run by students pursuing an honours degree in Tourism and Cultural Studies as an imperative practical component of their degree. The UPCT initiative is led by Prof. Karen Harris and Ms Charlene Herselman of the Department of Heritage and Cultural Studies.

This year, UPCT provides tours in English, Sesotho, Afrikaans and Shona. According to UP’s website, the students in the UPCT initiative are exposed to workplace skills such as research, finances, management, marketing and guiding tours.


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