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Serious about trash: recycling at UP


The Campus Services Division of Waste and Environmental Management is responsible for the removal of general and hazardous waste at UP.

The UP recycling initiative follows a 2025 strategic plan with regard to sustainability. The plan started in 2014 whereby 288 tons of waste was disposed from all UP campuses. In 2015, this number grew to 612 tons of waste and an 8% increase in waste recycling in 2016 was realised.

Residences at UP also have recycle bins (blue) on each floor and non-recyclable bins (orange). Paper waste, which consists of waste paper, old papers and textbooks, is removed from the University on Mondays and Thursdays. During the last four months of 2016, almost 2 092 tons of white paper were removed from campuses.

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Intervarsity News 13 March 2017

University of Johannesburg

On 2 March, the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Perskor Building was renamed Qoboza/Klaaste Building after prominent anti-apartheid journalists Percy Qoboza and Aggrey Klaaste.

In a statement released by the institution on 1 March, VC Prof. Ihron Rensburg describes the late journalists as leaders in the black consciousness movement through their news contributions.

According to News24, Qoboza’s editorial steering of The World led to it becoming the most widely circulated black newspaper in South Africa in 1974. The newspaper was banned in 1977. In 2000, the International Press Institute included Qoboza in its list of 50 World Press Freedom Heroes in the past 50 years.

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Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University will have its first female registrar from the start of 2017. In a statement issued on 13 July 2016 by the university, Dr Ronel Retief, who is currently the Deputy Registrar of the Tygerberg campus, will take over from Johann Aspeling, who retires at the end of this year. Dr Retief said that she is looking forward to the role of registrar and hopes to add value, both by giving informed advice about the determining factors in the higher education sector in South Africa and by promoting excellent, empathic academic administration that supports student success. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Wim de Villiers, said that Dr Retief will have her work cut out for her, noting the fact that she will be taking up the position “at a decisive moment of the university”. “Her excellent academic record and extensive experience in a complex faculty where diversity has expanded a lot will stand her in good stead. We have the utmost confidence in her,” said Prof. De Villiers.

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University of Stellenbosch

The University of Stellenbosch has revised its admissions policy for 2018. The university released a statement over the weekend in which it was stated that the university “recognises the need to reserve places for socio-economically disadvantaged students, regardless of racial classification”. The policy aims to admit students who meet the minimum requirements for a particular course but would otherwise not be admitted to the course of their preference. According to the statement “the long-term objective of the policy is to contribute to a non-racial and equal society no longer requiring race-based redress” 

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Rhodes University (RU) Rhodes University has been marred by protests over the recurring sexual assault of students and rape culture at the university. Protests resulted in the temporary suspension of lectures.

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