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University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
MJL Electrical workers marched to the Wits Senate Hall on 14 May, making an impassioned plea to the Wits vice-chancellor, Prof. Adam Habib, and management. They handed in a petition and letter to the Wits management. In the letter they accuse the university of not doing enough to help them. MJL workers have been in a salary dispute with the company’s owner, George Cresswold, since last year. Wits management has responded to the situation by stating that it is not the university’s responsibility to ensure jobs for workers but added that it was ready to support the workers with their legal battle against Cresswold.
Wits students have given vice-chancellor Prof. Adam Habib 48 hours to reinstate ousted Wits president Mcebo Dlamini. Dlamini was removed from office as SRC president last week after being found guilty of misconduct. Wits student and political parties have added that the university will become ungovernable if their demands are not met by Friday 15 May.
Dlamini also voiced his opinion on the matter with several Facebook posts. Among others, Dlamini added that failure to meet the demands of students will bring Wits to a standstill.
University of Witwatersrand
Wits SRC President Mcebo Dlamini has resigned with immediate effect. The message announcing his resignation was posted on his Facebook account. A post made earlier said he was found guilty of insulting a member of senior management.
It was reported by Wits Vuvuzela that Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Habib “received a report that Dlamini was part of a disciplinary hearing about an offence committed prior to his election”. Habib added that, “The hearing apparently found him guilty and he subsequently resigned on Facebook... He is entitled to appeal as per rules.” SRC deputy secretary Amogelang Manganyi told Wits Vuvuzela that the secretary has not received an official resignation from Dlamini.
University of Stellenbosch (Maties)
Students at Maties are reported to have racially taunted black staff and tugged at their uniforms across the counter in the food court. A case has been opened with the police and the chairperson of Daso Maties has written to the Rector and the Rector’s management committee regarding this matter.
Durban University of Technology (DUT)
DUT is the greenest campus in the country.
At a recent awards ceremony hosted by the African Green Campus Initiative (Agci) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, DUT won the 2013 award for the best institution with a Green Campus Initiative.
The other universities nominated for the award were the Tshwane University of Technology, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the University of Limpopo and the Mangosuthu University of Technology.
Agci was started in 2011 as South Africa was preparing to host the global COP17 conference. It was established with the aim of promoting environmental sustainability and climate change interventions at college and university campuses in South Africa. Agci is funded by the Southern African chapter of the Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers International.
KwaZulu-Natal Agci regional coordinator Sifundo Nkosi congratulated the institution and said that there was a lot of improvement at DUT considering that the initiative was only launched in August last year when DUT came second in the competition.
University of Cape Town (UCT)
UCT’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been rated the best business school in Africa at the 6th Eduniversal World Convention of the Best Business Schools.
“To receive such an award from our national and international peers is an honour and a powerful testimonial to the way we teach business management and leadership at the GSB,” UCT GSB director Walter Baets told Bizcommunity News.
The Eduniversal International Scientific Committee (ISC) nominates 1 000 business schools from 153 countries. Schools are nominated based on universality and international reputation. Deans and directors from the nominated business schools then vote for the best school.
The UCT GSB full-time MBA (Master of Business Administration) is the only one in Africa to feature in the Financial Times’ 2013 Top 100 Global MBA Ranking.
On 22 February 2015 the University of Stellenbosch’s Van der Sterr building caught fire. The 56-year-old building housed the accounting and statistics department.
The roof as well as sections of the third floor of the building were the most damaged. It is thanks to safety precautions such as firewalls that the fire did not reach and destroy other sections of the building.
It is not known if it will be business as usual on the sections that had not been affected by the fire, however at the time of going to print this was not the case and students were being directed to attend lectures at alternative venues on the university’s website.
University of the Witwatersrand
The SRC of Wits launched the 1 Million 1 Month campaign. This target was reached in less than half of that time and on 24 February the amount collected was R1.6 million. The money collected is to assist more than 2 000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds with registration fees.
The Wits SRC is currently in negotiations with the institution in order to get the university to reduce the cost of registration for these students from R9300 to R3000.