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Intervarsity News 15 May 2017

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Two weeks after receiving her honours degree in Education at TUT, Philile Gumede went missing. Gumede’s brother, Owen Gumede, told The Citizen that the family went to the Soshanguve police station to open a missing person’s report. Gumede said that his sister was last seen on 22 April at 09:00, after her boyfriend dropped her off. According to police spokesperson, Constable Zanele Mtsweni, there are currently no suspects. Anyone with information can contact SAPS Soshanguve Sergeant Makhubela on the following numbers: 012 730 1300 or 082 414 5436.

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Intervarsity News 8 May 2017

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Researchers at UCT’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre H3D, in collaboration with Medicines for Malaria Venture, have discovered and biologically profiled a new anti-malaria drug that has the potential to cure the disease with a single dose. According to the Science Translational Medicine journal, the drug MMV390048 is a compound that is effective against the parasite throughout its entire life cycle, as well as resistant strains of malaria, and could mean being one step closer to wiping out the disease.

According to the World Health Organisation, Africa carries a high malaria burden compared to the rest of the world, with over 90% of malaria deaths occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Intervarsity News 27 March 2017

University of Cape Town (UCT)

On 11 and 18 March 2017, UCT’s Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) issued over 800 free Lenovo laptops to students on financial aid. According to UCT Daily News, the project is said to be an initiative of UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (ICTS) in its Centre for Higher Education Development. The project was started in 2013 through the Vice-Chancellor’s strategic fund. UCT Daily News adds that Kira Chernotsky, UCT’s ICTS director, views “laptops [as] essential to building graduate attributes”. 

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University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

On 24 March, the Wits Department of Journalism hosted the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism, which was awarded to the story of how over 94 mentally ill patients died after being moved to mostly unlicensed NGOs. The event took place in Johannesburg and according to the Wits website, the award of R200 000 went to Suzanne Venter of Rapport for her “Life Esidemeni” story. Taco Kuiper was a successful South African publisher who donated an immense part of his estate to encouraging investigative journalism. He believed in exposing matters of public concern and therefore created a fund for investigative journalism within The Valley Trust, which is partnered with the Wits Journalism Programme.

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Centre for Human Rights and UP Disability Unit commemorates Human Rights Day


On 16 March 2017, UP’s Centre for Human Rights (CHR) together with the UP’s Disability Unit and Law House commemorated Human Rights day at the Law Kiosk in the Law Building. The programme was interactive and educational, and was led by Sewela Masie, a research assistant at the Centre for Human Rights. The rights of people living with disabilities were emphasised under the event’s theme of “Inclusive Education”. William Aseka, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, explained, “Inclusive education is so that we can be able to include. We appreciate that we have a diverse society so we look at it from that perspective, as we have a diverse society, we need to include everyone to be able to participate equally”.

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