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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.
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.
Tshwane University of Technology
Students were requested to vacate two campuses in Shoshonguve on 8 March. The announcement was made on 7 March, giving students 24 hours to make alternative accommodation arrangements. Some students had to find churches and community halls to stay in on Tuesday night.
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
On Monday, 4 April, student protests, led by the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania, disrupted academic activities on Wits’s Braamfontein campus. According to News24, protesters chanting “fees must fall” disrupted lectures, vandalised property, and started a fire in a lecture hall in the Umthombo Building. The university condemned the behaviour from what it said were approximately 150 individuals.
Speaking to eNCA, Prof. Andrew Crouch, Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of academics at Wits, said that there were a number of causes protesters aligned themselves with, predominantly relating to demands for free education and the insourcing of workers. According to Wits management, no injuries were reported and no significant damage was done to property. The university has since deployed additional security to the affected campus.
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
Three TUT students have been injured in two separate robbery incidents at the Metro Rail station near the university’s Pretoria West campus. The first incident saw a student shot and admitted to hospital in a critical condition. The other incident resulted in two students being stabbed. The pair is in a stable condition.
TUT shut down both of its Shoshanguve campuses on 24 February after #FeesMustFall protests in which protesters, who demanded a R1 500 residence food allowance and an end to financial exclusion, became disruptive to lectures. This is despite TUT’s 2015 interdict against protesters that still remains in effect. Lectures on the Shoshanguve campuses resumed the following day.