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Concerns over BRT


The City of Tshwane is in the process of changing the current two lane roads of Lynnwood and Atterbury to incorporate the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system which launched in the city centre and Hatfield regions last year.

City mayoral spokesman Blessing Manale made a statement in which he said that a proposal was put forth for converting the road into one mixed traffic lane and one bus lane. The municipality has said that this is too expensive, especially considering that the figure for construction costs had doubled from the initial quoted price of building the BRT system from University Road to Nelson Mandela Drive.

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Sasco’s induction workshop


On 24 March Sasco began their political school campaign with an induction workshop. At the workshop, Sasco discussed their ABCs, Strategic Perspective on Transformation (Spot) document, and their constitution. Lwando Majize, provincial secretary of Sasco, and Jabu Maitse, PEC member, were the guest speakers for the workshop.


The induction workshop consisted of a discussion on the historical origins of Sasco, their relevance today and the procedures that they follow.

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A Re Yeng rapid transport system to affect student parking


According to the UP strategic plan – 2025 the University of Pretoria is estimated to have had 45 000 contact students in 2011, with the number anticipated to increase to 55 000 students by 2025. The result of this substantial increase in enrollment is an ongoing parking crisis in and around Hatfield.

The parking crisis is set to worsen with the introduction of the new A Re Yeng rapid transport system. The City of Tshwane launched the first phase of the A Re Yeng bus route late in 2014. Line 2A is operational from the Tshwane CBD to Hatfield and the line passes by the University of Pretoria. The A Re Yeng trunk bus routes (buses that operate in reserved lanes) are supported by feeder routes, and two of these feeder routes are already operational at the Groenkloof campus and the Prinshof campus.

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Rowdy Rhodes creates Kruger crisis


Damaging and defacing statues has made headlines in recent weeks.


EFF members acted upon the words of their leader by defacing the statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square in Pretoria. According to News24 the political party claims that it launched the campaign in order to put pressure on the city for the removal of the statue and replacing it with a different statue or monument. This campaign by the EFF resulted in the statue being smeared with paint.

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Minister of Finance delivers budget speech 2015

Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene delivered the annual budget speech last Wednesday. Perdeby had a look at some of the areas that will affect a student’s pocket.


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