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Intervarsity news 23 February 2015


Wits raises funds for students
Wits University, in cooperation with various other sectors of society, has raised funds for some of its students who were unable to fund their studies due to the NSFAS shortage this year.

Wits, together with other corporates, has raised roughly R780 000 toward this purpose. One of the donors of this initiative is law firm Norton Rose Fullbright that pledged to cover the registration fees of ten Wits law students, at a cost of approximately R100 000. The Oppenheimer family trust has also pledged an amount of R120 000 and the South African Property Owners Association will support five property students this year.

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Gautrain cable theft hampers service


On 2 October the Gautrain route between Park and Hatfield station experienced delays as a result of cable theft. The service was disrupted from 05:30 to 08:00. This caused students to be late or miss classes. Paige Benton, a third-year BA General student told Perdeby, “This delay was a huge inconvenience as [I] interrupted the lecture by coming in late, as well as I missed the work covered in the first 20 minutes. I feel that delays are unacceptable due to the high cost of taking the train.”

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E-toll project put on hold

“Never in the history of our democracy has there been such a strong, unified outrage at an action taken by the authorities.”

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R1.2 billion construction set for Loftus


The green light has been given for a significant upgrade to Loftus and the surrounding area. The development, which was first brought to light in 2013, has been given the go-ahead after months of planning. The planned construction will begin in 2015 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

The upgrades are planned for the precinct on the northern side of Loftus commonly known as the “sin-bin”. The construction is set to upgrade the Loftus aesthetics economically by building an office precinct and a shopping centre, consisting of offices, a four star hotel, a Virgin Active gym, restaurants and conference facilities, all surrounding an open air piazza. The development is going to be called Loftus Park and will be built in an environmentally friendly manner. Situated on the corner of Park and Kirkness street, bordering Pretoria High School for Girls, the development is in an ideal location as it is easily accessible and only a short distance from the Gautrain station in Hatfield.

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