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Erika and Olympus victorious at UP A Capella

CARINA KLOPPERS
On Saturday 12 August Erika and Olympus were crowned the winners of UP A Capella at the Musaion after the eight finalists gave their final performances. UP A Capella is an annual singing competition, formally known as Serenade, between the residences of the University of Pretoria. The prelims took place from 7 to 9 August. To ensure that UP A Capella is judged fairly and is free of bias, all residences performed under assigned house numbers.

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YCL hosts 4th Annual Woman-of-Worth Network

NTOMBI MKANDHLA 

On 5 August, the 4th Annual Woman-of-Worth (Wow) Network was held in Rautenbach Hall. This year’s theme, “Well Suited”, was an initiative to “redress and take on the sacred cows and socially constructed mentalities concerning youth and women”, said Kamogelo Lesabe, Chairperson of Young Corporate Leaders (YCL), in a media statement released prior to the event. YCL, the organiser of the event, is a UP student organisation which facilitates entrepreneurial and investment sessions for students. 

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NSFAS opens applications for 2018

HENRI UYS

On 1 August, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) announced that applications for funding in 2018 are open. In a media statement, NSFAS announced that it has partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) “to provide easy access for learners to [apply] for funding”. The partnership will allow NSFAS to make use of the 15 NYDA branches nationwide, as well as more than 50 Local Youth Offices (LYO) to accept NSFAS applications for funding. “These local youth offices are situated within local government facilities in all nine provinces”, the statement reads.

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New app launched for UP’s libraries

HENRI UYS 

On 20 July, UP’s Library Services announced the launch of a new app designed for UP’s libraries. Elsabe Olivier, Assistant Director of Marketing and Quality Assurance, managed the project. Olivier said, “It is important for the Department of Library Services to give easy access to its sources and other information to users on their smartphones because this is the world our youth is used to.” Olivier said that UP made use of an external company that specialises in creating mobile software designed for libraries. 

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Uncertainty about Serenade

DITEBOGO TSHAKA AND SHAUN SPROULE

Petition launched regarding venue of event while Serenade gets renamed to UP A Capella

On 27 July, STUKU announced that the annual residence group-singing competition, Serenade, will be renamed UP A Capella.

The name change comes after UP’s decision to withdraw from the annual ATKV Serenade Competition, which takes place on a national level. In a letter addressed to ATKV, former acting Vice Principal of student affairs, Prof. Koornhof stated that the reasons for UP’s withdrawal included the #AfrikaansMustFall protest action that took place at UP in 2016 and the subsequent transformation talks.

A week ahead of the competition there are also concerns about the venue of the event.

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