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SRC calls for first quarter student forum meeting

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that all questions for the SRC student forum meeting should be submitted by 21 March 2017. Instead, all questions for the SRC student forum meeting should be submitted by 26 March 2017. The article has since been corrected and Perdeby apologises for any inconvenience caused. 

 

Ditebogo Tshaka

On 5 March, the SRC announced on Facebook that they would be holding their first quarter student forum meeting as stipulated by section 41 of the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG). The student forum is made of the SRC, heads of faculty houses, societies and house committee members of residence and day houses. The meeting will be held on 27 March at the Sanlam Auditorium from 17:30 to 20:00. The post stated that anyone who wishes to pose questions should submit them in writing to the SRC Secretary, Soraia Machado at least 48 hours before the meeting. According to section 41(e) of the CSG, the “questions posed to the SRC must be focused on a particular portfolio and must be directed at the SRC plan of action”. Perdeby asked the SRC for its plan of action several times since 5 March. At the time of going to print, none of these requests were answered. All questions should be submitted by 21 March at 17:00 to src.deputysecretary@tuks. co.za. The Forum is normally chaired by Chief Justice of the Constitutional Tribunal.

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UP’s Wi-Fi network frustrates students

Henri Uys

UP provides free Wi-Fi services to its students and staff across most of its campuses and residences. However, this service has frustrated some students. Some are complaining of slow speeds, sudden disconnections and difficulty connecting to the network.

Perdeby sat down with IT Director and CIO, Xolani Hadebe, to discuss the difficulties that students are experiencing.

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Mamelodi Campus Alumni Club launched

Shaun Sproule and Ricardo Teixeira

On Saturday 17 February 2018, the University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus Alumni Club was founded. The day marked a historic moment, commemorating the success of the students who started their academic careers at the campus.

The event was attended by Vice-Principal Prof Norman Duncan, Dean of the Mamelodi Campus, Prof Nthabiseng Audrey Ogude, the Dean of the Natural and Agricultural sciences faculty, Prof Jean Lubuma, the Deputy Dean of the Economic Management Faculty, Prof Johan Oberholster, and other distinguished guests.

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Students unhappy with UP’s take on gender-based violence

Masesi Tsotetsi

As reported by The Citizen on 19 February, UP students are unhappy with the university’s progress regarding action taken to prevent gender-based violence. Students told the publication that the university seems to be taking its time revising policies of gender-based violence, sexual harassment and discriminatory actions. The students also said that the university has been “dragging its feet” as it has failed to keep its promise to open a crisis centre for raped and sexually assaulted victims. As a result, students have issues with their safety when they are on campus.

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Back to School Student Drive

Masesi Tsotetsi
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre together with UP, ran a Back to School Student Drive. TuksFM also participated in this drive to create awareness. On 7 February, TuksFM broadcasters Quintus Potgieter and Brendon Sabau from The Driveway, along with The Quintessential show broadcasted live in the mall’s Aviary Square. With the show running from 15:00 to 18:00, topics regarding textbook prices, improvised student meals (for example noodles and baked beans) and other student expenses (such as accommodation, transport, food, clothing and books) were discussed.

The Back to School Student Drive ran from 18 January to 11 February. Donations of clothing, stationery, non-perishable foods and toiletries were accepted.

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