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hearZA hearing test app


On 3 March, Prof. De Wet Swanepoel, professor of Audiology in the Department of Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology at UP, launched an app on World Hearing Day titled hearZA. hearZA tests your hearing in less than three minutes with no costs involved and can link you to your closest healthcare provider. This national hearing test app is a world first and is a clinically valid hearing test that can be done on a smartphone. The quick digits-in-noise test provides a valuable indication of real-life hearing ability and the ability to understand speech in noise. The test needs to be taken with earphones inserted into your phone. A recorded voice lists three digits in background noise and you need to type in the digits you hear. Your hearing ability will then be based on how many of the digits you heard correctly.

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Drama students organise walk against rape


On 22 March, a walk against rape took place on UP’s Hatfield campus.

Five final-year Film and Drama students: Stephanie Ihesie, Susan Nkata, Carmen Joubert, Joffe Tsebe, and Palesa Olifant organised the walk. The organisers said, “We are final-year Drama and Film students and as a task, we were asked to create a campaign dealing with rape or feminism. As we researched and discussed the subject of rape and rape culture in our society, how it is perceived and dealt with, we realised that we couldn’t just end it after we receive our grades. We realised that walking against rape as a representation of our stance and views on rape culture is something that we must continue to do even after we graduate.”

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PhD student at UP selected to attend 67th Nobel Laureate Meeting


Frederick Malan, a final-year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, has been selected to attend the 67th Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany. The meeting this year will focus on chemistry. Malan is one of five postgraduate students in South Africa who will attend the meeting.

Malan will be completing his PhD degree this year. His project involves research on the catalytic applications of CpMetal N-heterocyclic carbine complexes.

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TuksLaw moot competition team to represent South Africa


TuksLaw’s moot competition team will represent South Africa in the White & Case international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The team triumphed over that of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in the South African leg on 25 February. They will travel to Washington DC in the United States of America on 7 April and return home on 16 April. The competition will be held at Hyatt Regency, a hotel on Capitol Park – a historically political neighbourhood.

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Rag of Hope Day Benefit Concert


On 25 March, TuksRAG hosted the Rag of Hope Day Benefit Concert at the Rag Farm. The concert aimed to raise funds to assist student with food hampers and fees, but also to bring students together to celebrate different talents in the community. The event boasted names such as Matthew Mole, Desmond and the Tutus, Cassper Nyovest, and Pretoria’s own A-Reece.

The evening started off with a performance by Desmond and the Tutus to a small crowd. The small audience was treated to lead singer Shane Durrant joining the crowd and sitting with them on the grass as he performed. This was followed by indie-folk band Sutherland performing original songs and covers.

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