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Since the disruption of the 2016 SRC elections, a temporary student committee has been appointed in order to administer any urgent SRC affairs until a new SRC is elected. Among those appointed to the 2017 TSC were students who had served on the 2016 SRC, the 2015 SRC and various ex-officio members of student leadership structures within the Department of Student Affairs.
According to the Constitution for Student Governance, the TSC should consist of four members of the SRC and eight members of other student governance structures. However, several students who were approahced to serve on the TSC decided to step down. According to Michael Reinders, 2016 SRC member for Residences, he and former Kiaat House Committee member Mpho Gobuamang were approached to serve on the TSC, but subsequently declined. Reinders said that former SRC member for Post-Graduate and International Students, Benjamin Ho, and former SRC member for student culture, Pieter Scribante, were approached to stand on the TSC but also refused. “I received an email on 6 December 2016 from Prof. Carolina Koornhof (UP executive director of student affairs) informing me that I had been appointed to the TSC for 2017. I then replied to this email on 12 December 2016 informing Prof. Koornhof that I am unavailable to serve on the TSC,” says Reinders.
UP management has informed several students involved in the Fees Must Fall movement and protests, particularly those with criminal proceedings against them, that they will have to provide sufficient reasons to UP as to why they should be allowed to register for the 2017 academic year. Students from the Fees Must Fall movement received emails in the first two weeks of January notifying them that their registration at UP is being reconsidered.
Socialising is an integral part of university life. Luckily, there are several venues on and off campus where people can relax with their friends.
On the Hatfield campus, the popular Tribeca restaurant located underneath the Aula is a great place for students to take a break between classes. Tribeca is famous at UP for its coffee and provides a nice atmosphere for students to socialise. Also located under the Aula is UP’s Steers branch. It provides space for students to work or socialise while waiting for their food.
UP provides structures that entertain students and inform them about campus related news and activities. These student structures also offer students with opportunities to develop skills while serving the student community.
The University of Pretoria has a variety of political societies for students to take part in.
Afriforum is a civil rights organisation that describes itself as “an inclusive, Christian Afrikaans organisation” that stands up for what they believe in. Jaco Grobbelaar, Afriforum Youth Tuks Coordinator, said: “our mission and vision is to protect the rights and interests of our members on campus [...] We started with around 300 members at the beginning of  and now we have over 1000 members at Tuks. Everyone is welcome to come join us if they agree and can associate themselves with what we are doing.”