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Student Support Services at Tuks

KEEGAN FRANCES AND GABRIELLA FERREIRA

Adjusting to university life at first-year level is often a daunting challenge, especially with assignments that need to be completed and semester tests that need to be studied for each week (not to mention the non-academic stresses involved when adjusting to university life as a first-year student). Luckily, Tuks has many organisations on campus to help students cope with the stress of university life.

One of the first issues you may have to deal with as a new student at Tuks is finding out exactly where everything is. Campus is a very big place with many buildings that all seem to look the same at first glance. Even if you have a map showing you exactly where to go, it won’t necessarily help you if you don’t know where you should go. Thus, in order to make the transition just a little bit easier, Perdeby has compiled a guide to some of the important buildings on campus and some of the services they offer.


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Get to know your Student Representative Council

MAKHOSAZANA NDLOVU

The Tuks Student Representative Council (SRC) serves as the link between the students and the university management. It works toward ensuring that student rights are not infringed upon. The SRC acts as the student voice and addresses various student issues such as financial exclusion, academic exclusion and transformation.

Tumelo “Duke” Rasebopye, who is responsible for the marketing, media and communications portfolio, says, “The 2015 SRC seeks to take note of the general issues that the students of the University of Pretoria are themselves challenged by. In doing this, our aim is to identify and isolate key areas that have a significant impact on matters of student success and ensure that we prioritise these issues by channelling as many resources as we possibly can to alleviate these burdens from students.” Rasebopye further said that, “With the challenges anticipated in 2015, the SRC seeks to commit itself in aiding students in realising their full academic potential.”

The SRC offices are situated in the Roosemaryn Building where all students are welcome to seek assistance.

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Political organisations and their aims for 2015

JODY DAVISON

Before joining a political party or voting in the annual student parliament election, all students should know the core beliefs and aims of the political party they’re voting for. Perdeby has compiled an outline of the prominent political parties and organizations at Tuks.

AfriForum Youth
AfriForum is a political organisation founded on Christian principles. AfriForum is against quota systems based on race or gender and any interference in education. The organisation promotes mother tongue education and aims to protect student traditions. Weirner Beineke, the deputy chairperson, identified Tuks’ biggest issue as: “UP management’s total disregard for students’ opinions and the constant attack on healthy student traditions”. Beineke told Perdeby that AfriForum would use their stand on the SRC to “protect student traditions and, if necessary, privatise events like the planned Pot en Pons in February and the annual Lentedag”.

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Campus safety tips for students

MZWANDILE SIKHUNI

As a new student at the university you may be worried about safety and security in and around campus areas. Unfortunately, crime does occur but don’t be scared. Perdeby has done an investigation to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

Tuks has joined hands with the Brooklyn Police and the Hatfield City Improvement District (CID) in an effort to fight crime and plans have been put in place to ensure students and staff enjoy maximum safety.

Tuks has implemented a green route system whereby campus security escorts staff and students to and from their residences or cars from 18:00-06:00. The table below provides information regarding this service.

 Hatfield CID chief operating officer Danie Basson has stressed that muggings are more frequent than burglaries. He has identified Prospect, Grosvenor and Harold street as high risk areas. Such crimes are usually random but generally occur in the evening and early morning hours. The Hatfield CID has also deployed security personnel (dressed in black and white with reflective bibs) to areas outside of the UP perimeter, which is helpful since campus security has limited jurisdiction off campus. Making use of the CID offices after being mugged helps to catch the criminals since there is security on every corner in Hatfield.

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2014 SRC president reflects on his term

NASIPHI MADLULWA

 In light of the completion of the 2014 SRCs term, Perdeby spoke to SRC President Enwee Human about his term of office and feelings for the 2015 SRC term.

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