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Campus safety tips for students


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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Political organisations and their aims for 2015


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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Hatfield Square to close its doors


Hatfield Square will be entering a new phase of development in the near future, leaving behind its party legacy in exchange for new developments. Redefine Properties, the current owners of Hatfield Square, are waiting for the lease contracts of the last remaining contract holders to expire, according to reports from Hatfield CID COO Danie Basson.

The decision regarding what to do with the buildings is still pending but preliminary information suggests that they will be transformed into a new residential development.

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2014 SRC president reflects on his term


 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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Prof. Visser dies at age 55


Professor Roelf Visser, Director of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, passed away on 31 January at the age of 55.

Prof. Visser was diagnosed during the holidays with lymphoma, a kind of blood cancer that causes white blood cells to divide faster and live longer than average. The blood cells eventually form a tumour. The tumour may develop in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood and organs.

Prof. Visser is survived by his wife, Retha, and two daughters and their families. His family has requested that those wishing to express their sympathy make donations in Prof. Visser’s name to research into Hogkins Lymphoma Cancer instead of sending flowers.

A memorial service for Prof. Visser will be held at 10:30 on Friday at the NG Church on Duxbury Road. 


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