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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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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. 


UP International Day


The university’s annual International Day took place on Friday 18 October at the Amphitheatre. The aim of the event is to showcase the diversity of Tuks, particularly on an international scale. This is a day for international students to represent and celebrate their culture.

Stalls from various countries such as Azerbaijan, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Japan, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda and Zimbabwe were set up presenting an array of exotic food, ancient artefacts, unique clothing captivating posters and important facts pertaining to the country.

The main segment of the event was the University of Pretoria International (UPI) cultural show. There were three categories: female, male, and group dance. Participants paraded in their cultural outfits accompanied by song and dance.

Chief organiser and Temporary Student Committee member for Study Finance and International Students Grace Soko told Perdeby that the international students division began preparing for this event in March to guarantee its success. Soko said that she was happy with the attendance and thanked students who contributed to the the event and to candidates who represented their respective countries.

The winners of the event:

Miss International:

  1. Miss Uganda, Liz Joseph

  2. Miss Mozambique,  Martina Lima

  3. Miss Lesotho, Hlalefang

Mr International:

  1. Mr India, Poulo George

  2. Mr Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Ahuka

  3. Mr Japan: Shun Yamasaki

Cultural Song and Dance (Non-RSA):

  1. Botswana

  2. East Coast (Kenya and Tanzania)

  3. Burundi and DRC (Tie)

Cultural Song and Dance (RSA):

  1. Tsonga

  2. AmaNdebele

  3. AmaZulu


  1. Burundi

  2. Mozambique

  3. Uganda

Anti-Racism Forum hosts panel discussion


On Saturday 2 November, the Anti-Racism Forum hosted a panel discussion on race, racism and institutional racism, focusing on UP. The event was held at Café Riche in Church Square. The aim of the event was to discuss what had happened after Dr Louise Mabille made racist remarks in an online article and left the univerisity, as well as how institutional racism affects students at the university.

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