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Scam artists at UP


According to a security alert e-mail circulated to staff members of the University of Pretoria, two male scam artists have been identified on campus.

The Department of Security Services said the men approached UP personnel members and pretended to be workers from Hewlett Packard. The alleged scam artists provided a fake but convincing Hewlett Packard document. They informed a personnel member that they needed to replace an outdated ink cartridge in their office, and thereafter removed the ink cartridges without returning with a replacement cartridge. Security Services Investigations Manager, Rowan Watson, could not comment on the situation as the incident has already been reported to the SAPS and was said to be “sub judice” (under judicial consideration, thus banned from public discussion). University of Pretoria Spokesperson, Candice Jooste, has however confirmed that “the safety of all students and employees is important to [the University] and [they have] put measures in place to ensure this”.

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Halaal food petition to UP


Since 8 March, a petition to the University of Pretoria has been circulating on Twitter based on the issue of the lack of accessible Halaal food on Hatfield campus.

Hatfield campus contains the majority of UP’s Muslim student population as well as the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

According to the petition, a student who would like to remain anonymous wishes for the University to relocate the Halaal food outlet, “The Jaffel Lady,” on South campus to Hatfield campus. This outlet caters for Muslim students on South and Hatfield Campuses.

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Brooklyn SAPS and UP team up with Hatfield car guards


This year Brooklyn SAPS in collaboration with UP’s Department of Community Engagement have teamed up with informal car guards in the Hatfield area as part of a pilot project aimed at community engagement and improvement.

Brooklyn SAPS Station Captain, Colette Weilbach, said that the police carry a high burden of vehicle-related crimes. In order to address this, it was necessary for SAPS to “think out of the box”. Station Commander Brigadier Kushie Nair took the initiative to “befriend” car guards around the Hatfield area, involving them in uplifting programmes. This includes registering car guards into the programme, after which each car guard is issued with a name card displaying their photo.

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DASO UP launches student funding initiative


On 1 March, UP Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) Tuks Branch launched the Ubuntu Box initiative. The campaign, launched under the banner of “Your change can be the change”, aims to raise funds for students needing financial assistance by “drawing on the principles of Ubuntu.”

The project involves students donating money to raise funds for those who cannot afford tuition fees. According to DASO Chairperson Kwena Moloto, if every UP student (of which there are roughly 60 000) donated R5 on a weekly basis, R1.2 million could be raised every month for financial aid towards students. Ubuntu boxes, in which students can drop their change, are located across businesses on UP’s Hatfield campus. The campaign aims to have Ubuntu boxes across all UP campuses within the coming days. The initiative draws on the principles of Ubuntu, and “I am what I am because of who we all are”, in having students help other students. Awareness of the campaign has been catered for, with posters having been placed across the Hatfield Campus.

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UP to undergo social learning upgrades


This year, UP campuses will be undergoing large scale upgrading of facilities and spaces to facilitate more social learning environments. According to acting UP Executive member for Student Affairs, Prof. Carolina Koornhof, there is a pressing need for more space at UP. “Due to the financial situation UP finds itself in currently, there is a scaling down of property acquisition and instead spaces will be repurposed,” said Koornhof. UP is in the process of implementing the reutilisation of space, which includes the building of a new residence, relocation of student structures’ offices and revamping of selected areas.

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