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UP, TSC to assist with accommodation

MARKO SVICEVIC

On 16 February, UP in collaboration with the TSC, released a statement to students addressing issues of accommodation on campus. The statement followed a three day sleep-in event created by the Fees Must Fall group in which issues of a lack of affordable accommodation for students was highlighted. According to the statement, the TSC through UP is able to assist students who have applied for accommodation but have not as yet been placed. The statement further explained that, “The accommodation includes places in UP residences that become available on a continuous basis or places at accredited accommodation providers.” It further said that accommodation offered to students at such a late stage may not necessarily be their first choice.

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UP to implement fingerprint access control

MARKO SVICEVIC

Starting this year, UP will be implementing a new access control system to ensure stricter access control to UP campuses.

UP spokesperson Candice Jooste confirmed to Perdeby that UP had taken the decision and was in the process of ensuring its implementation. “We are in the process of implementing a new access control system with dual verification, making use of a new smart card technology [and] the new smart card will ensure that only the authorised card holder may enter the UP premises,” said Jooste. She added that biometric verification in conjunction with the smart card will provide a safer environment by allowing only authorised card-holders entry. Jooste said that “UP will do everything within its control to ensure the 2017 academic year proceeds as planned and without any disruption,” adding that UP “will work closely with students, staff, campus security and if necessary, the Police to protect the academic project”.

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#UPResCrisis

DITEBOGO TSHAKA

On 13 February, UP Fees Must Fall activists and Economic Freedom Fighters UP (EFFSCUP) members held a campus sleep-in against the lack of access to affordable accommodation and residence placement for students who come from “outside of Gauteng” and are mostly from “poor areas”. The event was held in the Student Centre on the Hatfield campus and “[called] on students of the University of Pretoria to stand in solidarity with our fellow students who are sleeping on the streets, in toilets, libraries and benches across campuses”. The movement held that “most students who have been placed in newly built private residences in Hatfield are facing a situation where their monthly rent far exceeds the NSFAS pay out and the University residences are no different as residences fees have gone up by over R10 000.00”.

The movement used the hashtag UPResCrisis and within hours it was a trending topic on Twitter. One Twitter user said, “…rich, white students [who] stay around the University go to res just for the "culture" are prioritized over the ones that really need [accommodation]”. According to former SRC president, Mosibudi “Rassie” Rasethaba, at about 9pm UP’s security guards begun removing students from campus. “Note that these students were refused places in University owned residences and can not afford private residence. Campus was their only safe space for tonight,” said Rasethaba in a Facebook post.

The Facebook event is set to end on 20 February at 8pm and advocates for “[holding] management accountable on the commitments to dealing with this crisis as it has been ongoing for several years” as “have been numerous engagements with the management of the University on this issue but to no avail”.

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Strict security measures implemented at UP

HENRI UYS
Following UP’s commencement of the academic year on 6 February, new security measures were implemented on all UP campuses to ensure that the academic year started off as smoothly as possible.

Extra security guards were deployed at all entrances to UP campuses. These guards were equipped with scanners to scan students’ student cards, identification documents

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Nerina and Mopanie win first annual Insync

CLAUDINE NOPPE

The Heartfelt Arena played host to the debut of recently renamed first year concert, Insync.

The overall winners, Mopanie, took home the award for best men’s theme as Mexican workers in a Trump hotel. Nerina won their first ever title of best overall female res performance with the theme “Shipwrecked”. Their set list included songs that perfectly supported their theme.

The Republic of Olienhout redeemed themselves after not placing in 2016 by coming second for the men’s residences. The Jarre stole the hearts of the female audience members with their Wedding Crashers theme and Bruno Mars serenade. Zinnia’s Kung Foo Panda theme won second place for the ladies’ residences, as well as the best ladies’ theme.

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