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Due to disruptions by the fees must fall protests during the second semester of UP last year, a Temporary Student Committee (TSC) was appointed by the UP council for 2017. The TSC was appointed to take care of urgent SRC business until such a time that fair SRC elections can be held again. The TSC should consists of four members from the 2016 SRC and another eight members from various other student governing bodies. All members of the TSC must have met the same eligibility requirements necessary to become part of the SRC, including that they must have had a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 60% and must have completed 80% of their academic work over three consecutive semesters at UP. The chairperson and vice-chairperson of the TSC were elected as Henrico Barnard and Thabo Shingange respectively.
Mzikazi Noholoza, head of Student Governance was unavailable for comment.
With the registration process for first year students starting on 18 January, students have been cautioned on who they take assistance from. In a post on the UP website students were urged to only take advice from university staff when dealing with fees, housing, registration or any other administrative support. According to UP, “no political party or organisation has been given permission to provide assistance to students as specified above, and students should not be misled to think otherwise.”
On 12 January, the UP fees must fall (UPFMF) movement released a statement raising their disappointment in UP’s warning calling it a “dull-witted propaganda stunt” and labelling it as disingenuous. Political societies on campus have offered assistance to students in previous years.
On 15 December 2016 the North Gauteng High court rejected an application to stop the phasing out of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the University of Pretoria. The application was brought by Afriforum, Afriforum Youth, and Solidarity on 1 December.
The university will phase out Afrikaans from 2017.
“[UP] welcomes the High Court’s decision to uphold the resolution passed by the UP Council earlier this year,” read a statement released by the university. The new UP language policy was adopted on 22 June and stipulated that English would be the primary language of instruction from 2017.
On 14 November, Student Culture (Stuku) announced that the singing competition between first-year residence students, called Ienkmelodienk, was renamed to Insync. According to a statement released by Stuku on their Facebook page, the name Insync was “derived from the word synchronised, which refers to the synchronised dancing and singing within the competition”. The name is stylised as “1nsync”, with the “1” referring to the first years who participate in the competition. The statement further said that the name Insync reflected the objective of the competition, which is “for the first years to stay in sync with one another and as an added effect – become more in sync (be a part of) the University of Pretoria”.