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2017 RAG takes on a new form


The 2017 TuksRAG initiative is set to be redefined this year with community outreach at its core. The annual RAG event, which in previous years involved a procession through the streets of Hatfield and was moved to LC de Villiers last year, is in the process of being remodelled to better its goal of community outreach.

The RAG event this year will take place on 25 March and will involve a market day and collecting charitable donations. The market day will include food stalls and music. The residences will also be displaying their charitable side by collecting and filling up donation chests.

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UP welcomes 14-year old student


While most students who start their journey at UP do so after completing their matric year , and usually begin their studies at the age of 18 years or older, this year UP is welcoming a 14 year old to its campus.

Hjalmar Rall, from Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape, will be pursuing a degree in BSc Physics. In 2015, Rall wrote four Cambridge IGCSE exams at the age of 12, obtaining A’s in Chemistry, Maths, Physics and English. According to an article on the UP website titled “Fourteen year old joins UP,” Rall’s success lies in doing what he enjoys. “I want to ask even bigger questions and find out what else there is to do, particularly in theoretical physics and astrophysics,” says Rall.

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TSC candidates decline positions


Since the disruption of the 2016 SRC elections, a temporary student committee has been appointed in order to administer any urgent SRC affairs until a new SRC is elected. Among those appointed to the 2017 TSC were students who had served on the 2016 SRC, the 2015 SRC and various ex-officio members of student leadership structures within the Department of Student Affairs.

According to the Constitution for Student Governance, the TSC should consist of four members of the SRC and eight members of other student governance structures. However, several students who were approahced to serve on the TSC decided to step down. According to Michael Reinders, 2016 SRC member for Residences, he and former Kiaat House Committee member Mpho Gobuamang were approached to serve on the TSC, but subsequently declined. Reinders said that former SRC member for Post-Graduate and International Students, Benjamin Ho, and former SRC member for student culture, Pieter Scribante, were approached to stand on the TSC but also refused. “I received an email on 6 December 2016 from Prof. Carolina Koornhof (UP executive director of student affairs) informing me that I had been appointed to the TSC for 2017. I then replied to this email on 12 December 2016 informing Prof. Koornhof that I am unavailable to serve on the TSC,” says Reinders.

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2017 Temporary Student Committee appointed


A Temporary Student Committee (TSC) has been appointedfor the term of 2017. The TSC was appointed after elections for a 2017 SRC were disrupted last year. According to the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG), “the Temporary Student Committee will administer any urgent affairs of the SRC until a new SRC is elected”.

The TSC is made up of 12 members, four of whom must previously have served on the SRC, while the remaining eight members may come from other structures of student governance.

The TSC will operate as an SRC until the next SRC elections. All members are available to assist students in the Roosmaryn building.

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Fees Must Fall protests: UP reconsiders registrations


UP management has informed several students involved in the Fees Must Fall movement and protests, particularly those with criminal proceedings against them, that they will have to provide sufficient reasons to UP as to why they should be allowed to register for the 2017 academic year. Students from the Fees Must Fall movement received emails in the first two weeks of January notifying them that their registration at UP is being reconsidered.

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