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NSFAS opens applications for 2018


On 1 August, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) announced that applications for funding in 2018 are open. In a media statement, NSFAS announced that it has partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) “to provide easy access for learners to [apply] for funding”. The partnership will allow NSFAS to make use of the 15 NYDA branches nationwide, as well as more than 50 Local Youth Offices (LYO) to accept NSFAS applications for funding. “These local youth offices are situated within local government facilities in all nine provinces”, the statement reads.

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Uncertainty about Serenade


Petition launched regarding venue of event while Serenade gets renamed to UP A Capella

On 27 July, STUKU announced that the annual residence group-singing competition, Serenade, will be renamed UP A Capella.

The name change comes after UP’s decision to withdraw from the annual ATKV Serenade Competition, which takes place on a national level. In a letter addressed to ATKV, former acting Vice Principal of student affairs, Prof. Koornhof stated that the reasons for UP’s withdrawal included the #AfrikaansMustFall protest action that took place at UP in 2016 and the subsequent transformation talks.

A week ahead of the competition there are also concerns about the venue of the event.

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Campus News Bites 31 July 2017

Rivonia trialist exhibition at UP

Since 18 July, in commemoration of Mandela Day, UP’s Edoardo Villa Museum presented an exhibition honouring the Rivoina trialists. The exhibition, which is situated in the Old Merensky Library, was open to the public until the end of July. According to the UP website, twelve portraits of trialists – painted by artist Marie Vermeulen-Breedt – will be on display. Among these include portraits of Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Walter Sisulu and Dennis Goldberg.

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Queer Africa 2: New Stories launched at UP


On 27 July, The Queer Space Collective (QSC) and Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) presented the launch of the anthology of short stories Queer Africa 2: New Stories in the Merensky Library on UP’s main campus.

The book features short stories from across Africa and the United States of America, and includes a story from UP student, Emma Paulet.

The event was attended by one of the editors of the anthology, Makhosazana Xaba, and some authors from the book. Readings of some of the works were performed by various individuals, which according to Pierre Brouard from the QSC, allowed for dif ferent interpretations of the works than if they were read by the authors. The event also featured musical performances by Nande Jordan and the band Queue Marshalls, as well as a panel discussion lead by Edwin Smith from the QSC and authors from UP and Wits. The panel used the short stories as a platform to discuss queer identity and labels that are often used for individuals in the LGTBIQA+ community.

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Anti-discrimination policy in the works


The Anti-Discrimination Policy Working Group (ADPWG), under the Department of University Relations, is inviting UP students and staff members to take part in forming a new anti-discrimination policy. Prof. Christof Heyns, Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at UP, and a professor in Human Rights Law, is leading the project.

Until the end of July, through an online survey which is accessible through the UP portal, students and staff members can anonymously share their experiences or knowledge of discrimination. Students and staff members who have not experienced discrimination, or believe that they do not know of it, are still encouraged to participate in the survey. This is done through suggesting or commenting on policies, procedures and possibilities.

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