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PhD student at UP selected to attend 67th Nobel Laureate Meeting


Frederick Malan, a final-year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, has been selected to attend the 67th Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany. The meeting this year will focus on chemistry. Malan is one of five postgraduate students in South Africa who will attend the meeting.

Malan will be completing his PhD degree this year. His project involves research on the catalytic applications of CpMetal N-heterocyclic carbine complexes.

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Rag of Hope Day Benefit Concert


On 25 March, TuksRAG hosted the Rag of Hope Day Benefit Concert at the Rag Farm. The concert aimed to raise funds to assist student with food hampers and fees, but also to bring students together to celebrate different talents in the community. The event boasted names such as Matthew Mole, Desmond and the Tutus, Cassper Nyovest, and Pretoria’s own A-Reece.

The evening started off with a performance by Desmond and the Tutus to a small crowd. The small audience was treated to lead singer Shane Durrant joining the crowd and sitting with them on the grass as he performed. This was followed by indie-folk band Sutherland performing original songs and covers.

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TSC highlights pedestrian and cyclist safety


The TSC has appealed to student pedestrians and cyclists on Hatfield campus to be cautious when crossing roads. According to Roahan Gouws, the TSC member with the portfolio of safety and security, Hatfield campus experiences a large number of student pedestrians and cyclists travelling from lectures and venues across campus. He adds that recently there were several complaints against students using pedestrian paths and campus roads without taking the necessary precautions. Gouws says that the TSC is requesting students to be cautious and adhere to campus rules, following incidents of carelessness and a lecturer being ridden into by a cyclist. “There is a possibility that students may be run over by cars, especially [at] bends in streets,” added Gouws. In this regard, students are advised to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure their own and other people’s safety:

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TSC and UP discuss accommodation


On 2 March, the TSC and UP management met to discuss accommodation issues.

Sisana Machi, Director of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, announced resident placement problems. Machi said that almost all of UP’s residences are full, excluding the most costly residence, Hatfield Studios. She reported that these residences consist of between 62% and 68% black students. Citing reasons such as location and catering for specific programmes, Machi stated that of the residences, two consist of mainly black students. Machi concluded that the University’s residence placement policy is under review and that the updated policy will be implemented from 2018. Acting Vice-Principal, Prof. Carolina Koornhof, said that the new policy will prioritise students funded by NSFAS, first year students coming from quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools, and students relying on SASSA grants.

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Judgement reserved in AfriForum UP language policy appeal


On 10 March, the North Gauteng High Court reserved judgement in AfriForum’s appeal to the ruling made in December 2016 to set aside UP’s decision to phase out Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in 2017.

The case can only be heard once the Supreme Court of Appeal has heard a similar case between the University of the Free State and AfriForum, brought to court in collaboration with Solidarity. This case deals with the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at the University of the Free State and started on 17 March.

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