New student parking opens


The new student parking currently under development at UP’s Hatfield campus will officially open to students on 15 May.

The new parking area comes after UP busses were moved from the Hatfield campus to an interim bus terminal situated on the corner of Duxbury and Herold Street. According to UP Director of Facilities Management, Professor Susan Adendorff, congestion of busses on the Ring Road of the Hatfield Campus prompted the moving of the busses off campus. The interim bus terminal currently occupies the northern part of the H29 (adjacent to the Lunnon Street entrance) student parking lot.

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Students demand scrapping of application fee


Students at UP want the university to remove the R300 application fee from its application process.

The Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) started an online petition to demand the scrapping of the application fee. In the petition, PASMA states: “In a country known for having the widest income inequality gap in the world, it is important that the university ensures that it is not adding financial obstacles which will prevent the poor from entering its gates. The application fee works to filter the diversity of students entering the university as the poorest who cannot afford such fees are left with no option but to apply to universities that do not charge such a fee.”

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Intervarsity News 15 May 2017

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Two weeks after receiving her honours degree in Education at TUT, Philile Gumede went missing. Gumede’s brother, Owen Gumede, told The Citizen that the family went to the Soshanguve police station to open a missing person’s report. Gumede said that his sister was last seen on 22 April at 09:00, after her boyfriend dropped her off. According to police spokesperson, Constable Zanele Mtsweni, there are currently no suspects. Anyone with information can contact SAPS Soshanguve Sergeant Makhubela on the following numbers: 012 730 1300 or 082 414 5436.

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Semester in review



The first semester of 2017 is coming to a close and a lot has happened around UP’s campuses. 2017 opened with the news that the Temporary Student Council (TSC), appointed by UP Management in 2016, would continue to operate in place of the Student Representative Council (SRC). The appointment came after SRC elections in 2016 were not concluded due to protests. The TSC was appointed to temporarily carry out SRC duties in 2017 until the SRC’s reinstatement, which would occur after the elections set to take place in the second semester. UP faced a res crisis after members of political parties on campus rallied for students who were left without a place to stay.

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UP Moot Society wins silver in the Netherlands


UP Moot Society members, Tinotenda Kakora and Thomas White, who are students at the Faculty of Law, won silver at the 2nd International Children's Rights Moot Court Competition held at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

This year, they were coached by Thandeka Makhoza, a 5th year BA Law student.

Leiden University describes the competition as “a three-day competition, consisting of two days of preliminary rounds, and the final round on the third day”. With the help and sponsorship of the Centre for Child Law in the Faculty of Law at UP, the team flew out to the Netherlands between 29 and 31 March.

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