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On 1 March, UP Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) Tuks Branch launched the Ubuntu Box initiative. The campaign, launched under the banner of “Your change can be the change”, aims to raise funds for students needing financial assistance by “drawing on the principles of Ubuntu.”
The project involves students donating money to raise funds for those who cannot afford tuition fees. According to DASO Chairperson Kwena Moloto, if every UP student (of which there are roughly 60 000) donated R5 on a weekly basis, R1.2 million could be raised every month for financial aid towards students. Ubuntu boxes, in which students can drop their change, are located across businesses on UP’s Hatfield campus. The campaign aims to have Ubuntu boxes across all UP campuses within the coming days. The initiative draws on the principles of Ubuntu, and “I am what I am because of who we all are”, in having students help other students. Awareness of the campaign has been catered for, with posters having been placed across the Hatfield Campus.
This year Brooklyn SAPS in collaboration with UP’s Department of Community Engagement have teamed up with informal car guards in the Hatfield area as part of a pilot project aimed at community engagement and improvement.
Brooklyn SAPS Station Captain, Colette Weilbach, said that the police carry a high burden of vehicle-related crimes. In order to address this, it was necessary for SAPS to “think out of the box”. Station Commander Brigadier Kushie Nair took the initiative to “befriend” car guards around the Hatfield area, involving them in uplifting programmes. This includes registering car guards into the programme, after which each car guard is issued with a name card displaying their photo.
Brooklyn SAPS in collaboration with developers of the Namola app have launched an app to bolster the fight against crime in Tshwane. On 5 February, Station Commander Brigadier Kushie Nair and Chief Ambassador of Namola, Yusuf Abramjee signed a partnership agreement in which they committed to collaborating together in an effort to continue the fight against crime. Abramjee said, “To combat crime in Tshwane and across South Africa, we need all hands on deck. Partnerships like this add support and capacity to our emergency services, like the Brooklyn SAPS.” Abramjee added that embracing innovative technology in fighting crime was the future for safety and security in South Africa.
This year, UP campuses will be undergoing large scale upgrading of facilities and spaces to facilitate more social learning environments. According to acting UP Executive member for Student Affairs, Prof. Carolina Koornhof, there is a pressing need for more space at UP. “Due to the financial situation UP finds itself in currently, there is a scaling down of property acquisition and instead spaces will be repurposed,” said Koornhof. UP is in the process of implementing the reutilisation of space, which includes the building of a new residence, relocation of student structures’ offices and revamping of selected areas.
A new parking area is currently under development for students on the Hatfield Campus. The proposed parking area comes after UP busses on the Hatfield Campus were moved to an interim terminal situated on the corner of Duxbury Road and Herold Street.
According to UP Director of Facilities Management, Prof. Susan Adendorff, there was congestion of busses on the Ring Road of the Hatfield Campus. “Due to the bus congestion, we were asked to move busses off campus,” said Prof. Adendorff. An interim measure was arranged for all busses to be stationed at the bus terminal on Duxbury Road. This meant that the current student parking, parking lot H29, had to be divided to allow for the bus terminal. The interim bus terminal resulted in a decrease in student parking. A section of the area across from the bus terminal was identified for the development of additional student parking.