Intervarsity News 23 October 2017

University of Free State (UFS)

On 18 October UFS management held a meeting with the university’s SRC to discuss a potential 8% fee increment for the university. This follows after Stellenbosch University announced their increment earlier this month. Disruptions at UFS ensued shortly after the meeting began. On 19 October a video was uploaded on Twitter where students at UFS were met with disruptions in the midst of a semester test. According to one of them, protesters were armed with fire extinguishers and started discharging extinguisher gas “through small windows in the classroom”. The students who were writing began struggling to breathe after the gas was released and some resorted to breaking glass windows in order to get oxygen into the room. According to News24, students who broke the glass windows sustained injuries and one eventually collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital. Both of them managed to receive medical assistance for their wounds.

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UP entrepreneurship event: Ignite Ideathon



Ignite Ideathon is an event to unite UP students and exercise their “entrepreneurship juices”. Created by UP alumni turned entrepreneurs and business owners, Nkanyiso Mlobane and George Tshepo Mokoena, this year’s event, held on 18-19 October, was the first of its kind. The 22 applicants who entered the pitch competition had to come up with three minute innovative pitches based on one of four topics given, namely, agriculture, maritime, education and Bitcoin.

The winners of the Ideathon not only received prize money for their innovative ideas but they have also been given a chance to pursue their ideas even further through the help of UP Business Incubator as well as the event’s sponsor, Standard Bank.

Also involved in hosting Ignite Ideathon was UP MakerSpace, a laboratory that allows UP students with creative ideas to team up with technologically advanced students and bring their ideas to life. The main goal of the organisations involved in the event is to help transform UP into a hub of entrepreneurial activity and to embrace the creativity of its students.

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Intervarsity News 16 October 2017

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

On 12 September Wits announced it is set to enhance and change teaching and learning methods by introducing a high-tech eZone, a physical learning space that uses sophisticated technology and advanced eLearning tools to deliver education that helps students to keep up with the times. The project, which has been named eFundaninathi (translation eLearn) is set to be introduced by an occupational therapist and PhD student, Paula Barnard. Barnard introduced a joint initiative that sought to combine the school of Therapeutic Sciences and the School of Education in order to ensure that students will keep up with the times and be on par with rapid technological advancement.

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Goodbye to the 2017 Editorial


Until next year. Go wild...

Shaun Sproule

Entertainment Editor

 “With great power comes great responsibility.”

…which is why I prefer to have neither.

Sam Sherwood

Multimedia Editor

“Mischief managed”.

Rebecca Perridge

Web Editor

How does one say goodbye? If you’re anything like me there will certainly be awkward instances of trying to shake hands when you should be hugging, or being unsure or where to put your arms... Or your head... ( Go left people!)

I’ve certainly experienced my fair share of awkwardness at Perdeby, but over the last three years, Perdeby has become a home. I will miss having a constant creative output and the wonderful people I have met and grown to love. So cheers to Perdeby and to the wonderful people who put so much hard work into this publication.

Kaylyn O’Brien

Visuals Editor

Goodbye. Farewell.

It’s taken grit.

Thanks for pushing me to write about topics of great change, and being the sources of said change.

Also, see you again next year.

Ditebogo Tshaka

News Editor

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Campus News Bites 16 October 2017

UP provides free entrepreneurship programme for future young entrepreneurs

UP is offering an online course that provides students with the necessary tools and information they need to start their own businesses.

The aim is to equip students so they do not struggle to find employment once they graduate. According to Statistics South Africa, South Africa had an unemployment rate of 27.7% in the first quarter of 2017, which is the highest figure since September 2003.

Entrepreneurship Professional Online Development (POD) will include three phases: #Start_UP, #Link_UP and #Grow_UP, which will provide successful candidates with all the tools, skills and aid they need to become entrepreneurs. During the phases, students work will be critically assessed by analysts and expert business managers.

All students can enrol for a free POD course on ClickUP.

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