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UP to distribute condoms on campus

Henri Uys

By the end of May this year, male and female condoms will be available for staff and students on all UP campuses and residences. The condoms that will be made available are the South African Government’s Max condoms.

According to a statement by the CSA&G, “in 2016, there were 1,320 Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) related visits and 9,321 contraceptive-related visits at Student Health Services, confirming that sexual activity is commonplace and that students are interested in preventing pregnancy. Beyond contraceptives and the morning after pill, UP also has a memorandum of understanding in place with Amato, an external pregnancy support service to support students who fall pregnant. Sex, HIV, STIs and pregnancy are part and parcel of UP life, and are typical of similar institutions in South Africa”.

Perdeby spoke to Johan Maritz, senior manager of New Business Development & Special Projects at the CSA&G, on the new condom distribution programme. According to Maritz, condoms at UP were not widely available. Previously, condoms were only available at the offices of the CSA&G and at Student Health Services. With the installation of the condom dispensers, it is envisaged that condoms will be more widely available to staff and students.

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Liberty Radio Awards 2018

Paul Gray

The Liberty Radio Awards took place on 14 April at the Sandton Convention Centre. TuksFM received two Awards.These included best afternoon drive show for a campus radio station awarded to “The Drive Way”, as well as the best breakfast presenter award, given to Nicholas Lawrence.

The Liberty Radio Awards, formerly named the MTN radio awards, are one of the South African radio industry’s most prestigious accolades, which celebrate some of the most talented and respected members and shows in the radio community. Some well known members of the community such as David O’Sullivan, Thabo Musiya as well as Programme Managers from Hot 91.9FM, Jacaranda FM and KFM, amongst others were in attendance. The awards are separated into three categories: commercial, community and campus. TuksFM was nominated for 12 awards in the campus category. The best campus radio station of the year went to PUK FM.

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CSG amendment suggestions poorly communicated


MBALI MKHITHI

On the 27 March, the First Quarter Student Forum was held by the SRC in the Sanlam Auditorium. The items that were to be addressed on the agenda included a presentation of the SRC quarterly report, which would’ve been delivered by the SRC President Kwena Moloto, a 2018 financial report and budget, which would have been delivered by SRC Treasurer Duane van Wyk, and amendments to the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG) which would have been delivered by SRC Deputy-President, Mamello Molotsi. The meeting collapsed after approximately seventy minutes, with none of these issues having been addressed. This was caused by members from the House requesting that amendments to the CSG, which were scheduled for later in the Forum be heard first. After a first voting, no majority vote was reached. Students raised more questions and arguments regarding changes to the agenda, this continued until the meeting collapsed. The issue of the amendment to the CSG comes after the 2017 contention of UP’s constitutional function.

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Action taken against Kyle Goosen for racial slur

Koketso Ngwenya

On 18 October 2017, SRC member for Marketing Media and Communications Kyle Goosen apologised in a Facebook post for the use of a racial slur against SRC president Kwena Moloto by referring to him as a n***er during an SRC team building exercise. This incident took place on the night of 15 September 2017, the night before a Department of Student Affairs (DSA) camp when the SRC members were conducting a team building exercise. The use of a racial slur (N-word) occurred when the SRC was instructed to role play different stereotypical greetings of various nationalities. According to Kyle Goosen, the instructor then portrayed himself as an American gangster. Goosen then mimicked the instructor’s physical portrayal of a “typical” American gangster and said “what’s up my n***a” to Moloto.

A source who wished to remain anonymous reported the use of the racial slur to the DSA as per Section 27 (2) of the Constitution of Student Governance. The DSA referred the complaint to The Constitutional Tribunal for the Tribunal to carry out an investigation of the complaint in accordance with Section 27 (3) of the CSG. The Tribunal referred the matter back to the Director of Student Affairs, Dr Matete Madiba, and the outcomes mandated that Goosen should publicly apologise and that an internal disciplinary process be instituted by the SRC and overseen by Dr Madiba. On 27October 2017, Moloto confirmed to Perdeby that “a mediation process then ensued between Mr Goosen and the plaintiff [and that] the SRC will also be instituting an internal disciplinary” according to the recommendation made by the Tribunal. The Constitutional Tribunal Chief, Justice Antonie Klopper, said that the initial investigation into the nature of the complaint that was carried out by the Constitutional Tribunal of 2017 was not done diligently and that a mediation process was initiated instead. “The process of section 27 of the CSG and an internal disciplinary are two different processes.

The initial process of section 27 rather than the SRC Code of Conduct was, therefore, completed, as stipulated in section 27, in 2018 by the Director [of] Student Affairs,” said Klopper. The Constitutional Tribunal of 2017 recommended that Kyle Goosen make a public apology, which he made in a Facebook post and that the SRC institute an internal disciplinary process. However, according to Klopper, Section 27 of the CSG was initiated rather than the recommended internal disciplinary process that was to be instituted by the SRC. The recommendation made by The Constitutional Tribunal of 2017 that the SRC institute an internal disciplinary process did not take place. However, Section 27 states that upon receipt of the report of the investigation into the legality and nature of the complaint from the Constitutional Tribunal, the Director of Student Affairs then has to exercise her powers to make “an appropriate order”. “The Constitutional Tribunal has only given procedural advice and will always respect the decisions of the executive if they are taken within their powers and are procedurally fair,” Klopper said. The matter was initially not to be carried out as an internal disciplinary process since the complainant was not an SRC member.

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Engineering Study Centre floods

Ditebogo Tshaka

On 12 April, the Engineering Study Centre on Hatfield campus flooded. A video circulated on social media that morning showing the facility covered in water. Heila Butters, the Maintenance Manager in the Department of Facilities Management said, “From the information made available to me and looking at the two rainfall events that happened, the one in March where in excess of 200mm rainfall fell in three days, and the other on the 12th of April, approximately 100mm fell in less than one hour, it is concluded that the main cause of the flooding on 12th April was that the amount of rain that fell was more than the existing stormwater pipes could cope with.”

She explained that the first rainfall event saturated the ground and the latter rainfall event was of such magnitude in such a short period of time, the ground was mostly already saturated and the storm water system could not cope. Butters said that as the flooding was occurring there was very little that the plumbers could do as the pipes weren’t blocked. Furniture, fixtures, carpets and beanbags, among other things, suffered water damage. However, no structural damage to the building has been noted.

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I think it is a good idea. - 35%
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