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Art exhibition in the Humanities building

Henri Uys

An exhibition, NUTRIA 2 – Imprints of Conscription into the SADF, is currently being held in the foyer of the Humanities Building on the Hatfield campus.

UP PhD candidate and curator of the exhibition, Stephen Symons, said, “The exhibition seeks to interrogate the manner in which memories of the conscription of white males into the former South African Defence Force (SADF) enter a contested present. South African society was gradually intruded upon and militarised by the Nationalist government, reaching its apogee in the mid-1980s. Six hundred thousand men were conscripted from white South African society between 1968 and 1993, meaning that many ex-conscripts still occupy important positions of power and influence within South African society.”

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Mamelodi Campus Alumni Club launched

Shaun Sproule and Ricardo Teixeira

On Saturday 17 February 2018, the University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus Alumni Club was founded. The day marked a historic moment, commemorating the success of the students who started their academic careers at the campus.

The event was attended by Vice-Principal Prof Norman Duncan, Dean of the Mamelodi Campus, Prof Nthabiseng Audrey Ogude, the Dean of the Natural and Agricultural sciences faculty, Prof Jean Lubuma, the Deputy Dean of the Economic Management Faculty, Prof Johan Oberholster, and other distinguished guests.

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Back to School Student Drive

Masesi Tsotetsi
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre together with UP, ran a Back to School Student Drive. TuksFM also participated in this drive to create awareness. On 7 February, TuksFM broadcasters Quintus Potgieter and Brendon Sabau from The Driveway, along with The Quintessential show broadcasted live in the mall’s Aviary Square. With the show running from 15:00 to 18:00, topics regarding textbook prices, improvised student meals (for example noodles and baked beans) and other student expenses (such as accommodation, transport, food, clothing and books) were discussed.

The Back to School Student Drive ran from 18 January to 11 February. Donations of clothing, stationery, non-perishable foods and toiletries were accepted.

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UP helps to empower creative entrepreneurs

Henri Uys

The SA Creative Industries Incubator, the Department of Small Business Development, and Enterprises UP recently presented a programme designed to help young entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurship Development Programme was launched last year and was presented to more than 80 creative industry entrepreneurs from Gauteng. According to an article on Enterprises UP’s website, “This market-aligned content framework was designed to be inclusive of all the different topics and skills that are seen as critical to establish, manage and grow a small business successfully in the creative sector.” In addition to the traditional training methods employed by Enterprises UP, the SA Creative Industries Incubator introduced unique and creative methods for learning and content delivery that include music, visual arts and movement-based techniques for learning integration.

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Law House Launch Book Drive

Refilwe Mofokeng and Mbali Mkhithi

Law House has organised a book drive to assists students who are unable to afford textbooks. The committee has been collecting books from students and lecturers since the end of the 2017 exam season. According to the Law House Executive Committee member, Andrea Weidemah, a box was left at the Law Library for students to donate the textbooks they no longer use, including textbooks from previous editions that are still relevant in the curriculum.

The Law House have madea R15 000 pledge to buy books from Bookmark and the rest of the books will be donated by students and bythe Deputy Dean of the Faculty Law, Prof. Anton Kok.

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