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Fem fights abortion myths in South Africa

HENRI UYS
Fem will launch a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter from 28 August to 1 September “to reveal the real face of safe abortion and how it can save women’s lives”, according to a press release sent out on 21 August. Fem, a service that launched in February this year, enables users who are seeking safe and legal abortion service providers to find such a provider close to them, simply by using SMS.

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Becoming a work-ready graduate through UP initiatives

DANICA CHARLES

UP is trying to produce ‘work-ready’ students through the Career Services Unit. Career Services aims to provide advice and assistance to UP students and graduates in preparation for their careers. The Career Services Unit attempts to achieve this through online courses, assistance with CVs, cover or motivational letters, advice on career planning, psychometric assessment preparation, job searches, job applications, preparation for interviews and work readiness workshops. The unit also ensures that students are exposed to work experience through student hire, which enables students to acquire basic soft skills.

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Promises and Lies - The Project of Freedom

TAIGA RIVE
During the course of the month of August, there has been a display of photographs and quotes in the foyer of the Humanities Building. The exhibition, entitled Promises and Lies: The ANC, Exile and the Project of Freedom, is curated by Dr Siona O’Connell in partnership with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD) and Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg. This was accompanied by the screening of the documentary Promises and Lies — Fault Lines in the ANC (directed and produced by O’Connell) in the Auditorium, followed by a talk on African politics by Brown University’s Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Dr Barrymore Bogues. O’Connell, who has her Masters in Arts (African Studies), and Doctorate in Philosophy (African Studies), is currently working in UP Arts, having moved from UCT last year. The photographs are taken by award-winning British photographer Laurie Sparham. The event was hosted by UP Dean of Humanities Professor Vasu Reddy.

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Fees Commission report still to reach Zuma

NTOMBI MKANDHLA

Business Live reported that President Jacob Zuma has not yet received the Fees Commission report for 2017. Eye Witness Live added that the deadline was extended to 30 June to “allow more time for research and consultation”. This makes the report delayed by almost two months. The Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga told Business Live that the report had not yet reached President Zuma as “It is up to the commission to do the handover and they will decide when that is.” According to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s website the Fees Commission “was established in terms of section 84(2) (f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996”. The South African Government News Agency’s website adds that the Fees Commission is to “investigate the feasibility of free higher education and training in South Africa”. The Commission is chaired by retired Judge Jonathan Arthur Heher and began its work in 2016.

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Dregeana, the new Vividus Men

MARKO SVICEVIC

As of 15 August Vividus Men will now be known as Dregeana. The day house, first started in 2003 and eventually split into male and female day houses in 2006, announced the outcome of their rebranding campaign at their end year function. According to the 2017/2018 Dregeana Chairperson, Arend Kahlau, there were several reasons behind the rebranding campaign. “The previous executive committee spoke extensively about this for a while, there was a perception from the outside that we are mostly a white Afrikaans male day house,” said Kahlau. “Internally, this perception has changed a lot and we have made a lot of progress towards transformation,” he added.

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