UP Council extends TSC’s term of office


On 15 March, the UP Council, the highest decision-making body at the University, approved a proposal to extend this year’s Temporary Student Committee’s (TSC) term of office until general Student Representative Council (SRC) elections are held in the second semester. According to the current (2013) version of the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG), the TSC administers any urgent affairs of the SRC until a new SRC is elected.

A statement dated 5 December 2016 by Acting Vice-Principal of Student Affairs, Prof. Carolina Koornhof, indicated that the 2017 TSC was appointed by UP Council at its meeting on 28 November 2016, with the TSC beginning their term of office on 1 January this year. According to TSC Chairperson, Henrico Barnard, along with the proposal to extend the TSC’s term of office, a further proposal was submitted to the Council. “It was recommended that Council approve the power to approve any amendments to the CSG [to] be delegated to the Standing Committee of Council, as there are interim measures and Council only meets four times a year,” said Barnard. This recommendation to Council was also accepted. Barnard further explained that the CSG was currently under review and that it was not advisable to have elections in the first semester of 2017 until the CSG review had been concluded. “It is also not feasible to have two elections during 2017, one being a re-election of 2016 and then also the annual elections in the second semester,” added Barnard.

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hearZA hearing test app


On 3 March, Prof. De Wet Swanepoel, professor of Audiology in the Department of Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology at UP, launched an app on World Hearing Day titled hearZA. hearZA tests your hearing in less than three minutes with no costs involved and can link you to your closest healthcare provider. This national hearing test app is a world first and is a clinically valid hearing test that can be done on a smartphone. The quick digits-in-noise test provides a valuable indication of real-life hearing ability and the ability to understand speech in noise. The test needs to be taken with earphones inserted into your phone. A recorded voice lists three digits in background noise and you need to type in the digits you hear. Your hearing ability will then be based on how many of the digits you heard correctly.

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FPK breaks crowdfunding record for new album


On 22 March, South African rock band Fokofpoliesiekar launched a 60 day crowdfunding campaign through Thundacrowd for their new album. The band’s last album, Swanesang, was released in 2006, but the 11 year gap has not dented their reputation as pledges quickly accumulated.

Fokofpoliesiekar aimed to raise R500 000 by 20 May in order to start recording in June. However, the first 48 hours saw R180 000 being pledged, breaking the Thundafund record for any music album to date. They reached their goal in only nine days.

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Drama students organise walk against rape


On 22 March, a walk against rape took place on UP’s Hatfield campus.

Five final-year Film and Drama students: Stephanie Ihesie, Susan Nkata, Carmen Joubert, Joffe Tsebe, and Palesa Olifant organised the walk. The organisers said, “We are final-year Drama and Film students and as a task, we were asked to create a campaign dealing with rape or feminism. As we researched and discussed the subject of rape and rape culture in our society, how it is perceived and dealt with, we realised that we couldn’t just end it after we receive our grades. We realised that walking against rape as a representation of our stance and views on rape culture is something that we must continue to do even after we graduate.”

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TuksLaw moot competition team to represent South Africa


TuksLaw’s moot competition team will represent South Africa in the White & Case international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The team triumphed over that of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in the South African leg on 25 February. They will travel to Washington DC in the United States of America on 7 April and return home on 16 April. The competition will be held at Hyatt Regency, a hotel on Capitol Park – a historically political neighbourhood.

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