SRC assists NSFAS students with accommodation

Refilwe Mofokeng

On 26 February, the SRC’s Deputy Secretary Kutlwano Mositi announced on the SRC Facebook page that after much discussion they had managed to secure 50 beds at Hatfield Studios for NSFAS students at a discounted price. Hatfield Studios has been accommodating TuksRes students since 2015.

Mositi said that there was no criteria that was used for placement. All NSFAS students who had a reasonable outstanding amount after tuition fees qualified for this offer.

With regards to why the amount was R1000 for 10 months, Kutlwano explained that this was the maximum amount students could afford. He said, “It all depended on how much the student had after their tuition fees were deducted. For example, the company made the following proposal, (R43 000 for the year, for a student who chooses to reside at Hatfield Studios and R36 000 for students who choose to reside at Studios@Burnett). So if students had those exact amounts or more, they wouldn’t need to pay the top up fee as required, but if the aid student had less than the two amounts, that is where the top up figure would be determined from”.

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SRC calls for first quarter student forum meeting

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that all questions for the SRC student forum meeting should be submitted by 21 March 2017. Instead, all questions for the SRC student forum meeting should be submitted by 26 March 2017. The article has since been corrected and Perdeby apologises for any inconvenience caused. 


Ditebogo Tshaka

On 5 March, the SRC announced on Facebook that they would be holding their first quarter student forum meeting as stipulated by section 41 of the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG). The student forum is made of the SRC, heads of faculty houses, societies and house committee members of residence and day houses. The meeting will be held on 27 March at the Sanlam Auditorium from 17:30 to 20:00. The post stated that anyone who wishes to pose questions should submit them in writing to the SRC Secretary, Soraia Machado at least 48 hours before the meeting. According to section 41(e) of the CSG, the “questions posed to the SRC must be focused on a particular portfolio and must be directed at the SRC plan of action”. Perdeby asked the SRC for its plan of action several times since 5 March. At the time of going to print, none of these requests were answered. All questions should be submitted by 21 March at 17:00 to src.deputysecretary@tuks. The Forum is normally chaired by Chief Justice of the Constitutional Tribunal.

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UP’s Wi-Fi network frustrates students

Henri Uys

UP provides free Wi-Fi services to its students and staff across most of its campuses and residences. However, this service has frustrated some students. Some are complaining of slow speeds, sudden disconnections and difficulty connecting to the network.

Perdeby sat down with IT Director and CIO, Xolani Hadebe, to discuss the difficulties that students are experiencing.

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Pres Ramaphosa announces his first cabinet reshuffle

Henri Uys
On 26 February, President Cyril Ramaphosa made changes to his cabinet. This was Pres. Ramaphosa’s first cabinet reshuffle since taking office on 15 February.

During a live address to the nation, Pres. Ramaphosa said, “These changes are intended to ensure that National Government is better equipped to continue implementing the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the National Address. In making these changes, I’ve been very conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability for the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated growth in our country.”

Speaking to eNCA journalist, Annika Larsen, the following morning, Pres. Ramaphosa described his cabinet as “transitional”. Pres. Ramaphosa said, “It is the Cabinet that will take us to the next elections. That's how people should see it, and it is a very strong Cabinet. It takes into account the strengths we have in government and we have some really good people. I'd like to give them a chance and give them an opportunity. I'm hoping... they will take us forward.”

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Students unhappy with UP’s take on gender-based violence

Masesi Tsotetsi

As reported by The Citizen on 19 February, UP students are unhappy with the university’s progress regarding action taken to prevent gender-based violence. Students told the publication that the university seems to be taking its time revising policies of gender-based violence, sexual harassment and discriminatory actions. The students also said that the university has been “dragging its feet” as it has failed to keep its promise to open a crisis centre for raped and sexually assaulted victims. As a result, students have issues with their safety when they are on campus.

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