UP alumnus and rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen laid to rest


On 6 February, rugby legend and UP graduate Joost van der Westhuizen passed away having been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2011. Van der Westhuizen, who previously played for the SA Sevens Rugby World Cup and the Blue Bulls Rugby team, was most notable for his performance in the Springboks Rugby team, during which time he played as a scrum-half in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which saw South Africa become Rugby World Champions for the first time. During his time with the Springboks, he played 89 tests between 1993 and 2003, scoring a then-Springbok record of 38 tries and captaining the team at the 1999 World Cup.

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Nerina and Mopanie win first annual Insync


The Heartfelt Arena played host to the debut of recently renamed first year concert, Insync.

The overall winners, Mopanie, took home the award for best men’s theme as Mexican workers in a Trump hotel. Nerina won their first ever title of best overall female res performance with the theme “Shipwrecked”. Their set list included songs that perfectly supported their theme.

The Republic of Olienhout redeemed themselves after not placing in 2016 by coming second for the men’s residences. The Jarre stole the hearts of the female audience members with their Wedding Crashers theme and Bruno Mars serenade. Zinnia’s Kung Foo Panda theme won second place for the ladies’ residences, as well as the best ladies’ theme.

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2017 RAG takes on a new form


The 2017 TuksRAG initiative is set to be redefined this year with community outreach at its core. The annual RAG event, which in previous years involved a procession through the streets of Hatfield and was moved to LC de Villiers last year, is in the process of being remodelled to better its goal of community outreach.

The RAG event this year will take place on 25 March and will involve a market day and collecting charitable donations. The market day will include food stalls and music. The residences will also be displaying their charitable side by collecting and filling up donation chests.

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One hundred free scholarships for SA students


The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme is offering 100 free scholarships to South African students. This programme was signed on 8 December 2016 and is based on a bilateral educational co-operation agreement signed between the Hungarian and South African Governments. The applicant is to be nominated by a Sending Partner. In the academic year 2017/2018 almost 4 000 students can begin studying, with an option of a total of 410 study programmes available in English or in Hungarian, in the framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme.

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UP welcomes 14-year old student


While most students who start their journey at UP do so after completing their matric year , and usually begin their studies at the age of 18 years or older, this year UP is welcoming a 14 year old to its campus.

Hjalmar Rall, from Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape, will be pursuing a degree in BSc Physics. In 2015, Rall wrote four Cambridge IGCSE exams at the age of 12, obtaining A’s in Chemistry, Maths, Physics and English. According to an article on the UP website titled “Fourteen year old joins UP,” Rall’s success lies in doing what he enjoys. “I want to ask even bigger questions and find out what else there is to do, particularly in theoretical physics and astrophysics,” says Rall.

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