Intervarsity News 14 August 2017

University of KwaZulu- Natal (UKZN)

 The investigation has resulted in a search and seizure operation involving 286 staff members. The operation is being undertaken with the assistance of an external forensic audit company. The aim of the operation is to gather further evidence, investigate and determine the full extent of staff involvement. University Management initiated this investigation, which led to uncovering the syndicate. This investigation was critical to ensure all people implicated face the law. To date, five students have been implicated in the UKZN admissions scam.

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Erika and Olympus victorious at UP A Capella

On Saturday 12 August Erika and Olympus were crowned the winners of UP A Capella at the Musaion after the eight finalists gave their final performances. UP A Capella is an annual singing competition, formally known as Serenade, between the residences of the University of Pretoria. The prelims took place from 7 to 9 August. To ensure that UP A Capella is judged fairly and is free of bias, all residences performed under assigned house numbers.

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YCL hosts 4th Annual Woman-of-Worth Network


On 5 August, the 4th Annual Woman-of-Worth (Wow) Network was held in Rautenbach Hall. This year’s theme, “Well Suited”, was an initiative to “redress and take on the sacred cows and socially constructed mentalities concerning youth and women”, said Kamogelo Lesabe, Chairperson of Young Corporate Leaders (YCL), in a media statement released prior to the event. YCL, the organiser of the event, is a UP student organisation which facilitates entrepreneurial and investment sessions for students. 

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Medical Plant Sciences PhD student wins prestigious prize

UP PhD Medical Plant Sciences student Carel Basson Oosthuizen was awarded the prize for the best paper at the annual Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) Conference held between 9 and 12 July.

According to, IPUF was started to “promote the cultural,socio-economic and scientific benefits to be derived from the sustainable use of the southern African flora”. According to UP’s website, Oosthuizen’s paper was titled ‘Natural coumarins against persistent mycobacterial biofilms’. This was part of his doctoral research in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

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UP student finalist in ocean pollution poster project


Sacha Saddul, currently studying third year Information Design at UP, took part in the Green

Bauhaus Global Communication Project 2017. The Green Bauhaus Foundation, established in 2006, is a multicultural global communications project working with universities and academies from five continents. The initiative aims to encourage sustainabledevelopment locally and globally.

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