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Free education: A roundup

DITEBOGO TSHAKA

2015

January #TransformWits was launched in response to the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) conversion of financial aid (that helped finance poor students’ studies) into loans.

February 1Million 1Month campaign launched at Wits to raise funds for financially excluded students. These were Wits students who were unable to pay their registration fees and had historic debt with the university (unpaid tuition fees carried over from 2014), thus preventing them to continue with their studies.

March ChumaniMaxwele threw human excrement at a statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town’s Rondebosch campus, sparking the #RhodesMustFall movement and the call for a decolonised UCT and higher education.

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Hatfield’s four ‘crime wolves’

CHARISA MUJURU

The Brooklyn police would like new students at UP to be aware of various crimes that are committed around the area so that students are always alert of their surroundings.

As new students are unaccustomed to their environment and are still unaware of the threats they could fall victim to, criminals in Hatfield prey on them, especially at the ‘onset of the academic year’. The police would like students to be cognisant of the four main crimes that are increasingly reported around the Hatfield area at the beginning of the year.

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UP students create transport initiative

DITEBOGO TSHAKA

Three UP students have created a first year transport initiative in which they assist incoming first year students to get to their residences or private accommodation locations. The initiative’s creators, Bongo Lobese, Caroline Letsoalo and Refiloe Mofokeng strive to build a relationship with first years and become a support structure that many new students lack.                        

Starting on 26 January, when most first years arrive at their residences, students/people who volunteer for the drive will be collecting incoming students from various arrival points such as airports, taxi ranks, train or bus stations, and dropping them off at their places of residence.

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Don’t judge a Library by its cover

HENRI UYS

UP’s Library Services offer students a place to work and to do research for their projects or assignments.

The most prominent feature of the library is its study areas. Hundreds of tables and chairs are available for students to sit and study. Electrical sockets are also located close to these areas for students to charge laptops, phones and other devices.

Students can use Wi-Fi hotspots in the library to access the internet. The library also provides over 100 computers for students to do research, print assignments and access ClickUP.

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The heart of the university: The student centre

MASESI TSOTETSI

The student centre is the one place on campus that offers all the things any student needs. Students can buy books, food, stationery and even seek assistance in terms of accommodation. Most importantly, students can also use the facilities to socialise with other students.

One of the greatest things about the studentcentre is the weekly promotions from all sectors within and outside the university. During the first few weeks of the year, students are able to sign up for various societies. Throughout the year promoters from Labello, Redbull, Standard Bank and many more visit campus to inform and get students involved in external activities. Most of the time students receive freebies when such promotions happen. Students are also able to take part in activities that matter, like donating blood at the South African National Blood Services tent whenever it is made available.

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