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Queer Africa 2: New Stories launched at UP

SHAUN SPROULE

On 27 July, The Queer Space Collective (QSC) and Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) presented the launch of the anthology of short stories Queer Africa 2: New Stories in the Merensky Library on UP’s main campus.

The book features short stories from across Africa and the United States of America, and includes a story from UP student, Emma Paulet.

The event was attended by one of the editors of the anthology, Makhosazana Xaba, and some authors from the book. Readings of some of the works were performed by various individuals, which according to Pierre Brouard from the QSC, allowed for dif ferent interpretations of the works than if they were read by the authors. The event also featured musical performances by Nande Jordan and the band Queue Marshalls, as well as a panel discussion lead by Edwin Smith from the QSC and authors from UP and Wits. The panel used the short stories as a platform to discuss queer identity and labels that are often used for individuals in the LGTBIQA+ community.

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Campus News Bites 31 July 2017

Rivonia trialist exhibition at UP

Since 18 July, in commemoration of Mandela Day, UP’s Edoardo Villa Museum presented an exhibition honouring the Rivoina trialists. The exhibition, which is situated in the Old Merensky Library, was open to the public until the end of July. According to the UP website, twelve portraits of trialists – painted by artist Marie Vermeulen-Breedt – will be on display. Among these include portraits of Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Walter Sisulu and Dennis Goldberg.

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Intervarsity News 31 July 2017

 

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

On 24 July, CPUT management announced that classes for 25 and 26 July would be suspended after “mammoth all day meetings with students and insourced workers”.

This came after students protested that #Outsourcingmustfall at the university. Independent Online reported that “buildings and cars where set alight and damaged” on the Bellville campus.

CPUT Central SRC Secretary General Mbaliyezwe Madikizela said that they have “lost all patience with management” after management had allegedly dishonoured their agreements made to the students in November 2016. The protests were held to ensure that staff such as garden staff, caterers, cleaners and security guards will be permanently employed directly under the university within three months.

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Anti-discrimination policy in the works

NTOMBI MKANDHLA

The Anti-Discrimination Policy Working Group (ADPWG), under the Department of University Relations, is inviting UP students and staff members to take part in forming a new anti-discrimination policy. Prof. Christof Heyns, Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at UP, and a professor in Human Rights Law, is leading the project.

Until the end of July, through an online survey which is accessible through the UP portal, students and staff members can anonymously share their experiences or knowledge of discrimination. Students and staff members who have not experienced discrimination, or believe that they do not know of it, are still encouraged to participate in the survey. This is done through suggesting or commenting on policies, procedures and possibilities.

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2017/2018 SRC election update

 

MARKO SVICEVIC

On 18 July the SRC election date for the 2017/2018 SRC term was announced. This year’s SRC elections will take place over the course of three days, from 07:00 on Monday 21 August until 19:00 on Wednesday 23 August. For the first time the SRC elections will be conducted electronically and students will be able to vote for their preferred candidates online. According to a statement by the Director of the Department of Student Affairs, Dr Matete Madiba, the new e-voting system should bring “convenience and increased participation, and it should assist in securing the integrity of the election process, and in delivering accurate results within the quickest time”.

Nominations for this year’s SRC election opened on 18 July and will close on 1 August. Each candidate will need to collect 100 secondment signatures, with the exception of candidates running for the position of SRC president, who will need 200 secondment signatures. Students wishing to run for a position in the election will have to comply with the requirements listed in section 24 of the Constitution for Student Governance. Among these requirements students running for an SRC position must be registered for a degree or diploma at UP, and in the case of an undergraduate student, must have completed three consecutive semesters at UP and been enrolled for at least 80% of modules required for their qualification. Candidates will also have to have obtained a grade point average of at least 60% in the semester preceding the elections. Furthermore, students running for an SRC position must not have been found guilty by a disciplinary committee at UP for transgression of the Disciplinary Code or other UP rules and regulations. Students running for the position of SRC president or deputy president must also have served on the leadership body of a recognised student governance structure.

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