Intervarsity News 4 September 2017

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

According to The Citizen, the Wits SRC President, Deputy President and member responsible for projects and campaigns have resigned. According to a statement on the Wits SRC Facebook page, dated 21 August, the reason for SRC President Kefentse Mkhari’s resignation was due to health reasons, adding that “he feels that he can no longer serve students to the best of his abilities”. The statement further added that “The SRC Deputy President, Noluthando Zuma, has also tendered in her resignation owing to her being provided with an employment opportunity she was unable to turn down.” It explained that Obakeng Mulaudzi, the projects and campaigns officer, had completed his studies and, according to the SRC constitution, was unable to continue in office as he was not a registered student.

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Campus News Bites 4 September 2017

UP scientists awarded at WISA 2017

On 17 August three UP scientists were honoured at the 2017 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA). The event was hosted by Naledi Pandor, minister of Science and Technology, at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton.

According to the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), The Department of Science and Technology (DST) organises the annual event to “recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women”.

Prof. Henrietta Laetitia de Kock, an associate professor of Food Science, received the Distinguished Woman Researcher: Research and Innovation award. Prof. Roula Inglesi-Lotz, is a UP PhD graduate and an associate professor in the Department of Economics. She was awarded with the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher: Humanities and Social Sciences award. Prof. Saloshna Vandeyar, a professor of diversity in education at the Faculty of Education was the first runner-up in the Distinguished Researchers: Humanities and Social Sciences category.

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WSU student accidentally paid R14 million


Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Sibongile Mani was accidently paid R14 million into her student account. The student was meant to receive a monthly allowance of R1 400 from the National Student Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and was instead given millions more.

It has been reported that Mani has spent R818 000 of the total amount, living a lavish lifestyle which included frequent trips to night clubs and expensive shopping sprees. The scandal broke when someone found a receipt belonging to Mani which had a remaining balance of R13 659 249.53, and posted it on social media.

It is not yet clear as to how the money ended up in the student’s account. Michael Ansell, CEO of Intellimali, the company that pays out student grant and support money, says that they are currently investigating the case, as the amount was checked and confirmed to be R1 400 before it was deposited. The company has taken full administrative responsibility for the error and states that neither NSFAS nor the university will be held responsible. NSFAS spokesperson Siphe Matomela said that they are not sure if the R14 million came from the university’s funds or NSFAS. Intellimali has since withdrawn the remaining amount and closed the account for investigation. Ansell also added that no student’s financial aid would be affected and that they have already implemented necessary controls to avoid an incident like this again.

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TuksExploratio gears up for Everest Challenge


TuksExploratio, a UP social club which offers adventure activities, will host its annual Everest Challenge between 9 and 10 September. This is a 24-hour climbing event that pits teams from climbing and adventure clubs around the country against one another as they aim to climb the height of Mount Everest within 24 hours. The 2016 edition of the challenge proved to be hotly contested, with climbing teams from the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus (NWU-Pukke) and the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) giving the Tuks climbers a real challenge.TuksExploratio won the event as they finished in a record time of 12 hours and 14 minutes, with NWU-Pukke finishing second in 14 hours and 39 minutes, followed by the climbers from Wits in 15 hours and 52 minutes.

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Intervarsity News 28 August 2017

University of Cape Town (UCT)
The University of Cape Town recently announced a new degree that no other university on the African continent offers.

The new degree, a Master of Data Science with aspecialisation in Financial Technology, will be implemented in January next year. Dr. Co-Pierre Georg,senior lecturer at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) at UCT and course convener, said, “In the past, companies were mainly looking for advanced mathematical andmodelling skills. There still is demand for these skills, but by far the largest demand now is for students who have a thorough understanding of finance combined with a mastery of modern data analytics and software development skills.”

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