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Judgement reserved in AfriForum UP language policy appeal

HENRI UYS

On 10 March, the North Gauteng High Court reserved judgement in AfriForum’s appeal to the ruling made in December 2016 to set aside UP’s decision to phase out Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in 2017.

The case can only be heard once the Supreme Court of Appeal has heard a similar case between the University of the Free State and AfriForum, brought to court in collaboration with Solidarity. This case deals with the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at the University of the Free State and started on 17 March.

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Intervarsity News 27 March 2017

University of Cape Town (UCT)

On 11 and 18 March 2017, UCT’s Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) issued over 800 free Lenovo laptops to students on financial aid. According to UCT Daily News, the project is said to be an initiative of UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (ICTS) in its Centre for Higher Education Development. The project was started in 2013 through the Vice-Chancellor’s strategic fund. UCT Daily News adds that Kira Chernotsky, UCT’s ICTS director, views “laptops [as] essential to building graduate attributes”. 

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Serious about trash: recycling at UP

DANICA CHARLES

The Campus Services Division of Waste and Environmental Management is responsible for the removal of general and hazardous waste at UP.

The UP recycling initiative follows a 2025 strategic plan with regard to sustainability. The plan started in 2014 whereby 288 tons of waste was disposed from all UP campuses. In 2015, this number grew to 612 tons of waste and an 8% increase in waste recycling in 2016 was realised.

Residences at UP also have recycle bins (blue) on each floor and non-recyclable bins (orange). Paper waste, which consists of waste paper, old papers and textbooks, is removed from the University on Mondays and Thursdays. During the last four months of 2016, almost 2 092 tons of white paper were removed from campuses.

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Centre for Human Rights and UP Disability Unit commemorates Human Rights Day

BRADLEY TJONGARERO

On 16 March 2017, UP’s Centre for Human Rights (CHR) together with the UP’s Disability Unit and Law House commemorated Human Rights day at the Law Kiosk in the Law Building. The programme was interactive and educational, and was led by Sewela Masie, a research assistant at the Centre for Human Rights. The rights of people living with disabilities were emphasised under the event’s theme of “Inclusive Education”. William Aseka, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, explained, “Inclusive education is so that we can be able to include. We appreciate that we have a diverse society so we look at it from that perspective, as we have a diverse society, we need to include everyone to be able to participate equally”.

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National Treasury to unpack 2017 budget at UP

MARKO SVICEVIC
On 23 March, the National Treasury will be unpacking the 2017 budget for students and staff at UP. The speaker of the event will be Deputy Director General for Budget, Michael Sachs. According to Thabisa Whittington, the National Treasury communication officer of the Director General’s Office, “The aim of the programme is to engage with various stakeholders on the budget that includes universities and also encourage the debate necessary on various socioeconomic issues that are budget related.”

The event will be hosted in HB 4-1 at 12:00. 

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