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UP alumni shine in prestigious M&G list

 

 

NTOMBI MKANDHLA

Every year, the Mail & Guardian (M&G) compiles a list of 200 exceptional South Africans under the age of 35 who demonstrate leadership and positive change in their communities. This year’s edition includes notable UP students and alumni. On M&G’s website, Khadija Patel, the editor-in-chief, said that the people were chosen for being “wonderfully talented, resourceful, caring people because they remind us that not all is lost”.

Naledi Chirwa, a student activist, is currently on suspension from UP for her protest action involvement at the institution. She is included in the list under “Politics and Governance” for what M&G described as her “love for black people, black women and for South Africa”. Koketso Aphane, spokesperson of the EFFSC-UP, believes Chirwa’s suspension was an attempt by UP management to “assassinate her character”, and that “[Chirwa] remained resilient and determined to make a difference in the lives of the black child”. According to UP spokesperson, Rikus Delport, “Ms Chirwa was temporarily suspended in 2016 pending a full disciplinary investigation following the protests last year. The case was not concluded as Ms Chirwa has chosen not to return to the University of Pretoria to complete her masters degree.”

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YASCOM gathers donations for needy students

HENRI UYS

The Young Alumni and Students Committee (YASCOM) at UP is running an initiative to gather donations for students in need.

Karabo Rankapole, YASCOM’s secretary, spoke to Perdeby about the initiative. According to Rankapole, the initiative was started as the number of students who cannot afford essentials such as books, stationery, food, clothes etc. grow each year. Rankapole said, “We take the donations to the people in charge of the SNAP-programme and they donate it to less fortunate students who have been identified or [have approached the SNAP-programme] to ask for those donations. We also take part in other societies' events that help other students.” The Student Nutrition and Progress Programme (SNAPP) is an initiative of UP’s Department of Student Affairs, which provides a daily meal to approximately 2 500 students.

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Campus News Bites 24 July 2017

UP chancellor re-elected

Prof. Lumkile Wiseman Nkuhlu has been unanimously re-elected as UP’s chancellor. The election took place on 28 June and was conducted by the University’s Electoral College. The appointment is for the next five years until 30 June 2022. Prof. Nkuhlu has served as UP’s chancellor for 11 years since his appointment in 2006. Prof. Nkuhlu has an MBA from the University of New York and in 1976 became South Africa’s first black chartered accountant.

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Zinnia and Olienhout announced victors at Serrie Prelims

SHAUN SPROULE

On 20 July, STUKU announced the results from the Serrie Prelims on Facebook Live. Zinnia with their “Addiction” theme placed first for the ladies’ residences, and Olienhout found success with their “A Million Ways to Die in the West” theme. The results are based on the preliminary rounds, and were not judged by STUKU, who only facilitated the event.

For the ladies, Zinnia placed first, Curlitzia came second with their “Genie in the Lamp” theme, Erika came third with their “Joker” theme, Nerina came fourth with “Revenge Body” and Vividus Ladies came fifth as “Parish Pickpockets”. For the men, Olienhout came first, Mopanie came second with their “German” theme, “Retro Rugby” Olympus came third, Taaibos came fourth as “White Walkers” and Boekenhout placed fifth with their “Survival” theme.

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TuksCamerata win Grand Prix of Nations

DANICA CHARLES AND SAVANNAH PLASKITT

On 20 July, TuksCamerata was announced as the winner of the Grand Prix of Nations Riga 2017, in the Youth Choir Category hosted in Riga, Latvia. TuksCamerata received 93,30 points out of a possible 100,00. The group that placed second, EVE from Denmark received 91,20.

The win also means TuksCamerata is now eligible to compete at INTERKULTUR events in the next five years, including the World Choir Games – The Champions Competition and the World Choir Championships – The Champions round.

Chris Oakes, a TuksCamerata EC member, described the Grand Prix of Nations as “the best of the best” and went on to say that “for us to come first is really something that’s unbelievably amazing”. TuksCamerata also placed third in the Folklore acappella category. Okes said the win was “unheard of” as “folklore is one of the highest and hardest things to compete in, because other countries are normally very brilliant in what they do. So for us to come third is really fantastic.”

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