Calls to drop #FMF activists’ charges


More than a month after Pres. Zuma’s announcement on free higher education, there is still widespread uncertainty on how free education will be implemented and how it will be subsidized.

On 24 January, Pres. Zuma visited a top performing school in his hometown of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. While addressing learners at the Bhuqwini High School, Pres. Zuma said, “You can’t say there is no money for education. I’ve told those who are looking at the finances to stop other government programmes to get money for free education because there are things that won’t take us anywhere.” However, Pres. Zuma did not mention any specific government programmes.

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Sasco suspended as society


On 23 January, the UP SRC temporarily suspended Sasco Tukkies branch as a registered society.

According to a letter issued to the society by the SRC, the temporary suspension comes following Sasco’s failure “to adhere to a direct order prohibiting [the] society and its members from participating in the 2018 registration period” at UP’s L.C de Villiers Sports Campus.

On 18 December 2017, the UP SRC issued a message from the office of Societies stating that no society activation should take place until March 2018. This meant that “no society [would] be allowed to provide any form of assistance in their official capacity during the registration period, welcome day and orientation week”. The message said that SRC members had “received adequate training and resources to cope with issues of accommodation, registration, student finances and academic inquiries” and invited societies to bring students in need of assistance to the SRC’s attention by following the proper channels.

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TuksFM gets first female station manager


As TuksFM enters their 37th year of broadcasting, the team welcomes a new manager. Leanne Kunz is breaking the mold as the first female manager at the station. With over a decade’s worth of experience, Kunz will be bringing a new revitalising flair to the nation’s favourite student station. Perdeby met with her to see what changes she will be bringing to the station.

Kunz has some big ideas for a new approach to the beloved community radio station “I have big plans, very big plans. First of all, [we] are doing a lot of tightening.” Kunz looks at developing the professionalism of the broadcaster by introducing new policy frameworks and some intense training. She is also setting her sights on creating relationships with other student run and student focused organisations. TuksFM will also be aiming to bring a more stable structure to their broadcasting to try develop a stronger relationship with their regular listeners. “Radio is about building relationships.”

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Sonop excluded from student life


Sonop residence has been prohibited from participating in any student life activities “for the time being”. Sonop is a privately-owned student housing complex, which exclusively houses UP students.

In a letter issued by the Department of Student Affairs to the SRC Sub Committee Chairpersons on 24 January, it was stated that UP Executive Management had decided that Sonop will “not be allowed to participated in upcoming UP student life events as a residence”. These events are the TuksRes Welcoming event that took place on the evening of 27 January, the 1nSync competition that took place on 3 February, the RAG of Hope Day on 10 February, and other sports, cultural and RAG events of 2018.

The letter asked the SRC chairpersons to “ensure that Sonop is removed from the programs, participation and allocations facilitated by each…respective committee”. The residence is not permitted to participate in any event hosted or associated with Student Culture (STUKU), RAG or Student Sport.

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Free education: A roundup



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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