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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”.
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.
Dr George Frederik Liebenberg, a senior lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the UP was shot and killed at his Vaalbank home outside Bronkhorstspruit on Friday evening. Liebenberg joined the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development in 2010.
According to a News24 article titled, “No arrests yet after UP lecturer shot dead at home”, published on 14 March, national police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, was quoted as saying that that Liebenberg was shot in the upper body through a window, while working on his computer. He added that Liebenberg’s body was found the next morning by workers and that there were no signs of forced entry. According to Dlamini, no arrests had been made, and initial investigations indicated that Liebenberg was attacked by unknown persons. UP Media Relations were not available for comment, however UP spokesperson Rikus Delport, was quoted by News24 saying “everybody at the university was in total shock at the news of Liebenberg’s murder.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” added Delport. A memorial service for Liebenberg is to be held on Thursday, 23 March.
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.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) was observed from 6 to 12 March in 250 cities, communities, and campuses around the world. Various organisations at UP hosted events throughout the week to create awareness around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has lasted several decades. The initiative has been running consecutively for 13 years and has grown a lot according to Yusuf Hassim, chairperson of the UP Muslim Students Association (MSA). Hassim said that the aim of the MSA with regard to IAW “is to create a unified and massified[sic] support for Palestine and to create awareness of the atrocities they are facing on a daily basis”. “This is no[t] [an] Arab issue, Muslim issue or Jewish issue, the issue at hand is simply a humanitarian issue,” he said. The South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) Tuks Branch hosted events in conjunction with Stand with Us International. SAUJS released a statement in which they set out their goals: “to tell the full story of the conflict and counter the half-truths peddled by the opposing side in order to give students and lecturers alike a different perspective on how lasting peace can be achieved between Palestinians and Israelis”.
Events surrounding IAW were held at several campuses last week, including the University of the Free State, the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch University.
Photo: Kaylyn O’Brien.