Intervarsity News 18 September 2017

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

On 11 September an arson attack was reported on CPUT’s Cape Town campus. CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley told EWN that, “campuses remain open and operational despite an attack on a design building in Cape Town during the early hours of the morning.

We believe petrol bombs were used to set fire to a number of classrooms but private security and the fire department managed to get the situation under control before the fire could do more damage.”

This comes after students protested over accommodation, forcing CPUT to close its Cape Town campus.

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SAWIP participants express their views on South African issues

The participants of the South Africa – Washington International Programme (SAWIP) recently completed six weeks of the seven-month programme in Washington DC. They were able to gain exposure to various institutions including the United Nations headquarters in New York, the World Bank and the Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
Participants from UP included Charné Janse van Rensburg, a 5th-year medical student Tumelo Mohale, who is currently studying BCom Taxation, and Siphosethu Mpungose and Michael Reinders, who are both studying LLB degrees.
According to the SAWIP website, the mission of the programme aims “to inspire, develop and support diverse new generations of emerging South African leaders to be active in bringing about social and economic transformation and justice within a sustainable democracy”.

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Police presence outside Hatfield campus


On 6 September, the South African Police Service (SAPS) were stationed at the Prospect street entrance outside UP’s Hatfield campus where a protest was planned by the EFF Student Command UP (EFFSC- UP).

The planned protest was in response to the disciplinary hearings of four students who allegedly held a UP staff member hostage in the Merensky Library on 26 May.

On 5 September, the EFFSC-UP posted on Facebook saying, “We will never forget those in need. Those who stood for nothing, but better conditions for the marginalised and forgotten in the institution. Tomorrow we have a date with the enemy…” In the post, they called for “solidarity against racism and institutionalized tyranny”. The post was made under the hashtag #FearFokol.

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Faces competition has its first winner

Choolwe Jane Nsanzya, a third year LLB student, won the first edition of the Faces competition run by the Centre of Human Rights (CHR) at UP.  She has won herself a trip to Mauritius in September. The CHR introduced the Faces competition as a part of the 26th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition to be held in Mauritius from 18-23 September.

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Hatfield CID creating a better Hatfield environment


The Hatfield City Improvement District (Hatfield CID) is working on making Hatfield a safe place for students.

Perdeby spoke to Lucas Luckhoff, CEO of the Hatfield CID and Danie Basson, COO for Security and Cleaning at the Hatfield CID.

Luckhoff said that Hatfield CID uses approximately 55 security officials from two external companies: G4S Security and JC Security. According to Luckhoff, between 28 and 33 officials work during the day.

According to Luckoff, the root cause of crime in Hatfield is poor people with drug-related problems, willing to do anything to get their next “fix”.

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