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Living away from home for the first time: Dos and Don’ts


Do Trust Your Gut
If the human instincts that have kept our species alive for millennia are telling you to GTFO, there’s probably a reason. Survey your surrounds and take care of yourself. Note: this gut instinct is the same one telling you a compulsory module is going be boring but don’t act on that urge to flee.

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First year guide: picking the right bank account


Student bank accounts generally have lower monthly banking fees, as well as perks that were designed with student lifestyles in mind. Different account plans can benefit different students more than others. To help you manage your money from day one of O-Week, here’s a breakdown of the various student bank accounts offered by South Africa’s major banks:

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UP dominates 2017 GradStar Awards

On 27 September, the 2017 GradStar Awards were held at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg. The awards, meant to recognise and showcase young student leaders across the country, saw 3 500 applications narrowed down to a top 100 list of students from across the country.  Sponsored by FNB, Comair, PwC, Fasken Martineau and Khonology, applicants progressed through a rigorous four stage judging process, culminating in a day of workshops hosted by the programme sponsors. Judging of applicants in 2017 was done by Khonology, who will also be responsible for judging applicants in 2018.

This year’s awards saw UP claim 32 positions of the top 100. Notable speakers at this year’s gala dinner included management consultant and motivational speaker Dr David Molapo as well as the youngest Member of Parliament in South African history, Honourable Hlomela Bucwa. Addressing the students and attendees to the event, Bucwa said that “We find ourselves in a critical time in history, particularly as young people, a time in which we must discover our generational mission for the sake of our nation and for future generations.” Bucwa addressed several problems South Africa faces, including access to education, the high unemployment rate and political and financial instability, appealing to the students present to strive to “become agents of change” in addressing South Africa’s challenges. “When I was reading the purpose of this project [GradStar programme], I realised the fundamental impact it has to change not simply how I perform but how I think,” added Bucwa. According to Laura Barker, Managing Director of BlackBark Productions, the founder and organiser of the event, GradStar aims to recognise some of the most talented and employable students from across the country and connect them with the top employers and graduate programmes. “The students really feel the programme has made a difference in their lives [and] likewise the sponsors are committed to helping these young people. Fasken Martineau, PwC and FNB have supported us in both year 1 and year 2 and Comair, although a new sponsor in 2017, has already committed to partnering in 2018,” said Barker. She adds that, “As a team, we are all very committed to the upliftment of South Africa’s youth and the promotion of excellence.

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University myths and truths


Thanks to social media, television and those who have come and conquered university before us, we have a lot of myths misunderstood as truths and truths misunderstood as myths when it comes to university life, especially as first years. But which is which? Perdeby has gone myth-debunking by asking university students from around the country what they considered mere myth or the total truth.

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What in the world is going on? Perdeby’s weekly news catchup


There is always something happening in the world at any given moment, that keeping up with all of it can seem a daunting task. Every week, Perdeby makes sure that you are up to date with all the top international, national and local news headlines of the week.



2018 Proposed university fees increase

Universities around the country are facing fee increases. At UP the SRC released a statement with the proposed fee increases for 2018. The University proposed that “an 8% increase in tuition fees for 2018 would be needed for UP to break even at the end of the fiscal year”, while residence fees would increase by 9.3% and residence meal prices by 9.8%. The SRC rejected any form of increase if provisions were not made for the “missing middle” and NSFAS students. The SRC proposed an emergency mass meeting for Thursday, 26 October at 17:30 at the Amphitheatre, however the meeting was rescheduled after the SRC received complaints by students about the late time of the meeting and the fact that the meeting coincided with semester tests. The meeting was moved to Friday, 27 October at 12:00. However, the Vice-Principle of Student Affairs, Prof. Themba Mosia denied the SRC’s request to host the meeting. The SRC, however, made it clear that the meeting would continue, even without the University’s permission.

For a detailed analysis of this and other related stories make sure to visit our news section on our website.

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First Impressions of UP

IT'S A PRISON - 24.7%
Meh. I got this (no you don’t) - 39.1%
How did I get here? - 36.2%

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