Fem fights abortion myths in South Africa

Fem will launch a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter from 28 August to 1 September “to reveal the real face of safe abortion and how it can save women’s lives”, according to a press release sent out on 21 August. Fem, a service that launched in February this year, enables users who are seeking safe and legal abortion service providers to find such a provider close to them, simply by using SMS.

Promises and Lies - The Project of Freedom

During the course of the month of August, there has been a display of photographs and quotes in the foyer of the Humanities Building. The exhibition, entitled Promises and Lies: The ANC, Exile and the Project of Freedom, is curated by Dr Siona O’Connell in partnership with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD) and Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg. This was accompanied by the screening of the documentary Promises and Lies — Fault Lines in the ANC (directed and produced by O’Connell) in the Auditorium, followed by a talk on African politics by Brown University’s Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Dr Barrymore Bogues. O’Connell, who has her Masters in Arts (African Studies), and Doctorate in Philosophy (African Studies), is currently working in UP Arts, having moved from UCT last year. The photographs are taken by award-winning British photographer Laurie Sparham. The event was hosted by UP Dean of Humanities Professor Vasu Reddy.

UP student finalist in ocean pollution poster project


Sacha Saddul, currently studying third year Information Design at UP, took part in the Green

Bauhaus Global Communication Project 2017. The Green Bauhaus Foundation, established in 2006, is a multicultural global communications project working with universities and academies from five continents. The initiative aims to encourage sustainabledevelopment locally and globally.

Campus News Bites, 14 August 2017

Medical Plant Sciences PhD student wins prestigious prize

UP PhD Medical Plant Sciences student Carel Basson Oosthuizen was awarded the prize for the best paper at the annual Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) Conference held between 9 and 12 July.

According to, IPUF was started to “promote the cultural,socio-economic and scientific benefits to be derived from the sustainable use of the southern African flora”. According to UP’s website, Oosthuizen’s paper was titled ‘Natural coumarins against persistent mycobacterial biofilms’. This was part of his doctoral research in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

The Greenline represents UP at Annual Green Campuses Conference


Between 28 and 30 July, The Greenline represented UP at the 6th Annual Green Campuses Conference held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). This year’s theme was “Save Water”. Cameron Green, Chair and Residence Director of The Greenline, presented on behalf of UP, for which he won the “Best Newcomer Award”.


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