Tuks FM’s 67 hours for media freedom


From 15 to 18 July, Tuks FM had a non-stop 67 hour-long drive by three of its presenters – Caitlin Webb, Nathi Dlamini and Duane van Wyk – in celebration of Mandela Day. Mandela Day took place on 18 July.

Coined #TuksFm67HoursBroadcastForMediaFreedom, it was the station’s way of commemorating Mandela Day.

As Mandela was historically revered as being the voice of the oppressed, Patrick Maloyi, Station Manager at Tuks FM, said, “The broadcast will serve as a reminder that many, like Madiba, gave up their freedom so that we can enjoy ours.”

In a press release statement, Maloyi said “with concern” that freedom of expression has been under attack where South Africa has seen “recent events spotlighting the intimidation of journalists”. “Freedom of expression is entrenched in the constitution thus it should be protected,” he added.

Alleged kidnapping 12 May


What seems to have been a domestic dispute in Hatfield, left students at UP fearing for their safety after a social media storm erupted spreading false information.
On 11 May around midnight, National Media Liaison of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command, Naledi Chirwa tweeted, “A woman was abducted at gunpoint at McDonald’s Hatfield. Please call your sisters, friends, daughters who attend UP, live in the area.” A student who witnessed the altercation said, “around 19:30 in McDonald’s I saw people running for their lives,” adding that “you can see that they were running from something and it looked really serious, most of them were dressed in their pajamas”. Lindokuhle Segage, a BA Law student at UP confirmed that she had seen “a commotion” (near the Fields) with a group of girls in their pajamas.The eyewitness said that they had seen two men running, who were perceived to have “a weapon to use it on the large group of people, who ran for their lives”. Danie Basson, CID Chief Operation Officer confirmed it was “a domestic dispute with a third party involved. No cases opened. No kidnapping…”

UP’s first PPE students graduate


On 9 May, UP students Ciaran Burks and Keah Challenor become UP’s first students to graduate with a triple major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

The BSocSci undergraduate degree, of the Humanities faculty, was established at UP in 2013. According to the official undergraduate handbook, the qualification is an internationally recognised ‘brand’ that allows its graduates entry into various career fields that include economic and political policy-making, journalism and diplomatic service.

Keah Chancellor said that although the degree “certainly was not easy”, she feels that she has a broad knowledge of several disciplines and believes that she has received a well-rounded education. She added that she has learnt more about the world and about herself and that she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to study in a field so intellectually demanding.

The degree has become popular among some of the world’s global elite, with former British Prime Minister David Cameron and media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, having both studied the degree at Oxford.

Challenor is now completing her honours in Philosophy at UP, while Burks is in the process of completing his honours in Economics at Wits.

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Campus News Bites

Blind cricketer graduates 
On 3 May, Kenneth Mabelane, a national blind cricketer, graduated with a degree in Music. According to an article posted on UP’s website, Mabelane has already released a song called “Make it better”, which is available online. “He will not let anything stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming an established musician,” the article said. Like any other journey, Mabelane’s has not been short of challenges. “You will always have issues with yourself,” he is quoted as saying. He chooses to draw strength from the guru Sri Ravi Shankar, who says that it is important for people to never “lose [their] smile and equanimity even for a moment”. Apart from continuing to pursue a music and sporting career, he hopes to further his studies in law and sports journalism.

New student parking opens


The new student parking currently under development at UP’s Hatfield campus will officially open to students on 15 May.

The new parking area comes after UP busses were moved from the Hatfield campus to an interim bus terminal situated on the corner of Duxbury and Herold Street. According to UP Director of Facilities Management, Professor Susan Adendorff, congestion of busses on the Ring Road of the Hatfield Campus prompted the moving of the busses off campus. The interim bus terminal currently occupies the northern part of the H29 (adjacent to the Lunnon Street entrance) student parking lot.


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