Art exhibition in the Humanities building

Henri Uys

An exhibition, NUTRIA 2 – Imprints of Conscription into the SADF, is currently being held in the foyer of the Humanities Building on the Hatfield campus.

UP PhD candidate and curator of the exhibition, Stephen Symons, said, “The exhibition seeks to interrogate the manner in which memories of the conscription of white males into the former South African Defence Force (SADF) enter a contested present. South African society was gradually intruded upon and militarised by the Nationalist government, reaching its apogee in the mid-1980s. Six hundred thousand men were conscripted from white South African society between 1968 and 1993, meaning that many ex-conscripts still occupy important positions of power and influence within South African society.”

UP helps to empower creative entrepreneurs

Henri Uys

The SA Creative Industries Incubator, the Department of Small Business Development, and Enterprises UP recently presented a programme designed to help young entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurship Development Programme was launched last year and was presented to more than 80 creative industry entrepreneurs from Gauteng. According to an article on Enterprises UP’s website, “This market-aligned content framework was designed to be inclusive of all the different topics and skills that are seen as critical to establish, manage and grow a small business successfully in the creative sector.” In addition to the traditional training methods employed by Enterprises UP, the SA Creative Industries Incubator introduced unique and creative methods for learning and content delivery that include music, visual arts and movement-based techniques for learning integration.

UP and Language Month

Mbali Mkhithi

February is language month. On 1 February, the Pan South African Language Board in partnership with Exclusive Books, announced that all the Exclusive Books branches will now carry a range of children and young adults’ books in all official languages.

Sign language is one of South Africa’s official languages, largely used to communicate with persons suffering from hearing disabilities.

The Disability Movement wins big

Koketso Ngwnya

In the first week of February Student Leadership Awards were hosted in Johannesburg in honour of student leaders and movements who contribute to the interests of students across universities. During the award ceremony the Disability Awareness Movement (DAM) walked away with a few awards for its persistence in creating awareness for students living with different types of disabilities. These awards were also dedicated to the Movement’s passion in advocating for the rights and interests of such students.

Brooklyn SAPS concerned over street robberies in Hatfield


In a media statement, the South African Police Service (SAPS)’s Brooklyn branch expressed concerns over the high number of street robberies that were recently reported in Hatfield. According to the Crime Stats website, 163 cases of common robbery and 347 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported in 2017 in the Brooklyn precinct. Hatfield forms part of the Brooklyn precinct.


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