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Car guards: eyes and ears of the police

HENRI UYS

On 31 August, 50 car guards received certificates from UP at a graduation ceremony.

The car guards underwent a six-month programme in life skills and crime prevention at UP. During the course, the car guards also attended police meetings every week to discuss crime in their respective areas.

One of the 50 car guards is Michael Ndimane. Speaking to eNCA, Ndimane said he has been working as a car guard for the past three years. Ndimane said, “My past life was a mess. I was not honest about my life and I was doing crime, smash and grabs.” Ndimane decided to turn his life around after spending some time in jail. Ndimane said, “I started parking cars and from it I was making an honest living, and through it I could maintain my family.”

2017/2018 SRC inaugurated

MARKO SVICEVIC

On 31 August the 2017/2018 Student Representative Council’s (SRC) official inauguration took place between 12:00 and 13:00 at the Roosmaryn Building on the Hatfield Campus. Some of those in attendance included Director of the Department of Student Affairs, Dr Matete Madiba, Deputy Director of the Department of Student Affairs, Dr Willem Jorissen, 2016 TSC President, Henrico Barnard, Deputy President, Thabo Shingange, and the Constitutional Tribunal’s Chief Justice, Rainier Rademan.

In her opening statement, Dr Madiba announced that the Independent Monitoring Body (IMB) had declared the 2017/2018 SRC elections free and fair. “Our special congratulations goes to all the candidates who participated, but of course especially to the 12 new SRC candidates” said Dr Madiba.

TuksExploratio gears up for Everest Challenge

EMMANUEL OLUSEGUN

TuksExploratio, a UP social club which offers adventure activities, will host its annual Everest Challenge between 9 and 10 September. This is a 24-hour climbing event that pits teams from climbing and adventure clubs around the country against one another as they aim to climb the height of Mount Everest within 24 hours. The 2016 edition of the challenge proved to be hotly contested, with climbing teams from the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus (NWU-Pukke) and the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) giving the Tuks climbers a real challenge.TuksExploratio won the event as they finished in a record time of 12 hours and 14 minutes, with NWU-Pukke finishing second in 14 hours and 39 minutes, followed by the climbers from Wits in 15 hours and 52 minutes.

Campus News Bites 4 September 2017

UP scientists awarded at WISA 2017

On 17 August three UP scientists were honoured at the 2017 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA). The event was hosted by Naledi Pandor, minister of Science and Technology, at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton.

According to the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), The Department of Science and Technology (DST) organises the annual event to “recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women”.

Prof. Henrietta Laetitia de Kock, an associate professor of Food Science, received the Distinguished Woman Researcher: Research and Innovation award. Prof. Roula Inglesi-Lotz, is a UP PhD graduate and an associate professor in the Department of Economics. She was awarded with the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher: Humanities and Social Sciences award. Prof. Saloshna Vandeyar, a professor of diversity in education at the Faculty of Education was the first runner-up in the Distinguished Researchers: Humanities and Social Sciences category.

WSU student accidentally paid R14 million

LORINDA MARRIAN

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Sibongile Mani was accidently paid R14 million into her student account. The student was meant to receive a monthly allowance of R1 400 from the National Student Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and was instead given millions more.

It has been reported that Mani has spent R818 000 of the total amount, living a lavish lifestyle which included frequent trips to night clubs and expensive shopping sprees. The scandal broke when someone found a receipt belonging to Mani which had a remaining balance of R13 659 249.53, and posted it on social media.

It is not yet clear as to how the money ended up in the student’s account. Michael Ansell, CEO of Intellimali, the company that pays out student grant and support money, says that they are currently investigating the case, as the amount was checked and confirmed to be R1 400 before it was deposited. The company has taken full administrative responsibility for the error and states that neither NSFAS nor the university will be held responsible. NSFAS spokesperson Siphe Matomela said that they are not sure if the R14 million came from the university’s funds or NSFAS. Intellimali has since withdrawn the remaining amount and closed the account for investigation. Ansell also added that no student’s financial aid would be affected and that they have already implemented necessary controls to avoid an incident like this again.

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