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Parusha Naidoo

5 short news bites on international, national and health news.

Parusha Naidoo & Aisha Abdool Karim, research by Yogi Shoba & Robyn Ausmeier

On Thursday, April 9th, the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was removed from UCT’s upper campus. The removal coincided with the same date a month ago that UCT student, Chumani Maxwele, protested at the statue holding a board that read “Exhibit White Arrogance @ UCT”.

The demonstration went on to gain momentum with an open dialogue taking place on Jammie Plaza on March 12th, an Open Assembly on March 25th and various other dialogues initiated both on and off campus. The formation of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement was sparked by these events and on March 20th, a march was led by UCT students, workers and academic staff to Bremner Building – which the students have unofficially renamed Azania House.

Tanya Magaisa

This year a student sold a comprehensive study guide to a large group of students in the Humanities Introduction to Politics course (POL1004F), outside Beattie Lecture Theatre, for R80. The guide contained summarised notes, essay questions and answers and exam preparation essays, all of which had been compiled by the aforementioned student who had taken the course the previous year.

Robyn Ausmeier

UCT has commenced with a program to award and recognise students for the extra-curricular activities they are involved in during the university year. The Enhanced Curriculum Award, which is co-ordinated by Careers Services, will be given to a select group of individuals who meet the requirements and have shown a particular commitment to further learning and skills development. The program is currently in a pilot phase and the process will be assessed at the end of the year to decide how to develop and improve the award for the future.

Adam Kleinschmidt

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Robyn Ausmeier

On Monday, April 13th the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement held a press conference on Jameson Plaza during meridian. The movement used the space to voice their dissatisfaction over the way in which management has responded to their demands for transformation and decolonisation at the university. They also elaborated on their plans for the future of RMF and explained the decision to end their occupation of Bremner Building, which was renamed as Azania House by the movement.

Megon Venter and Nadijah Campbell

Transformation Month, an initiative introduced by the SRC in association with student societies, began at UCT on Monday, March 9th and will run until March 29th. Thato Pule, SRC Chair of Transformation and Social Responsiveness, has worked as the co-ordinator of events. The campaign places a focus on gender, sexuality and disability as key issues of transformation, with each of the three weeks looking specifically at one of these areas. Transformation Month is made up of a range of events hosted on different UCT campuses as well as in the residences.

Tinotenda Masando

Mechanical Engineering students, Jason Hardy and James Shin, developed a new type of vending machine on campus, UniCafé, offering a variety of coffee and hot-chocolate to students. The students created the machines themselves, sourcing parts from South Korea. Currently their machines are found in Menzies, Computer Science, NSLT and Kramer Law buildings and are available 24/7.

Aisha Abdool Karim, Robyn Ausmeier & Yogi Shoba

The “UCT: Rhodes Must Fall” movement officially began on Thursday, March 12th sparked by the actions of a student at the Cecil John Rhodes statue on Monday, March 9th. The movement aims to address institutional racism at UCT and the issue of transformation.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Monday, March 16th the university hosted a discussion entitled “Heritage, Signage and Symbolism” as part of a planned series of talks on transformation, which were planned last year. During the introduction given by Professor Crain Soudien, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the discussion, students requested that the order of speakers be rearranged so that Ramabina Mahapa, SRC President, could present his response first.

Robyn Ausmeier

A number of students have raised the issue of insufficient parking on campus due to the limited parking areas available and overselling of discs. Parking discs are purchased from the Traffic Department, although having a disc does not guarantee access to a parking space. The allocation of parking discs varies as they allow different privileges for different groups of people. Parking bays are subsequently designated in line with the grouping in which the car is registered.

Dean Horwitz with additional research by Tanya Magaisa and Andrea George

Security at UCT residences is in theory extremely well controlled. Each residence has a warden who lives on site while some of the larger residences have assistant wardens.

Tebogo Bore and Aisha Abdool Karim

5 short news bites on international, national and health news

Yogi Shoba

Pulsecheck is a service that is soon to be implemented at UCT; however, engineering graduate and founder Louis Buys does not have a direct timeline of when the service will be operational.

Former Presidents of the SRC

An open letter from nine former Presidents of the SRC supporting the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes Statue from Upper Campus.

Aisha Abdool Karim and Tanya Magaisa

An Open Air Dialogue was held at 1pm on Thursday, March 12th on Jammie Plaza. The event was organised by Rekgotsofetse “Kgotsi” Chikane, a UCT student, and endorsed by the SRC in a statement released on Wednesday, March 11th. The mass meeting was held in order to further discuss a plan for transformation at the university, following the gathering at the Cecil John Rhodes statue on Monday, March 9th.

Parusha Naidoo

On Wednesday, 11 March, HUMA and VERNAC News held a panel discussion on the topic “What is African about UCT - Perspectives from Vernac News Founder and Editorial team, and students”. The panel comprised of Taariq Amod (Founder and Chairperson of Vernac News), Mapeseka Sethlodi (Sotho-Tswana Head Editor), Noluvuyo Mjoli (Nguni Opinions & Features Editor) and Akha Tutu (writer and UCT student). Also joining the discussion was Ramabina Mahapa (SRC President 2015). The panel was chaired by Dr Zethu Matabeni, researcher at the Institute for Humanities in Africa at UCT.

Amnesty International, Aisha Abdool Karim, Robyn Ausmeier, Sabri Elia and Majd Mohamed

On Monday, March 9th, VARSITY partnered with Amnesty International UCT to interview Ensaf Haider. Ensaf’s husband, Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and is to receive 1 000 lashes over this time period due to a blog he ran in which he discussed liberal views on Saudi Arabian policies. During Jammie Plaza Week Amnesty International UCT had a campaign to “Free Raif” and collected signatures on a petition calling for his release.

Ronel Koekemoer

Every year students moving into UCT residences face the possibility of being allocated a room that has already been assigned.

Tinotenda Masando and Aisha Abdool Karim

6 short news bites on international, national and health news

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