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Zoe Postman and Michaela Findeis

On Tuesday, 6 September, a meeting was held at Centre for the Book where Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price intended to present on the feasibility of free education for UCT. Representatives from various organisations, such as the University of Western Cape, Equal Education, and the National Research Foundation, presented their views and ideas at the Commission of Inquiry Into Higher Education and Training (Fees Commission). Dr Price was presenting suggestions on how to achieve the 0% increase in 2017, as well as the feasibility of free education.

Nicole Arends

On Thursday, September 8th, voting for the 2017 Humanities Student Council officially commenced. One candidate in the running to be elected, Laurent Balt, came under fire when the phrase ‘you called me a whore for talking to guys’ was penned on several of his campaign posters around campus. This comes after claims from an anonymous source that he is misogynistic and has made problematic statements to her in the past. 

Zoe Postman

On September 7, Leo Marquard Hall was occupied by students protesting patriarchy within the residence. This was as a result of the House Committee interrogations, which had taken place the previous evening. Those attending the interrogations raised issues with three of the candidates, who were deemed to be problematic, and it was demanded that one of the candidates withdraw from the election.

Yogi Shoba

As a part of Women’s month, the Red Wings Project: Cape Town (Red Wings), in partnership with the United Nations Association of South Africa in Stellenbosch (UNASA) and Deloitte, delivered pads and held workshops at both Langa and Matthew Goniwe High Schools on Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9.

Yogi Shoba

Penny Sparrow Back in Court

Former estate agent Penny Sparrow’s court case for labelling black people ‘monkeys’ in a rant about littered beaches, continued in the Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The Sparrow case was the first of a year of outbursts which have landed several people in trouble. Last week, another estate agent, Vicky Momberg, appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court after allegedly uttering racial insults at a black police officer after a smash and grab in Johannesburg.

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Zoe Postman and Michaela Findeis

On Tuesday, September 6, the 2016 Election Commission released a statement stating that SRC elections will be suspended indefinitely. It is unclear when the suspension will be lifted or what procedure will be followed should an election not take place by October 31, as there is no precedent for this situation. The suspension was implemented, given that Masixole Mlandu, one of the candidates has an interdict against him, which prohibits his presence on campus.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Tuesday, August 23rd, a meeting will be taking place with Professor Anwar Mall, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Transformation, in order to discuss the SRC’s Funding Futures campaign and enquire into the R2 million donation received from Old Mutual. Present at the meeting will be Sinoxolo Boyi, Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) Secretary-General, and Marcus Gawronsky, SRC Treasurer.

Zoe Postman and Aisha Abdool Karim

Looking at the emergency mass meeting held by the SRC regarding a 0% fee increase for next year and the possibility of free education

Chidera Onwudinjo

Five short summaries about national and international current affairs

Sue Nyamnjoh

A follow up on insourcing of workers which led to the retrenchment of 40 Metro workers

Jess Worsley

UCT is facing budget cuts due to #Feesmustfall protests and the subsequent 0% increase on tuition fees in 2016

Mbalenhle Khuzwayo

UCT withdraws Flemming Rose's invitation to speak at the TB Davie Academic Freedom Lecture

Robyn Ausmeier

On Wednesday, July 6 there was a nationwide shutdown in Zimbabwe, organised by the #ThisFlag movement, with various shops, companies, transport services and schools closed in protest against high unemployment, corruption, poverty and other socio-political and economic problems within the country.

Ali Findlay

Vice Chancellor Max Price stated that the Naming of Buildings Committee (NOBC) and the Task Team would be meeting after July 1 to decide how the name of Jameson Hall would change and what this change would be. This announcement came through an e-mail received from the VC Desk on June 23, a mass email from the Vice Chancellor was received by all students, stating that Council had agreed to change the name of Jameson Hall after meeting on June 18. The e-mail also mentioned a meeting that took place on June 17, between the Task Team and the NOBC. During this meeting they concluded that ‘Jameson’s ruthless self-interest manifested in a profound lack of respect for other people.’ This conclusion is a contributing factor towards the decision to change the name of the hall.

Catherine Heron

5 short summaries about current affairs in South Africa and internationally

Safiyya Karim

On May 28, a statement was released, via an e-mail correspondence from Vice Chancellor Max Price, that three UCT students, who had violated the interdict against them, were banned from campus. This followed a protest that took place on May 12 against the ban placed on students Alex Hotz, Masixole Mlandu, Chumani Maxwele, Slovo Magida and Zola Shokane. The student protestors had a banner on display over the steps of Jameson Hall, which read ‘Death of a dream’. Several body bags were also laid out on the ground to represent the students who had been prevented from entering the campus.

Taryn Wilson

On Wednesday, May 11, UCT Survivors held an open forum at the Bremner Building to discuss the mismanagement of sexual abuse/harassment cases and rape culture at UCT. The forum followed a series of protests which took place on Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10. The protests involved students standing silently on Jammie Plaza holding placards and t-shirts, with slogans such as ‘UCT Management Fails Survivors’ and ‘End Rape Culture’ emblazoned on them. UCT Survivors began the campaign as an event on Facebook labelled #UCTSpeaksBack, in an attempt to create awareness about rape culture and the mishandling of sexual assault cases at UCT.

Mbalenhle Khuzwayo

On July 1, UCT officially insourced almost 1000 previously outsourced employees. This was following a signed agreement between the NEHAWU Joint Shop Stewards Council and University Management on October 28, last year.

Catherine Heron

5 short summaries of events happening in South Africa and around the world

Safiyya Karim

On May 28, a statement was released, via an e-mail correspondence from Vice Chancellor Max Price, that three UCT students, who had violated the interdict against them, were banned from campus. This followed a protest that took place on May 12 against the ban placed on students Alex Hotz, Masixole Mlandu, Chumani Maxwele, Slovo Magida and Zola Shokane. The student protestors had a banner on display over the steps of Jameson Hall, which read ‘Death of a dream’. Several body bags were also laid out on the ground to represent the students who had been prevented from entering the campus.

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