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Aisha Abdool Karim

Jessica Breakey, Transformation Co-ordinator on the SRC, has been the key driving force behind the creation of a new gender-neutral bathroom at UCT. The bathroom is not yet open as it is undergoing some renovations, but it should be fully operational within the next two weeks. It will be located on the bottom level of the Leslie Social Sciences Building.

Clare Garrard

Five short bites of recent news

Laurie Scarborough

On July 17th, the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine close to the Russian border.The plane, which was carrying 298 passengers, was traveling from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All passengers aboard were killed in the crash.

Clare Garrard

In a recent debate about the new admissions policy, 40% of the students who attended voted against the new policy, while 60% voted in favour.

Katy Scott

International students at UCT, approximately 20% of UCT’s populace, are significantly impacted by the new immigration laws that came into effect on May 26th 2014, whether they realise it or not.

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Bryan Smith

The evening of May 12th saw a buzzing crowd attend the launch of a week-long exhibition in Molly Blackburn Hall in Upper Campus, featuring select pieces from UCT Pictorial, a street-portrait initiative launched by keen photographer and Commerce student, Nicholas Fitzhenry.

Stephen Hulme

Postgraduates, professors and members of the engineering industry were invited to the first Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) Postgraduate Research Expo held in the New Engineering Building on Thursday, May 8th. The aims of the event were to recognise research work done by students, showcase this work to potential employers and industry players, and to facilitate interdepartmental interactions.

Clare Garrard

In June, Council (UCT’s governing body) will take a decision on whether the University will be using outsourcing or insourcing for the provision of services at UCT. As a part of this process, a decision will be taken concerning the catering services, which have come under a negative spotlight in recent months.

Clare Garrard

Five short bites on current events

Zarreen Kamalie

On May 5th, days before the national elections, Professor Katherine Newman of John Hopkins University delivered a thought-provoking lecture entitled, “After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa.” Unlike the born-free generation, the post-apartheid generation consists of those whose younger years were spent under apartheid, yet came of age in the social experiment of South Africa’s new democracy.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Friday, May 2nd, Egypt was hit by four separate bombings in the Southern Sinai region and Cairo. At least five people were killed and seven were wounded in the bombings where it appears that the targets were security officials and tourism workers. These attacks are part of an increase in violence due to the approaching presidential elections, which are set to take place on May 26th and 27th.

Aisha Abdool Karim

The leader of the terrorist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, released a video to Nigerian news on Monday, May 5th. In the video Shekau claims responsibility for the abduction of over 200 Nigerian girls and threatens to “sell them on the market, by Allah”.

Vikash Gajjar

On Monday, May 5th, the United Nations Committee Against Torture interrogated the Vatican on the Catholic Church’s child abuse predicament during a two-hour long hearing held in Geneva, Switzerland. Subjected to scathing questions about past policy decisions and the juridical distinction between Vatican City and the Holy See, the Vatican was urged to instate a permanent investigation system to end the “climate of impunity”.

Clare Garrard

An international team led by the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) and King’s College London has developed the first lab-grown layer of human skin using stem cells. This development could provide a cost-effective alternative to animal testing of drugs and cosmetics.

Cai Nebe

Last week the United Nations Chapter of UCT (UNASA-UCT) held its 8th annual Blue Week.

Sandile Tshabalala

The Kramer Law School celebrated 20 years of democracy by hosting the first ever Law School “Transformation Week”. A series of events took place from the April 22nd to April 24th 2014 to promote the interest of students in transforming the legal profession.

Fowzia Davids

Year after year the same complaint is echoed: the SRC does not care about satellite campuses. This year, they have a man with a plan. Chang Jung, the Student Representative Council’s (SRC) Entertainment and Fundraising Coordinator seeks to address this complaint, and he’s started with Middle Campus.

Krysia Gaweda

On Thursday, April 23rd, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and 567 Cape Talk radio station presented a pre-elections debate in Kramer LT2, the 2014 Cape Talk Election Debate, with Breakfast Show host Kieno Kammies and Weekend Show host Africa Melane as well as various representatives from leading political parties.

Aisha Abdool Karim

On Tuesday April 15th South Sudanese rebels seized control of Bentiu, an oil-producing hub and the capital of the Unity State, killing hundreds of civilians. The UN issued a statement on April 21st saying that the rebels had separated people within Bentiu according to their ethnicity and nationality before targeting and killing certain ethnic groups. Foreigners, non-Nuer and Nuer people opposed to the rebels were among those targeted.

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