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Tanya Magaisa

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

Sue Nyamnjoh

On March 31st, Liesbeeck Gardens Residence launched the #KnowYourNeighbour campaign to encourage interaction and build relations between students in residences. This followed a statement released on March 21st by Liesbeeck Residence, which said that the residence would be approaching Residence Council regarding how mental health is handled in residences. The aim is to get the ‘Residence Council to engage the university management to look into the [spate] of suicides in residences and put in place systems to help students with psycho-social and other suicide-inducing problems.’

Zoe Postman

On March 15, 2016, the SRC received a two million rand donation from Old Mutual towards their #Fundingfutures campaign. The hand over took place at the company’s head offices in Pinelands. Busi Nxumalo, the Corporate Relations Officer of the SRC, expressed her deepest gratitude towards Old Mutual for their generous donation. She hoped that it would set an example for other corporate companies to get involved.

Tanya Magaisa

Earlier this year, as a facet of the decolonisation project at UCT, questions were raised regarding the lack of diversity in the university’s academic staff.

Nicole Arends and Ashley Seymour

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

Written by Tsepo Ngwenyama Research by Ashley Seymour

A large part of the decolonial project, as argued by movements such as Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) and the Black Academic Caucus (BAC), is transformation within the academic staff demography across all faculties. The issue of academic representation has formed part of a larger debate of transformation at UCT, and the apparent lack of urgency and speed with which UCT management is dealing with the issue is highly contested.

Robyn Ausmeier

On April 5th, a review of UCT’s Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) was made publicly available. This review was initiated last year following criticism from the UCT community about the functioning of DISCHO and the failings of the current system in addressing sexual assault and harassment on campus.

Robyn Ausmeier

On April 5th 2016, a review of UCT’s Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) was made publically available. This review was initiated last year following criticism from the UCT community about the functioning of DISCHO and the failings of the current system in addressing sexual assault and harassment on campus.

The DISCHO Review was conducted by a review panel made up of five members. The panel was chaired by Associate Professor Sally Swartz, Deputy Dean of Humanities, and included three internal members as well as one external consultant.

Yogi Shoba Research by Nico Nomyayi

In November last year, UCT despatched private security onto campus following an upsurge of protest action from both student and worker movements. Since then, concerns have been raised regarding the necessity of private security on campus as well as issues of safety regarding how private security officers interact with staff and students.

Ashley Seymour

Students gathered outside of Bremner building on Wednesday, March 16th to protest the multiple incidences of rape and sexual harrasement experienced by UCT students in the past few weeks. The event, titled #RapeAtUct, called on supporters to denounce the lack of proper support structures equipped to deal with sexual assault. This follows from campaigning against the Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) and sexual assault by UCT survivors earlier last week.

Julius Stopforth

A year after the inception of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement, an exhibition titled ‘Echoing Voices from Within’ was held at the Centre for African Studies (CAS) on Wednesday, March 9th. The exhibition was interrupted by the arrival of members from the UCT Trans Collective, some of whom were fully nude. In a statement by the Trans Collective on their Facebook page, the motivation for the disruption

Nicholas Martinez

Finding a parking space for staff and students at UCT is stressful and luck of the draw. Even with the purchase of a parking disc, you are not always guaranteed a space in the many parking bays on campus. This year for students, a parking disc for unmarked bays is R960 a year, for Smuts/Fuller it is R1524 a year, and for Obz Square it comes out to R1740 a year. According to the traffic department, the reason Obz Square is so expensive is because there is 24-hour surveillance on that parking structure and the extra fee helps pay for the increased surveillance.
The parking policy developed by the Properties and Services Department at UCT states that the

Jess Worsley

Rhodes Memorial Rape Suspect Appears in Court
The suspect arrested on Saturday appeared in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing charges for the rape that occurred on November 19 last year. Police are also investigating the possibility that the suspect might be responsible for other cases that have occurred in the area. The case was postponed to March 18 to allow time to secure a relative’s address and draw up a formal bail application, which the state intends to oppose.
EWN: Eyewitness News

Nico Nomyayi

Since the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on April 9th, 2015, decolonisation at the institution has been a widely discussed topic. Student and staff organisations including the #RhodesMustFall Movement, the Trans Collective and the Black Academic Caucus have led the transformation dialogue.

Aisha Abdool Karim Research by Nico Nomyayi, Michaela Findeis and Tanya Magaisa

There were four reported cases of sexual violence at Rhodes Memorial from December 11th 2015 to February 4th 2016. Of the four women raped, three were UCT students. These incidents have highlighted the issue of sexual violence on campus, which has been an ongoing problem.

Nkosikhulule Xhawulengweni Nyembezi

The first voter registration for this year’s local government elections took place this weekend under the slogan ‘It’s in your hands.’ The world was out urging South Africans to register their names and addresses on the voters roll so that they are able to vote in the area
where they ordinarily live.

Adam Kleinschmidt

Local government by elections postponed Pretoria – On February
29th, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
said they would be filing an appeal to the Constitutional
Court regarding the postponement of several
by-elections across South Africa. Due to discrepancies
in the voter roll, by-elections scheduled to take place on
Febrary 24th in KwaZulu- Natal, Limpopo, the North
West and the Western Cape were postponed.
NEWS24

Alexandra Swanepoel

Historic debt has resulted in the financial exclusion of many students from UCT. In combination with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), there is now a debt-to-loan plan in place which aims to enable students with fee debt extending back to 2013 to proceed with their studies. The plan is funded by both NSFAS and UCT’s own resources and allows for students to convert debt up to R10 000 into a NSFAS loan.

Ayanda Nyathi, Tanya Magaisa and Yogi Shoba

On February 24, the Black Academic Caucus (BAC) staged a silent protest during meridian on Jameson plaza. The demonstration was in reaction to the violence which ensued following the #Shackville protest.

Quincy Cele and Yogi Shoba

On February 22nd, protesting workers and students were beaten by rugby supporters on the University of the Free State (UFS) sports grounds. The violence occurred after demonstration launched by the protestors temporarily disrupted an ongoing game. The protest aimed to bring awareness to the #ENDOUTSOURCING movement which highlights the underpayment of UFS workers as well the conditions they are forced to operate under.

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