UP and Language Month



February is language month. On 1 February, the Pan South African Language Board in partnership with Exclusive Books, announced that all the Exclusive Books branches will now carry a range of children and young adults’ books in all official languages.

Sign language is one of South Africa’s official languages, largely used to communicate with persons suffering from hearing disabilities.

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Brooklyn SAPS concerned over street robberies in Hatfield


In a media statement, the South African Police Service (SAPS)’s Brooklyn branch expressed concerns over the high number of street robberies that were recently reported in Hatfield. According to the Crime Stats website, 163 cases of common robbery and 347 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances were reported in 2017 in the Brooklyn precinct. Hatfield forms part of the Brooklyn precinct.

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Calls to drop #FMF activists’ charges


More than a month after Pres. Zuma’s announcement on free higher education, there is still widespread uncertainty on how free education will be implemented and how it will be subsidized.

On 24 January, Pres. Zuma visited a top performing school in his hometown of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. While addressing learners at the Bhuqwini High School, Pres. Zuma said, “You can’t say there is no money for education. I’ve told those who are looking at the finances to stop other government programmes to get money for free education because there are things that won’t take us anywhere.” However, Pres. Zuma did not mention any specific government programmes.

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Zuma’s resignation: How did we get here?

Lorinda Marrian

In the late hours of 14 February, Jacob Zuma resigned as the president of South Africa after the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) resolved to recall Zuma if he failed to resign by Wednesday night. To many, this does not come as a surprise, as Zuma’s full term in office became further questioned with the election of the new ANC leadership at the party’s elective conference in December 2017. Talks among the NEC about Zuma’s future had already started in January, however, it was only in the last few weeks that decisions in the party started to become clearer, seen with the postponement of the State of the Nation Address after pressure to remove Zuma mounted.

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Sasco suspended as society


On 23 January, the UP SRC temporarily suspended Sasco Tukkies branch as a registered society.

According to a letter issued to the society by the SRC, the temporary suspension comes following Sasco’s failure “to adhere to a direct order prohibiting [the] society and its members from participating in the 2018 registration period” at UP’s L.C de Villiers Sports Campus.

On 18 December 2017, the UP SRC issued a message from the office of Societies stating that no society activation should take place until March 2018. This meant that “no society [would] be allowed to provide any form of assistance in their official capacity during the registration period, welcome day and orientation week”. The message said that SRC members had “received adequate training and resources to cope with issues of accommodation, registration, student finances and academic inquiries” and invited societies to bring students in need of assistance to the SRC’s attention by following the proper channels.

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