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Intervarsity News 13 March 2017

University of Johannesburg

On 2 March, the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Perskor Building was renamed Qoboza/Klaaste Building after prominent anti-apartheid journalists Percy Qoboza and Aggrey Klaaste.

In a statement released by the institution on 1 March, VC Prof. Ihron Rensburg describes the late journalists as leaders in the black consciousness movement through their news contributions.

According to News24, Qoboza’s editorial steering of The World led to it becoming the most widely circulated black newspaper in South Africa in 1974. The newspaper was banned in 1977. In 2000, the International Press Institute included Qoboza in its list of 50 World Press Freedom Heroes in the past 50 years.

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University of Stellenbosch

The University of Stellenbosch has revised its admissions policy for 2018. The university released a statement over the weekend in which it was stated that the university “recognises the need to reserve places for socio-economically disadvantaged students, regardless of racial classification”. The policy aims to admit students who meet the minimum requirements for a particular course but would otherwise not be admitted to the course of their preference. According to the statement “the long-term objective of the policy is to contribute to a non-racial and equal society no longer requiring race-based redress” 

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Rhodes University (RU) Rhodes University has been marred by protests over the recurring sexual assault of students and rape culture at the university. Protests resulted in the temporary suspension of lectures.

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Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University will have its first female registrar from the start of 2017. In a statement issued on 13 July 2016 by the university, Dr Ronel Retief, who is currently the Deputy Registrar of the Tygerberg campus, will take over from Johann Aspeling, who retires at the end of this year. Dr Retief said that she is looking forward to the role of registrar and hopes to add value, both by giving informed advice about the determining factors in the higher education sector in South Africa and by promoting excellent, empathic academic administration that supports student success. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Wim de Villiers, said that Dr Retief will have her work cut out for her, noting the fact that she will be taking up the position “at a decisive moment of the university”. “Her excellent academic record and extensive experience in a complex faculty where diversity has expanded a lot will stand her in good stead. We have the utmost confidence in her,” said Prof. De Villiers.

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Intervarsity News 11 April 2016


University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
On Monday, 4 April, student protests, led by the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania, disrupted academic activities on Wits’s Braamfontein campus. According to News24, protesters chanting “fees must fall” disrupted lectures, vandalised property, and started a fire in a lecture hall in the Umthombo Building. The university condemned the behaviour from what it said were approximately 150 individuals.

Speaking to eNCA, Prof. Andrew Crouch, Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of academics at Wits, said that there were a number of causes protesters aligned themselves with, predominantly relating to demands for free education and the insourcing of workers. According to Wits management, no injuries were reported and no significant damage was done to property. The university has since deployed additional security to the affected campus.

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