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600 lunch packs a day to sustain hungry students at UCT

Hungry students are being fed 600 lunches a day in a feeding scheme that is growing in leaps and bounds at the University of Cape Town (UCT)

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Feeding scheme at the University of Cape Town supplies 600 lunch packs daily to sustain the hungry students.

The scheme was started in April 2018 after UCT’s department of social development realised that a lot students carried on with insufficient or no food at all. It has been concerning how this has been growing.

UCT said in a statement that the lunches were made up, packed and distributed by volunteers. Lunch Packs are distributed on UCT’s upper campus, the College of Music, Hiddingh campus and the Child Guidance Clinic.

Matheko Moshoeshoe-Madi, from the department of social development’s strategic fuel fund, said: “We advocate for education, but we are going through issues of poverty. Yet students are willing to come to varsity to learn, not knowing where their next plate of food is coming from. We wanted to help.”

The National Research Foundation’s Stephen Devereux made headlines in 2018 when he reported that more than 30% of the country’s students were food insecure, compared with 26% of the population. These numbers pose a huge challenge as they show that students are going to lectures hungry.

The situation is aggravated by the inability of students to receive National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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MR and MRS City Waldorf Pageant IMAGE: Ndumiso Ngwenya

From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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Supporting entrepreneurship ventures of SA varsities

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Entrepreneurship is growing within South Africa’s higher education spaces, from fresh ideas, innovations, to creative ventures set to contribute and stimulate the socio-economic growth in the region.

These ideas have been met by support from various industry experts, funding initiatives, and institutions transforming into innovative and entrepreneurial hubs that can spearhead socio-economic development.

This has been the culture around South African universities such as the University of the Western Cape (UWC),which in collaboration with WearSA, launched a retail clothing store – the first design and entrepreneurship incubator store of its kind in South Africa.

Recently we saw one of SA’s largest venture capital funds, the SA SME Fund, introducing students to entrepreneurial spaces, launching the first fund in Africa that commercialises ideas from tertiary institutions and gives access to funding and skills to CUT to promote entrepreneurs.

Today, we see the launch of the DUT retail leadership chair. This is a collaboration between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA).

This initiative is also set to “serve as a critical conduit between industry and the university, in terms of constructive engagements, best practice in the industry both locally and internationally, in curriculum relevance and work integrated learning.”


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