Students at the University of Technology are today expected to return to lectures, following three weeks of disruptions.
The academic programme at all five Durban University of Technology (DUT) campuses is expected to resume on Monday, after management and the student representative council (SRC) reached common ground following protests.
Management suspended classes at DUT earlier this month after clashes between protesters and private security led to the death of 21-year-old student Mlungisi Madonsela at one of the campuses.
DUT Vice chancellor, Thandwa Mthembu says management and students leaders have finally reached an agreement. He says he is confident the academic programme will resume without a hitch.
The institution has also secured a court barring students and organisations from protesting and damaging property on campus.
According to News24, in a joint statement by university management and SRC, it is stated that classes at all DUT campuses will resume next week, provided that students who are currently appealing the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), and who are staying in the Baltimore residence, are moved until the outcome of their appeal.
According to the statement, there are 232 students awaiting a decision on NSFAS funding.
News24 also reported that “Management agreed to this condition, subject to Student Housing Department confirming that the spaces still exist,” the joint statement read.
Additionally, students whose appeals are unsuccessful will be given 48 hours to vacate the residences.
“Further, the meeting agreed that students who are waiting for their appeal decisions should be allowed to attend classes until their cases are finalised or on 15 March 2019 – whichever comes first.”
The rising issue of safety on campuses
In the past weeks we have seen students and women all over South Africa protesting and marching in a bid to fight against Gender based violence and demands to declare state of emergency on gender based violence.
This has also given rise to the issue of safety within campuses. Students from institutions all around South Africa have engaged in protests, shutting down academic activities demanding that campuses be made more safer for students.
This issue has become more than just about security in terms of just having cameras around the facilities, security gates, metal detectors. Students need to made to feel safe inside as well outside the learning grounds.
Prevention, Strengthening the criminal justice system, Enhancing the legal and policy framework, ensuring adequate care, Support and healing for victims of violence and strengthening the economic power of women.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a five-point emergency plan on Wednesday, a plan put in place to tackle gender based violence. This is set to come into plan in a matter of days.
In this week’s varsity RUNDOWN
26 Vice-chancellors to meet up with the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to discuss plans on how deal with the crisis of Gender based violence.
Professor Ahmed Bawa, chief executive officer of Universities South Africa confirmed that a preparatorymeeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will take place today.
The University of Cape Town has put in place a range of measures in the hopes of keeping staff and students safe. It introduced what is called, a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender violence. The institution
also created an online reporting tool to ensure that the reporting of such incidents is easier.
The department of Tourism together with the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism launched the National Tourism Careers Expo 2019 in North West.
This year the NTCE 2019 will take on a three day expo starting on the 19-21 September at the ROYAL Marang Hotel, Those learners between Grade 9-12, FET college students, unemployed graduates and university
students are encouraged to partake in this programme.
In Varsity Sports
In men’s Varsity football, the University of Western Cape sits top of log after 7 rounds of battling it out on the
field all the way to the semi-finals.
It all started with eight teams which fought for a chance to make it to the finals and now we gear up for semi-finals round 8 where the Tswane University of Technology football team will go head to head with University of Pretoria at the UWC Sports stadium later this afternoon at 4.
While on the other hand the Univerisity of Cape Town looks to claim the victory as it goes against North West University, in a bid to make the finals. Round 9 of the final match will take place on the 26th of September.
A cry of a NATION in CRISIS
Kidnappings, murder, looting, violence, hatred, division and ruthlessness. A nation in need or more than just redemption.
With trending hashtags
What do we do, where do we seek shelter, who is really left to protect a nation in crisis, how do we mend and restore that trust lost even in places we meant to feel safe, when our justice system has also failed us, cry of a nation.
Students and friends of the missing student have been using the #BringNeneHome and #BringNeneBack hashtags to raise awareness about the film and media student.
First year film and media studies student from the univeristy of Cape Town (UCT), was last seen on the 24th August and on Monday, outrage broke after learning that missing UCT student was raped and murdered at the Post Office in Claremont.
Students held a night Vigil at Stellenbosch University’s Rooi Plein in memory of #UyineneMrwetyana.