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After weeks of tension, classes at DUT set to resume

DUT to resume classes following violent protests

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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.”

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EDHE: Second annual national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity

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The Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme is hosting the second annual national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity from January to July 2020.

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Entrepreneurship Intervarsity: developing student entrepreneurs

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Student life has its challenges, with different traits, needs, skills,talents, and careers, there are also some who choose to take the entrepreneurship route.

Taking that universities do not include entrepreneurship learning as part of the curriculum. Students may find themselves at a lock down with business ideas that have the potential to grow economies.

We can admit that anew scale for entrepreneurial support needs to be developed in order to cater for the current economy, and with moving forward in changing the scope of youth unemployment.

A platform for Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) supports Student entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship development in academia, Developing entrepreneurial universities .

The following are opportunities offered:

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Over 2000 bursaries go towards developing Gauteng’s Top learners

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The Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, and Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi expressed immense pride as they handed over 2000 bursaries to Gauteng’s Top Learner’s for the academic year of 2019.

The bursaries were awarded to top 3 performing learners from schools participating in the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), and Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) public ordinary schools.

“we believe with these investments the Gauteng province will be a province that takes care of its own children’, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said.

One of the biggest concerns with graduates and students has always been finding space within private sectors for skills training. This year we see the extended reach of the programmes, with placement of some graduates within the private sector.

This was achieved through private sector partners, such as Barloworld, Lazarus Motor Company, Scaw Metals Group, Eurospec Automotives, Muavha Auto Mechanics, Umfundiso and more.

Another issue of concern was governments support towards entrepreneurship, which Premier David Makhura highlighted as an important task that government is taking on.

He further stated the importance of having entrepreneurship as part of academic learning within higher education institutions, and having the necessary support from government to ensure that this fits in with the current economic status of the country.

” The focus is on areas called scarce skills areas to support our development mandate. The Gauteng’s development mandate focuses on the type of economy we want to build to ensure a capable developmental state”

Since the year 2014, the Gauteng Provincial Government has spent over a billion worth of investment on bursary packages.

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