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‘DEAN GQEBA’ introduces #CHAMPIONSAGAINSTGBV

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From reports of issues relating to gender based violence, to protests over campus sexual violence, the University of Fort Hare had to take a stand.

The aim of this initiative, amongst others, is to address the matter of sexual relations between staff and students. This matter has also led to the university being featured negatively on a current affairs show – Checkpoint.

As part of his on-going plans to deal with the severity of GBV, the Dean of Students – Mr Malinge Gqeba, organised thirty students from each of the university campuses into a workshop. The students were drawn from the following disciplines: Social Work, Psychology and Criminology. These students attended their first training workshop on the 29 & 30 March 2019.

In the workshop, various experts trained the students and various discussions ensued on the causes, consequences and measures to prevent GBV. From this, a new advocacy group was formed, #Champions Against GBV. The #ChampionsAgainstGBV have an ambitious yet achievable plan of eradicating GBV by converting all University of Fort Hare students into Champions Against Gender-Based Violence.

This is more the battle of the mind and inculcation of a behavioural pattern that is befitting of a university student and an apt response to breed responsible individuals in society.

For Dean Gqeba, “people are more responsive to what they are part of; than what they are told to do. No amount of preaching against GBV will ever be enough unless the perpetrators and would-be pepertrators are conscientized to realise how destructive their behaviour is” Amongst others, the following eminent persons addressed the workshop on different facets: Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, the Chairperson of the Moral Regeneration Movement; Dr Kerry Oosthuizen from the Commission for Gender Equality; Mr Brian Mabasa from Masimanyane Women’s Rights International.

University speakers like Mr Xolisa Faku, the Accommodation Officer; Mr Lulama Nombola, Counsellor at Student Counselling Unit and the architect of the programme Mr Malinge Gqeba, the Dean of Students. In addition, the #ChampionsAgainstGBV were trained on Presentations Skills, Workshop Planning & Facilitation and Basic Leadership Skills.

The immediate task for the #ChampionsAgainstGBV is said to have a minute-long slot before each lecture ensues to address students, especially first years, on issues of GBV. In their quest to rid the campus of any incident of GBV, they have also declared April as a Month of war against GBV.

SOURCE – University Of Fort Hare News

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First accredited Automated Weather Station unveiled at TUT campus

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History was made yesterday when the Tshwane University of Technology launched the first accredited Automated Weather Station in the country.

The SA Weather Services (SAWS) partnered with the university to showcase the world-class station that is expected to provide hazardous weather warnings, alerts and site-specific forecasts to people on campus and to the SAWS.

The readings can be seen on a screen set up on campus.

The university expects the innovation to enable knowledge-sharing and research in climate and technical services, as well as forecasting and training.

Management already expects the station to help in decision-making for sporting events, saying lives could be saved from early warning of imminent lightning storms.

The launch was celebrated by all professionals who worked on the project and students who came to witness history unfold right before their eyes.

Acting SAWS chief executive Mnikeli Ndabambi said: “Severe thunderstorms produce damaging hail, stormy winds, and flash flooding. With a radar network, we can give you the exact time when it will hit this institution so you can at least park your cars under shelter.

“I am told this weather station is already contributing to the SA Weather Services network.”

SOURCE- TUT News

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NMU academic activities disrupted by protest

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Nelson Mandela University has been working to restore normal academic and other operations following disruptions on Wednesday. A group of students barricaded entrances to the campuses, which was deemed to be in contravention of the standing interdict.

This resulted in a standoff with the SA Police Service, who set off stun grenades after protesting students failed to disperse once the terms of a standing interdict were read out shortly before 1 pm. The students subsequently retreated from the entrances.

The main issue relates to some senior students who did not receive NSFAS funding as a result of not meeting nationally-determined academic performance criteria. These students were subsequently requested to vacate off-campus accommodation.

A total of 1756 students, including 309 whose individual cases were assessed and dealt with by the Clearing House established then, were allowed registration through the various concessions. In light of today’s disruptions, members of the SA Police Service and Protection Service will continue to monitor the situation and secure all campus entrances and facilities.

SOURCE– Nelson Mandela University News

   

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Higher Education Minister officially Dr. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor

Higher education minister Naledi Pandor has graduated with a doctorate from the University of Pretoria.

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Minister Naledi Pandor has lived up to her portfolio as a higher education minister by graduating with a doctorate from the University of Pretoria, in the latest of a string of qualifications behind her name.

The official announcement is expected at 3 pm but her wellwishers have already taken to social media to congratulate her over her Ph.D. in Education, which saw her delve into transformation in higher education.

* After donning her graduation robes on Tuesday afternoon, Pandor, who is in her 70s, said in a statement the decision to study again was nerve-wracking.

“But I knew I had to try. I was nervous and slightly embarrassed, as I am an older student, but once I started, I did not want to stop. There were several really bright young students and they seemed so confident and relaxed; I sometimes felt I could not catch up to their confidence levels, but I wanted to do this, so I persevered.”

Professor Chika Sehoole, Dean of the Faculty of Education at UP, said it was an honour to supervise the minister for her PhD. He previously worked with her before the old Department of Education was split. “After I agreed to supervise her, she set the rules for the relationship. She said to me, ‘Now you are my Professor, I am your student. You call me Naledi, and I will call you Professor.’ That was a shocker! I could not believe it, especially given our previous relationship in the Department of Education.”

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