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.
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.”
An introduction of Africa’s innovations to the world
Innovators and entrepreneurs gathered in the mother city to discuss how to grow Africa’s economy, tapping into their creative spaces, showcasing the most innovative products and services in Africa.
A panel comprised of experts, investors, experienced entrepreneurs, companies which support the innovations of start-ups and entrepreneurs in growing the African economy took up day 2 of the event.
The focus was on how African entrepreneurs and innovators can use and learn from existing technologies put them into local problem sets and deploy them.
Among the issues discussed was that of visibility in terms of letting innovators and entrepreneurs know of the kind of opportunities available within every country, capable enough to have them become part of the global economy.
Entrepreneurs and innovators, the potentials who are capable of growing the African economy through innovation and knowledge of existing technologies through the support of angel investment communities.
The summit also welcomed the showcasing of various innovations and entrepreneurial solutions and ideas, brought forward by Africa’s creatives and enthusiasts.
Innovation summit 2019: “From Africa to the world”
The Department of Science and Technology once again takes on Africa’s biggest tech start-up initiative, the 12th South African innovation summit, which is set to take place in Cape Town.
South Africa’s tech entrepreneurs and innovators will be part of the three day event which is aimed at nurturing, developing and showing competent innovations leading up to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The 2019 innovation summit sees; 600 companies, 450 entrepreneurs, 150 investors participating in “accelerating innovation in South Africa and into the African continent as a whole”.
From the 11-13 September thought leaders, Tech entrepreneurs, leading academics and researchers are prepared to showcase and share their experiences in moving Africa forward and growing the African economy.
Varsity sports football results since kick-off
4 rounds to go until, one team claims the victory. We have experienced 5 rounds of varsity diski, and top of the football log is TUT with 10 points, making a two points difference between TUT and the teams which are in second and third place on the log.
Following on the football log in second place is the NMU which sits with 8 points together with UFS.
UWC, UJ and the UP follow each other on the log, after 5 rounds of football they all sit with a score of 7, followed by CUT with the score of 6 and UKZN with just 2 points making it last on the log.
Round 6 of football is set to take place on the 29th this week.