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DUT to resume classes following 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.

New24 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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Celebrating Mandela’s legacy through community upliftment

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This week we celebrate the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and with that we also recognise the contributions made by citizens in a bid to bring about change.

The Rhodes University Community Engagement Division (RUCE) together with the community of Makana, have taken the initiative to bring change within the community of Manaka through, Vuka! Makana initiative in honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday this week.

This initiative was set to partner with communities, encouraging citizens to assist with creating better living standards within their communities.

It seeks to tackle prolonging issues which have been affecting both the standards and means of living. These issues are commonly related to,”littering streets, day zero looming, pothole, or dilapidated buildings”.

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Mandela Day: The gift of giving

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Image: Percy Matshoba ( children from Olerato Day care in Zandspruit)

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With Mandela Day coming up, even though we are aware that everyday should be a Mandela day since giving back has no time nor day, this year is no different. Whether it is giving back to somebody else or having your own “Mandela Day goals”, one thing that remains important is to start with what you are passionate about. There is no action greater then the other whenever the goal is to make a difference.

This Mandela day we say let’s move forward in good spirit and contribute towards doing good and making a difference.

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Mandela Day: The gift of giving

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Image: Percy Matshoba (Hope worldwide SA)

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With Mandela Day coming up, even though we are aware that everyday should be a Mandela day since giving back has no time nor day, this year is no different. Whether it is giving back to somebody else or having your own “Mandela Day goals”, one thing that remains important is to start with what you are passionate about. There is no action greater then the other whenever the goal is to make a difference.

This Mandela day we say let’s move forward in good spirit and contribute towards doing good and making a difference.

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