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EMC Student wins gold at skills competition

IT student from EMC comes first at National World Skills Competition

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Brando Welgemoed, IT student from the EASTCAPE Midlands TVET College (EMC) , comes first at the National World Skills Competition which was held at the International Convention Centre in Durban.

=Brando Welgemoed from EMC won the IT Network Systems Administration category at the National World Skills Competition which was held at the International Convention Centre in Durban.              Photo:SUPPLIED
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The World Skills Competition is an initiative aimed at providing a competitive environment propelling students to be better skilled. The competition is open to students from TVET Colleges, Universities, Private Colleges and apprentices who are skilled in web design, IT Network Systems Administration, welding, automobile technology and electrical installations.

Brando Welgemoed, competed in the IT Network Systems Administration category against 13 national entrants. He was presented with a gold medallion and certificate in recognition of his outstanding performance.

SOURCE– News24

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Wits looking to make R1bn from land sale in a bid to help ‘poor students’

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Over the past years, we have seen an increase in student protests, students have taken to the streets as well as challenged management within universities including the government to find a solution to their grievances.

In a bid to help students, Wits University is looking to make R1 billion from selling the controversial Frankenwald Estate near the Marlboro Gautrain station. According to the Citizen, this site is known to have been given to the institution – through a deed of gift – by British mining magnate Sir Alfred Beit in 1905 to be used for “education in perpetuity”.

According to a report issued in 2017 to the university’s council, vice-chancellor Adam Habib mentioned that the institution was exploring the possibility of an outright purchase of Frankenwald Estate by the City of Joburg.

This decision was however met with criticism and some residents are against this decision to sell Frankenwald Estate.

“Powell said there was no dispute as to Beit’s wishes for education on Frankenwald.”

“The chancellor, councilors and vice-chancellor should consider the assessment by future benefactors to Wits when the Alfred Beit gift is treated in this way.”

With poor communities still in need of proper education facilities, skills as well as training, Powell mentioned that Alexandra Township which is a nearby township will greatly benefit from this development.

Powell is looking for funds to be managed in the right way and to do all that they promise this development will do which is investing and developing education.

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Minister Pandor orders probe into VUT’s missing R30m

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Minister Naledi Pandor is set to go after those responsible for siphoning millions of rand through an alleged corruption and maladministration scandal which has plagued the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) for several years.

Pandor, who is the Higher Education and Training, wrote an explosive letter, which The Star has seen, to VUT council chairperson Tebogo Hlapolosa, saying she had appointed renowned Professor Barney Pityana as an independent assessor to probe, among other things, financial procurement and tender irregularities at the institution.

The Star reported in September last year that VUT management had diverted more than R30-million away from fixing a badly burnt 120-bed student residence without government-mandated approval.

This, according to senior staff, was to perform “cosmetic projects” such as painting walls at internal residences, instead of addressing “much-needed student accommodation”, in what the sources added was a deviation intended to loot VUT coffers.

On Wednesday, Higher Education spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele confirmed the authenticity of the minister’s communiqué to VUT, adding that Pityana’s role would commence once the decision was gazetted.

“In terms of (the Higher Education and Training Act) section 47(1), the report must contain findings of the investigation together with the reasons upon which the findings are based and recommendations of appropriate measures and reasons why such measures are needed,” Pandor wrote.

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Fulbright Specialist tours South Africa to recruit aspiring journalists

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United States Embassy Fulbright Specialist Prof Peter Glendinning is touring South Africa to recruit aspiring journalists into capturing the country’s important moments and history 

Glendinning, also a professor of Arts, Arts History and Design at Michigan State University in the USA, offered Media Studies students at the University of Limpopo (UL) an opportunity to collaborate with him on a project titled “Attached to the soil”. The project seeks to capture special portraits and record of oral history related to the 25th anniversary of democracy based on Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech. He says UL is one of the South African universities that are highly recognised for excellence in education and broader successful alumni. 

Presenting a lecture on ‘Better Photograph by Design’, Glendinning told the students that he intends to create awareness on the truth, meanings, expectations, baggage, rules and design in photography.

While presenting on ‘Better Photography’, he addressed foundational principles of image organisation through concepts of design. He also highlighted principles of understanding photography as a creative medium of communication “in an age where everyone with a cellphone is a photographer.”

Head of Department of Media, Communications and Information Studies at UL, Dr. Solomon Bopape says Glendinning has played a significant role in the planning of an envisioned photography module in the university’s media studies programme.  “Photos are an essential part of communication and work more perfectly in media studies. In the future, we will send our students to benchmark on good photography and its concepts at Michigan State University. We will also have a look at their course outline to further develop our programme,” Bopape informs. 

-Source- University of Limpopo News

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