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GPSOPA19: Student’s expectations ahead of SOPA 2019

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The State of the Nation Address set out to address the issues affecting South Africa as a whole, one which works based on the collaboration of the country’s government to move it forward.

Now we gear up for the provincial government to address citizens on how its contribution in aiding with the pressing issues within each province will serve to uplift and develop the people, various institutions and the economy.

Earlier this year, Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced that underused government buildings will be converted into student accommodation at universities and colleges in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Most of the issues raised by students center around the student accommodation.

These were among the issues raised and that students expect the premier to touch on during his address:

  • Students are still without funding and for some of those who have access to funding, funding is not enough to cover their educational expenses.
  • Students are still sleeping in libraries due to lack of accommodation
  • A concerning percentage of Students who have graduated are still without jobs
  • A lot of degrees offered to students are theory focused and offer little or no practical or work experience
  • Student’s traveling from far due to the lack of student residents.
  • Students looking for companies and private sectors that cater to different fields to collaborate with institutions for work experience and skills training purposes.
  • A sufficient number of “A” students from the secondary level are unable to register to study at varsity, even though they do qualify.
  • The inability of university degrees to prepare them for the workplace.
  • In every field, students should be exposed to the possibilities and successes of venturing into entrepreneurship within their field of study.

The SOPA will take place on the 1st of July 2019 at the Univerisity of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. The Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura will be addressing the province about the plans set out by the government to grow the greater Gauteng.

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UCT’s academic programme to support South African youth

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The University of Cape Town has come up with an initiative which is aimed at supporting South African youth who are not in unemployment, education or training (NEET).

The academic programme is led by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).

The programme is called the Basic Package of Support (BPS) and was developed in 2019 and it takes a positive youth development approach which recognises young people’s agency.

Associate Professor Ariane De Lannoy, chief researcher at SALDRU and BPS programme said, “It works with youth in the ecosystem of available government or non-profit programmes and services to enhance their navigation of the steps needed to realise their envisaged futures. Importantly, the BPS model appreciates that young people need a wide range of support services to deal with the many challenges or deprivations they face, ”

“It will support young people’s educational and employment transitions, recognise the interconnectedness of deprivations and seek to support their agency and resilience, which will be crucial following the COVID-19 pandemic”

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DHET releases policy framework to tackle GBV at PSET institutions

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The Department of Higher Education has released a policy framework in dealing with Gender-based violence (GBV). This is for the post-school education and training (PSET) system.

The policy framework will guide educational systems around the structures, mechanisms and processes that PSET institutions must put in place to address GBV.

GBV cases within educational institutions are increasing, with 380 cases of rape reported at schools, universities, colleges or daycare facilities thus far.

“The Policy Framework compels PSET institutions to both create awareness of GBV policies and prevent incidents of GBV; as well as to assist PSET institutions to address the occurrence of GBV. It also provides a monitoring instrument to the Department to assess the implementation of the Policy Framework,” said Minister Blade Nzimande.

Minister Nzimande further stated that, “The policy fosters co-operation between PSET institutions and the Department through creating a enabling environment and enables the Department to monitor and evaluate its implementation. Systematic reporting as well as monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are critical as they continuously improve the reliability of data and the quality of future intervention strategies”

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“GBV cannot be addressed without addressing gender inequality”-UJ

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Gender-based violence (GBV), a worldwide problem and according to President Cyril Ramaphosa “A war waged against women and children”.

This has also affected students on and off campus leading universities to ensure that responsive support services and safe spaces are made available to students.

In developing these support services, the University of Johannesburg recognises that “measures to deal with GBV need to move beyond reactive and curative responses, to prevention and addressing the social-cultural norms that enable gender inequality”.

To address the issue of GBV, last year UJ Senate appointed a task team to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to address GBV.  Key UJ stakeholders were  actively involved in this plan, which considers: (a) Intervention and responses, (b) Community education, awareness, marketing and prevention; (C) Teaching, learning and research, and (e) Monitoring and evaluation.

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UJ support services for GBV:

Transformation Division: Transformation@uj.ac.za I 011 559 7789

Gender Equity Unit: gender@uj.ac.za 

(PsyCaD): psycadinfo@uj.ac.za Crisis Line: 0820541137

Campus Health: APK 011 559 3837 / APB 011 559 1238 / DFC 011 559 6544 / SWC 011 559 5571

National and local support services

GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 * Please call *120*7867# * SMS help 31531 Lenasia South Thuthuzela Care Centre: 011 213 9722 * Nthabiseng Thuthuzela Care Centre: CHC Hospital: 011 933 1206 * Tembisa Hospital Masakhane Thuthuzela Care Centre: 011 923 2180  

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