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The late Mlungisi Madonsela’s death to be commemorated by DUT Annually.

DUT student death commemorated by University.

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Photo: Doctor Ngcobo - African News Agency (ANA)

Following the shoot-out at the Durban University of Technology due to student protests, the 5th of February has been declared by DUT’s Vice Chancellor Thandwa Mthembu, as a day of commemoration for slain student Mlungisi Madonsela.

“The 5th of February, and the week of the loss of Mr. Madonsela will be commemorated by the University starting 2020,” said the Vice Chancellor.

Professor Mthembu addressed academics, dignitaries, and many other guests at the institution’s Steve Biko campus during the State of the University address (SOUA). Professor Mthembu further addressed that the institution had considered cancelling the SOUA due to the “dramatic events” preceding the occasion, but decided against it.

Attendees were asked to rise, and have a moment of silence in honour of Madonsela and departed staff.

SOURCE : African News Agency (ANA)

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Student Digzz basement party

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Get ready to dance the night off at the Student Digzz opening party!

The funniest controversial challenge turned party, themed 2000 vs 90s. The venue will be at Student Digzz Dudley Heights Basement. Party starts at 7PM and ends at 2AM.

Expect the freshest line-up …

Date: 5 April 2019

Tickets costs R50 for outsiders

Cooler boxes R60 ( cans only)

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OneSmartCPUT: Minister to unveil first nanosatellite images

A demonstrator for the technology that will ultimately be used in a constellation of nine nanosatellites that will be developed to facilitate South African Marine Domain Awareness (MDA).

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Photo: African News Agency - Simphiwe Mbokazi

The first images from South Africa’s ZACube-2 nanosatellite will be unveiled by Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. This is set to take place when she delivers the keynote address at a plenary briefing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) tomorrow.

The department said “the ZACube-2 plenary, to be held under the theme “CPUT’s ZACube-2 leading South Africa’s 4IR into space”, will focus on the institution’s space science programme and a new strategy – OneSmartCPUT – which aims to equip students, staff and the community with knowledge to facilitate the future world of work as informed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Tomorrow’s event follows the recent launch of the nanosatellite, considered the most advanced in the African continent to date.

“Weighing just 4kg, ZACube-2 carries an automatic identification system (AIS) payload for monitoring the movement of ships along the South African coastline. 

“It will also help to monitor veld fires, providing near real-time information to ensure faster response times by disaster management teams,” said the department.

The department has made an investment of R16.5 million in CPUT for its nano-satellite programme, which was established in 2009 with the department’s support.

“ZACube-2 is a demonstrator for the technology that will ultimately be used in a constellation of nine nanosatellites that will be developed to facilitate South African Marine Domain Awareness (MDA)”.

“The MDASat constellation will provide cutting-edge very high frequency data exchange systems for the maritime industry in support of Operation Phakisa (Oceans Economy).”

The department said CPUT had already received useful AIS data from ZACube-2, which was fed into the National Oceans and Coastal Information Management System of Operation Phakisa.

Source – IOL

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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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