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TUT Campuses remain closed as students continue their protest.

Tshwane University of Technology hit by further disruptions, as strike action saw all of the University’s Campuses shutdown.

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Students at the Tshwane University of Technology have vowed to continue with their protests, until their demands are met.

All nine campuses – Arcadia, Arts, Pretoria West, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve North and South, eMalahleni, Mbombela and Polokwane – were closed by the university until further notice on Monday.

TUT’s SRC’s Ntsako Motseng says they will shut down all campuses until management meets their demands.

Protesting students are demanding a meal allowance from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, particularly for students residing off-campus, as well as more accommodation.

Police used stun grenades to disperse angry students who had marched to the office of Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor in Pretoria.

Soshanguve campus student representative council president Lucky Nkambule said the matter of food allowances for students needed to be resolved urgently.

“We can’t study with empty stomachs, and it is clear that management is not taking our concerns seriously,” Nkambule said.

“We are clear, we are saying no meal allowances, no university operations.

“We are frustrated because our fellow students who reside off campus have no food, but are expected to be in class and attentive,” Nkambule said.

There was also protest action at the Polokwane campus in Limpopo on Monday morning over similar grievances.

Students have vowed to continue with protests until their demands have been met.

SOURCE – News24, iAfrica

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Nelson Mandela Day: Uniting to make a difference

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City Waldorf, other student accommodations, social work students from various institutions, and the community of Hillbrow visited the orphanage which houses displaced children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, abandoned and neglected children in the South Africa.

The children were offered food, toys, basic necessities and their orphanage was painted, this was all done through the collaboration of student accommodations, University and high school students, the community including “Spurs” which donated food to the orphanage.

Let us help make everyday a Nelson Mandela day by helping orphanages like “Malaika orphanage centre” to give children a better life, out of the streets, better shelters, help them to go to sleep with a full stomach and allow them have a childhood full of greater unforgettable memories.

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ARVs to be made available for Wits, UJ and TUKS students

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, first institution in south Africa to have Antiretrovirals (ARVs) available for students at their student health care facilities.

Other institution such as Wits, Tuks and the UJ are following in same steps, taking the same initiative to ensure that students have access to ARVs and the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill. 

It was reported that these institutions are currently in talks with the Gauteng Department of Health, which has to evaluate the institutions’ health care facilities as well as accredit them. Only after this process will these universities start rolling out the treatment to its students.

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Gauteng Premier envisions a Gauteng where young people are digital savvy

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The Gauteng premier, David Makhura delivered his State of the Province Address yesterday at the University of Johannesburg, SOWETO on Monday.

Taking that the youth unemployment rate was higher in the first quarter irrespective of the educational level, with a record of 52% of the youth aged between (15-24) unemployed, and among graduates in this age group, the unemployment rate is 31%.

During his speech, he took time to touch on the subject of Youth unemployment, promising the youth of Gauteng that 1 million young people will be equipped digital skills in a bid to make Gauteng the silicon valley of Africa.

He mentioned that this was to get South Africa’s youth ready and equipped to be compatible with the fourth industrial revolution.

Another concern has been the number of people in South Africa living with HIV, with young women making up the largest percentage of people within the country living with HIV.

“Our HIV and Aids programme will target specifically young women because that’s where increases on HIV infections are happening.”

Makhura further stated that, the province will ensure that services including infrastructure and maintenance will be made accessible for the youth.

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