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In spite of an agreement between the management of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and students meant to halt a new spate of protests at the institution’s four campuses reached on Tuesday, a new one flared up on Wednesday at Westville.

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Student engaged in a violent protest at the UKZN Westville campus on Wednesday, despite management and students reaching an agreement to return to class.

Video footage of protestors setting a building on the campus on fire and private security shooting at protestors in response has emerged on social media.

Reports indicate that at least two vehicles and a number of guard houses have been damaged.

The administration of the university announced the academic programme would resume on Wednesday after two days of “intense engagement” between the university leaders and student representatives.

During the protest, the group of students set alight a motorbike, quadbike and also managed to set the institutions’ building alight, but it was partially burned as the fire was quickly extinguished.

Gwala said a case of public violence has been opened for investigation.

“No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.”

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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Supporting entrepreneurship ventures of SA varsities

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Entrepreneurship is growing within South Africa’s higher education spaces, from fresh ideas, innovations, to creative ventures set to contribute and stimulate the socio-economic growth in the region.

These ideas have been met by support from various industry experts, funding initiatives, and institutions transforming into innovative and entrepreneurial hubs that can spearhead socio-economic development.

This has been the culture around South African universities such as the University of the Western Cape (UWC),which in collaboration with WearSA, launched a retail clothing store – the first design and entrepreneurship incubator store of its kind in South Africa.

Recently we saw one of SA’s largest venture capital funds, the SA SME Fund, introducing students to entrepreneurial spaces, launching the first fund in Africa that commercialises ideas from tertiary institutions and gives access to funding and skills to CUT to promote entrepreneurs.

Today, we see the launch of the DUT retail leadership chair. This is a collaboration between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA).

This initiative is also set to “serve as a critical conduit between industry and the university, in terms of constructive engagements, best practice in the industry both locally and internationally, in curriculum relevance and work integrated learning.”


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