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In this week’s varsity RUNDOWN

26 Vice-chancellors to meet up with the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to discuss plans on how deal with the crisis of Gender based violence.

Professor Ahmed Bawa, chief executive officer of Universities South Africa confirmed that a preparatorymeeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will take place today.

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The University of Cape Town has put in place a range of measures in the hopes of keeping staff and students safe. It introduced what is called, a special ad hoc tribunal to deal with cases of gender violence. The institution
also created an online reporting tool to ensure that the reporting of such incidents is easier.

Tourism Opportunities

The department of Tourism together with the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism launched the National Tourism Careers Expo 2019 in North West.


This year the NTCE 2019 will take on a three day expo starting on the 19-21 September at the ROYAL Marang Hotel, Those learners between Grade 9-12, FET college students, unemployed graduates and university
students are encouraged to partake in this programme.

In Varsity Sports


In men’s Varsity football, the University of Western Cape sits top of log after 7 rounds of battling it out on the
field all the way to the semi-finals.

It all started with eight teams which fought for a chance to make it to the finals and now we gear up for semi-finals round 8 where the Tswane University of Technology football team will go head to head with University of Pretoria at the UWC Sports stadium later this afternoon at 4.


While on the other hand the Univerisity of Cape Town looks to claim the victory as it goes against North West University, in a bid to make the finals. Round 9 of the final match will take place on the 26th of September.

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SKA innovations connecting the African continent

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6th SKA Africa Partner Countries Meeting IMAGE: Supplied ( DSI )

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has been working on advancing radio astronomy programmes and combining efforts to grow astronomy on the continent.

On Monday the DSI were hosts to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and (AVN) partners from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia to look into providing strategic leadership on matters relating to SKA/AVN projects, as well as other relevant radio astronomy initiatives.

Innovations have been introduced to the science world across all nine African partners leading to significant advances in human capacity development initiatives, the strengthening of relevant institutional capacities, the formulation of new academic programmes around physics and astronomy, the roll-out of high-performance computing capability and big data training interventions and science engagement and outreach.

In order to ensure development for Africa  through radio astronomy, the department proposes that is continues to engage with the United kingdom taking the case they have in terms of strengthening the programme into a sustainable programme, skills and capacity through astronomy.

“Partner countries were unanimous in their appreciation of the partnership opportunities made available under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund cooperation framework, which had resulted in initiatives such as the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) and DARA big data training programmes. Since 2013, 123 students have received training under the DARA Project.”

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A visit to South Africa’s greatest science grounds

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The department of Science and Innovation took on day two with a visit to the SARAO Losberg Site in the Northern Cape.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

Delegates, partners, the media and the Premier of the Northern Cape Dr Zamani Saul were taken through to experience the greatest innovations Northern Cape province has to offer within the science industry.

The SKA projects have brought forth opportunities for the province, creating employment, developing townships and contributing towards higher education.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

Also marking the contribution made within the African continent is the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund cooperation framework.This brought about initiatives such as the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) and DARA big data training programmes.

123 students have received training under the DARA Project, since the year 2013.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

DARA, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) together with South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), will be working with its African partners to develop long-term sustainable plans that would include interventions such as internships and employment for trainees and graduating students.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

For more info read the following media statement:

Joint media statement on the outcomes of the 6th SKA Africa Partner Countries MeetingSenior officials and experts…

Posted by Department of Science and Innovation on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

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TUKS students put mental health on the forefront

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October, mental health awareness month. For students at the Univeristy of Pretoria this also serves as an opportunity to deal with issues of mental health by putting them at the forefront and raising awareness.

Students are taking a stand and this month are looking to step forward as advocates for change. An hour-long silent march will be held at the university tomorrow across the main campus, ” led by the Psyche Society collaborating with the Student Representative Council, drama department and Fly@UP to mark international Mental Health Awareness”.

Students also urge the public to join in the march, under the theme ” Suicide prevention”.

A mental health seminar will also held where psychological experts will tap into teaching students on how tackle mental health-related matters.

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