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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.

UCT

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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Gift of the givers donates ultra-fast Covid-19 test kit to UKZN

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The University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) received ultra-fast Covid-19 test kit valued at $10 000, this was a donation made by the Gift the Givers foundation.

The ILEX Genehacker (testing unit) was donated to the institution after a request by UKZN researchers, professor Anil Chuturgoon, Dr Vernon Ramsuran and Dr. Lona Madurai.

Covid-19 cases within higher education institutions are expected to grow as institutions open up to more students and staff. The University of KwaZulu-Natal has reported the infections of a student and a staff member.Those who came into contact with the student and staff member have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

 “This generous donation will greatly enhance our existing capacity to provide rapid results on Covid-19 tests for both our staff and students. At the same time by extending our testing facility to external stakeholders we are able to generate much needed third-stream income for the university”, acting dean of research in the CHS and a lead researcher in Covid-19 testing platforms at UKZN, Chuturgoon said.

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TUTEH introduces new digital platform for simplified accommodation

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The Tswane University of Technology Enterprise Holdings (TUTEH) launched a digital platform which provides a solution to the accommodation challenges students have been facing.

The new digital platform, TRes was set up to simplify student accommodation and enable accommodation providers to manage all essential aspects of providing student accommodation.

TRes was developed by the TUT Enterprise Holdings.

The platform also includes a unique feature where students can rate the quality of their accommodation daily.

“The design and functionality of the platform aim to create on-going interaction between students, accommodation providers and university administrators in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. The core idea behind TRes is that students accommodation is not only big business, but also about human dignity. It is about the total experience of being a university student, which is a critical contributory factor to student performance”, said TUTEH CEO, Nicholas Motsatse.

For more information: www.tres.co.za

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SA’s first vaccine trial for Covid-19 underway

The University of the Witwatersrand announced that the first clinical trial for a vaccine against Covid-19 begins this week.

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The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) held a virtual press conference today to announce the first clinical trial for a vaccine against Covid-19 which will begin this week.

Participants for the South African Oxford 1 Covid-19 vaccine trial were screened last week and the first participants will be vaccinated this week.

The South African Ox1COV-19 vaccine VIDA- Trial aims to find a vaccine that will prevent infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Leading the South African Ox1COV-19 vaccine VIDA- Trial is Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology at Wits University and Director of the South Africa Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA).

Wits University is working together with the University of Oxford and the Oxford Jenner Institute on the South African Trial

“This is a landmark moment for South Africa and Africa at this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we enter winter in South Africa and pressure increases on public hospitals, now more than ever we need a vaccine to prevent infection by Covid-19,” said Madhi

VIDEO: YouTube ( Wits University Official)

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