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VUT senior management seeks Ministers intervention following ” serious governance and management challenges”

Minister Pandor takes action at troubled Vaal University of Technology

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Minister of Higher Education Naledi Pandor has appointed former University of South Africa (UNISA) vice-chancellor professor Barney Pityana and National Library CEO professor Rocky Ralebipi-Simela to investigate problems at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and advise her “how to restore good governance to the executive management and the council”.

This follows after she received countless reports from senior management asking for the Minister’s intervention, she has since then asked for the Universities Council to investigate the allegations of corruption and death threats.

It has been reported that the investigations are prompted by the institutions’ failure to implement the recommendations of a forensic report into procurement irregularities. Other claims include harassment of staff. The minister was also asked to look at issues undermining the “academic integrity of the university”.

Pandor has now responded and written to the council to call for an independent team to investigate, warning that the current circumstances “undermine the effective functioning of the university”.

Pityana and Ralebipi-Simela have been given 90 days to investigate and report back to Pandor. They are expected to into the financial management and procurement practices, human resources, administration matters, and any financial irregularities.

Matters relating to security company tenders and procurement practices have also been questionable, and with that, they were also given a task to verify of all the forensic reports conducted since 2013.


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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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