UP celebrates 250 000 alumni
During the 2016 autumn graduation that began on 30 March, UP will reach a unique milestone of having an impressive 250 000 graduates as registered alumni in its database. This year a total of 11 328 degrees, diplomas and certificates will be conferred. Of those, 188 are doctor’s degrees, 1430 are master’s degrees, and 2988 are honours degrees. Marking the occasion, UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof. Ceryl de La Rey said, “UP has been the university of choice for many of the country’s top achievers at the end of matric, and as our reputation continues to grow, a qualification from this University remains highly sought after.” UP remains the largest producer of graduates among South African universities.

 

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Insourcing of workers takes effect
Previously outsourced workers began their new contracts at UP as full employees with the institution on 1 April. This follows several weeks of protest action in January, which saw UP management and university workers sign a memorandum in which all outsourced workers were to be insourced over the 2016-2018 period. UP security services are the first to be fully insourced, with employees from Servest and Global One next on the list.

 

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Founding director returns to UP’s Centre for Human Rights
After serving a 12 year term on the Constitutional Court, founder and retired justice Justice Johann van der Westhuizen has returned to the Centre for Human Rights at UP’s Faculty of Law. His return was marked by a welcoming forum in which Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Sisi Kampeke reflected on Justice Van der Westhuizen, honouring his term at the Constitutional Court. Justice Van der Westhuizen holds a part-time position as extraordinary professor at the centre.

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#Tuks24 court case postponed
The court case against the #Tuks24 students has been postponed to 26 April. On 7 April the 24 students accused of public violence earlier this year appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. Court proceedings against the accused were postponed pending further investigations by the state.

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2016 municipal elections
The 2016 municipal elections will be held on 3 August this year. The final registration weekend took place on 9-10 April. Municipal elections take place every five years.

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