Category: General News

UP Rag: A day of hope

On 4 May, the University of Pretoria hosted its annual Rag of Hope Day festival from 07:00 to 18:00 at the Rag Farm on Hillcrest campus. The event showcases the university’s charitable spirit and commitment to helping the greater community. This year’s theme was “Kindling Spark”, with the gathering to assist charities being compared to the communal feeling of gathering around a campfire.

Dark and powerless: Power outages in UP residences

While the plight of loadshedding affects every South African in its own way, the residents of the UP Hillcrest campus find themselves in particularly dire straits. This is due to the lack of alternative generation capacity for the campus. The consequence is that when the national grid disconnects, students are left without light, access to the internet, cooking facilities (in the case of self-catering residences), and, in certain residences, hot water. With the national power crisis often leaving South Africans without power for hours on end, the students in UP’s Hillcrest residences are fed up.

Oesdag 2024: Harvesting Fun

On 27 April, the historic bullpen Loftus Versfeld was transformed for a celebration of a different agrarian nature as Mopane’s Oesdag rocked the D-Field. The event was an opportunity for Mopane and the wider student community to celebrateMopane’s harvest of the maize field which lies adjacent to the residence. With a musical pedigree which carried headline acts Die Heuwels Fantasties, Riaan Benadé, and Timo ODV, the concert drew well over a thousand attendees, who could also look forward to a trip into the main Loftus grandstand for the Vodacom Bulls’ pummelling of the Ospreys in the 15th round of the United Rugby Championships.

SRC election issues

On 26 September, the Department of Education Innovations sent an email stating that the Independent Monitoring Body (IMB) attended to all complaints and objections related to the 2023 SRC elections and that the elections were “free and fair”. Less than 24 hours later, another email followed, announcing the suspension of these results pending the outcome of disciplinary hearings.

The Minister faces extinction

On 4 August 2023, the Extinction Rebellion held a protest during the Minister of Electricity’s public lecture at a Future Africa event on Hillcrest campus. This public lecture was on ‘Energy Sovereignty in the Context of the Sustainable and Just Energy Transition’ delivered by the Minister of Electricity, Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC),UP as well as the University of Johannesburg, called the Just Energy Transition Platform (JET Platform).


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