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Student protesting.
Universities should allow students with historical debt to register: Pandor
11 February 2019, 10:37 AM

Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor says no student should be prevented from registering on the basis of historical debt and especially if they are funded by National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). 

The Minister met with all presidents of Student Representative Councils in Pretoria over the weekend. 

This follows several protests at institutions of higher learning last week leading to suspension of classes in some institutions. 

Students were demanding among others that students with historical debt be allowed to register and for the institutions to help provide students with accommodation. 

The meeting resolved to allow the student councils to report back to their constituencies on the outcomes of the meeting.

In some institutions protests were put on hold pending negotiations.

The minister’s spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele says Pandor expects students to return to classes following the meeting.

“On issues relating to accommodation the minister explained that the department is committed to working with universities to make accommodation available wherein we are going to be supplying about 300-thousand beds. It’s a ten year programme.”

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Durban University of technology.
DUT expected to re-open on Monday
11 February 2019, 9:14 AM

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is expected to re-open on Monday morning to allow the resumption of registration and NSFAS funding queries.

However, the academic programme remains suspended.

This after violent protests forced the institution to be closed last week.

20-year-old Mlungisi Madonsela was shot and killed in a scuffle between students and security guards.

DUT student Mlungisi Madonsela

Meanwhile, over the weekend DUT staff member Dr. Euvette Taylor was found dead on campus residence in Durban.

A case of murder is being investigated by Berea police as Dr Taylor’s body was found with assault wounds.

His vehicle had been stolen and later recovered in Umlazi, south of Durban.

The University is expected to host a memorial service for 20-year-old Mlungisi Madonsela this week.

DUT senior management last week met with the Student Representative Council to discuss matters contained in their memorandum of demands. 

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Pravin Gordhan.
Gordhan, EFF matter in court Monday
11 February 2019, 7:48 AM

The case between Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, will be heard in the Equality Court sitting in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Gordhan wants the EFF leaders to be charged with crimen injuria, incitement of public violence and defamation.

Last year, Malema launched an attack on Gorhan outside the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg – alleging that Gorhan had benefited from the looting of government.

But in their application, Malema and Shivambu have challenged the Equality Court’s jurisdiction saying a higher court should hear the matter.

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Cellular tower.
Durban residents protest against cellphone tower
11 February 2019, 7:27 AM

The chairperson of the Dolphin Avenue Residents’ Association in Reservoir Hills, Durban – Danjay Deonarain – says research that scientists have conducted around the world proves that there are health implications for people that live near cellphone towers.

This comes after residents held a peaceful protest on Dolphin Avenue on Sunday to vent their anger over a cellphone tower that has been erected in the area.

Deonarain says they are appealing to eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede to urgently intervene.

“We have a number of vulnerable groups who live within Dolphin Avenue. We have two Montessori schools which are within 30 meters of the mast. We have two cancer patients who live adjacent to the mast and we have an old age home which is probably about 80 meters away. The research that we’ve done has actually shown that there health concerns around the mast, there are more and more scientists that are getting involved in studying the effects where they actually show that the radiation of the cell masts. There are certain vulnerable groups. The way that the radiation interacts on that developing body is completely different to the way it interacts with an adult body. We also raised concerns about the impact on our property values.”

Outgoing Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga.
Msimanga to formally vacate mayoral office
11 February 2019, 7:06 AM

Outgoing Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga is expected to formally vacate his office on Monday.

He resigned last month to pursue his Gauteng premier candidacy for the DA ahead of the May 8th elections.

The Tshwane Council is expected to elect a new mayor on Tuesday.

Msimanga has faced his fair share of controversy over issues ranging from complaints about poor service delivery, allegations of prioritising affluent suburbs over struggling townships and employing unqualified staff at his offices.

However, he says he’s leaving his post with a clean conscious, knowing that he served the people of Tshwane with diligence.

“I can subject myself to a lifestyle audit if one should be called… We have said let there be an investigation and then from that investigation, we will see what steps need to be taken.”  

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