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Maties students protest for halal food

Paarl police were called into the University of Stellenbosch campus on Tuesday where about 30 students marched through the campus in order to hand over a memorandum of grievances to representatives of the university’s management.  The protest was called by the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (DASO) in Stellenbosch and most[…]

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Court Orders Stellies to Teach in Afrikaans

Civil rights group Afriforum Youth on Friday obtained an interim order forcing the University of Stellenbosch to reinstate Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. The group’s representatives appeared briefly in the Western Cape High Court where they applied for an urgent order to force the university to implement its language[…]

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Maties council insists it supports transformation

Stellenbosch University’s council maintains that it is fully committed to supporting transformation at the institution, despite claims that it is merely pulling the wool over the eyes of its students and staff. “I want to state unequivocally that the University council fully supports transformation at Stellenbosch University,” Council chairperson George[…]

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Stellies SRC backs English as teaching medium

The Stellenbosch University Student Representative Council [SRC] on Tuesday expressed concern over council’s decision on the language policy, saying it provided no real solutions. SRC spokesperson James de Villiers said in a statement: “We are afraid the motion regarding language implies no real change at the university, ultimately resulting in[…]

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Maties senate ‘likes’ English

Stellenbosch University may be a step closer to making English the main medium of instruction at the university. This after the university confirmed on Saturday that the Senate had accepted a motion in support of the University management’s proposal with regards to the use of language at the institution. Stellenbosch[…]

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Maties academics, staff support English plan

A group of more than 220 academics and professional support services staff at Stellenbosch University have come out in support of the proposal to have English as the primary language of instruction at the institution. “The choice of English as the primary language of instruction with augmented support for Afrikaans[…]

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Basson Stellies accreditation withdrawn in 2014

Dr Wouter Basson’s accreditation by the Stellenbosch University (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences [FMHS] to train and supervise students was withdrawn in 2014, the university said on Monday. In a statement, the SU communications department said Basson was “not involved in any capacity in the lecturing or tutoring[…]

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Maties staff member voices support for language change

Stellenbosch University needs to align itself with the inclusive principals expected of a tertiary institution in a diverse and democratic South Africa. That’s the view of Prof Aslam Fataar, vice dean in the education faculty at Stellenbosch in the wake of the university’s historic move to revise its primary language[…]

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Student council wants Basson banned from teaching Maties

Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg Student Council has called for Dr Wouter Basson to be barred from teaching its students, it said on Sunday. Chairperson Nick Wayne in a statement said the student council has been informed that Basson teaches select groups of fourth year medical students who are on clinical rotation[…]

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Stellenbosch language decision: ANC happy, FF Plus not

Stellenbosch University’s decision to adopt English as its medium of instruction continued, over the weekend, to stir strong emotions from various sectors. “We welcome this important change to the controversial language policy as a step in the right direction,” the office of the ANC Chief Whip said in a statement.[…]

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