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Hundreds of protesters descend on Maties campus

A heavy police and security contingent were keeping watch as hundreds of protesters descended on one of Stellenbosch University’s administration buildings on Friday. The South African Students’ Congress (Sasco) led a group of students through the streets in a march, protesting against the apparent lack of transformation at the institution[…]

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Stellenbosch Uni leaps up worldwide rankings

In spite of disputes about race and transformation, Stellenbosch University (SU) is cranking out research at such a rate that it climbed 88 places on a worldwide university ranking released on Tuesday. It came in at 302 on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2015/2016, compared to 390 in[…]

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Uni calls on Open Stellenbosch to engage with them

An open invitation has been extended to the Open Stellenbosch movement to engage in discussions on transformation at the Stellenbosch University, the institution’s management said on Tuesday. This followed a meeting between management and Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education earlier in the day. “We are listening, we are talking,”[…]

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Luister documentary ‘disturbing’ to watch: VC

Watching the Luister documentary, which captured some students’ and a staff member’s accounts of racism at Stellenbosch University, was “uncomfortable and disturbing”, says Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers. The documentary was released last week. Prof de Villiers along with the university’s senior management team and the leadership of the Student[…]

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Student injured in Stellenbosch protest

At least one student was injured in a protest that turned violent at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute in Stellenbosch on Tuesday, as people who tried to enter lecture halls were sjambokked. ”This morning higher-certificate students locked a lecture hall for a test,” a student told News24. ”Management asked them[…]

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Open Stellenbosch has valid grievances, wrong approach: SRC chair

While the issues motivating student organisation Open Stellenbosch are valid, newly-elected Stellenbosch University SRC chairperson Axolile Qina disagrees with the way in which the group highlights its grievances. Open Stellenbosch describes itself on its Facebook page as a “collective of students and staff working to purge the oppressive remnants of[…]

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Stellenbosch teen tackles child hunger

One child is challenging other children to help her change her community, one hungry tummy at a time. And all it takes to make a difference is a small portion of their pocket money. Stellenbosch teenager Madeleine Basson, 13, recently launched Grumbling Tummies, an organisation which aims to feed poor[…]

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Meeting to address Stellenbosch racism claims

A documentary recounting incidents of racism faced by black students at Stellenbosch University is garnering much attention, prompting Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande to call on the university to provide answers on the allegations. Luister (Listen), a 30-minute documentary created by a group called Open Stellenbosch, provides first-hand accounts[…]

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Pupils in bus crash tore up uniforms to use on wounds

A horrific school bus crash in Stellenbosch left one child’s arm pinned under the bus while other injured children tore up their school uniforms and used it on injured limbs, Netwerk24 reported on Wednesday. The bus, which was carrying 31 Hoërskool Cloetesville pupils on Tuesday morning, crashed and overturned on[…]

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