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Student fees and registration 2017http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4580Student fees and registration 2017Registrateurskantoor / Office of the Registrar<p>Information on student fees, registration 2017 and the implementation of the state-funded DHET 8% gap-funding was sent to students by the Registrar, Dr Ronel Retief, on Thursday 15 December 2016. This was followed up by an email on 5 January 2017 regarding the DHET gap-funding grant. <br></p><p><strong><em><br></em></strong></p><p><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-1"><em>15 December 2016</em></strong></p><p><em>Dear Stellenbosch Student</em></p><p><strong></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>I trust that you are enjoying a well-deserved break over the holidays.</em><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>Over the past few months the University has been involved in discussions with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and other stakeholders in the higher education sector on various issues related to registration 2017 and student fees.<br></em></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em></em></span><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>Coming to the fore now, is the implementation of the state-funded DHET 8% gap-funding grant for students from families with a combined household income of up to R600 000 per annum. Due to the DHET gap-funding grant and SU accommodation bursaries, these students will not be subject to any increase in tuition and accommodation fees in 2017. If you fall in this category you will pay exactly the same tuition and accommodation fees next year (2017) as in 2015 and 2016.</em><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>From the University’s side we will try and provide as much information as we have at our disposal. What has been confirmed by the DHET is that students from quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools (as determined by the Department of Basic Education), and those who will be funded by NSFAS in 2017, will automatically qualify for the 8% DHET gap-funding grant, whereas students from families with a gross income of up to R600 000 per annum – the so-called missing middle – and who fall outside of these two groupings, will need to apply for the gap-funding grant early next year. These students will still be required to pay the first instalment at registration as in the past, but will receive credit of 8% on their student accounts if they are deemed eligible for gap funding by the DHET, and the state funds have been received by the University.</em><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>With regard to the first instalment payable at registration, I would like to remind you that you can apply for a delayed payment, which means that you pay the first instalment over three months (January, February and March). With regard to outstanding debt, students who receive a bursary for 2017 which covers at least the outstanding debt as well as the first instalment for 2017, will also be allowed to register.</em></span><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>More information on the application process for gap funding will be made available early in January 2017. For your convenience a dedicated e-mail address has been created for enquiries: </em><a href="mailto:gapfunding@sun.ac.za"><span style="color:#2ba6cb;text-decoration:none;"><em>gapfunding@sun.ac.za</em></span></a><em>.  This email address will be activated early in January 2017.</em><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>We are acutely aware of the financial pressures under which South African households have to provide for student fees. We therefore continue to strive to assist, as far as possible, financially needy students who are academically deserving. Please familiarise yourself with the various categories and forms of financial assistance available.</em></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em> The following links provide access to general information on registration and student fees:</em></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;color:#656566;"></span></p><ul><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:#656566;line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;"><a href="/english/Documents/2016%20Everlytic/December%202016/Fees%20and%20Registration%202017.pdf"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#2ba6cb;text-decoration:none;"><em>General info on registration and student fees</em></span></a></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="color:#656566;line-height:14.25pt;"><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4518"><span style="color:#2ba6cb;text-decoration:none;"><em>Increase in student fees</em></span></a><em> (Media Release, 28 November 2016)</em></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:"century gothic", sans-serif;"></span></li></ul><em> </em><span style="font-size:9pt;font-family:verdana, sans-serif;color:#656566;"><em>Finally, please remember to make use of the option to </em><span style="font-family:verdana, sans-serif;"><em>register online</em></span><em>, that will be available from 13 January 2017 at </em><a href="/english/maties/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="color:#2ba6cb;text-decoration:none;"><em>www.maties.com</em></span></a><em>. Students who register online will avoid queues, including having to activate their student cards. As always, students who are unable to register online, will be assisted by our administrative staff during the registration period (see registration notice at the link provided above for detail).</em><br><br><em>A dedicated website is currently being created to enable students and parents easy access to all the relevant information on registration.  More information will follow early in January 2017.</em><br><br><em> We look forward to welcoming you back in 2017.</em><br><em> </em></span><br><em>Kind regards</em><em><br>Ronel Retief</em><p><em>Registrar designate</em><br><em></em><strong><em></em></strong></p><p><em><strong><br></strong></em></p><p><span class="ms-rteForeColor-1"><strong>5</strong><em><strong> January 2017</strong></em></span></p><p><em>Dear Stellenbosch Student</em></p><p><em></em><em>Further to </em><a href="http://newsletters.stellenbosch-mail.com/public/messages/view-online/kXj4Q5w6xR4vwalr/xNcHGrxSuCTxkVAh" target="_blank"><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">my email</em></a><em> of 15 December 2016, please find </em><a href="/english/Documents/Higher%20Education%20Correspondence/161214%20COMMUNIQUE%202ND%20revised.pdf" target="_blank"><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">information on the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) gap-funding grant</em></a><em>, as well as </em><a href="/english/Documents/Higher%20Education%20Correspondence/2016-Dec%2014%20December%20%20DHET%20GRANT%20APPLICATION%20FORM%20.pdf" target="_blank"><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">the application form with instructions</em></a><em>, as provided by the DHET.</em></p><p><em></em><em>Completed application forms with supporting documents may be sent to gapfunding@sun.ac.za or, alternatively, submitted in hard-copy format to the Centre for Bursaries and Loans, Admin A for processing.</em></p><p><em>Kind regards</em><br><em>Ronel Retief</em><br><em>Registrar</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><a href="/english/students/Pages/Registration.aspx"><strong>Click here for additional information such as registration options and schedules</strong></a>
Doctoral and Master's degrees for family membershttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4745Doctoral and Master's degrees for family membersCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>Jamie and Rosemary Cripwell, a couple from Stellenbosch, toiled together for a few years and now they're obtaining their doctorates in the same week at Stellenbosch University (SU)'s March 2017 graduation. Jamie received his doctorate in Chemical Engineering on Wednesday morning (15 March) at SU's second graduation ceremony while Rosemary will be awarded her PhD in Microbiology on Thursday (16 March). </p><p>At the same ceremony, degrees were also awarded to students in the Faculties of Theology and Engineering. Students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences received their degrees and diplomas at the third graduation ceremony on Wednesday evening.</p><p>Jamie and Rosemary's PhDs are among the 140 new doctorates that will be awarded this week and, together with those awarded in December, it will bring the number of doctorates for the 2016 academic year to 278 (in comparison with 2015's 267).</p><p>"It is great that we are receiving our doctorates in the same week. This was also one of the reasons we decided to complete them at the same time. We helped and mutually inspired each other," says Jamie.</p><p>He speaks highly of his wife Rosemary who he says encouraged him to do his doctorate. </p><p>"Initially a PhD wasn't part of my plans, but Rosemary inspired me to start."</p><p>Originally from Johannesburg, the couple met at the University of the Witwatersrand. They also did their Master's degrees together.<img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Man%20en%20seun.jpg" alt="Man en seun.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:375px;height:263px;" /></p><p>Jamie will do post-doctoral research at SU and says he plans to publish two articles on his PhD in addition to the two that have already been published.</p><p>"It was not easy and was frustrating at times," Rosemary admits, "but we supported each other all the time."</p><p>Rosemary says it was good to tackle their PhD-studies in this three-year goal they have set out for it together. </p><p>"We inspired each other and exchanged ideas all the time. It was good to do this with someone who knows me as a student and as a person." </p><p>On Wednesday, Master's degrees in Music were awarded to mother and son Louna and Pieter-Adriaan Stofberg. Louna, who graduated <em>cum laude</em>, is an organist, whilst Pieter-Adriaan is a cellist. </p><p>"It was wonderful and extremely special to do our masters together," says Louna. "We encouraged each other and kept one another going when things got difficult."</p><p>"There were many early mornings of getting up and working together on our studies," Pieter-Adriaan adds. "There was a lot of bonding time and cups of coffee!"</p><p>"I did this simply for myself and my own enrichment, I've already taught a lot in my life and was a music teacher for years, I'm now an organist in Hermanus," says Louna. Pieter-Adriaan, a cello teacher at various schools, was motivated to do the master's at SU because of cellist and lecturer Anzél Gerber, who acted as his supervisor.<img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Ashwin.jpg" alt="Ashwin.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:375px;height:263px;" /></p><p>For Louna's chamber music exam last year, mother and son performed the 'Rheinberger Suite' together, a piece of music that features the rare combination of organ, cello and the violin. Pieter-Adriaan fiancée was the violinist. They will perform the piece again at the FynArts festival in Hermanus in June this year. </p><p>"We had so much support from our family," Pieter-Adriaan concluded. "It is really impossible to do this without a backup system in place and people who tell you to keep going." </p><p>Also among the graduates was Ashwin Phillips who obtained his BA Honours degree in Social Anthropology. Ashwin, a former SciMathUS-student, is currently doing a Master's degree in Sociology at SU. He was part of a group of former SciMathUS and Hope@Maties students who graduated on Wednesday.</p><p>SciMathUS and Hope@Maties are two university preparation programmes being run by SUNCEP, the Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy. These programmes aim to afford learners access to higher education.</p><p>For the 2016 academic year, 106 students who have come through these programmes graduated.</p><ul><li><strong>Main photo</strong>: Jamie and Rosemary Cripwell<br></li><li><strong>Photo 1</strong>: Louna and Pieter-Adriaan Stofberg<br></li><li><strong>Photo 2</strong>: Ashwin Phillips</li><li><strong>Photographer</strong>: Stefan Els</li></ul><p></p>
Record number of graduates for SU’s 2016 academic yearhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4736Record number of graduates for SU’s 2016 academic yearCorporate Communication/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>This week's March 2017 Graduation Ceremonies will again see a record number of students graduating from Stellenbosch University (SU). Together with the December 2016 Graduation Ceremonies (the two ceremonies form the 2016 academic year) it will again be the most qualifications, including the most doctoral degrees, awarded by SU. </p><p>140 doctorates will be awarded this week and, together with those awarded in December, it will bring the number of doctorates for the 2016 academic year to 278 (in comparison with 2015's 267). Altogether 2922 degrees will be awarded this week – bring the total number of degrees for the 2016 academic year to 8339 (7905 for 2015). </p><p>Matie students will be rewarded for their hard work at six ceremonies from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 March 2016. The ceremonies take place in the Coetzenburg Centre at Coetzenburg. </p><p><strong>Honorary degrees </strong></p><p>Two honorary doctorates will also be awarded this week – to the prominent music scholar and professor of Musicology and Music Theory at Princeton University – the foremost music scholar to have come from the African continent, Prof Kofi Agawu; and the Rwandan banker, policy-maker, campaigner for women's rights and former government leader, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa; </p><p>The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), <em>honoris causa</em>, is awarded to Agawu for his internationally acclaimed contribution to musicology, for his ground-breaking research on African music, and for serving as an inspiration to the next generation of African scholars by epitomising the quality of scholarship that can emerge from this continent.</p><p>Nsanzabaganwa receives the degree Doctor of Commerce (DCom), <em>honoris causa</em>, for her role in developing academically sound economic policies for Rwanda, thereby improving her compatriots' quality of life, for her contribution in creating world-class state institutions, and for her activism to establish women as key players in the African economy.</p><p><strong>Graduation Ceremonies: </strong></p><ul><li>Tuesday 14 March, 17:00: Faculties of AgriSciences and Medicine and Health Sciences </li><li>Wednesday 15 March, 10:00: Faculties Theology and Engineering </li><li>Wednesday 15 March, 17:00: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences </li><li>Thursday 16 March, 10:00: Faculties of Science, Education, Law and Military Science</li><li>Thursday 16 March, 17:00: Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences (for a Group A)</li><li>Friday 17 March, 10:00:  Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences (for a Group B) and honorary degrees. </li></ul><p><strong>Parking in Stellenbosch</strong></p><p>Heavy traffic is expected on all the main roads to Stellenbosch as well as in town. Graduates, parents and friends are kindly requested to arrive early to avoid traffic jams and to ensure parking spots. Graduates with disabilities or injured or sick graduates who cannot move on the stage, should contact the University's Client Service Centre at tel 021 808 9111 to arrange that these degrees can be bestowed off-stage.</p>
Student wrestles buffalo, camps, to earn degreehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4742Student wrestles buffalo, camps, to earn degreeWilma Stassen<p>​Nearly 230 students from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) were capped this week at Stellenbosch University's March graduation. </p><p>For most of these students, this marks the culmination of years of hard work and countless hours of working behind a desk. For Charlene Clarke, who this week received her MSc in Molecular Biology, preparation for her degree also included 12 weeks of camping in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park in KwaZulu-Natal, wrangling African buffalo and coming face-to-face with some of Africa's biggest predators – who luckily were anaesthetised at the time.</p><p>Clarke's research for her MSc looked at the effects of the tuberculin skin test (TST) on a group of proteins (interferon-gamma) in buffalo and cattle, which required the collection of blood and other samples from these animals. Her work forms part of the FMHS's Animal TB research group that does extensive research on bovine TB and its effects on wildlife.</p><p><strong>Record number of PhDs</strong></p><p>Among the graduates are fourteen new PhD candidates who received their doctorates this week. Combined with the 21 PhD students that graduated in December last year, this is the highest number of PhDs that Faculty has ever produced in one year. </p><p>Among the group of newly capped PhD graduates are three academics from the FMHS – two paediatricians from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and a senior lecturer from the Division of Physiotherapy.</p><p>Dr Angela Dramowski's PhD research assessed the rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) of hospitalised children. She found the South African rates to be higher than in other high- and middle-income settings, mainly due to overcrowding, understaffing and the prevalence of HIV. Her study also looked at the contribution of HAIs to childhood deaths and the additional costs associated with it. Dramowski's study also offers methods of curbing HAIs and is the first comprehensive roadmap for addressing HAI in Africa.</p><p>For her PhD Dr Dawn Ernstzen developed clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain specifically for the South African context. Her findings indicate that modifications in current practice patterns, healthcare system organisation and governance will contribute to the implementation of the guidelines.</p><p>Dr Pren Naidoo's PhD research evaluated the impact of a new TB diagnostic tool, called the Gene Xpert, in 142 Cape Town clinics. She found that although the tool increased the number of diagnosed multi-drug resistant patients and reduced the time to treatment, there were also some serious issues with the Xpert. For example, it did not result in more TB cases being diagnosed or better treatment outcomes, and increased the cost per diagnosis by 150%. Her study concludes that certain health system failures diminish the full potential of the Xpert, and must be improved urgently to optimise the benefits of this expensive investment.</p><p><strong>Other degrees</strong></p><p>Among the Faculty's almost 230 graduates, 14 candidates completed their MMed degrees, making them medical specialists; 14 newly-qualified doctors received the MB,ChB degrees; 34 students received MSc degrees; five Honours degrees were awarded; 39 Master's students graduated; and 104 students received postgraduate diplomas.</p><p>Caption: Graduates Trisha Parbhoo, Alma Polson, Ncite Da Camara and Charlene Clarke.</p>
SU's Social Media policy and noticehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4676SU's Social Media policy and noticeCorporate Communications<p>​Important notice regarding the use of social media by Stellenbosch University students and staff Stellenbosch University (SU) recognises the importance of the internet and social media <em>(1)</em> in shaping public thinking about our University and our services, students, staff and stakeholders. SU also recognises the importance of our students and staff engaging in and helping to stimulate conversation through interaction in social media. Students and staff are encouraged to interact online about SU matters and developments in higher education. </p><p>However, it is important to understand that the use of social media as a communication channel is subject to existing SU policies and procedures, specifically the:</p><ul><li><a href="/english/Documents/2017_Everlytic/C4_SU_Disciplinary_Code_2016_09_26.pdf">Disciplinary Code for Students of Stellenbosch University </a>(applicable to students) <br></li><li><a href="/english/Documents/2017_Everlytic/Unfair_Discrimination_and_Harassment_ENG_2016.pdf">Policy on Unfair Discrimination and Harassment</a> (applicable to staff and students) <br></li><li><a href="/english/Documents/2017_Everlytic/ecp_december_eng.pdf">Electronic Communications Policy</a> (applicable to staff and students) <br></li></ul><p>All students and staff are responsible for their own compliance with these policies and should take the time to read and understand these. Behaviours such as misconduct, harassment and victimisation conducted online are addressed in these policies. Any form of online bullying, verbal abuse, defamation, slander and/or name-calling, among others, falls into the same category as face-to-face communication and written communication. Allegations of online misconduct, harassment and victimisation are regarded just as seriously as similar actions through traditional verbal and written communication. An aggrieved party may report such behaviour (e.g. misconduct, harassment or victimisation through any of the social media channels) to the Equality Unit, which may refer matters to Student Discipline (for students) or Human Resources (for staff) as necessary. The Equality Unit’s contact details are:</p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><ul><li>unfair@sun.ac.za  <br></li><li>021 808-3136  <br></li><li>39 Victoria Street, Stellenbosch <br></li></ul></blockquote><p>The Corporate Communication Division is developing a comprehensive Social Media Policy but until the policy has been completed, the rules in existing policies and this notice will apply. </p><p>Issued by the Senior Director: Corporate Communication </p><p> <em>1 “Social media” is defined as any mobile or web-based application or service that allows the creation and exchange of user-generated content, such as a blog, wiki, social network and other interactive websites. Examples of social media platforms include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and news websites that allow the public to comment. </em></p>
Council approves revised Admissions Policyhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4670Council approves revised Admissions PolicyKorporatiewe Kommunikasie / Corporate Communication<p>​<strong>Communication from Council, </strong><strong>11 February 2017</strong></p><p>The Council of Stellenbosch University (SU) Saturday afternoon adopted a revised Admissions Policy for the institution, which will come into force on 1 March 2017 when applications open for the 2018 academic year.</p><p>The revised policy gives effect to the University's obligations arising from the Constitutional right of access to further education, and the legislative duty to ensure that the institution's admissions policy provides appropriate measures for the redress of past inequalities without unfairly discriminating in any way. The long-term objective of the policy is to contribute to a non-racial and equal society no longer requiring race-based redress.</p><p>"It creates an equitable, transparent and reasonable process for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at SU. This is in line with the University's commitment to becoming more inclusive by broadening access to the institution and deepening its transformation, as contained in SU's guiding policy document, its Institutional Intent and Strategy," Council Chair Mr George Steyn said.</p><p>The ISS was adopted in 2013, and in the same year, SU's Rectorate requested an investigation into appropriate admission and selection mechanisms, with the aim to reasonably and holistically address socio-economic disadvantage in South Africa. A task team was commissioned to review the previous Admissions Policy through a process of investigation, research and consultation.</p><p>After more than two and a half years of intensive consultation with stakeholders, the task team proposed a draft in which three considerations for the admission of prospective students to SU study programmes are blended:</p><ul><li>Proven academic merit at school level.</li><li>Transforming the racial demography of SU's student body.</li><li>Redressing the socio-economic disadvantage experienced by some students.</li></ul><p>"This represents a nuanced set of indicators with which the University can admit a diverse group of newcomer students with the potential for success. The three considerations complement one another through SU's strategy of excellence <em>though</em> diversity," SU's Vice-Rector: Learning and Teaching, Prof Arnold Schoonwinkel, said.</p><p>The fundamental objective is to maintain the University's culture of academic excellence by attracting the best applicants, and facilitating the transformation of SU so that it has a more inclusive and representative student body. The University's reputation as a centre of excellence depends on attracting and maintaining a diverse student body, for it enriches the learning environment.</p><p>The University takes heed of the multifaceted and complex nature of disadvantage in the South African context. The University recognises the need to reserve places for socio-economically disadvantaged students, regardless of racial classification, who achieve the minimum requirements for a chosen course of study but who would not otherwise be admitted to that course of study.</p><p>The policy, and the targets set in each year, will be adapted to reflect the progress made at the University and in the wider community, at eradicating the effects of historical racial divisions.</p><p>The policy has gone the full route of institutional approval, with inputs from all 10 of SU's faculties, its Senate and its Institutional Forum. It was also open for public input – the University community at large, as well as the broad public were invited to comment during the month of October 2016. The final draft was comprehensively discussed at a special Council meeting on 11 February 2017, where the Policy was approved.</p><p>"We have revised our Admission Policy as a leading national higher-education institution, a national asset serving the national interest and the nation as a whole. The policy promotes access and success for students from diverse communities. Stellenbosch is a university for all South Africans," SU Rector Prof Wim de Villiers said.</p><ul><li>The revised Admission Policy will be placed on the University's website (<a href="/"><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.sun.ac.za</span></a>) once the changes made by Council to the final draft has been incorporated.</li></ul>
Statement by the Election Convenor: SU SRC Outcome of Electionhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4689Statement by the Election Convenor: SU SRC Outcome of ElectionElection Convenor / Verkiesingskonvenor<p><strong>Statement by the Election Convenor: Stellenbosch University Student Representative Council (SRC) </strong></p><p><strong>Outcome of the SRC Chairperson election</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="color:black;">On the evening of 22 February 2017, during the SRC chairperson election, a situation arose in which I made a bona fide error and misinformed those present as to the required number of votes to win the election.</span><span style="color:#212121;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="color:black;">After postponing the election and reflecting on a student court judgement where a similar situation had occurred some years ago, I realised the error I had made.</span><span style="color:#212121;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="color:black;">I accordingly informed the SRC of my mistake. I indicated an initial intention to declare Ms Nomzamo Ntombela as the new SRC chairperson but then rescinded this intention in order to take more time to consider the options available to me.</span><span style="color:#212121;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="color:black;background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;">To aid myself in coming to a decision I convened a meeting between myself, Mr Romek Sadowski (the other candidate in the election), Ms Tonia Overmeyer, Dean of Students and Director of the Centre for <span> </span>Student Leadership and Structures, and Prof Sonia Human, Dean of the Faculty of Law. Ms Ntombela was invited but declined to attend this meeting.</span><span style="color:#212121;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="color:black;">After considering all the options available to me, and after consulting the relevant experts, I have decided to retrospectively declare Ms Ntombela the winner of the election and thus the new SRc chairperson. I would like to congratulate Ms Ntombela and wish her well with her tenure as chair.</span><span style="color:#212121;"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="color:black;">Kind regards </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="color:black;">Dylan Swigelaar</span></p><p style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><strong><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;color:#003366;">ELECTION CONVENOR </span></strong><em><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;color:#003366;">STEMBUSKONVENOR</span></em><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;color:black;"></span></p><p style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;color:black;">Universiteit <strong><span style="font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;">Stellenbosch</span></strong> University</span></p><p style="background:white none repeat scroll 0% 0%;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;color:#003366;"><a href="mailto:srcelection@sun.ac.za">srcelection@sun.ac.za</a></span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;color:black;"></span></p>
Integrated Crisis Service with ER24http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4595Integrated Crisis Service with ER24Dr Munita Dunn-Coetzee<p style="text-align:justify;">The integrated crisis service with ER24, in collaboration with the Centre for Student Counselling and Development and Campus Health Services, started officially on Monday, 16 January. The most important facets of the service to take note of are the following:</p><ul><li>It is a 24 hour crisis service that's available nationwide for SU registered students. Stellenbosch University has a special number (010 205 3032) that can be phoned in a crisis situation. When a student is dialling the number, they need to identify themselves as a SU student. The necessary questions will then be asked before the specific service will be dispatched (ambulance / trauma counselling, etc). The ambulance will aim to on the scene as fast as possible.<br> </li><li>Should SU students travel to Bloemfontein, for example, for a sport tour, or academic outing, and a crisis occurs, they can also phone the special number and the service will be provided to them in Bloemfontein. This is a national service. This is also applicable when students are at home (PSO students) or when they are on holiday. <br> </li><li>The CSCD Crisis Number (082 557 0880) is diverted to the ER24 number and will be answered, throughout the day and the night, by ER24. During the day it will be referred back to CSCD to deal with the specific situation, if possible (08:00 – 16:00). At night it will be answered by ER24 and referred back to CSCD the next morning, if necessary.<br> </li><li>The service consists of EMS (Emergency Medical Services), Trauma Counselling (telephonically or face to face), as well as a medical hotline. Students can phone the medical hotline to get advice on how to deal with a medical situation. If you for example have someone standing next to you that's struggling to breathe, you can phone and you will be provided with advice on how to manage the situation. Everything can be accessed via the 010 205 3032-number.<br> </li><li>When ER24 has been called out to a scene where a student needs to be stabilized, it will be for free. Only when the student needs to be transported, costs will be applicable (preferential ER24-tariffs). This will be for the student's own account. The student will be transported to the closest, best facility for the specific injury – in case of a student with a medical aid (private hospital) and in the case of a student without medical aid (government hospital).<br> </li><li>Trauma counselling is for free. Depending on the situation, a male or female counsellor will be dispatched. The counsellors will also be comfortable in speaking the three languages of the Western Cape (Afrikaans, English, IsiXhosa).<br> </li><li>Every time a call comes through to ER24 from Stellenbosch University, a sms will be sent to some CSCD staff and some CHS staff (Campus Health Services). Statistics will be provided by ER24 on a weekly basis.</li></ul><p>This is the phasing-in of a new process and it will surely have some growing pains. If you have any feedback, please let me know – <a href="mailto:mdunn@sun.ac.za">mdunn@sun.ac.za</a></p>
Career Fairs 4 and 5 August 2016http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4188Career Fairs 4 and 5 August 2016Marquard Timmy and Wilna Naudé<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Unit for Graduand Career Services recently held the annual Career Fairs on 4 and 5 August in marquee tents on the Rooiplein.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Both days were a huge success!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In spite of the Public Holiday on 3 Aug (Municipal Elections) the turn out from both exhibitors and students exceeded expectations.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Career Fairs offer students the opportunity to network with companies and ask their burning questions about career opportunities and other career related information.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Forty companies exhibited at the Accounting Career Fair on 4 Aug, and close to 4 500 <span style="text-decoration:underline;">visits</span> by SU students were made to this exhibit.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Due to the Public Holiday the General and Engineering Career Fairs had to be combined on 5 August. A total of 59 exhibitors showcased the career opportunities at their individual companies. Approximately 5 000 <span style="text-decoration:underline;">visits</span> were paid to this Fair.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Companies expressed their appreciation for the opportunity and the exposure they get on campus.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><ul><li><em>Very impressed with level of attendance and quality of students.</em></li><li><em></em><em>Nice to see that the students are determined to start their careers.</em></li></ul><p><em></em><strong></strong> </p><p><strong> Photographer:</strong> <span style="color:#444444;font-family:proxima_nova;font-size:11pt;">ANTON JORDAAN </span></p>
Statement: Activities to continue at Stellenbosch Universityhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4359Statement: Activities to continue at Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Marketing/Korporatiewe Bemarking <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;"><span lang="EN">Stellenbosch University (SU) has, like all other universities today, experienced protest action as part of the national campaign for fee-free university education. </span>Management remains committed to financial support for poor and working-class students.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;"><span lang="EN">Workers and students from other institutions joined SU students today and about 160 protesters moved around on the Stellenbosch campus with the goal of disrupting activities. </span>Despite additional security measures and access control to buildings, some lectures were canceled and buildings had to be temporarily closed.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;"><span lang="EN">This afternoon security personnel had to protect the glass doors at the entrance to the Faculty of Education from the group of protesters and four people were arrested after an altercation with security personnel and the South African Police Service.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;"><span lang="EN">SU remains committed to ensuring that our students can complete the academic year and that they will be safe. </span>Lectures end on Friday 21 October and the examination begins on 25 October. Arrangements have been made for staff to electronically record lectures that have been postponed and to make it available on SUNLEARN for students. The point of departure is that academic and administrative activities should continue at SU; and that students, staff and university property should be protected.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;"><span lang="EN">All activities will continue on Tuesday, October 11, and the rest of the week. </span>Each protest creates new challenges but also new learning experiences. Additional measures have been instituted for tomorrow.<span lang="EN"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;"><span lang="EN">All 12 students who were suspended pending completion of a disciplinary process have been informed that their suspension relate to assault and actions that prevented other students from participating in academic activities, such as blocking access to the library; </span>disrupting tests and lectures and tearing up test papers.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;"><span lang="EN">Staff and students are urged to remain calm and exercise patience, not to respond to provocation or to confront protest groups. </span>Regular updates are published on the University's website (<a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4280" style="text-decoration:underline;">link to the page</a>) and also communicated via social media to the campus community. The SU Management also calls on all students to, in the interest of their academic careers, focus on the upcoming exam.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:6pt 0cm;">The SU Management remains committed to engage with the student community via the Student Affairs division as has been the case over the past weeks since Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, and Ms Tonia Overmeyer, Dean of Students held discussions with students lasting five hours on 17 September 2016. </p><p><br></p>