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Advocate Thuli Madonsela to take up chair in social justice in SU Law Faculty Thuli Madonsela to take up chair in social justice in SU Law FacultyCorporate Marketing/Korporatiewe Bemarking<p>The Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University (SU) is pleased to announce that Advocate Thuli Madonsela, recently retired Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa, has accepted an offer to take up a chair in social justice in the Faculty. </p><p>Advocate Madonsela confirmed her involvement in the Faculty saying: "I am supremely honoured by the offer of the chair in social justice by Stellenbosch University. I hope to work with my colleagues at the Law Faculty to play our part in accelerating the pace of achieving the constitutional promise of an inclusive society based in social justice, shared prosperity, friendship and peace. I am also looking forward to working with young people at the university and beyond on these matters."</p><p>Prof Sonia Human, Dean of the Faculty of Law, describes the decision by Adv Madonsela to join the Faculty as a tremendous honour and one that will contribute significantly to the Faculty's continued commitment to champion the realisation of a constitutional vision for South African society.</p><p>Adv Madonsela will take up the chair in 2018, after a sabbatical. </p><p>The focus of the chair will be on issues of social justice – including administrative justice. In her new role, Adv Madonsela will be able to continue her work on those themes that became synonymous with her seven-year tenure as South Africa's third Public Protector. These include ethical governance in public institutions and realising the Constitution's mandate of a public administration that responds to people's needs, is accountable and transparent and that promotes efficient, economic and effective use of resources (as stated in section 195). As part of her remit, Adv Madonsela will not only engage in teaching and research, but will remain involved in civil society initiatives.<strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>ABOUT THULI MADONSELA</strong></p><p>Thulisile Nomkhosi "Thuli" Madonsela was born in Soweto and obtained the degrees BA (Law) and LLB from the universities of Swaziland and the Witwatersrand, respectively. After teaching at secondary schools for a number of years, she served in various positions in the trade union movement in the mid to late 1980s. In the 1990s she moved to higher education and worked at the University of the Witwatersrand in applied legal studies. She served as technical expert in the drafting of the Constitution before working in the Department of Justice, inter alia as Chief Director Transformation and Equity. She served as a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission from 2007 to 2009. In 2009 she was appointed as South Africa's third Public Protector, her term ending on 14 October 2016. </p><p>Adv Madonsela holds honorary doctorates in law from the universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Fort Hare and Rhodes University. She has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards such as the Law Society of South Africa's inaugural Truth and Justice Award; the German Africa Foundation's annual prize; Transparency International's prestigious Integrity Award in 2014; and, also in 2014, she was listed as one of <em>TIME Magazine</em>'s top 100 most influential people in the world.</p>
2018 Registration to proceed as planned Registration to proceed as plannedCorporate Communication/ Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>19 December 2017</p><p><strong>Stellenbosch University's response to President's student fees announcement</strong></p><p>While clarity will be needed on quite a number of matters related to President Jacob Zuma's announcement of fee-free higher education for poor and working class households, registration at Stellenbosch University (SU) for the 2018 academic year will continue as planned. </p><p>Online registration for 2018 will open on 12 January 2018 for first-year and senior students. First-year students can register on campus as from 26 January 2018. Registration of first-year and senior students for 2018 closes on 2 February 2018. Please check the <a href="/english/welcome/Documents/2017/Registration%20Schedule%202018.pdf">Registration Schedule 2018</a> for specific dates and times applicable to the respective faculties and programmes, and consult the SU website for further information. As the University receives more clarity or updated information regarding the President's announcement, it will be uploaded to the website: <a href="/"></a> and <a href="/welcome"></a> for new first-year students. </p><p><strong>PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT RAISES CONCERNS</strong> </p><p>The President's statement raised concerns in the higher education sector regarding the funding sources and long-term sustainability of such financial support in the current economic climate, and the provision of gap funding. He mentioned limitations that may be placed on fee increases to limit the extent of gap funding payable to universities. A reduction in the amount of the gap funding received from government could have a severe impact on university budgets.</p><p>South African public universities are responsible for setting the level and annual adjustment of student fees, which are then approved by the councils of these universities.  The implication of the President's announcement for this aspect of the governance of public universities is unclear and would require resolution prior to registration. It is also extremely important that such an ambitious project should be administered very professionally in the interest of all students, especially where it is said to be implemented as from 2018 for new first-year students. </p><p><strong>BASELINE INCREASE OF 8%</strong> </p><p>SU earlier announced an 8% baseline increase in study fees in 2018 for all current students, with varying additional increases per faculty, based on the respective value propositions, for new students registering next year. </p><p>Many uncertainties would have to be resolved before Stellenbosch University will be able to provide more detailed information to prospective first-year students or current students, or know what the impact will be on the institution's 2018 budget. Click <a href="/english/students/Documents/Registration/Estimated%20tariffs_2018.pdf">here</a> for the estimated study fees per programme for the first year of study. </p><p>SU again emphasized that fee increases would be mitigated through financial support. Stellenbosch University firmly believes that students from families, who can afford higher education, should pay study fees whereas poor students should not be excluded based on financial challenges. </p><p>SU remains committed to support financially needy, academically deserving students. Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU, has repeatedly acknowledged the inequalities of the South African society. Affluent and upper middle-income groups can afford university education either outright or with access to loans from the financial sector. However, a large component of students from low-income households have limited or no access to the financial sector, and are not in a position to contribute to the funding of their study and accommodation fees. </p><p><strong>FEE INCREASE MITIGATED THROUGH FINANCIAL SUPPORT</strong> </p><p>“Therefore SU supports and follows a differentiated approach. The impact of the market-related fee increases for 2018 will be mitigated through financial support to academically deserving poor students linked to their combined annual household income. SU's own bursaries will also be aligned with increases in tuition and accommodation fees," Prof De Villiers said.</p><p>SU manages a portfolio of bursaries and loans that provide financial support to students. This financial aid includes a substantial contribution from SU's main budget, as well as from current and past donations. It is an unfortunate reality that the need for financial support will always exceed the available funds. In 2016, Stellenbosch University administered a total of R725 million (R659 million in 2015) in bursaries: R283 million as agent (including for NSFAS); and R442 million (R403 million in 2015) from its own funds and research contracts, of which R129 million was allocated from its main budget.  In 2016, 23% of students enrolled at SU were supported through bursaries.</p><p>Because of limits imposed on assistance provided by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), SU in 2017 supported students from families who earn between R122 000 and R240 000 per year - those from the so-called 'missing middle'. The amount of the bursary is determined through a 'means test'.</p><p><strong>INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS</strong></p><p>A differentiated study fees structure for international students will be introduced from 2018, when certain categories of international students registering at SU will be charged an international tuition fee (ITF) for the first time. The ITF comprises an additional fixed amount charged annually for the duration of an academic programme and is payable in full at or prior to registration. The ITF will not apply to international students enrolled in doctoral programmes, or in postgraduate programmes delivered on the telematics platform, or international students with SADC (Southern African Development Community) citizenship or permanent residence in South Africa. </p><p>The base ITF is set at R43 380 for international students from outside Africa enrolled for bachelors, honours and postgraduate diploma programmes, and R21 690 for those from outside Africa enrolled for master's programmes. A reduced amount of R20 520 will apply to students from African countries outside SADC enrolled for bachelors, honours and postgraduate diploma programmes. </p><p><strong>#SU99 TO ALLEVIATE STUDENT DEBT</strong></p><p>Stellenbosch University will continue with its own initiatives aimed at alleviating student debt and raising funds for bursaries, for example its pre-centenary fundraising campaign #SU99. Recent generous donations to support the cause of alleviating student debt at SU exceeded the initial R99 999 target, providing the impetus to reach further and increase the target to R999 999.</p><p>"As of 1 December, donations received on the GivenGain platform amounted to R24 000, and donations from alumni, and staff and students have all added a further R32 500 to the campaign," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Division. “A significant donation of R500 000, received from one of our loyal major donors who regularly provides top-up bursary funding, has enabled us to raise the bar to help more graduates."</p><p>"Although many of our students have received bursary support from various partners such as government, foundations, corporates and trusts, there is often still an outstanding amount that is owed by students upon graduation," says Cheryl Benadie, Donor Relations Manager at SU.</p><p>Graduation marks the end of an incredible journey for any graduate as they stand on the threshold of new beginnings, armed with a well-earned degree from SU, an internationally recognised institution.</p><p>"Sadly, for some of our first generation graduates, who will enter the world of work as a first generation professional, the weight of debt that they carry on their shoulders as they try to make a fresh start can seem overwhelming. We acknowledge and appreciate the support of all our donors and partners. The need is ongoing," she adds.</p><p>Donations can be made via the GivenGain platform: <a href=""></a> or via credit card on our online portal: <a href=""></a>, EFT payments can be made via the following bank account, using the reference: Initial, surname + R2090 DEBT.</p><p><strong>ORGANISATION NAME:  </strong>University of Stellenbosch</p><p><strong>BANK: </strong> Standard Bank</p><p><strong>BRANCH: </strong>Stellenbosch</p><p><strong>BRANCH CODE:</strong> 05 06 10</p><p><strong>ACCOUNT NAME:</strong> University of Stellenbosch</p><p><strong>ACCOUNT NUMBER:</strong> 073006955</p><p><strong>PAYMENT REFERENCE:</strong> Initial, Surname, R2090 DEBT</p><p>The #SU99 campaign, launched on 20 September, will run until 27 December.</p><p>“Small donations of R50, R100, R500 etc. all add up - it is the power of collective giving in action. We urge you to please consider giving the gift of financial freedom this festive season," Benadie concludes.  </p><ul><li><em>For more information on SU's campaign to alleviate student debt, please contact: Cheryl Benadie on tel: 021 808 9351 or e-mail: </em><a href=""></a> Anneke Muller on tel: 021 808 9906 or e-mail: <a href=""></a>.    <br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Open Day 24 February 2018: Visit Engineering! Day 24 February 2018: Visit Engineering!Faculty of Engineering/Fakulteit Ingenieurswese<p>​Open Day 24 February 2018</p><p>If you are interested in <strong>Engineering</strong> as a career, or you are just curious how engineers go about applying science and technology in order to approve the world at large, you MUST visit the <strong>Faculty of Engineering</strong> any time between 08:30 to 16:00 during Stellenbosch University's <strong>Open Day</strong> which will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018.</p><p>As in the past Engineering will have lots of interesting and exciting exhibits and demonstrations presented by personnel and students of the five engineering departments.</p><p>Learners who love Maths and Physical Sciences, and who perform well in it, will benefit greatly by visiting Engineering during the Open Day. The information they will receive at the Faculty will enable them to make informed decisions reagarding their choice of school subjects and their career.</p><p>The Faculty of Engineering is on the corner of Banghoek Road and Joubert Street (opposite the Traffic Department).</p><p>Enquiries: <a href="">​</a><br></p><p><a href="/EngineeringOpenDayPoster">Open Day poster.</a>​</p>
Stellenbosch University welcomes new international students University welcomes new international studentsChristopher Muller, Michelle Viljoen<p>​<span style="line-height:1.6;">"I came to South Africa because I wanted to see something new and different. I wanted to see some new and vibrant cultural experience and since I have heard only good things about South Africa, especially Cape Town, I think there is something special here. This culture is very interesting and attractive," says Laura Cancellieri, exchange student at Stellenbosch University from Munich.</span></p><p>Laura is one of more than 400 international students who will be pursuing studies at Stellenbosch University, starting this second semester of 2013. Students from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, France and the USA form part of the 2013 second semester cohort of students who will either commence full-degree postgraduate studies or undertake a short semester exchange at SU.</p><p>The Postgraduate and International Office (PGIO) has been preparing for their arrival and subsequent welcoming and orientation and, as the central administrative hub for international students, will facilitate aspects of their stay in Stellenbosch this semester. From 17 – 19 July, the PGIO welcoming and orientation programme started with an introduction to living in Stellenbosch, an overview of the institution, presentations on culture shock and community interaction and included a spirited welcome dinner on 18 July at Opskop.</p><p>Aside from the allure of different cultures coming together and the new experience in South Africa, students did express initial concerns over safety and when asked what they expected, some indicated that they were strongly cautioned before their arrival. As safety and security are two integral aspects of a positive study-abroad experience, the PGIO also presented a Safety and Security session during the orientation programme and advised students to be vigilant and sensible about their safety as they would be anywhere in the world. They were advised to stay in groups, not to walk alone, especially late at night and were equipped with safety tips and important emergency number cards.</p><p>Despite the concern of safety and security, international students are keen to engage with their South African counterparts, and this will further enhance their experience and offer a deeper understanding of the university, town and country. To this end, the PGIO's international student organisation (ISOS) has over the years actively facilitated the interaction between international and South African students, enhancing their Stellenbosch experience. Local students are welcome to participate – contact Werner de Wit at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>As an institution of choice for many international students, Stellenbosch University provides an attractive academic offering across its faculties and a customised offering through IPSU courses (modules tailored by the PGIO in collaboration with SU departments) aided by the blend of cultures that over the years have increasingly attracted more international students. Currently, international students comprise close to 13% of the student populace, representing 110 nationalities.</p><p>The University annually receives the majority of its full-degree international students from African countries at the start of the academic year, whereas the bulk of exchange students come from the USA and Europe. Adding to the significance of the PGIO's "20 years of internationalisation" celebration, is the fact that the PGIO also welcomed the first semester-exchange group from the People's Republic of China from the Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua.</p><p>For more information on the International Welcome and Orientation programme, contact Ms Lidia du Plessis: <a href=""></a> | 021 808 2607.</p>
Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch University Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Communications / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​The public intellectual and former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof Jonathan Jansen, has accepted a position at Stellenbosch University (SU).</p><p>Jansen (61), an A-rated scientist with the National Research Foundation, will take up the position of distinguished professor in the Faculty of Education, where he will be teaching and conducting research on school governance, management, leadership and policy. He will also serve as a mentor to postgraduate students. </p><p>Announcing the appointment, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said the institution would greatly benefit from Jansen's expertise as foremost author, thought leader and education specialist. “Prof Jansen is arguably one of the leading pedagogues of our time, but also the proverbial voice in the wilderness, addressing not only the state of the nation, but – equally important – the state of education in our beloved country." </p><p>Prof Nico Koopman, Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, added: “Prof Jansen is a scholar at heart. We are confident that his research expertise will have a meaningful social impact on all levels of the education system in South Africa."  </p><p>Equally pleased at the prospect of welcoming Prof Jansen to SU's Faculty of Education, Prof Yusef Waghid, acting dean of the Faculty, said: “Prof Jansen's appointment offers tremendous opportunities for colleagues to engage with him in deliberative, responsible and courageous conversations – dialogues relating to what a university is and ought to do. I am optimistic that Prof Jansen's intellectual voice and passion for education will have a positive impact on the scholarly work with which the Faculty is associated. This is another opportunity to enhance our quest for our quest for a meaningful and just schooling system" </p><p>Commented Jansen: “I am very excited about this opportunity to work at one of the best universities on the continent and with some of the leading educational researchers in the field. I do hope to make a small contribution with my colleagues to making research count in the transformation of schools and in preparing the next generation of scholars."</p><p>Jansen, a recipient of three honorary doctorates and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, will take up the position at SU as from 1 November.​<br><br></p><p><strong>MORE ABOUT PROF JONATHAN JANSEN</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities<em> </em>for his book <em>Knowledge in the Blood</em> (published by Stanford University Press).  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">More recent publications by Jansen include <em>Leading for Change</em> (Routledge, 2016), <em>As by fire: the end of the South African university</em> (Tafelberg, 2017), <em>Interracial intimacies on campuses</em> (Bookstorm, 2017) and <em>Song for Sarah</em> (Bookstorm, 2017). Products of his pen to appear in 2018 include <em>Inequality in South African schools</em> (with Nic Spaull, published by Springer), <em>Politics of Curriculum</em> (as editor) and <em>Now that I know</em>, a book on South African families who were separated by the racial laws of the 1950s.<br></p><p><br></p>
Tonia Overmeyer appointed as Dean of Students at Stellenbosch University Overmeyer appointed as Dean of Students at Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Marketing/Korporatiewe Bemarking<p>​<span style="line-height:1.6;">Stellenbosch University (SU) today, 1 September 2016, welcomed a new appointment in the reconceptualised post of Dean of Students.</span></p><p>Ms Tonia Overmeyer, formerly acting Director of the Centre for Student Support Services at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and boasting many years of experience in the student development, governance and leadership domain in higher education, was appointed to the position recently. </p><p>SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers, said he is very excited to welcome Ms Overmeyer to the SU family. "I am confident that Stellenbosch University will benefit tremendously from her vast experience in student engagement, support and leadership development. Her appointment will contribute towards making the student voice heard." </p><p>"We are delighted in her appointment and look forward to her joining us in the Division of Student Affairs where she will lead the Centre for Student Leadership and Structures," Senior Director: Student Affairs, Dr Birgit Schreiber said. "The Student Affairs Division is made up of three Centres and Tonia will work with the other directors in the Division, Dr Munita Dunn-Coetzee of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development and Mr Pieter Kloppers of the Centre for Student Communities. I am sure that she will complement them very well."</p><p>Overmeyer said she is excited at the prospect of serving the SU community and working with colleagues in the Centre for Student Leadership and Structures to build on the success that they have already established. "I believe that with the right nurture, student leaders can become world changers by developing their confidence, competence and connectivity. I feel privileged to play a role in developing students into citizens whose hearts, minds and hands are galvanised to build an inclusive, innovative and future focused Stellenbosch University and beyond. Together we can build a space where students not only experience the best years of their lives, but also build a foundation for a lifetime of better citizenship, contribution and fulfilment."</p><p>Overmeyer completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining an MBA in 1999. She spent her early career managing the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development in Cape Town, before joining UWC as manager of the Department for Leadership and Social Responsibility. She later acted as Director of the Centre for Student Support Services. </p><p>"Tonia impressed SU's selection and interview panel – made up of staff and students – with her insight and knowledge of the higher education landscape, her engagement with the panel, keen sense of student activism and experience in the student representation and leadership domain," Schreiber added. </p><p>She also expressed her gratitude to all involved, including students and student leadership, in the shaping of the vision for the Centre of Student Leadership and Structures, the post, as well as the appointment process. This new Centre for Student Leadership and Structures will boost student governance, co-curricular and leadership programmes and strengthen Student Affairs at Stellenbosch University. </p><p> <strong style="line-height:1.6;">MORE INFORMATION ON THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS </strong></p><p>The Student Affairs Division at SU has 3 Centres, all under the leadership of Dr Birgit Schreiber, Senior Director: Student Affairs, which synergize to create a comprehensive and integrated student support and development framework. The three centres are:</p><p><strong>Centre for Student Leadership and Structures</strong></p><p>The Centre for Student Leadership and Structures is directed by Tonia Overmeyer. This Centre comprises the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Student Leadership Institute headed by Dr Leslie van Rooi, formal student governance structures and primarily the Student Representative Council, as well as the coordination of the Co-Curriculum and the related second transcript and First Year Academy. The aim with establishing this Centre is to ensure that the University provides comprehensive and coherent leadership experiences for its students, focussing on positional leadership as well as meritorious leadership. These experiences contribute significantly to the development of Graduate Attributes and future employability of our students. </p><p><strong style="line-height:1.6;">Centre for Student Communities</strong></p><p>The second Centre is the Centre for Student Communities, which focusses on residences, communities, transformative conversations and integrating the living and learning spaces into optimal environments which accelerate student development. Mr Pieter Kloppers, the director of this Centre has championed a number of flagship programmes and developed innovative listening, living and learning models which are the benchmark for national and international university residences practices. This Centre focusses on engaging all students, residence and commuter students, in order to ensure a community that is collectively focussed on advancing the goals of our students and the SU.</p><p><strong>Centre for Student Counselling and Development</strong></p><p>The third Centre is the Centre for Student Counselling and Development and contains a range of professional and integrated services. The units in this Centre include the Unit for Psychotherapeutic and Support Services, the Equality Unit, Unit for Graduand Career Services, Unit for Academic Counselling and Development, and Disability Unit. Each one provides a range of services and is aligned to professional and higher education associations, much like the units in the other Centres. This Centre is led by Dr Munita Dunn-Coetzee who is deeply engaged in broadening the impact of the Equality Unit in order to accelerate transformation. </p>
Faculty's top students receive Rector's Awards's top students receive Rector's AwardsRonel Beukes<p>Stellenbosch University (SU)'s top students were honoured with Rector's Awards for Excellent Achievement recently. Among the top achievers were 13 students of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.</p><p>The following students received awards for excellent academic achievements: Reinhard Arndt, Niel Botha, Fiona Campbell, Dean Dharsay, Gerben Draaijer, Eduard du Plessis, Izaan du Preez, Ryelan Hardnick, Connor McCann, Natalie Seager and Daniele Smit.</p><p>The SU medal for the top master's student in the Faculty went to Monika du Toit for her master's studies in Statistics. Sy completed her under- and postgraduate studies at SU.</p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-5" style="line-height:107%;font-family:"segoe ui",sans-serif;font-size:10pt;"><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=4749"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-5" style="text-decoration:underline;">Anita Engelbrecht</span></a></span> received a special Rector's Award. Suffering from spastic diplegia, Anita has been in a wheelchair all her life.</p><p>“It is fantastic for me to receive recognition for all the blood, sweat and tears that went into my studies. It's a privilege to help make a difference in society," she said.</p><ul><li>Photo: SU medal winner Monika du Toit with Prof Sarel Steel of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.</li></ul>
SU launches Africa Centre for Scholarship launches Africa Centre for ScholarshipAsiphe Nombewu and Rozanne Engel/ Corporate Communication<p>​​Stellenbosch University (SU) launched the Africa Centre for Scholarship (ACS) during the Africa University Day celebrations today (24 November 2017).<br></p><p>As part of the ACS launch, three bursaries of R30 000 each were awarded to postgraduate students from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. </p><p>Prof Hester Klopper, Vice-Rector: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation at SU, facilitated the bursary awards. Prof Klopper has recently been elected to serve on the Council of the Consortium Universities for Global Health based in the USA. She is the first South African to achieve this feat.<br></p><p> </p><p>The purpose of the ACS includes developing and implementing a trajectory for scholarship development across Africa, building on but not limited to existing SU on-campus initiatives.</p><p>The guest speaker at the ACS seminar was Prof Jonathan Jansen, Distinguished Professor at the SU Faculty of Education. Jansen is the former Rector and vice- Chancellor of the University of the Free State.</p><p> </p><p>Reflecting on the role of a social scientist, Jansen said: “A social scientist should be one that scrutinises concepts on campus and with his/ her community, scholars need to be suspicious of things."</p><p> </p><p>In his keynote address Prof Jansen also focused on topics such as decolonisation, the education system and the student protest about university fees, access and inclusivity. This was followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.</p><p> </p><p>Mr Robert Kotze, Director: SU's International Office, closed the discussions off by reflecting on the topics and questions posed during the discussions.</p><p>​ </p><p><br></p>
What happens when you're unfairly dismissed? happens when you're unfairly dismissed?Tammy February <p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>So you've been fired and you think the grounds on which you've been dismissed are grossly unfair. What do you do? </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Getting fired is something you never want to experience. Getting fired when you didn't deserve it is even worse.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Thankfully, there are labour law guides that are in place to protect your rights as an employee in the workplace. So if you feel that you've been maligned and unfairly treated, here's a handy guideline that will hopefully help you to navigate the complex process that could help to vindicate you.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">But first, let's look at the three main forms of dismissal:  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Misconduct </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is where an employee is found guilty of committing an act that goes directly against company policy. This could, according to <a href=""><strong></strong></a>, include theft, knowingly endangering the lives of fellow employees, deliberately damaging or defacing property and being involved in a physical altercation with an employer or fellow employee.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Do note that there needs to be proper procedures in place and solid and incontestable proof of offences committed before the employee is dismissed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Incapacity</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This refers to an employee who is consistently unable to meet the requirements of the job. It also applies if you're unable to perform due to sickness. However, if you are suffering from a long-term illness, they won't be able to summarily dismiss you.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href=""><strong></strong></a> says that in addition to the nature of your illness, what also needs to be taken into account is the length you've been with the company, whether the illness is something you'll be able to from and how the duration of your absence during your absence is affecting the production rate of company.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Retrenchment </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is not so much a case of being fired, but more a process that happens when companies reduce their headcount for operational purposes.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to <a href=""><strong></strong></a>, it's also called no-fault dismissals because the termination isn't due to any failings of the employee but because it's based on the structural, economic, technological and operational needs of the company.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">That said, there are times that legal assistance might be required, especially when there's been no proper procedure that's been followed and depending on whether or not any effort was made into avoiding retrenchment at all costs.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>So, now that you have a basic idea of what constitutes dismissal – what do you do if you feel that you were being unfairly maligned, fired without cause or forced into leaving?</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">We've chatted to <a href=""><strong>Karel van der Molen</strong></a>, attorney and HR practitioner and he says, "The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA) state very clearly that every worker is entitled to fair labour practices."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">That includes being dismissed on a basis that isn't rooted in any form of discrimination or is based on unfair treatment in terms of actions taken against you.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Karel provides us with some insights and guidelines on how best to approach being dismissed unfairly.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">These include being fired without proper notice, being discriminated against based on your race, religion, gender or sexuality, making a mistake and being dismissed without going through a proper disciplinary hearing first or even being told not to return after you've been on maternity leave.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step 1:  Make sure you have proof</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"As the aggrieved employee, make sure you have all the necessary facts and details on hand if a dispute should arise at a later stage.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Retain copies of e-mails and letters and makes and keep written notes of meetings and telephone conversations with managers and supervisors. These could be crucial should there be a dispute at a later stage."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Try to find someone at work who will be a character witness for you, in the event that your case becomes acrimonious. Also, don't keep emails on your work server – forward it on to another e-mail since some companies have email retention policies, which means you could lose your e-mails after a certain amount of days, so always make back-ups of everything that could help you with your case.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step 2: Get HR involved</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Before going any further, approach your human resources department. You can't be summarily dismissed without proper procedure being followed, so if you feel that your rights are being violated, make sure that you take up with HR before going a step further.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Karel adds that it's also vital to "obtain a copy of the LRA and more especially Schedule 8 of the Act which is the Code of Good Practice on Dismissal. The Code sets out in detail the key issues and aspects that must be considered in the case of fair or unfair dismissals."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">So, if you're armed with that knowledge and have exhausted all internal processes involved, you can then move on to the next step and take your case to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Step 3: CCMA</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">If you're unable to reach a resolution, you need to submit your case to the CCMA within a period of 30 days following the date of your dismissal.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to <a href=""><strong></strong></a>, you also need to fill in a case referral form, <a href=""><strong>which you can find here</strong></a>. A copy of this needs to be sent to your employee and should, Karel says, include "details of the alleged dispute (having the dates, etc. of the correspondence and other notes will also stand you in good stead)."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The abovementioned form also states that you're required send proof of you submitting the served papers to your employer. This could be in the form of signed delivery, or a post office slip (if you're not hand-delivering).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">When you submit the form, a commissioner will be appointed and will provide you and the party involved with a date, time and venue for your hearing during which an attempt to reach an agreement will be made.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">At this stage you're generally not allowed to have legal representation yet.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">If no accord or conciliation is reached, you'll then have to fill out an arbitration form, which <a href=""><strong>you can find here</strong></a>. In this case legal representation is allowed and here's where your documents and evidence will come into play (the same goes for the employer) and you will be given the opportunity to cross-examine your employer's witnesses and vice versa. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Articel source <span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"calibri","sans-serif";color:#1f497d;"><a href=""><strong></strong></a></span> <br></p>
Legal Aid Clinic relocates Aid Clinic relocatesCorporate Communication/ Korporatiewe Kommunikasie - Rozanne Engel<p>​The Legal Aid Clinic, which has served a large number of individuals in the Boland region, will find a new home from 11 December 2017. <br></p><p>As part of its strategic goals, and in association with the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University (SU), the Legal Aid Clinic will move from 44 Banhoek Road to 18-24 Crozier Street. </p><p>The move will ensure that there is a better integration with the university's Law Faculty and give easier access from public transport to its current and future clients, says Theo Broodryk, Manager of the Legal Aid Clinic and Senior Lecturer at the university's Law Faculty.</p><p>“The move just made more practical sense. Being in Crozier Street, which will be across from the Law Faculty (situated in the Old Main Building on the corner of Victoria and Ryneveld Street) and close to the Stellenbosch Magistrate Court, will help reach more law students who want to get involved at the clinic and help clients in the community in need of legal representation."</p><p>Broodryk believes that the old location of the clinic did not fully help the Law Faculty achieve their social awareness goals.</p><p>“With the old location, the clinic was a bit hidden from law students, although it is accessible to the remainder of the University. Now that the clinic will be so close to the law faculty, there is a better opportunity to share resources and help give clients an even better service."</p><p>The Legal Aid Clinic functions as a law firm and forms part of the SU Law Faculty. The Clinic also trains future prospective human rights lawyers by providing practical legal training to final year law students. </p><p>“The clinic will be able to give practical training to more law students in future. At the moment we only had about 50 to 60 students a year receiving training or volunteering at the clinic, but with the new location we can increase that to about 200 students by 2019," says Broodryk.</p><p>The Legal Aid Clinic is also planning a relaunch and rebranding, as part of the centenary celebrations of SU next year. </p><p> The Legal Aid Clinic will be operational until its move on 11 December 2017 and then re-open its doors to the public from 15 January 2018.</p><p>For more information on the Legal Aid Clinic click <a href="">here</a>.<br></p><p><br></p>