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Dr Luhabe inspires future leaders at FVZS Honorary Lecturehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5859Dr Luhabe inspires future leaders at FVZS Honorary Lecture
Diversity makes for a dynamic workplacehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5860Diversity makes for a dynamic workplace
Maties want to end student hunger with big collective initiativehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5861Maties want to end student hunger with big collective initiative
SciMathUS helping students achieve their dreamshttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5852SciMathUS helping students achieve their dreams
SU hackathon promoting entrepreneurshiphttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5847SU hackathon promoting entrepreneurship

 

 

Food insecurity at SU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKpRcoVwOIoFood insecurity at SU

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Social Impact Symposiumhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=3869Social Impact Symposium2018-09-12T06:30:00Z
Information session for registration for Amended Matric Certificate 2018/2019https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=4044Information session for registration for Amended Matric Certificate 2018/20192018-08-11T08:00:00Z
Toasties for Tummies: Stellenbosch Campushttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=4049Toasties for Tummies: Stellenbosch Campus2018-07-27T08:00:00Z

 

 

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https://www.sun.ac.za/siUnit for Religion and Development ResearchThe Unit for Religion and Development Research (URDR) is an interdisciplinary research unit based at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. It empowers communities, organisations and governments for development through evidence-based research, theory building from below and capacity building through education and training. The URDR offers a unique research space, positioned within multiple worlds, with a focus on social transformation and sustainable development. This enables it to sensitively navigate the faith and secular divides still prevalent in development work today; to nurture cooperation between the worlds of theory and practice, academies and faith institutions, and government and civil society; and to offer multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary approaches to the complex issues surrounding key sustainable development goals.​903
https://www.sun.ac.za/siRoots and wings: Improving quality of life for beneficiaries of government-initiated affordable housing projects​It is well established that safe and secure homes can significantly improve the quality of life for communities and also more broadly, the life of the community. This works through promoting dignity and quality of life, but also via economic channels that ensure that household members have a secure asset and thus a deeper and more long-term stake in the specific community. While the government's affordable housing initiative has envisioned this, such benefits have often not materialised due to deficient beneficiary participation in the planning and construction process and poor and variable construction quality of houses. The quality of houses have often been so inadequate that the municipality could not confer title deeds, thus meaning that the houses are not legally recognised as transferable assets. Also, due to the lack of participation and the poor construction quality, the government has missed the opportunity to create a strong sense of ownership and to realise the full quality of life improvement associated with the transfer of a high quality brick house to a new beneficiary.  The aim of the initiative is to introduce an accountability intervention in the construction of subsidised government housing so as to improve the quality of the houses being constructed. The houses are constructed for beneficiaries which currently reside in the poorest areas within South Africa. As a starting point, we commenced with the first phase of the study during mid-October 2017 as a randomized control trial (RCT) at the Rooidakke housing project just outside Grabouw, in the Western Cape Province. Rooidakke is an impoverished and vulnerable community where most of the households reside in informal housing. The Rooidakke housing project involves the construction of approximately 1300 single and double storey brick houses with running water, electricity and an in-house bathroom (including a flush toilet). Of these, only approximately 60 houses form part of the first phase of the study. The beneficiaries of these brick houses are local residents who previously lived in the area in informal structures as well as farm workers on farms in the district. The first phase of the study is currently being undertaken as a randomized control trial (RCT). For the first phase of the study, 60 plots from the Rooidakke building site have been randomly assigned to a treatment group and approximately 60 plots to a control group. Two postgraduate engineering students (who have completed their engineering degrees, but are currently completing their masters' dissertations) were appointed as research assistance and visited and inspected the plots in the treatment group on a weekly basis during construction. The students have sent their feedback on to the contractor as well as the foreman on site. No such inspections took place at the building sites on the plots in the control group (which is a group of houses which were completed just prior to the commencement of the intervention, i.e. around June-October 2017). The visits are announced and arranged with the building contractor, who has full knowledge of which plots are in the treatment group. The theory of change of the RCT is that, with the inspections, the building contractor will be more diligent in the building process of the houses on the plots in the treatment group compared to the plots in the control group, leading to better quality houses. Quality will be assessed in two ways: first using an instrument which captures the technical quality of the houses, and secondly more subjectively by asking home owners about their experience living in the house. The partners in the initiative include the Department of Economics and Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University, the Department of Economics at Bath University, UK, the Theewaterskloof Municipality, the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, and various community leaders from the Rooidakke community.955
https://www.sun.ac.za/siEnhancing Geographical and Environmental Literacy (EGEL) This initiative is aimed at providing PGCE students first hand experience at different under-resourced secondary schools in and around Stellenbosch before entering the teaching profession. Through this initiative students will be able to observe the challenges experienced by geography and environmental teachers and learners and provide intensive support in addressing these challenges. Support will be offered to geography and environmental teachers and learners for teaching and learning challenging geographical and environmental concepts and skills such as map work, GIS, sustainability, place, environment etc. This is an opportunity for PGCE students to apply theory to practice, to build partnerships with teachers, subject advisors and the wider community in an attempt to improve geography and environmental education programmes and designs at both secondary and tertiary level. ​​908

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