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Accolades for City of Joburg’s council chamber

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Chancellor to shut down Varsity

Durban - Lectures were suspended until further notice at the Durban University of Technology, after protesting students pulled others out of lecture rooms on Monday.

  The suspension applied to lectures in Durban and at the Midlands Centre in Pietermaritzburg, vice chancellor Ahmed Bawa said. 

  Earlier, students demanded to be re-registered even though their fees had not been paid. “If any further protests take place, we will shut down the university. We cannot allow the safety of students and staff to be  compromised by the protesters,” Bawa said.

  Student Representative Council president Ayanda Ngidi said a meeting with the university’s executive had revealed that management did not act on any of its demands. “They didn’t even attend to one issue.”  

  Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said there was no serious damage and police were keeping watch. The SRC’s main demand was that students whose fees had not been paid by NSFAS be allowed to re-register despite non-payment. Kahn said that from 2013 the university was owed R169 million in unpaid fees. Khan said students who were not up to date with fees could not re-register, whether they received NSFAS funding or not. Sapa

 

 

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Retired Judge to head Health inquiry

Johannesburg - This week the Competition Commission announced that retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo has been appointed to chair a panel for the market inquiry into private health care.

  The panel also includes Professor Sharon Fonn, acting dean of health sciences at Wits University; Ntuthuko Bhengu, who served on the Pharmaceutical Pricing Committee Working Group; Lungiswa Nkonki, a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch who holds a PhD in economics; and Cornelis van Gent, an economist who has extensive experience in competition economics.

  “This is undoubtedly the best panel we could come up with,” said acting commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele. “It has the right balance of skills, varied and distinguished experiences as well as impeccable integrity. In short we have the right panel for this important task for the nation and we look forward to its recommendations.”

  The inquiry would probe the private health care sector to determine the factors that restrict, prevent or distort competition, increases in private health care prices and spending in the country.

  “The panel will gather evidence and insights into private health care through public hearings, reviews of secondary material, information requests, consultations and summons, as required,” said the commission.

  The five-member panel would oversee public hearings, review submissions, draft the inquiry report and produce its final recommendations.

  The panel would be supported by a team of investigators comprising the commission’s economists, lawyers and expert consultants. The inquiry would be completed by November 30 next year. Sapa

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Students visit city jail

Richard Mpeqa

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On Thursday some pupils from Blue Hills College of Midrand visited the Johannesburg Prison, and met officials and the inmates.

Media Liaison Officer for Community Safety Thapelo Moiloa said the programme was initiated six years ago to prevent youths from committing crime, and changing their attitudes for the better.  “They need to know how prison life is like, and this programme acts as a deterrent to bad behaviour. It is the problematic schools mostly that are being targeted, and so far responses from the educators after the tours are positive, therefore it is necessary for the programme to continue.

A Blue Hills learner called Thabang said: “I don’t want to see myself in this place. This has been an experience I will never forget.” 

The pupils met with the inmates, and they were briefed on various things about life, such as taking care of themselves, and to be careful when choosing friends, staying away from drugs and respect for other people. The Blue Hills college educators said they will bring all their learners to the facility, to help them avoid activities that may get them into prison.

 

 

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