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  • Welcome to SPU Prof Luvuyo Ntombana: Director of Research
    Welcome to SPU Prof Luvuyo Ntombana: Director of Research

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is excited to announce the appointment of Professor Luvuyo Ntombana as the new Director for Research, effective1 April 2024. Professor Ntombana’s impressive academic career includes roles at notable South African universities such as the University of…

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  • SPU’s ninth Graduation Ceremony is around the corner!
    SPU’s ninth Graduation Ceremony is around the corner!

    Excitement is in the air as we celebrate our graduands achievements at Sol Plaatje University’s ninth Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, 20 April 2024 at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley. Graduates are kindly requested to take note of the…

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  • SPU Students Excel in L’Oréal Brandstorm youth competition
    SPU Students Excel in L’Oréal Brandstorm youth competition

    Front: Mr David Makomane. Back row, left to right: Mr Liyema Swartbooi, Mrs Eva Mamabolo and Mr Chris Kruger In a remarkable showcase of talent and innovation, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) students achieved second place in the prestigious L’Oréal Brandstorm…

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  • Kolomela Mines and SPU to establish a SPU Learning Centre in Postmasburg
    Kolomela Mines and SPU to establish a SPU Learning Centre in Postmasburg

    From left to right: Ms Jeesicah Seekoei, Prof Andrew Crouch, Ms Stanilina Visagie, Mr Theodor Moeti. Representatives from Kolomela Mine led by Mr Theodor Moeti, Specialist Social Economic Development, met with Professor Andrew Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, and members of…

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  • Jumpstart Your Career at SPU’s Career Fair 2024!
    Jumpstart Your Career at SPU’s Career Fair 2024!

    Ready for the next step in your career? Get ready to explore opportunities at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) 2024 Career Fair on 17 April 2024, from 10:00 – 16:00, at SPU’s Exam Hall on Central Campus. This event will…

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  • Fueling the future: SPU hosts principals and learners at SPU Open Day
    Fueling the future: SPU hosts principals and learners at SPU Open Day

    On 6 April 2024, future Gemmies got a glimpse into student life at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) during the annual SPU Open Day. Learners explored our state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and SPU’s digital library, which provided a glimpse into the vibrant…

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  • Faculty of Education to host seminar presentation
    Faculty of Education to host seminar presentation

    From 5 – 9 April 2024, the Faculty of Education will host Ms Marie Påsse from the University West in Sweden. This visit signifies SPU’s commitment to establishing strategic partnerships both locally and internationally. Engagements of this nature lay the…

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  • Introducing SPU’s new Director for Library and Information Services – Mr Magodongo April Mahlangu
    Introducing SPU’s new Director for Library and Information Services – Mr Magodongo April Mahlangu

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is delighted to welcome our new Library and Information Services Director, Mr Magodongo April Mahlangu. With over two decades of experience in the library sector, Mr Mahlangu’s academic credentials are impressive, boasting degrees from the University…

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  • SPU and SAPS collaborated for campus security
    SPU and SAPS collaborated for campus security

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have launched the SPU-SAPS Campus Safety Desk. The initiative, which took place on 26 and 27 March 2024, aims to enhance the security of students and staff alike. Prof…

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  • SPU hosts inaugural regional entrepreneurship conference
    SPU hosts inaugural regional entrepreneurship conference

    Sol Plaatje University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research (CEDAR) recently hosted its inaugural two-day regional entrepreneurship conference themed ‘KIES (Keeping It Extremely Simple) Entrepreneurship’. Held on 19 and 20 March at the SPU South Campus Hall, the conference drew…

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  • Enhancing campus safety: Launch of the SPU-SAPS Campus Safety Desk
    Enhancing campus safety: Launch of the SPU-SAPS Campus Safety Desk

    We are excited to announce the launch of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) Campus Safety Desk on 27 and 26 March 2024 at the South Campus Multipurpose Hall. This initiative is a result…

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  • SPU’s Golf Day drives support for students
    SPU’s Golf Day drives support for students

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Student Representative Council (SRC) hosted the inaugural Thusa Moithuti Fundraising Golf Day on 15 March 2024 at the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate. The event aimed to raise funds for less privileged and academically excluded SPU…

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  • SPU duo triumphs with literary award
    SPU duo triumphs with literary award

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) academics, Creative Writing Lecturer, Mr Sabata-Mpho Mokae and Extraordinary Professor, Prof Brian Willan, clinched the Nonfiction Best Edited Volume Award at the prestigious ninth annual Humanities and Social Sciences Awards. Their book, Revisiting Sol Plaatje’s Mafeking…

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  • A boost for SPU Rugby
    A boost for SPU Rugby

    Sol Plaatje University Rugby are having an amazing, winning season in every respect.  They have landed three local sponsors, have had 4 incredible wins from their first 4 games and just received their new kit.  At an event on Tuesday,…

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  • Sol Plaatje University Open Day 2024: Where Dreams Meet Opportunity
    Sol Plaatje University Open Day 2024: Where Dreams Meet Opportunity

    Are you ready to take your academic career to the next level? Step onto Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) vibrant campus life on Saturday, 6 April 2024, for an Open Day like no other. Celebrating a decade of innovation and inclusivity,…

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  • PanSALB hosts collaborative workshop with SPU’s Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages
    PanSALB hosts collaborative workshop with SPU’s Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages

    The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) and the new Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages (CCWAL) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) recently held their first joint workshop. This event, which focused on Nama Orthography, signals the Centre’s strategic…

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  • Introducing Prof Odireleng M. Ntwaeaborwa, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at SPU
    Introducing Prof Odireleng M. Ntwaeaborwa, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences at SPU

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is delighted to introduce Professor Odireleng Martin Ntwaeaborwa, our first Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences. With an impressive track record in academia Professor Ntwaeaborwa is poised to transform the landscape of STEM…

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  • WRC and SPU join forces to address the Northern Cape’s water challenges
    WRC and SPU join forces to address the Northern Cape’s water challenges

    The Water Research Commission (WRC), in partnership with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the Frances Baard District Municipality, will host a roadshow in the Northern Cape…

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  • SPU Rugby: New sponsorships kick off a winning season
    SPU Rugby: New sponsorships kick off a winning season

    In a promising development for sport at Sol Plaatje University (SPU), the SPU Rugby team has secured vital sponsorships ahead of their campaign to qualify for the Varsity Shield tournament. This support is a game-changer, ensuring that our team has…

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  • Discover your future at SPU’s Open Day
    Discover your future at SPU’s Open Day

    Dive into the world of higher education at Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Open Day on Saturday, 6 April 2024, in Kimberley. As we celebrate a decade of growth and achievement, including being named one of the Top 10 coolest university…

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  • SPU Convocation charts a new course
    SPU Convocation charts a new course

    Convocation EXCO members in the photo L to R: Mr T Moila (Member), Mr T Cwaile (President), Ms T Tebeka (Member), Mr B Ndebele (Secretary), Mr T Kesekile (Deputy President) The Executive Committee of the Convocation of Sol Plaatje University…

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  • Statement on student protests – 7 March 2024
    Statement on student protests – 7 March 2024

    Academic and operational activities at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) were disrupted this morning, Thursday, 7 March 2024, by students who are demanding payment of NSFAS allowances and that the University addresses concerns about conditions in accredited off-campus accommodation. NSFAS approached…

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  • SPU and MQA: Advancing development through strategic collaboration
    SPU and MQA: Advancing development through strategic collaboration

    On 6 March 2024, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) took a significant step towards strengthening their partnership, with SPU’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Andrew Crouch, and MQA’s CEO, Dr Thabo Mashongoane, leading the way. This collaboration underscores…

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  • Celebrating success: SPU’s graduation ceremony
    Celebrating success: SPU’s graduation ceremony

    It is that wonderful time of the year when we celebrate the remarkable achievements of our students. This year, our ninth graduation ceremony coincides with the 10th anniversary of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), two milestone events in our history. The…

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  • Help fund futures at the SRC Thusa Moithuti Bursary Fundraising Golf Day
    Help fund futures at the SRC Thusa Moithuti Bursary Fundraising Golf Day

    Join the charge on Friday, 15 March 2024 at the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate from 08:00 to 20:00 for an exciting day on the greens. The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Student Representative Council (SRC) invites you to the Thusa Moithuti…

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  • Oppenheimer Memorial Trust launch honours scholarships at SPU
    Oppenheimer Memorial Trust launch honours scholarships at SPU

    The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) awarded prestigious scholarships to select students pursuing an Honours Degree at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). The Trust generously donated R4 million in scholarships to SPU honours students with a proven record of excellence. This substantial…

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  • SPU welcomes Professor Russel Viljoen
    SPU welcomes Professor Russel Viljoen

    Sol Plaatje University recently welcomed Professor Russel Viljoen as the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Viljoen brings his extensive experience and academic prowess to help shape the future of humanities education at our vibrant institution. With a…

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  • Motsepe Foundation boosts student support at SPU
    Motsepe Foundation boosts student support at SPU

    From left to right: Mr Buntu Mnyaka, Senior Manager of Student Life and Development and Mr Letlhogonolo Thintha, SRC President On 23 February 2024 Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, co-founder and CEO of the Motsepe Foundation gathered representatives from all 26 South…

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  • Call for applications: Post-doctoral research fellowships 2024-2025
    Call for applications: Post-doctoral research fellowships 2024-2025

    Sol Plaatje University’s Research Office calls for applications for exciting and dynamic post-doctoral research fellowships for 2024-2025. The post-doctoral fellowship opportunities are available in the fields of: Physical Sciences Social Science Education Post-doctoral fellows are supported as an integral part…

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  • SPU’s Decade of Unity: Community Big Walk 2024
    SPU’s Decade of Unity: Community Big Walk 2024

    The second annual SPU Community Big Walk on Saturday, 24 February 2024, united 781 walkers from the Kimberley community alongside staff and students of Sol Plaatje University (SPU). This event reaffirmed one of SPU’s strategic objectives: fostering community engagement by…

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  • Listen: COO speaks to OFM about SPU’s Second Annual Community Big Walk
    Listen: COO speaks to OFM about SPU’s Second Annual Community Big Walk

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr David Kanguwe, spoke to OFM about the forthcoming SPU second annual Community Big Walk, scheduled for Saturday, 24 February 2024. Listen here: SPU Community Big Walk: where every step counts! |…

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  • The class of 2024 is ready to #Believe_Achieve_Explore with #MySPU!
    The class of 2024 is ready to #Believe_Achieve_Explore with #MySPU!

    On Saturday, 17 February 2023, Professor Andrew Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), together with members of the Senior Management Team (SMT), academics and the Student Representative Council (SRC), officially welcomed the Class of 2024 to become…

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  • Sign up now and secure your free t-shirt, exclusive to SPU students only!
    Sign up now and secure your free t-shirt, exclusive to SPU students only!

    Hey SPU students! Join us for the second annual #CommunityBigWalk at a special rate of just R30 plus receive a FREE t-shirt! Catch us at Central Campus from 12:00 to 14:00 on Wednesday, 21 February 2024, to sign up. First…

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  • Entries now open for SPU’s second annual Community Big Walk!
    Entries now open for SPU’s second annual Community Big Walk!

    Step into the spirit of community and camaraderie – Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is thrilled to announce that entries for our second annual Community Big Walk are now open! Lace-up for a day filled with fun, fitness, and family-friendly festivities.  …

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  • Save the date: CEDAR regional entrepreneurship conference
    Save the date: CEDAR regional entrepreneurship conference

    The SPU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research (CEDAR) is hosting its inaugural Regional Entrepreneurship Conference from 19 – 20 March 2024 at SPU’s South Campus. This conference promises to be unlike any entrepreneurship conference that has taken place in…

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  • Sol Plaatje University transitions from Schools to Faculties
    Sol Plaatje University transitions from Schools to Faculties

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to announce its transition from schools to faculties, effective 1 January 2024, following the Council’s endorsement on 31 July 2020 and the approval for the creation of Dean positions on 28 September 2022. In…

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  • Welcome aboard! Sol Plaatje University welcomes First-Years
    Welcome aboard! Sol Plaatje University welcomes First-Years

    The Vice-Chancellor’s Official Welcome Ceremony for the new cohort of first-time entering students will take place on Saturday, 17 February 2024 from 09:00 to 10:00, at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley. Professor Andrew Crouch, our Vice-Chancellor and Principal,…

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  • Seizing opportunities in the gap
    Seizing opportunities in the gap

    At Sol Plaatje University (SPU), we pride ourselves on being an institution actively engaged in learning, research and development. We are always thrilled when our staff members, like Ms Maposhe, an Administrator in SPU’s Department of Internal Audit, realise their…

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  • Greetings, SPU Class of 2024!
    Greetings, SPU Class of 2024!

    A hearty welcome and hats off to you for sailing through matric in such challenging times. Now, prepare to embark on an incredible and transformative journey at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). The SPU Division of Student Affairs (DSA) is your…

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  • SPU’s Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation applications go digital
    SPU’s Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation applications go digital

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation (AOCA) Office at SPU is thrilled to announce a significant leap forward: A cutting-edge digital accreditation model. Set for a grand launch this month, it aligns perfectly with the university’s third goal, which…

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  • Ms Angelene Maxwell:  Succeeding in entrepreneurship
    Ms Angelene Maxwell: Succeeding in entrepreneurship

    As a former SPU student of Retail Business Management, Ms Angelene Maxwell set out to achieve her aspirations of succeeding as an entrepreneur. Throughout the course of obtaining her diploma, she acquired significant expertise in overseeing operations as a Store…

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  • Coming Soon: SPU’s Second Annual Community Big Walk
    Coming Soon: SPU’s Second Annual Community Big Walk

    Get ready for Sol Plaatje University‘s second annual Community Big Walk, set to return bigger, better, and more spectacular than ever before! Building on the lessons learned from last year’s event, we’re thrilled to announce a significantly enhanced and seamless…

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  • Reflecting on 2023: Message from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal
    Reflecting on 2023: Message from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal

    Since its inception in 2013 Sol Plaatje University has developed into a forward looking, ambitious and vibrant institution.  The contents in our latest newsletter is testament to an energized culture in which staff, students and graduates are engaged, motivated, and committed…

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  • Exceptional staff honoured at the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards
    Exceptional staff honoured at the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards

    On Friday 8 December 2023, Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch hosted the third annual prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards at the Multipurpose Hall on South Campus. The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards aims to recognise and acknowledge exceptional…

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  • SPU’s Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages: Developing and promoting linguistic diversity
    SPU’s Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages: Developing and promoting linguistic diversity

    On 7 December 2023, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) was delighted to announce the launch of the Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages, situated in the newly constructed Heritage Studies and Humanities Building on Central Campus. The Centre’s primary goal…

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  • SPU hosts second General Meeting of the Convocation
    SPU hosts second General Meeting of the Convocation

    On Saturday, 25 November 2023, the University Registrar, Dr Jody Cedras, hosted the second General Meeting of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Convocation. The meeting was in a hybrid format with in-person attendance at the SPU South Campus Multipurpose Hall…

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  • SPU to host third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards
    SPU to host third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards

    As we usher in the festive season, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is set to celebrate in splendid style. Professor Andrew Crouch, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of SPU, will host the eagerly awaited third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards on Friday, 8…

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  • SPU Associate Professor opens eagerly awaited Zakes Mda solo exhibition
    SPU Associate Professor opens eagerly awaited Zakes Mda solo exhibition

    Renowned artist Professor Zakes Mda showcased his exceptional talent and captivating artistry in Kimberley, Northern Cape, on 23 November 2023, at the opening of his eagerly awaited solo exhibition, “Always The Sun,” at the William Humphreys Art Gallery (WHAG). Sol…

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  • SPU Creative Writing lecturer appointed as Minister’s Creative Industries Ambassador
    SPU Creative Writing lecturer appointed as Minister’s Creative Industries Ambassador

    Mr Zizi Kodwa, the Honourable Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, has appointed Mr Sabata-mpho Mokae, a distinguished academic, novelist, translator and author, as the Creative Industries Ambassador. Mr Mokae, a Creative Writing lecturer at Sol Plaatje University (SPU), is…

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  • SPU to launch Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages
    SPU to launch Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages

    On December 7, 2023, the Centre for Creative Writing and African Languages will be unveiled by Sol Plaatje University‘s School of Humanities. The Centre is deeply devoted to tackling the obstacles encountered by our society in the current era. We…

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  • Celebratory Dinner for SRC Transition
    Celebratory Dinner for SRC Transition

    On 29 November 2023, Sol Plaatje University‘s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch, hosted a dinner to both welcome and induct the incoming Student Representative Council (SRC) for 2023/24 and to bid a fond farewell to the outgoing SRC members…

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  • Empowering tomorrow’s leaders
    Empowering tomorrow’s leaders

    Much fun was had on 25 November 2023 when Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted the Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP) Family Day in Postmasburg. Grade 10 learners together with learners, their parents and guardians, school principals, maths and science educators, gathered…

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  • Northern Cape node of learning takes shape as the Academy for Environmental Leadership SA signs MoU with Sol Plaatje University
    Northern Cape node of learning takes shape as the Academy for Environmental Leadership SA signs MoU with Sol Plaatje University

    The Academy for Environmental Leadership SA (AEL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Sol Plaatje University (SPU), heralding the formation of an academic node of higher learning in the Northern Cape. Amongst other benefits, the MoU allows…

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  • De Beers donates HOH Building in Kimberley to Sol Plaatje University
    De Beers donates HOH Building in Kimberley to Sol Plaatje University

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is delighted to announce that the De Beers Group has donated the Harry Oppenheimer House (HOH) building in Kimberley to the University following the relocation to Johannesburg in January 2023 of its Sightholder Sales business unit…

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  • SPU’s Decade of Excellence Gala: Championing future growth with community support
    SPU’s Decade of Excellence Gala: Championing future growth with community support

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted its second Decade Campaign Gala Dinner on Wednesday, 22 November 2023, at the SPU South Campus Multipurpose Hall. In addition to commemorating SPU’s first 10 years, the dinner’s objective was to raise funds for the…

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  • Tonight’s the night – SPU’s Decade of Excellence Gala is fully booked!
    Tonight’s the night – SPU’s Decade of Excellence Gala is fully booked!

    The day has officially arrived! Our much-anticipated evening at the SPU South Campus Multipurpose Hall is here, and we’re thrilled to announce that the event is completely sold out! see image attached As we gather tonight to celebrate a ‘Decade…

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  • Celebrated Artist Zakes Mda’s “Always The Sun” Solo Exhibition Set to Illuminate William Humphreys Art Gallery
    Celebrated Artist Zakes Mda’s “Always The Sun” Solo Exhibition Set to Illuminate William Humphreys Art Gallery

    The renowned artist, Professor Zakes Mda, brings his exceptional talent and compelling artistry to the heart of Kimberley with his eagerly anticipated solo exhibition, “Always The Sun,” at the William Humphreys Art Gallery (WHAG). The exhibition, curated by WHAG’s Chief…

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  • Gala dinner almost at capacity: Book your seat today!
    Gala dinner almost at capacity: Book your seat today!

    Exciting news! Our Decade Campaign Gala Dinner, set for 22 November 2023, is almost at full capacity with 90% of our tables already snapped up. Get ready for an unforgettable evening to raise funds for the Lesedi La Afrika Endowment…

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  • Empowering tomorrow’s leaders: Spotlight on SPU’s star at SUSI
    Empowering tomorrow’s leaders: Spotlight on SPU’s star at SUSI

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is celebrating the remarkable achievement of one of its own, Lesedi Bonokwane, as he embarks on an international journey of leadership and learning. Selected for the prestigious Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders Program…

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  • SPU hosts 2023 FARF conference
    SPU hosts 2023 FARF conference

    For the first time, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) played host to the prestigious 2023  (FARF) Conference, a significant event under the banner of ‘Sustainability’. Spanning two days, 9 and 10 November, the conference was attended by experts and enthusiasts in…

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  • SPU director joins SAYAS
    SPU director joins SAYAS

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) proudly congratulates Dr Moeketsi Mosia, Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Programme Development (CTLPD), on his prestigious appointment as a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). This respected organisation is…

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  • Igniting young minds at the first Lego League Competition
    Igniting young minds at the first Lego League Competition

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) played an instrumental role in the recent For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) provincial robotics competition held in Carnarvon. The competition saw 23 teams from the Northern Cape showcase their skills in a…

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  • Third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge – A roaring success
    Third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge – A roaring success

    On Sunday, 12 November 2023, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted its third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge at the SPU South Campus Sports Precinct. This year’s event was particularly significant as it coincided with the university’s decade-long celebrations, making this edition…

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  • SPU students excel at AI Hackathon
    SPU students excel at AI Hackathon

    A formidable team from Sol Plaatje University (SPU), consisting of five students, has achieved remarkable success at the recent AI Mashup Hackathon. Hosted by mLab at the Galeshewe SMME Village from 3 to 5 November 2023, the event was a…

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  • Listen in: Prof Crouch on the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge
    Listen in: Prof Crouch on the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge

    As the clock counts down to the 3rd annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge on Sunday,12 November 2023 at the Windhoek Draught Park, Prof Andrew Crouch spoke to OFM to share the excitement. 2023 marks a milestone for SPU as we celebrate…

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  • Thami Mngqolo to host Lesedi La Afrika gala dinner with Unathi
    Thami Mngqolo to host Lesedi La Afrika gala dinner with Unathi

    Thami Mngqolo, a well-known figure in the entertainment industry and a proud son of the Northern Cape, is joining forces with us as a co-host of the upcoming Lesedi La Afrika Gala Dinner with Unathi. Thami’s involvement brings a special…

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  • SPU welcomes SACDA to Kimberley
    SPU welcomes SACDA to Kimberley

    For the first time ever, Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Economic and Management Sciences had the privilege to serve as host for the annual meeting of the South African Commerce Deans Association (SACDA), which took place on 2 and…

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  • SPU’s CFO vies for top honour at Standard Bank’s Top Women Awards
    SPU’s CFO vies for top honour at Standard Bank’s Top Women Awards

    The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Ms Annalene Marais, has been shortlisted for the Young Achiever of 2023 category at the 20th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards. The ceremony is scheduled for the evening of…

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  • Book launch: Decolonising African University Knowledge
    Book launch: Decolonising African University Knowledge

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Decolonising African University Knowledge Volumes 1 and 2. You’re invited to join us on 10 November 2023 at Sol Plaatje University’s School of Education. The session is scheduled…

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  • Spotlight on SPU alumni: Boitumelo Makgoka takes to the stage
    Spotlight on SPU alumni: Boitumelo Makgoka takes to the stage

    Sol Plaatje University is proud to showcase the continued success of our alumni, as they make significant strides in their careers and passions. Boitumelo Makgoka, a 2019 graduate and a bright star in the realms of theatre and music, captivated…

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  • A toast to alumni success networking and progress
    A toast to alumni success networking and progress

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) successfully hosted an Alumni Breakfast meeting on Saturday, 28 October 2023, in Upington. The gathering was organised by University Registrar, Dr Jody Cedras, and the Alumni Office. This event offered alumni a valuable opportunity to network,…

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  • Listen now: SPU’s commitment to mental wellness
    Listen now: SPU’s commitment to mental wellness

    In case you missed it, on Friday (27 October), our Dean of Student Affairs, Ms Nicole Morris, gave a compelling interview on OFM discussing the significance of Mental Health Awareness Month and Sol Plaatje University’s robust strategy to promote student…

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  • Tune in: Addressing mental health at SPU
    Tune in: Addressing mental health at SPU

    In honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, Dean of Student Affairs, Ms Nicole Morris, has outlined SPU’s commitment to mental wellness through our Student Wellness Strategy: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life (click here to read the article). Don’t miss…

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  • SPU to host 2023 FARF Conference
    SPU to host 2023 FARF Conference

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is excited to host the 2023 Forum for Audit, Risk and Forensics (FARF) Conference from 9-10 November 2023 at the Multi- Purpose Hall on South Campus. The conference will be hosted under the theme ‘’Sustainability’’ and…

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  • Apply to become an Accredited Off-Campus Accomodation provider
    Apply to become an Accredited Off-Campus Accomodation provider

    Ready to open your doors to the next generation of scholars? SPU’s Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) is inviting all prospective accommodation providers to apply for accreditation as we gear up for the new academic year. What is an…

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  • Nurturing minds and hearts: Our commitment to mental health
    Nurturing minds and hearts: Our commitment to mental health

      Institutions of higher learning are often seen as hubs of academic pursuit and personal development, but they are also places where the mental well-being of students should be prioritised. At Sol Plaatje University (SPU), we recognise the importance of…

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  • Celebrating the luminary life of Solomon T. Plaatje at book launch
    Celebrating the luminary life of Solomon T. Plaatje at book launch

    In a fitting tribute to the university’s eponymous inspiration, Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has chosen to launch ‘Revisiting Sol Plaatje’s Mafeking Diary’ during the month that marks his 147th birth anniversary. Born on 9 October 1876, Plaatje…

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  • Join us for a night dedicated to sustaining the future!
    Join us for a night dedicated to sustaining the future!

    Join us on 22 November 2023, at our South Campus Multi-Purpose Hall for the Lesedi La Afrika Gala Dinner to mark a significant milestone in the journey of Sol Plaatje University. As we dedicate this evening to sustain the future,…

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  • Collaboration inspiring student entrepreneurship
    Collaboration inspiring student entrepreneurship

    It is important for South African students to partake in entrepreneurial initiatives and opportunities made available to them so that they can be empowered to own businesses.  Recently, Vuk’uzenzele Newspaper held a dialogue with youth in Kimberly in the Northern…

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  • Unveiling SPU’s Decade of Excellence digital hub!
    Unveiling SPU’s Decade of Excellence digital hub!

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is buzzing with excitement as we roll out our Decade Celebrations Digital Hub! This online platform is more than just a webpage – it’s a virtual memory lane where we can showcase SPU’s most monumental milestones,…

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  • Bridging the gap: A Swedish insight into sustainable retailing
    Bridging the gap: A Swedish insight into sustainable retailing

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences will host a thought-provoking public lecture on the topic “Building sustainable retail businesses in a technology-driven environment”, delivered by an international guest from Kristianstad University in Sweden. Retail Business Management is a programme…

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  • SPU’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge is back!
    SPU’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge is back!

    Mark your calendars, dust off your bikes, and join us for the third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge hosted by Sol Plaatje University.  This year is particularly special as it coincides with our milestone 10-year celebration. When? 12 November 2023 Where?…

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  • Spotlight on leadership: Mr & Miss SPU and the CAHAU student general awards
    Spotlight on leadership: Mr & Miss SPU and the CAHAU student general awards

    In a significant move aimed at fostering more than just living spaces for students, SPU’s Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) recently hosted two of their annual events: the CAHAU Student General Awards and the second annual Mr & Miss…

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  • Leaders of tomorrow: Student Leadership Excellence Awards light the way
    Leaders of tomorrow: Student Leadership Excellence Awards light the way

    On 12 October 2023, the Division of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University rolled out the red carpet at their South Campus Multi-Purpose Hall. The aim? To honour exceptional student leaders through the SPU Student Leadership and Excellence Awards. These…

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  • Coach Donald Mojaki appointed Assistant Coach for the National U20 Male Football Team
    Coach Donald Mojaki appointed Assistant Coach for the National U20 Male Football Team

    We are overjoyed to share this incredible news with you! Our very own Sol Plaatje University Male Football Coach, Mr Donald Mojaki, has been handpicked for a prestigious role. This is a testament to his outstanding skills and dedication to…

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  • Invitation to a literary celebration: Revisiting Sol Plaatje’s Mafeking Diary
    Invitation to a literary celebration: Revisiting Sol Plaatje’s Mafeking Diary

    Sol Plaatje University invites you to the Book Launch of Revisiting Sol Plaatje’s Mafeking Diary, edited by Sabata-Mpho Mokae and Prof Brian Willan, and published by Jacana Media. Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, a luminary in South African literature, left an indelible…

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  • Celebrating wellness and achievement: SPU shines at USSA Staff Games
    Celebrating wellness and achievement: SPU shines at USSA Staff Games

    The USSA Staff Games held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) from 6 to 7 October was an ideal opportunity for Sol Plaatje University (SPU) staff members to demonstrate their sporting prowess, also highlighting a unique aspect of…

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  • Sol Plaatje Memorial Weekend: A decade of excellence drives the future
    Sol Plaatje Memorial Weekend: A decade of excellence drives the future

    The Sol Plaatje Memorial Weekend, an annual event honouring Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, was held on 6-7 October 2023. This year marked a milestone: a decade since the university’s establishment. Day One began with the renaming of the Luka Jantjie Courtyard…

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  • Annual Sol Plaatje Memorial Weekend
    Annual Sol Plaatje Memorial Weekend

    Get ready for a weekend of grandeur and celebration as Sol Plaatje University (SPU) prepares to commemorate a decade of excellence during the Annual Sol Plaatje Memorial Weekend, scheduled for 6 and 7 October 2023. This historic event coincides with…

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  • Save the date: SPU’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge is Back!
    Save the date: SPU’s Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge is Back!

    Mark your calendars, dust off your bikes, and join us for the third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge hosted by Sol Plaatje University.  This year is particularly special as it coincides with our milestone 10-year celebration. When? 12 November 2023 Where?…

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  • Celebrating Excellence: The Talent Pipeline Programme Matric Farewell Ceremony
    Celebrating Excellence: The Talent Pipeline Programme Matric Farewell Ceremony

    This past Saturday at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) South Campus, the atmosphere was thick with promise as matric learners from across the Northern Cape gathered to mark the culmination of their journey with the Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP). The…

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  • SPU ranked among the top 10 coolest universities
    SPU ranked among the top 10 coolest universities

    For a university that’s just hit its 10-year mark, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is making waves among South Africa’s younger generation. The institution recently secured a spot in the top 10 coolest universities, as revealed at the 2023 Sunday Times…

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  • SPU to host the Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture
    SPU to host the Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture

    The Chancellor of Sol Plaatje University, Judge Steven Majiedt, cordially invites you to attend the Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture on Friday, 6 October 2023 at 17:00 in the Library Auditorium on Central Campus. The keynote speaker this year is Justice…

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  • SPU to host the 2023 Astrolab Training Workshop
    SPU to host the 2023 Astrolab Training Workshop

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will be hosting the 2023 Astrolab Training Workshop, which will take place from 4 – 8 December 2023 at SPU’s Central Campus. The workshop will be attended by experts, specialists, researchers, academics, and students who will…

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  • North-West University 7’s teams made a clean sweep in Kimberley
    North-West University 7’s teams made a clean sweep in Kimberley

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) campus played host to a spectacular weekend of rugby, on 23 and 24 September, in the USSA 7s tournament, with teams competing fiercely for the coveted titles. The tournament featured both women’s and men’s divisions,…

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  • SPU Annual Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2023
    SPU Annual Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2023

    Are you interested in learning how to make a difference in your community while making money in the process? If yes, then this event is for you. The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Centre for Entrepreneurship Development & Research (CEDAR) in…

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  • Sports experts explore high-performance sport at SPU Sport Symposium
    Sports experts explore high-performance sport at SPU Sport Symposium

    Sports experts from various sports fraternities were hosted by the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) for the High-Performance Sports Symposium at the South Campus Multipurpose Hall, on 21 September 2023. These experts addressed issues impacting the performance of sports athletes within…

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  • SPU Hosts Sports Day for Persons with Disabilities to Commemorate International Day of University Sports
    SPU Hosts Sports Day for Persons with Disabilities to Commemorate International Day of University Sports

    In a heartfelt and impactful event, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) celebrated the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) by placing a spotlight on the often-overlooked challenges faced by disabled athletes. Organised by SPU Sports in partnership with University Sports of…

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  • A born leader and natural pilot: The Sailor Malan Memorial Lecture
    A born leader and natural pilot: The Sailor Malan Memorial Lecture

    Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Sailor Malan’s passing, the McGregor Museum hosted a memorial lecture on 16 September 2023 at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). Dr Yvonne Malan delivered an impactful speech, “I Fear No Man”, shedding light on the life…

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  • Celebrating a decade of excellence with a vibrant and joyful run
    Celebrating a decade of excellence with a vibrant and joyful run

    On the early morning of 16 September 2023, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) staged its annual Birthday Colour Run at Windhoek Draught Park Stadium. This year’s event was particularly special as it forms part of SPU’s series of celebratory activities marking…

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  • Annual Student Leadership Excellence Awards 2023
    Annual Student Leadership Excellence Awards 2023

    Get ready for the annual Student Leadership Excellence Awards 2023, hosted by the Division of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University. We extend a warm invitation to all students to participate in nominating themselves or their peers for these prestigious…

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  • SPU hosts inaugural International Language Conference
    SPU hosts inaugural International Language Conference

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) Language and Communication department in the School of Humanities rolled out the red carpet for its inaugural SPU International Language Conference. Running from 6 to 8 September 2023, the conference was housed in the SPU Central…

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  • Sailor Malan Memorial Lecture: Honouring 60 years of a Remarkable Legacy
    Sailor Malan Memorial Lecture: Honouring 60 years of a Remarkable Legacy

    In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the passing of Sailor Malan, SPU’s School of Humanities invites you to celebrate the life and legacy of this extraordinary individual. The lecture titled “I Fear No Man”, delivered by Dr Yvonne Malan,…

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  • Unveiling the catalysts of change: SPU SRC Elections 2023/24
    Unveiling the catalysts of change: SPU SRC Elections 2023/24

    The clock is ticking as the nomination and voting dates for the 2023/24 SPU SRC and Commuter Students Council Elections draw near. This year, we’re excited to introduce some game-changing elements to the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and a brand-new…

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  • Get ready for the USSA 7s 2023 event hosted by Sol Plaatje University
    Get ready for the USSA 7s 2023 event hosted by Sol Plaatje University

    The USSA 7s is back on home ground! Registration and the Opening Ceremony kick off on Friday, 22 September followed by non-stop rugby action on Saturday with the finals being contested on Sunday, 24 September. The matches will be played…

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  • SPU to welcome respected sport experts at High-Performance Sport Symposium
    SPU to welcome respected sport experts at High-Performance Sport Symposium

    SPU Sport in partnership with the Northern Cape Authority and the Northern Cape Department: Sports, Arts, and Culture, are set to host a High-Performance Sport Symposium. Sports experts will present key learnings on the importance of integrating health and high-performance…

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  • CAHAU’s Green Ambassadors launch #MySPUTree Campaign
    CAHAU’s Green Ambassadors launch #MySPUTree Campaign

    September is a month when South Africans are encouraged to plant a tree annually in commemoration of National Arbor Month. As part of the SPU Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit’s (CAHAU) Environmental Sustainability project, tomorrow, 9 September, CAHAU’s Green Ambassadors…

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  • SPU’s School of EMS Excels at EDHE Lekgotla
    SPU’s School of EMS Excels at EDHE Lekgotla

    We’re delighted to share that representatives from our School of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) recently participated in the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla hosted by the University of the Western Cape. Prof Pierre Joubert, Head of the…

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  • SPU showcases excellence as USSA ESport 2023 hosts
    SPU showcases excellence as USSA ESport 2023 hosts

    A successful and highly entertaining University Sports South Africa (USSA) ESport 2023 tournament was proudly hosted by Sol Plaatje University at the South Campus Multipurpose Hall on 1-2 September. The two-day event brought together nine participating South African universities from…

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  • Boosting academic success at the 2023 Student Academic Support Awareness Week
    Boosting academic success at the 2023 Student Academic Support Awareness Week

    The SPU’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Programme Development (CTLPD) Student Academic Support (SAS) office recently wrapped up a Student Academic Support Services Awareness Week. Held from 28 August to 1 September 2023 at the SPU Central Campus Square, the…

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  • SPU’s Royalty Reimagined: Applications now open for Mr & Miss SPU 2023/24
    SPU’s Royalty Reimagined: Applications now open for Mr & Miss SPU 2023/24

    SPU’s Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) is proud to announce that the applications for the prestigious Mr and Miss SPU 2023/24 are now officially open. If you’re an SPU student, seize this golden opportunity and apply using the link…

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  • SPU female staff close-off Women’s Month in style
    SPU female staff close-off Women’s Month in style

    On Wednesday, 30 August 2023, female staff at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) gathered at Luka Jantjie House for an elegant brunch, marking the conclusion of this year’s Women’s Month. Hosted by SPU’s Employee Wellness Office and sponsored by First National…

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  • Celebrate a centenary of Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi with SAFM & Sello Motloung
    Celebrate a centenary of Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi with SAFM & Sello Motloung

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship English-language radio station, SAFM (104–107 MHz FM), is thrilled to bring listeners an extraordinary literary journey by broadcasting a special reading of Sol Plaatje’s seminal novel, Mhudi, in celebration of its centenary edition. About…

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  • WORTH Project: Paving a research-driven future at SPU’s school of humanities
    WORTH Project: Paving a research-driven future at SPU’s school of humanities

    The School of Humanities successfully launched the WORTH (Women in Research in the Humanities) project on 30 August 2023 with a thought-provoking colloquium. This event is a cornerstone in SPU’s strategic goal to become a research-intensive institution. The colloquium allowed…

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  • Celebrating Excellence in Women’s Sports
    Celebrating Excellence in Women’s Sports

    Following a consistent and excellent display of skill, sheer determination, and brilliant teamwork the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Ladies Football team emerged as champions of the A Stream in the 2022/2023 Regional Women’s League. The journey to victory was marked…

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  • Introducing Prof Debra Meyer: Steering academic excellence at SPU
    Introducing Prof Debra Meyer: Steering academic excellence at SPU

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is delighted to introduce and celebrate the appointment of Prof Debra Meyer, our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Teaching & Learning. Prof Meyer, holder of a PhD from the University of California Davis and an MSc from…

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  • CAHAU continues Women’s Month celebrations – embracing equity and empowering women
    CAHAU continues Women’s Month celebrations – embracing equity and empowering women

    Women’s Month celebrations continue as we conclude the month that pays tribute to the women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest towards the extension of Pass Laws to women. On 28 August 2023, SPU’s Campus…

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  • Students recognised for teaching and learning excellence
    Students recognised for teaching and learning excellence

    SPU’s School of Economic Management and Sciences (EMS), funded by the FASSET SETA and operating under the portfolio of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Programme Development (CTLPD), hosted its annual academic support awards ceremony for first- and second-year Bachelor…

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  • NAS Seminar Series 2023 (Fourth Talk)
    NAS Seminar Series 2023 (Fourth Talk)

    The NAS Research Committee invites you to the Fourth Talk in the NAS Seminar Series 2023 that will take place on Thursday, 31 August 2023. Event Details: Title: Investigating the Effect of Activation Functions and Sample Sizes on the Performance of Artificial Neural Network Models Through Simulation Speaker: Dr Alexander…

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  • A day of milestones as SPU engages school principals and learners
    A day of milestones as SPU engages school principals and learners

    On Saturday, 26 August, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) had the privilege of hosting two pivotal events: the Vice-Chancellor’s Breakfast with school principals and the eagerly anticipated 2023 in-person Open Day targeting learners in grades 9 to 12. These events took…

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  • CAHAU to embrace the equity of women this Women’s Day
    CAHAU to embrace the equity of women this Women’s Day

    The Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will be celebrating Women’s Day on 28 August 2023 under the theme ‘Embracing Equity’, which was adopted from this year’s International Women’s Day Campaign theme, with the purpose of…

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  • EMS Second Public Lecture Series 2023
    EMS Second Public Lecture Series 2023

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences invites you to its second lecture of the EMS Public Lecture Series 2023. The Public Lecture will take place as follows: Topic: Democracy and Governance in South Africa Part II. Date: 30 August…

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  • Launch of CAHAU: A home away from home for campus living
    Launch of CAHAU: A home away from home for campus living

    The Residence Office at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) launched their new, official name, Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) on 21 August 2023 at the SPU South Campus Multipurpose Hall. The primary objective of the event was to foster…

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  • SPU to host first in-person Open Day since Covid-19
    SPU to host first in-person Open Day since Covid-19

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is thrilled to be hosting its Open Day on Saturday, 26 August 2023 at the SPU Central Campus in Kimberley. This will be the first in-person Open Day since the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are excited…

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  • Launching CAHAU – A new era for campus living at SPU
    Launching CAHAU – A new era for campus living at SPU

    The Residence Office at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will soon transition to its new name, the Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU). Although both monikers have coexisted on campus over recent months, the imminent CAHAU is eager to unveil its…

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  • Distinguished leaders converge at SPU for landmark HRDC Summit
    Distinguished leaders converge at SPU for landmark HRDC Summit

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) had the privilege of hosting the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) meeting today, 18 August 2023, at the South Campus Multipurpose Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an informed update on the province’s…

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  • Humanities seminar series- third talk
    Humanities seminar series- third talk

    The School of Humanities invites you to the third Humanities Series Hybrid Talk Title: Delivery gig work organisation, workers experiences and responses in Kimberley, South Africa Speaker: Dr Crispen Chinguno, Department of Social Sciences, SPU Date: Wednesday, 23 August 2023   …

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  • Prof Mabugu publishes book chapter in The Forum of Federations Handbook of Fiscal Federalism
    Prof Mabugu publishes book chapter in The Forum of Federations Handbook of Fiscal Federalism

    We are pleased to announce that Sol Plaatje University’s Professor of Economics, Emmanuel Ramos Mabugu, has published a book chapter on South Africa in The Forum of Federations Handbook of Fiscal Federalism which is available on Springer Link. The book…

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  • Colour Run 2023 – Celebrating a decade of excellence
    Colour Run 2023 – Celebrating a decade of excellence

    This month, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is glowing with pride as we mark our 10th anniversary. We’re ushering in the celebration in a vibrant splash of colours on 16 September 2023 to commemorate this great milestone!  Our Colour Run is just…

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  • Geo-Fest: Embracing Geography as a science
    Geo-Fest: Embracing Geography as a science

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Education in partnership with the Sentletse Foundation hosted the 2023 Geography Festival (Geo-Fest) under the theme, “Embracing my world in its entirety and all its diversity”. The event took place on 12 August 2023…

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  • SPU alumni puts Africa on the map at the world university games
    SPU alumni puts Africa on the map at the world university games

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) alumni and former SRC President, Mr Thabo Moilwa, together with TeamSA, arrived in South Africa with 20 medals from the 2021 FISU Summer World University Games in Chengdu, China. Mr Moilwa was appointed as the Head…

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  • Entries now open for SPU’s 10th anniversary Colour Run!
    Entries now open for SPU’s 10th anniversary Colour Run!

    We are thrilled to announce that entries for the SPU Colour Run are officially open! Mark your calendars for 16 September 2023, as we commemorate a decade of excellence at Sol Plaatje University. Why Join the SPU Colour Run? Celebrate…

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  • SPU obtains interim court order against protesting students
    SPU obtains interim court order against protesting students

    The High Court of South Africa (Northern Cape Division) granted an interim Court Order to Sol Plaatje University on Tuesday, 8 August 2023. Click here to download a copy of the Court Order.

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  • SPU response to Student Representative Council
    SPU response to Student Representative Council

    The Senior Management Team (SMT) met this morning to discuss issues raised by the Student Representative Council (SRC) in their statement released on 6 August 2023. The SMT responds to the SRC statement as follows: During July 2023, the NSFAS…

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  • USAf statement highlights the risk of instability & increasing student debt
    USAf statement highlights the risk of instability & increasing student debt

    The Universities of South Africa (USAf), the representative body of the 26 public universities in South Africa, has released a statement. This statement raises concerns about student financial aid and the implications of instability that could lead to deeper student…

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  • Seminar on advanced materials aims to improve the environment
    Seminar on advanced materials aims to improve the environment

    The School of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) Research Committee at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted their Third Talk in the NAS Seminar Series 2023 titled “Advanced Materials – Development, Synthesis, Characterization, and Application”, on 3 August 2023 at Auditorium…

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  • Celebrating success at SPU Sports
    Celebrating success at SPU Sports

    On Thursday, 28 July 2023, SPU Sport held a cocktail function at the SPU South Campus to honour the impressive accomplishments of the teams at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Winter Games that happened earlier in the month. This…

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  • Third talk NAS seminar series
    Third talk NAS seminar series

    SPU’s NAS Research Committee invites you to the Third Talk in the NAS Seminar Series 2023 that will take place on 3 August 2023.  The event details are as follows: Title: Advanced Materials – Development, Synthesis, Characterization, and Application   Speakers: Prof.…

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  • Mr and Miss SPU 2023 – Not just a beauty pageant but a talent exhibition!
    Mr and Miss SPU 2023 – Not just a beauty pageant but a talent exhibition!

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will host the 2023 Mr and Miss SPU, under the theme, “Light of Africa”, on 14 October 2023. This year, the event will not only focus on beauty and brains, instead, students will be given…

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  • SPU hosts “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition
    SPU hosts “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition

    Earlier this month, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted the opening night of the poignant “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition, held at SPU’s Multipurpose Community Hall on the South Campus. The exhibition’s primary aim is to enlighten and broaden the…

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  • Green ambassadors represent SPU at the 2023 Green Campus Conference
    Green ambassadors represent SPU at the 2023 Green Campus Conference

    Earlier this month the University of Pretoria became the green heart of the country, hosting the annual Green Campus Conference (GCC). The theme for 2023 was “Greening beyond our campus and impacting society”, drawing participants from 18  Higher Education Institutions…

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  • Unpacking leadership at this year’s future-focused Trans-gariep leadership programme
    Unpacking leadership at this year’s future-focused Trans-gariep leadership programme

    In July 2023, the SPU Division of Student Affairs, along with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University (SU), presented a successful iteration of the Future-Focused Trans-Gariep Leadership programme in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Kimberley. The programme took…

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  • Historic Community Big Walk unites Kimberley
    Historic Community Big Walk unites Kimberley

    More than 800 walkers, a mix of community members, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) staff and students, made history in Kimberley when they turned out in force for SPU’s inaugural Community Big Walk on 22 July 2023. Braving the chill of…

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  • SPU students to showcase innovation at ENACTUSZA
    SPU students to showcase innovation at ENACTUSZA

    In a significant achievement, seven students from Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will proudly represent their institution at the coveted ENACTUSZA World Cup National Round on 19 July 2023 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The team comprises of President Ms Lethabo…

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  • Campus Security to host Safety Drive under the theme ‘Our Campus, Our Safety”
    Campus Security to host Safety Drive under the theme ‘Our Campus, Our Safety”

    There is a growing concern regarding the number of violent crimes affecting our country. We read and hear about students and staff being robbed, assaulted, and raped on university campuses across the country. In efforts to create a safer campus…

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  • Northern Cape learners hosted for mid-year Talent Pipeline Programme at SPU
    Northern Cape learners hosted for mid-year Talent Pipeline Programme at SPU

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is delighted to have hosted learners of the Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP) for the mid-year TPP programme. Run under the auspices of the University Vice-Chancellor’s office, the TPP began its 2023 mid-year sessions on 29 June,…

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  • Gemmie fire at USSA Winter Games 2023
    Gemmie fire at USSA Winter Games 2023

    Reflecting on an exhilarating run of events, we’re thrilled to announce the impressive achievements of our Gemmie teams at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Winter Games 2023. The athletes, representing Sol Plaatje University (SPU), showcased exceptional talent and grit…

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  • SPU to embark on Mandela Day community-driven cleanup
    SPU to embark on Mandela Day community-driven cleanup

    Nelson Mandela Day, observed annually on 18 July, calls for people worldwide to spark transformation and inspire positive change in their communities.  As our commitment to societal betterment and community well-being, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is also participating in Mandela Day 2023. The SPU Employee Wellness Office,…

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  • Flea Market at the SPU Big Walk – 22 July 2022
    Flea Market at the SPU Big Walk – 22 July 2022

    The countdown has begun for our very first SPU Community Big Walk on Saturday, 22 July 2023. Part of the festivities of the day is a Flea Market, where you are able to buy or sell goods. If you would…

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  • Listen: COO talks on SPU’s first-ever Community Big Walk
    Listen: COO talks on SPU’s first-ever Community Big Walk

    Listen here to Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Chief Operating Officer, Mr David Kanguwe, talking about the inaugural SPU Community Big Walk on Radio Teemaneng, 89.1 FM. SPU is hosting its first-ever 4.9km Community Big Walk on Saturday, 22 July 2023.…

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  • SPU hosts thought provoking dialogue with the youth
    SPU hosts thought provoking dialogue with the youth

    On 29 June 2023, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted a thought-provoking and insightful Youth Month Dialogue. In promoting critical engagement, SPU marked this month by hosting a Youth Month Virtual Dialogue for the Youth – by the Youth, themed, “Accelerating…

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  • Your future awaits: Visit the 2023 SPU Open Day!
    Your future awaits: Visit the 2023 SPU Open Day!

    Are you serious about your future? And prepared to put in the hard work today for a successful tomorrow? Then join our Open Day to get first-hand information about taking your academic journey to the next level. At Sol Plaatje…

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  • SPU Senior Manager appointed to IPADA Board
    SPU Senior Manager appointed to IPADA Board

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Buntu Mnyaka, the Senior Manager for Student Life and Development in the Division of Student Affairs, as an additional Non-Executive Board Member of the International Conference on Public…

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  • You’re invited! A conversation for the Youth, by the Youth on 29 June 2023
    You’re invited! A conversation for the Youth, by the Youth on 29 June 2023

    The month of June in South Africa is deeply rooted in history. This year marks the 47th anniversary of the 16 June 1976 student uprising in Soweto when young people protested the imposition of Afrikaans by the apartheid regime as…

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  • SPU to host “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition – The Voices of Platfontein’s Youth
    SPU to host “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition – The Voices of Platfontein’s Youth

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will host “Places in Me” – A Photovoice Exhibition with the !Xun and Khwe of Platfontein in July and August 2023. The exhibition is a result of collaborative efforts between an international research team, COSMO-ART, two…

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  • SPU welcomes US Fulbright Scholar Professor Wolff
    SPU welcomes US Fulbright Scholar Professor Wolff

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has the privilege of hosting Prof Sarah Wolff, a distinguished Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Denison University, Ohio, USA. The fruitful partnership marks a pivotal step in fulfilling SPU’s strategic goal of deepening…

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  • Librarians Day book donation drive
    Librarians Day book donation drive

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU’s) Library and Information Services (LIS) in collaboration with the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and Kimberley Public Libraries are hosting a Mandela Day Book Donation Drive to enrich the language resources of the…

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  • Youth Voices: Our SRC on the significance of Youth Day
    Youth Voices: Our SRC on the significance of Youth Day

    In commemorating the 2023 Youth Day, the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Communication and Marketing unit collaborated with the 2022/2023 Student Representative Council (SRC) as key youth representatives of the University, to be part of the youth day social media messaging…

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  • South Africa’s youth at a crossroads: A call for transformation and a beacon of hope from Higher Education
    South Africa’s youth at a crossroads: A call for transformation and a beacon of hope from Higher Education

    The continuous issues that South African young people confront today are deeply concerning. The country is a patchwork of colourful cultures, rich history, and amazing potential, yet our young people’s advancement is hampered by obstacles. From unprecedented high employment rates…

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  • First-year student survey provides valuable insights into how SPU student body is changing
    First-year student survey provides valuable insights into how SPU student body is changing

    The results of the 2023 First-Year Student Biographical Survey conducted among students at SPU confirm that SPU is growing its footprint across South Africa and is increasingly becoming the first-choice university among its students. The survey – conducted annually by…

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  • Unfolding the canvas of higher education: unpacking the 2023 budget vote for Higher Education, Science, and Innovation
    Unfolding the canvas of higher education: unpacking the 2023 budget vote for Higher Education, Science, and Innovation

    After the Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation (DHET), Dr Blade Nzimande’s speech during the Department of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation’s 2023 Budget Vote, the Higher Education (HE) sector is presented with both exciting opportunities and challenging…

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  • Invite: is the knowledge of the powerful always powerful knowledge?
    Invite: is the knowledge of the powerful always powerful knowledge?

    Many educational systems around the world, including South Africa, were influenced by colonial powers. The dominant knowledge systems and curricular often reflected the Eurocentric perspectives and marginalized the indigenous knowledge people and culture. By challenging the notion that the western…

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  • SPU remembers Prof Karen Haire at a Memorial Public Lecture
    SPU remembers Prof Karen Haire at a Memorial Public Lecture

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) School of Humanities held a Memorial Public Lecture in remembrance of a cherished colleague, the late Prof Karen Haire, at the SPU’s South Campus on Friday, 26 May 2023. This solemn yet significant gathering was permeated…

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  • SPU hosts first World Intellectual Property Day Workshop
    SPU hosts first World Intellectual Property Day Workshop

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Research Office hosted its first World Intellectual Property Day Awareness Workshop under the theme “Demystifying Intellectual Property” on 25 May 2023. World Intellectual Property Day, held annually on 26 April, was celebrated in conjunction with an…

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  • Coming soon: The first ever Sol Plaatje University Community Big Walk
    Coming soon: The first ever Sol Plaatje University Community Big Walk

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will soon launch the first Sol Plaatje University Community Big Walk – a day for the entire family to walk alongside other members of the wider SPU community and enjoy a range of other fun activities.…

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  • Sol Plaatje’s Scholarly Legacy: A Beacon for Africa Day
    Sol Plaatje’s Scholarly Legacy: A Beacon for Africa Day

    As we observe Africa Day on May 25th, it is an opportune moment to contemplate not only the trajectory that Africa has traversed but also the eminent personalities who have steered her course. Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, commonly referred to as…

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  • Memorial Public Lecture in Honour of Prof Karen Haire
    Memorial Public Lecture in Honour of Prof Karen Haire

    Professor Karen Haire was originally from Ireland and holds an Ed.D (International Education: Language and Literacy) obtained from Columbia University, USA; MA (International Political Economy of Development), Fordham University, USA; BA Honours (French and German), Durham University, England. Prof Haire…

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  • A fun autumn day at the inaugural Campus Life Festival
    A fun autumn day at the inaugural Campus Life Festival

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) hosted the first annual Campus Life Festival on Saturday, 20 May 2023, at Windhoek Draught Park Stadium and at the SPU South Campus Precinct. Yet again, students showed that the…

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  • SPU’s trailblazing master’s graduates
    SPU’s trailblazing master’s graduates

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) takes immense pride in introducing its first two master’s graduates, Vhugala Mulaudzi and Kagiso Moroane, who are breaking new ground in their respective research fields of rural health services and the gig economy. Ms Mulaudzi and…

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  • SPU announces call for papers for the 2023 Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference
    SPU announces call for papers for the 2023 Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) invites submissions from scholars, educators, researchers, and practitioners for papers for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference to be held from 4 to 5 September 2023. SoTL is an important aspect of higher education…

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  • SPU marks new era of research excellence
    SPU marks new era of research excellence

    In a significant stride towards becoming a research-active institution, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) recently celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of master’s students. This event marks a momentous milestone, demonstrating the university’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge…

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  • Call for applications: Post-doctoral research fellowships 2023-2024
    Call for applications: Post-doctoral research fellowships 2023-2024

    Sol Plaatje University’s Research Office calls for applications for four exciting and dynamic post-doctoral research fellowships for 2023-2024. The post-doctoral fellowship opportunities are available in the fields of: Physical and Earth Sciences Languages and Communication (Creative Writing) Early Childhood Development…

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  • Something big is coming: a first at SPU
    Something big is coming: a first at SPU

    Mark your calendars, SPU students! The Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) will be hosting the first annual Campus Life Festival on Saturday, 20 May 2023, at Windhoek Draught Park Stadium and Sol Plaatje University’s South Campus Precinct. The Campus…

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  • Students explore opportunities at SPU’s 2023 Career Fair
    Students explore opportunities at SPU’s 2023 Career Fair

    On 10 May 2023, the Moroka Hall of Residence Exam Hall on Central Campus became the bustling epicentre for the first Career Fair post-COVID, organised by the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). Students, staff, and…

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  • From mascot to graduate
    From mascot to graduate

    Letlhogonolo Thintha, the first-ever mascot of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in South Africa, recently sat down with the Sunday World newspaper for an exclusive interview. Thintha made his debut as “Gemmie” at the launch of the SPU Sport Brand…

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  • SPU’s 8th graduation celebrates graduates and a Masters’ milestone
    SPU’s 8th graduation celebrates graduates and a Masters’ milestone

    Graduation day is a significant event, marking the culmination of years of effort and commitment. On 6 May 2023, joyful celebrations took place at Sol Plaatje University’s 8th Graduation Ceremony, held at Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, with proud graduates and…

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  • DSA presents the Future-Focused TransGariep Leadership Programme 2023
    DSA presents the Future-Focused TransGariep Leadership Programme 2023

    The Division of Student Affairs proudly presents the Future-Focused TransGariep Leadership Programme 2023. The Future-Focused TransGariep Leadership programme is an inter-institutional leadership programme in partnership with the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. The programme will focus on various…

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  • Embracing inclusivity: Sign Language now the 12th official language in SA
    Embracing inclusivity: Sign Language now the 12th official language in SA

    Prof. Percy Sepeng Thursday, 04 May 2023. The National Assembly of South Africa has recognised and approved The South African Sign Language (SASL), making a total of 12 official languages in the country. This historic shift is a victory for…

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  • Ignite your future: SPU’s 2023 Student Career Fair
    Ignite your future: SPU’s 2023 Student Career Fair

    Seize the opportunity to meet an array of potential employers and explore thrilling career paths on 10 May 2023, from 08h30 to 16h00 at the Exam Hall, Moroka Hall of Residences, Central Campus. Discover a diverse mix of employers, ranging…

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  • Alumni on the move: Education, excellence and empowerment
    Alumni on the move: Education, excellence and empowerment

    After working for 15 years in various entry level to managerial positions at a commercial bank, Ms Veronica Ngobeni decided it was time for change. In 2017, she had a strong desire to enhance her career with a tertiary qualification…

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  • SPU’s Division of Student Affairs hosts enlightening Freedom Day dialogue
    SPU’s Division of Student Affairs hosts enlightening Freedom Day dialogue

    Marking 29 years of democracy and freedom in South Africa, the Division of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted a thought-provoking dialogue on 26 April 2023. These celebrations, however, are underscored by daily realities that often lead South…

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  • CAHAU honours excellence at a glitzy ceremony
    CAHAU honours excellence at a glitzy ceremony

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) recognized and awarded students at its annual Residence Students Academic Awards Ceremony, at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, in Kimberley. Addressing the audience, the Dean for Student Affairs, Ms Nicole…

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  • Honouring the SPU workforce
    Honouring the SPU workforce

    Observed in over eighty nations worldwide, May Day, now commonly referred to as Workers’ Day, prompts communities to pause and contemplate the integral role of workers, regardless of their occupation, in the advancement of their nation’s economy. Beyond this, such…

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  • School of Economic and Management Sciences seminar series 2023
    School of Economic and Management Sciences seminar series 2023

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences invites you to its Second seminar presentation of the EMS Seminar Series 2023. The Seminar Presentation will take place as follows: Topic: Trade Union Members’ Perception of the Effectiveness of and Satisfaction with…

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  • SPU trio selected for Northern Cape Diamonds team
    SPU trio selected for Northern Cape Diamonds team

    Congratulations to the following SPU netball players for being selected to represent the Northern Cape Diamonds Netball Team in the prestigious 2023 National Telkom League: Busisiwe Vayo – doing her first year in Bachelor of Arts Andiswa Dlamini –first year…

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  • SPU statement on alleged student assault
    SPU statement on alleged student assault

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is aware of an incident that took place on Friday, 21 April 2023 involving two of its students. It is alleged that a fourth-year male student assaulted a first-year female student at a residence on campus.…

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  • Vice-Chancellor hosts first SPU alumni dinner
    Vice-Chancellor hosts first SPU alumni dinner

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted a successful Alumni Dinner with Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Andrew Crouch on Sunday, 16 April 2023, in Kathu. The dinner provided an opportunity for alumni to network, reconnect with their alma mater and foster stronger…

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  • SPU’s 8th Graduation Ceremony: The Countdown Begins!
    SPU’s 8th Graduation Ceremony: The Countdown Begins!

    We are excited to announce the upcoming Graduation Ceremony for our students who have successfully completed their qualifications. The event is scheduled for Saturday, 6 May 2023, at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, 10W Circular Road, West End, Kimberley. Time:…

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  • SAICA appoints SPU’s CFO as Deputy Chair
    SAICA appoints SPU’s CFO as Deputy Chair

    We are delighted to announce that Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Chief Financial Officer, Ms Annalene Marais, has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson for the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Central Region Public Sector Committee. In her three-year term,…

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  • SPU to host SADiLaR Language Audit
    SPU to host SADiLaR Language Audit

    Language plays a crucial role in our lives, serving as the primary tool for expression and communication. The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), with the support of Universities South Africa (USAf), is conducting an audit of the…

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  • Invite: Oral Histories, Migrations and Heritage in the African Past and Present
    Invite: Oral Histories, Migrations and Heritage in the African Past and Present

    The School of Humanities invites you to the second Humanities Series talk. This hybrid talk will take place as follows: Title: Oral Histories, Migrations and Heritage in the African Past and Present: Great Zimbabwe and the Origins of the Nambya…

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  • SPU to host Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) Event
    SPU to host Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) Event

    As part of the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Awareness Month, the National Department of Health (NDOH), in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Northern Cape Department of Health (NCDOH), Sol Plaatje University (SPU), the…

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  • SPU empowers Northern Cape youth with Maths and Science sessions
    SPU empowers Northern Cape youth with Maths and Science sessions

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is on a mission to inspire young people to become agents of change. As one of the newest universities in the country, SPU is competing fiercely to establish the Northern Cape as a preferred destination for…

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  • Call for Abstracts: International Language Conference
    Call for Abstracts: International Language Conference

    Sol Plaatje University is pleased to announce that the School of Humanities will host an International Language Conference from 6-8 September 2023. The Department of Languages and Communication within the School of Humanities calls upon all academic scholars and postgraduate…

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  • SPU recognised globally for a decade of ITS management system success
    SPU recognised globally for a decade of ITS management system success

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) proudly sent ten of its staff members to represent the institution at the prestigious annual ITS Integrated User Group (ITSIUG) Conference, held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 13 to 15 March 2023. The ITS Integrator System is…

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  • Half a million reasons to celebrate: SPU Football scores big with Premier’s support
    Half a million reasons to celebrate: SPU Football scores big with Premier’s support

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) football teams received a game changing R500 000 donation from the Northern Cape Provincial Government, courtesy of Premier Dr Zamani Saul. The generous handover took place on Wednesday, 5 April 2023 at the newly inaugurated…

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  • Sol Plaatje University takes the lead in important wastewater research
    Sol Plaatje University takes the lead in important wastewater research

    In line with its commitment to contributing and improving the Northern Cape community, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) recently conducted ground-breaking research led by SPU Professor Nhamo Chaukura on emerging contaminants in wastewater in the Sol Plaatje Municipality. The occurrence of…

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  • SPU hosts 2023 SASUF Hybrid Colloquium
    SPU hosts 2023 SASUF Hybrid Colloquium

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Research Office hosted the South African Sweden University Forum (SASUF) Hybrid Colloquium at the SPU Multipurpose Hall, South Campus, on 27 March 2023. In attendance was SPU senior management, academics, postgraduate students, and viewers streaming the event live on…

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  • “LeaveNoOneBehind – walk for your rights”
    “LeaveNoOneBehind – walk for your rights”

    In post-apartheid South Africa, 21 March is celebrated annually as Human Rights Day, to promote basic human rights of all South Africans as outlined in the Bill of Rights, whilst also commemorating the activism of those who put their lives…

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  • A unique sporting hub emerges in the heart of the Northern Cape: SPU Sport Precinct officially inaugurated
    A unique sporting hub emerges in the heart of the Northern Cape: SPU Sport Precinct officially inaugurated

    Image: National Lotteries Commission (NLC) Commissioner Ms Jodi Scholtz and SPU Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Andrew Crouch, at the unveiling of the plaque. In the heart of Kimberley, a unique facility has taken shape – a first of its kind in the Northern…

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  • SPU strengthens ties with Sweden to create innovative solutions
    SPU strengthens ties with Sweden to create innovative solutions

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will host the annual satellite event in the form of a hybrid colloquium during South African-Sweden University Forum (SASUF) Research and Innovation Week from 27 to 31 March 2023. This week comprises two important components: Satellite…

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  • SPU’s Division of Student Affairs hosts thought-provoking Human Rights Day dialogue
    SPU’s Division of Student Affairs hosts thought-provoking Human Rights Day dialogue

    The Division of Student Affairs of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted its first Human Rights Day Dialogue on 15 March 2023, titled “Race relations in Contemporary South Africa: Addressing the Complex Challenges of Cohesion and Diversity through Human Rights”. Two…

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  • SPU Launches Multipurpose Sporting Facility
    SPU Launches Multipurpose Sporting Facility

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Sport Precinct, a first of its kind in the Northern Cape, will be officially opened by SPU’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Andrew Crouch on 24 March 2023. SPU officials and stakeholders will be joined by…

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  • SPU professor appointed to key national position
    SPU professor appointed to key national position

    Members of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education, from left to right: Frances Zowa (EDHE Admin), Dr Norah Clarke (EDHE Director), Jayde Barends (CPUT and COP Chair), Prof Pierre Joubert (SPU and COP Deputy Chair), Richardt Kok (EDHE Stakeholder Manager),…

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  • Prof Mabugu recognised for most cited 2021/2022 article
    Prof Mabugu recognised for most cited 2021/2022 article

    Ramos E. Mabugu, Professor of Economics in the School of Economic and Management Sciences, co-authored the most cited 2021/2022 article in the South African Journal of Economics. The journal is published by John Wiley & Sons. Ltd. Clarivate Analytics collected…

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  • Human Rights Dialogue
    Human Rights Dialogue

    SPU’s Division for Student Affairs will host a Human Rights Dialogue on 15 March 2023 from 15:30- 17:30 at the Library Auditorium on Central Campus. This year, the Human Rights Dialogue will see the participation of two esteemed thought leaders…

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  • New employees join innovative & development-focused Sol Plaatje University
    New employees join innovative & development-focused Sol Plaatje University

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Learning and Development office hosted a warm and welcoming staff orientation programme over the course of two days for 61 new employees from 7 – 8 March 2023 at the SPU South Campus Multipurpose Hall. SPU…

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  • EDHE Intervarsity Launch
    EDHE Intervarsity Launch

    THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! The EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2023 is here! Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and dream of starting your own business? Join us for the national launch of the 5th instalment of the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2023…

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  • SPU Sport hosts enthralling Sports Day
    SPU Sport hosts enthralling Sports Day

    SPU Sport hosted a fun-filled and energising Sports Day on 8 March 2023 at the SPU South Campus Sport Precinct. Students came in numbers to join in on the fun and waited eagerly to receive their funky SPU Sport t-shirt…

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  • SPU hosts exciting and insightful programme at this year’s Orientation Week
    SPU hosts exciting and insightful programme at this year’s Orientation Week

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Division of Student Affairs (DSA) held a jam-packed, fun-filled Orientation Week for first-time entering students at the SPU’s Central and South Campuses with events also taking place at the Windhoek Lager Stadium from 13-17 February 2023.…

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  • Large Donation to SPU’s Student Representative Council
    Large Donation to SPU’s Student Representative Council

    The Motsepe Foundation, in their commitment to support students in higher education, donated R1 million to the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Student Representative Council (SRC). This donation is made to assist the SRC to carry out programmes that will alleviate…

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  • SPU Statement on Student Protest
    SPU Statement on Student Protest

    Earlier today, Sol Plaatje University management met with the Student Representative Council following student protests that led to the suspension of Registration and Orientation. The meeting agreed to the following: ACCOMMODATION The University has secured an additional 150 beds, in…

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  • Vice-Chancellor welcomes the class of 2023
    Vice-Chancellor welcomes the class of 2023

    Sol Plaatje University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Andrew Crouch, officially welcomed more than 1 200 first-time entering students at the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Official Welcome event at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley on 11 February 2023.  In his welcome…

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  • SPU students join national conversation on global change issues
    SPU students join national conversation on global change issues

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) attended the fifth DSI/NRF Global Change Conference (GCC5) at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. The conference ran from 30 January to 2 February 2023 with the theme:…

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  • SPU Welcome Ceremony for first-time entering students
    SPU Welcome Ceremony for first-time entering students

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will officially welcome first-time entering students to the #MySPU community at the Vice-Chancellor’s Welcome Ceremony on Saturday, 11 February 2023, from 09:00 to 10:00. SPU’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Andrew Crouch and the university’s senior management team…

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  • Goratileone Oepeng sparks interest in the emerging field of earth systems science
    Goratileone Oepeng sparks interest in the emerging field of earth systems science

    Goratileone Oepeng is a man on a mission: he is determined to spark a sense of curiosity about the planet among students and learners, teach them about climate change and ultimately inspire them to embark on careers in the earth…

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  • Sol Plaatje University hosts its first major sporting event
    Sol Plaatje University hosts its first major sporting event

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) successfully hosted the University Student Sports Association (USSA) Rugby Sevens Championship games at the Windhoek Draught Park and SPU Sports Precinct in Kimberley on 24 and 25 September 2022. Leading up to the games, a Campus Night…

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  • Shanty Fisher plans to give back to the Northern Cape through her passion for heritage studies
    Shanty Fisher plans to give back to the Northern Cape through her passion for heritage studies

    Born and raised in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, Ms Shanty Fisher has big hopes and dreams for her contribution to understanding the value of our shared past. Ms Fisher completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences undergraduate degree in Heritage…

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  • 2022 Highlights: SPU launches sport brand & unveils Gemmie the mascot
    2022 Highlights: SPU launches sport brand & unveils Gemmie the mascot

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has launched its SPU Sport brand and SPU mascot, Gemmie, to help grow SPU’s presence in varsity sport competitions, and increase awareness of the larger SPU brand. The SPU Sport brand, new SPU Sport kits, and Gemmie…

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  • Appointment of Professor Debra Meyer as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
    Appointment of Professor Debra Meyer as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

    Sol Plaatje University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Debra Meyer as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, with effect from 1 April 2023. She will be responsible for the management of the core academic functions of the…

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  • 2022 Highlights: SPU establishes three strategic centres
    2022 Highlights: SPU establishes three strategic centres

    Since opening its doors in 2014, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has established itself as a 21st-century, engaged university that impacts socio-economic development and social justice in the region. In order to achieve its goals in line with its strategic plan…

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  • SPU’s Creative Writing students published in national journal
    SPU’s Creative Writing students published in national journal

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has once again made waves in the publishing world. Two of our Creative Writing students were notified earlier this month that their poems have been published in the renowned Calabash journal. Oratile Bodigelo and Tsholofelo Lekwene…

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  • SPU lecturer Sizakele Mokhele promotes self-knowledge through art
    SPU lecturer Sizakele Mokhele promotes self-knowledge through art

    Ms Sizakele Mokhele, lecturer for Creative Writing at Sol Plaatje University’s School of Humanities since October 2019, possesses a vast knowledge of literature that extends past the classroom walls. She is a published author and a renowned poet who obtained…

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  • A year of sporting excellence
    A year of sporting excellence

    As a member of the University Student Sports Association (USSA), Sol Plaatje University (SPU) attended several sport tournaments throughout 2022. One of many highlights this year was undoubtedly hosting the USSA Rugby 7s Championship games in September 2022. Our SPU male and female teams…

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  • SPU celebrates staff excellence at the Vice-Chancellors Excellence Awards
    SPU celebrates staff excellence at the Vice-Chancellors Excellence Awards

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch hosted the prestigious annual Vice Chancellor’s Awards on 9 December 2022 at the Multipurpose Community Hall, South Campus. The second Vice-Chancellor’s Awards recognised and rewarded excellence in the SPU community,…

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  • Vice-Chancellor’s end of year message
  • SPU students take 3rd place at Datathon
    SPU students take 3rd place at Datathon

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Data Science and Information Computer Technology (ICT) students proudly represented the university at the 16th National Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) conference in Gauteng from 30 November to 2 December 2022. The conference was co-organised by the Data Intensive Research Initiative…

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  • SPU launches innovative centre to boost entrepreneurship in the Northern Cape
    SPU launches innovative centre to boost entrepreneurship in the Northern Cape

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) launched the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research (CEDAR) on 1 December 2022 at the SPU South Campus. CEDAR will create a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem intended to…

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  • Division of Student Affairs at SPU scores at national Student Affairs Professionals awards ceremony
    Division of Student Affairs at SPU scores at national Student Affairs Professionals awards ceremony

    The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) was the proud recipient of two innovation awards at the recent South African Association for Senior Student Affairs Professionals (SAASSAP) Leadership Roundtable and Awards Ceremony. DSA took home the…

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  • USSA 2022 Chess Tournament hosted at Sol Plaatje University
    USSA 2022 Chess Tournament hosted at Sol Plaatje University

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is hosting the University Sport South Africa (USSA) 2022 Chess Tournament from 4 – 9 December 2022. Participating universities include the Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare, University…

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  • SPU hosts gala to raise funds to increase access for young people of the Northern Cape
    SPU hosts gala to raise funds to increase access for young people of the Northern Cape

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Andrew Crouch hosted the Lesedi La Afrika Endowment Campaign Gala Dinner on Friday, 25 November 2022, at South Campus in Kimberley. The dinner raised funds for the Lesedi La Afrika Fund, a…

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  • World Aids Day 2022 – Rock the Ribbon
    World Aids Day 2022 – Rock the Ribbon

    World Aids Day is commemorated annually on 1 December. This year’s theme for World Aids Day is “Rock the Ribbon.” On this day, Sol Plaatje University lights a candle in the Vice-Chancellor’s Foyer to raise awareness and to remember the…

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  • Cyclists come out in numbers to participate in the second annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge
    Cyclists come out in numbers to participate in the second annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge

    On Sunday, 27 November 2022, Sol Plaatje University hosted its second annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge in association with the Northern Cape Cycling Federation (NCC) and Cycling South Africa (CSA). Avid cyclists lined up at the Oppenheimer Gardens in Kimberley, ready…

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  • SPU to launch Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research
    SPU to launch Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences will launch the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research (CEDAR) on 1 December 2022. The CEDAR aims to blend theory and practice to create knowledge, improve understanding and challenge critical thinking in entrepreneurship…

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  • Public lecture honours Kgosi Luka Jantjie
    Public lecture honours Kgosi Luka Jantjie

    On 16 November 2022, Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Humanities hosted its first public lecture on the life and times of Kgosi Luka Jantjie. The public lecture was held at the SPU Central Campus Library Auditorium and guests joined…

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  • SPU Division of Student Affairs & SRC roll out Food Nutrition Programme
    SPU Division of Student Affairs & SRC roll out Food Nutrition Programme

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) SRC and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) today launched the food nutrition programme where food packs were handed over to students in need. In 2022, DSA rolled out the Student Wellness Survey pilot study and…

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  • SPU Vice-Chancellor hosts SRC Inauguration Dinner
    SPU Vice-Chancellor hosts SRC Inauguration Dinner

    Professor Andrew Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), recently hosted the SPU Student Representative Council (SRC) Inauguration Dinner for incoming members of the 2022/2023 SRC. He also bid farewell to outgoing 2021/2022 members. The dinner was hosted…

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  • LET’S RIDE! Join us & you could walk away with your share of 20K!
    LET’S RIDE! Join us & you could walk away with your share of 20K!

    We are excited to announce that Sol Plaatje University will host its second annual Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge on 27 November 2022 from 08h00-14h00 at the Oppenheimer Gardens. Cyclists can choose their preferred distance between 50km and 105km. Plus there’s a…

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  • Centre for Applied Data Science at SPU set to promote interdisciplinary research
    Centre for Applied Data Science at SPU set to promote interdisciplinary research

    The School of Natural and Applied Science (NAS) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has launched its Centre for Applied Data Science (CADS) at the SPU South Campus. The launch took place on Tuesday 1 November 2022. The CADS seeks to…

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  • SPU Scoops Diamond Arrow at PMR.africa NC Business Excellence Awards
    SPU Scoops Diamond Arrow at PMR.africa NC Business Excellence Awards

    Sol Plaatje University was awarded a 2022 Diamond Arrow at the PMR.africa Northern Cape Provincial Survey Business Excellence Awards on 26 October 2022. The PMR.africa Awards measure companies, institutions, government entities and individuals on their contribution to the economic growth…

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  • SPU’s School of Economic and Management Sciences to host a public lecture on Public Leadership
    SPU’s School of Economic and Management Sciences to host a public lecture on Public Leadership

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences will host a Public Lecture on 2 November 2022 on MS Teams from 12:00 – 13:30. The lecture will be presented by Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu on the topic: Public Leadership. Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu…

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  • SPU to Launch Centre for Applied Data Science
    SPU to Launch Centre for Applied Data Science

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) School of Natural and Applied Science (NAS) will on 1 November 2022 launch the Centre for Applied Data Science (CADS). The establishment of the CADS seeks to contribute to the growth of data science and…

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  • School of Humanities hosts Dit is ’n Noord-Kaap Ding colloquium
    School of Humanities hosts Dit is ’n Noord-Kaap Ding colloquium

    On 17 to 19 October 2022, the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) School of Humanities in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) hosted the 2nd annual Dit is ’n Noord-Kaap Ding colloquium. Academics, students, and guests from higher…

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  • SPU launches Science-for-the-Future Project
    SPU launches Science-for-the-Future Project

    The Sol Plaatje University School of Education is launching the inter-university community Science-for-the-Future (S4F) Project.  It is envisaged that this collaboration will enable universities to serve as hubs for the implementation of the S4F Project in regions and provinces across…

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  • SPU to host Open Access Symposium
    SPU to host Open Access Symposium

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Library and Information Services invites you to attend the virtual two-day Open Access Symposium, under the theme Open Climate Justice. The symposium aims to create awareness around Open Access Publishing and its benefits in the research…

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  • Buza Ndebele awarded Vice-Chancellor Student Leader of the Year Award
    Buza Ndebele awarded Vice-Chancellor Student Leader of the Year Award

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Division of Student Affairs presented the Vice-Chancellor’s Special Award to Mr Buza Kennedy Ndebele on 18 October 2022 at the inaugural Student Leadership Awards. In the Vice-Chancellor’s only award category for student leadership excellence within…

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  • Chancellor’s Golf Day raises 250k in aid of bursary funds
    Chancellor’s Golf Day raises 250k in aid of bursary funds

    Justice Steven Majiedt, Chancellor of SPU and a Constitutional Court judge, recently hosted the Standard Bank Chancellor’s Golf Day at the Kimberley Golf Club, with the aim of raising funds for the Chancellor’s Bursary Fund. Invitational teams comprised of staff…

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  • SPU hosts its inaugural Student Leadership Awards
    SPU hosts its inaugural Student Leadership Awards

    On 18 October 2022, the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Division of Student Affairs (DSA) held its inaugural Student Leadership Awards at the Library Auditorium on Central Campus. The purpose of the awards is to recognise the outstanding contributions of SPU…

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  • SPU launches Centre for Continuous Professional Development
    SPU launches Centre for Continuous Professional Development

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) recently launched its Centre for Continuous Professional Development (CCPD). Guests from the business community joined other stakeholders and SPU officials at the official launch during a Business Breakfast in partnership with Kumba Iron Ore at Kimberley’s…

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  • Opinion: Stop the excuses, Africa – tackle the elephant and become a tiger
    Opinion: Stop the excuses, Africa – tackle the elephant and become a tiger

    On 7 October 2022 Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted the Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture to honour the legacy of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, after whom the university is named. This year’s guest speaker for the Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture, Professor William…

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  • SPU to host Dit is ‘n Noord-Kaap ding Colloquium
    SPU to host Dit is ‘n Noord-Kaap ding Colloquium

    Sol Plaatje University’s School of Humanities cordially invites you to the annual Dit is ‘n Noord-Kaap ding colloquium, in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape. Come and experience the language, history, natural beauty, activism, and culture of the Northern…

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  • Sol Plaatje University hosts Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture
    Sol Plaatje University hosts Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture

    On 7 October 2022 Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted the Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture at the SPU Library Auditorium to honour the legacy of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, after whom the university is named. The SPU community as well as members…

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  • SPU Student awarded the Türkiye Abroad and Related Communities scholarship
    SPU Student awarded the Türkiye Abroad and Related Communities scholarship

    Sol Plaatje University Data Science graduate, Mr Sylvester Molawa has been awarded the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in Informatics Systems at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. Türkiye Scholarships is a…

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  • Sol Plaatje University hosts HEITSA Spring General Institutional Meeting
    Sol Plaatje University hosts HEITSA Spring General Institutional Meeting

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) ICT department hosted the Higher Education Information Technology South Africa (HEITSA) Spring General Institutional Meeting (SGIM) on 27 and 28 of September 2022 at its South Campus Conference Facility in Kimberley. SPU Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof…

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  • Invitation to attend the second CEN-FREE-SOL Book Fair
    Invitation to attend the second CEN-FREE-SOL Book Fair

    Invitation to attend the second CEN-FREE-SOL Book Fair The second CEN-FREE-SOL book fair, which is the brainchild of three universities, namely the Central University of Technology, the University of the Free State and the Sol Plaatje University, draws expertise from…

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  • Sol Plaatje Annual Lecture
    Sol Plaatje Annual Lecture

    Sol Plaatje University will on 7 October 2022, host the Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture. Guest Speaker for the public lecture, Professor William Gumede, from School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Founder and Chairman of the…

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  • Bereavement notice of Karabo Mocks
    Bereavement notice of Karabo Mocks

    It is with great sadness to announce the untimely death of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) student, Ms Karabo Mocks who resided in the Moroka Residence.  Ms Mocks was a third year Education student and passed away at home after a…

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  • I Love My Campus – Keeping Kimberley Clean
    I Love My Campus – Keeping Kimberley Clean

    The Green Campus Initiative, popularly known as the GCI #ILOVEMYCAMPUS INITIATIVE, will kick start Green Week from 23 – 30 September 2022. The initiative will host a ‘Keeping Kimberley Clean’ project to clean up the Oppenheimer Gardens which is an…

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  • SPU to host Higher Education Information Technology South Africa General Meeting
    SPU to host Higher Education Information Technology South Africa General Meeting

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department will on 28 and 29 September 2022 host the Higher Education Information Technology South Africa (HEITSA) Spring General Institutional Meeting. HEITSA collectively leads the application of digital capabilities to…

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  • Registration is open for SPU Campus Night 5km & 3km races
    Registration is open for SPU Campus Night 5km & 3km races

    In celebration of the International Day of University Sports – and to herald our hosting of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens Championships – you’re invited to participate in the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Campus…

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  • Application update: accredited off-campus accommodation
    Application update: accredited off-campus accommodation

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Residence Office is inviting interested establishments to apply for accreditation as off-campus accommodation with the university in 2023. We have updated our documents for accreditation applications. Kindly click on the below links to access the documents. DHET…

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  • Launch of SPU’s SRC Thusa Moithuti Fund
    Launch of SPU’s SRC Thusa Moithuti Fund

    The SPU Division of Student Affairs, Student Life and Development Office, and the Student Representative Council (SRC) will launch the SRC Thusa Moithuti Fund, where we will also introduce the SPU Student Nutritional Wellness Programme on 29 September 2022. The…

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  • Sol Plaatje University to host Rugby 7s Championship
    Sol Plaatje University to host Rugby 7s Championship

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is proud to be the hosts of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens Championships from 20 to 25 September 2022.  In a series of competitive rugby matches, South African university students …

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  • Birthday celebrations for Sol Plaatje University’s first research centre
    Birthday celebrations for Sol Plaatje University’s first research centre

    An important milestone was reached on 9 September 2022 when Sol Plaatje University’s Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) celebrated its first year of existence, having been founded on 1 September 2021. The centre is the first research centre to…

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  • Dr Crispen Chinguno elected as SASA council member
    Dr Crispen Chinguno elected as SASA council member

    Dr Crispen Chinguno, Senior Lecturer of Sociology in the Department of Social Science and Chair of postgraduate studies in Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Humanities, has recently been announced as a South Africa Sociology Association (SASA) council member for…

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  • Call for applications: 2023 Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation
    Call for applications: 2023 Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Residence Office is inviting interested establishments to apply for accreditation as off-campus accommodation with the university in 2023. We have updated our documents for accreditation applications. Kindly click on the below links to access the documents. DHET…

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  • In memoriam: Dr Thomas Masvosve
    In memoriam: Dr Thomas Masvosve

    A memorial service was held on 31 August 2022 to remember Dr Thomas Masvosve, Head of the Natural Science Teaching Department at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). SPU Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Andrew Crouch shared his memories of Dr Masvosve, who…

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  • SPU concludes Women’s Month on a high note  
    SPU concludes Women’s Month on a high note  

    In a fitting finale to the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Women’s Month Wellness Series, the HR Employee Wellness office partnered with First National Bank (FNB) to host a Women’s Month brunch in the courtyard of Luka Jantjie House. “We celebrate the…

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  • SPU holds memorial service for Mr Azwilondzi Michael Mahada
    SPU holds memorial service for Mr Azwilondzi Michael Mahada

    On 30 August 2022, staff, students, and friends of the late Mr Azwilondzi Mahada gathered at Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) Central Campus to pay their respects at a memorial service held in honour of Mr Mahada, SPU Head of Campus…

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  • Mr Imraan Khan welcomed as SPU’s first Chief Information Officer
    Mr Imraan Khan welcomed as SPU’s first Chief Information Officer

    Mr Imraan Khan has been appointed as Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) first Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO is responsible for all SPU information and data integrity matters and reports to Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Andrew Crouch. “Having joined the…

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  • Important update: House Committee Elections 2022
    Important update: House Committee Elections 2022

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) Dean of Student Affairs, Ms Nicole Morris, has issued a directive relating to the House Committee electoral rules and procedures for 2023. These elections target both on-campus and accredited off-campus house committees. Among other important information,…

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  • SPU hosts Birthday Colour Run to celebrate 9 years
    SPU hosts Birthday Colour Run to celebrate 9 years

    In the early hours of 20 August 2022, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted its annual Birthday Colour Run at the Windhoek Lager Park stadium, as part of the celebrations of SPU’s birthday. Runners could choose between running distances of 5km,…

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  • South Africa’s fuel price subsidies: a close analysis shows they don’t reduce poverty
    South Africa’s fuel price subsidies: a close analysis shows they don’t reduce poverty

                                                       Government gets R90 billion a year from fuel levies.            …

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  • Sol Plaatje University turns 9 today
    Sol Plaatje University turns 9 today

    Since its inception in 2013, Sol Plaatje University has made significant progress and has grown to become a permanent presence in Kimberley, the Northern Cape, and the South African Higher Education Sector. Today we reflect on our purpose, and the…

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  • ENACTUS launches its initiative on the SPU campus
    ENACTUS launches its initiative on the SPU campus

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in partnership with ENtrepreneurship ACTion for others creates a better world for US (ENACTUS) launched its student entrepreneurial initiative on 17 August 2022 on Central Campus. In conjunction with the launch, a campus activation programme was…

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  • Lace up your trainers for SPU’s Birthday Colour Run
    Lace up your trainers for SPU’s Birthday Colour Run

    Lace up your trainers and join us! To celebrate Sol Plaatje University’s upcoming birthday, the SPU Sport Office will host its second annual fun Colour Run on 20 August 2022. Celebrations will take place at the Windhoek Lager Park.  Vice-Chancellor…

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  • Judge Yvonne Mokgoro delivers SPU Women’s Month lecture
    Judge Yvonne Mokgoro delivers SPU Women’s Month lecture

    Each year during August, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosts a public lecture celebrating Women’s Month and the critical role women play in our society. This year’s lecture was delivered by retired Justice of the Constitutional Court and former Chair of…

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  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants & SPU partner for better future for students in Accountancy
    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants & SPU partner for better future for students in Accountancy

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) School of Economic and Management Sciences recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to strengthen relationships between the two institutions. The groups are working together to ensure the…

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  • SPU Research office wins SARIMA award
    SPU Research office wins SARIMA award

    Sol Plaatje University together with the Namibia University of Science and Technology were announced as the joint winners of South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) award for Organisational Growth Research Management. SARIMA is a member association for all…

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  • SPU academic to serve on the W&RSETA Leadership Chair Governance Board
    SPU academic to serve on the W&RSETA Leadership Chair Governance Board

    Sol Plaatje University’s  School of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Senior Lecturer, Dr Edward Dakora, has been appointed to serve on the Governance Board of the W&R Leadership Chair (WRLC) based in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences at…

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  • Sol Plaatje University & Partners host Community Engagement Book Launch
    Sol Plaatje University & Partners host Community Engagement Book Launch

    On 05 August 2022, Sol Plaatje University, in partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and SUN PReSS hosted a book launch at Sol Plaatje University. The book, entitled “Universities, Society…

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  • Invitation: SPU Womens Month Public Lecture
    Invitation: SPU Womens Month Public Lecture

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) invites members of the public and the SPU community to join in the conversation as we host Judge Yvonne Mokgoro as our Guest Speaker for the annual SPU Womens Month Public Lecture. The event takes place…

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  • Oppenheimer Memorial Trust visit SPU
    Oppenheimer Memorial Trust visit SPU

    From left to right: Ms Tracey Webster, Chief Executive Officer: Oppenheimer Memorial Trust; Professor Andrew M. Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Ms Bailey Corder, Operations Manager: Oppenheimer Memorial Trust On Tuesday, 02 August 2022, Sol Plaatje University hosted a delegation from…

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  • Top 14% finish for SPU Data Science students in global Data Science competition
    Top 14% finish for SPU Data Science students in global Data Science competition

    A team of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Data Science students has placed among the top 14% of data scientists taking part in a global competition to use historical product and customer meta data to develop a personalised customer recommendation system…

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  • Feenix and corporate donor donate R1,1m to help 15 SPU students pay debt and access job market
    Feenix and corporate donor donate R1,1m to help 15 SPU students pay debt and access job market

    Feenix, a public benefit crowdfunding organisation that connects university students who owe outstanding fees with funder communities, has recently raised more than R1,1 million to settle the historic debt of 15 Sol Plaatje University (SPU) students in order for them…

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  • Sol Plaatje University’s School of Economic and Management Sciences engages with the Northern Cape Public Service Commission staff on good governance
    Sol Plaatje University’s School of Economic and Management Sciences engages with the Northern Cape Public Service Commission staff on good governance

    As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the Office of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in Kimberley; the two institutions are actively involved in engagements that seek to uplift and educate not only…

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  • Communique from the Vice-Chancellor: COVID-19 Precautionary Measures
    Communique from the Vice-Chancellor: COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

    Dear SPU Community Welcome to the start of the second semester of the 2022 academic year.  It has been a source of immense pride that we are one of only a handful of universities in the country that has managed…

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  • Mandela day – 18 July 2022
    Mandela day – 18 July 2022

    “On this Mandela Day, I am reflecting on playing my part for the common good and how I can be of service to others through my actions”. Professor Andrew M Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

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  • Incorporation celebration of the Centre for Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator into Sol Plaatje University
    Incorporation celebration of the Centre for Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator into Sol Plaatje University

    The Centre for Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator (CfERI), in Upington, which has as its main mandate to support and establish SMME’s located in the ZF Mgcawu Municipal District was officially incorporated into the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) on 1 June…

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  • 27th South African Sociological Association Conference held at Sol Plaatje University
    27th South African Sociological Association Conference held at Sol Plaatje University

    The School of Humanities, at Sol Plaatje University (SPU), successfully hosted the 27th South African Sociological Association Conference (SASA), between 10 – 13 July 2022, which was preceded by a pre-conference doctoral workshop that attracted over 15 doctoral fellows from…

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  • SPU Gemsboks on the podium at the USSA games
    SPU Gemsboks on the podium at the USSA games

    Dressed in their new Gemsbok kits, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) students on the hockey, rugby, netball, volleyball and dance sport teams headed to Cape Town between 29 June and 9 July 2022 to compete in the most recent round of…

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  • Sol Plaatje University-Centre for Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator signs lease agreement with ZF Mgcawu District Municipality
    Sol Plaatje University-Centre for Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator signs lease agreement with ZF Mgcawu District Municipality

    Standing L to R: Adv Anthony Mac Minn, Ms Marne Botha, Mr Mark Everett, Cllr Stanley Peterson, Prof Pierre Joubert. Seated: Cllr. Maureen Basson and Prof Andrew Crouch The Centre for Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator (CfERI) was established in 2017…

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  • Alumni on the move – Thabo Moilwa
    Alumni on the move – Thabo Moilwa

    Former SRC president Thabo Moilwa has continued to be an admirable ambassador for Sol Plaatje University (SPU). Just three years after graduating, Moilwa has climbed the corporate ladder fast and is now a Deputy Headmaster responsible for Special Projects, Finance,…

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  • Talent Pipeline Programme Matric 2022 cohort celebrated at Farewell Ceremony
    Talent Pipeline Programme Matric 2022 cohort celebrated at Farewell Ceremony

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Andrew Crouch recently hosted the SPU Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP) Farewell Ceremony, which bid farewell to 23 matric learners from various schools across the Northern Cape. The TPP was launched in October…

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  • SPU celebrates student diversity with day of Africa-focussed events
    SPU celebrates student diversity with day of Africa-focussed events

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) celebrated Africa Day on 25 May 2022 through an interactive programme offering hosted by the Student Development Office, a unit within the Division of Student Affairs. The day’s events and proceedings provided a platform for students…

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  • SPU colleagues pay tribute to Christine-Ann Paddon on her retirement
    SPU colleagues pay tribute to Christine-Ann Paddon on her retirement

    An intimate farewell luncheon was held on Friday, 1 July 2022 in honour of Ms Christine-Ann Paddon, to thank her for her service and invaluable contribution to Sol Plaatje University (SPU). She joined SPU on 1 August 2015 as Director…

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  • SPU academics participate in SA Higher Education and Research Week in Paris
    SPU academics participate in SA Higher Education and Research Week in Paris

    Two Sol Plaatje University (SPU) academics are among the delegates from 23 South African universities taking part in the South Africa Higher Education and Research Week in Paris, France from 27 June to 2 July 2022. The week-long programme, organised…

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  • SPU Youth Month Public Lecture calls on youth to push boundaries in creating a better tomorrow
    SPU Youth Month Public Lecture calls on youth to push boundaries in creating a better tomorrow

    This year marks the 46th anniversary of the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, and as part of the national commemoration of this landmark day Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted its annual Youth Month Public Lecture on 24 June 2022. The…

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  • ‘I want the youth to get more involved in sport’ – SPU lecturer speaks about joining the Athletics Griqualand West board
    ‘I want the youth to get more involved in sport’ – SPU lecturer speaks about joining the Athletics Griqualand West board

    “Athletics is a beautiful sport that unites society,” says Gail Motlhaudi, lecturer in Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Economic and Management Sciences and member of the Athletics Griqualand West (AGW) board since March 2022. Given her dual roles as…

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  • Update: Residence vacation accommodation
    Update: Residence vacation accommodation

    Following a directive of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal dated 15 June 2022 with regards to June vacation accommodation, a committee has been established to facilitate the process of vetting requests from students who cannot go home during the June holidays.…

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  • SPU lecturer wins Pan South African Language Board Multilingualism Award
    SPU lecturer wins Pan South African Language Board Multilingualism Award

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Creative Writing lecturer and acclaimed novelist Mr Sabata-mpho Mokae has won a Multilingualism Award from the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB). The PanSALB Multilingualism Awards took place in Sandton, Johannesburg on 15 June 2022. “Winning…

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  • VC sends message of support to Griqualand West Rugby Union ahead of historic Currie Cup final
    VC sends message of support to Griqualand West Rugby Union ahead of historic Currie Cup final

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Andrew Crouch has sent a message of support to the Griqualand West Rugby Union (GWRU) wishing the Windhoek Draft Griquas well ahead of their Currie Cup showdown against the Airlink Pumas. The…

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  • Invitation: SPU youth month public lecture
    Invitation: SPU youth month public lecture

    You are invited to join us in commemorating Youth Month by attending the annual Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Youth Month Public Lecture, presented by Professor Jesmael Mataga, SPU Associate Professor: Heritage and Museum Studies. The event takes place as follows: Date: Friday, 24…

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  • Book Launch: Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje – Morata Baabo
    Book Launch: Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje – Morata Baabo

    June 2022 marks 90 years since Solomon Plaatje passed away. As part of celebrating and reflecting on his life and legacy, Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Humanities, in conjunction with Xarra Books, will launch a Setswana biography, ‘Solomon Tshekisho…

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  • Suspension of academic activities -17 June 2022
    Suspension of academic activities -17 June 2022

    Following the student disruptions that took place this morning and the resultant damage across campus, the Senior Management Team (SMT) met and resolved to suspend all academic activities for today, Friday 17 June 2022. SMT will reassess the situation on…

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  • Student protest activity – Friday, 17 June 2022
    Student protest activity – Friday, 17 June 2022

    A group of disgruntled students led by the Student Representative Council, who are refusing to abide by the University Residence Rules, have undertaken protest action this morning. They have vandalised infrastructure, strewn garbage inside residences and examination venues and are…

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  • Award-winning science project boosts teacher skills
    Award-winning science project boosts teacher skills

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Education will train maths and science teachers across the Northern Cape in a multi-million-rand project. The University is one of six universities participating in the programme that has been established by SANRAL and the…

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  • VC’s Directive: Student accommodation during vacation periods
    VC’s Directive: Student accommodation during vacation periods

    Dear SPU Students Following the communication that was shared with you on 7 June 2022, in line with the Residence Rules, as signed at the beginning of the year by all the residence students, my office would like to inform…

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  • Computer Science and Information Technology students win first prize in national hackathon competition
    Computer Science and Information Technology students win first prize in national hackathon competition

    A team of students from the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has won first prize in the 2022 ITWeb Security Summit Hackathon, taking home a cash prize of R20 000. Two teams from SPU…

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  • Support staff honoured at Adult Education & Training programme awards ceremony for obtaining matric-subject distinctions
    Support staff honoured at Adult Education & Training programme awards ceremony for obtaining matric-subject distinctions

    There were cheers and ululation as the first group of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) support staff members who took part in the FoodBev SETA – and SPU- funded Adult Education and Training (AET) programme received their Learning Area Certificates.  The…

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  • Residences Unit hosts first official SPU Residences Academic Awards
    Residences Unit hosts first official SPU Residences Academic Awards

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Residences Unit recently hosted the very first SPU Residences Academic Awards ceremony. The event was held on Saturday 28 May at Kimberley’s Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre to honour residence students for their academic achievements. Awards…

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  • Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Payment of NSFAS & Funza Lushaka allowances
    Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Payment of NSFAS & Funza Lushaka allowances

    Dear SPU Students For those students who live in Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation and are awaiting clarity on their funding status from either NSFAS or Funza Lushaka, the University will inform the various landlords that the matter should be resolved by…

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  • Tennis team scores place at USSA Championships
    Tennis team scores place at USSA Championships

    The University’s men’s table tennis team did not disappoint, and took third place at the USSA Table Tennis Championship after competing against four South African universities – Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Limpopo. The 2021 championship was postponed to…

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  • Sol Plaatje University launches SPU Sport brand and unveils mascot Gemmie
    Sol Plaatje University launches SPU Sport brand and unveils mascot Gemmie

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has launched its SPU Sport brand and SPU mascot, Gemmie, to help grow SPU’s presence in varsity sport competitions, and increase awareness of the larger SPU brand. The SPU Sport brand, new SPU Sport kits, and…

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  • SPU to host SASA Conference in July
    SPU to host SASA Conference in July

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is to host the 27th South African Sociology Association (SASA) conference from 10 to 13 July 2022, themed “Sociology and the COVID-19 pandemic: Reimagining the present and future”. The local organising committee is chaired by the…

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  • School of Education’s first visiting Fellow promotes language-teaching excellence at SPU
    School of Education’s first visiting Fellow promotes language-teaching excellence at SPU

    Left to right: SPU Student at the seminar presentation with Ms Monica Boland, Ms Kopano Rwasoka, Dr Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Mr George Moloi and Ms Vuyo Makubalo. A four-week visit to Sol Plaatje University (SPU) by a Fellow of the…

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  • Message from the Vice-Chancellor: CHE Institutional Audit
    Message from the Vice-Chancellor: CHE Institutional Audit

    Dear SPU Community The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is delegated through the Higher Education Act, Act 101 of 1997 and the National Qualifications Framework Act, Act 67 of 2008 to, through the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), a permanent…

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  • Invitation: Launch of the SPU Sport Brand
    Invitation: Launch of the SPU Sport Brand

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to invite you to join us online to watch the official launch of the SPU Sport Brand on Friday, 27 May 2022. Since opening its doors in 2014, SPU has emphasised the importance of sports and recreation…

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  • Learning Analytics: A world of possibilities
    Learning Analytics: A world of possibilities

    The Sol Plaatje University Centre for Teaching, Learning and Programme Development (CTLPD) has steadily increased its use of learning analytics to measure, collect, analyse, and report on the data about learners and their contexts, with the aim of understanding and…

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  • SPU to pilot ground-breaking Economic Activation Office to promote entrepreneurship across the Northern Cape 
    SPU to pilot ground-breaking Economic Activation Office to promote entrepreneurship across the Northern Cape 

    Professor Pierre Joubert and Dr Norah Clarke during the EAO workshop visit at Sol Plaatje University. After hosting the National Student Entrepreneurship Week last year, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is set to be one of 10 South African universities to…

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  • Refilwe represents SA in US Leadership Programme
    Refilwe represents SA in US Leadership Programme

    Refilwe Shere is one of four South African students representing the country in the 2021 Study of the US Institute (SUSI) programme. The annual programme is for student leaders between 18 and 25 years old to improve their understanding of…

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  • Kolomela Mine and SPU collabrate to create opportunities for Postmasburg matriculants
    Kolomela Mine and SPU collabrate to create opportunities for Postmasburg matriculants

    Rewind to the beginning of 2022, and the 2021 matriculants from three local high schools in Postmasburg faced a dismal future despite having successfully passed and having the necessary scores to study at a university. Except for the resources to…

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  • Call for applications: RVSC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
    Call for applications: RVSC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

    The Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has three exciting and dynamic post-doctoral positions available. The RVSC is a newly established research entity at SPU which focuses on climate and global change risks and vulnerabilities…

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  • Today is World Hypertension Day
    Today is World Hypertension Day

    World Hypertension day is celebrated annually on 17 May. The theme for this year is “Know Your Numbers – Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately – Control It – Live Longer”. The main aim of this day is to educate the…

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  • Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Fifth wave infections
    Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Fifth wave infections

    Dear SPU Community   The COVID-19 infection rate across the country have increased as we entered this fifth wave of the pandemic. Sol Plaatje University has been fortunate to escape high levels of infection in the past and we will continue…

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  • Largest SPU graduation ceremony since inception
    Largest SPU graduation ceremony since inception

    On Saturday, 7 May 2022, Judge Steven Majiedt, Chancellor of Sol Plaatje University, presided over the University’s largest graduation ceremony since it began operating in 2014. 571 undergraduate and postgraduate students graduated at the first in-person ceremony, since 2019, which…

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  • Graduate certificate collection
    Graduate certificate collection

    Dear Graduate Please note that graduates who could not attend the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 7 May 2022 can collect their certificates at the Registrar’s foyer at Luka Jantjie House, weekdays from 08:15 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:15, throughout…

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  • Expert opinion: SPU’s Head of Heritage Studies interviewed on eNCA about state of the SANDF
    Expert opinion: SPU’s Head of Heritage Studies interviewed on eNCA about state of the SANDF

    Dr Garth Benneyworth, Head of Sol Plaatje University’s Department: Heritage Studies in the School of Humanities, was recently interviewed on the TV news channel eNCA about the state of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The interview followed reports…

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  • SPU welcomes first Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre post-doctoral fellow
    SPU welcomes first Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre post-doctoral fellow

    Seven months after its launch, the Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has appointed its first post-doctoral fellow. Dr Abimbola Oluwalana will conduct research which seeks to respond to the growing climate change challenges faced…

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  • RVSC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
    RVSC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

    Machine Learning For Air Pollution Prediction (Reference No. PD/02-2022) A dynamic and innovative post-doctoral position is available at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) in the fields of computer, data and environmental sciences.  Bringing together…

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  • SPU launches alumni newsletter to connect with its graduates
    SPU launches alumni newsletter to connect with its graduates

    The Department of Institutional Advancement (DIA) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has launched its first alumni newsletter, named Alumni News, aimed at connecting with the growing pool of SPU graduates. The first issue was distributed to alumni on Wednesday, 13…

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  • 2022 Graduation Ceremony
    2022 Graduation Ceremony

    It is that most wonderful time of the year again – a time to celebrate the success of our students. Sol Plaatje University’s seventh graduation ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, 7 May 2022, at the Mittah Seperepere…

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  • South Africa could achieve economic recovery, and lower emissions. Here’s how
    South Africa could achieve economic recovery, and lower emissions. Here’s how

    The reduction of environmental pollution has offered countries the opportunity to start from a position of reduced pollution. Photo by Wikus de Wet/AFP via Getty Images Measures adopted to control the spread of the COVID pandemic resulted in a worldwide…

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  • SPU bids farewell to Mr Rathnum Naidoo after six years as its University Registrar
    SPU bids farewell to Mr Rathnum Naidoo after six years as its University Registrar

    From left to right: Professor Andrew M. Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Professor Aifheli Gelebe, Head of School: Natural and Applied Sciences; Mr Hollie Clarkson, Member of Council; Mr Rathnum Naidoo, Outgoing University Registrar; Ms Stella Mosimege, Member of Council; Mr…

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  • SPU revises Brand Guidelines as part of brand refocusing
    SPU revises Brand Guidelines as part of brand refocusing

    DOWNLOAD THE NEW AND REFINED SOL PLAATJE UNIVERSITY BRAND GUIDE BY CLICKING HERE. The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Department of Institutional Advancement (DIA) has been involved in a rigorous brand refocusing exercise to reposition the University brand. As a result…

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  • SPU launches Gender-Based Violence Awareness Campaign
    SPU launches Gender-Based Violence Awareness Campaign

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Health & Wellness Centre, in collaboration with the SPU Legal Office, will launch its Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Awareness Campaign on Wednesday, 30 March 2022. The campaign is a collaboration between key external stakeholders including Lifeline,…

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  • Adjusted Level 1 March 2022 communication to SPU
    Adjusted Level 1 March 2022 communication to SPU

    Dear SPU Community Following the announcement on Tuesday 22 March 2022, by President Cyril Ramaphosa, that the country was moved to an Adjusted Alert Level 1, we have modified some of our health and safety protocols on campus.  The following…

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  • SPU welcomes 2022 cohort into Talent Pipeline Programme
    SPU welcomes 2022 cohort into Talent Pipeline Programme

    Back: The Grade 12 Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP) learners and their mentors. Front row (left to right): Mr Otsile Seakeco, TPP Programme Coordinator; Ms Puleng Motsamai, TPP Programme Coordinator; Dr Jody Cedras, University Registrar; Judge Steven Majiedt, SPU Chancellor; Ms…

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  • SPU exceeds first-year registration target and increases applications by 83%
    SPU exceeds first-year registration target and increases applications by 83%

    Despite a challenging economy and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) registered 1 650 first-year students in 2022, an increase of 80% over 2021’s figure of 917 first-years. The 1 650 new first-year registrations also exceeds the target…

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  • World TB Day at SPU: ‘We must increase awareness around treatment’
    World TB Day at SPU: ‘We must increase awareness around treatment’

    Today (24 May) is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is one of the biggest causes of death in South Africa. It is a communicable disease that is airborne, spread by small sputum particles through sneezing and coughing.…

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  • SPU donates snack packs to Kimberley’s Bophelo Child & Youth Care Centre
    SPU donates snack packs to Kimberley’s Bophelo Child & Youth Care Centre

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) staff and student leaders from the Department of Student Affairs visited Bophelo Child and Youth Care Centre in Kimberley as part of a community outreach initiative at which they handed over delicious treats to children. Bophelo…

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  • Download the MySPU app for your Android-based phone today!
    Download the MySPU app for your Android-based phone today!

    If you have an Android-based phone* and would like to have information about Sol Plaatje University (SPU) at your fingertips, you can now download the MySPU app to your phone and access a range of SPU services, maps and news…

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  • Library migrates to new cutting edge discovery tool
    Library migrates to new cutting edge discovery tool

    The Library and Information Services has introduced a new library system Alma and its discovery tool, Primo VE. Primo VE is a leading library discovery tool, developed specifically for a modern academic library in the 21st century. It is used…

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  • SPU campus goes green and clean
    SPU campus goes green and clean

    Recycling took centre stage when the Sol Plaatje University Green Campus Initiative (#SPUGCI) ambassadors visited the Mhudi, Rhataga, Tauana, and Moroka residences to educate students about recycling bins. The Green Campus Initiative was established to promote environmental sustainability interventions. The…

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  • SRC and Management find a way forward
    SRC and Management find a way forward

    The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch together with the Chief Operating Officer, Mr David Kanguwe and the Advisor in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mr Rathnum Naidoo met yesterday with a delegation from the SRC led by the SRC President, Mr…

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  • New students welcomed
    New students welcomed

    They are the lucky few, it was emphasised to the more than 1 400 first-time entering students of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in Kimberley. On welcoming the 2022 intake at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in the city, Prof.…

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  • Update from SPU Management on Student Protest
    Update from SPU Management on Student Protest

    Dear SPU Community As communicated earlier this week, online classes were scheduled to take place from Wednesday to Friday. I am happy to announce that we had a positive attendance in the online sessions. The academic year will move into…

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  • Update from SPU Management on the Student Protest
    Update from SPU Management on the Student Protest

    To the SPU Community Further to the statement released this morning, please be advised that the Senior Management Team (SMT) met at 12:00 today to deliberate on the way forward. The University upholds the right to peaceful protest that does…

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  • Statement from SPU Management on Student Protest
    Statement from SPU Management on Student Protest

    To the SPU Community Earlier this morning a number of students blocked the main entrances on the North and Central Campuses of Sol Plaatje University (SPU). The Management of the University has engaged continuously with the Student Representative Council (SRC)…

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  • Operationalising the VC’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations
    Operationalising the VC’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations

    Dear SPU Community The Vice-Chancellor’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations sets out the University’s position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. In the interest of maintaining our health and safety, during the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff, students and contractors who want to come…

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  • Student notice: Start of academic year & late registration for returning students
    Student notice: Start of academic year & late registration for returning students

    Dear SPU Students Please take note of the below changes regarding the start to the 2022 academic year and late registrations for returning students: 1. Start of the 2022 academic year Please note that the 2022 academic year will commence…

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  • ‘SPU is the University for you,’ SPU Vice-Chancellor tells Namakwa region high schools during three-day tour
    ‘SPU is the University for you,’ SPU Vice-Chancellor tells Namakwa region high schools during three-day tour

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The Sol Plaatje University (SPU), Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Andrew Crouch delivered this message to Grade 12 students during a three-day visit to high schools in the Northern Cape’s…

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  • Message from the University Registrar: Return to residences
    Message from the University Registrar: Return to residences

    Dear SPU Students Please note that all returning students are allowed to return to their respective residences from Wednesday, 16 February 2022, permitting that they have registered academically online and have applied in 2021 to return to residence. All residence…

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  • SPU hosted Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation
    SPU hosted Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) on Monday 24 January 2022 hosted Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation (PPCHESI). The visit was the first stop on the Committee’s five-day tour of the Northern Cape, during which members of parliament…

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  • Dr Jody Cedras appointed University Registrar
    Dr Jody Cedras appointed University Registrar

    Dear SPU Community It is with great pleasure that I introduce Dr Jody Cedras, our new University Registrar, who took up the position on 1 January 2022. Dr Cedras holds a Doctor of Administration in Public Management from the University…

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  • Update to the Vice-Chancellor’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations
    Update to the Vice-Chancellor’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations

    To the SPU Community Further to the Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations that was issued on 9 December 2021, please note that staff and students must, at least, have had their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations by 21 February 2022 in…

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  • RVSC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2022 – 2023) 
    RVSC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2022 – 2023) 

    Novel and innovative technologies integrated with conventional methods for removing of emerging pollutants from wastewater in the Northern Cape (Reference No. PD/01-2022) A dynamic and innovative post-doctoral position is available at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Risk and Vulnerability Science…

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  • Celebration as support staff achieve matric-subject distinctions in FoodBev SETA -and SPU- funded programme
    Celebration as support staff achieve matric-subject distinctions in FoodBev SETA -and SPU- funded programme

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) congratulates the first group of 17 SPU support staff members taking part in the FoodBev SETA – and SPU – funded Adult Education and Training (AET) programme. The AET programme at SPU is offered to staff…

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  • Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie Vir Wetenskap en Kuns elects Dr Frederick Botha as member
    Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie Vir Wetenskap en Kuns elects Dr Frederick Botha as member

    Dr Frederick Botha, an Afrikaans lecturer in the School of Humanities, has been elected a member of the Council of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Arts). The Academy is a multidisciplinary organisation…

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  • SPU hosts USSA Heads of Sport Forum
    SPU hosts USSA Heads of Sport Forum

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted the 2021 University Sport South Africa (USSA) Heads of Sport Forum in a landmark event in November 2021. The conference, which takes place every two years, aims to find the best university sports practices in…

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  • Health & Wellness Centre launches vax campaign
    Health & Wellness Centre launches vax campaign

    With the vaccination ramping up in importance to allow South Africa to move towards herd immunity, the University’s Health and Wellness Centre launched its vaccination campaign in September 2021. The campaign, which included free vaccinations for staff and students, had…

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  • Gail Motlhaudi recognised as entrepreneurship champion
    Gail Motlhaudi recognised as entrepreneurship champion

    School of Economic and Management Sciences’ (EMS) lecturer, Ms Gail Motlhaudi, received an award for her contribution to the development of entrepreneurs in South Africa at the 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Awards hosted by the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE).…

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  • Protect yourself and others – choose vaccination
    Protect yourself and others – choose vaccination

    The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the important ways to make the world safe for you, your family and others which whom you come into contact. Play your part in the fight against COVID-19 by choosing vaccination for an added…

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  • SPU appoints first Dean of Students
    SPU appoints first Dean of Students

    Ms Nicole Morris The Office of the Vice-Chancellor welcomed the first Dean of Students at Sol Plaatje University (SPU), Ms Nicole Morris, on 1 July 2021. Ms Nicole Morris is a young dynamic woman who has a deep passion for…

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  • Farewell to SPU’s first Chairperson of Council
    Farewell to SPU’s first Chairperson of Council

    Outgoing SPU Chairperson of Council, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro Outgoing Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Chair of Council, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, was honoured at a special farewell dinner at the Protea Hotel Kimberley on 24 November 2021. Judge Mokgoro is SPU’s first…

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  • Vice-Chancellor’s end of year message
  • New research: how Covid-19 has made life harder for South African women
    New research: how Covid-19 has made life harder for South African women

    Women are more likely to work in sectors hit hard by the pandemic, like hospitality. Guillem Sartorio/AFP There is no doubt that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on South Africa and its economy. During economic crises, women often pay a…

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  • SPU launches endowment campaign and hosts inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
    SPU launches endowment campaign and hosts inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew M Crouch, will, on Friday, 10 December 2021, kickstart SPU’s decade celebrations by launching its first endowment campaign and he will host the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. In 2024, SPU…

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  • Vice-Chancellor’s directive on COVID-19 vaccinations
    Vice-Chancellor’s directive on COVID-19 vaccinations

    The Council and Management of Sol Plaatje University makes every effort to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated it is imperative that we put in place measures to safeguard…

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  • Statement from Sol Plaatje University
    Statement from Sol Plaatje University

    Gender Based Violence (GBV) has become a scourge in human society and in South Africa it takes on a persistent and brutal form that demands a determined effort towards eradicating this de-humanising behaviour. Sol Plaatje University does not condone any…

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  • Fishbowls, beans, fake money, mum, dad, gogo and mathematics
    Fishbowls, beans, fake money, mum, dad, gogo and mathematics

    What do these have to do with mathematics? In this case, everything. The University of Free State’s (UFS) Family Math initiative is a programme, funded by SANRAL and developed by the Science for- the-Future (S4F) employees at UFS. Dr Cobus…

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  • Professor Andrew Crouch installed as SPU’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal
    Professor Andrew Crouch installed as SPU’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal

    Judge Steven Majiedt, Mrs Lynnette Crouch, Mrs Rowena Majiedt and Professor Andrew Crouch Sol Plaatje University (SPU) installed its second Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew M Crouch, at a ceremony held at the SPU Community Hall on Friday, 26 November…

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  • Road Closure Notice: Friday, 26 November 2021
    Road Closure Notice: Friday, 26 November 2021

    On Friday, 26 November 2021, Professor Andrew M Crouch will be installed as Sol Plaatje University’s 2nd Vice-Chancellor and Principal. We had hoped to have the Installation soon after Professor Crouch took office on 1 April 2020. However, the national…

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  • Public Lecture: The State of Democracy in South Africa
    Public Lecture: The State of Democracy in South Africa

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences invites you to a public lecture titled “The State of Democracy in South Africa” with guest speakers, Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller, HSRC Group Executive: Shared Services & Divisional Executive at the Human Sciences Research…

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  • Kurara FM interviews Dr Hendrik Conradie post the Local Government elections
    Kurara FM interviews Dr Hendrik Conradie post the Local Government elections

    On 7 November 2021, Dr Hendrik Conradie, Senior Lecturer: Public Management in the School of Economic and Management Sciences, was invited by Kurara FM to discuss the recent Local Government elections in South Africa. The interviewer focused on the changing…

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  • SPU academics bag SALA Award
    SPU academics bag SALA Award

    On Sunday, 7 November 2021, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) academics Professor Brian Willan and Creative Writing lecturer Sabata Mpho-Mokae, won the South African Literary Award (SALA) for the book compiled and co-edited titled Sol T. Plaatje: A life in letters. The book…

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  • Installation of Professor Andrew Crouch: 26 November 2021 – Information for staff and students
    Installation of Professor Andrew Crouch: 26 November 2021 – Information for staff and students

    On Friday, 26 November 2021, Professor Andrew M Crouch will be installed as Sol Plaatje University’s 2nd Vice-Chancellor and Principal.  We had hoped to have the Installation soon after Professor Crouch took office on 1 April 2020. However, the national…

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  • Announcement of winners of the Sol Plaatje University Architectural Competition
    Announcement of winners of the Sol Plaatje University Architectural Competition

    In May 2021, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) invited architectural practices to participate in an architectural design competition endorsed by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). The competition was made up of two stages. In the first stage, architects submitted…

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  • Installation of Professor Andrew M Crouch as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University
    Installation of Professor Andrew M Crouch as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University

    The Installation of Professor Andrew M Crouch as the 2nd Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University will be held on Friday, 26 November 2021 from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Sol Plaatje University Community Hall on South Campus in…

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  • Sol Plaatje University SRC and Feenix crowdfund for students’ debt
    Sol Plaatje University SRC and Feenix crowdfund for students’ debt

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Student Representative Council (SRC) and crowdfunding Public Benefit Organisation, The Feenix Trust, has joined forces in the SRC Ubuntu Initiative to support two Education students in need of a funding boost to secure their academic future.…

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  • Cen-Free-Sol Book Fair: Mzansi’s literary heartbeat
    Cen-Free-Sol Book Fair: Mzansi’s literary heartbeat

    On behalf of the CenFreeSol Book Fair, it is pleasure to extend an invitation to you to be part of this very first book fair to be hosted. The book fair, which is the brainchild of three universities, namely the…

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  • SPU alumnus nominated as one of the Top 15 Young Geeks of 2021
    SPU alumnus nominated as one of the Top 15 Young Geeks of 2021

    Melvin Kisten was selected by a panel of judges from the chapter of the Geekulcha Student Society at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and voted by the public as one of the Top 15 Young Geeks in South Africa for 2021.…

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  • Book launch: Museums as Agents for Social Change
    Book launch: Museums as Agents for Social Change

    The School of Humanities invites you to attend the book launch of Museums as Agents for Social Change by Dr Njabulo Chipangura and Professor Jesmael Mataga. Summary Museums as Agents for Social Change is the first comprehensive text to examine…

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  • SPU hosts successful cycle challenge
    SPU hosts successful cycle challenge

    On Sunday, 17 October 2021, Sol Plaatje University, in association with the Northern Cape Cycling Federation and Cycling SA hosted the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Cycle Challenge. The event was supported by, amongst others, First National Bank, FUNDI, the Sol Plaatje Local…

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  • Alumnae on the move
    Alumnae on the move

    Tshegofatso Andries, a B.Ed student who was recently awarded her degree at Sol Plaatje University’s  (SPU) 2021 Virtual Graduation Ceremony, was appointed as a Core Lecturer for the Habitable Planet Workshop (HPW). This programme run by the Applied Centre for…

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  • Launch of Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre at Sol Plaatje University
    Launch of Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre at Sol Plaatje University

    The School of Natural and Applied Sciences is excited to announce the establishment of a Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) – the first research centre to be established at SPU. The Department of Science and…

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  • SPU @ EDHE Lekgotla 2021
    SPU @ EDHE Lekgotla 2021

    The 5th annual gathering of leaders in Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) will take place in a hybrid mode from 11 to 14 October 2021 at the University of Pretoria. This event has become a significant engagement platform for…

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  • Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture
    Annual Sol Plaatje Lecture

    On Friday, 8 October 2021, the University will host its annual Sol Plaatje Lecture. Our guest speaker, Professor Sekepe Daniel Matjila, will talk about “Plaatje’s role in constructing a body of knowledge about Batswana culture” as the theme of engagement.…

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  • Provisional Election Results: SRC 2021/2022
    Provisional Election Results: SRC 2021/2022

    The SRC elections were held on 5 and 6 October 2021 for the twenty-seven nominations on the ballot. A total of 1344 (49.4%) students voted in these elections. The following candidates will comprise the 2021/2022 SRC, subject to final verification…

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  • Alert Level 1 adjusted health and safety protocols
    Alert Level 1 adjusted health and safety protocols

    Dear SPU Community Following the announcement on Thursday 30 September 2021, by President Cyril Ramaphosa, that the country was moved down to Alert Level 1, we have adjusted some of our health and safety protocols on campus. The following will…

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  • SPU lecturer appointed to South African Commission for UNESCO
    SPU lecturer appointed to South African Commission for UNESCO

    Dr Sibongile Masuku, a lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at Sol Plaatje University, has been appointed as the honorary national chairperson of the Culture Thematic Area to the South African National Commission for UNESCO by the Minister of Sports,…

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  • SPU invests in talented youth
    SPU invests in talented youth

       The 41 Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP) learners and their mentors on Central Campus Square. The much-anticipated Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Talent Pipeline Programme (TPP) was launched on Saturday, 2 October 2021 by Professor Andrew M Crouch, the Vice-Chancellor and…

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  • Dean of Students appointed USC Board Member
    Dean of Students appointed USC Board Member

    Ms Nicole Morris, the newly appointed Dean of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University (SPU), was elected to serve on the University Sport Company (USC) Board of Directors for a three-year term alongside six other members from various universities in South…

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  • Corruption in state-owned companies hurts low skilled workers the most: we show how
    Corruption in state-owned companies hurts low skilled workers the most: we show how

    State-owned enterprises, such as Transnet, which runs South Africa’s ports, loom large over the economy. Getty Images Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, University of Pretoria; Helene Maisonnave, Université Le Havre Normandie; Martin Henseler, Université Le Havre Normandie, and Ramos Emmanuel Mabugu, Sol Plaatje…

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  • SPU hosts Data Science Africa Summer School and Workshop
    SPU hosts Data Science Africa Summer School and Workshop

    Sol Plaatje University in collaboration with Data Science Africa (DSA) will hold a virtual Summer School and Workshop from 4 to 8 October 2021. The theme for this year’s events is “Women and Data in Africa”. DSA is aiming to…

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  • Heritage Month Lecture
    Heritage Month Lecture

    In celebration of Heritage Month, the School of Humanities cordially invites you to a Public Lecture titled: “Lest we forget. The story of political prisoners who died whilst serving sentences on Robben Island Maximum Security Prison. The case study of…

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  • A Sol Plaatje University student’s entrepreneurial journey to success
    A Sol Plaatje University student’s entrepreneurial journey to success

    Sol Plaatje University is proud of Chad Lucas, a final year BCom student who has been selected as the Deputy Chairperson of the national Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Studentpreneur Community of Practice (CoP), and already owns a promising…

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  • Dit is ‘n Noord-Kaap Ding Colloquium
    Dit is ‘n Noord-Kaap Ding Colloquium

    Come discover and explore one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. Experience the language, history, natural beauty, activism and culture of the Northern Cape like it has never been showcased before this Heritage Month. The Inaugural Dit is ‘n Noord-Kaap…

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  • Proud eight-year-old Sol Plaatje University hosts #SEW2021
    Proud eight-year-old Sol Plaatje University hosts #SEW2021

    The Northern Cape might be South Arica’s largest province, but it has the sad distinction of also having the lowest level of education among South African youth. So said Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), Professor Andrew Crouch.…

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  • Update on SPU COVID-19 health and safety protocols at Alert Level 2
    Update on SPU COVID-19 health and safety protocols at Alert Level 2

    Dear SPU Community Following the announcement on Sunday, 12 September 2021, by President Cyril Ramaphosa, that the country was moved down to Alert Level 2, we have adjusted some of our health and safety protocols on campus. The following will…

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  • EMS signs MOU with Universiti Teknologi MARA
    EMS signs MOU with Universiti Teknologi MARA

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia which will pave the way for the promotion and collaboration on international academic and research…

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  • Centenary Programme in Commemoration of the late Credo Mutwa
    Centenary Programme in Commemoration of the late Credo Mutwa

    The late mkhulu Vuzamazulu Credo Mpumelelo Mutwa who called himself an isanusi, which is a type of Zulu diviner, would have been 100 years old on 21 of July 2021. In 2020 on his 99th birthday, Sol Plaatje University (SPU)…

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  • Register with Feenix today!
    Register with Feenix today!

    Register with Feenix and start your #MySPU fundraising journey today! Are you in need of financial support to sustain your tertiary education? Do you have current or historic debt? If you said yes to any of the above, then you…

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  • Invitation to the National Launch of Student Entrepreneurship Week
    Invitation to the National Launch of Student Entrepreneurship Week

    On behalf of the Department Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Universities South Africa (USAF) in partnership with Sol Plaatje University, we bring you the free hybrid National Launch of Student Entrepreneurship Week (#SEW2021). This year’s SEW will be hosted…

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  • SPU student wins #SEW2021 Design Competition
    SPU student wins #SEW2021 Design Competition

    We are pleased to announce that out of the 100s of entries EDHE received for the National SEW2021 Design Poster Competition from across the country, the 1st prize winner is from Sol Plaatje University. Neo Raymond Morebodi who has won…

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  • We see you! – a woman’s day tribute to the exceptional ordinary “everyday” woman of Azania
    We see you! – a woman’s day tribute to the exceptional ordinary “everyday” woman of Azania

                       Photo cred: South African History Online “We women will never carry these passes. This is something that touches my heart. I appeal to you young Africans to come forward and fight.…

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  • Women’s month: Views from our staff and students
    Women’s month: Views from our staff and students

    Women’s Day is an important reminder of the powerful display of unity in 1965 when mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, and friends united in solidarity to stand up for justice, equal opportunity and human rights. This Women’s month, Sol Plaatje University…

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  • Presence of SPU adds sparkle
    Presence of SPU adds sparkle

    A new mindset glimmers with the signing of the historic Town and Gown Agreement between the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality (SPLM) in Kimberley last week. The Diamond City, the capital of the biggest province…

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  • University and City sign historic Town and Gown Agreement
    University and City sign historic Town and Gown Agreement

    The Executive Mayor of the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality (SPLM), Mr Patrick Mabilo and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), Professor Andrew Crouch, signed an historic Town and Gown Agreement, on Friday, 13 August 2021, for the…

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  • Call for Abstracts: SASHT Conference
    Call for Abstracts: SASHT Conference

    Sol Plaatje University is pleased to announce that the School of Education will host the 34th South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) conference from 1-2 October 2021. Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will…

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  • Women’s Month Public Lecture
    Women’s Month Public Lecture

    Please join us for our upcoming Women’s Month Virtual Public Lecture Date: Tuesday, 10 August 2021 Time: 16h00 – 17h30 Platform: MS Teams Live Link: https://bit.ly/3rkLuoX Theme: Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future Programme: Click here to download…

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  • OFM hosts Live Link at SPU
    OFM hosts Live Link at SPU

    OFM Radio will host a Live Link at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) tomorrow, Friday, 30 July 2021 from 10:00 to 12:00. Please tune into OFM via https://www.ofm.co.za/ or listen on the radio. VIP Access’ Alucius Mocumi will be on campus…

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  • Certificate collection at Luka Jantjie House resumes
    Certificate collection at Luka Jantjie House resumes

    Dear Graduate Kindly note that you can now collect your certificate at the Luka Jantjie House on weekdays during the following times: 08:15 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:15 Certificates can only be collected during the aforementioned times at the…

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  • Online data carpentry training workshop
    Online data carpentry training workshop

    Sol Plaatje University in collaboration with The Carpentries and SADiLaR (The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources) is organising and hosting an ONLINE Data Carpentry Training Workshop from 2nd – 6th August 2021. This workshop is aimed at equipping…

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  • Meet us online, attend our 2021 Virtual Open Day
    Meet us online, attend our 2021 Virtual Open Day

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is inviting prospective students, their families and teachers to a Virtual Open Day on Saturday, 31 July 2021. This event is a great opportunity to find out which programmes are on offer and to meet our…

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  • Opinion: Collapse of accountability
    Opinion: Collapse of accountability

    A lack of accountability has, for so long, been one of the central threads in the South African narrative, from a national level, right down to a localised level. We have watched with dismay and horror, the destruction of value,…

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  • ENCA interview with Dr Garth Benneyworth
    ENCA interview with Dr Garth Benneyworth

    Sol Plaatje University academic Dr Garth Benneyworth talks about the deployment and role of the military in current unrest hotspots. He says that the SANDF can play a supporting role to the SAPS in keeping certain logistics routes open and…

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  • Continuation of Alert Level 4
    Continuation of Alert Level 4

    Dear SPU Community On Sunday, 11 July 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would remain at the Adjusted Alert Level 4, until 26 July 2021, to mitigate the effects of the third wave of COVID-19 infections that has…

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  • Mr David Kanguwe appointed SPU’s COO
    Mr David Kanguwe appointed SPU’s COO

    Mr David F Kanguwe has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) as from 1 March 2021. He takes over from the previous COO, Mr Raymond Olander, who retired after six years of serving…

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  • Remembering Professor Audrey Msimanga
    Remembering Professor Audrey Msimanga

    You are invited to join the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Professor Audrey Msimanga in a service of remembrance and celebration of her life.  Please find below an invitation to the online Memorial Service hosted by WITS University in honour of…

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  • New Chairperson of SPU Council
    New Chairperson of SPU Council

    Judge Mmathebe Violet Phatshoane has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Council. Judge Phatshoane served on the SPU Council since June 2014 and has played an integral role in the development of the University.…

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  • SPU mourns passing of Prof Msimanga
    SPU mourns passing of Prof Msimanga

    Dear SPU Community It is with great sadness that I inform you that Professor Audrey Msimanga, former Head of the School of Education, passed on yesterday. On behalf of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), I extend our sincere condolences to Professor…

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  • Sol Plaatje University acquires rugby stadium
    Sol Plaatje University acquires rugby stadium

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the Griqualand West Rugby Union (GWRU) reached a successful agreement on the sale of the Tafel Lager Stadium in Kimberley. The acquisition of the Stadium by SPU has also been approved by the Minister of…

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  • SPU and Microsoft Sign an Education Transformation Agreement
    SPU and Microsoft Sign an Education Transformation Agreement

    In a virtual ceremony held on Friday, 25 June 2021, our Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch, signed an Education Transformation Agreement with Microsoft. Sol Plaatje University is the first higher education institution in Southern Africa to partner with Microsoft…

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  • Champion of the downtrodden
    Champion of the downtrodden

    With growing calls to reopen the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and facing a rising third wave of COVID-19 infections it is an opportune moment in history to reflect on what the ‘Mother of Black Freedom’ stood for. First, education. South…

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  • Students views on #YouthDay2021
    Students views on #YouthDay2021

    It goes without saying that COVID-19 has changed the way in which young people engage and are without a doubt a generation that embodies resilience as they faced an unimaginable obstacle that has threatened the way in which we think…

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  • EDHE Intervarsity Internal Round and Official SCP Launch
    EDHE Intervarsity Internal Round and Official SCP Launch

    You are cordially invited to attend the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity Internal Round and Official Launch of the Studentpreneur Community of Practice (SCP).  The aim of the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity is to identify top student entrepreneurs at South Africa’s public universities,…

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  • Youth Month Public Lecture
    Youth Month Public Lecture

    This year marks the 45th anniversary of the student uprising on 16 June 1976 in Soweto when young people protested against the imposition of Afrikaans by the apartheid regime as a medium of instruction. It ended tragically, with hundreds of…

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  • Sol Plaatje University establishes a presence in Upington
    Sol Plaatje University establishes a presence in Upington

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has incorporated the Upington-based Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator (CfERI) into its fold, effective 1 June 2021. The CfERI was launched in 2017 as a partnership between the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) and…

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  • Youth Day conversation
    Youth Day conversation

    The Office of Residences and Student Support invites you to participate in a Youth Day Virtual Conversation taking place on Youth Day about youth development post 1994. Event Details: Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 Time: 10:00 Platform: MS Teams (Click…

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  • Youth month commemoration
    Youth month commemoration

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Library, in collaboration with the Northern Cape Provincial Library Services, will host a panel discussion and book launch to commemorate youth month on Tuesday, 15 June 2021. The panel discussion will highlight the challenges of…

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  • Online conference on Socio-Economic connections
    Online conference on Socio-Economic connections

    The Ukrainian Association of South Africa, the History subject group at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the Polish Association of Siberian Deportees in South Africa will host an online conference titled ‘Socio-Economic connections between Eastern Europeans in South Africa’. The…

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  • SPU Mourns the Passing of Professor Vishnu Padayachee
    SPU Mourns the Passing of Professor Vishnu Padayachee

    Dear SPU Community It was great sadness that I must inform you that Professor Vishnu Padayachee, a former member of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Council, passed away on Saturday, 29 May 2021. In June 2013, Professor Padayachee was appointed…

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  • SPU launches Donating to SPU
    SPU launches Donating to SPU

    Sol Plaatje University is pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Donating to SPU’ web page, which goes live on the SPU website today, 31 May 2021. The purpose of the page is to create a central home dedicated to…

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  • Message from the VC: Start of the second term
    Message from the VC: Start of the second term

    Dear SPU Students Welcome back to campus if you have been away during the recent recess period. I wish you all well as you embark upon the 2nd term of the 2021 academic year and want to remind you that…

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  • Invite: Regional Study Abroad Fair 2021
    Invite: Regional Study Abroad Fair 2021

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU), the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), the University of the Free State (UFS), and the International Relations Departments of the Free State Provincial Government and the Northern Cape Provincial Government takes great pleasure in inviting you to…

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  • Update: Delay to the start of the second term
    Update: Delay to the start of the second term

    Dear SPU Students and Staff There has been a significant spike in COVID-19 infections in the Northern Cape Province, where the number of active infections is presently amongst the highest in the country. We therefore placed the University under Alert…

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  • Delay to the start of the second term
    Delay to the start of the second term

    Dear SPU Students and Staff The University Management is putting in place measures to effectively curb the spread of the COVID-19 infections on campus and its effects on the surrounding communities. To this end, we will delay the start of…

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  • SPU at Alert Level 3
    SPU at Alert Level 3

    The Northern Cape Province is in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 infections which has had a significant impact on Sol Plaatje University. We have recorded thirteen positive cases for the period 3 to 16 May 2021, which led…

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  • Urgent announcement for graduates
    Urgent announcement for graduates

    Dear Graduates Due to more COVID-19 positive cases reported at Luka Jantjie House, a new date for the collection of certificates will be communicated in due course. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your cooperation in…

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  • Studentpreneur elected as deputy chairperson
    Studentpreneur elected as deputy chairperson

    In March 2021, the 3rd annual Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Kick-Off took place virtually across 3 days, with a key focus on encouraging entrepreneurship against all odds. Final year SPU BCom student, Chad Lucas, a former SPU EDHE…

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  • SPU’s 6th Graduation Ceremony
    SPU’s 6th Graduation Ceremony

    Sol Plaatje University hosted its 6th Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, 1 May 2021. The virtual ceremony was streamed live across various online platforms such as KimberleyTV, YouTube, Facebook, Zoom and MS Teams. A recording of the event can be viewed…

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  • Graduation information
    Graduation information

    The Sol Plaatje University 2021 Graduation event will take place as follows: Date: Saturday, 1 May 2021 Time: 09H30 Mode: Virtual event accessible on the following platforms: MS Teams – https://bit.ly/2Q6cn1L Zoom – https://bit.ly/3dwHgp2 Meeting ID: 893 7558 8333 Passcode: Z1Ztam…

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  • Entering banking details on iEnabler
    Entering banking details on iEnabler

    Dear SPU Students In order for there to be a smooth and efficient process for the payment of allowances, we request all First-Time-Entering Students (FTENs) to upload their banking details on the iEnabler system. The steps to follow are: Log…

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  • SPU water crises
    SPU water crises

    Sol Plaatje University like the rest of Kimberley has been affected by the ongoing water crisis. As of this morning all our water reserves were depleted on campus, however, we have purchased water for our immediate needs. It is still…

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  • Reviving the black archives
    Reviving the black archives

    The School of Humanities invites you to an online seminar entitled: “Reviving “the Black Archives”: Resurrecting Benedict Wallet Vilakazi with a focus on the utility and meaning of African languages and Literatures in higher education” by Prof. Nompumelelo “Mpume” Zondi…

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  • Sol Plaatje scholars take home HSS award
    Sol Plaatje scholars take home HSS award

    On Wednesday, 31 March 2021, a book edited by SPU academics Sabata-mpho Mokae and Professor Brian Willan, Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi: History, Criticism, Celebration won the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Award during the 6th HSS Awards held at Maropeng –…

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  • Alumni crowned Miss Kimberley 2021
    Alumni crowned Miss Kimberley 2021

    Sharon Van Staden’s life will never be the same. The 22-year-old from Roodepan, Kimberley, achieved her lifelong dream when she was crowned Miss Kimberley 2021 on 19 December 2020 at the Northern Cape Theatre. Mr and Miss Kimberley is an…

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  • Commencement of the academic year
    Commencement of the academic year

    Dear SPU Staff and Students I want to wish all our staff and students well for this new academic year which began on Monday, 29 March 2021. We did not have a smooth start due to the disruptions related to…

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  • Information for first-time entering students
    Information for first-time entering students

    To First-Time Entering Students ( 1st Years) Please take note of the following important information regarding online applications and online registration. Online Applications All applications for 2021 closed on the 31 January 2021. If however you applied prior to the…

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  • Resumption of the 2021 academic year
    Resumption of the 2021 academic year

    Dear SPU Staff and Students The call by the South African Union of Students (SAUS), for a national shutdown of universities, which our SRC supported, had an adverse effect on the functioning of the University over the past few days.…

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  • Disruption to start of academic year
    Disruption to start of academic year

    Dear SPU Staff and Students Our academic year was scheduled to begin on Monday, 23 March 2021, with classes taking place online and through some on-campus activities for various student cohorts. Due to the actions of the SRC in obstructing…

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  • Teeing Off for Talented Students
    Teeing Off for Talented Students

    Pictured (from left to right): Mr Alvin Botes, Judge Steven Majiedt, Mr Hentie van Niekerk and Mr Brendan Jacobs On Saturday, 13 March 2021, Judge Steven Majiedt, Chancellor of Sol Plaatje University, together with Standard Bank, hosted a successful Golf…

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  • Save the date: Research design and methods
  • Management responds to SRC demands
    Management responds to SRC demands

    During the course of this week the SRC submitted a Memorandum of Demands to the Sol Plaatje University Management. Responses to those demands can be accessed here.  Note: Returning Students who are still blocked from Registering must contact the Head…

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  • Statement from the VC on Student Protest Action
    Statement from the VC on Student Protest Action

    Dear SPU Community The right to protest is enshrined in our constitution and I support any peaceful means thereof. I do not support the intimidation of staff and students, the prevention of staff from doing their jobs, and a general…

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  • Registration deadline further extended
    Registration deadline further extended

    To First Time Entering Students and Returning Students The Minister of Higher Education and Training requested that, due to the NSFAS issues which had a direct impact on the registration of qualifying First Time Entering Students and Returning Students, institutions extend…

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  • University strides ahead
    University strides ahead

    As in the first phase of construction work at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in Kimberley, the second phase is also incorporating sustainability features. These range from synthetic surfaces for the sports fields to water-saving measures such as artificial landscaping…

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  • Registration deadline extended
    Registration deadline extended

    Dear first-time entering students Please note that on-campus Registration for first-time entering students to Sol Plaatje University is extended to 12 March 2021, if they: have a NSFAS reference number; and are SASSA recipients Click here to download the Late…

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  • Launch of the Northern Cape Innovation Forum
    Launch of the Northern Cape Innovation Forum

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to inform you that the Northern Cape Innovation Forum (NCIF), will be launched officially, on Friday, 26 February 2021.  In recognition of the importance of innovation to increase social and economic development in the…

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  • Academics’ publish in the UK
    Academics’ publish in the UK

    Following their recent placement on the 2021 Human and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards long list, Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Creative writing lecturer, Sabata-mpho Mokae and Extraordinary Professor, Brian Willan’s book is making international headlines in African literature for their book…

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  • 2020 was a mess but…
    2020 was a mess but…

    The best stories in life are like a string of pearls. For each life event the story is polished and lovely to behold. However, it is the string of events carefully joined together that gives the whole story meaning and…

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  • Announcement from the University Registrar
    Announcement from the University Registrar

    Dear SPU applicant Thank you for applying to study at Sol Plaatje University. The University will receive your final Grade 12 results from the Department of Basic Education in late February 2021. The results will be matched to your application…

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  • SPU academics land on HSS Awards longlist
    SPU academics land on HSS Awards longlist

    Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi: History, Criticism, Celebration, edited by Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) academics Sabata-mpho Mokae and Professor Brian Willan, has been put on the long list for the 2021 Human and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards alongside seasoned contributors such as…

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  • COVID-19 has hurt some more than others
    COVID-19 has hurt some more than others

      People queue for food aid south of Johannesburg. The impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods has been severe. Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images Jessika Bohlmann, University of Pretoria; Helene Maisonnave, Université Le Havre Normandie; Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, University of Pretoria;…

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  • VC featured in the Mail & Guardian
    VC featured in the Mail & Guardian

    The Mail & Guardian newspaper has done a feature on our Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch about his plans to put the Sol Plaatje University on the world map. Read the article here.

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  • 2023 Peer Mentor application are open
    2023 Peer Mentor application are open

    Please note that the applications for Peer Mentors are open. Those interested must upload the completed application form and previous semester/year academic transcript to the link provided no later than 30 November 2022 COB This opportunity is open to 3rd-year…

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  • Farewell from the SRC President
    Farewell from the SRC President

    In Setswana, we say “Se sa feleng se a tlhola!”. Loosely translated, the saying states that there is an end to everything. Therefore, this is my farewell message to the SPU community and a brief reflection on the academic year…

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  • Mr Zingisile Wolsak passes on
    Mr Zingisile Wolsak passes on

    Dear SPU Community It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Mr Zingisile Wolsak, Senior Manager: Services in the Facilities and Services Department and that of his wife, Loyiso and youngest daughter, Oviya.…

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  • Former President appointed by USSA
    Former President appointed by USSA

    Former SPU SRC President, Mr Thabo Moilwa, was appointed by University Sports South Africa (USSA) as the Deputy Chef de Missions of the South African delegation that will represent the country at the 31st World University Summer Games to be…

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  • Arrangements for returning to work
    Arrangements for returning to work

    Dear SPU Community My best wishes to you and your families for a prosperous, productive, and healthy new year. On 28 December 2020, President Ramaphosa, placed the country on a Level 3 Lockdown, due to a second wave of COVID-19…

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  • Professor Kabir guest speaker at CSR Webinar
    Professor Kabir guest speaker at CSR Webinar

    Professor M H Kabir, Associate Professor in the department of Accounting and Economics, has been invited to be a guest speaker at a Webinar Expert Lecture titled “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Strategic Planning and going forward post COVID-19”. The…

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  • Season’s greetings from the VC
  • 3rd annual Student Entrepreneurship Week
    3rd annual Student Entrepreneurship Week

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS), in partnership with the Student Affairs department, hosted its 3rd annual (and first-ever virtual) Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW). The virtual event took place over a three-day period in October under the theme…

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  • Graduate internships
    Graduate internships

    The University invites all final year students and alumni who reside in the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, Northern Cape, to apply for a 12 months Graduate Internship Programme (18.2) at Sol Plaatje University to gain valuable work experience. The aim…

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  • Remain vigilant – #MySPUMySafety
    Remain vigilant – #MySPUMySafety

    To the SPU Community In his address to the nation on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, President Ramaphosa mentioned that we are experiencing a higher than average rate of new COVID-19 infections in the Frances Baard Municipal District, which is where…

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  • SPU on Gender Based Violence
    SPU on Gender Based Violence

    Sol Plaatje University does not condone any form of Gender Based Violence and the University takes seriously any experiences pertaining to both staff and students.  Sexual harassment in particular that manifests in explicit and subtle ways is strongly condemned. There…

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  • Inaugural Meeting of Convocation
    Inaugural Meeting of Convocation

    The Inaugural Meeting of the SPU Convocation will take place on Saturday, 28 November 2020 from 11:00 to 13:00 in C016 on the Sol Plaatje University Central Campus. RSVP’s should be sent to kashini.maistry@spu.ac.za by Wednesday, 25 November 2020.   The…

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  • Public lecture by Professor Thuli Madonsela
    Public lecture by Professor Thuli Madonsela

    To mark the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism, Sol Plaatje University invites you to a virtual public lecture on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide which will be delivered by Professor Thuli Madonsela on Thursday, 12 November 2020. Amidst the…

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  • The co-creation of teaching and learning
    The co-creation of teaching and learning

    Co-creative teaching and learning and the normalizing of the abnormal entail the maximizing of the entry-level of students’ knowledge. These encapsulate the need to link learning and teaching to real-life issues, contexts and the student world and realities. The need…

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  • What about black women?
    What about black women?

    It is Breast Cancer Awareness month and questions around the reach of the awareness are important to ponder. Who is the awareness really for? Much of the awareness is predominately in English, while cancer centres and health facilitates are mostly…

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  • Judge Majiedt re-appointed as Chancellor
    Judge Majiedt re-appointed as Chancellor

    The Chair of Council, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, announced today that Constitutional Court Judge, Stevan Majiedt, has been re-appointed as Chancellor of Sol Plaatje University for a second successive five-year term. In congratulating Judge Majiedt on his reappointment, Judge Mokgoro said…

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  • Universities to jointly curb risky behaviour
    Universities to jointly curb risky behaviour

    In a media statement released by Universities South Africa (USAf), the Board of Directors of USAf have noted with grave concern, reports of reckless student behaviour on campuses since South Africa relaxed the national lockdown to Levels 2 and 1,…

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  • Directive from VC – 2020 SRC elections
    Directive from VC – 2020 SRC elections

    Dear SPU Students In accordance with clauses 46 to 54 of the SRC Constitution, I hereby issue the Directive on the SRC Electoral Rules and Procedures for 2020 which can be downloaded here. The Directive contains information on the composition…

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  • #Breadchallenge drives soup kitchen
    #Breadchallenge drives soup kitchen

    Buza Ndebele, a second-year BEd student at SPU, started a Facebook and WhatsApp challenge using the #breadchallenge during the national lockdown that turned into a community benefit project aimed at feeding the underprivileged community of Wolmaransstad. “We have a lot…

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  • Teacher’s Day celebration
    Teacher’s Day celebration

    Sol Plaatje University’s School of Education (SPU SoE) and the Northern Cape Department of Education (NC DoE) invite you to a virtual celebration of World Teacher’s Day. In 1994 UNESCO established World Teachers’ Day to appreciate the world’s educators and…

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  • Regional Virtual Study Abroad Fair
    Regional Virtual Study Abroad Fair

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU), the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), the University of the Free State (UFS),  and the International Relations Departments of the Free State Provincial Government and the Northern Cape Provincial Government takes great pleasure in…

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  • Interested in the entrepreneurship space?
    Interested in the entrepreneurship space?

    SPU students and staff are invited to join the 3rd annual (and first-ever virtual) SPU Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2020 taking place on 7, 14 and 15 October 2020 on MS Teams. First launched in 2017 by the Entrepreneurship Development…

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  • Return of staff and students to campus
    Return of staff and students to campus

    Dear SPU Community Our national lockdown is now at Alert Level 1 under which it is expected that we move to greater normality in our operations. The regulations allow for the return of all staff to campus. You are therefore…

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  • “I know what it’s like to have nothing”
    “I know what it’s like to have nothing”

    Period poverty, which refers to a lack of access to sanitary protection, continues to be a debilitating concern – especially for a developing country such as South Africa. However, Vanessa Madito, a first-year Heritage Studies student at SPU, managed to…

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  • NCPETF 2021 study assistance
    NCPETF 2021 study assistance

    The Northern Cape Premier’s Education Trust Fund (NCPETF) invites applications from unemployed youth in the Northern Cape to apply for study assistance for full-time studies at any South African institute of higher learning. Students who are eligible to apply are:…

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  • SPU to host 2nd IMITEC conference
    SPU to host 2nd IMITEC conference

    SPU’s School of Natural and Applied Sciences will host the 2020 2nd IMITEC conference from 25 to 27 November 2020. The conference will be held in conjunction with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Computer Society, IEEE South…

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  • Calling all SPU alumni
    Calling all SPU alumni

    You are cordially invited to the first Address to SPU Alumni by our new Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch. As a graduate of SPU, you have a significant role to play within the governance of the University. Please join…

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  • #WomenofSPU – Prof Mary Jean Baxen
    #WomenofSPU – Prof Mary Jean Baxen

    As National Women’s Month draws to a close, we invite you to a Virtual Seminar on Gender and Transformation in Higher Learning presented by Professor Mary Jean Baxen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic at Sol Plaatje University.  Today she also shares with…

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  • #WomenofSPU – Ms Simoné Williams
    #WomenofSPU – Ms Simoné Williams

    Women at Sol Plaatje University (SPU), including staff, students and alumni, have established themselves as pioneers, progressive leaders and change agents within the University and the community of Kimberley. From having the first female Deputy Vice-Chancellor, first female Chief Financial…

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  • Women’s month healing dialogue
    Women’s month healing dialogue

    To commemorate Women’s Month, Sol Plaatje University has partnered with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and mental health practitioners to offer a multi modal healing approach to women.  The dialogue incorporates the knowledge and experiences of psychologists, community…

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  • #WomenofSPU – Prof Audrey Msimanga
    #WomenofSPU – Prof Audrey Msimanga

    Women at Sol Plaatje University (SPU), including staff, students and alumni, have established themselves as pioneers, progressive leaders and change agents within the University and the community of Kimberley. From having the first female Deputy Vice-Chancellor, first female Chief Financial…

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  • Studentpreneur to compete at finals
    Studentpreneur to compete at finals

    The Annual National Intervarsity Student Entrepreneurship Competition is hosted by Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE), across all 26 public universities in South Africa. This is an initiative established by the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation. The purpose…

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  • Commemorating #WomenofSPU
    Commemorating #WomenofSPU

    Women at Sol Plaatje University, including staff, students and alumni, have established themselves as pioneers, progressive leaders and change agents within the University and the community of Kimberley. From having the first female Deputy Vice-Chancellor, first female Chief Financial Officer,…

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  • Dr Kamela Sekonya passes on
    Dr Kamela Sekonya passes on

    It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dr Kamela Sekonya, a Lecturer in Physics within the Department of Physical and Earth Sciences in the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, passed away on Friday, 15 August 2020. …

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  • Tribute to MEC Mack Jack
    Tribute to MEC Mack Jack

    Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University extends condolences to the family of the departed MEC Mack Jack.

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  • VC message – First semester 2020
    VC message – First semester 2020

    To the SPU Community Since the national lockdown came into effect at the end of March 2020 we have had to navigate in unchartered waters. I am happy to report that because we have all pulled together SPU is still…

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  • SPU Virtual Open Day
    SPU Virtual Open Day

    Sol Plaatje University is pleased to announce that the 2020 Open Day will take place online on Saturday, 22 August 2020. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for prospective students and their parents to find out more about our programme offerings,…

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  • NSFAS 2021 applications now open
    NSFAS 2021 applications now open

    The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, officially opened the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) 2021 Application cycle on 3 August 2020. NSFAS provides financial assistance in the form of a study bursary to qualifying…

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  • Shoprite Holdings awards bursary
    Shoprite Holdings awards bursary

    The Shoprite Holdings bursary aims at attracting and funding future Trainee Retail Managers who want to follow an exciting management career at the largest retailer in Africa. The funding is a steppingstone into the company and guarantees candidate’s employment upon…

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  • Closing off Mandela month
    Closing off Mandela month

    This year the essence of Nelson Mandela month is more significant than ever before as the world fights the spread of an unseen enemy – the coronavirus. As Mandela month draws to a close, we look at Dr Garth Benneyworth’s…

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  • First post-doctoral fellow at SPU
    First post-doctoral fellow at SPU

    The School of Natural and Applied Sciences welcomed Dr Zingfa Wala, who is the University’s first post-doctoral fellow, on 1 July 2020.   “The School of Natural and Applied Sciences is excited on this momentous occasion in welcoming the very…

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  • SPU 2021 applications
    SPU 2021 applications

    Sol Plaatje University now uses a new online application system that allows prospective students to apply to study at the institution without having to pay an application fee. To apply online, students must use a computer with internet connectivity and…

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  • Credo Mutwa Colloquium
    Credo Mutwa Colloquium

    Inaugural Intergenerational Colloquium In Commemoration of the Late Sanusi Vuzamazulu Credo Mpumelelo Mutwa Mkhulu Vusamazulu Mpumelelo Credo Mutwa was born on 21 July 1921 in the (now) Kwazulu-Natal Province in South Africa and would have turned 99 years of age…

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  • Summer meets Winter
    Summer meets Winter

    The School of Humanities invites you to an online seminar titled Summer meets Winter: A historical perspective on African nations participating at the Winter Olympics by Dr Cobus Rademeyer. A record number of eight African countries competed at the 2018…

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  • First female SRC president
    First female SRC president

    On Tuesday, 30 June 2020, the 2019-2020 SRC at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) met to elect a new President, as the post was vacant following the departure of the previous president. Ms Ntesang Makutu was elected by a majority vote…

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  • Agglomeration, disintegration and social distancing
    Agglomeration, disintegration and social distancing

    The School of Humanities invites you to an online seminar entitled Agglomeration, disintegration and social distancing: Covid-19 and the archaeological lessons on communicable diseases, population size and settlement organisation at the Great Zimbabwe by Dr Foreman Bandama. Whether plagues reached…

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  • “My vision to succeed kept me going”
    “My vision to succeed kept me going”

    With a strong mathematics, statistics and computer science core, the BSc degree in Data Science is one of the most challenging programmes offered at SPU. As the only University on the African continent that offers an undergraduate Data Science degree,…

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  • Webinar: Rurality and Rural Education
    Webinar: Rurality and Rural Education

    The School of Education hereby invites you to be part of an online webinar on Rurality and Rural Education presented by Professor Dipane Hlalele (UKZN). The event will take place as follows: Date: Thursday 18 June 2020 Time: 14h00 –…

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  • Social relief fund for students
    Social relief fund for students

    The Sol Plaatje University Senior Management Team has created a social relief fund for students who experience unanticipated financial hardship for which they have no other recourse for funding. Only students who are registered at Sol Plaatje University are eligible…

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  • Lecture by 1976 student protestor
    Lecture by 1976 student protestor

    Sol Plaatje University’s Department of Heritage Studies, within the School of Humanities, is hosting a June 16 commemoration public lecture titled ‘The bittersweet fruits of the June 1976 youth uprising’ by Ms Busisiwe Totsie Memela-Khambula. Ms Memela-Khambula worked in the…

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  • You are invited to the #VirtualGradExpo
    You are invited to the #VirtualGradExpo

    In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic that requires the nation to practice social distancing to contain and reduce the number of infections, SPU’s Student Affairs department is pleased to announce that SPU students will still have an opportunity to…

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  • Phased return of students to campus
    Phased return of students to campus

    Dear SPU Community In line with the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation that final year students and those graduating in 2020 may return to campus under the COVID-19 Level 3 lockdown, Sol Plaatje University will…

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  • Staff to return to work
    Staff to return to work

    Dear SPU Staff At the Senior Management Team Meeting held on Monday, 1 June 2020, a report was presented by the COO from the Post-Lockdown Task Team about plans for staff to return to campus. I am happy to report…

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  • Preparations to return to campus
    Preparations to return to campus

    Dear SPU Community In anticipation of the President’s announcement on Sunday, 24 May 2020, that the country would move down to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown; the University management has been working diligently to prepare for the return to…

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  • CFO elected to SAICA Council
    CFO elected to SAICA Council

    At the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Annual General Meeting held earlier this year Sol Plaatje University’s Chief Financial Officer, Annalene Marais, was elected as a member of the SAICA Central Region Council and Chairperson of the Kimberley…

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  • e-Learning orientation and data allocation
    e-Learning orientation and data allocation

    Dear SPU Community On Tuesday, 12 May 2020 we embarked upon an Orientation Programme for our students to help them navigate the system and resources that have been set-up for their e-Learning during the national lockdown.  The programme is going…

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  • SPU’s 2019 football player of the year
    SPU’s 2019 football player of the year

    For as long as he can recall, SPU’s 2019 soccer royalty, Okuhle Lwana always had a passion for football. Born in Flagstaff, situated in the Eastern Cape, Lwana states that much of his football inspiration is attributed to his older…

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  • Notice: Student financial enquiries
    Notice: Student financial enquiries

    To provide a more structured and coordinated approach to dealing with students’ financial enquiries during the nationwide lockdown, SPU’s Finance Department requests students to please send all their financial enquiries to the below email address: finance.enquiries@spu.ac.za This email address should…

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  • Staff to return to work
    Staff to return to work

    Dear Staff Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping the University academically and administratively operational during this unprecedented national lockdown period. It is a testament to your industriousness that we are in a strong position to plan for and…

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  • Pandemics are not new to the human experience
    Pandemics are not new to the human experience

    Just over 100 years ago, the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent human history. Estimates are that about 100 million people, or one-third of the world’s population, were infected. An estimated 50 million worldwide perished. Economic…

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  • Commencement of blended learning
    Commencement of blended learning

    Senate, at a special meeting yesterday, 21 April 2020, discussed the academic implications of the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and assessed the University’s readiness to offer teaching and learning through a blended mode. Over the last few…

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  • Student survey underway
    Student survey underway

    A telephonic survey, conducted by staff from the Student Affairs Department and Residence Office, is underway to assess student access to connectivity and electricity, and their proximity to the nearest Post Office. We have thus far captured all first-year students’…

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  • Xolani takes gold at top chess championship
    Xolani takes gold at top chess championship

    School of Education 4th year student Xolani Mathebula took a top 10 place at the competitive two-day Ethekwini Open Chess Championship earlier this year. More than 100 players competed in the A-section with another 90 players in the B-section. He…

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  • VC’s message on extended national lockdown
    VC’s message on extended national lockdown

    I write this in hopes that you and your families are safe and well. Following President Ramaphosa’s announcement tonight that the nationwide lockdown would be extended by two weeks, until the end of April 2020; I appeal to the University…

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  • VC Crouch’s message for SPU community
    VC Crouch’s message for SPU community

    Thank you for the warm welcome which I received upon taking-up my position as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University. I look forward to working with you on realising our aspirations for this university. I would like to acknowledge…

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  • Welcome to SPU’s 2nd Vice-Chancellor
    Welcome to SPU’s 2nd Vice-Chancellor

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome the second Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University, Professor Andrew Crouch.  Professor Andrew Crouch takes up the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University today, 1 April 2020. “We…

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  • HASA conference postponed
    HASA conference postponed

    South Africans and the world are facing an unprecedented period with the ongoing spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. Given the uncertainty of how events will unfold in the next few weeks and indeed what changes will be…

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  • Update: University lockdown
    Update: University lockdown

    Further to the communication posted on Monday, 23 March 2020 and in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for a national lockdown, the SPU community is informed of the following: SPU is on total shutdown from 16:00 on Thursday, 26…

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  • University lockdown
    University lockdown

    The University Council, on the advice of Senior Management Team, has agreed to a University lockdown for all SPU staff, from Tuesday, 24 March 2020 to Tuesday, 14 April 2020, under the following conditions: Employees are required to self-isolate for…

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  • Update: Response to COVID-19
    Update: Response to COVID-19

    In the interests of safety and security of Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the broader Kimberley community, the SPU community is hereby informed of the following action plan in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa: In order to…

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  • SPU Chancellor raised R200k
    SPU Chancellor raised R200k

    On Saturday, 14 March 2020, the Chancellor of Sol Plaatje University, Judge Steven Majiedt, together with Standard Bank, hosted a successful Golf Day at the Kimberley Golf Club in order to raise funds for student bursaries.  Sponsors who contributed to…

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  • Regional awards for SPU buildings
    Regional awards for SPU buildings

    Awards to three of the University’s buildings have added to the growing tally of accolades made to SPU for its world-class infrastructure. The multi-award-winning Library notched up another accolade when it was awarded the SAIA Free State Award for Architecture…

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  • SPU’s response to COVID-19
    SPU’s response to COVID-19

    Following the announcement by the President of a national state of disaster, the SPU Senior Management Team met today to consider a plan of action. The University notes that there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 viral infection in…

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  • Extraordinary Professor bags biography award
    Extraordinary Professor bags biography award

    On 12 March 2020, Professor Brian Willan won the award for Best Non-Fiction Biography for his book titled Sol Plaatje: A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876-1932 at the 5th Annual Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards 2020 ceremony. The…

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  • SPU hosts Ilifu Big Data Hackathon 2020
    SPU hosts Ilifu Big Data Hackathon 2020

    Sol Plaatje University hosted the Ilifu Big Data Hackathon from 12 – 13 March 2020. The Ilifu Human Capital Development and Outreach Committee in partnership with SPU’s School of Natural and Applied Sciences aims to promote active usage of ilifu…

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  • HSRC to host research conference at SPU
    HSRC to host research conference at SPU

    The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will, together with their strategic partners, host an international conference from 26th – 28th October 2020 at SPU in Kimberley, South Africa. The event will bring together researchers and…

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  • SPU to host 2020 historical conference
    SPU to host 2020 historical conference

    Theme: Convergences, Complications and Contestations: Hindsight, Insight and Foresight in Southern African Histories Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will host the biennial conference of the Historical Association of South Africa (HASA) from 30 June to 2 July 2020. Named after Sol…

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  • School of Humanities 2020 Public Seminar Series
    School of Humanities 2020 Public Seminar Series

    The School of Humanities public seminar series endeavours to promote robust academic engagement across the university community. We invite academics based at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) as well as visitors from other institutions to offer papers across a broad range…

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  • Chess champion: Game a good life analogy
    Chess champion: Game a good life analogy

    With over 10 years of game experience, SPU’s chess champion, Simon Maupa, says chess is a great game that teaches one how to think and instills an attitude of winning. “Not only does chess enhance one’s creativity and planning abilities,…

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  • Chancellor’s golf day
    Chancellor’s golf day

    The Standard Bank Chancellor’s Golf Day will be held on Saturday, 14 March 2020 at the Kimberley Golf Club. This is an annual event hosted by our Chancellor, Judge Steven Majiedt, to raise funds for the Chancellor’s Bursary Fund.  You…

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  • SPU’s biggest first-time entering class
    SPU’s biggest first-time entering class

    On Saturday, 8 February 2020, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) welcomed over 700 first-time entering students and their families, its biggest group ever of new students as SPU begins its seventh year of existence. The first session began at 09:00 in the…

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  • SPU appoints new VC & principal
    SPU appoints new VC & principal

    The Council of Sol Plaatje University is pleased to announce that Professor Andrew M Crouch will take up the position of Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University on 1 April 2020. The Council welcomes Professor Crouch to Sol Plaatje University…

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  • SPU’s 5th graduation for 332 graduates
    SPU’s 5th graduation for 332 graduates

    On Saturday, 14 December 2019, Sol Plaatje University held its 5th Graduation Ceremony for 332 graduates from across its four schools.  Students received certificates, diplomas or degrees from the Schools of Economic & Management Sciences, Education, Humanities and Natural &…

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  • Chancellor: Saying goodbye to Prof Ballim
    Chancellor: Saying goodbye to Prof Ballim

    Sol Plaatje University Chancellor, Judge Steven Majiedt, bids farewell to the University’s first Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Yunus Ballim: Prof Ballim has greatly endeared himself to us. He has truly embraced not only SPU but also Kimberley and the Northern…

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  • SPU looks at Afrikaans in Northern Cape
    SPU looks at Afrikaans in Northern Cape

    SPU, with particular efforts by its Schools of Education and Humanities, hosted a symposium entitled “Afrikaans: Kom saam/Come along” in October. The Northern Cape province represents the largest number of speakers of Afrikaans in South Africa. According to the 2011…

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  • Former SRC president flies NC sports flag
    Former SRC president flies NC sports flag

    The former SRC President Thabo Moilwa has been appointed as a University Sports South Africa (USSA) assessor, the first person to be appointed from the Northern Cape. It follows on from Thabo’s appointment as SRC president last year. The latest…

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  • SPU’s BCom to be re-curriculated
    SPU’s BCom to be re-curriculated

    In line with best practice, and as part of our quality assurance processes, all qualifications at Sol Plaatje University undergo regular programme review. During 2019, the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) qualification was evaluated. Following the recommendations of this review, the…

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  • SPU connects with regional, international universities
    SPU connects with regional, international universities

    In July 2019, Professor Jesmael Mataga, Head of the School of Humanities, spent time at one of Zimbabwe’s young universities.  The Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) was established in 1999 and is located in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Hosted by the Centre for…

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  • Sabata-Mpho Mokae wins SA Literary Award
    Sabata-Mpho Mokae wins SA Literary Award

    Rre Sabata-Mpho Mokae, a Lecturer in Creative Writing in African Languages, at Sol Plaatje University, has won a South African Literary Award (SALA) last night, (7 November 2019) for his novel Moletlo wa Manong.  It was a tight race in…

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  • Prof Pityana delivers annual lecture
    Prof Pityana delivers annual lecture

    Former Unisa Vice-Chancellor, Prof Barney Pityana, was invited to deliver the Sol Plaatje annual public lecture which took place last week. Here follows his thoughts which he set out in the public lecture entitled, “A Pariah in the Land of…

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  • Standout record for jobs, B-BBEE
    Standout record for jobs, B-BBEE

    In addition to the goals in terms of its student and academic profile and these groups’ development, the University has also set development targets and achievements for local and black skills development and participation in construction work.  The reason for…

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  • Moroko Hall is SPU’s largest on-campus res
    Moroko Hall is SPU’s largest on-campus res

    A large proportion of the University’s students originate from the Northern Cape which is a largely rural province.  Unsurprisingly, many students require accommodation.  Moroko Hall of Residence is the largest of the SPU three on-campus residences. In 2018, it housed…

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  • SPU collaborates with PSET institutions
    SPU collaborates with PSET institutions

    SPU, together with the University of South Africa, the Northern Cape Rural TVET College, DHET, the Department of Correctional Services, the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority and the Northern Cape Office of the Premier, amongst others, are…

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  • SPU’s Benneyworth publishes again
    SPU’s Benneyworth publishes again

    Dr Garth Benneyworth’s article, Reconstructing the Raid, in the 80th edition of The Thinker provides further insight into the historic Liliesleaf farm raid in the 1960s. Dr Benneyworth says that the raid was “certainly not a police solo strike. Rather…

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  • SPU to host EASA in 2020
    SPU to host EASA in 2020

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will host the Education Association of South Africa (EASA) 2020 annual conference which will take place from 12 to 15 January 2020. The theme for the conference will take a closer look at “Big holes and…

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  • SPU Chancellor appointed to ConCourt
    SPU Chancellor appointed to ConCourt

    The Chancellor of Sol Plaatje University, Judge Stevan Majiedt, was appointed on 11 September 2019 by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on the Constitutional Court as one of two new appointments made to replace the vacancies left by the retirement…

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  • Where are Kamfers Dam’s flamingos?
    Where are Kamfers Dam’s flamingos?

    Dr Doug Harebottle, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Biological and Agricultural Sciences Department, is collaborating with John Werth from PAAZA (Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria) in monitoring the movements of hand-reared Lesser Flamingos that were released back into…

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  • Call by VCs to meet with Ramaphosa to discuss GBV
    Call by VCs to meet with Ramaphosa to discuss GBV

    This statement was issued by Universities SA on behalf of the vice-chancellors of all 26 universities and therefore is endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Yunus Ballim. “We are experiencing an epidemic of incomprehensible violence. South Africa’s universities are…

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  • SPU partners in the Northern Cape Innovation Forum
    SPU partners in the Northern Cape Innovation Forum

    Sol Plaatje University, together with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI), the Black Management Forum, the Mine Managers Forum, the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs Forum, Northern Cape Tourism Authority and the…

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  • Students say no to violence
    Students say no to violence

    On Tuesday, 3 September 2019, students at Sol Plaatje University held a night vigil to make a statement against the increasing violence against women. Through poetry, song and prayer, they remembered Uyinene Mrwetyana the UCT student who was brutally murdered.…

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  • VCs call for Ramaphosa GBV meeting
    VCs call for Ramaphosa GBV meeting

    We are experiencing an epidemic of incomprehensible violence. South Africa’s universities are reeling this week from the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and the murder of UWC student Jesse Hess at a truly tragic moment in our…

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  • Humanities to hold more seminars
    Humanities to hold more seminars

    The School of Humanities has launched its second seminar series for 2019.  The series aims to promote robust academic engagement across the University community. It comprises nine seminars which began on 7 August 2019 with Professor David Shinn from George…

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  • VC to give open lecture on iconic 60s song
    VC to give open lecture on iconic 60s song

    Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Yunus Ballim, will give an Open Lecture which will explore the questions raised by the song “People Get Ready” as they pertain to the conceptualisation of freedom and the perspective of slavery, as well as our understanding…

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  • SPU heads for national reading competition
    SPU heads for national reading competition

    Sol Plaatje University has for the first time ever participated in the FUNDA MZANTSI CHAMPIONSHIP (FMC) Elimination,  a reading competition, hosted by the National Library of South Africa (NSLA). On 13 August  2019, SPU  together with the Department of Correctional…

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  • Big support for International Youth Day
    Big support for International Youth Day

    The International Youth Day Celebration, hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and Sol Plaatje University (SPU) on Monday, 12 August 2019, attracted some high profile participants and a diverse audience of youth from the greater Kimberley…

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  • SPU remembers female freedom fighter
    SPU remembers female freedom fighter

    On Thursday, 1 August 2019 the SPU community gathered to honour and remember Nokuthula Simelane through an exhibition on her life put together by our Heritage Studies students and to hear her story narrated by her sister Thembi Simelane-Nkadimeng, Executive…

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  • SPU shines at 2019 NSW launch
    SPU shines at 2019 NSW launch

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) put its best foot forward in partnering with the Department Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Northern Cape Department of Education to host the launch of the 2019 National Science Week at the Mittah Seperepere Convention…

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  • Nzimande launches science week
    Nzimande launches science week

    Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, will launch the 2019 instalment of National Science Week (NSW), the premier science engagement initiative on the Department of Science and Innovation’s calendar in Kimberley this coming Saturday. This year’s…

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  • SPU library takes international award
    SPU library takes international award

    Sol Plaatje University’s Library and Resource Centre, on Central Campus, has won an international architecture award at this year’s 14th edition of the 2019 International Architecture Awards. Founded in 2005, the International Architecture Awards is one of the oldest annual…

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  • SASAE conference hosted at SPU
    SASAE conference hosted at SPU

    The South African Society for Agricultural Extension kicked off their annual conference at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in Kimberley earlier this week. About 300 delegates were given a warm welcome by Professor Jean Baxen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic. She informed the…

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  • Student takes African short fiction award
    Student takes African short fiction award

    SPU Humanities’ student Sisca Julius, who is studying Afrikaans, creative writing, anthropology and heritage studies, was awarded the inaugural K & L prize for her story, Honey Bee. The award which comes with a substantial prize was founded last year…

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  • Another book review for Benneyworth
    Another book review for Benneyworth

    Dr Garth Benneyworth has notched up another landmark book review in the internationally acclaimed North-West University journal, New Contree. He reviewed the text of Rusty Bernstein, entitled Memory against Forgetting, which covers the remarkable man’s memoir of a life in…

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  • SPU co-hosts archaeology conference
    SPU co-hosts archaeology conference

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is co-hosting the Biennial Conference of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) in Kimberley which starts today and runs until 5 July 2019. Its co-host is Kimberley’s landmark McGregor Museum. The conference brings together…

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  • French accolade for SPU liberation expert
    French accolade for SPU liberation expert

    SPU’s Head of Department of Heritage Studies, Dr Garth Benneyworth is part of an international team whose work has been included in a recently-published book, Life in the Camp. The book covers issues of forced migration and internment of civilians,…

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  • Management responds to safety concerns
    Management responds to safety concerns

    The safety of our students is of paramount importance; to this end, we introduced green routes to create a safe environment for our students as they navigate their way between academic and administrative buildings, sporting facilities and the various student…

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  • Dr Msimanga tackles language debate
    Dr Msimanga tackles language debate

    Head of the School of Education, Dr Audrey Msimang, presented an exciting paper at the second School of Education seminar in May. Her research and presentation aimed to create further understanding of the nature and role of classroom talk in…

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  • SPU takes 2nd place in national competition
    SPU takes 2nd place in national competition

    For the second time in a row, SPU’s Dumela team has taken second prize in a national hackathon competition with a score of 82% from the judges. Dumela was one of the three teams from Kimberley which competed against 12…

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  • Africa celebrates
    Africa celebrates

    This year’s guest speaker at SPU’s annual Africa Day Public Lecture was Kehinde Andrews, a professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University in Birmingham, England. Andrews’ lecture, which was held at the Sol Plaatje University on 24 May 2019,…

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  • SPU drama group to feature at NAF
    SPU drama group to feature at NAF

    In 2019, the SPU Drama Group will feature at Makhanda’s 45th National Arts Festival on the Fringe Programme with their play Buried Seeds by Thabo Gabogope and Mishka Tobias. Buried Seeds is a dual language play in Setswana and English…

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  • Award-winning lecturer in 130th commemoration
    Award-winning lecturer in 130th commemoration

    Creative Writing Lecturer, Sabata-mpho Mokae, was invited to deliver a speech at the Beaconsfield Library’s historic 130th anniversary speech. The text follows: “Once upon a time a brightly shining star hurriedly traversed the skies from east to west, splitting the heavens and…

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    Academic presents on liberation struggle

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  • First data science honours class for SPU
    First data science honours class for SPU

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  • Inaugural intake for postgrad programme
    Inaugural intake for postgrad programme

    The first intake of students into the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management, offered by the School of Economic and Management Sciences, arrived at SPU on Saturday, 6 April 2019 for their Orientation Programme. The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management is…

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  • SPU advertises VC’s post
    SPU advertises VC’s post

    Sol Plaatje University has advertised the post of Vice-Chancellor (VC), which is to become vacant when the inaugural VC and Principal, Prof Yunus Ballim steps down at the end of 2019, having laid an excellent foundation for his successor. The…

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  • Land acquired for SPU-KHRD
    Land acquired for SPU-KHRD

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  • SPU research day set for May
    SPU research day set for May

    The Sol Plaatje University Research Day, which is a collaboration with the South African Swedish University Forum (SASUF), will take place on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. The discussion themes are: Education for a sustainable society & social transformation through change…

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  • “First Things First” success at SPU
    “First Things First” success at SPU

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  • University puts health first
    University puts health first

    The University is to hold a health & wellness testing tomorrow (9 April 2019) from 12:00 to 16:00 on the Central Campus Quad. The testing is part of the nationwide “First Things First” campaign which is a programme supported the…

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  • NMISA to present at SPU
    NMISA to present at SPU

    The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) will present on human capital development in the Library Auditorium (Central Campus) from 10:00 to 15:00 on Monday, 8 April 2019. The Institute is responsible for maintaining the SI units, and for maintaining…

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  • Humanities to look at cattle history of Southern Africa
    Humanities to look at cattle history of Southern Africa

    Michael Glover from the School of Humanities, Leiden University and International Studies Group, University of the Free State will present a paper entitled, “Cattle history of Southern Africa at 14:00 on Friday, 5 April 2019.  The venue is C016, Humanities…

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  • Seta bursaries for honours students
    Seta bursaries for honours students

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  • Zakes Mda’s latest book launch for SPU
    Zakes Mda’s latest book launch for SPU

    World acclaimed writer and South African novelist Zakes Mda is to launch his book, The Zulus of New York at Sol Plaatje University at 18:00 on Thursday, 28 March 2019. The launch, which is to take place at the Library…

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  • Rock art book launch for SPU
    Rock art book launch for SPU

    The Sol Plaatje University, IFAS–Recherche and Wits University Press have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of a new book on rock art VISIONARY ANIMAL Rock Art from Southern Africa Visionary Animal is a rich collection of essays…

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  • SPU’S Dr Marga Stander tackles plagiarism
    SPU’S Dr Marga Stander tackles plagiarism

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  • Bootcamp for NAS honours students
    Bootcamp for NAS honours students

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  • Bicycle hero
    Bicycle hero

    At the basement entrance of Luka Jantjie House, there is a hive of activity. It’s there that you will find Benjamin Jonas, quietly going about his business as the University’s only bike technician who takes care of SPU’s fleet of…

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  • Atsile puts SPU Data Science on the map
    Atsile puts SPU Data Science on the map

    SPU’s Data Science Honours programme began on a high note this year with the University receiving a mention in Minister Ebrahim Patel’s speech at the closing of the SONA debate. In the speech, which highlighted the need for new skills…

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  • HRSC partners with SPU for research programme
    HRSC partners with SPU for research programme

    The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and SPU have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will focus on the higher education and development nexus of SPU in Kimberley and the Northern Cape. The MoU centres on four initial broad…

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  • First Fulbright scholars at SPU
    First Fulbright scholars at SPU

    The two American women cycling up the hill daily (on SPU bikes) from Belgravia to SPU are our first Fulbright Scholars.  Adeola Ajirotutu is from New York City.  She has an undergraduate degree, in Religious and Italian Studies, from the…

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  • PICC & SPU talk infrastructure
    PICC & SPU talk infrastructure

    Members of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) conducted a series of interviews on campus on 14 February 2019, with members of the Senior Management Team (SMT) about the infrastructure developments at SPU since its inception. They also interviewed academics…

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  • Humanities’ academics in landmark translation project
    Humanities’ academics in landmark translation project

    Three School of Humanities’ academics are contributing to a landmark project which will see seven novels and one work of non-fiction translated from English to Setswana. The seven works, known as The Repatriation of Letters, is part of a two-year…

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  • Audrey Msimanga heads Education
    Audrey Msimanga heads Education

    Dr Audrey Msimanga has been appointed as the new Head of the SPU School of Education. She holds a PhD in Science Education from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as an MSc in Zoology; BSc Hons in Biological…

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  • SPU appoints Communications & Marketing Head
    SPU appoints Communications & Marketing Head

    Kashini Maistry has been appointed Senior Manager Communications and Marketing (effective 15 January 2019). A graduate of Wellesley College in the USA and Wits University, she brings a wealth of experience gained over 25 years in higher education. She cut…

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  • 2018 marked a milestone in history of School of Humanities
    2018 marked a milestone in history of School of Humanities

    The year marked our fifth anniversary, and also came with the first inaugural graduates from our BA degree, with commendable throughput rates. These existing milestones have ushered us into another milestone in our growth as a school. Our three postgraduate…

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  • EMS: Three broad goals for 2019
    EMS: Three broad goals for 2019

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences (SoEMS) has deliberately chosen to pursue three major goals in 2019, which will have major impact on its future position and performance. Firstly, the School will build capacity in curriculum design, programme development…

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  • NAS positive for 2019
    NAS positive for 2019

    “We exhibit and are committed to professionalism, integrity and high work ethics at all times. We produce high calibre students who are innovative and independent thinkers through excellent teaching. “We provide a friendly working environment which promotes life-long learning. We…

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  • Sol Plaatje University welcomes its biggest  first-entering class
    Sol Plaatje University welcomes its biggest first-entering class

    Biggest first-entering class for 2020 On Saturday, 2nd February 2019 Sol Plaatje University (SPU) welcomed over six hundred first-entering students and their families – its biggest group ever of new students as SPU begins its sixth year of existence. The…

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  • Parliamentary Committee visits SPU
    Parliamentary Committee visits SPU

    On Wednesday, 30 January 2019, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training (PCHET), led by the Chair, Ms Connie September, undertook an oversight visit to Sol Plaatje University to receive reports on: the 2019 registration process, the 2018…

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  • Construction work on the North Campus Luka Jantjie House
    Construction work on the North Campus Luka Jantjie House

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  • Absa gives R4.5m for data science
    Absa gives R4.5m for data science

    At an event held today, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) acknowledged the R4.5 million investment from Absa Bank which will support the data science development endeavours of the University and the Northern Cape Province. The Premier of the Northern Cape Province,…

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  • NAS holds first wetlands event at SPU
    NAS holds first wetlands event at SPU

    Under the auspices of the Northern Cape Wetland Forum, Sol Plaatje University in conjunction with South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) Arid Node, based in Kimberley, hosted a successful World Wetlands Day event on Friday 1 February. Over 30 people…

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  • PCHET visits SPU
    PCHET visits SPU

    On Wednesday, 30th January 2019 the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training (PCHET), led by the Chair, Ms Connie September, undertook an oversight visit to Sol Plaatje University to receive reports on: the 2019 registration process, the 2018…

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  • Historic sod-turning marks further SPU development
    Historic sod-turning marks further SPU development

    On 12 December 2018, a historic sod-turning event symbolised a major milestone in the ongoing development of SPU. In 2014, the University purchased a property, close to Central Campus, later designated as South Campus; a site which is to be…

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  • SPU ready for Registration 2019
    SPU ready for Registration 2019

    Sol Plaatje University was honoured to host the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Buti Manamela and his personal staff on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.  The purpose of Mr Manamela’s visit was to undertake a readiness check on…

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  • Cycle and study: It’s how we “roll”
    Cycle and study: It’s how we “roll”

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  • SPU prepares for 2020-21 buildings
    SPU prepares for 2020-21 buildings

    Sol Plaatje University continues to expand its infrastructure so that it can meet its goal to accommodate over 7,000 students in the medium term. NAS academic building on Central Campus Planned on Central Campus for occupation at the beginning of…

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  • From student to employee
    From student to employee

    Owen Langdown is a Retail Management Diploma graduate who is currently employed by GWK.  He shares his experience from being a student to becoming an employee I would like to start by saying that the student environment is a safe…

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  • SPU’s annual report available
    SPU’s annual report available

    Sol Plaatje University’s annual report, which outlines its progress for the 2017/18, has been released.  The 120-page document, which was released in October 2018, provides insights into the young University’s fifth year of operations. Your free download can be found…

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  • Carnegie funds associate professor at SPU
    Carnegie funds associate professor at SPU

    SPU’s School of Humanities received funding from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to host Prof Jean-Jacques Ngor Sène. Prof Sène is an Associate Professor of History; Cultural Studies; Conflict Studies and Global Focus Coordinator from Chatham University in the…

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  • Students get entrepreneurship grooming
    Students get entrepreneurship grooming

    The Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2018 is a key project in the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, a partnership between the Department of Higher Education and Training, and Universities South Africa (USAf). This project aims to raise student…

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  • More accolades for Humanities’ academics
    More accolades for Humanities’ academics

    Academics in the School of Humanities continue to grow their academic prowess with some notable recent achievements: Palesa Seleke received her MA in Setswana from North-West University in September 2017. Her MA research was on the Context of Gomolemo Mokae’s…

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  • SPU makes PSC pledge
    SPU makes PSC pledge

    Recently Vice-Chancellor Professor Yunus Ballim signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Public Service Commission (PSC). The MOU is part of the University’s overall commitment towards partnerships and engagement with the broader community and stakeholders in the province and across…

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  • SPU-Sasol takes science to schools
    SPU-Sasol takes science to schools

    SPU’s Inzalo Project is an outreach to Northern Cape schools to promote science education sponsored by Sasol. The project, which has been operating for a year, aims to identify and interact with schools where there is a need for support…

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  • Five-year milestones honour ethos of University’s namesake
    Five-year milestones honour ethos of University’s namesake

    2018 marks Sol Plaatjie University’s fifth year since its establishment, and of a period in which South Africa’s youngest university has made notable achievements. 1. Institutional development of a new Sol Plaatje University Sol Plaatje University was established by Government…

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  • Rebaone talks about Chinese ICT exchange
    Rebaone talks about Chinese ICT exchange

    Huawei, in partnership with Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services (DTPS), has offered the Seeds for the Future programme since 2016. Each year, the partnership invites 10 South African students to China for international training in Beijing and Shenzhen. The…

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  • Top biological sciences graduate off to Rhodes
    Top biological sciences graduate off to Rhodes

    SPU biological sciences graduate Tshepiso Seshuwane has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes University bursary to complete his honours.This follows a strong recommendation from SPU’s Dr Adebowale based on the student’s exemplary academic track record. The bursary was awarded as part…

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  • SPU flies flag at African heritage workshop
    SPU flies flag at African heritage workshop

    Dr Garth Benneyworth represented SPU and South Africa as a panellist on a World Heritage and Educational Institutions in Africa Workshop earlier this year His paper was entitled, “Building futures through developing heritage studies as a learning and economic resource”.…

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  • SPU partners with Eskom in science project
    SPU partners with Eskom in science project

    SPU, as part of its community outreach initiative, seeks to establish a partnership with the organisers of the Expo for Young Scientists in the Northern Cape to establish a collaborative relationship with them and with participating schools within the Frances…

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  • SPU preparing for new buildings in 2020 & 2021
    SPU preparing for new buildings in 2020 & 2021

    Nine contractors selected In response to the local community call to be involved in the capital development projects, SPU has procured nine contractors: Major Works, Medium and Refurbishment Works, Small Works and Civil Works. Six local contractors appointed This has…

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  • NAS students show off web skills
    NAS students show off web skills

    On completion of the first-year multimedia foundations I module for the ICT diploma at SPU, students should be able to understand the essential multimedia concepts for the Web. In addition, students should then be able to plan, design and develop…

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  • SPU helps to feed the hungry
    SPU helps to feed the hungry

    SPU has formed a partnership with the University through its Economic and Management Sciences School. The collaboration began with SPU sending a team to participate in the Meals on Wheels (MONW) annual cook-off in November this year. Sol Plaatje University…

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  • Retreat helps develop writing abilities 
    Retreat helps develop writing abilities 

    The University has just released a 90-page publication – Scholars research writings – that shows off the writing skills of six of the University’s Next Generation of Academics Programme (nGap) cohort. The six nGap protégés attended the first retreat held…

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  • SPU gets its first NRF rated academic
    SPU gets its first NRF rated academic

    Dr Nhlanhla Mpofu who is a Senior Lecturer and Director Teaching, Learning and Programme Development, has been awarded a Y2 rating as a researcher by the National Research Foundation. South Africa’s researchers are categorised into five categories including the promising…

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  • NRF approves 4 grants for SPU academics
    NRF approves 4 grants for SPU academics

    Earlier in December 2018, the National Research Foundation announced that it had awarded four grants to SPU academics. This was made up of one new grant which was was awarded to NAS’ Dr Kamila Sekonya. The remaining two grants made…

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  • SPU gears up for graduation
    SPU gears up for graduation

    SPU is all set for graduation which is expected to take place on Saturday, 15 December 2018 at the examination hall at Central Campus. Over 200 students will graduate from the Schools of Humanities, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Education.…

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  • SPU graduates to benefit with Accenture
    SPU graduates to benefit with Accenture

    SPU and Accenture South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 10 October 2018, to launch the internship programme during a ground-breaking ceremony. Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and…

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  • Good performance by lady footballers
    Good performance by lady footballers

    At the University Sports South Africa (USSA) week, the team was in Group B and played against the University of Mpumalanga which they won 3-1. This was followed by a loss against Rhodes University and a draw against UWC. The team…

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  • Education academic tells identity story in PhD
    Education academic tells identity story in PhD

    An interest in the way Namaqualand learners from different backgrounds, cultures and communities create identities led to Dr Emma Groenewald’s research in the identity construction of students at a University. Emma, who was born in Petrus Steyn, joined SPU in…

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  • Carina Truyts leads Kimberley leg of $1-million research project
    Carina Truyts leads Kimberley leg of $1-million research project

    Humanities’ anthropology lecturer Carina Truyts is part of a team that applied for, and won, a $1- million IDRC research grant for a three-year project titled ‘Nourishing Spaces’. This project is investigating the link between non-communicable disease (such as diabetes)…

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  • Honorary membership for Professor
    Honorary membership for Professor

    SPU Extraordinary Professor for Archaeology and Heritage Studies Prof David Morris was awarded Honorary Membership of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists at its biennial conference at Pretoria University in July 2017. This was made in recognition of efforts made…

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  • Sol Plaatje building wins at Fulton Awards
    Sol Plaatje building wins at Fulton Awards

    The Sol Plaatje University Library C004 was the overall winner in the ‘Buildings Greater than Three Storeys’ category, Architectural Concrete in the Fulton Awards 2017. AECOM is the Principal Agent for this prestigious project. The Fulton Awards, held every two…

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