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  • SPU library resource centre takes international award
    SPU library resource centre 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 in Kimberley earlier this week. About 300 delegates were given a warm welcome to Sol Plaatje University (SPU) by Professor Jean Baxen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor:…

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  • SPU student takes African short fiction award
    SPU 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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  • Benneyworth notches up another book review
    Benneyworth notches up another book review

    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 regional archaeology conference
    SPU co-hosts regional 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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  • Education School Head’s research tackles tricky language debate
    Education School Head’s research tackles tricky 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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  • Humanities lecturer in 130th commemoration for library
    Humanities lecturer in 130th commemoration for library

    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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  • Humanities’ Dr Benneyworth presents on liberation struggle
    Humanities’ Dr Benneyworth presents on liberation struggle

    Dr Garth Benneyworth, a notable authority on the liberation struggle, presented his paper, Reconstructing the Raid, to a conference which brought together veterans from the 1960s era and seven international academics who engaged in a two-day conversation on that era…

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  • First data science honours class for SPU
    First data science honours class for SPU

    The School of Natural and Applied Sciences introduced its honours in data science programme this year, successfully enrolling six students, all of whom had completed their BSc in Data Science at the University last year. The popular programme covers modules…

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  • Land acquired for SPU-KHRD
    Land acquired for SPU-KHRD

    Sol Plaatje University is one step closer to realising its research and education focus on rural development issues in the Northern Cape region, following the confirmation that it has been granted land by the Northern Province Government. In announcing the…

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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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  • 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

    Earlier today, the University’s “First Things First” health and wellness campaign got underway. Leading from the front were Vice-Chancellor and Principal Yunus Ballim and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Jean Baxen who underwent testing as the day kicked off. “First Things…

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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…

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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 awards 15 bursaries to honours students
    Seta awards 15 bursaries to honours students

    The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) has awarded 15 bursaries worth R871,500 to the School of Humanities Honours Social Science Sociology students for this year. This is a shot in the arm for the first postgraduate…

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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 Yorkat Sol Plaatje University at 18:00 on Thursday, 28 March 2019. The launch, which is to take place at the Library Auditorium…

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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

    Dr Marga Stander of the School of Humanities recently had a research article published in the Journal of Further and Higher Education. Entitled, “Strategies to help university students avoid plagiarism: a focus on translation as an intervention strategy”, the article…

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  • Bootcamp bonanza for NAS honours students
    Bootcamp bonanza for NAS honours students

    Three academics from the School of Natural and Applied Sciences accompanied six Data Science Honours students to an intensive week-long bootcamp at the University of Pretoria. The team stayed at Future Africa, which is aiming to be a centre for…

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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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  • Data Science’s Atsile helps put SPU on the map
    Data Science’s Atsile helps put SPU 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 about infrastructure development
    PICC, SPU talk about infrastructure development

    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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  • Dr Audrey Msimanga appointed head of School of Education
    Dr Audrey Msimanga appointed head of School of 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 head of Communications & Marketing
    SPU appoints head of Communications & Marketing

    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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  • 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

    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 rapid growth of SPU will…

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  • Portfolio Committee on Higher Education & Training  visit to SPU
    Portfolio Committee on Higher Education & Training visit to 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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  • Construction work on the North Campus Luka Jantjie House
    Construction work on the North Campus Luka Jantjie House

    As you will have noticed, construction work at Luka Jantjie House began this week. It takes place in three phases and will be completed by the start of the academic year in 2020. The construction work is being undertaken by…

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  • Absa provides R4.5m to Sol Plaatje University for Data Science
    Absa provides R4.5m to Sol Plaatje University for Data Science

    At an event held today, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) acknowledged the R4.5million investment from Absa Bank which will support the University’s and the Northern Cape Province’s endeavor to develop the field of Data Science.  The Premier of the Northern Cape…

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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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  • SPU welcomes biggest 1st-entering class
    SPU welcomes biggest 1st-entering class

    On Saturday, 2 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 rapid growth of SPU will…

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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”

    Renting out branded bicycles to students is an initiative by Sol Plaatje University in support of both Student Services and the SPU Development Mobility Plan. It is intended to encourage those who do not have access to transport to rent…

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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 completed.  The 120 document, which was released in October 2018, provides insights into the young University’s fifth year of operations. Your free download can befound at…

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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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