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  • Message from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal
    Message from the Vice-Chancellor and Principal

    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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  • Postponed: 2020 HASA conference
    Postponed: 2020 HASA conference

    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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  • 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 Willan bags best biography award
    Extraordinary Professor Willan bags best 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 social sciences research conference at SPU
    HSRC to host social sciences 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 the 2020 Historical Association of South Africa Conference
    SPU to host the 2020 Historical Association of South Africa 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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  • SPU master chess champion: “The game is a good analogy of life”
    SPU master chess champion: “The game is a good analogy of life”

    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 welcomes biggest first-time entering class
    SPU welcomes 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 319 graduates
    SPU’s 5th graduation for 319 graduates

    On Saturday, 14 December 2019, Sol Plaatje University held its 5th Graduation Ceremony for 319 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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  • “We say our goodbyes to Professor Yunus Ballim”: Chancellor Majiedt
    “We say our goodbyes to Professor Yunus Ballim”: Chancellor Majiedt

    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 takes closer look at Afrikaans in Northern Cape
    SPU takes closer look 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 flag for Northern Cape sport
    Former SRC president flies flag for Northern Cape sport

    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 and international universities
    SPU connects with regional and 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 Sol Plaatje lecture
    Prof Pityana delivers annual Sol Plaatje 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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  • SPU collaborates with PSET institutions in Upington
    SPU collaborates with PSET institutions in Upington

    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 as Constitutional Court Judge
    SPU Chancellor appointed as Constitutional Court Judge

    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 did the Kamfers Dam’s flamingos go?
    Where did the Kamfers Dam’s flamingos go?

    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 to establish the Northern Cape Innovation Forum
    SPU partners to establish 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; remember Uyinene
    Students say no to violence; remember Uyinene

    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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  • Call by VCs for GBV meeting with Ramaphosa: Statement
    Call by VCs for GBV meeting with Ramaphosa: Statement

    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’ second seminar series launched
    Humanities’ second seminar series launched

    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 Prof Ballim to give open lecture on iconic 60s song
    VC Prof Ballim 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 celebrations
    Big support for International Youth Day celebrations

    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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  • Minister Nzimande to launch 2019 science week in Kimberley
    Minister Nzimande to launch 2019 science week in Kimberley

    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 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 (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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  • 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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  • SPU management responds to safety concerns: Statement
    SPU management responds to safety concerns: Statement

    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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  • Education’s Msimanga tackles language debate
    Education’s 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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