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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 students say no to violence against women & remember Uyinene
    SPU students say no to violence against women & 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SPU’s inaugural intake of PGDip in Public Management
    SPU’s inaugural intake of PGDip in Public Management

    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

    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 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

    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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  • 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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