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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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  • Fishbowls, beans, gogo and mathematics
    Fishbowls, beans, 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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  • 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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