MEDIA RELEASES

  • Arrangements for staff to return to work
    Arrangements for 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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  • 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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  • 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 biography award
    Extraordinary Professor Willan 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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  • 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’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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