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  • SPU’s ninth Graduation Ceremony is around the corner!
    SPU’s ninth Graduation Ceremony is around the corner!

    Excitement is in the air as we celebrate our graduands achievements at Sol Plaatje University’s ninth Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, 20 April 2024 at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley. Graduates are kindly requested to take note of the…

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  • SPU Students Excel in L’Oréal Brandstorm youth competition
    SPU Students Excel in L’Oréal Brandstorm youth competition

    Front: Mr David Makomane. Back row, left to right: Mr Liyema Swartbooi, Mrs Eva Mamabolo and Mr Chris Kruger In a remarkable showcase of talent and innovation, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) students achieved second place in the prestigious L’Oréal Brandstorm…

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  • Jumpstart Your Career at SPU’s Career Fair 2024!
    Jumpstart Your Career at SPU’s Career Fair 2024!

    Ready for the next step in your career? Get ready to explore opportunities at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) 2024 Career Fair on 17 April 2024, from 10:00 – 16:00, at SPU’s Exam Hall on Central Campus. This event will…

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  • Enhancing campus safety: Launch of the SPU-SAPS Campus Safety Desk
    Enhancing campus safety: Launch of the SPU-SAPS Campus Safety Desk

    We are excited to announce the launch of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) Campus Safety Desk on 27 and 26 March 2024 at the South Campus Multipurpose Hall. This initiative is a result…

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  • SPU’s Golf Day drives support for students
    SPU’s Golf Day drives support for students

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Student Representative Council (SRC) hosted the inaugural Thusa Moithuti Fundraising Golf Day on 15 March 2024 at the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate. The event aimed to raise funds for less privileged and academically excluded SPU…

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  • A boost for SPU Rugby
    A boost for SPU Rugby

    Sol Plaatje University Rugby are having an amazing, winning season in every respect.  They have landed three local sponsors, have had 4 incredible wins from their first 4 games and just received their new kit.  At an event on Tuesday,…

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  • Statement on student protests – 7 March 2024
    Statement on student protests – 7 March 2024

    Academic and operational activities at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) were disrupted this morning, Thursday, 7 March 2024, by students who are demanding payment of NSFAS allowances and that the University addresses concerns about conditions in accredited off-campus accommodation. NSFAS approached…

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  • Celebrating success: SPU’s graduation ceremony
    Celebrating success: SPU’s graduation ceremony

    It is that wonderful time of the year when we celebrate the remarkable achievements of our students. This year, our ninth graduation ceremony coincides with the 10th anniversary of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), two milestone events in our history. The…

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  • Oppenheimer Memorial Trust launch honours scholarships at SPU
    Oppenheimer Memorial Trust launch honours scholarships at SPU

    The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) awarded prestigious scholarships to select students pursuing an Honours Degree at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). The Trust generously donated R4 million in scholarships to SPU honours students with a proven record of excellence. This substantial…

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  • Motsepe Foundation boosts student support at SPU
    Motsepe Foundation boosts student support at SPU

    From left to right: Mr Buntu Mnyaka, Senior Manager of Student Life and Development and Mr Letlhogonolo Thintha, SRC President On 23 February 2024 Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, co-founder and CEO of the Motsepe Foundation gathered representatives from all 26 South…

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  • SPU’s Decade of Unity: Community Big Walk 2024
    SPU’s Decade of Unity: Community Big Walk 2024

    The second annual SPU Community Big Walk on Saturday, 24 February 2024, united 781 walkers from the Kimberley community alongside staff and students of Sol Plaatje University (SPU). This event reaffirmed one of SPU’s strategic objectives: fostering community engagement by…

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  • Listen: COO speaks to OFM about SPU’s Second Annual Community Big Walk
    Listen: COO speaks to OFM about SPU’s Second Annual Community Big Walk

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr David Kanguwe, spoke to OFM about the forthcoming SPU second annual Community Big Walk, scheduled for Saturday, 24 February 2024. Listen here: SPU Community Big Walk: where every step counts! |…

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  • The class of 2024 is ready to #Believe_Achieve_Explore with #MySPU!
    The class of 2024 is ready to #Believe_Achieve_Explore with #MySPU!

    On Saturday, 17 February 2023, Professor Andrew Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), together with members of the Senior Management Team (SMT), academics and the Student Representative Council (SRC), officially welcomed the Class of 2024 to become…

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  • Sign up now and secure your free t-shirt, exclusive to SPU students only!
    Sign up now and secure your free t-shirt, exclusive to SPU students only!

    Hey SPU students! Join us for the second annual #CommunityBigWalk at a special rate of just R30 plus receive a FREE t-shirt! Catch us at Central Campus from 12:00 to 14:00 on Wednesday, 21 February 2024, to sign up. First…

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  • Entries now open for SPU’s second annual Community Big Walk!
    Entries now open for SPU’s second annual Community Big Walk!

    Step into the spirit of community and camaraderie – Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is thrilled to announce that entries for our second annual Community Big Walk are now open! Lace-up for a day filled with fun, fitness, and family-friendly festivities.  …

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  • Save the date: CEDAR regional entrepreneurship conference
    Save the date: CEDAR regional entrepreneurship conference

    The SPU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research (CEDAR) is hosting its inaugural Regional Entrepreneurship Conference from 19 – 20 March 2024 at SPU’s South Campus. This conference promises to be unlike any entrepreneurship conference that has taken place in…

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  • Sol Plaatje University transitions from Schools to Faculties
    Sol Plaatje University transitions from Schools to Faculties

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to announce its transition from schools to faculties, effective 1 January 2024, following the Council’s endorsement on 31 July 2020 and the approval for the creation of Dean positions on 28 September 2022. In…

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  • Welcome aboard! Sol Plaatje University welcomes First-Years
    Welcome aboard! Sol Plaatje University welcomes First-Years

    The Vice-Chancellor’s Official Welcome Ceremony for the new cohort of first-time entering students will take place on Saturday, 17 February 2024 from 09:00 to 10:00, at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley. Professor Andrew Crouch, our Vice-Chancellor and Principal,…

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  • Greetings, SPU Class of 2024!
    Greetings, SPU Class of 2024!

    A hearty welcome and hats off to you for sailing through matric in such challenging times. Now, prepare to embark on an incredible and transformative journey at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). The SPU Division of Student Affairs (DSA) is your…

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  • SPU’s Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation applications go digital
    SPU’s Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation applications go digital

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation (AOCA) Office at SPU is thrilled to announce a significant leap forward: A cutting-edge digital accreditation model. Set for a grand launch this month, it aligns perfectly with the university’s third goal, which…

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  • Celebratory Dinner for SRC Transition
    Celebratory Dinner for SRC Transition

    On 29 November 2023, Sol Plaatje University‘s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Andrew Crouch, hosted a dinner to both welcome and induct the incoming Student Representative Council (SRC) for 2023/24 and to bid a fond farewell to the outgoing SRC members…

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  • Empowering tomorrow’s leaders: Spotlight on SPU’s star at SUSI
    Empowering tomorrow’s leaders: Spotlight on SPU’s star at SUSI

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is celebrating the remarkable achievement of one of its own, Lesedi Bonokwane, as he embarks on an international journey of leadership and learning. Selected for the prestigious Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders Program…

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  • SPU students excel at AI Hackathon
    SPU students excel at AI Hackathon

    A formidable team from Sol Plaatje University (SPU), consisting of five students, has achieved remarkable success at the recent AI Mashup Hackathon. Hosted by mLab at the Galeshewe SMME Village from 3 to 5 November 2023, the event was a…

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  • Nurturing minds and hearts: Our commitment to mental health
    Nurturing minds and hearts: Our commitment to mental health

      Institutions of higher learning are often seen as hubs of academic pursuit and personal development, but they are also places where the mental well-being of students should be prioritised. At Sol Plaatje University (SPU), we recognise the importance of…

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  • Collaboration inspiring student entrepreneurship
    Collaboration inspiring student entrepreneurship

    It is important for South African students to partake in entrepreneurial initiatives and opportunities made available to them so that they can be empowered to own businesses.  Recently, Vuk’uzenzele Newspaper held a dialogue with youth in Kimberly in the Northern…

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  • Spotlight on leadership: Mr & Miss SPU and the CAHAU student general awards
    Spotlight on leadership: Mr & Miss SPU and the CAHAU student general awards

    In a significant move aimed at fostering more than just living spaces for students, SPU’s Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) recently hosted two of their annual events: the CAHAU Student General Awards and the second annual Mr & Miss…

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  • Leaders of tomorrow: Student Leadership Excellence Awards light the way
    Leaders of tomorrow: Student Leadership Excellence Awards light the way

    On 12 October 2023, the Division of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University rolled out the red carpet at their South Campus Multi-Purpose Hall. The aim? To honour exceptional student leaders through the SPU Student Leadership and Excellence Awards. These…

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  • North-West University 7’s teams made a clean sweep in Kimberley
    North-West University 7’s teams made a clean sweep in Kimberley

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) campus played host to a spectacular weekend of rugby, on 23 and 24 September, in the USSA 7s tournament, with teams competing fiercely for the coveted titles. The tournament featured both women’s and men’s divisions,…

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  • SPU Annual Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2023
    SPU Annual Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2023

    Are you interested in learning how to make a difference in your community while making money in the process? If yes, then this event is for you. The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Centre for Entrepreneurship Development & Research (CEDAR) in…

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  • Annual Student Leadership Excellence Awards 2023
    Annual Student Leadership Excellence Awards 2023

    Get ready for the annual Student Leadership Excellence Awards 2023, hosted by the Division of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University. We extend a warm invitation to all students to participate in nominating themselves or their peers for these prestigious…

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  • Unveiling the catalysts of change: SPU SRC Elections 2023/24
    Unveiling the catalysts of change: SPU SRC Elections 2023/24

    The clock is ticking as the nomination and voting dates for the 2023/24 SPU SRC and Commuter Students Council Elections draw near. This year, we’re excited to introduce some game-changing elements to the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and a brand-new…

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  • CAHAU’s Green Ambassadors launch #MySPUTree Campaign
    CAHAU’s Green Ambassadors launch #MySPUTree Campaign

    September is a month when South Africans are encouraged to plant a tree annually in commemoration of National Arbor Month. As part of the SPU Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit’s (CAHAU) Environmental Sustainability project, tomorrow, 9 September, CAHAU’s Green Ambassadors…

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  • Boosting academic success at the 2023 Student Academic Support Awareness Week
    Boosting academic success at the 2023 Student Academic Support Awareness Week

    The SPU’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Programme Development (CTLPD) Student Academic Support (SAS) office recently wrapped up a Student Academic Support Services Awareness Week. Held from 28 August to 1 September 2023 at the SPU Central Campus Square, the…

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  • SPU’s Royalty Reimagined: Applications now open for Mr & Miss SPU 2023/24
    SPU’s Royalty Reimagined: Applications now open for Mr & Miss SPU 2023/24

    SPU’s Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) is proud to announce that the applications for the prestigious Mr and Miss SPU 2023/24 are now officially open. If you’re an SPU student, seize this golden opportunity and apply using the link…

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  • Students recognised for teaching and learning excellence
    Students recognised for teaching and learning excellence

    SPU’s School of Economic Management and Sciences (EMS), funded by the FASSET SETA and operating under the portfolio of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Programme Development (CTLPD), hosted its annual academic support awards ceremony for first- and second-year Bachelor…

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  • Launch of CAHAU: A home away from home for campus living
    Launch of CAHAU: A home away from home for campus living

    The Residence Office at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) launched their new, official name, Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) on 21 August 2023 at the SPU South Campus Multipurpose Hall. The primary objective of the event was to foster…

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  • Launching CAHAU – A new era for campus living at SPU
    Launching CAHAU – A new era for campus living at SPU

    The Residence Office at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will soon transition to its new name, the Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU). Although both monikers have coexisted on campus over recent months, the imminent CAHAU is eager to unveil its…

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  • SPU obtains interim court order against protesting students
    SPU obtains interim court order against protesting students

    The High Court of South Africa (Northern Cape Division) granted an interim Court Order to Sol Plaatje University on Tuesday, 8 August 2023. Click here to download a copy of the Court Order.

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  • SPU response to Student Representative Council
    SPU response to Student Representative Council

    The Senior Management Team (SMT) met this morning to discuss issues raised by the Student Representative Council (SRC) in their statement released on 6 August 2023. The SMT responds to the SRC statement as follows: During July 2023, the NSFAS…

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  • USAf statement highlights the risk of instability & increasing student debt
    USAf statement highlights the risk of instability & increasing student debt

    The Universities of South Africa (USAf), the representative body of the 26 public universities in South Africa, has released a statement. This statement raises concerns about student financial aid and the implications of instability that could lead to deeper student…

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  • Celebrating success at SPU Sports
    Celebrating success at SPU Sports

    On Thursday, 28 July 2023, SPU Sport held a cocktail function at the SPU South Campus to honour the impressive accomplishments of the teams at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Winter Games that happened earlier in the month. This…

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  • Third talk NAS seminar series
    Third talk NAS seminar series

    SPU’s NAS Research Committee invites you to the Third Talk in the NAS Seminar Series 2023 that will take place on 3 August 2023.  The event details are as follows: Title: Advanced Materials – Development, Synthesis, Characterization, and Application   Speakers: Prof.…

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  • Mr and Miss SPU 2023 – Not just a beauty pageant but a talent exhibition!
    Mr and Miss SPU 2023 – Not just a beauty pageant but a talent exhibition!

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will host the 2023 Mr and Miss SPU, under the theme, “Light of Africa”, on 14 October 2023. This year, the event will not only focus on beauty and brains, instead, students will be given…

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  • SPU hosts “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition
    SPU hosts “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition

    Earlier this month, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted the opening night of the poignant “Places – in Me” Photovoice Exhibition, held at SPU’s Multipurpose Community Hall on the South Campus. The exhibition’s primary aim is to enlighten and broaden the…

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  • Green ambassadors represent SPU at the 2023 Green Campus Conference
    Green ambassadors represent SPU at the 2023 Green Campus Conference

    Earlier this month the University of Pretoria became the green heart of the country, hosting the annual Green Campus Conference (GCC). The theme for 2023 was “Greening beyond our campus and impacting society”, drawing participants from 18  Higher Education Institutions…

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  • Unpacking leadership at this year’s future-focused Trans-gariep leadership programme
    Unpacking leadership at this year’s future-focused Trans-gariep leadership programme

    In July 2023, the SPU Division of Student Affairs, along with the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University (SU), presented a successful iteration of the Future-Focused Trans-Gariep Leadership programme in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Kimberley. The programme took…

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  • SPU students to showcase innovation at ENACTUSZA
    SPU students to showcase innovation at ENACTUSZA

    In a significant achievement, seven students from Sol Plaatje University (SPU) will proudly represent their institution at the coveted ENACTUSZA World Cup National Round on 19 July 2023 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The team comprises of President Ms Lethabo…

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  • Campus Security to host Safety Drive under the theme ‘Our Campus, Our Safety”
    Campus Security to host Safety Drive under the theme ‘Our Campus, Our Safety”

    There is a growing concern regarding the number of violent crimes affecting our country. We read and hear about students and staff being robbed, assaulted, and raped on university campuses across the country. In efforts to create a safer campus…

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  • Gemmie fire at USSA Winter Games 2023
    Gemmie fire at USSA Winter Games 2023

    Reflecting on an exhilarating run of events, we’re thrilled to announce the impressive achievements of our Gemmie teams at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Winter Games 2023. The athletes, representing Sol Plaatje University (SPU), showcased exceptional talent and grit…

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  • SPU hosts thought provoking dialogue with the youth
    SPU hosts thought provoking dialogue with the youth

    On 29 June 2023, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted a thought-provoking and insightful Youth Month Dialogue. In promoting critical engagement, SPU marked this month by hosting a Youth Month Virtual Dialogue for the Youth – by the Youth, themed, “Accelerating…

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  • Your future awaits: Visit the 2023 SPU Open Day!
    Your future awaits: Visit the 2023 SPU Open Day!

    Are you serious about your future? And prepared to put in the hard work today for a successful tomorrow? Then join our Open Day to get first-hand information about taking your academic journey to the next level. At Sol Plaatje…

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  • You’re invited! A conversation for the Youth, by the Youth on 29 June 2023
    You’re invited! A conversation for the Youth, by the Youth on 29 June 2023

    The month of June in South Africa is deeply rooted in history. This year marks the 47th anniversary of the 16 June 1976 student uprising in Soweto when young people protested the imposition of Afrikaans by the apartheid regime as…

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  • Librarians Day book donation drive
    Librarians Day book donation drive

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU’s) Library and Information Services (LIS) in collaboration with the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and Kimberley Public Libraries are hosting a Mandela Day Book Donation Drive to enrich the language resources of the…

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  • Youth Voices: Our SRC on the significance of Youth Day
    Youth Voices: Our SRC on the significance of Youth Day

    In commemorating the 2023 Youth Day, the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Communication and Marketing unit collaborated with the 2022/2023 Student Representative Council (SRC) as key youth representatives of the University, to be part of the youth day social media messaging…

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  • First-year student survey provides valuable insights into how SPU student body is changing
    First-year student survey provides valuable insights into how SPU student body is changing

    The results of the 2023 First-Year Student Biographical Survey conducted among students at SPU confirm that SPU is growing its footprint across South Africa and is increasingly becoming the first-choice university among its students. The survey – conducted annually by…

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  • A fun autumn day at the inaugural Campus Life Festival
    A fun autumn day at the inaugural Campus Life Festival

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) hosted the first annual Campus Life Festival on Saturday, 20 May 2023, at Windhoek Draught Park Stadium and at the SPU South Campus Precinct. Yet again, students showed that the…

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  • Something big is coming: a first at SPU
    Something big is coming: a first at SPU

    Mark your calendars, SPU students! The Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) will be hosting the first annual Campus Life Festival on Saturday, 20 May 2023, at Windhoek Draught Park Stadium and Sol Plaatje University’s South Campus Precinct. The Campus…

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  • Students explore opportunities at SPU’s 2023 Career Fair
    Students explore opportunities at SPU’s 2023 Career Fair

    On 10 May 2023, the Moroka Hall of Residence Exam Hall on Central Campus became the bustling epicentre for the first Career Fair post-COVID, organised by the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU). Students, staff, and…

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  • From mascot to graduate
    From mascot to graduate

    Letlhogonolo Thintha, the first-ever mascot of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in South Africa, recently sat down with the Sunday World newspaper for an exclusive interview. Thintha made his debut as “Gemmie” at the launch of the SPU Sport Brand…

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  • Ignite your future: SPU’s 2023 Student Career Fair
    Ignite your future: SPU’s 2023 Student Career Fair

    Seize the opportunity to meet an array of potential employers and explore thrilling career paths on 10 May 2023, from 08h30 to 16h00 at the Exam Hall, Moroka Hall of Residences, Central Campus. Discover a diverse mix of employers, ranging…

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  • SPU’s Division of Student Affairs hosts enlightening Freedom Day dialogue
    SPU’s Division of Student Affairs hosts enlightening Freedom Day dialogue

    Marking 29 years of democracy and freedom in South Africa, the Division of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted a thought-provoking dialogue on 26 April 2023. These celebrations, however, are underscored by daily realities that often lead South…

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  • CAHAU honours excellence at a glitzy ceremony
    CAHAU honours excellence at a glitzy ceremony

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Campus Housing and Accommodation Unit (CAHAU) recognized and awarded students at its annual Residence Students Academic Awards Ceremony, at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, in Kimberley. Addressing the audience, the Dean for Student Affairs, Ms Nicole…

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  • SPU trio selected for Northern Cape Diamonds team
    SPU trio selected for Northern Cape Diamonds team

    Congratulations to the following SPU netball players for being selected to represent the Northern Cape Diamonds Netball Team in the prestigious 2023 National Telkom League: Busisiwe Vayo – doing her first year in Bachelor of Arts Andiswa Dlamini –first year…

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  • SPU’s 8th Graduation Ceremony: The Countdown Begins!
    SPU’s 8th Graduation Ceremony: The Countdown Begins!

    We are excited to announce the upcoming Graduation Ceremony for our students who have successfully completed their qualifications. The event is scheduled for Saturday, 6 May 2023, at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, 10W Circular Road, West End, Kimberley. Time:…

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  • EDHE Intervarsity Launch
    EDHE Intervarsity Launch

    THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! The EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2023 is here! Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and dream of starting your own business? Join us for the national launch of the 5th instalment of the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2023…

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  • SPU Sport hosts enthralling Sports Day
    SPU Sport hosts enthralling Sports Day

    SPU Sport hosted a fun-filled and energising Sports Day on 8 March 2023 at the SPU South Campus Sport Precinct. Students came in numbers to join in on the fun and waited eagerly to receive their funky SPU Sport t-shirt…

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  • SPU hosts exciting and insightful programme at this year’s Orientation Week
    SPU hosts exciting and insightful programme at this year’s Orientation Week

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Division of Student Affairs (DSA) held a jam-packed, fun-filled Orientation Week for first-time entering students at the SPU’s Central and South Campuses with events also taking place at the Windhoek Lager Stadium from 13-17 February 2023.…

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  • Large Donation to SPU’s Student Representative Council
    Large Donation to SPU’s Student Representative Council

    The Motsepe Foundation, in their commitment to support students in higher education, donated R1 million to the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Student Representative Council (SRC). This donation is made to assist the SRC to carry out programmes that will alleviate…

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  • SPU Statement on Student Protest
    SPU Statement on Student Protest

    Earlier today, Sol Plaatje University management met with the Student Representative Council following student protests that led to the suspension of Registration and Orientation. The meeting agreed to the following: ACCOMMODATION The University has secured an additional 150 beds, in…

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  • Vice-Chancellor welcomes the class of 2023
    Vice-Chancellor welcomes the class of 2023

    Sol Plaatje University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Andrew Crouch, officially welcomed more than 1 200 first-time entering students at the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Official Welcome event at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley on 11 February 2023.  In his welcome…

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  • SPU’s Creative Writing students published in national journal
    SPU’s Creative Writing students published in national journal

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) has once again made waves in the publishing world. Two of our Creative Writing students were notified earlier this month that their poems have been published in the renowned Calabash journal. Oratile Bodigelo and Tsholofelo Lekwene…

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  • ‘SPU helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds change their situation’ – 2022 SPU graduate shares her inspiring story
    ‘SPU helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds change their situation’ – 2022 SPU graduate shares her inspiring story

    When 2022 Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Bachelor of Education graduate Ms Akolwanosha Sakuya took her five-year-old daughter onto her graduation stage with her, it was the proudest moment of her life not just because she was graduating, but also because…

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  • A year of sporting excellence
    A year of sporting excellence

    As a member of the University Student Sports Association (USSA), Sol Plaatje University (SPU) attended several sport tournaments throughout 2022. One of many highlights this year was undoubtedly hosting the USSA Rugby 7s Championship games in September 2022. Our SPU male and female teams…

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  • SPU students take 3rd place at Datathon
    SPU students take 3rd place at Datathon

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) Data Science and Information Computer Technology (ICT) students proudly represented the university at the 16th National Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) conference in Gauteng from 30 November to 2 December 2022. The conference was co-organised by the Data Intensive Research Initiative…

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  • Division of Student Affairs at SPU scores at national Student Affairs Professionals awards ceremony
    Division of Student Affairs at SPU scores at national Student Affairs Professionals awards ceremony

    The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) was the proud recipient of two innovation awards at the recent South African Association for Senior Student Affairs Professionals (SAASSAP) Leadership Roundtable and Awards Ceremony. DSA took home the…

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  • USSA 2022 Chess Tournament hosted at Sol Plaatje University
    USSA 2022 Chess Tournament hosted at Sol Plaatje University

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is hosting the University Sport South Africa (USSA) 2022 Chess Tournament from 4 – 9 December 2022. Participating universities include the Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare, University…

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  • SPU Division of Student Affairs & SRC roll out Food Nutrition Programme
    SPU Division of Student Affairs & SRC roll out Food Nutrition Programme

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) SRC and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) today launched the food nutrition programme where food packs were handed over to students in need. In 2022, DSA rolled out the Student Wellness Survey pilot study and…

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  • SPU Vice-Chancellor hosts SRC Inauguration Dinner
    SPU Vice-Chancellor hosts SRC Inauguration Dinner

    Professor Andrew Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), recently hosted the SPU Student Representative Council (SRC) Inauguration Dinner for incoming members of the 2022/2023 SRC. He also bid farewell to outgoing 2021/2022 members. The dinner was hosted…

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  • SRC & Division of Student Affairs launch Thusa Moithuti Fund
    SRC & Division of Student Affairs launch Thusa Moithuti Fund

    SPU’s Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Division of Student Affairs recently launched the SRC Thusa Moithuti Fund. The launch took place at the SPU South Campus Hall. In his message to the SRC, students and stakeholders in attendance, SPU…

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  • Buza Ndebele awarded Vice-Chancellor Student Leader of the Year Award
    Buza Ndebele awarded Vice-Chancellor Student Leader of the Year Award

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Division of Student Affairs presented the Vice-Chancellor’s Special Award to Mr Buza Kennedy Ndebele on 18 October 2022 at the inaugural Student Leadership Awards. In the Vice-Chancellor’s only award category for student leadership excellence within…

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  • SPU hosts its inaugural Student Leadership Awards
    SPU hosts its inaugural Student Leadership Awards

    On 18 October 2022, the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Division of Student Affairs (DSA) held its inaugural Student Leadership Awards at the Library Auditorium on Central Campus. The purpose of the awards is to recognise the outstanding contributions of SPU…

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  • Call for applications: AOCA Student Academic Mentors x30
    Call for applications: AOCA Student Academic Mentors x30

    The Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation (AOCA) Office invites qualifying SPU students to apply for the position of Student Academic Mentor.  The Student Academic Mentor will supervise the logistics in bringing together all students and stakeholders within accredited off-campus accommodation to work…

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  • Registration is open for SPU Campus Night 5km & 3km races
    Registration is open for SPU Campus Night 5km & 3km races

    In celebration of the International Day of University Sports – and to herald our hosting of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens Championships – you’re invited to participate in the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Campus…

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  • Important update: House Committee Elections 2022
    Important update: House Committee Elections 2022

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU’s) Dean of Student Affairs, Ms Nicole Morris, has issued a directive relating to the House Committee electoral rules and procedures for 2023. These elections target both on-campus and accredited off-campus house committees. Among other important information,…

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  • ENACTUS launches its initiative on the SPU campus
    ENACTUS launches its initiative on the SPU campus

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in partnership with ENtrepreneurship ACTion for others creates a better world for US (ENACTUS) launched its student entrepreneurial initiative on 17 August 2022 on Central Campus. In conjunction with the launch, a campus activation programme was…

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  • SPU Youth Month Public Lecture calls on youth to push boundaries in creating a better tomorrow
    SPU Youth Month Public Lecture calls on youth to push boundaries in creating a better tomorrow

    This year marks the 46th anniversary of the 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, and as part of the national commemoration of this landmark day Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted its annual Youth Month Public Lecture on 24 June 2022. The…

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  • Update: Residence vacation accommodation
    Update: Residence vacation accommodation

    Following a directive of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal dated 15 June 2022 with regards to June vacation accommodation, a committee has been established to facilitate the process of vetting requests from students who cannot go home during the June holidays.…

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  • Award-winning science project boosts teacher skills
    Award-winning science project boosts teacher skills

    Sol Plaatje University’s (SPU) School of Education will train maths and science teachers across the Northern Cape in a multi-million-rand project. The University is one of six universities participating in the programme that has been established by SANRAL and the…

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  • VC’s Directive: Student accommodation during vacation periods
    VC’s Directive: Student accommodation during vacation periods

    Dear SPU Students Following the communication that was shared with you on 7 June 2022, in line with the Residence Rules, as signed at the beginning of the year by all the residence students, my office would like to inform…

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  • Computer Science and Information Technology students win first prize in national hackathon competition
    Computer Science and Information Technology students win first prize in national hackathon competition

    A team of students from the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has won first prize in the 2022 ITWeb Security Summit Hackathon, taking home a cash prize of R20 000. Two teams from SPU…

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  • Residences Unit hosts first official SPU Residences Academic Awards
    Residences Unit hosts first official SPU Residences Academic Awards

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Residences Unit recently hosted the very first SPU Residences Academic Awards ceremony. The event was held on Saturday 28 May at Kimberley’s Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre to honour residence students for their academic achievements. Awards…

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  • Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Payment of NSFAS & Funza Lushaka allowances
    Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Payment of NSFAS & Funza Lushaka allowances

    Dear SPU Students For those students who live in Accredited Off-Campus Accommodation and are awaiting clarity on their funding status from either NSFAS or Funza Lushaka, the University will inform the various landlords that the matter should be resolved by…

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  • Tennis team scores place at USSA Championships
    Tennis team scores place at USSA Championships

    The University’s men’s table tennis team did not disappoint, and took third place at the USSA Table Tennis Championship after competing against four South African universities – Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Limpopo. The 2021 championship was postponed to…

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  • Message from the Vice-Chancellor: CHE Institutional Audit
    Message from the Vice-Chancellor: CHE Institutional Audit

    Dear SPU Community The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is delegated through the Higher Education Act, Act 101 of 1997 and the National Qualifications Framework Act, Act 67 of 2008 to, through the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), a permanent…

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  • Invitation: Launch of the SPU Sport Brand
    Invitation: Launch of the SPU Sport Brand

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to invite you to join us online to watch the official launch of the SPU Sport Brand on Friday, 27 May 2022. Since opening its doors in 2014, SPU has emphasised the importance of sports and recreation…

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  • Refilwe represents SA in US Leadership Programme
    Refilwe represents SA in US Leadership Programme

    Refilwe Shere is one of four South African students representing the country in the 2021 Study of the US Institute (SUSI) programme. The annual programme is for student leaders between 18 and 25 years old to improve their understanding of…

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  • Kolomela Mine and SPU collabrate to create opportunities for Postmasburg matriculants
    Kolomela Mine and SPU collabrate to create opportunities for Postmasburg matriculants

    Rewind to the beginning of 2022, and the 2021 matriculants from three local high schools in Postmasburg faced a dismal future despite having successfully passed and having the necessary scores to study at a university. Except for the resources to…

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  • Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Fifth wave infections
    Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Fifth wave infections

    Dear SPU Community   The COVID-19 infection rate across the country have increased as we entered this fifth wave of the pandemic. Sol Plaatje University has been fortunate to escape high levels of infection in the past and we will continue…

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  • 2022 Graduation Ceremony
    2022 Graduation Ceremony

    It is that most wonderful time of the year again – a time to celebrate the success of our students. Sol Plaatje University’s seventh graduation ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, 7 May 2022, at the Mittah Seperepere…

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  • SPU launches Gender-Based Violence Awareness Campaign
    SPU launches Gender-Based Violence Awareness Campaign

    The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) Health & Wellness Centre, in collaboration with the SPU Legal Office, will launch its Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Awareness Campaign on Wednesday, 30 March 2022. The campaign is a collaboration between key external stakeholders including Lifeline,…

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  • Adjusted Level 1 March 2022 communication to SPU
    Adjusted Level 1 March 2022 communication to SPU

    Dear SPU Community Following the announcement on Tuesday 22 March 2022, by President Cyril Ramaphosa, that the country was moved to an Adjusted Alert Level 1, we have modified some of our health and safety protocols on campus.  The following…

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  • SPU campus goes green and clean
    SPU campus goes green and clean

    Recycling took centre stage when the Sol Plaatje University Green Campus Initiative (#SPUGCI) ambassadors visited the Mhudi, Rhataga, Tauana, and Moroka residences to educate students about recycling bins. The Green Campus Initiative was established to promote environmental sustainability interventions. The…

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  • New students welcomed
    New students welcomed

    They are the lucky few, it was emphasised to the more than 1 400 first-time entering students of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in Kimberley. On welcoming the 2022 intake at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in the city, Prof.…

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  • Operationalising the VC’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations
    Operationalising the VC’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations

    Dear SPU Community The Vice-Chancellor’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations sets out the University’s position on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. In the interest of maintaining our health and safety, during the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff, students and contractors who want to come…

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  • Student notice: Start of academic year & late registration for returning students
    Student notice: Start of academic year & late registration for returning students

    Dear SPU Students Please take note of the below changes regarding the start to the 2022 academic year and late registrations for returning students: 1. Start of the 2022 academic year Please note that the 2022 academic year will commence…

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  • Message from the University Registrar: Return to residences
    Message from the University Registrar: Return to residences

    Dear SPU Students Please note that all returning students are allowed to return to their respective residences from Wednesday, 16 February 2022, permitting that they have registered academically online and have applied in 2021 to return to residence. All residence…

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  • Update to the Vice-Chancellor’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations
    Update to the Vice-Chancellor’s Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations

    To the SPU Community Further to the Directive on COVID-19 Vaccinations that was issued on 9 December 2021, please note that staff and students must, at least, have had their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations by 21 February 2022 in…

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  • Protect yourself and others – choose vaccination
    Protect yourself and others – choose vaccination

    The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the important ways to make the world safe for you, your family and others which whom you come into contact. Play your part in the fight against COVID-19 by choosing vaccination for an added…

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  • Vice-Chancellor’s directive on COVID-19 vaccinations
    Vice-Chancellor’s directive on COVID-19 vaccinations

    The Council and Management of Sol Plaatje University makes every effort to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated it is imperative that we put in place measures to safeguard…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Students views on #YouthDay2021
    Students views on #YouthDay2021

    It goes without saying that COVID-19 has changed the way in which young people engage and are without a doubt a generation that embodies resilience as they faced an unimaginable obstacle that has threatened the way in which we think…

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  • EDHE Intervarsity Internal Round and Official SCP Launch
    EDHE Intervarsity Internal Round and Official SCP Launch

    You are cordially invited to attend the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity Internal Round and Official Launch of the Studentpreneur Community of Practice (SCP).  The aim of the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity is to identify top student entrepreneurs at South Africa’s public universities,…

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  • Youth Day conversation
    Youth Day conversation

    The Office of Residences and Student Support invites you to participate in a Youth Day Virtual Conversation taking place on Youth Day about youth development post 1994. Event Details: Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 Time: 10:00 Platform: MS Teams (Click…

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  • Message from the VC: Start of the second term
    Message from the VC: Start of the second term

    Dear SPU Students Welcome back to campus if you have been away during the recent recess period. I wish you all well as you embark upon the 2nd term of the 2021 academic year and want to remind you that…

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  • Invite: Regional Study Abroad Fair 2021
    Invite: Regional Study Abroad Fair 2021

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU), the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), the University of the Free State (UFS), and the International Relations Departments of the Free State Provincial Government and the Northern Cape Provincial Government takes great pleasure in inviting you to…

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  • Update: Delay to the start of the second term
    Update: Delay to the start of the second term

    Dear SPU Students and Staff There has been a significant spike in COVID-19 infections in the Northern Cape Province, where the number of active infections is presently amongst the highest in the country. We therefore placed the University under Alert…

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  • Delay to the start of the second term
    Delay to the start of the second term

    Dear SPU Students and Staff The University Management is putting in place measures to effectively curb the spread of the COVID-19 infections on campus and its effects on the surrounding communities. To this end, we will delay the start of…

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  • SPU at Alert Level 3
    SPU at Alert Level 3

    The Northern Cape Province is in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 infections which has had a significant impact on Sol Plaatje University. We have recorded thirteen positive cases for the period 3 to 16 May 2021, which led…

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  • Message from the CFO: Disbursement of Allowances
    Message from the CFO: Disbursement of Allowances

    Dear Students The disbursement of student allowances commenced at the end of April at Sol Plaatje University, and most confirmed funded students have now received allowances. There are, however, a number of important facts and outstanding issues that need to…

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  • Studentpreneur elected as deputy chairperson
    Studentpreneur elected as deputy chairperson

    In March 2021, the 3rd annual Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Kick-Off took place virtually across 3 days, with a key focus on encouraging entrepreneurship against all odds. Final year SPU BCom student, Chad Lucas, a former SPU EDHE…

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  • Entering banking details on iEnabler
    Entering banking details on iEnabler

    Dear SPU Students In order for there to be a smooth and efficient process for the payment of allowances, we request all First-Time-Entering Students (FTENs) to upload their banking details on the iEnabler system. The steps to follow are: Log…

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  • Alumni crowned Miss Kimberley 2021
    Alumni crowned Miss Kimberley 2021

    Sharon Van Staden’s life will never be the same. The 22-year-old from Roodepan, Kimberley, achieved her lifelong dream when she was crowned Miss Kimberley 2021 on 19 December 2020 at the Northern Cape Theatre. Mr and Miss Kimberley is an…

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  • Commencement of the academic year
    Commencement of the academic year

    Dear SPU Staff and Students I want to wish all our staff and students well for this new academic year which began on Monday, 29 March 2021. We did not have a smooth start due to the disruptions related to…

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  • Information for first-time entering students
    Information for first-time entering students

    To First-Time Entering Students ( 1st Years) Please take note of the following important information regarding online applications and online registration. Online Applications All applications for 2021 closed on the 31 January 2021. If however you applied prior to the…

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  • Resumption of the 2021 academic year
    Resumption of the 2021 academic year

    Dear SPU Staff and Students The call by the South African Union of Students (SAUS), for a national shutdown of universities, which our SRC supported, had an adverse effect on the functioning of the University over the past few days.…

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  • Disruption to start of academic year
    Disruption to start of academic year

    Dear SPU Staff and Students Our academic year was scheduled to begin on Monday, 23 March 2021, with classes taking place online and through some on-campus activities for various student cohorts. Due to the actions of the SRC in obstructing…

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  • Management responds to SRC demands
    Management responds to SRC demands

    During the course of this week the SRC submitted a Memorandum of Demands to the Sol Plaatje University Management. Responses to those demands can be accessed here.  Note: Returning Students who are still blocked from Registering must contact the Head…

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  • Registration deadline further extended
    Registration deadline further extended

    To First Time Entering Students and Returning Students The Minister of Higher Education and Training requested that, due to the NSFAS issues which had a direct impact on the registration of qualifying First Time Entering Students and Returning Students, institutions extend…

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  • 2020 was a mess but…
    2020 was a mess but…

    The best stories in life are like a string of pearls. For each life event the story is polished and lovely to behold. However, it is the string of events carefully joined together that gives the whole story meaning and…

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  • 2023 Peer Mentor application are open
    2023 Peer Mentor application are open

    Please note that the applications for Peer Mentors are open. Those interested must upload the completed application form and previous semester/year academic transcript to the link provided no later than 30 November 2022 COB This opportunity is open to 3rd-year…

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  • Farewell from the SRC President
    Farewell from the SRC President

    In Setswana, we say “Se sa feleng se a tlhola!”. Loosely translated, the saying states that there is an end to everything. Therefore, this is my farewell message to the SPU community and a brief reflection on the academic year…

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  • 2020 exam results available
    2020 exam results available

    To All SPU Students Your 2020 Examination Results are available to view online.  Please click here for guidelines on how to access your results online. 

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  • 3rd annual Student Entrepreneurship Week
    3rd annual Student Entrepreneurship Week

    The School of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS), in partnership with the Student Affairs department, hosted its 3rd annual (and first-ever virtual) Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW). The virtual event took place over a three-day period in October under the theme…

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  • Graduate internships
    Graduate internships

    The University invites all final year students and alumni who reside in the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, Northern Cape, to apply for a 12 months Graduate Internship Programme (18.2) at Sol Plaatje University to gain valuable work experience. The aim…

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  • Attention all SPU students
    Attention all SPU students

    You are required to urgently update your mobile phone number and other contact details on the Student Self Help iEnabler. These updates are essential to ensure that the University has your correct personal information.

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  • Directive from VC – 2020 SRC elections
    Directive from VC – 2020 SRC elections

    Dear SPU Students In accordance with clauses 46 to 54 of the SRC Constitution, I hereby issue the Directive on the SRC Electoral Rules and Procedures for 2020 which can be downloaded here. The Directive contains information on the composition…

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  • #Breadchallenge drives soup kitchen
    #Breadchallenge drives soup kitchen

    Buza Ndebele, a second-year BEd student at SPU, started a Facebook and WhatsApp challenge using the #breadchallenge during the national lockdown that turned into a community benefit project aimed at feeding the underprivileged community of Wolmaransstad. “We have a lot…

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  • Regional Virtual Study Abroad Fair
    Regional Virtual Study Abroad Fair

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU), the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), the University of the Free State (UFS),  and the International Relations Departments of the Free State Provincial Government and the Northern Cape Provincial Government takes great pleasure in…

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  • Interested in the entrepreneurship space?
    Interested in the entrepreneurship space?

    SPU students and staff are invited to join the 3rd annual (and first-ever virtual) SPU Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2020 taking place on 7, 14 and 15 October 2020 on MS Teams. First launched in 2017 by the Entrepreneurship Development…

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  • “I know what it’s like to have nothing”
    “I know what it’s like to have nothing”

    Period poverty, which refers to a lack of access to sanitary protection, continues to be a debilitating concern – especially for a developing country such as South Africa. However, Vanessa Madito, a first-year Heritage Studies student at SPU, managed to…

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  • NCPETF 2021 study assistance
    NCPETF 2021 study assistance

    The Northern Cape Premier’s Education Trust Fund (NCPETF) invites applications from unemployed youth in the Northern Cape to apply for study assistance for full-time studies at any South African institute of higher learning. Students who are eligible to apply are:…

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  • Studentpreneur to compete at finals
    Studentpreneur to compete at finals

    The Annual National Intervarsity Student Entrepreneurship Competition is hosted by Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE), across all 26 public universities in South Africa. This is an initiative established by the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation. The purpose…

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  • NSFAS 2021 applications now open
    NSFAS 2021 applications now open

    The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, officially opened the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) 2021 Application cycle on 3 August 2020. NSFAS provides financial assistance in the form of a study bursary to qualifying…

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  • Shoprite Holdings awards bursary
    Shoprite Holdings awards bursary

    The Shoprite Holdings bursary aims at attracting and funding future Trainee Retail Managers who want to follow an exciting management career at the largest retailer in Africa. The funding is a steppingstone into the company and guarantees candidate’s employment upon…

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  • First female SRC president
    First female SRC president

    On Tuesday, 30 June 2020, the 2019-2020 SRC at Sol Plaatje University (SPU) met to elect a new President, as the post was vacant following the departure of the previous president. Ms Ntesang Makutu was elected by a majority vote…

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  • “My vision to succeed kept me going”
    “My vision to succeed kept me going”

    With a strong mathematics, statistics and computer science core, the BSc degree in Data Science is one of the most challenging programmes offered at SPU. As the only University on the African continent that offers an undergraduate Data Science degree,…

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  • Social relief fund for students
    Social relief fund for students

    The Sol Plaatje University Senior Management Team has created a social relief fund for students who experience unanticipated financial hardship for which they have no other recourse for funding. Only students who are registered at Sol Plaatje University are eligible…

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  • You are invited to the #VirtualGradExpo
    You are invited to the #VirtualGradExpo

    In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic that requires the nation to practice social distancing to contain and reduce the number of infections, SPU’s Student Affairs department is pleased to announce that SPU students will still have an opportunity to…

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  • Phased return of students to campus
    Phased return of students to campus

    Dear SPU Community In line with the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation that final year students and those graduating in 2020 may return to campus under the COVID-19 Level 3 lockdown, Sol Plaatje University will…

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  • Preparations to return to campus
    Preparations to return to campus

    Dear SPU Community In anticipation of the President’s announcement on Sunday, 24 May 2020, that the country would move down to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown; the University management has been working diligently to prepare for the return to…

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  • e-Learning orientation and data allocation
    e-Learning orientation and data allocation

    Dear SPU Community On Tuesday, 12 May 2020 we embarked upon an Orientation Programme for our students to help them navigate the system and resources that have been set-up for their e-Learning during the national lockdown.  The programme is going…

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  • SPU’s 2019 football player of the year
    SPU’s 2019 football player of the year

    For as long as he can recall, SPU’s 2019 soccer royalty, Okuhle Lwana always had a passion for football. Born in Flagstaff, situated in the Eastern Cape, Lwana states that much of his football inspiration is attributed to his older…

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  • Notice: Student financial enquiries
    Notice: Student financial enquiries

    To provide a more structured and coordinated approach to dealing with students’ financial enquiries during the nationwide lockdown, SPU’s Finance Department requests students to please send all their financial enquiries to the below email address: finance.enquiries@spu.ac.za This email address should…

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  • Student survey underway
    Student survey underway

    A telephonic survey, conducted by staff from the Student Affairs Department and Residence Office, is underway to assess student access to connectivity and electricity, and their proximity to the nearest Post Office. We have thus far captured all first-year students’…

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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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  • Chess champion: Game a good life analogy
    Chess champion: Game a good life analogy

    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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  • Students selected for leadership programme
    Students selected for leadership programme

    Four students – Ntesang Makutu, Kopano Sebe, Vannette Naude and Dikatso Gaebepe – were selected from Sol Plaatje University to be selected for the JustLead course, presented by the University of Stellenbosch. JustLead! aims to develop the leadership competency and…

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  • Former SRC president flies NC sports flag
    Former SRC president flies NC sports flag

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Inaugural intake for postgrad programme
    Inaugural intake for postgrad programme

    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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  • “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 the…

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  • Seta bursaries for honours students
    Seta bursaries for 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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  • Bootcamp for NAS honours students
    Bootcamp 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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  • Atsile puts SPU Data Science on the map
    Atsile puts SPU Data Science 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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  • Sol Plaatje University welcomes its biggest  first-entering class
    Sol Plaatje University welcomes its biggest first-entering class

    Biggest first-entering class for 2020 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…

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  • Parliamentary Committee visits SPU
    Parliamentary Committee visits SPU

    On Wednesday, 30 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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  • Absa gives R4.5m for data science
    Absa gives R4.5m for data science

    At an event held today, Sol Plaatje University (SPU) acknowledged the R4.5 million investment from Absa Bank which will support the data science development endeavours of the University and the Northern Cape Province. The Premier of the Northern Cape Province,…

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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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  • 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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  • Rebaone talks about Chinese ICT exchange
    Rebaone talks about Chinese ICT exchange

    Huawei, in partnership with Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services (DTPS), has offered the Seeds for the Future programme since 2016. Each year, the partnership invites 10 South African students to China for international training in Beijing and Shenzhen. The…

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  • Top biological sciences graduate off to Rhodes
    Top biological sciences graduate off to Rhodes

    SPU biological sciences graduate Tshepiso Seshuwane has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes University bursary to complete his honours.This follows a strong recommendation from SPU’s Dr Adebowale based on the student’s exemplary academic track record. The bursary was awarded as part…

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  • NAS students show off web skills
    NAS students show off web skills

    On completion of the first-year multimedia foundations I module for the ICT diploma at SPU, students should be able to understand the essential multimedia concepts for the Web. In addition, students should then be able to plan, design and develop…

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  • SPU gears up for graduation
    SPU gears up for graduation

    SPU is all set for graduation which is expected to take place on Saturday, 15 December 2018 at the examination hall at Central Campus. Over 200 students will graduate from the Schools of Humanities, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Education.…

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  • SPU graduates to benefit with Accenture
    SPU graduates to benefit with Accenture

    SPU and Accenture South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 10 October 2018, to launch the internship programme during a ground-breaking ceremony. Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and…

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  • Good performance by lady footballers
    Good performance by lady footballers

    At the University Sports South Africa (USSA) week, the team was in Group B and played against the University of Mpumalanga which they won 3-1. This was followed by a loss against Rhodes University and a draw against UWC. The team…

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  • 2018 belongs to men’s football
    2018 belongs to men’s football

    The men’s football team did exceptionally well this year winning five games and finishing top of their pool in the recent USSA national tournament but finally losing 1-0 to Mangosuthu University. At the end of the tournament, the team took second…

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  • SPU dances its way to second place
    SPU dances its way to second place

    The SPU Dance sports team came second out of 13 institutions. Two couples also made it to the ballroom and Latin American finals with fourth place in ballroom and fifth in Latin American. The team is busy preparing for the International…

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