The mining engineering student who passed away last week was remembered at a memorial service today.
The young student who passed away last week has been identified.
Students left reeling at news of another apparent suicide in Braamfontein
A student was evicted from his residence after a voilent incident. (more…)
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Witsies dominate at South Point hosted sports day.
Student accommodation provider, South Point, has taken initiative to assist student’s affected by criminal activities within the Braamfontein area as of Monday, August 21.
Student residents of South Point will spend the night of July 28 sleeping outside to raise awareness about homelessness. This Student SleepOut will happen concurrently with the Sun International CEO SleepOut.
Wits EFF plans to march to South Point offices Monday July 25 to hand over a memorandum demanding lower fees for student residents. (more…)
The Wits financial aid and scholarships office held a prize giving to reward students who have signed their lease forms in time. A lucky draw with student names was used to select the winners of the voucher.
Financial Aid Office Manager, Ennie Kubeka said that students don’t sign their lease forms on time and this creates a problem with them getting their allowance, registration fees and accommodation payment.
According to Kubeka, 3282 students were offered loans, but only 3017 came to sign.
“The 266 students that didn’t sign on time are worth R12 million,” she said.
One of the problems she raised is that students get funding somewhere else and this leads to them not signing their forms. “Now the problem with that is that we’ve got students that do qualify for the loans but we couldn’t give them anything because the funds were depleted.”
This Prize giving was to thank the 92 percent who have signed their lease forms on time and to motivate other students to do the same.
The winners were given South Point sponsored Pick n Pay vouchers valued at R1 000.
South Point Bursary Administrator, Luthando Falakahla told Wits Vuvuzela that “As South Point we thought we should contribute and make sure that the students are signing leases on time just to smooth up the progress and make sure that they get what they are actually looking for in funding.”
When asked about why they were giving students food vouchers, Falakahla said “we as South Point need to guide the students. If we give them food vouchers they will actually get food and you cannot study very well if you are hungry. So getting that voucher will actually help.”
The winners include first-year Biological Sciences student Lehlohonolo Bhulane, Accounting Sciences student, Khodani Ramukumba and first-year BA Law student, Zahraa Badrodin.
The winners expressed their excitement and joy on winning the vouchers. BA Law student, Zahraa Badrodin said “I feel very lucky because I don’t really win anything, so it’s my first time winning, so it’s quite cool. I was told to buy healthy things so I think I’m going to do that.”
Students are complaining about dirty accommodation in a South Point buildings despite advertisements promising daily cleaning services.
According to the advertisements, all student accommodation common areas are supposed to be cleaned daily, but Clifton Heights is cleaned only once a week due to a lack of staff.“It is not possible to clean all communes every day at Clifton because we do not have enough cleaners.” said South Point facilities, manager Jan Botha.
Second-year social work student, Thabo Mokoena and other students have complained that their commune houses are not cleaned but said there was no response.
“I ended up writing in their maintenance book that they should not come to my room at all, because I can do better,” said Mokoena.
Students also said that they chose to stay at South Point because they saw on the advertisements that it is a convenient place for students and would be clean.
“I came to this place because I thought they clean for us every day. We are students—we do not have time,” said microbiology honours student, Keneilwe Ranakabae.
Clifton Heights has five cleaners to service 126 communes. Cleaning services are outsourced to the Tsepo Cleaning Company. Common areas include kitchens, bathrooms, television room and verandas.
According to the Consumer Protection Act: “Consumers have a right to fair and responsible marketing. Suppliers are not permitted to mislead consumers in respect of pricing, the nature, properties, advantages or uses of goods or services advertised, if such goods are not actually available for purchase or procurement in accordance with these standards.”