Higher Education Committee Urges University of Cape Town Transformation and Completion of Academic Year after Oversight Visit

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students to allow the institution to complete the academic year without disturbances.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Connie September, said it was critical that the academic year is completed at the university so that students’ futures are not compromised. “The Committee will never support a situation where university infrastructure is burnt in a moment of anger. This is what the students need to safeguard so that their children inherit a good institution,” she said.

The Committee conducted an oversight visit to the University of Cape Town yesterday with the intention of understanding the disturbances that resulted in classes being suspended last week.

The Committee was informed that as much as management is sympathetic to the genuine concerns of students, it is also committed to completing the academic year. Issues raised as challenges included transformation, institutional culture, failure rate, support for previously disadvantaged students, the student suicide rate, mental health challenges, sexual abuse, the curriculum and the lack of transformation of the academic staff.

Management and Council were asked to make additional representation on all the matters raised. “We need to continue to engage. There can never be a substitute for engagement. We have more success in remaining at the negotiation table. Indeed, our hard-won freedom comes from negotiation,” Ms September said.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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The Brilliant Moments at the 2017 China-Arab States Expo

From 6th to 9th of September, the 2017 China-Arab States Expo was held in Ningxia province, China. At the expo, ten exhibition activities were held, such as guest country (Egypt) comprehensive exhibition, theme province (Fujian) exhibition for local famous featured products and multinational comprehensive exhibition. This expo attracted overall 1080 business exhibitors from 47 states or foreign areas and 21 domestic provinces (or cities or regions).

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The Brilliant Moments at the 2017 China-Arab States Expo

From 6th to 9th of September, the 2017 China-Arab States Expo was held in Ningxia province, China. At the expo, ten exhibition activities were held, such as guest country (Egypt) comprehensive exhibition, theme province (Fujian) exhibition for local famous featured products and multinational comprehensive exhibition. This expo attracted overall 1080 business exhibitors from 47 states or foreign areas and 21 domestic provinces (or cities or regions).

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Committee Condemns Attacks on Emergency Medical Personnel

The Select Committee on Social Services condemns the growing number of attacks on emergency medical service (EMS) personnel while they are on duty.

The Committee notes that criminals target EMS personnel while they are delivering lifesaving services to the people. “It is deeply saddening that as a result of these awful attacks, an eight-year-old boy died following an attack on an ambulance transporting him to hospital,” said Ms Cathy Dlamini, the Chairperson of the Committee.

The Committee is of the view that the more than 30 attacks on EMS personnel in the Western Cape are unacceptable and has called for a comprehensive strategy on how to deal with these attacks. “The full might of the law must be applied to the thugs that continue to terrorise communities and EMS personnel,” Ms Dlamini emphasised.

The community must also play a pivotal role in the fight against criminality, as the police cannot win the fight without the assistance of the community. The Committee applauds the EMS personnel for continuing to offer their services despite the challenges they face.

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