Archive | June, 2013

10th Chamber Music Festival offers many highlights

This year marks the 10th Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF). For this event (5-14 July), more than 300 participants and 27 national and international artists will be welcomed at the Music Department for concerts, workshops and lectures. “This festival attracts participants younger than 28 years from all over the world, who come together to make […]

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Prof Rufus Gouws honoured with festschrift

He was lured from his office under false pretenses. Only with his arrival at the offices at African SUN MeDIA did Prof Rufus Gouws, chair of the Departement of Afrikaans and Dutch realise that lots of work went on in secret to create a festschrift in his honour. “It was an incredible surprise. I had […]

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Learners learn how to vote during mock elections

In 2014 south Africans will go to the polling booths once again in order to vote in the leaders of their choice. Millions of young people will go to the voting stations for the first time in their lives. At Stellenbosch University the Department of Political Science has joined forces with the local branch of the […]

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Noticeboards make students feel excluded

Language that they do not understand and noticeboards that are only in Afrikaans are among the things that make students on the campus of Stellenbosch University feel excluded and unwelcome. This is the finding of a group of third-year students in visual arts after spending six weeks interviewing a diverse group of students on campus […]

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Language experts to gather in Stellenbosch

​​​​Stellenbosch is familiar with discussions and debates on language matters. From 1 to 4 July this year there will be yet more dialogue on language. But this time it is because Stellenbosch University is hosting one of the most important language-related gatherings in the country: the joint annual conference of three professional associations that focus […]

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Art students exhibit in Sasol Art Museum as part of Youth Day celebration

Second and third-year students of the Department of Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University are showcasing some of their projects in the Sasol Art Museum in an exhibition that formed part of the University’s Youth Day programme. The exhibition was opened on Thursday 13 June during a Youth Day celebration coordinated by the Divisions for Community Interaction […]

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Decision-making and Knowledge Management creates versatile professional individuals

Decision-making and Knowledge Management. This is the new name of the Stellenbosch University (SU) degree course that until recently was known as Value and Policy Studies. The BA degree in Value and Policy Studies produced its first students in 1996. It was a particularly successful course that attracted a great deal of interest, especially from leaders […]

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Fine Arts student exhibition 13-21 June

Stellenbosch University’s (SU) annual Fine Arts student exhibition will this year be hosted at the Sasol Art Museum in Ryneveld Street from 13 to 21 June. Titled “speak UP speak OUT”, the exhibition covers paintings and book art by 2nd and 3rd year students of the Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The […]

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Opinion article: ‘Apartheid thinking in academia’

​Stellenbosch social anthropologist Kees (C.S.) van der Waal traces the history of racial indexing in South African ethnographic research. This opinion article was published in Die Burger on 8 June. The announcement in April of new anthropological research at Stellenbosch University (SU) following the discovery of anthropometric material in the University Museum – a human skull, the hair colour […]

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Winter tale: The magnet…

Claudia Francis, a part-time study coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health on the Tygerberg Campus, wrote this heartwarming winter tale of how she beats the winter cold… Text only available in Afrikaans Die koue luggie het teen Donderdag my aandag getrek. Winter het vinniger aangebreek dié jaar, flits die gedagte deur my […]

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Trilingual terminology lists contribute to a welcoming culture

It is extremely satisfying when students say they understand the content of prescribed books thanks to a terminology list in their mother tongue, says Ms Anita Jonker, co-ordinator of the First-year Academy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Thanks to her initiative, close on 1 000 political terms are now available in English, […]

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Teens need structured help from school after a sibling’s death

Eight years ago Lesley Schroeder-McLean’s second son, Mark, died in a plane crash. He was 17 years old. For her as parent it was a devastating experience, but she also witnessed how the other adolescents in her extended family struggled to come to terms with this death. This experience was the trigger for her to continue her studies and after […]

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Women bear brunt of energy shortage

The lack of electricity in millions of households in South Africa often affect women more directly than men. This is because women have to cook for their families and also have to use their small incomes to buy paraffin to fuel their stoves. In South Africa, the use of paraffin is one of the biggest causes of […]

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Five researchers in Arts and Social Sciences amongst top academic

Five researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have been recognised as among the 40 top researchers at Stellenbosch University. This award was initiated by Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research and Innovation at SU. The awards went to researchers who have had the biggest research outputs in accredited publications, conference papers, books and […]

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