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AfriForum and Solidarity examine court’s dismissal of leave to appeal in UP language policy court case

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 10 May, 2017

AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity are disappointed about the court’s dismissal of their application for leave to appeal a high court ruling made in December 2016. This ruling was made in favour of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) decision that English will be the only primary language of instruction at the university.

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AfriForum Youth queries LLB accreditation requirements

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 24 April, 2017

AfriForum Youth expressed its concern regarding the apparent political agenda behind the adjustments that are required to the LLB degree of the North-West University (NWU) by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).

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Leave to appeal reserved in court case of AfriForum and Solidarity regarding Afrikaans at Tuks

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 10 March, 2017

Leave to appeal in the court case of AfriForum and Solidarity against the newly accepted language policy of the University of Pretoria (UP) was today reserved in the North Gauteng High Court until the Highest Court of Appeal delivers judgement in the case of AfriForum and Solidarity against the newly accepted language policy of the management of the University of the Free State (UFS).

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Judgment in UP language policy case a huge blow

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 15 December, 2016

A blow to South African language rights – this is how the applicants AfriForum, AfriForum Youth and Solidarity have described the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in their language case against the University of Pretoria (UP). The UP will phase out Afrikaans as medium of tuition as of 2017. The case was heard on 1 December 2016 and the court announced today that it rejects the application with costs.

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Open universities, deal with troublemakers

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 22 September, 2016

AfriForum Youth launched a petition today – University Management, let our students study in peace! – after several universities closed down their campuses due to violent protests over study fees.

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High Court stops SRC election without AfriForum candidates

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements Uncategorized on 19 August, 2016

The Western Cape High Court just instructed that no student council election will be held at the University of Stellenbosch (US) before the University’s student court provides AfriForum’s candidates with reasons for their disqualification from the student council election and they are afforded the opportunity to appeal against it.

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Language uproar at UFS continues: Students complain about English instruction and are being victimised

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 17 August, 2016

AfriForum Youth received complaints from students out of various faculties of the University of the Free State (UFS) that classes which were originally available in Afrikaans, are increasingly only being presented in English. This follows despite the verdict of the high court on 21 July 2016 against the UFS’s newly accepted language policy – stipulating clearly that multilingual education must be promoted by the UFS – and despite the fact that the current language policy still caters for Afrikaans education.

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Maties SRC election

by in campaigns on 29 July, 2016

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Why must I participate in the student council elections?

A competent student council (SRC):

  1. Communicates with students and is aware of the latest developments;
  2. Addresses complaints received from students;
  3. Avoids political coaxing and does what is really in the interests of students;
  4. Prevents a small group of anarchists from speaking on behalf of all students;
  5. Takes the opinions of students into consideration during decision making and does not rely on their own opinion only;
  6. Doesn’t allow itself to be dictated by management;
  7. Attempts to keep the students happy, not management;
  8. Speaks on your behalf at the council and senate;
  9. Doesn’t hesitate to approach the courts in order to protect the rights of students.

Vote for a student council (SRC) if you are fed up with:

  1. Violence on campus;
  2. A small group of anarchists that apparently speaks on your behalf;
  3. An SRC that doesn’t listen to students;
  4. An SRC that doesn’t take any action with regards to the complaints of students;
  5. An SRC that takes decisions without considering the opinions of students;
  6. An SRC that only attempts to keep political parties happy;
  7. An SRC that is more interested in keeping management happy rather than students;
  8. An SRC that doesn’t act on behalf of students, but rather allows itself to be dictated by management;
  9. An SRC that is too scared and isolated to approach the courts if deemed necessary;
  10. An SRC that gives way to intimidation.

Youngest news concerning the SRC election:

  1. SRC candidates appeal against student court order
  2. High Court stops SRC election without AfriForum candidates
  3. AfriForum Youth approaches High Court after US excludes students from SRC elections

AfriForum Youth supports the following candidates:
 

 

UFS and IEC keep language survey results secret

by in Mediastatements on 27 November, 2015

The University of the Free State (UFS) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed with AfriForum that the results of the survey on language on the UFS’s campus will not be made public. The UFS’s explanation is that the data will first be processed before it can be submitted in this format to the Council.

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Rector thinks rules need not be followed

by in Blog Keep an eye on on 16 November, 2015

AfriForum Youth started identifying a pattern in Prof. Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-chancellor of the University of Stellenbosch (US), of attempting to bypass official processes time and again. The latest act to confirm this is his decision to introduce English as the only language of communication at the US.

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Elsenburg students unite for Afrikaans

by in Hot Mediastatements on 19 August, 2015

Hundreds of students from Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute today held a protest during which a memorandum was handed to the Institute’s Management. This follows after the Management of the Institute recently failed to take a stand against students who deprived other students of their right to education in an unlawful manner. The students eventually obtained support from two external organisations, AfriForum Youth and Adam Tas Student Body, after they were at their wit’s end.

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AfriForum Youth vigilant about decision at Elsenburg

by in Hot Mediastatements on 27 July, 2015

AfriForum Youth welcomes the decision that English will not be the only medium of instruction at Elsenburg Agricultural College as was announced earlier this week. That decision was overturned today during a meeting. Both Afrikaans and English were reintroduced as mediums of instruction. 

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AfriForum Youth celebrates International Mother Language Day

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 21 February, 2015

At 17:00 this afternoon, AfriForum Youth will read their last word in their 48 hour Afrikaans reading marathon. The marathon of the youth organisation kicked off at 17:00 on Thursday at the Bieliemielie Festival in Reitz in the Free State in celebration of International Mother Language Day.

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AfriForum Youth Chairman chased out of meeting

by in Keep an eye on Mediastatements on 13 February, 2015

The National Chairman of AfriForum Youth, Henk Maree was chased out of a meeting with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Student Council of the Grootfontein Agricultural College and other roleplayers. This, as members of the South African Student Congress (Sasco) said Maree was not welcome, as he represents a national youth organisation while only local youth leaders were apparently welcome.

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Letter to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – Eastern Cape

by in Documents on 12 February, 2015

AfriForum Youth herewith officially declares a dispute with the Department of
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, after Afrikaans as language of education has been
abolished at the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape. 

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AfriForum Youth fights for Afrikaans at Grootfontein Agricultural College

by in Hot Mediastatements on 11 February, 2015

AfriForum Youth today declared a dispute with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, after it came to light that the Department wants to change the language policy of the Grootfontein Agricultural College in the Eastern Cape from 2016. The plan is to abolish Afrikaans and to change it to an English college. 

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Why would you not study in Afrikaans?

by in Blog on 15 May, 2014

About a month ago, I was on the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria, waiting for a class to start when I overheard remarks on a topic about which I feel quite strongly.Two students wondered if it is better to study in English or Afrikaans.

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Report on mother tongue education

by in Documents on 11 February, 2011

AfriForum Youth presented a proposal to the minsiter of Higher Education, dr. Blade Nzimande, regarding the advantages of mother tongue education. Download the proposal here:

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