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CPUT and UCT Have Spent R54 Million on Campus Security in the Past 2 Years

Why aren't universities prioritizing student fees, and support services such as mental health and wellness?

IOL reports that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has spent R30 million on private security in the past three months. The University of Cape Town has spent R24.28m in two years, of which R10m was paid by insurance.


The move to hire private security companies on campuses has led to the institutions being criticized for militarizing universities and suppressing student protests, especially in light of the Fees Must Fall protests of the past two year.

CPUT acting vice-chancellor, Chris Nhlapo disputes this. "We are not really militarizing campuses, we are providing security under our own guidance," IOL quoted him as saying.

"In 2015 and 2016 damages to the university were about R50m, and this year we are still tallying the numbers because we still have sporadic incidents.

"It is going to have a major impact on our budget because we will have to pay for something we already had."

Both students and staff members feel tightening security on campuses is not the solution, and that it will cause further agitation.

There were complaints about why universities aren't prioritizing student fees, and support systems such as mental health, especially with the outbreak of suicides in South African universities.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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