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NEWCOMERS SOCIETIES FAIR 2017

On 21 January 2017 Stellenbosch University Newcomers had the opportunity to view the many different societies on campus and choose which ones to sign-up for.
SLSJ Maties was well-received by students.

Newcomers were told in great detail of the society’s vision and our community-service-intensive direction for 2017. Needless to say, this year SLSJ Maties had an unprecedented number of sign-ups in our society’s history!!!

#SLSJMatiesSocFair2017 #Winning #SUNewcomers2017 #BuildingSACommunities

—see our events and activities and community interactions page to see what we’ve been up to since—


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SLSJ OPENING FUNCTION 2017: “The Conflicts of our Constitution”

On 27 February 2017, SLSJ Maties held an engrossing panel discussion on Constitutionality and the arising conflicts that challenge our Constitution in today’s South Africa. Following the last two years of student protest adding the voice of the youth to the state of the nation, we thought it best to tackle head-on the tensions of our Constitution in theory and in practice.

The evening provided a platform for everyone to share their opinions, raise their arguments and defend them where possible. One would almost think we were #BuildingSACommunities 🙂 #SLSJWinning #SAWinning #HotDebate #Constitutionalism #Democracy #YouthVoice

Our panel comprised the brilliant minds of JD Blanckenberg, Khadija Bawa, Dr S van der Berg and Dr G Ricks.

 

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INCARCERATION NATIONS: WHAT ROLE CAN UNIVERSITIES PLAY IN ENDING GLOBAL MASS INCARCERATION?

SLSJ Maties in collaboration with the Juridical Society (JV) of Stellenbosch University hosted Dr. Baz Dreisinger on February 13, 2017.
Dr. Dreisinger who is the Founder of the Prison-to-College Pipeline initiative presented her book, “Incarceration Nations” while facilitating conversation around various subject matter including that of:

  • South Africa’s incarceration system in a global context
  • The Prison-to-College Pipeline initiative and the possibilities for its replication here in SA.
  •  And the future of access to education.

Dr. Baz spent time contrasting the different systems around the world and engaged the audience in a passionate discussion about our very own SA system, how it has affected our society, the ripples and effects of our society with regards to incarceration and facilitated a frank discussion about the workings of community, the law and its enforcers.

Dr.Baz was joined by guests from Pollsmoor prison who opened the crowded up to the realities of our system and effect of our incarceration system on everyday people and their families.

The event was an overall a fundamental contribution towards considerations of social impact and awareness and we hope to explore those waters further in the near future.

The event was open to all students across campus and it was not limited to law students or members of SLSJ only.