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29 November 2006

Student centre is one year old

The UCT Student Learning Centre, Vanguard (SLCV), attached to the Vanguard Community Health Centre in Bonteheuwel, celebrated a year of service in early November. The centre is the base from where UCT health sciences students provide essential health care services to the Bonteheuwel and Langa communities as part of their formal training. The SLCV involves an ongoing partnership between UCT, the communities served by the community health centre and the provincial and city health departments. Attending were staff and students from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Provincial Health Department staff and representatives of the Langa and Bonteheuwel Health Committees.

Darries is top title holder

UCT alumnus Fatima Darries has won this year's LIASA/Sabinet Online Librarian of the Year title.

Darries was one of 10 Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) branch winners who became eligible for the national award. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology librarian was named Western Cape Branch Librarian of the year at the LIASA Western Cape annual general meeting earlier this year. She was also named branch chair, the most senior position at branch level.

Computer labs a must

The Centre for Educational Technology (CET), based in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), has just launched its inaugural research report, The Virtual Möbius Strip. This report looks into the access to and use of information and communication technologies in the five tertiary institutions in the Western Cape. One finding is that practical issues like opening hours of computer labs and booking conditions are crucial. Also, 97% of staff and students use ICTs in some way for teaching and learning. Moreover, low usage was found to be linked to demographics. Health sciences faculties had the highest frequency and variety of use across all teaching and learning groups.

Moeti new MTV presenter

Had you tuned into etv on Wednesday, November 15, at 21:35, you would have seen film and media undergraduate Fikile Moeti's debut in a new show dedicated to music videos burning up the charts in South Africa and around the globe. Moeti was recently named the winner of a nationwide contest to become the new VJ (video jockey) for the show MTV Base World Chart Express. She beat three fellow finalists - short-listed from an original  1 000 - and was selected by members of the public, voting by SMS, and a judging panel of music-highfliers, including the likes of DJ Fresh from 5FM. "Winning this competition is everything I've dreamed of since I was a little girl," said Moeti. "I'm going to give it everything I've got - and more."

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