Sasha Ross and Bracken Lee-Rudolph: Phone applications, or apps, form a large part of daily life, especially for students who have grown up with cellphones and have fully grasped the Android and iOS revolutions. Here are is a list of some of the more useful ones for students.
LIZL LOMBAARD and MICHAL-MARE LINDEN interview Taxi Violence, Gangs of Ballet, Black Market Riots and Man as Machine at Ramfast in Gauteng over the weekend
MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Tuks branch was launched two weeks ago and has been registered as an official political society at UP. Last week during marketing week, the newly formed political society recruited 108 new members in two days at Hatfield campus. EFF Tuks recruited an overall 230 members.
DAN MAFORA: The Tuks branch of Daso last Thursday joined a national protest by the DA Youth outside the Ugandan High Commission. The protest was against an anti-gay law that was recently passed by the Ugandan government. The law criminalises homosexuality and prescribes sentences as harsh as life-imprisonment.
James Lotter, SRC deputy secretary and chairperson of Daso at Tuks said, “What is happening in Uganda is a serious case of human rights abuse. We, as Daso, advocate for human rights and are joining this protest today to show support for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters there.” He added that the South African government’s failure to condemn the passing of the bill is a sign of its lack of commitment to the protection of human rights.
Nicholas McGregor: The South African government has condemned the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s involvement.
They have urged the two countries to reach a peaceful solution before conflict ensues. The Department of International Relations recently released a statement.
Dr Badat has been vice-chancellor since 2006 and was the university’s first black vice-chancellor. It is as yet unclear who will replace him.
Mitchell Shaun Parker: Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat announced his resignation from the position in a message to staff and students at the University about his time at the institution.
A date has not yet been announced for when Badat will step down.
Mfuneko Toyana: THIS past weekend’s festival of political rallies, manifesto launches and street bashes in the name of democracy was proof of a well-known fact, that South African politics at its best is a study in ear-busting raucousness. The lengths political parties went to, to create a carnival atmosphere through song while talking serious politics at the same time, revealed once again just how central music is to our political DNA. Even those groups who contested SRC elections last year pin-pointed music as a route into the hearts of voters.
Mfuneko Toyana: AFTER a three year hiatus, the Rastafarian community is back on campus with a new name and a fresh vision that will kick-off this Friday when the society hosts the 2014 National Rastafari Summit. “Ganga doesn’t make the Rasta…there is a time and space for praying, same as ganga,”
The two-day summit is part of the Rastafari Association for Students (RAS) (formerly the Rastafarian Appreciation Society) celebration of Black History Month as well as an attempt by the Rastafarian community on campus to reposition itself as a human rights group.
“The [previous] society became about reggae and pot-smoking. These things didn’t inform students about the culture,” said Terrance Nzuza, an art student and one of the leaders of the society.
Sebastian Burger: Lit by a solitary light at the front of the stage, Gary Thomas once again took the stage at the Lowlander on Friday, 21 February, captivating the crowd with his reverberating folk sound.
Marking the fifth stop in his country wide tour, the Lowlander gig saw the cosy environment filled with his enchantinglyrics as he belted out work from his new album, “My Memory’s Death”. The album consists of an EP that was released a while back and many B-sides from his career as a musician. It is partly what he describes as “a rock opera thing of thinginess”.