KEEGAN FRANCES: On Wednesday 22 October the United Nations Association of South Africa, in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre, hosted the annual UN Day career and quiz event at the University of Pretoria.
The main aims of the event included raising awareness among students about the UN as an organisation and the potential career opportunities available for students within the UN.
The event featured four guest speakers from various agencies in the UN: Mr Walid Badawi, the country director of the UN Development Programme in South Africa, Dr Habib Somanje, the health systems advisor for the World Health Organisation’s South African sector, Ms Cecilia Njenga, the head of office for the UN’s Environmental Programme in South Africa, and Ms Chantell Witten, a nutrition specialist from the UN Childrens Fund in South Africa. Each of these speakers gave information to students about the sections of the UN they work for and the specific mandates of each of these sections. They then gave their biographies and the various routes they took to eventually attain their current positions within the UN.
ADAM KLEINSCHMIDT: Anyone with half a brain knows that messing about with nuclear material is a bad idea. A nuclear physicist could tell you more. Owing to the fact that unbridled nuclear plants and bombs have catastrophic effects on the surrounding environment, atomic material gets a little chaotic when messed with.
The recent R1 trillion deal with the Russian Federation has made headlines and plans to build a new power plant to reduce reliance on coal has come under fire from opposition parties, western governments, and the media. All parties are alarmed at this surprising new turn of events.
JULIA FISH: After months of speculation as to who would take over from the distinguished Dr Saleem Badat, it was announced in an e-mail to staff that the post will be filled from within.
Acting Vice-Chancellor and distinguished mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has been announced as the incumbent “6th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University with effect from 1 November 2014”.
Dr Mabizela has quietly and confidently been running the show since Dr Badat stepped down earlier this year. The choice to retain institutional memory, promote from within and show commitment to the ethos that Rhodes has maintained, is expected to be widely respected.
YOGI SHOBA: On Sunday 21 September, a 21-year-old Capetonian woman died after attending the annual Earthdance Trance music festival. Apparently, she was ‘unwell’ and in a state of paranoia for five hours before paramedics could transport her to hospital. She died soon after of organ failure, although the cause of the organ failure is still unknown.
The organisers of the event place ‘utmost confidence in [their] medical services’; with paramedics who are supposedly extensively trained in treating people in outdoor festival environments. With Rocking the Daisies fast approaching and a host of Cape Town’s youth excitedly preparing to descend on Cloof Wine Estate; one must ask whether the incident was an unavoidable tragedy or whether people are putting their lives at risk by attending such events.
LAUREN NEUHOFF AND MARKO SVICEVIC: On Monday, Tuks student organisation “Tuks Friends of MSF” (FoMSF) held an awareness campaign called “A Day in the Life of a Refugee” which took place at the Piazza of the university’s Hatfield Campus. The organisation had a collection of five different displays, each one representing a different aspect of basic refugee life.
FoMSF, is a world-wide network of student societies of MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, which aims at raising awareness of the organisation’s work, as well as campaigning for access and speaking on behalf of MSF’s patients. Aside from their awareness campaigns, they are also involved in raising funds for the organisation. Currently, Tuks FoMSF is the youngest in South Africa, with counterparts based in Wits, Stellenbosch University and UCT.