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Over the course of history it is an undeniable truth that the people who have shaped culture and been the biggest influencers of societies both past and present are the youth. Hector Pieterson, Nkosi Johnson, and Daniel Petersen III are just three young South African gentlemen whose inspirational stories are sentiment of this.

These iconic figures that form part of the fabric of South Africa then and now have touched and transformed the lives of so many both locally and abroad. They are emblems of hope amongst countless others who continue to effect positive change across the spheres of this country desperately in need of it. Read full article here: SA Youth Icons

ELMARIE KRUGER: Graphic novels are books containing works similar but not equated to comic books. They are popular around the world, yet there are many who have yet to discover their importance and literary value. Many popular movies such as V for Vendetta, 300 and Watchmen are all based on graphic novels, but these books are not limited to superheroes and fictional settings. A number of them speak about real-life matters and there are a few essential graphic novels that avid readers should strive to add to their reading lists.

MAXINE TWADDLE: The man who has come to be known as “the Tukkie rapist” has been sentenced to life in jail with an additional 40 years.

In October 2011, Tsietsi Samuel Mziza broke into a 22-year-old UP student’s townhouse in a security complex in Pretoria. He raped her and stabbed her 23 times, both with a knife and with a machete. She survived the attack, even though eight of her stab wounds were potentially deadly.

The victim had opened her gate to allow guests to leave. Mziza was waiting for her in her house when she returned. After the attack, Mziza fled the scene with the victim’s laptop and cell phone.

MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE, MARKO SVICEVIC AND FUMILAYO SOKO: A male student died after jumping from the Humanities building (HB) on main campus on Monday morning in an alleged suicide.The university confirmed the incident in a statements labeling it as an “unnatural death of a student”.

The university said that the student’s name has been withheld until they received permission to release the name from the parents of the deceased. It is unknown at this stage from which floor the student jumped.

Micaela Paschini, a first year BA Law student who witnessed the incident said that she was walking with a friend to the Client Service Centre to get a new student card around 08:30 when she heard a high-pitched scream and a loud bang. Paschini said that her friend told her that she had seen something fall from the HB although she wasn’t certain what it was.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Curlitzia and Vividus Men both claimed the title of Serenade National champions in the women’s and men’s division respectively on Saturday. Curlitzia and Vividus Men represented UP as winners of the university’s leg of the national competition.

This year’s finalists comprised of the ladies and men Serenade winners from UP, the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Free State (Kovsies), North-West University (Pukke) and Stellenbosch University (Maties).

Curlitzia have represented Tuks at nationals for the past three years but their car guard theme and refined harmonies managed to secure them the win this year. Soetdoring from Kovsies placed second and Francie van Zijl from Maties placed third.

DYLAN FLOWERDAY AND FUMILAYO SOKO: The third quarterly Student Forum meeting took place on Wednesday 27 August. The NSFAS, the discontinuation of the Sunnyside/Arcadia bus service, the racial segregation in residences and the upcoming SRC elections were some of the matters discussed.

Before SRC President Enwee Human began his quarterly report, an argument ensued between the deputy chair of the Constitutional Tribunal and the Student Forum members. The members requested that SRC deputy secretary James Lotter give them a report of what had been addressed in terms of the issues raised at the previous forum meeting. Lotter did not to present the report, citing the procedure for raising issues at the Student Forum. Students must submit questions prior to the forum’s sitting.


University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
Wits SRC election candidates have opposed the university’s controversial new residences admission policy, which they feel will be detrimental to disadvantaged students.

Wits Vuvuzela reported that the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA), Project W, Wits EFF, the house committee and the current SRC drafted a memorandum which will be handed to Wits Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adam Habib.

Prof. Habib explained at a recent town hall meeting that the new residence admissions policy aims to make campus accommodation “more accessible and appealing to all students, especially those who have good academic [records]”. He said that this would create diversity within residences.

TEBOGO TSHWANE: The African Union Student Alliance (Ausa) hosted an event called Pulls and Tensions: Xenophobia and the Rights of Foreigners in Africa on 26 August.

The event focused on the causes and impacts of xenophobia, ways xenophobic attitudes could be removed from society, and the rights of foreigners.

Thifulufheli Sinthumule, advocacy officer from the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), said that misunderstanding or ignorance and socio-economic factors are the main causes of xenophobia.

ARON HYMAN: EFF Tuks will contest the 2014/2015 SRC elections. According to EFF Tuks, the decision to participate was unanimous within the organisation and is supported by the national party.

EFF Tuks secretary Jaco Oelofse says that the EFF Tuks-backed candidates “are committed to radical change”.

“We believe that this university is the last battleground for racism. We can still win the battle against racism, where we can still make a dent in white supremacy. We want to tackle the roots of racism here at this university,” Oelofse said.


Many bookworms like to pretend that the growing population of anti-readers in modern society does not exist. Unfortunately, the number of people who prefer watching movies or playing games to reading seems to be growing exponentially in today’s technology-powered world. If you consider yourself an anti-reader, or someone who fears reading books, it might be that maybe, just maybe, you’ve been reading the wrong ones. Luckily, there are many books available nowadays that will captivate even the most ardent non-readers.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
“Don’t panic,” reads the tagline on the covers of several editions of the Guide. Originally a BBC radio series, this five-book “trilogy” became immensely popular in the early 1980s and the books still have a huge influence on popular culture today. Its spot-on humour, short chapters and well-rounded characters make it an undemanding yet thought-provoking read.

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