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KAREN LAZARDr Karen Lazar is a lecturer in the School of Education at Wits University. She based her doctoral research on Nadine  Gordimer and spent many hours interviewing the late Nobel laureate. 

In the course of my feminist doctoral research on Nadine Gordimer, I interviewed her several times in her beloved  dappled garden  in Parktown, 2km from Wits.

LUCA KOTTON: Nine new players have joined premier league side Bidvest Wits ahead of the start of the season in August.

Gavin Hunt, Bidvest coach, appears to have gone with a mix of youth and experience, with five of the new signings over 30-years-old.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Celebrated South African author and political activist Nadine Gordimer passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening, the Gordimer family announced today. Gordimer was 90 years old.

Gordimer is best known for her novels and short fiction works but has also written a number of essays and a play.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time to claim their fourth World Cup. Substitute Mario Götze scored in the 113th minute to ensure a German victory at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

There was a lot of hype prior to the game given Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil. Because Argentina had to go to penalties to win their semi-final against Holland, they were seen as the underdogs and Germany were seen as the favourites to win the match.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout to book their place in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday after a tight game that ended 0-0 after normal and extra time.

The first half showcased both teams’ defensive talents. The high-scoring Brazil v Germany match on Tuesday night seemed to have made both the Netherlands and Argentina cautious as they played a slow and calculated game.

NQOBILE DLUDLA: Wits Football Club (Wits FC) players, Mahle Mtabane and Brylon Petersen are among the 18 players selected on Wednesday to represent University Sports South Africa (USSA) Football in the upcoming under-21 national championships.

Mtabane and Petersen were two of three players sent by Wits University for selection from among 31 players representing 11 institutions across the country.

ERIC MLAMBO: Nyiko Makhubele grew up fending for himself in a rural village in Limpopo but finds himself at Wits University today, working towards his future as a mining engineer. Eric Mlambo, who helped fund Makhubela’s studies, tells his story.  

It sounds like a far-fetched dream when 23-year-old Nyiko Sam Makhubele talks about his plans for the future. Makhubele, a BSc Engineering student, is determined to make his dream of becoming a mining engineer a reality despite the personal tragedies he has suffered in his young life.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This past week saw the release of GoodLuck’s third single from their popular second album Creatures of the Night.

The song, entitled “What would we be without each other”, was written with a social message in mind which fostered GoodLuck’s new social campaign. The campaign hopes to promote the idea of thanking those around you that play a role in making your life by creating a video message dedicated to that person and posting it online.

LIZL LOMBAARD: The fourth instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starts off spectacularly, especially if you get a chance to see it in 3D.

Set four years after the battle in Chicago, the movie revolves around the CIA, who are now trying to track down all forms of robots, regardless if they’re Autobots or Decepticons. The Autobots are aided by their human alliances and an intense action plot follows in a struggle to restore balance to the world.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: The beginning of July marked the start of The Songbird Tour – an interesting new programme that is not just about entertainment but also the mentorship and upliftment of local talent. Non-profit organisation Africa Voices Trust, which aims to grow young African musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds through practical skills and knowledge, has teamed up with Laura Burhenn of Postal Service and The Mynabirds for the tour.

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