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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Written by Saturday, 12 April 2014 23:45

Chris Evans once again returns as Steve Rogers for yet another action packed, jaw clinching presence on the big screen. This time it’s the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, entitled Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The movie follows from where The Avengers ends off and sees Rogers still struggling to adapt to the contemporary era he lives in. Rogers, who works alongside agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. agency's S.T.R.I.K.E. team, are sent off to free hostages taken by mercenary led pirates on board a S.H.I.E.L.D vessel.

Roxanne Joseph: South Africans are “chasing a dream,” according to one of the panelists at a discussion hosted by the Right2Know campaign in conjunction with Wits Journalism earlier this today.

Susan Booysen, a researcher at Wits, was speaking at the Wits Club which focussed on the issue of transparency in party funding in the run-up to the national elections. The dream, according to Booysen, is the passing of legislation which will force political parties to fully disclose the sources of their funding.

Roxanne Joseph: A team of amaBhungane journalists walked away with the 2014 Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism at the Johannesburg Rand Club earlier today. 

Stefaans Brümmer, Sam Sole and Vinayak Bhardwaj of the Mail & Guardian’s investigative centre were recognised for their efforts in sifting through more than 12 000 pages of documents resulting in “The Nkandla Files,” published last July.

Zelmarie Goosen and Tracey Ruff: Ken Oosterbroek was just 31 when he was shot and killed by the people he was trying to photograph just days before South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

Twenty years later, his friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Wits Origins Centre for the opening of an exhibition honouring the work of this extraordinary photojournalist on Wednesday night. The exhibition curates some of Oosterbroek’s work, and photographs of him practicing his craft, in a celebration of the profession, and art, of photojournalism.

Rofhiwa Madzena and Thabile Manala: If last night’s election debate at Wits is anything to go by, this election period will be dominated by Nkandla-talk.

Wits University hosted the first in a series of pre-election debates together with eNCA and Independent newspapers just weeks before South Africans head to the polls. Last night’s panel included Agang’s Mamphela Ramphele, Wilmot James from the DA and the ANC’s Gwede Mantashe.

Jeremy Loops drops powerful debut album

Written by Friday, 11 April 2014 09:48

Sasha Ross: South African musician Jeremy Loops has been performing around the country for several years now and has built up an almost fanatical following. His debut album Trading Change will leave none of them disappointed.

Equipped with his guitar, harmonica and loop machine, Loops may be a capable one-man band but his album includes the rapping skills of Motheo Moleko, the groovy saxophone of Jamie Faull and the nostalgia-inducing voice of Adelle Nqeto.

Ilanit Chernick: A new revelation has emerged this week in the battle waged by the Wits Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for official recognition.

Earlier this year, Wits EFF were denied official recognition as a club and society by the SRC (Students Representatives Council). Wits EFF cried foul, claiming their exclusion by the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA)-led SRC was politically motivated. The SRC countered, claiming that Wits EFF submitted their application late.

However, a Whatsapp conversation seen by Wits Vuvuzela reveals that Wits EFF did, in fact, submit their application late.

NSFAS leaves students high and dry

Written by Friday, 11 April 2014 06:35

Roxanne Joseph: Delays in monthly allowances reaching National Student Financial Aid Schemes (NSFAS) students are making it difficult for them to make it through the month, according to the SRC.

Students have taken to Twitter with their complaints. “The universities expect students to pass on hungry stomachs. Impossible,” one student, who wished to remain unnamed, told Wits Vuvuzela.

Rofhiwa Madzena: Witsies are underwhelmed by the new colourful, flavoured condoms which will soon be free from the government.

This week Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, announced the new condoms after a survey by the Human Sciences Research Council showed that condom use in South Africa had decreased.

The Clever Boys get the edge

Written by Friday, 11 April 2014 06:30

Luca Kotton: A 1-0 VICTORY over Platinum Stars on Wednesday night have left the Clever Boys in good position going into the title finale.

The win for Bidvest Wits have put them in touch with league leaders Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs with six games remaining for the Clever Boys.

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