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BRIAN KIAUTHA: South African swimming is associated with the likes of Cameron van der Burgh, Roland Schoeman and Chad le Clos, but one name that has been grabbing headlines prior to the commencement of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland is Karin Prinsloo. Arguably the queen of South African swimming, the 24-year-old Limpopo native was selected for the Commonwealth Games after a run of good international performances since her international debut in 2011.

Prinsloo represented South Africa at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011, where she won gold in the 4x100m women’s freestyle relay and silver in the women’s 100m backstroke.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This year’s Oppikoppi lineup showcases 147 different bands. With so much to choose from, missing some performances is an unfortunate necessity. However, there are a number of local acts that would be shameful to miss. One is small, one is old and one consists of industry giants, but all have very specific and good reasons to be included on your festival programme.

Flint, meet Spark
These Tuks students have talent and for the second time this duo will be performing for the dusty masses. Adelle and Josh intertwine their vocal and guitar skills to create beautiful and peaceful melodies. Even if folk music isn’t your thing, it’s cool to support fellow students.

KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 coach Pote Human is optimistic about his side’s prospects of defending their BBRU Carlton Cup title. The team has been buoyed by their recent success in the University Sports of South Africa (USSA) Rugby Championship and their form coming into the final, which is set to be staged at Loftus Versfeld.

Human spoke to Perdeby.

Coming into the Top 4 phase of the Carlton Cup, have your achievements in the USSA competition had a significant effect on the team’s morale and their belief that they can defend their title?
Claiming the much sought after USSA championship title for only the second time in the 20-year history of the tournament was a huge morale and confidence booster. We succeeded because every player and management team member lived the dream that we were meant to be the 2014 champions. I am very proud of them all.

ABONGILE SKOSANA: AmaTuks open the 2014/2015 Absa Premiership campaign on 9 August against newly-promoted Polokwane City. Perdeby spoke to AmaTuks head coach Steven Barker about their upcoming season.

AmaTuks did not finish in the top eight of the Absa Premiership last season. How are you planning to up your game this season?
Compared to what many people think, I don’t think it was a poor season and often the log position doesn’t determine the performance that we put on last season, but yeah, it was a tough season for us, having lost a number of key players. I do think that the team played well last season and there were a lot of games  that we never really lost [but] we were unfortunate not to have got more out of those games. This season we are far more settled in terms of the squad and the pre-season preparations. We’ve got the majority of the squad from day one as compared to last season. So, I think that would be a big bonus for us this year and a lot of our young players were the youngest players in the league last season ... and I think that extra year [of] experience will help us this coming season.

STAFF REPORTER

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)
The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) in Durban suspended all lectures on 28 July due to student protests.

Protests began when students who could not register for the second semester because they owed MUT money demanded to be registered.

MUT marketing and communications director Len Mzimela told eNCA that the institution had come to an agreement with students who were in debt of more than R10 000 that they could still register if they negotiated a way of paying back that debt with the university. The protesting students were those who would not negotiate.

BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO: Last week Perdeby published an article reporting TuksRes’s proposal to create separate residences exclusively for first-year students and residences exclusively for senior students. Perdeby asked a few residence students for their opinions on the matter.

 “The proposal is fine if it will make more space for first years as long as no one is excluded.” – Precious Mphago, second-year BA Psychology student from Lilium

ELMARIE KRUGER: The 21st annual Kaskarfees took place at NG Universiteitsoord on Friday 25 July. It was an evening of sweat, smiles and sore legs as res-dwellers showed up in large numbers to either take part in the event or to offer support from the sidelines.

Residences had to complete time trials to determine the order in which they would compete during the race. Magrietjie and Boekenhout achieved the fastest times during the time trials in the ladies’ and men’s categories respectively and set off first. The ladies’ residences faced tough competition with Magrietjie managing to stay in the lead. Magrietjie finished first in the race, while Klaradyn and Madelief placed second and third respectively.

DYLAN FLOWERDAY: On Monday 28 July AfriForum Youth placed a coffin with the message “RIP koshuise / residences” at the entrance to the Roosmaryn Building. The coffin contained a petition with 1 600 student signatures along with a memorandum of students’ demands regarding the proposed changes to residences.

Last week, Perdeby reported on proposed changes to residences, which include dividing certain residences into first-year only and senior only residences. “AfriForum Youth and students decided to object to the  planned changes by illustrating the death of residences symbolically,” said AfriForum Youth spokesperson Eduan Dupper in a media statement.

FIONA DRUMMOND: Rhodes University DanceSport travelled to Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban to take part in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) DanceSport competition. The competition, which took place from 1-2 July, saw 19 tertiary institutions dance it off. Couples from Rhodes competed in both the Ballroom and Latin sections in levels one; two and three, as well as Novice Latin.

The competition was fierce as couples had to progress through elimination rounds before making it to a final. In level one Ballroom 58 couples competed.  Rhodes dancers Thabang Seloma and Louise Endacott made the quarter-finals, while Haig Smuts and Phuttie Masenya came third. The level two section consisted of 36 couples and Hayden Searle and Donna Stevens made the semi-final and came 12th. In the final Damon Hook and Layla Radosavljevic placed fourth and Andreas Astier and Fiona Drummond took the bronze. The spotlight really shone in level three where Evan Miles and Samantha Hultum won all four of their dances to claim the gold, beating 25 other couples.

CHRISTINA SCHILD: It’s commonly described as one of the most raucous, dirty festivals around – welcome to the twentieth anniversary of Oppikoppi.  While the theme, Odyssey, may be after one of the great classic pieces of literature, there will hardly be anything classy about your Oppi experience. Prepare to be dirty, swallow more dust than you thought possible, make friends with anyone who speaks and to dance your heart out.  To get you started on your path to greatness, here are a few tips to survive Oppikoppi 2014.

Don’t be a dust bunny
Wet wipes are going to become your best friend, perhaps more loved than first drink and last Panado. The Oppi dust will literally stick your skin, blocking your pores and taking away all sexy feelings.  Another way to combat the dust, fashion yourself a sort of face mask.  Surgical masks seem to be a common choice, but why not shake things up and lug around a gas mask?

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