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MAXINE TWADDLE: Braces from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben helped the Netherlands to romp to a 5-1 victory over defending champions Spain last night in the Group B opener in Salvador. The drubbing was Spain’s worst defeat in 41 years.

Stefan de Vrij also scored for the Netherlands, while Xabi Alonso scored Spain’s only goal.

LISA KAHIMBAARA: Iso recently released their first ever EP, PassagesPerdeby chatted to lead singer and guitarist Richard Brokensha about the EP’s production, the ideas behind it and the bands plans for the future. 

Why choose to release an EP instead a full album?
We have never released an EP before and we just felt like experimenting a little. We wanted our fans to focus on the 5 songs instead of a full album since these days people seem to struggle to listen to a full album.

STAFF REPORTER: The 2014 Fifa Football World Cup kicks off tonight with hosts Brazil taking on Croatia at 10pm. Wits Vuvuzela has confirmed that screenings of the matches will take place at the following venues in Braamfontein:

SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: With the 2014 World Cup being hosted in Brazil, it would only be fitting to pay tribute to the five times the country has won the World Cup. Currently ranked third on the Fifa world rankings, the Brazilians have won the coveted tournament in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. They have also competed in every single World Cup event in history and this will be their second time hosting the event.

USHENTA NAIDOO and MAXINE TWADDLE

Miroslav Klose (Germany)
Klose is Germany’s all-time leading goal scorer with 69 goals in 132 games. He was awarded the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup and was named German Footballer of the year, while simultaneously being the top goal scorer in the Bundesliga that the same year.

LAMEEZ OMARJEE: Tonight, the one of the world’s biggest sporting showcases kicks off in Brazil. The 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony will launch football’s biggest international spectacle and despite the absence of South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, Witsies are still looking forward to the month-long tournament.

“I am really excited about the World Cup.  We wait four years to witness the best players competing against each other.  A part of me is sad that South Africa won’t be participating in this World Cup,” said Phelelani Mpanza, Masters Business Sciences.

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE: The 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa was unique in many ways. One distinct feature was the deafening drone that fell over stadiums across the country every time a match was played. The vuvuzela, much to Fifa’s dismay, was an unstoppable force in South Africa. It became so popular across the globe that football fans everywhere started taking them to games. This did not last long as Fifa quickly banned the noisy trumpet.

ILANIT CHERNICK: Inappropriate gestures, sexually-charged comments and even jokes of a sexual nature are still fairly common at Wits University despite last year’s high profile dismissals for sexual harassment.

Regarded as “minor” infringements, these incidents are just as serious and need to be reported, says Professor Jackie Dugard, director of the Wits sexual harassment office (SHO).

BRIAN KIAUTHA: The 20th edition of the Fifa World Cup is hours away from its opening match between hosts Brazil and Croatia. The much anticipated football tournament will be missing some of the best players in respective domestic leagues around the world either through injury, selection omission, or because their national teams did not qualify for the tournament.

Occasionally, many of us have an idea that would make for an awesome entrepreneurial initiative yet we are intimidated more often than not by our own lack of experience. This is where SEDA comes in.

SEDA (The Small Enterprise Development Agency) is a local agency working with the South African Department of Trade and Industry. These guys are there to help your business with the push it needs in a holistic approach and focus especially in the areas of growth it’s struggling with.

Additionally, they help setup the networking potential you need on an international level, sourcing out global partners who are willing to invest in some way into your business.

Nadia takes a look at how SEDA can help you with your Small Business Idea in the latest issue of 4Ward! Magazine

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