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APHILE-APHILE SOLOLO: The celebration of Women’s Week 2014, being held from 4 to 9 August, began with the Pan African Youth Dialogue (PAYD) panel discussion on Beauty and Strength on Tuesday, 5 August at Rhodes University.

Lisa Maholo, the head of the Rhodes University division of PAYD, said the purpose of the discussion was to “provide a platform for young men and women to engage with issues around beauty and strength in a modern society”.

Zukiswa Kota, an Education Researcher and Environmentalist at Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), raised the notion that beauty lies in strength and the natural environment in which one lives.

FEZEKILE COKILE: As part of Environmental Week 2014, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) team was outside the Day Kaif on Tuesday, 29 July, to spark interest among students about the different uses of water.

The students, which included those doing water management honours, were not only presented with a scientific approach as to how water works but were shown a few practical skills they could use to their advantage when using water.

DANIELA BARLETTA: “[The] green economy is growing like a mushroom,” said Professor Heila Lotz-Sistka at a recent event hosted by the Career Lounge as part of Rhodes University’s Environmental Week. Lotz-Sisitka and other speakers from the Environmental Learning Research Centre focused on the many career opportunities for those with a passion for environmental science.

Speakers spoke about their personal journeys by exploring the environmental research field and their shared love for the environmental science sector was clear.

MUHAMMAD HUSSAIN: It was tries galore on a Dunedin-like Great Field as the Rhodes Internal Rugby League continued last Friday evening.

In the first of the night’s fixtures Founders ran in five tries to beat The Hill 34-5.

“We started off a bit slow and they were very good in the beginning, but we got one and another try before halftime,” said Paul Burgess, Captain of the Founders team.

MARKO SVICEVIC: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck South Africa just before 12:30 on Tuesday afternoon. 

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale (although other sources have placed it as high as 5.5). It further added that the quake was centred in Orkney, 120km south east of Johannesburg and occurred at a depth of 10km. 

The tremor, which was felt as far away as Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gaborone in Botswana; sent many scrambling under their desks and evacuating their buildings. 

MAGGIE ROODT: A UP lecturer died after jumping off of the 21st floor of the Humanities Building (HB) on UP’s Hatfield Campus last Wednesday.

44-year-old Danny Nortjé-Rossouw was an accounting lecturer at the university. He also studied at UP, obtaining a degree in financial management.

SAPS warrant officer Dave Miller told Perdeby that the police are approaching Nortjé-Rossouw’s death as a suicide. This can only be confirmed after the postmortem and when the investigation has been completed.

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.

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