SIBULELE MAGINI: The newly re-elected South African President, Jacob Zuma, made his cabinet announcement on Sunday evening, 25th May 2014. This is the country’s fifth administration since the dawn of democracy and will be leading the country in respective assigned departments in the next 5 years. There are some new faces, new ministries, mergers and old faces shuffled around from department to department.
FEZEKILE COKILE: At a glance, Andile Mapapu looks like your average student. He is 19 years old. He is in second year studying BPharm. For the purposes of our interview he invited me in his room at Chris Hani residence. Like any normal student, his room is a bit untidy. The bed has not been made up yet even though it is 1:30 pm. Books and papers litter the table. We sit down and he plays Rick Ross’ song ‘The Devil is a liar’ on his computer. “I listen to Hip Hop music, to artists like Drake, Kanye West and Rick Ross,” he says with a bright smile. Mapapu has reason to smile indeed. He recently won the Makana Bodybuilding Contest in the under 21 category and the Men’s overall contest. All of his trophies and medals are displayed on top of his bookcase. When asked if he expected to win the competition he says confidently that he believed he stood a chance. He had worked extremely hard three weeks prior to the competition by training six days a week, and going on a strict diet. His diet included dramatically increasing his protein intake.
SINAZO NAKUPI: Wednesday 7th May marked the fifth national and provincial elections since the advent of democracy in 1994. Rhodes University students, most of them voting for the first time, came out in their numbers to participate in the most competitive and anticipated election in twenty years.
A record of 25.3 million voters registered for the 2014 national and provincial election, about 2.2 million more than those who registered in 2009.
With two voting stations on campus that opened on time, one at the Rhodes University Drama Theatre and another at the Great Hall, voters did not have to stand for long in queues as both venues had short or no queues at all.
Matthew Kynaston and Rhea MacDonald: A Rhodes University student has been killed.
Two bodies were removed from Cullen Bowles at 10am today. The deceased are a Rhodes student and a Grahamstown resident. Police were called to the scene this morning after reports of a shooting.
MATTHEW KYNASTON AND RHEA MACDONALD: A Rhodes University student was shot and killed on Saturday 26 April. Her attacker shot himself on the scene shortly thereafter.
Two bodies were removed from Cullen Bowles at 10am on Saturday. Police were called to the scene early in the morning after reports of a shooting.
Jane Berg: Members of a new anti-rhino poaching activism group ‘The Cliptivists’ argued for their cause at a public meeting in the Environmental Learning Research Centre on April 22.
At this inaugural public colloquium, the group implored audience members to ask themselves “what can I do?” to stem the killing of rhinos.
When game developers and hardcore gamers alike heard about the head gear known as the Oculus Rift, over sixty thousand backers, including myself, bought the first ever device of its kind. The company behind the Oculus Rift appropriately named ‘Oculus’ promised gamers of a future with affordable and realistic virtual reality headgear.
Julia Fish: Gareth Cliff is going to take 5fm Campus invasion to the next level. Many awoke to the sad news that their favourite morning DJ is leaving 5fm yesterday morning. Well not quite.
Though Cliff is stepping down from the breakfast show, he will be moving into a fabulous new role- expanding campus radio.
Sinazo Nakupi: Grahamstown landlords were forced to evict EastCape Midlands College (EMC) students after a reduction in the accommodation allocation of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). After the college was given until the end of January to pay outstanding rent, landlords had no choice but to evict students when they failed to do so.
This follows the protest that took place earlier this year against this reduction in funding. This reduction in fees has affected all EMC campuses in the province.
Jean-Andre’ Deenik: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report stated that President Jacob Zuma needs to pay back a majority of the funds from taxpayer’s money on Nkandla Gate. The Democratic Alliance has now taken it into their hands to ensure that such payments are made and currently want a payment plan for all the upgrades to Nkandla that Zuma needs to refund.