By David Mann: The annual Picture Pot event took place this Wednesday 2 October and saw a great turnout of students come through to check out some local art, have a few drinks and raise funds for a good cause.
Taking place at the Long Table on High Street, the event was organised by the Masincedane society to help raise funds for the work they do at soup kitchens within Grahamstown. Cameron Cordell, events manager for Masincedane said that although this was the first Picture Pot he’s been involved with, he was very happy with the night and with the way things went.
Leah Solomon: The month of August saw RMR celebrate 32 years of running, and the crowd at the party were feeling prouder than ever.
With good entertainment, ample drinks and great company, everyone at the event seemed to have a great time and ensured that the celebration was one to remember.
The SRC inauguration took place on Wednesday 28 August at Eden Grove. Once the Councillors were announced, the outgoing SRC said their oaths and took part in a candle-lighting ceremony, symbolising the passing on of the Rhodes leadership spirit. There were several musical items from the Rhodes Chamber Choir, Signature Sounds and Rhodes Melodies, which kept the tone of the evening light and ensured that candidates were not too nervous.
When Bense’s position was announced, he was visibly excited, speaking with a constant smile on his face. “The right people won and I have a lot of faith in the Council,” he said. “This year we did well, but I look forward to what we can achieve next year. I’m very excited.”
Rhea MacDonald: It’s Water Week at Rhodes University this week. With recent water outages causing much discontent across the campus and throughout areas of the town, the focus on water could not come at a more relevant time.
Leah Solomon: This year we celebrate the country’s oldest campus radio station’s 32 nd birthday. Formed in 1981, Rhodes Music Radio, better known as RMR, has come a long way. RMR was the first non-State radio station to be allowed to broadcast legally – in all of South Africa’s broadcasting history.
Not only that, but RMR has produced many household names too. I’m sure some of you know Sherwin Bryce-Pease from SABC, CNN sports presenter Graeme Joffe, 5fm DJs Nicole Fox and Mlungisi Dikulu, SuperSport presenter Leigh-Ann Paulick and Talk Radio 702 reporter, Stephen Grootes. All amazing RMR alumni.
32 years down the line and RMR is still going strong. In celebration of another year of excellent student journalism, they’ll be hosting a birthday party at Union this Thursday.
Megan Ellis: Activate sat down with SRC President Sakh’usomeleze Badi and Vice-President Brad Bense to discuss the current student transport issue, their term in office and the upcoming induction process.
Julia Fish: Reports of a stampede and injured students can be confirmed from Saturday night’s field party.
The Rhodes SRC was forced to bring in buses to evacuate traumatised students. The event began to spiral out of control when the perimeter was breached by students unable to get tickets to the party. Venue restrictions allowed for the sale 4 500 tickets, of which 3 000 were exclusively for NMMU learners, despite the university having a student body of approximately 24 000 people.
Matthew Kynaston: There have been several flashpoints for the student body this term, and with Intervarsity and the SRC elections coming up, the SRC is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Activate sat down with Sakhe Badi, the President, and Bradley Bense, the Vice-President, and asked them about how their term of office has gone so far.
Megan Ellis: DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has said that the party will not accept the Nkandla report’s classification as ‘top secret’.
According to iAfrica, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwela denied responsibility for classifying the report, instead singling out Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi as the responsible party.
Sinazo Nakupi: The diagnosis of a student with Extreme Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB) has led to panic among some students. The patient has since been admitted at a hospital in Port Elizabeth for treatment.