MARISSA BRITS: One of UP’s male residences, the Republic of Olienhout, is taking part in a long-term Rag project to raise awareness for rhino poaching. The residence’s goal is to climb to Mount Everest base camp in full-body rhino suits to raise money for Stop Rhino Poaching. The climb is set to take place during September.
The final fundraiser for the climb was held last Tuesday. This event included a motivational speech by Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to summit Mount Everest, and a short presentation by Elise Daffue, the founder of Stop Rhino Poaching.
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.
David Mann: A story of greed, corruption, status and depravity, a story of a substance worth more than gold or heroin, this is Julien Rademeyer’s Killing for Profit.
As part of a ThinkFest series called ‘Authors in Conversation’, South African journalist and recent author of Killing For Profit, Julien Rademeyer spoke to an audience about his new book and how he came to know all about the pressing issue of rhino poaching.
Krysia Gaweda: RideLink is a Green Week project under Green Campus Initiative (GCI), where UCT students are encouraged to carpool with other students who live close to them.
RideLink offers an online service in which members of the UCT community are able to sign up and are matched to other students according to their routes of travel.
Jordan du Toit: Anti-fracking activist Jonathan Deal was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday 15 April for his work with the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG).
Deal and TKAG are heavily involved in the fight against hydraulic fracking in the Karoo.
Siphokazi Lumkile: Galela Amanzi and the Rhodes Debating Society facilitated a "Right to Water" debate on Wednesday 6 March as part of the university's Human Rights Week programme.
The event took place at Zoo Major with the intention to weigh up the pros and cons of privatizing basic services such as water.
Akinoluwa Oyedele: A team of Witsies is one of only three African teams shortlisted for a global aviation competition with a R330 000 prize.
The team, who call themselves Stormhawks, hope their idea ‘to improve the eco-efficiency and sustainability of the aviation industry’ will be the best, and win them a cool €30,000 (R330 000). The prize money will be awarded by Airbus in its biennial Fly Your Ideas competition.
Sibella Louw: Two Grahamstown school girls have devised an innovative method to tracing rhino horns which is likely to trigger hope and fascination.
Jamie-Lee Stone (15) and Louise Poole (15), students at Kingswood College, have trained bees to act as “sniffer dogs”, claiming it could be more effective than actual canines.