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EMILY CORKE: Grahamstown Riding Club has had to evacuate its horses from some of their stables due to a large fire burning dangerously close to its boundary lines. The fire broke out earlier today in the Grahamstown rubbish dump, adjacent to the stable. Emergency services are on site trying to get the fire under control.

Grahamstown Fire Chief, William Welkom, could not confirm the cause of the fire at this point but he could confirm that there was a vehicle on scene controlling the fire.

EMILY CORKE: Grahamstown residents have taken matters of service delivery accountability into their own hands by forming the Makana Unity League (MUL), which was launched about two weeks ago. Aimed at embodying a value of inclusivity of the town at large, the MUL was adopted and its first members elected at the launch. Representatives from both Grahamstown East and Rhodes University, however, were not present to vote in favour of the organisation.

CHELSEA HAITH: After a man was hospitalised after dousing himself in petrol at the BP garage on African Street in Grahamstown on the morning of Tuesday 27 May, multiple different versions of the story have been circulating on social media and in the press. Some of these versions have drawn links between the incident and a suspected arson at the Bantu Stephen Biko Union that took place in the early hours of Tuesday.

Daily Dispatch has suggested linksbetween the fire and a violent incident between a male and a female student, both in Desmond Tutu Hall. Concerns have been raised that the arson is related to violence in Amina Cachalia house on Tuesday morning.Vicky Heideman, warden of Amina Cachalia House, a female residence in Desmond Tutu Hall said, “I can confirm that no one set themselves alight in my res.”

OppiTV Soapbox asked some international students about the extent to which they feel Rhodes is a “home away from home”. These ‘vox pops’ were filmed during International Week (17 -24 May 2014) at Rhodes University.

The OppiTV Soapbox offers Rhodes students and Grahamstown residents a chance to respond to a topical question every week.

CHELSEA HAITH: A fire broke out this morning at the Steve Biko Union Building on Rhodes University campus. The fire was located in the pool room on the first floor level, behind the Oppidan Dining Hall.

"We received a call at 4:39am from CPU. When the guys arrived they realised it was in the pool room in the Steve Biko Union building. They quickly extinguished it. There was some talk of arson. I am busy investigating that at the moment," said Grahamstown Fire Chief William Welkom.

CHELSEA HAITH: After a man was hospitalised after dousing himself in petrol at the BP garage on African Street in Grahamstown on the morning of Tuesday 27 May, multiple different versions of the story have been circulating on social media and in the press. Some of these versions have drawn links between the incident and a suspected arson at the Bantu Stephen Biko Union that took place in the early hours of Tuesday.

Daily Dispatch has suggested links between the fire and a violent incident between a male and a female student, both in Desmond Tutu Hall. Concerns have been raised that the arson is related to violence in Amina Cachalia house on Tuesday morning.Vicky Heideman, warden of Amina Cachalia House, a female residence in Desmond Tutu Hall said, “I can confirm that no one set themselves alight in my res.”

CHELSEA HAITH: A fire broke out this morning at the Steve Biko Union Building on Rhodes University campus. The fire was located in the pool room on the first floor level, behind the Oppidan Dining Hall.

"We received a call at 4.39am from CPU. When the guys arrived they realised it was in the pool room in the Steve Biko Union building. They quickly extinguished it. There was some talk of arson. I am busy investigating that at the moment," said Grahamstown Fire Chief William Welkom.

ELLEN HEYDENRYCH: Rhodes alumnus and winner of the 2007 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance Acty Tang is back at Rhodes with his new physical theatre piece, Hunger. This highly energetic work explores the themes of power and oppression and seeks to tell a political story through the language of dance.

Under Tang’s direction,the piece was produced by the First Physical Theatre Company (FPTC) and Rhodes University Drama Department. The performance included a diverse cast of performers from first-year level to full-time members of the FPTC  and used an eclectic mix of vibrant dancing, rock music and gospel.

Phiwo Mandy Dhlamini: Rhodes Music Radio (RMR) has been temporarily taken off air following the attempted theft of the station’s transmitter situated at Sugar Loaf Hill last Sunday.

OppiTV will be hosting the long-anticipated Live Election Debate at 6pm tonight. Political parties featured in the debate tonight are UDM, UNICO, ACP, ANC, ACDP, DA, COPE, and AGANG. Unfortunately, the EFF will not be participating as they were not in attendance at one of the two compulsory planning sessions as stipulated by the Dean of Students office as a prerequisite to participation in the event.

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