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VIOLET MDULI: How many of us have ever had “the talk”? The sex talk, with our parents. I first had the talk at the age of 12 with my grandmother. Was it awkward? Very much so. However, l am grateful to my grandmother because “the talk” shaped among other things, my knowledge on sexual related diseases and how best to prevent them. The same sadly cannot be said for everyone.

Liam Stout: For once in my university career, I managed to crawl out of bed before the break of dawn. With ID in hand, I was met outside by a fantastic sunrise, befitting for what lay before me. I was about to vote, for the very first time, as a 'Born Free’.

Heather Dixon: With the continued growth of modern society, the nomadic lifestyle of many tribes around the world has been threatened. I would like to argue that there is one group of nomads that has not been threatened. Students who are studying away from home.

Hlumela Mkabile: The Student Representative Council (SRC) election, due to be held on 20 August, will be conducted somewhat differently than has been the case in previous years. 2012 will see the election moving from an online voting system to the more traditional voting by ballot.

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