Pheladi Sethusa and Mia Swart: Public holidays are an issue of contention in South Africa. Some religious groups feel that they are being discriminated against and their public holidays are not fairly represented.
Wits Vuvuzela asked Witsies for their thoughts on the matter.
Pheladi Sethusa: “I’m not convinced that relationships between students and staff should be off bounds,” said speaker Eusebius McKaiser at a talk yesterday afternoon at the Wits Theatre Complex.
McKaiser was addressing the topic of “student-staff intimacy: a requirement of effective teaching or a danger in a violent society?”
Pheladi Sethusa: Wits Vuvuzela went around campus to ask students if they felt that the media coverage of the apparently illegal Gupta landing at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, was warranted. We also asked for their personal thoughts on the landing.
The internet has done many beautiful things for us in the 21st century.
One of the things that come to mind is when I can search a name that a journalist wrote down in an article to check that it’s spelt right. Spelling of names, you see, is part of being accurate – which is fundamental when writing articles. Well, I’m sad to admit that some of our writers don’t understand this concept. But there’s no need for alarm. We are teaching them the ways. Slowly but surely, just like a sensei teaches his karate kid.
Wits Vuvuzela journalist Pheladi Sethusa participated in a photo walk hosted by the Lomography Embassy store in Braamfontein this past weekend.
The idea behind the walk is for participants to hire out a lomography camera for R180, then go out and take photo’s. When you hire a camera you get to keep your film. You could bring your own camera and only pay R150 for the walk.
Jackie Zvoutete: “What is your good name?” – one of the first questions I was met with on arrival to India.
There I was, in the midst of a new social group, so much occurring around me; three wheeled rickshaws (which I've fondly grown to call Tuk Tuks), the sound of mucus and spitting shocking my ears and making my stomach churn; standing in front of an Indian man waiting to register me and again he asked, “What is your good name?”
Wits Vuvuzela journalist Pheladi Sethusa attended the Holi One festival in Johannesburg this weekend. She recounts the experience below.
Never in my life did I think I would have this much fun at an event that emanated from a religious practice.
Pheladi Sethusa: *self-gratifying sigh* Here I am. Fifteen years later. This is THE DAY it’s all been about.
The day I get a piece of very expensive paper that says: this girl is smart. This girl knows stuff and she deserves a shot at making that paper. This girl is finally a cog in the machine.
Over the last university break Barry Morrisse, (3rd year BAccSci) lived and worked in Shanghai, China on a 2 month internship with an international real estate marketing company. He was tasked with crafting a strategy to expand business into Africa. The experience was transformed his life. He says that the culture shock and language barrier made everything an adventure in which he learnt so much about himself and about a world that he had never even considered. Read one of Barry’s stories below:
Call me lazy, but when I watch a movie, I want the screenwriters to have made the ending obvious. And by that, I don’t mean that I want the ending to hit me over the head screaming “Hello, it’s me you’re looking for”. All I’m asking for is to know the movie has finished before the titles roll up.