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Murder? Homicide? Injustice

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:30

NAADIRAH SIBDA: The Oscar Pistorius Trial… Something that has been dominating not only the media in South Africa but media on a global scale throughout this year. Well the trial has once again returned to every household’s television screens. After eagerly awaiting the judge’s verdict all the anxiety was finally put to rest on 11 September when Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and not murder. But has the verdict truly put it to rest or has it simply stirred up many angry citizens? This is what some university students have to say…

CLAUDIA HARRISON: One day on Jammie Plaza some friends and I were looking at various apps such as Instagram and Twitter, when all of a sudden one of my friends was asking my advice on whether she should swipe left or right on Tinder. Never having used the app before, I was surprised at its user-friendly interface.

Tinder is an app designed for you to meet people in your area. You can set your gender, age and distance preferences. Like many apps these days, Tinder uses your Facebook profile (specifically your “About Me’ section, “likes’ and friends list). Through use of an algorithm you are then matched to like-minded people in your area.

While doing research for this article, I downloaded Tinder to see what the fuss was all about. I saw many familiar faces and clicked “like” as a gesture of friendship on my part, because I don’t think anyone likes being told that they are not good enough based solely on how they look.

ZapHero: To improve we must criticise

Friday, 29 August 2014 01:00

SAARA MOWLANA: Famous for his satirical comic caricatures of political figures, Zapiro is no stranger to receiving flack for standing up for his beliefs. During ‘UCT Civic Week’, Zapiro came to campus on Tuesday, August 12th, to give a talk based on his work and how he handles backlash responses.  

In the event of a zombie apocalypse

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 01:49

NKHENSANI MANABE: Consider the zombie. Rotting former human, escaped from the grave, growling with arms stretched out, eating the brains of anything that walks along its path. It sparked a dance craze in the 80s, and it has been the stuff of nightmarish movie scenes for even longer. The end of the world as we know it is a topic that fascinates so many people, and makes up the content of so much popular media, that it is almost as if people look forward to some type of Armageddon. 

The New Nkandla Committee: A Charade?

Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:00

QUENTIN COETZEE: A decision has been taken to establish an ad-hoc committee to investigate the President's response to the Public Protector's Nkandla report. That report was released five months ago, and the fact that Zuma keeps delaying his response makes it seem like he is just trying to avoid punishment, if his previous actions in this matter haven’t already rung alarm bells.

DEAN HORWITZ: Over the past few years articles and reports have used an abundance of statistics to inform and justify the argument that graduate unemployment is a rising concern in South Africa. Using real life examples of graduates unable to find work, articles and reports have led us to believe that graduate unemployment is a substantial issue facing our economy. But is this really the status quo?

According to the Labour Force Survey, 25% of South Africans are unemployed with 70% of these people under the age of 35. Even more striking is that the unemployment rate for South Africans under the age of 25 is over 50% and growing each quarter.  These numbers are terrifying and suggest that South Africa is facing a growing youth unemployment problem which will negatively affect the economy for years to come.

Not Drowning but Waving

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 07:38

KATY SCOTT: I stand with my mouth hanging as, “Would you like a bag?” becomes the most perplexing question I have had to answer all week. Do I want a bag? What do I even want, really? 

I hit this point, usually once a week, where I just have no bloody clue. Thoughts and desires hurtle about in my head and bang against my forehead. Everything I was ever once certain about turns to mish-mashed potatoes. Supper. At least I know what I’m having for supper tonight.

I fear that there is no light, and I’m pretty convinced that I’m in a ditch, not a tunnel. It’s like I’ve been given a lucky packet filled with PMS, stress and distress. Don’t try to ask me what I’m feeling, I don’t know, (and I might depress you with my answer). Where to from here?

Make Me Up

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:21

LAURIE SCARBOROUGH: So firstly, welcome back to UCT, fine people who read this column. Good on you to brave the mountainous campus for another four months (and for reading my column every edition). If your holiday was anything like mine, it was far from restful. If you flip over to the Features section you’ll see that I was involved in a musical at the Artscape, and rehearsal were almost daily, stretching into the darkest hours of the night. Very exciting and everything – dreams come true, standing ovations, gold stars, etc etc. 

Besides the obvious stand-out moments of being on a stage that every performer lives for, I think one of things that will stick with me is the sheer amount of make-up that is smeared on your face in your pre-show preparation. 

PARUSHA NAIDOO: Sexism, ageism and (South Africa’s personal favourite) racism, are generally the dominant themes that come to mind when we enter into heated debates about discrimination. But wait, there is another “ism” to add to our list of prejudices - accentism. Your response may be “Did she just make that up?”

While the word was underlined in red when I typed it, it does exist, at least that’s what Google tells me.  Accentism essentially refers to the discrimination of someone based on their accent. So beyond skin tone, hair colour and gender, our accents act as signallers. We unconsciously associate accents with class, education and cultural backgrounds. We instantly form attitudes towards people based on their twangs and drawls.   

ROXANNE JOSEPH: Seven months since the death of iconic former president, Nelson Rolihahla Mandela, South Africans gear up to spend 67 minutes of their day giving back to their country.

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of the late statesman’s birthday, July 18, in 2009, by the UN (United Nations) General Assembly. It was in response to a call Madiba made a year earlier, when he asked the youth to “take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices”, according to the official Mandela Day website. “It is in your hands now,” he said.

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