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Keeping things platonic or plutonic?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 01:00

ADAM KLEINSCHMIDT: Anyone with half a brain knows that messing about with nuclear material is a bad idea. A nuclear physicist could tell you more. Owing to the fact that unbridled nuclear plants and bombs have catastrophic effects on the surrounding environment, atomic material gets a little chaotic when messed with.

The recent R1 trillion deal with the Russian Federation has made headlines and plans to build a new power plant to reduce reliance on coal has come under fire from opposition parties, western governments, and the media. All parties are alarmed at this surprising new turn of events.

Rocking at Risk?

Friday, 03 October 2014 03:30

YOGI SHOBA: On Sunday 21 September, a 21-year-old Capetonian woman died after attending the annual Earthdance Trance music festival.  Apparently, she was ‘unwell’ and in a state of paranoia for five hours before paramedics could transport her to hospital. She died soon after of organ failure, although the cause of the organ failure is still unknown.

The organisers of the event place ‘utmost confidence in [their] medical services’; with paramedics who are supposedly extensively trained in treating people in outdoor festival environments. With Rocking the Daisies fast approaching and a host of Cape Town’s youth excitedly preparing to descend on Cloof Wine Estate; one must ask whether the incident was an unavoidable tragedy or whether people are putting their lives at risk by attending such events.

LAURIE SCARBOROUGH: So I’m not a Windows fan. I’m really not. And although I would consider myself a fairly quick-tempered person anyway, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing the blue screen of death flash onto my laptop screen. Especially after you’ve just typed 500 brilliant words of your essay for your BA – a degree in which the only numbers and maths that have any relevance are word counts and number of references. 

Now while many of you may cry at such a phenomenon I simply hand over my stupid crummy useless non-Apple laptop to my dear Computer Science friend who does something magical and returns to me a slightly overheating, but nevertheless working, laptop. This comes with a price though. 

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. 

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