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LISA KAHIMBAARA: Hailing from Johannesburg, Strike in Berlin have an infectious and distinct indie-electro pop sound. They have also recently been announced as one of the ten finalists in the annual Converse Get Out of the Garage competition that has produced the likes of Matthew Mole. Perdebychatted to Martin, the man behind the keyboard and electronics while also making up one half of the vocal duo, about the exciting news as well as their future plans. 

ELMARIE KRUGER: For nearly 20 years, Zelda La Grange dedicated her life to former president Nelson Mandela as his personal assistant. In her personal memoir Good Morning, Mr Mandela, La Grange recounts both her life before working for Mandela as well as the years she spent by his side. The book is well-organised in a chronological sense, beginning with La Grange’s childhood.

In the first section of the book La Grange speaks of her formative years, which were spent in a conservative Afrikaans household in the midst of the apartheid regime. Here she admits that at the tender age of 13 she had already been conditioned to think like a racist without ever questioning the reason for the apartheid government’s existence or its actions.

JOHAN SAAYMAN: Politicians are corrupt, war is looming over America, the education system ruins our children and big corporations are destroying the morals of society. These are the statements an average American punk-rock band grinds into their music to a point of redundancy, but multi-award winning punk-rock band Rise Against also believes that the power of love and acoustic music is equally as powerful as thick drum lines and roaring bass guitars.

YANGA TYIKWE: The 20th annual Talent Evening was hosted by Pulse, the Medical students’ society, at the Musaison on Sunday 20 July. The show’s theme was “A Night on the Nile” and the entire stage was transformed into an Egyptian postcard to set the backdrop for the talent as contestants wowed the audience.

The Faculty of Health Sciences proved that their talents don’t only lie in dissecting bodies, learning complicated terms and writing indecipherable prescription notes.

TIISETSO TSOSANE: While everybody was getting ready for a fresh semester TuksDance was preparing to present Life of an Artist at the 2014 Krêkvars Festival.

On 24 and 26 July TuksDance presented an outstanding performance at Masker Theatre. Life of an Artist is a performance in which an artist’s thoughts are expressed through different dances.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Tuks Camerata were announced as the winners of the Mixed Youth Choir category at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia on 12 July. The choir achieved a mark of 95.25% to claim first place in their category. Tuks Camerata also placed second in the Scenic Folklore category with a difference of 1% between themselves and the winners, the Student Choir of Nankai University in China. The World Choir Games is a bi-annual event which is now in its eighth year. The competition sees approximately 2 700 participants in 460 choirs from 73 different countries taking part.

Tuks Camerata weren’t avaliable for comment on their achievement.

LIZL LOMBAARD: Krêkvars 2014 marks the start of a new direction for the student arts festival. Hosted annually by the UP drama department, Krêkvars is a platform for theatre students and other theatre practitioners to showcase their art. It isn’t limited to traditional drama but also gives artists a chance to present experimental work.

The shows this year dealt with a wide variety of themes including gender, religion, race and romantic relationships. A wide variety of genres including drama, comedy, musicals, children’s theatre, physical theatre and dance were also presented.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Celebrated South African author and political activist Nadine Gordimer passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening, the Gordimer family announced today. Gordimer was 90 years old.

Gordimer is best known for her novels and short fiction works but has also written a number of essays and a play.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This past week saw the release of GoodLuck’s third single from their popular second album Creatures of the Night.

The song, entitled “What would we be without each other”, was written with a social message in mind which fostered GoodLuck’s new social campaign. The campaign hopes to promote the idea of thanking those around you that play a role in making your life by creating a video message dedicated to that person and posting it online.

LIZL LOMBAARD: The fourth instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starts off spectacularly, especially if you get a chance to see it in 3D.

Set four years after the battle in Chicago, the movie revolves around the CIA, who are now trying to track down all forms of robots, regardless if they’re Autobots or Decepticons. The Autobots are aided by their human alliances and an intense action plot follows in a struggle to restore balance to the world.

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