Vikash Gajjar: Fashion and sport were never closely linked. If you think back to a few years ago, the two had very little to do with each other: sport attire was for athletes and those indulging in a spot of exercise, while fashion was for the runway and aesthetics (mostly daily wear, too). The two were separate entities: a person may have worn both styles, but never at the same time. How times have changed.
With Oppi TV's Election Debate on the 30th of April, we sat down with some Rhodes students to find out their thoughts on voting in next month's national election.
Laurie Scarborough: Pasty skinned, scrawny, face perpetually trained to the blue-ish hue of a computer screen, and always dressed in jeans and one-size-too-big t-shirts. Not really what comes to mind when you think of an athlete, but this is the stereotyped e-athlete.
The world of e-gaming will be unfamiliar to most people, but the field is a highly competitive and highly lucrative activity that many make a career out of.
Strato Copteros: “The horror, the horror”, Marlon Brando’s character, Colonel Kurtz, repeatedly whispers in Apocalypse Now. Brando’s breathless drawl as eerie as the ubiquitous photos of dead rhino with gaping facial wounds we too often see.
Our repetitive exposure to the horror now breeding a soul-numbing trauma fatigue; created by a mixture of heartbreak and a resigned sense of pointlessness. Red horns and “dehorn poachers” bumper stickers to show we care. Online petitions to do something. Donations to contribute somehow. What else? How much more? Now what? Are we winning yet?
Nathi Mzileni: South Africa will not move forward as country without changing its dialogue according to Bold Moves owner and Rhodes alumni Dr Monde Tabat.
Speaking at an event on Thursday 17 April organised by the Black Management Forum, he swiftly observed formalities and jumped to business with no holds barred. Tabat admitted that the older generation's approach has failed and that a new one cannot come too soon. "We have imprisoned ourselves into the narrative of the past. That's where we have lost it and the time for a new narrative has come," Tabat said.
LIESE-MARIE HEYNS: South Africans are moving away from traditional news sources and are accessing news from a variety of online media, and UP students are following suit. In a campus survey conducted by Perdeby, 51% of students said that they access news from digital platforms, while only 16% still read newspapers.
JOANÉ OLIVIER AND ORENEILE TSHETLO: This year people born around the end of apartheid will be able to vote for the first time.
The amount of young people actively involved in politics indicates that the youth vote will have a great impact and make a large contribution to the upcoming elections, SRC Deputy President Taymoon Altamash told Perdeby. Rochelle Oosthuyse, chairperson of AfriForum Youth, feels that because the born free generation is more integrated and informed than previous generations, voters may make their decisions based on the way they want the country to develop rather than “historical facts and influences”. Prof. Bernard Bekink, professor of public law at UP and attorney of the High Court of South Africa, believes that although the born free generation will influence the upcoming elections, the extent of this will “depend on their commitment to make an effort, as they should, to go out and vote on election day”.
CRAIG HORRMANN: Extension courses are viewed differently by different people and just as they have their pros, they also have their cons. Is it worth prolonging your studies, keeping in mind the ever-rising costs of further education, to get the degree you want?
NAISARGI PATEL: It is a natural instinct for humans to associate physical appearance with certain qualities. Good looks and physical appeal is usually equated with intelligence. Professors, lecturers and tutors are judged on their looks when the question of teaching ability is raised. Sometimes it seems that the more attractive the lecturer or tutor is, the fuller the classes get and the earlier the students seem to settle down.
Jena Ascough: Fairy-tale and nursery rhymes are notoriously morbid, filled with abusive mothers (and stepmothers), cannibal witches who live in candy cottages, grandmother-eating wolves and, my personal nightmare, a creep named Wee Willy Winky who runs around knocking on children’s bedroom windows in the dead of night to tell them to go to sleep.