LISA KAHIMBAARA: Over the years Spring Day has lost a little bit of its lustre – it is no longer the grand affair of years past. Much to our relief, the good people over at Lekker Lentedag provided UP students with a way to enjoy one of the best holidays on the student calendar.
The Pretoria National Botanical Garden played host to a day of live music and fun under the sun. Sweltering temperatures set the scene for a glorious day off from the hustle and bustle that the second semester brings. Students came in their numbers to spend the day hanging out with friends and enjoying firm favourite local entertainment. The organisers of the event provided a bus service every 15 minutes or so from Aandklas to the Botanical Garden and back. This service was the answer to lazy drivers’ prayers and prevented drunk driving. The only problem was that hordes of students all had the same idea– mini stampedes ensued in the quest to secure a seat on the bus.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This year’s annual Spring Day holiday for Tuks students took place on 10 September. In years past, students have spent the day at the TuksRag-organised event that took place on the Rag Farm and consisted of music and drinking.
This year’s event was organised by the SRC and aimed to celebrate the diversity of the student body, create interaction as well as remind the students of their inner-child. Entrance was free but only open to those who possessed a valid 2014 student card.
The Rag Farm was set up with a number of fun activities such as a water slide, mechanical bull, beach soccer arena and a bungee trampoline.
PETRU SAAL: Beer Properties have recently been inundated with complaints from residents saying that the construction site at Pepper Grove Mall is disruptive and inconveniences mall goers. Business owners and customers alike are up in arms saying that the 23 parking bays that have been cordoned off for the first phase of construction is disrupting the general functioning of the mall.
In a letter sent out to Pepper Grove tenants, Rob Beer from Beer Properties asked residents to be patient while the upgrade to the mall is still in construction. Referring to rumours that Spec Savers, Crazy Store and Mugg & Bean are the shops that will be opening in the mall, Beer said that no confirmation has come through yet. “I am not at liberty to disclose, at this stage, which new shops are entering the mall.” Beer said that the new shops will definitely attract students to the mall. “There are four in number all of which will be of benefit to Rhodes students”.
DEAN HORWITZ: Over the past year a new food culture has descended on Cape Town. The Low Carb, High Fat Diet has swept across the City, forcing restaurants to adapt their menus and supermarkets to re-think what they sell. The diet, although not new, owes its resurgence to Professor Tim Noakes who, along with a team of professionals from various disciplines, co-authored a book called Real Meal Revolution, which is flying off the shelves. It is a part-cookbook and part-science book and it takes you through all the science behind the diet before enticing you with some incredible recipes.
PORTIA KOBUE: Teecee Boley is new to Johannesburg and to Wits University. She arrived from Liberia six months ago and is still adjusting to her new surroundings and the local cuisine of South Africa. Portia Kobue helps Boley find traditional Liberian food in the city of gold.
Gathering up her greens in a fork, Tecee Boley’s face exudes a sense of contentment. This is her first Liberian meal since she arrived in South Africa in February.
BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO: TuksMonate, the new dining hall at the university’s Hillcrest residences, was officially opened last Tuesday evening.
Prof. Themba Mosia, the vice-principal of Student Affairs and Residence Affairs and Accommodation, welcomed the guests. Prof. Mosia said that he is excited about the dining hall and its facilities, describing it as being “modern and world class” and added that the late Prof. Roelf Visser was dedicated to the project.
Peter Martin, the deputy director of TuksRes Food Services, said that the project to open TuksMonate started in 2006 and the aim was to give students a balanced meal and to change the booking system, which became a problem when students did not collect their booked items. Martin also noted that by implementing one dining hall, students were encouraged to interact with each other. The dining hall caters for approximately 2 000 students. Martin also spoke about the importance of service delivery, which includes better quality control and a bigger space which allows students to enjoy a “complete dining experience”.
PERCY MATSHOBA: Clashing colour pallets, unconventional paintings and purposeful misspellings on the wall are a few of the things that catch your eye when you enter Anti-Est.
Braamfontein’s newest hotspot, located on the trendy Juta Street, aims to enforce the concepts of ‘unlearning’, free thinking and originality.
Jena Ascough: Thanks to my family, I’ve been through it all. I’ve been through periods of carb-loading during Pick ‘n Pay Argus season where we’d have spaghetti bolognaise for four nights a week. I’ve been through dinner conversations about how important it is to cut the fat off your meat. And I’ve been through endless lectures about how important it is to eat “balanced” meals that include carbohydrates, protein and fat (except for fat, of course).
Shannon Krausey: Dandelion root coffee has been hailed as a miracle cure for anything from liver disease to cancer. While there is almost no medical proof, hundreds of herbalists swear by it and are sharing their recipes on the internet. I put the recipes to the test to see if this plant could indeed curb my coffee cravings.
Dandelion coffee has only recently gained popularity, but people have been making it since the 1850s, both for health reasons and as a cheap coffee substitute.
Anna Insam: A sweet potato is known to be high in Vitamin B6, which ultimately helps prevent heart attacks. They contain iron and are a good source of magnesium, which both play a role in resistance to stress and its dreaded side-effects. Although they taste sweet, they won’t spike your blood sugar either – their natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream, making them ideal study pals for when test week strikes. One medium purple sweet potato holds a mere 103 calories, proving that these veggies need to grace your presence very soon!