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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.

Published in Varsity Opinion

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”.

Published in Activate News

NICHOLAS MCGREGOR: It was a beautiful Eastern Cape afternoon Saturday at the Graeme College versus Muir College first team rugby game. I sat down on the grassy slope facing the field and got comfortable. I pulled out my box of cigarettes and I was about to light one when I realised I had left my matches at home. Frustrated at my forgetfulness, I scoured the crowd for any signs of smoke projecting from anyone’s hands or mouths to no avail. I saw an older gentleman, smartly dressed in a plaid blazer, in the corner of the crowd, lighting a freshly rolled cigarette. I strolled over and politely asked for a light and he was more than happy to oblige.

Published in Activate Sport

Over the course of history it is an undeniable truth that the people who have shaped culture and been the biggest influencers of societies both past and present are the youth. Hector Pieterson, Nkosi Johnson, and Daniel Petersen III are just three young South African gentlemen whose inspirational stories are sentiment of this.

These iconic figures that form part of the fabric of South Africa then and now have touched and transformed the lives of so many both locally and abroad. They are emblems of hope amongst countless others who continue to effect positive change across the spheres of this country desperately in need of it. Read full article here: SA Youth Icons

Published in Features

ELMARIE KRUGER: Graphic novels are books containing works similar but not equated to comic books. They are popular around the world, yet there are many who have yet to discover their importance and literary value. 

Published in Perdeby Entertainment

TEBOGO TSHWANE: The African Union Student Alliance (Ausa) hosted an event called Pulls and Tensions: Xenophobia and the Rights of Foreigners in Africa on 26 August.

The event focused on the causes and impacts of xenophobia, ways xenophobic attitudes could be removed from society, and the rights of foreigners.

Thifulufheli Sinthumule, advocacy officer from the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), said that misunderstanding or ignorance and socio-economic factors are the main causes of xenophobia.

Published in Perdeby News

LIZL LOMBAARD: Zelda La Grange spent nearly 20 years working for the late Nelson Mandela. Her recent book Good Morninng, Mr Mandela has enjoyed huge international success. Perdeby got the opportunity to speak to La Grange about her work.

How did the relationship between you and Penguin Books, the publisher of Good Morning, Mr Mandela, come about?

I appointed an agent in London, Curtis Brown, to look for a reputable publisher who met all the confidentiality requirements at the time we started talking about the book and because Penguin had an Afrikaans division in South Africa they were the perfect fit.

Published in Perdeby Entertainment

SHANNON KRAUSEY: I was prepared. I had spent predrinks listening to Britney Spears, painting my nails with glitter nail polish, and drinking copious amounts of wine. Truth be told, that’s an ordinary predrinks for me; but this was no ordinary night – I was going to Crew.

The first thing I noticed was the bouncers. I was taken aback by how polite they were: the greeted us, didn’t ask for ID, and insisted on calling us a cab when we left. Not at all like Tiger, where the bouncers look at you like you’ve just peed on their red carpet, and bounce you for wearing the wrong shoes. 

Published in Varsity Features

SHANNON HOLCROFT: Learning to knit in technology class may have seemed entirely pointless. But those needlework skills can be put to use in the Me-a-mama Knit-a-row-and-go campaign to make this winter a little less harsh for underprivileged Western Cape children. 

Me-a-Mama is an online maternity wear store, but the company’s concerns go beyond keeping moms-to-be from looking frumpy. For the past three years, their public knitting relay has helped meet basic winter clothing needs for local children in impoverished areas. The company places wool and needles in local hangouts. These are participating restaurants around the city and the supplies are donated by Elle Yarns. People simply knit what they can and leave their work behind for the next person to continue.  

Published in Varsity Features

ALI FINDLAY: As a student, life can get busy. Days flash by as you do assignment after assignment and test after test. It’s easy to forget about things that aren’t part of your usual routine and suddenly you find yourself doing the same things every week. Your focus can become limited to your own little bubble. Pop that bubble. Have a new experience, help people, get to know people and have some fun outside of your usual routine.

This year I started volunteering at the South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA) in Constantia. The organisation provides free horse riding lessons for over 200 physically and/or mentally disabled children from around Cape Town every week. Working with horses and children leads to a very unique bond developing between horse, rider, and volunteer – a bond that is unforgettable.

Published in Varsity Features
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