DOMINIC SKELTON AND MELINA MELETAKOS: Tuks FM is under the direction of new station manager Dewald Noel van Niekerk, a move made by the radio station in an effort to transform its contractual mandate and stamp its authority as a community station.
“My immediate vision for the station is, number one, to make it sustainable. Not to depend on anyone else to bail us out if we don’t make money,” says Van Niekerk. “Number two is to be profitable. We serve our community not only with entertainment, we serve our community with monetary ways.”
KEEGAN FRANCES: The Young Alumni and Student Committee (YASCOM) at Tuks initiated a Canvas Pledge Project last Wednesday which involved students pledging a minimum of R5 to add a print of their hand, in a colour of their choice, to a large canvas. The funds raised by the project will be donated to the SRC feeding scheme which aids students in need. According to TSC chairperson Jordan Griffiths, the feeding scheme is an initiative driven by the Department of Student Affairs which currently helps to provide at least one meal a day for many needy students.
Griffiths felt that the Canvas Pledge Project was a great idea and said that the YASCOM took the initiative to raise money to help their fellow students and few organisations at Tuks engage in activities which help the very students that they study with.
MARISSA BRITS: Huis Curlitzia and Huis Mopanie both walked away with the Residence of the Year awards at Tuks Prestige last week.
Mopanie Chairman Tiaan Maartens told Perdeby that, “On nights like Prestige you see pure res spirit again. It is not something that withers with change. We’re really proud to have the cup home and had a great time competing with worthy residences. It was a great night for all.”
PHILIP STOFBERG: The Tuks 1 cricket team started their season with three wins over the first two weekends. TuksCricket is currently ranked as the top club team in South Africa and according to head coach and manager Pierre de Bruyn, the team is set on defending that spot. “It is all we are working for,” he said.
Their defence started with a win over Tshwane Metro 1 at the Klipkoppies cricket grounds on 28 September. Tshwane posted a score of 189 in their 60 overs, which Tuks chased down in the 46th over with seven wickets to spare.
KHUMO MEKGWE: Tuks beat the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 61-50 in round five of Varsity Netball last week Monday.
The first half lacked energy and momentum. Tuks lost their first centre pass to give UJ the chance to lead the game by one point. Tuks changed the score two minutes later to gain the lead.
ISHMAEL MOHLABE: AmaTuks lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows in their Telkom Knockout match at Dobsonville Stadium on 5 October. Edward Manqele’s 25th-minute goal for Moroka Swallows was enough to cut short AmaTuks’s chances of advancing to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Thabo Mosadi had a chance to score for AmaTuks early in the game. He beat the Moroka Swallows defenders before his strike from 25 yards just missed the post.
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The past week I had the good fortune of travelling to Stellenbosch and socialising with the students at Maties. I had the opportunity to experience what student life in Stellenbosch is like and how it currently differs to student life here in Pretoria. What overwhelmed me was the freedom with which residences operated there. Not once did I hear somebody utter in disdain about a governing power which controls their residences or about traditions getting the boot. Prof. Roelf Visser, in one of the above-mentioned articles you were quoted as saying that Tuks is the only university in South Africa that allows the sale of alcohol in residences.
That is simply not true. If my sources are correct Maties, Kovsies and Pukke still allow clubhouses to be run as well as alcohol to be sold. Furthermore, the clubhouses in Stellenbosch are allowed to stay open until 2 am (four hours later than the clubhouses here) with the only exception that loud music must be turned off at midnight.
Clare Garrar: The organisation began as a small group of volunteers in 2003, to become a national organisation which has had 3720 learners involved in its programmes to date.
Tutors are normally university students, or past Ikamvanites. Yanga Zukelwa, who has been tutoring with IkamvaYouth since last September, stated: “we try to motivate [learners] and let them think.” Liesel Bakker, Western Cape District Coordinator, explained: “the kids bring the questions and they drive the learning agenda.” With a system of 5 learners per tutor, learners get all the attention they need.
Aisha Abdool Karim: On September 21st, the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab attacked the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The Westgate Mall hostage siege ended on September 24th when Kenyan security forces intervened and a fire collapsed three floors in the shopping centre. The country went into national mourning following the four day siege to grieve the deaths of approximately 67 people, 170 injured and 39 missing.
Although the exact number of terrorists involved in the attack has yet to be determined, it is believed that five of the attackers were killed when Kenyan security forces intervened. President Uhuru Kenyatta believes that more attackers may be trapped within the rubble of the shopping centre. So far 12 suspects have been arrested.