DAN MAFORA: The Tuks branch of Daso last Thursday joined a national protest by the DA Youth outside the Ugandan High Commission. The protest was against an anti-gay law that was recently passed by the Ugandan government. The law criminalises homosexuality and prescribes sentences as harsh as life-imprisonment.
James Lotter, SRC deputy secretary and chairperson of Daso at Tuks said, “What is happening in Uganda is a serious case of human rights abuse. We, as Daso, advocate for human rights and are joining this protest today to show support for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters there.” He added that the South African government’s failure to condemn the passing of the bill is a sign of its lack of commitment to the protection of human rights.
Nicholas McGregor: The South African government has condemned the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s involvement.
They have urged the two countries to reach a peaceful solution before conflict ensues. The Department of International Relations recently released a statement.
Dr Badat has been vice-chancellor since 2006 and was the university’s first black vice-chancellor. It is as yet unclear who will replace him.
Mitchell Shaun Parker: Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat announced his resignation from the position in a message to staff and students at the University about his time at the institution.
A date has not yet been announced for when Badat will step down.
Mfuneko Toyana: THIS past weekend’s festival of political rallies, manifesto launches and street bashes in the name of democracy was proof of a well-known fact, that South African politics at its best is a study in ear-busting raucousness. The lengths political parties went to, to create a carnival atmosphere through song while talking serious politics at the same time, revealed once again just how central music is to our political DNA. Even those groups who contested SRC elections last year pin-pointed music as a route into the hearts of voters.
Mfuneko Toyana: AFTER a three year hiatus, the Rastafarian community is back on campus with a new name and a fresh vision that will kick-off this Friday when the society hosts the 2014 National Rastafari Summit. “Ganga doesn’t make the Rasta…there is a time and space for praying, same as ganga,”
The two-day summit is part of the Rastafari Association for Students (RAS) (formerly the Rastafarian Appreciation Society) celebration of Black History Month as well as an attempt by the Rastafarian community on campus to reposition itself as a human rights group.
“The [previous] society became about reggae and pot-smoking. These things didn’t inform students about the culture,” said Terrance Nzuza, an art student and one of the leaders of the society.
LIZL LOMBAARD AND ORENEILE TSHETLO:
Drinking games can be awesome for many reasons, including serving as an icebreaker. Usually they result in embarrassing escapades which, if witnessed beyond the confines of four walls, could get you into some serious trouble. So what happens when this drinking game turns into a recorded extreme sport which goes viral?
Youlendree Appasamy:Living in digs can be a great opportunity to incorporate eco-friendly tips and tricks into your student life. Activate has put together a short guide to help you live a more eco-friendly life this year.
Recycling is a cost-efficient way to reduce waste. Since 2011, Rhodes University has instituted a recycling collection service. The recycling service routes and drop-off points can be seen on this map. Alongside this university initiative, the Makana Municipality has a two-bag recycling system in place.
Nomatter Ndebele: The eleven students found guilty of misconduct and inciting other’s to disrupt the piano recital of Israeli pianist Yossi Reshef are defying their community sentence.
Each of the students were sentenced to 80 hours of community service after a university disciplinary hearing found them guilty of misconduct during the pianists visit to Wits on March 12 last year. The disruption ended the recital prematurely. They claim not to be guilty, insist they were unfairly treated and threaten to go to the Constitutional Court if needs be.
MARISSA BRITS: Here are some terms and traditions you must know as a first year.
Lenkmelodienk: This is a concert held only by first years in which all the residences compete. This concert usually has a theme, but not a storyline. The music is compiled by the first years themselves. 2013 winners: Olienhout and Curlitzia