The launch of a campaign calling for South Africans to spoil their vote in the upcoming national elections attracted a small protest from political parties at Wits on Tuesday.
The Sidikiwe Vukani! [We are fed up! Wake up!] campaign, formed by African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts Ronnie Kasrils and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge was formally inaugurated at a small launch held at the campus in Braamfontein.
Roxanne Joseph: “A few people can make a difference in journalism,” according to Doug Frantz, assistant secretary of state for public affairs in the USA.
Frantz, who previously worked for former Senator John Kerry, spoke to the Wits Journalism department in Johannesburg on Monday, as part of his visit to South Africa.
Leila Stein: Ending off the first term of 2014 Monastery hosted DJ Das Kapital. As one of South Africa’s premier DJ’s, he has played at almost every festival in South Africa. Most recently he has drawn attention, not as Das Kapital but rather through his new charity fund, the Kyle Brinkmann South African National Cleavage Day Breast Cancer Survivor Project.
Stuart Thembisile Lewis: At six graduation ceremonies at the 1820 Settlers National Monument over the past week, Rhodes University graduated 2367 students, a new record for the institution, and maintains its position as the leading South African university in graduation rate.
The graduating class of 2013 came from a student body of 7485 students, meaning that nearly 32% of students enrolled at the beginning of the year completed their degrees.
TEBOGO TSHWANE: As the election date draws nearer, some students have voiced their concerns and frustration over not knowing whom to vote for.
John Attfield, a first-year BA Drama student said, “The only problem I have is that I don’t know whom to vote for. All the parties have their different views but no party’s views are better than the other. They are all just throwing mud at each other, there is no party standing out saying ‘I am doing this because it’s good for the country,’ they do things because another party is not doing it … there’s no security in voting.”
MAGGIE ROODT: Elections will be held on 7 May and some are referring to them as the most contested elections since the start of democracy in South Africa.
Since 1994 the ANC has largely dominated the polls, however, with the current build up to the elections, the possibility of yet another landslide ANC victory could be under question. There has been an increase in service delivery protests, corruption, new parties, and even old allies of the ANC, like Julius Malema, who have shunned away from the party. Will factors such as e-tolls, the Nkandla scandal and even the fact that Nigeria has officially surpassed South Africa as the biggest African economy, influence where you make your mark?
NICOLE BARON: The 2014 Indian Premier League, better known as the IPL, is much anticipated by sporting fans. The IPL is made up of eight teams with players from around the world. This fast-paced cricket tournament begins on 16 April in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This year, 12 South Africans will be competing in the tournament.
MAXINE TWADDLE: A University of Cape Town (UCT) Varsity Cup rugby player has been accused of hitting a female North-West University student after UCT’s Varsity Cup final win in Potchefstroom last Monday.
Irini Agathagelou posted on Carte Blanche’s Facebook wall that she had been assaulted by the player when she tried to intervene in a fight between the UCT and the NWU players at a Wimpy after the match. She hit the player with an unidentifiable object on the head before he punched her. Agathagelou said that, “[he] gave me a right hook on my face, he tried to hit me again but someone stopped him”. She listed her injuries as concussion, facial lacerations, and back and neck injuries. Agathagelou was taken to hospital, where she was kept overnight.
SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: TuksTennis player Gustav Lemmen has won the TuksTennis Club Champs for the fourth year in a row. On 29 March he achieved this groundbreaking feat, winning his fourth successive tournament with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory. He is a third year actuarial sciences student, the vice chairman of the TuksTennis club and has been chosen to represent South Africa twice, in 2011 and 2013.
RODNEY XABA: Groenkloof campus students belonging to the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme were left confused when they were forced to change electives and phases due to a sudden change in bursary requirements. Many students have been forced to take additional modules and have to catch up on work that has already been covered in these modules.