Michelle Ramiah: Amidst growing tensions between Russia, the Ukraine and Western powers, many have been speculating that the Crimean crisis is has the potential to spark a new Cold War. Although it does have similar features, is the situation in the Ukraine a case of history repeating itself?
Hannah Gauss: UCT’s Christian Student Y organisation invited the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) and the South African Student Congress Organisation (SASCO) on Tuesday, March 25th to a dialogue on upper campus around the questions: why are students apathetic and why should they vote?
The event, while focused on getting students involved in the issues around voting, was only attended by a small number of students most of whom will vote for the first time this year.
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.
Alexandra Nagel: The one no one has been waiting for. The one that will happily send me on my way, never to return to the gallows of VARSITY ever again. I could easily do the usual episode of goodbyes and good lucks, but I fear this page will end up on the sidewalk, like the ones before this, or land up as cleaning tools for shining windows and not have any other impact besides that.
So I have taken it upon myself to share with you, the UCT community, a story that I have just made up in order to cure my tentative hand into writing a cliché of a final column. Once upon a time, there lived a unicorn named Jonah. It/she/he had an identity issue and decided to share this with his other unicorn friends. They shared in the joys of their weirdness in a meadow that was guarded by a red door on a mountain.
Krysia Gaweda: The conference saw delegates from student newspapers across the country including Perdeby from University of Pretoria, Walter Sisulu University, Activate and OppidanPress, both Rhodes University newspapers, and the UJ Observer from the University of Johannesburg.
The Deputy Editor of GQ Magazine, Nkosiyati Khumalo, also attended the event.
Chris van der Westhuyzen: Over 27 000 students at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, have had to vacate the campus after a labour dispute between the university and its staff brought all academic operations to a standstill.
On July 23rd, staff members at WSU set out on a “no work, no pay” strike after management said it was unable to meet their demanded salary increase of 8% to 10%.
Andrew Montandon: If it isn’t for visiting a sibling who fled to start a new life in Australia, or an aunt and uncle who pay you (every third year) to visit them in London, or some crazy wedding in Hawaii which drags everyone to a point which is no closer to any one invited party than another – why do we travel?
Naïvely, as I enter most topics, I begin by blaming arrogance. Whether it’s space travel, time travel or any other kind of travel – when people want to travel – I hear them implicitly saying “I understand the place that I currently occupy way more than it justifies me staying here”, or in the case of time-travel “I understand this time period completely, it’s time to move on”. As if the sprawl of inhabitable Cape Town creeping into Maitland and beyond, or if each advancement towards some post-post time-period is not enough – I am bound to scepticism.
On Thursday, August 8th, the UCT Drama Department remembered and bid farewell to one their students and fellow classmate, Rosa Carlyle-Mitchell.
Rosa had been celebrating her 21st birthday with friends and family at the Kimberley Hotel in Cape Town on Sunday, July 29th, when she fell off a first-storey balcony and passed away.
Kgorula Bitterhout: Yes, like a sequel to a movie, our former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has returned to politics, but there is a twist to this sequel.
He has now decided to form his own political party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Despite many assuming that he had fallen from grace facing allegations of not paying his taxes as well as charges of corruption, money-laundering and racketeering, it seems he has recovered.