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.
The Oppidan Press recently ran a collection drive at the Kaif in the week leading up to National Cleavage Day on 27 March. Donations were collected in support of the Kyle Brinkmann South African National Cleavage Day Breast Cancer Survivor Project. The Project, in collaboration with activism and charity organisation PinkDrive, focused on providing breast augmentation surgeries to breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies as well as transgender women in need. The Oppidan Pressraised R1808.95 towards the Project and offers its thanks to all who donated over the course of the week.
Julia Fish: Gareth Cliff is going to take 5fm Campus invasion to the next level. Many awoke to the sad news that their favourite morning DJ is leaving 5fm yesterday morning. Well not quite.
Though Cliff is stepping down from the breakfast show, he will be moving into a fabulous new role- expanding campus radio.
Sinazo Nakupi: Grahamstown landlords were forced to evict EastCape Midlands College (EMC) students after a reduction in the accommodation allocation of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). After the college was given until the end of January to pay outstanding rent, landlords had no choice but to evict students when they failed to do so.
This follows the protest that took place earlier this year against this reduction in funding. This reduction in fees has affected all EMC campuses in the province.
Jean-Andre’ Deenik: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report stated that President Jacob Zuma needs to pay back a majority of the funds from taxpayer’s money on Nkandla Gate. The Democratic Alliance has now taken it into their hands to ensure that such payments are made and currently want a payment plan for all the upgrades to Nkandla that Zuma needs to refund.
Joshua Stein: A recent blood drive by the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) saw Rhodes University students donate over 100 units of blood in one day alone. The drive also raised awareness of the importance of donating blood.
On 18 and 19 March students were given the chance to go to Eden Grove and donate some of their blood to the SANBS. The organization supplies blood to hospitals and patients in need around the country. Transfusions are typically given to patients undergoing surgery, with cancer or anaemia, or people involved in severe accidents.
Staff Reporter: Grahamstown residents as well as Rhodes students gathered for the ‘Global March for Lions’ to protest and raise awareness about canned lion hunting, on 15 March. The march began on High Street at the Drostdy Arch, then proceeded to the Cathedral. “There was a good turn up,” commented Jenny Copley-Forster, head of Farm Animal Centre for Education and organiser of the protest.
During the march the drum beats of Kestrel Raik, chairman of Drum Soc, and Emma Thompson were accompanied by struggle song, ‘Lion Song’ composed by Siviwe Mafani. Once outside of the cathedral protestor and local poet Harry Owen read the poem ‘Best Selling Father and Son Hunting Package Deals’ by Valerie Laws to the protestors.
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.