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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.

VoW FM takes four radio awards

Written by Sunday, 13 April 2014 05:43

Nqobile Dludla: Wits campus radio station Voice of Wits (VoWfm) is celebrating a scoop of four radio awards at a glittering ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre last night.

The team walked away with four MTN Radio Awards: News and Actuality Show: Law Focus (Female Miners), Drama Programme: Law Focus: (The Right Stuff and Female Miners), and News and Actuality Producer: Paul McNally (Municipal By Laws and Creches in SA Townships). Mvangeli Nzuza won the Best News Reader (sports) award. 

Roxanne Joseph: South Africans are “chasing a dream,” according to one of the panelists at a discussion hosted by the Right2Know campaign in conjunction with Wits Journalism earlier this today.

Susan Booysen, a researcher at Wits, was speaking at the Wits Club which focussed on the issue of transparency in party funding in the run-up to the national elections. The dream, according to Booysen, is the passing of legislation which will force political parties to fully disclose the sources of their funding.

Roxanne Joseph: A team of amaBhungane journalists walked away with the 2014 Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism at the Johannesburg Rand Club earlier today. 

Stefaans Brümmer, Sam Sole and Vinayak Bhardwaj of the Mail & Guardian’s investigative centre were recognised for their efforts in sifting through more than 12 000 pages of documents resulting in “The Nkandla Files,” published last July.

Zelmarie Goosen and Tracey Ruff: Ken Oosterbroek was just 31 when he was shot and killed by the people he was trying to photograph just days before South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

Twenty years later, his friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Wits Origins Centre for the opening of an exhibition honouring the work of this extraordinary photojournalist on Wednesday night. The exhibition curates some of Oosterbroek’s work, and photographs of him practicing his craft, in a celebration of the profession, and art, of photojournalism.

Rofhiwa Madzena and Thabile Manala: If last night’s election debate at Wits is anything to go by, this election period will be dominated by Nkandla-talk.

Wits University hosted the first in a series of pre-election debates together with eNCA and Independent newspapers just weeks before South Africans head to the polls. Last night’s panel included Agang’s Mamphela Ramphele, Wilmot James from the DA and the ANC’s Gwede Mantashe.

Ilanit Chernick: A new revelation has emerged this week in the battle waged by the Wits Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for official recognition.

Earlier this year, Wits EFF were denied official recognition as a club and society by the SRC (Students Representatives Council). Wits EFF cried foul, claiming their exclusion by the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA)-led SRC was politically motivated. The SRC countered, claiming that Wits EFF submitted their application late.

However, a Whatsapp conversation seen by Wits Vuvuzela reveals that Wits EFF did, in fact, submit their application late.

NSFAS leaves students high and dry

Written by Friday, 11 April 2014 06:35

Roxanne Joseph: Delays in monthly allowances reaching National Student Financial Aid Schemes (NSFAS) students are making it difficult for them to make it through the month, according to the SRC.

Students have taken to Twitter with their complaints. “The universities expect students to pass on hungry stomachs. Impossible,” one student, who wished to remain unnamed, told Wits Vuvuzela.

Rofhiwa Madzena: Witsies are underwhelmed by the new colourful, flavoured condoms which will soon be free from the government.

This week Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, announced the new condoms after a survey by the Human Sciences Research Council showed that condom use in South Africa had decreased.

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