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.
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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
MARISSA BRITS: Lenkmelodienk, sleep and blommetjiesvou are only a few of the residence traditions that you as an ienk (a first-year student) will be expected to take part in during your first year. Along with these are the sleepless nights that you’ll experience before the Rag and your selfless commitment to protect your res’s mascot. Here are the important things you need to know about each res as you embark on your year of “ienkdom”.
BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO There will be no Rag procession next year. Instead, floats will be exhibited on UP’s Sport Campus. Students and members of the public will be able to visit Sport campus to view the floats. The environmental friendliness of the floats will be taken into account during judging.
DOMINIC SKELTON AND MELINA MELETAKOS: Tuks FM is under the direction of new station manager Dewald Noel van Niekerk, a move made by the radio station in an effort to transform its contractual mandate and stamp its authority as a community station.
“My immediate vision for the station is, number one, to make it sustainable. Not to depend on anyone else to bail us out if we don’t make money,” says Van Niekerk. “Number two is to be profitable. We serve our community not only with entertainment, we serve our community with monetary ways.”
KEEGAN FRANCES: The Young Alumni and Student Committee (YASCOM) at Tuks initiated a Canvas Pledge Project last Wednesday which involved students pledging a minimum of R5 to add a print of their hand, in a colour of their choice, to a large canvas. The funds raised by the project will be donated to the SRC feeding scheme which aids students in need. According to TSC chairperson Jordan Griffiths, the feeding scheme is an initiative driven by the Department of Student Affairs which currently helps to provide at least one meal a day for many needy students.
Griffiths felt that the Canvas Pledge Project was a great idea and said that the YASCOM took the initiative to raise money to help their fellow students and few organisations at Tuks engage in activities which help the very students that they study with.
MARISSA BRITS: Huis Curlitzia and Huis Mopanie both walked away with the Residence of the Year awards at Tuks Prestige last week.
Mopanie Chairman Tiaan Maartens told Perdeby that, “On nights like Prestige you see pure res spirit again. It is not something that withers with change. We’re really proud to have the cup home and had a great time competing with worthy residences. It was a great night for all.”
PHILIP STOFBERG: The Tuks 1 cricket team started their season with three wins over the first two weekends. TuksCricket is currently ranked as the top club team in South Africa and according to head coach and manager Pierre de Bruyn, the team is set on defending that spot. “It is all we are working for,” he said.
Their defence started with a win over Tshwane Metro 1 at the Klipkoppies cricket grounds on 28 September. Tshwane posted a score of 189 in their 60 overs, which Tuks chased down in the 46th over with seven wickets to spare.
KHUMO MEKGWE: Tuks beat the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 61-50 in round five of Varsity Netball last week Monday.
The first half lacked energy and momentum. Tuks lost their first centre pass to give UJ the chance to lead the game by one point. Tuks changed the score two minutes later to gain the lead.