MARISSA BRITS: Taaibos and Katjiepiering collaborated with TuksRag to donate a swing, a see-saw and lunch packs to the Reagaboka Drop-In Centre in Hammanskraal on Friday 26 April.
Although the event started off with some unforeseen delays, which included detours around Hammanskraal and its surroundings, the Rag Projects HK of Katjiepiering, Juanita Opperman, said that the event was an amazing and rewarding experience that makes you want to do more for the community.
MARISSA BRITS: A protest against animal cruelty was held on Sunday 28 April outside the Brian Boswell Circus in Kempton Park. It called for circuses to stop using wild animals in shows.
The event saw roughly 150 people from different age groups and cultures gathered outside the circus. Some members of the protest placed chains around their necks while others held up posters which read “Support a circus, support abuse” and “An hour of laughter for a lifetime of suffering”.
TARYN RICHMOND: Perdeby has recently heard complaints about incidents of crime in Hatfield and asked students how safe they feel walking around the area.
A poll done to assess how students feel about the issue suggests that 67% of students polled, the majority of them female, don’t feel safe in the Hatfield area. Thirty-three out of 100 students polled said that they do feel safe walking around the Hatfield area. Ten of those students admitted that they only ever walk around Hatfield alone during the day.
BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO: Stuku hosted its second annual Dance-Off last Thursday evening. A group called Elements of Revelation won the competition.
The theme of the competition was “The Journey” which meant that all the contestants had to make a dance sequence that interpreted a journey. The evening consisted of various genres of dance which included hip-hop, contemporary and sbujwa.
MARISSA BRITS: E-tolls are set to open in the next two months. This follows the national assembly’s legalisation of the bill for the implementation of e-tolling on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project on 5 March.
The bill was approved by a measure of 198 votes to 98, with two absentees, and will now go to the National Council of Provinces for consensus.
MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE: The Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) is demanding an investigation into racial profiling, violence against students, external security and a boycott of Israel. This follows a protest by student activists, in support of Palestine, against a scheduled performance of Israeli musician Yossi Reshef on 12 March.
STAFF REPORTER: Despite its glamorous appeal (for those of you who aim to be model thin), drunkorexia is not a healthy way to have a good time, even if it saves you some cash.
Drunkorexia, as defined by Prof. Jacob Palme of Stockholm University, is the combination of “not eating almost any food during the day (anorexia nervosa) with drinking a lot of alcoholic beverages during night-time partying (alcohol abuse)”. However, Kobus du Plooy, a clinical psychologist at UP Student Support, says that drunkorexia is only “a social term and not an official clinical diagnosis”.
Congratulations to Tuks for winning the Varsity Cup for the second consecutive year.
This was one of those moments where our publication schedule really irked me. Our front page with Tuks holding up the Varsity Cup trophy would really have made an amazing front cover if this paper was published last week Tuesday. But unfortunately we can’t always get what we want.
MARISSA BRITS: Jordan Griffiths took over as TSC President last Wednesday. Griffiths, who was formerly the deputy president of the Temporary Student Committee (TSC), replaced Christopher Pappas, who resigned during the March recess.