TEBOGO TSHWANE: As the election date draws nearer, some students have voiced their concerns and frustration over not knowing whom to vote for.
John Attfield, a first-year BA Drama student said, “The only problem I have is that I don’t know whom to vote for. All the parties have their different views but no party’s views are better than the other. They are all just throwing mud at each other, there is no party standing out saying ‘I am doing this because it’s good for the country,’ they do things because another party is not doing it … there’s no security in voting.”
MAGGIE ROODT: Elections will be held on 7 May and some are referring to them as the most contested elections since the start of democracy in South Africa.
Since 1994 the ANC has largely dominated the polls, however, with the current build up to the elections, the possibility of yet another landslide ANC victory could be under question. There has been an increase in service delivery protests, corruption, new parties, and even old allies of the ANC, like Julius Malema, who have shunned away from the party. Will factors such as e-tolls, the Nkandla scandal and even the fact that Nigeria has officially surpassed South Africa as the biggest African economy, influence where you make your mark?
NICOLE BARON: The 2014 Indian Premier League, better known as the IPL, is much anticipated by sporting fans. The IPL is made up of eight teams with players from around the world. This fast-paced cricket tournament begins on 16 April in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This year, 12 South Africans will be competing in the tournament.
MAXINE TWADDLE: A University of Cape Town (UCT) Varsity Cup rugby player has been accused of hitting a female North-West University student after UCT’s Varsity Cup final win in Potchefstroom last Monday.
Irini Agathagelou posted on Carte Blanche’s Facebook wall that she had been assaulted by the player when she tried to intervene in a fight between the UCT and the NWU players at a Wimpy after the match. She hit the player with an unidentifiable object on the head before he punched her. Agathagelou said that, “[he] gave me a right hook on my face, he tried to hit me again but someone stopped him”. She listed her injuries as concussion, facial lacerations, and back and neck injuries. Agathagelou was taken to hospital, where she was kept overnight.
SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: TuksTennis player Gustav Lemmen has won the TuksTennis Club Champs for the fourth year in a row. On 29 March he achieved this groundbreaking feat, winning his fourth successive tournament with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory. He is a third year actuarial sciences student, the vice chairman of the TuksTennis club and has been chosen to represent South Africa twice, in 2011 and 2013.
RODNEY XABA: Groenkloof campus students belonging to the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme were left confused when they were forced to change electives and phases due to a sudden change in bursary requirements. Many students have been forced to take additional modules and have to catch up on work that has already been covered in these modules.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: The music of Michael Lesar was thumping in the air around Emarentia dam. The crowd gathered together and droned in a countdown. At 13:00, the first burst of (biodegradable and environmentally friendly) powder covered the setup of the 2014 Johannesburg We Are One Colour Festival.
With the atmosphere eerily united and the music playing loudly, the festival, although smaller than last year, was true to its name in bringing hundreds of people from all over the province – and from even further away – together. With each countdown to the hour, everybody stuffed themselves into the company of the person next to them to indulge in a rain of colour as each person threw a bag-full of powder into the air.
MAXINE TWADDLE: The ANC national executive committee’s education and health sub-committee said last Monday that it aims to implement a programme requiring graduates to do a year of community service within the next five years.
Graduates will be required to participate in the programme regardless of whether their degree was funded privately or by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
DAN MAFORA AND KEEGAN FRANCES: South Africa’s major political parties engaged in a debate hosted by Unisa’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mandla Makhanya last week Tuesday on the Muckleneuk campus. The topic of the debate was “Reflections on 20 years of democracy in SA and visions for the future” and focused on an array of social, economic and political issues the country is currently facing.
ARON HYMAN: A lack of transport has resulted in some students sleeping on campus for days at a time. The expense and unreliability of the public transport system and the lack of university transport for students who live far from campus are the main contributors to this problem.
Tshepo Mahudu, a final-year geoinformatics student, frequently stays in the library overnight. As an applicant for the NSFAS programme, he currently lives in Pretoria mid-city. He walks to campus because he cannot afford transport. The walk from campus to mid-city is a dangerous one and Tshepo has been mugged before while walking back home from campus around 20:00.