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M i campus magazine

July Issue


Mi ed’s note EDITOR: Paballo Lephondo


bviously, the past month was placing the spotlight on the youth and another obvious prediction is that the MiCampus team covered the theme that June has always represented in mzansi-this time with a different approach. We look at how the chairperson of DASO in Tuks views and understands Youth month, we also look at the challenges that face today’s youth who belong to different racial groups. Flick through to page (10) to read on. Focusing on other youthful activities, MiCampus identified a sport that has not gained enough recognition by the youth. Page (23) promotes tennis -giving sufficient info on the low down of the sport. MiCampus has also identified an existing society that aims to inform you about one of the many African cultures in mzansi and how it benefits the youth. Page (5) provides that interesting info. As we head into July, starting it off with a holiday before we go back to school/tertiary, give yourself a treat-get yourself reading through the mag. It will surely try to keep you warm ;-)

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Mi Education

By Jabulani G. MNisi

In the words of Solomon Ortiz, the American politician “EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS”. University is the final phase that leads to the acquiring of this key. Hence many which to get in and emerge successfully afterwards with this key that opens intellectual doors.


any of those who are still in high school dream of ad vancing to university. To come to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) according to Gerald Kotze who is the supervisor of selec tions the enrolment centre from the UJ, You will need to get your hands on the UJ career prospectus, an applica tion form both available on the UJ web site and from on the Student Enrolment Centre at UJ, and R 350, 00 for your ap plication fee. After having done all these steps and submitted the application form, Kotze states that the university will take 20 days to process the applica tion and respond to you. Money should never be a reason for a young person not to get a decent education. There are many structures that are ready and willing to provide financial assistance to those who are deserving. Nelly van der Bail from the UJ engineer ing department confirms that the depart ment provides merit bursaries to stu dents who perform well academically. They can apply for them directly from


the office of the dean of the faculty. For more bursaries that are available for academically deserving students the UJ bursary office can be approached. For those students who do not manage to get bursaries, they can apply for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) before the 1st of November 2011, for next year. The NSFAS office is situated at UJ. For journalism students Media 24's biggest weekly magazines which are DRUM, YOU, and HUISGENOOIT are providing an internship for which applications close on the 30th of July 2011. Before getting into varsity, we have set conceptions concerning this anticipated new environment. Well, those who are already in UJ such as Lelethu Shabangu (22) who is doing her Post Graduate Certificate in Edu cation (PCGE) at UJ and recently got married, describes being a student as a journey more about finding yourself. As she is both a student and a wife, Lelethu says it is harder to study, but very much fulfilling. Mpho Mutaung, a 2nd year accounting student,

...the challenges that students face emanate from their realisation that they have chosen causes that they are not really interested in... adds that "VARSITY LIFE IS WHAT

YOU MAKE IT OUT TO BE" and she is personally finding it to be awesome. While some students are enjoying stu dent life, others such as Gugulethu Bukhali who is doing her Honours de gree in Journalism, and Lindo Zungu a 2nd BA geography student, share a different sentiment. "I have been in UJ for three years and I do not have a personal life, and I do not enjoy anything about being a student, I just want to finish doing what I came here to do" says Gugulethu. While Lin do says she is not emotionally attached to the institution and has no student life. Through the perspectives regarding varsity life, all student encounter chal lenges at varsity. According Keketso Rabotho, who is a career consultant at the centre for Psy chological Services and Career Devel opment (PsyCaD) at UJ, states that in general the challenges that students

face emanate from their realisation that they have chosen causes that they are not really interested in which they dis cover during the cause of the semester. Keketso adds that "some of these prob lems are as a result of the choices they make when choosing subjects in their Grade 10." Gugulethu states (as her big gest challenge) the inability to interact with the lectures even when she desper ately needs to. This is a challenge that many students struggle with. Mr van Tonder a lecture of structural engineering and applied mechanics at UJ advices that to be successful as an engi neering student takes a lot of hard work and dedication. In order to survive the varsity pressures Sibusiso Sgwane a BA honours Politics student points out that time management and goal orientation is crucial aspects that contribute to success at varsity. Regardless of the challenges, our young people need to remember that education remains the master key to suc cess.

The underlined words are meant to be direct links to the mentioned organisations. The web site addresses are as follows: PsyCaDL: Media NSFAS:


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Mi Society

By: Ranold Mthembu


veryone is invited to join this society, where you will learn more about the Zulu culture have many of your questions answered. Many students migrate to Johannesburg with little info on the many African cultures. This society, targeting at students, aims to do social justice through informing people about the Zulu culture. The society also tackles troubling issues ranging from virginity testing to polygamy. Events that are held create a platform where students can meet Zulu speaking students from all across the country and be reminded of your customs. This is total access to your roots without having to read all those massive


books and the joining fee is affordable. The amount paid for this year is R250.00 however; it is changed every year according to the plans the committee may be having. They have an opening and closing event and other additional events. This is where the fun is. Witness them dancing, singing and performing their poetry. They have different dances e.g. ILIKHOMBA IS A GRACEFUL DANCE with rhythmic movements of the upper body accompanied by the swinging of a long decorated stick. Then Clan praising,


are done in these events. Food is also served in the functions held-not just any food but traditional Zulu food and food from other groups like Swazi food. Their famous, traditional and delicious beer (Umqombothi) will also be served. This is a good chance for students to experience this culture at it best. Their clothing is amazingly beautiful but also has meaning

MEN Men wear Ibheshu (made out of calf skin) which covers the bums and isinene which covers the male genitals. Men wear what is called ishoba on the upper part of the arms and below the knees. Umqhele is the headband worn by married man and finally the injobo which are long animal skins worn on the hips. They also have to have a knobkerrie and a shield just in case you try anything stupid. When you are still a girl, you wear beads covering your bottom and nothing for the top part. If engaged you get to cover your breast and a married woman covers her whole body and wears a thick cowhide skirt that has been treated with charcoal and animal fat (Isidwaba). 6

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ver her breast she wears a cover decorated with beads with a message understood only by her husband. Isicholo is the beautiful hat worn by married women. If you make moves on the engaged and married women then the men will have to use the knobkerrie to discipline you, thus it is most imperative you understand this symbolic clothing.

‘Unlike the SRC, you do not need a CV to be elected to any position but your commitment is required’ Prince Masuku was a prefect at high school. When he joined this society, he became a fundraising officer and gained skills and more experience of being a leader. He can now plan effectively and address people in


a proper way. Through this society he has met so many people. Prince Masuku is studying 3rd year mechanical engineering at Wits and is now the elected chairperson of this society for this year. ‘Unlike the SRC, you do not need a CV to be elected to any position but your commitment is required’ he said. A study done by the SRC of Wits proves that most students involved in societies in general are more likely to be excluded. ‘Do come but study’ he said. ‘Wits and JHB are a big society where you can lose yourself. Thus it is imperative that you note where you come from and where you are going. Stop isolating yourself, societies will wake you up and grow you. Yes we came here for academic reasons but it is advised to engage in such societies and be away from bad things e.g. drugs and alcohol’ he said.


Mi Society


By: Katlego Mkhwanazi

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE DAY OF JUNE 16? DO YOU THINK THIS DAY IS CHERISHED ENOUGH BY THE YOUTH? I think that June 16 is a day in which we as a nation can come together and look back at our history and be proud of just how far we have come. I regard Youth day as a day of inspiration because it is a day which illustrates how you always have a choice. The students that were killed on this day made a choice to rise up against tyranny and to stand up for what they believed without fear. It is a day of freedom and justice. I think that June 16 is definitely still respected by the youth of this country because it was a vital part of our history. The youth of this country celebrate this day to acknowledge the sacrifices made by the Youth of Soweto and I can’t see how South African youth would allow this day to fall into disrepute. DO YOU THINK JUNE 16 STILL HOLDS GREAT SIGNIFICANCE FOR/TO THE CURRENT YOUTH? The significance of Youth Day won’t be lost on the youth of today because it was first and foremost a day about protesting student issues. The present day youth are still confronted by numerous issues and June 16 is way of demonstrating that you can’t stop fighting for what you feel is right and just. The significance of Youth day is that when you feel you are being treated unfairly you need

to take a stand and this attitude still rings true with the youth of today. WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK THE YOUTH IS FACED WITH TODAY? What I believe to be the greatest challenge to our youth is the lack of education. It is blatantly clear that our secondary schools are failing the young people of this country. Many students who are coming out of high school are woefully unprepared for university as their schools lack the necessary tools such as computer labs, libraries and even properly trained teachers. The students who gave their lives in 1976 fought for better education and I think they would be shocked to see the current level of education that persists in this country. The greatest percentage of unemployment is within in the youth and it is my belief that this boils down to the fact that many of these young people haven’t been adequately prepared for jobs in the real world. The youth of this country is suffering because our standards of education are far too low.


Mi Society

By: Mbalenhle Zondi

Left to right: Mthokozizi Nkosi (DASO (TUKS) Deputy chairperson), Peter Sleeman (DASO EC member), Amy Pretzl (DASO EC member), Brandon Tophahm ( DA Mayoral candidate for Tshwane local municipal elections 2011) and Jordan Griffiths (DASO chairperson). HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR JUNE 16 THIS YEAR? My June 16 was very boring as I had to study for an exam and do some mechanical work on my motorcycle which left me covered in oil.


of power is being witnessed on a regular basis. There are a few students who are active however they are in the minority. Students avoid politics as many of them would rather not have an opinion and rather just get on with their studies.



Students at the University of Pretoria are very apathetic towards politics. As DASO leader on campus I have noticed that students have become very disillusioned with the political process and feel that the whole idea of politics is a big sham. Unfortunately this attitude develops because of the behaviour of our politicians at a national level. It is hard for students to get excited by politics when the abuse

On campus we struggle with visibility. Many students don’t even know that political societies exist or where our offices are. This is mainly because of university restrictions as whenever we want to do something we have to ask permission and then wait and see if our idea can be approved. The University of Pretoria has always maintained a very A-political stance and has never taken much of an interest in developing politics on campus.



By: Katlego Mkhwanazi

Mi Voice


“Being free, having opportunities and being able to choose what you want to do with your life.”- Letlhogonolo Phalatsi, 2nd year Financial Management student.

“Freedom of expression and greater opportunites.”- Bonani Tabane, 2nd year BCom Internal auditing student.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA? “I think its a beautiful place, beautiful people (beautiful women). People criticise it without exploring MZANSI. We should stop looking at the negative”- Sibusiso Mathabathe BCom Economics.


The scenery is great; we’ve come a long way and we’ve reached a certain milestone.” –Jeethen Singh, Mining Engineering.

“The different cultures, the friendly people and the little things about our communities ,e.g. the saying that your child is my.”- S’busiso Ndaba, B Information Technology.


“I’m tolerant and accepting of others and I understand poverty and unemployment.” Masentle

“Living in SA has taught us to take other races and cultures into consideration.” Preashriee Naidoo, BSc (IT)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE CHALLENGES THAT YOUNG PEOPLE FACE? “It’s challenging to live in SA [as a young person] because you have to deal with a past that isn’t yours and your future, e.g. affirmative action.” Jeethen Singh “Aids, you can’t just go around anymore.” S’busiso Ndaba

“Its more significant for those who have been in that apartheid era. Young people today are naive and don’t appreciate what we have as young people.” Jeethen

“We can’t forget, but we have to move on.” S’busiso.

JUNE 16... “Rea groova ka uniform; we acknowledge the class of 1976.” sibusiso mathabathe


Mi Network By: Disema Mokoena

Social networking sites have become the core of communication on campus between students. The majority of students who are on the social networking sites believe that if you don’t social network “you are so last century”. Research revealed that the majority of university students prefer Facebook the most over BBM, Mxit and Twitter, the reason being that “Facebook does not limit information exchange”. Micampus magazine took some time to interview few students about their preferences of social networking sites between FACEBOOK, TWITTER, MXIT AND BBM . This is what the students from The University of Johannesburg Bunting Road campus had to say:

QUESTIONS: 1. DO YOU USE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES? IF YES, WHICH ONE DO YOU PREFER BETWEEN FACEBOOK, MXIT, TWITTER AND BBM? 2. DO YOU THINK SOCIAL NETWORKING SIDES ARE PART OF CAMPUS LIFE?, GIVE REASON FOR YOUR ANSWER 3. IS YOUR PREFERRED SOCIAL NETWORK HELPING YOU ACADEMICALLY? IF YES, HOW IS IT HELPING YOU? 4. ANY ADVICE FOR YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES? Nickoleen Nickolas. 2nd year public relations and communication management student at the University of Johannesburg Bunting road Campus “I do social network and I prefer BBM and I think social networks are part of campus life Because sometimes you get to ask your friends what’s happening about school work, and my advice to people who are not on Facebook is that they should get it.


Tendani Mabege 1st year Ndip: Credit management Student at the University of Johannesburg Bunting Road Campus “ I do social network and I prefer Facebook because you can chat with people you know and get to know diverse people around the campus, and in my case as a first year student it helped me find friends and survive the first few weeks at Vasity.”

Carrey Daly. 2nd year public relations and communication management at the University of Johhanesburg Bunting “I do social network and I prefer Facebook. Social networking sites don’t really assist me academically, they are disturbing me. My advice for people who use Facebook is get off and study”

Fortunate Madonsela 1st year accounting student at the University of Johannesburg Bunting road campus “I do social network and I prefer facebook because that’s where I get to make friends and socialize. My advice for people who do not social network is that they should onto 1 social networking site because it’s a better way to socialize and you can find a lot of interesting things on Facebook”.

Kutlwano Sehume 3rd year Mining Engineering Student at the University of the Witwatersrand “I do social network and I prefer Facebook. I think social networks are part of campus because there is social interaction on campus and the advantages are that u get to know people”


Mi Leader

By: Ma-Role Mathabatha


“It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory…” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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“Leadership is not a birthright; nor about position or title; It’s not about power or authority nor is it about celebrity or wealth; neither is it the private reserve of a very few charismatic men and women and it’s most assuredly not about some charismatic gift. Rather it is much more broadly distributed in the population, and is accessible to anyone who has a passion and purpose to change the ways things are.” – Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.



“I always remember the axiom: a leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble to out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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“And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela



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“Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela VALUES DRIVE COMMITMENT: people are always interested by a leaders’ background, what really drive him or her. LEADERS CAN’T DO IT ALONE: leaders need talent and support as well as engagement with their people.



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“Exemplary leaders – the kind of leaders people want to follow – are always associated with changing the status quo” Lincoln



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Leaders have to keep their promises and become role models for the values and actions they espouse. “Leaders have only two tools at their disposal: what they say and how they act. What they say might be interesting, but how they act is always crucial.” – Alan Deutschman THE BEST LEADERS ARE THE BEST LEARNERS “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy TRUST RULES LEADERSHIP IS AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART


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The writer would like to thank Lincoln Malo for the inspiration. He was head speaker at Black Management Forum Gauteng Leadership Indaba 7 May 2011 quotes are adopted from his “Conversions with Lincoln” at Standard bank.


Mi Sports

By Katlego Mkhwanazi

TENNIS is known for years as a sport for royalty because of its history. It has managed to maintain the “high society” status all over the world. This month Micampus magazine focuses on the world of tennis, the rules, how it’s played and why young people are flocking to tennis courts. Tennis is a sport played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). All you need to play tennis, is a racket and a tennis ball. Tennis has been in existence for over a hundred years- since 1873 to be precise. It originated in Birmingham, England and was played by the upper-class English-speaking people. HOW IT’S PLAYED According to one player hits, or serves, the ball from a corner of a marked out area called a court that is divided down the middle with a three foot (0.9 meters) net. The opposite player’s goal is to return the ball bouncing it no more than once aiming for the other player to not be able to hit it. A score is made when a player is not able to return the ball at all or with more than one bounce. Tennis can be played on grass, clay or hard court/concrete surfaces. SCORING SYSTEM A tennis match is determined through the best of 3 or 5 sets. Typically for both men’s and women’s matches, the first player to win two sets wins the match. The person, who enforces the rules of tennis on the court, is known as the umpire. This person sits on a tall chair, where he or she can watch over the players. RULES Penalties are given if: 1. Touching opponents ground, the net or posts or any other person or official in the game. 2. Carrying the ball or catching it in the racket. 3. Hitting the ball two times or before it has crossed the net. 4. If the ball hits or touches anything on (clothes) or carried by the player (with the exception of the racket).


5. Throwing the racket or other kinds of racket abuse. The biggest and most prestigious tennis tournaments, which are known as the Grand slam tournaments are: -Australian Open (played on a hard/concreted court). -French Open (played on a clay court). -Wimbledon (played on a grass court). -U.S Open (played on a hard court). TENNIS TERMS Ace: When the server serves the ball so hard and accurately that the receiver is unable to even touch it, it is known as an ace. This usually results in a point for the server. Ad Court: The left side of each player’s side of the court. Advantage: When a player wins the first point of a deuce, it is known as an advantage. He now needs one more point to win the game. Backhand: When the ball is hit by the back sided face of the tennis racket, it is a backhand shot. A right handed player will play a backhanded shot when the ball is on his left side. Challenge: To challenge the call of the officials. The dispute is resolved using video technology. Change-over: When the players change which sides of the court they play from. Fault: A bad service that is unable to fall in the designated area. Foot Fault: A fault that occurs as a result of the server stepping on or over the baseline while serving. Jamming: Hitting or returning the ball straight into the opponents body is known as jamming. Line Judge: A person who calls whether a ball fell within or outside the boundary lines. Match Point: When the person leading the score needs only one more point to win the match, it is known as a match point. Serve: The first shot of the game, where the ball is hit into the opponent’s court. Service Game: A game where the server wins without letting the receiver win a single point.


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-WHITE is the recommended colour for tennis wear because it reflects the sun and keeps players cool. But no one kick you off the court if you show up in an all pink outfit. -The LONGEST tennis match lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes ( over a period of 3 days). -Grass courts, like Wimbledon, usually have a FASTER-paced ball, and a more ERRATIC bounce. But Wimbledon has slowed its courts over the years. -The FASTEST serve in women’s tennis was recorded by Venus Williams. The serve clocked 205 km/h. -Tennis was first played with the hand by the Greeks and Romans.

Nancy Onia- Tennis player for Tuks Tennis Academy WHY DO YOU LIKE TENNIS? I like to play tennis because I’d like to play professional tennis one day and my family plays tennis. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING TENNIS? For 6 years Nancy Onia during tennis practise

Conrad Van der Merwe- Tennis coach at Tuks HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COACHING TENNIS? For 12 years WHAT WOULD YOU SAY MAKES A GOOD TENNIS PLAYER? Physical and mental strength. If you are intelligent, you will play well. You also need good working ethics, e.g. Practising for 6-8 hours a day if you want to play professionally.


Pitso Ledwaba- Tennis player for Tuks Tennis Academy WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY TENNIS? Well I tried it and I loved it. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY MAKES A GOOD TENNIS PLAYER? The right attitude. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from tennis? To never have a big mouth before a match. Tania Venter-Tennis Player (socially) WHY DO YOU LIKE PLAYING TENNIS? I love tennis because you only need to focus on the precise shot; you don’t necessarily need hectic physical strength. It’s also a fun way to relax and you exercise while having fun.


Mi Reviews

By: Disema Mokoena

FOR COLORED GIRLS STARRING: Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington DIRECTOR: Tyler Perry THE STORY: The movie is based on the Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enough CHECK IT OUT: Because the movie brings the many challenges that many women face at the into the public’s eye”


MR. POPPER’s PENGUINS STARRING: Jim Carrey, Angela Launsbury Carla Gugina DIRECTOR: Mark Walters GENRE: Comedy

THE STORY: The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel CHECK IT OUT: Because it’s a fantastic comedy filled with exiting funny moments, you are guaranteed 100% of nonstop laughing


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KUNG FU PANDA 2 VOICES: Jack Black, Angelina joelie, Dustin Hoofman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu. DIRECTOR’S: Mark Osborne, John Steavendon GENRE: Animation THE STORY: The furious five (Snake, Mantis, Tigress, Crane, monkey) and Po the Panda set out on a mission to find a bird called peacock who uses his brain to get the big jobs done. On the other hand Po is trying to find peace and discover his birth parents, but keeps coming to a dead end. CHECK IT OUT: Because it’s an Epic action animated comedy filled with exiting adventure, the thrilling thing about this movie is there is no age preference 29

TITLE: Kiss Of Snow AUTHOR: Nalini Singh GENRE: Paranormal Romance ABOUT THE BOOK: the book is about Sienna- a PsyNet whose mother has committed suicide and then their whole family was said to be unstable. They went to a snow dance challenge, and that’s where interesting things started to happen. CHECK IT OUT: Because it’s a balance of a romantic sensation and paranormal happenings. The book is said to have a very hot sensuality. Go pick one for yourself, trust me you’re gona love it. TITLE: Flesh Eaters AUTHOR: Joe McKinney GENRE: HORROR ABOUT THE BOOK: McKinney is a full time writer who, at one time, was a homicide detective and a disaster imitation specialist for the san Antonio police department before changing to be a horror books writer. In this book flesh eaters McKinney tells his epic zombie story by taking a step back and telling us how the zombie apocalypse began. CHECK IT OUT: Because it is an epic horror book that is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. 30

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