Perdeby Tuks se amptelike studentekoerant / Official Tuks student newspaper / Kuranta ya baithuti ya semmušo ya Tuks
First public meeting for constitution review
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New interim TuksRag committee
Rag interim committee: From the left: Jurica van der Merwe, Miné Labuschagne, Tumisang Sithole, Belinda Kelly, Kiandiko Kasure, Dassie Persaud-Van der Westhuizen, Reneilwe Maleka. BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO AND DANIELLE PETTERSON In April the Department of Student Affairs, along with the executive of the university, decided to replace the TuksRag committee with a new temporary one. The general members of TuksRag usually apply to be a part of the executive committee (EC). However, the current interim committee was appointed by the executive of the university and contains no members of the previous EC or anyone who has ever been part of TuksRag. According to special programmes co-ordinator and Rag officer Dr Rina Wilken, the new TuksRag chairperson, Kiandiko Kasure, was part of TuksSport and was chosen because he knows how student structures work and has the potential to lead the committee. TuksRag held a discussion in June last year where they shared ideas on how to reinvent Rag. However, nothing was implemented by the committee. Dr Wilken stated that the 2012/2013 committee hosted a very successful Procession, Rag Queen Crowning and Pot ‘n Pons, but that the main aim, which is to “reach out and give”, was completely neglected. As a result, the interim committee was appointed. A decision on when to elect a new TuksRag committee will be made once the review of the student Constitution is complete. “As the Rag interim committee, our vision is to better the
image of Rag, move away from the face of being an events company,” Kasure told Perdeby. The mission of TuksRag is to develop students by channelling their energy and their continuous search for fun into fundraising and community service projects. Some of the main aims of Rag include raising funds for community service projects and helping with the socio-financial needs of less fortunate people. Dr Wilken said that she thinks the previous committee inherited a lot of problems that they could not overcome as they were “not strong enough”. However, she said that they tried their best. Former TuksRag chairperson Phatludi Modiba disagreed with Dr Wilken’s statement and said that he feels that they faced many problems during his term. He identified their biggest problem as the fact that TuksRag has no long-term permanent staff member like some other student organisations and committees. “Dr Wilken had been working with Rag only for about a year. I feel that most of the problems faced stem from the top. The communication and understanding between Dr Wilken and myself was not always clear at times. I am not shifting all the blame to Dr Wilken, as I did have my own faults in my term,” Modiba said.
Modiba further said that the previous committee was dedicated to the students and fought for them despite the fact that things such as the Rag Diary and events such as UP Beats Festival did not materialise. Dr Wilken said that there will definitely be a Spring Day and that the committee is already working on it. Last year the committee suffered a loss because the turn-out was lower than expected and they were not receiving any funds from the university. She said that UP Beats is still under discussion and that further decisions will be taken after the constitution is passed. “There will be many changes coming from Rag, I can only wonder if this will be to the advantage or disadvantage of the students. My biggest worry is the interim committee, as this consists of members that were only selected by university staff members and some of these members have not been [active] in any sort of Rag at any level,” Modiba said. Kasure said the interim committee’s mission is to use the available resources to “take Rag to further heights and to achieve optimal participation and development in order to create a holistic student body through the spirit of giving.” Photo: Ilana van Heerden
13 Mei ‘13
Welcome to the new age
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The future of print seems dim. That is the belief of most people in and outside of the media. If you’re researching the media, no matter where you look, one thing is for sure – people will tell you that print is dying. In a world where advertisers will get more revenue from radio, television or the internet, newspapers are losing money fast. And the reality is simple: no moola, no paper. There is hope for people who love the written word. Ironically it comes in the form of the thing that might be accused of being print’s biggest undoing – the internet.
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The internet still allows for written articles to be published. Digital magazines and newspapers are probably the future of print media – just minus the actual printing part. This is not all bad. We are often urged to be greener and this new digital medium could be seen as a beneficial compromise. Print diehards get to save their loved medium in a different format, and trees won’t appear on the World Wildlife Fund’s endangered species list. You can call it a win-win situation, I guess. Here at Perdeby we’re going to hold on a little longer though. We love print. We love that when someone sits down with a magazine or newspaper that they are devoting their time to reading what is on the pages in front of them. That is what makes print special. That is the beauty of print. If someone sits down to read a newspaper, they are doing something that is very out of the norm in the modern age – they are making a conscious effort to read. Print is really the only medium like that. Television and radio fits into people’s lives so easily that it isn’t even a conscious decision anymore. It’s merely a habit. Despite this, we are aware of the changing times (quite the cliché, but it’s true). As someone who loves print, I hope to see it live on online. The written word – just presented a bit differently. I’ll think of it as a new outfit, and who doesn’t like new clothes? And our new attire comes in the form of a new website. We have worked on it for a while, and it’s
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13 May ‘13
First public meeting for constitution review
MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE AND MARGEAUX ERASMUS
The steering committee (Steerco), set up by the Department of Student Affairs to rewrite the constitution for the election of the Student Representative Council (SRC), was a major concern amongst the student body at the first public meeting held last week Thursday. The meeting was an information session that discussed how the Student Leadership Constitution will be drafted. Director of Student Affairs Dr Matete Madiba, Deputy Dean of Law Prof. Anton Kok and Temporary Student Committee (TSC) president Jordan Griffiths were present at the meeting. Also in attendance were political societies, members of Rag, Stuku, faculty houses and general students. Steerco, which is comprised of ten students and six staff members, has put forward a first draft of the constitution for students to consider and contribute towards. The draft takes into consideration all individuals and societies in the UP student community and has been made
available on ClickUP for all students to access. It grants everyone the opportunity to make a contribution to the new constitution. Contributions can be submitted to Steerco in the form of written submissions. Steerco will then put all submissions together and call for another discussion to produce the next version of the constitution. If written submissions need to be elaborated on, further discussions will be held which will allow students to expand on their submissions to Steerco. The aim is to present the final draft of the constitution to the university council by the end of June. At the end of the information session the floor was opened for questions from the students present at the meeting. The students’ main concern was how Steerco was going to take all written submissions into account when producing the final draft that would be taken to council. Prof. Kok assured the audience that Steerco does not have the final say. “The final draft will be shaped by students’ contribution. We want the students’ voices on this constitution. Steerco will not make a final decision,” he said. He added that in a situation
where a student or student body’s contribution is not accepted, a clear explanation will be given. One student said that he did not understand why there needs to be a steering committee because the 2010 constitution was effective and there were only a few problems that needed to be addressed. Another member expressed his concern about the interference of the university council in the drafting of this constitution. Other concerns were that Steerco was not representative of the student body. Dr Madiba told Perdeby that Steerco will be expanded. She said that they are calling on students to submit proposals regarding how Steerco can be expanded to ensure maximum
representation of students. She added that there will be a public conference for all students once Steerco has gone through the written submissions. She specified, however, that this will be a conference calling on a large group of students to finalise the constitution rather than a multi-party conference. “It will be a whole group meeting [like the public meeting on 9 May],” she said. She added that the emphasis was on looking at the constitution section for section as a group so that the next version of the constitution can be agreed on. To read the full statements from the Department of Student Affairs about the Student Leadership Constitution go to perdeby.co.za. Photo: Gloria Mbogoma
Brooklyn police offer little help to mugged student
MARISSA BRITS A student was mugged on 26 April while walking home on Gordon Road. The student went to Brooklyn Police Station immediately after the incident to report it and was allegedly not assisted adequately. Gjordon Muller, a third-year BSc student, was mugged at 11:45 on his way home from campus. “I was listening to music on my phone, which I had in my pocket. A man was following me and trying to catch my attention, after a while he started calling out to me, but I did not
respond,” Muller told Perdeby. The man walked up to Muller and demanded his cell phone while holding a steak knife. After the incident, Muller used a friend’s iPod to track the location of his phone and went to the Brooklyn Police Station. Muller told Perdeby that he had to wait for a police officer to get off of the phone before he was helped. He then had to wait for an hour for a police car to arrive and assist him. The police took him to the location where he tracked his phone, and Muller then identified a man as the suspect. The police made no arrests.
Muller further stated, “I was taken back to the station and gave my statement to a woman who kept insisting that she was tired. I was also told that a case cannot be made without more information about my cell phone. When I returned the following day with this information nobody knew where my statement was or what had happened to it.” The student later received a phone call from warrant officer Ndala at the Sunnyside Police Station telling him that they had taken over the case. “When I asked the officer why the man was not arrested, he told me that he doesn’t know what happened previously. The officer then told me that I should drive to where the mugging had happened and if the man is there I should call the police to have him arrested. The officer then insisted that he did not have to phone me and that he was doing me a favour. After this incident my case was moved to a new investigation officer, who I have yet to hear from,” Muller said. In response to the student’s complaints the Brooklyn Police Station gave the following comment: “Mr Muller’s claims that he waited for an hour before being assisted is viewed in a serious light by the management of the Brooklyn police station. With feedback from the community, the service at Brooklyn is reviewed
regularly and improvements are made where necessary. Community Services Centres at any police station are by nature very busy at times.” The station further stated that people who are experiencing emergencies are prioritised. Furthermore, complainants are interviewed and complaints are investigated, which may lead to longer waiting periods in the Community Service Centre. “The Brooklyn police work diligently to improve service delivery. Every person who visits the station is invited to report any shortfalls and/or positive comments via e-mail or by completing feedback forms which are available in the Community Service Centre,” the Brooklyn Police Station told Perdeby. The University of Pretoria’s Department of Security Services told Perdeby that they encourage students who have complaints about the South African Police Services to go to security services, who will then help them to deal with their complaints. The department further stated that incidents such as muggings on or near campus should be reported to them so that they can provide immediate assistance. Photo: Ilana van Heerden
Charges brought against Wits SRC DANIELLE PETTERSON University of Witwatersrand (Wits) management has brought charges against 11 students, including 9 SRC members, for possibly violating the university’s code of conduct. The students were charged after they disrupted a performance by Israeli musician Yossi Reshef on 12 March. Wits SRC president Sibulele Mgudlwa said that this protest followed the SRC’s academic and cultural boycott of apartheid Israel, a resolution taken by prior SRCs. Mgudlwa said that the SRC engaged with university management before Reshef’s performance, but the university refused their calls to cancel the event. According to Mgudlwa, the 11 students have been charged with, amongst other things, “chanting and/or singing and/or stomping your feet”. He said punishment if found guilty ranges from a suspended sentence to expulsion and can include a fine or withdrawal of academic credit, qualification or community service.
and chanted “long live Wits SRC long live” On 3 May the SRC held a protest to mobilise students to stand in solidarity with those who and “away with the reactionary management! Away!” The group walked across campus and have been charged, Wits Vuvuzela reported. The protesting students demanded that the university spoke to incoming vice-chancellor Adam Habib. Wits Vuvuzela reported that Habib told the drop the charges brought against the students. protestors that if the Mgudlwa said the SRC believes that SRC wants a public trial they should the university’s code “The university has inform management of conduct was not formally and they contravened because instigated charges which will look into the the students had just cause for the protest we believe do not take the request. “These they staged at Reshef’s people are being underlying cause of the charged. These are performance. “It wasn’t a haphazard protest with protest to account and are allegations, they no justification. The have not been found thus bogus.” university has instigated guilty. That is what charges which we this process is for.” believe do not take the Mgudlwa told underlying cause of Perdeby that the SRC suggested methods of dealing with the protest to account and are thus bogus.” the issue but they were rejected by Wits According to Wits Vuvuzela, approximately 50 students took part in the 3 May protest. The management. “We resorted to a march [on 3 students sang struggle songs, waved placards May] asking management to drop charges.
This was rejected. We are now planning on intensifying the campaign even further,” he said. He added that organisations like Cosatu, Sasco, the National Health and Allied Workers’ Union, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union and Young Communist League of SA have come out in support of their campaign. “As the SRC, we believe the university has taken an active stance to ban protest by intimidating students by charging them with nonsensical charges. We believe it is our responsibility to defend this right as it is our most effective tool in fighting for our issues as students. This is why we are prepared to fight to the death,” Mgudlwa said. Prof. Tawana Kupe, acting vice-chancellor and principal at Wits, told Perdeby, “Wits University supports the rights of all to protest peacefully provided that it does not infringe on the constitutional rights of others ... An independent advocate will chair the disciplinary hearings scheduled for [this] week in line with the university’s policies, processes and procedures.”
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Perdeby looked into day students’ involvement in student life activities. TARYN RICHMOND The Temporary Student Committee (TSC) has raised concern over the fact that day students aren’t actively involved in student life. Sina Malebana, TSC member in charge of the day and faculty house portfolio, said that, “When observing the day of a day student, although there is a variety of activities students can take part in, participation is very low.” She added that, in contrast to residences, there is no way to monitor participation and improve student life. According to Malebana, students who have an active student life perform better than those who only focus on their academics. However, when Perdeby asked students if they agreed with this statement, they had
contrasting opinions. Some students prefer to stay uninvolved in student activities because they feel that they do not have time outside of their studies to get involved. Others said that the emotional support provided by day houses does help in ensuring better academic results. Some students felt that they don’t have to be involved in a day house to feel included in university activities. Vividus Men’s Chairperson Juan-Pierre van der Walt and Vividus Ladies Primaria Midee Buizer both said that day houses offer students the opportunity to take part in sport and cultural activites which has a positive impact on students. Zeus’s Chairperson Ronel Bekker said that students in day houses learn the importance of time management because they learn how to
“Being in a day house gives me the opportunity to take part in all varsity activities that I miss out on by not being in res. Most of my best friends are the ones that I met at Vividus Ladies, friendships and opportunities that I would not have had otherwise.” – Laverne de Wet, third-year Civil Engineering student
“I am interested in the student activities but they are not necessarily necessary as you experience different things at varsity every day.” – Matthew Hardy, first-year Business Management student
“Day houses encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and develop new skills and friendships. [They] provide not only support during the transition between school and varsity but also push you to gain life experience that will benefit you later on in life.” – Andria Janse van Rensburg, fourth-year BCom Financial Management student
cope with their studies and other commitments. Bekker said that day houses are not for everyone and that some students have no interest in student life activities because their main focus is studying. Stuku is also involved in getting students to feel as if they are receiving the full university experience. Earlier this year Stuku held a series of five events collectively named UP Arts with the express intention of promoting the involvement of all students in culture at the university. Stuku member Nthabiseng Nooe explained that, “The role of a tertiary education institution, beyond giving qualifications, is making sure students are ready for the world in areas beyond academic excellence.” She said that day houses in this instance provide these opportunities
“I don’t think that taking part in student activities is necessary. I prefer to make plans with friends and I’m not really interested in sport.” – Giselle Diemer, first-year BSc Biological Science student
“I don’t think that day house students have an advantage over day students who aren’t in day houses.” – Kaylan Naicker, first-year BCom own choice student
“I don’t think student activities are necessary as I have hobbies outside of varsity.” – Jason Jardine, first-year BCom Business Management student
earlier rather than later and people skills can be perfected before one enters the job market and has to practice it. Nooe added that, “The challenge is making day houses attractive enough for all students to want to take part.” Malebana said that students who are not involved in student life activities are disadvantaged because there are certain skills that you cannot learn in the classroom. Participating in societies and other extra-mural activities are another manner in which students can experience student life. However, Malebana said a large percentage of students aren’t involved in anything. Malebana is looking for a way to include more students in student life activities and increase participation.
“It is not necessary to take part in student activities but it will help in meeting new students around campus as well as making new friends. I am involved in a cycling club outside of varsity because they don’t have one at the varsity.” – Keegan van Vuuren, first-year BCom Business Management student
“By being in a day house I’ve met new people and got to know the varsity environment better. I don’t necessarily think that being in a day house gives me an advantage over students who aren’t because everyone has their own preferences.” – Naudette McDaling, first-year BA general student
“I think that taking part in student activities is important because you get to meet new people. It’s part of the varsity experience. There should be more day houses.” – Hlonela Nokele, first-year physiotherapy student
13 Mei ‘13
Body language: are you reading it right? CARMI HEYMAN Sometimes, the difference between what people are actually saying and our subjective interpretation of what they are communicating differs significantly. This could be because of body language – we say one thing yet our body language reveals something else. Body language is the non-verbal communication we have with everyone around us. It involves subconscious movements, gestures, facial expressions and shifts in our bodies that indicate how we feel about something or someone when verbal communication fails to do so. By developing your awareness of the signs and signals of body language, you can understand other people more easily and communicate with them more effectively. Perdeby has compiled a list to help you do just that. Confusing touch with affection Joe Navarro, former FBI counter-intelligence agent and the author of What Every Body Is Saying, explains that people have different reasons as to why they may touch someone: “There are individual differences in touching, with some people being known as ‘touchers’, while others tend to avoid physical contact. A toucher may hold your arm to keep your attention but not necessarily have positive feelings for you.” Touch could also have other meanings. The FBI’s counter-intelligence agency found in studies concerning gender and touch that, at times, men may touch women as a sign of dominance, while Navarro found that waitresses who lightly touch their customers when delivering the bill are more likely to get larger tips. However, how people use touch can also come down to cultural differences. According to SkillsConverged.com, in countries such as the UK, Japan and certain Middle Eastern nations, people prefer not to touch each other as a sign of respect. Conversely, in Spain, France and Greece, touching is practised often and is used to strengthen social bonds. A smile is not always a smile Faking a smile is one of the things we do most to avoid conflict or to prevent us from revealing our true feelings. However, according to Dr Ronald Riggio, who has a PhD in
psychology, it is easy to distinguish between real smiles and fake ones. “The key is in the eyes, where true smiles include narrowed, squinting eyes that produce the ‘crow’s feet’ at the corners of the eyes.” Dr Riggio adds that research conducted in 2011 shows that women cover discomfort with a smile. “In one study, women were subjected to mild sexual harassment in a job interview, and a common response was to give an uncomfortable (and fake) smile. The problem was that some men interpreted this positively – as a seductive invitation.” In some cultures, however, smiling is seen as a frivolous activity, says Shelley Batts, writer for ScienceBlogs.com. Batts says that even smiling in a photo for a government document
like a driver’s license may indicate that the person did not take the responsibility of driving seriously. In some Asian societies, people may smile because they are confused, angry, upset or embarrassed. There is even a Korean saying that goes, “He who smiles a lot is not a real man.” Is avoiding eye contact always linked to lying? When someone avoids eye contact, we believe that they are hiding something from us or lying. This is not always the case. In some instances, eye contact is avoided because of nervousness or intimidation. “I want to make a good first impression on the people who interview me for a job, but I find myself struggling to make eye contact sometimes because I’m nervous and get intimidated,” says
second-year BCom Business Management student Dylan Malan. Navarro says that “noted researcher Aldert Vrij found [that] people who habitually lie actually engage in greater eye contact. Why? Because they know that we look for this behaviour and they want to make sure that you are buying their lie. A truthful person can wander off with their eyes because there is no need to convince, only to convey.” Culture again plays a role in how people use body language. According to a study done by social anthropologist Edward T. Hall, eye contact is encouraged in Europe, Canada and the USA, while it is regarded as rude in Africa and most countries in Asia. Is saying “uh” always a bad thing? “When my friends say ‘uh’ or [are] even just at a loss [for] words, I think they’re nervous or just forgot what to say to me,” says firstyear BA Law student Amber Venter. Dr Riggio says that this interpretation is wrong. “Filling pauses with ‘uhs’ while giving a speech does not necessarily indicate nervousness or forgetfulness but can be a way to improve the flow of communication.” He further adds that, “Research from 2011 found that the incidence of ‘uhs’ was associated with more positive ratings of speakers, presumably because the ‘uhs’ filled in the dead space between words or phrases and made the speech seem more fluid and uninterrupted.” Whether we show it in our facial expressions or the way we walk, we should never underestimate the common mistakes we make when interpreting body language. Carol Kinsey Goman, writer for Forbes Magazine, explains that we are genetically programmed to look for any facial or behavioural signs and then evaluate them immediately. “When we see someone gesture, we automatically, subconsciously and instantly make a judgement about the intention of that gesture. And we’ve been doing this for a long, long time,” she says. Body language can affect how approachable we are and when we learn to read it we not only benefit ourselves but others too. However, Goman reminds us that “There is no dictionary for non-verbal communication.” Photo: Reinhard Nell
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13 May ‘13
Rhino poaching: where do we stand?
MARKO SVICEVIC We’ve all come across it at one stage or another, be it on television, in a newspaper, a pamphlet or on the radio: news that more rhinos have been poached. This ever-growing problem has seen the popularisation of campaigns involving financial aid for the conservation of these animals, nationwide awareness programmes and worldwide condemnation of the illegal trade in rhino horn. According to the World Wildlife Fund, South Africa is currently home to around 80% (roughly 21 000) of the world’s rhino population but this number is rapidly declining. On 25 April, the South African National Parks updated the number of rhinos poached since the start of 2013 to 249. According to a press release by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published earlier this year, this means that one rhino has been lost to poaching every 11 hours since the start of the year. Mike Knight, chairperson of the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission African Rhino Specialist Group, states that “well-organised and well-funded crime syndicates are continuing to feed the growing black market with rhino horn” and that the “high levels of consumption threaten to soon reverse the considerable conservation gains achieved over the last two decades.” Each year, the overall number of rhinos poached increases. Statistics for the number of rhinos killed due to poaching from the year 2000 up to 2012 can be seen in the adjacent graph. According to a recent article by Khadija Sharife
in the Le Monde diplomatique, rhino horn are valued at approximately R536 119 per kg, rivalling the street value of cocaine in the USA and nearly double the price of gold. With an average weight of seven kilograms, rhino horns can be worth as much as R3.75 million per horn. This raises the question: how much longer do we have until rhinos become extinct in the wild? Furthermore, what are the new strategies being implemented to combat the problem? When asked about the possibility of rhinos becoming extinct, chief director of communications at the Department of Environmental Affairs Albi Modise said that, “Extinction is always a possibility when a species is under threat.” However, the rhinos in South Africa are not yet threatened with extinction, since the mortality rate has not yet surpassed the birth rate. On the other hand, Modise also said that if current poaching trends continue, South Africa could see a tipping point in the rhino population from 2016, when the mortality rate is expected to surpass birth-rate figures. The department said that rhino poaching in South Africa is a serious issue and stated that 66 people have already been arrested for poaching since the beginning of 2013. It stated that several institutions are dealing with the matter. These include the South African Police Services, the National Joint Security Committee and the Rhino Issue Management. One of several anti-poaching operations that are currently under way is the use of legislation, such as stricter control over the issuing of rhinohunting permits. Applications for these permits
According to official figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs as of 25 April 2013. Infographic: Marko Svicevic
decreased from 222 in 2011 to 90 in 2012. A new bill, the National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill 2011 (which is yet to be promulgated), will make provisions for persons who do not physically commit restricted acts of poaching to be found guilty of an offence. This will also allow the minister to limit the number of permits issued in order to protect certain species and to make provisions for an authority to suspend, refuse or defer a permit under certain circumstances. The bill also targets a previous loophole where non-compliant hunters could simply operate in a different province if they were refused registration in any other province. Other methods are also being adopted. For example, by studying the weather, as well as the movement of rhinos, officials at the Kruger National Park plan to create a poaching risk map. Sam Ferreira, who leads the operation and development of this plan, says that it will be a very effective means of combating poaching. By creating this map, officials will have a better idea of where rhinos are situated, which would also
serve as an indication as to where poachers would be active. Times LIVE reports that Ed Hern, owner of the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve just outside Johannesburg, says that injecting poison into horns might protect rhinos from poaching by stopping the demand for rhino horns. “We need to try poisoning the horns with something like cyanide so when someone uses it for medicine they will die.” There are several steps, like donating to a specific organisation or charity dealing with the matter, that people can take to help. Even by only spreading the word, you can help. Make people aware of this growing problem and how they can help. Antonio Abacar, director of Limpopo National Park, said last month that the park no longer has a single rhino left out of the 300 that it had when it opened in 2002. From the time of publishing until the time when you read this article, approximately 30 rhinos will have been poached. Illustration: Simon-Kai Garvie
Losing your life: how to replace vital documents DESRÉ BARNARD Losing your driver’s licence or ID is one of the most harrowing experiences. You go through the five stages of grief: denial that you had it last – mom must have it somewhere safe – then anger because you realise you probably left it at the bar, then bargaining – if only you had actually let your mom keep it – then depression at the thought of going to replace it and finally, acceptance of your fate. You’re going to have to queue for hours alongside brothers from other mothers and sisters from other misters. Being prepared is the best way to slay dragons but sadly, all the information on the internet differs. For example, the website of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says one thing and, you guessed it, the South African Government Services’ website says something totally different. When approaching this terra pericolosa (dangerous land), there are some fundamentals you will need – just like Bear Grylls. He always has a knife and an impressive cameraman. You won’t need a knife and if you have a cameraman that’s cool, but they won’t let him in. This isn’t MTV. The first fundamental that you will need is the patience of a saint. Secondly, you will need a companion, unless you don’t mind making friends with the line-bound sister on your right. Thirdly, hand sanitiser (this will become clearer when you see that they don’t wipe the fingerprint scanner). Lastly, you will need a black pen and some documentation. Perdeby went on an adventure to the Centurion driving licence and testing centre (DLTC) and the DHA in Centurion to find out how much money and what information and documentation you need to make the replacement of stolen or lost documents as painless as possible. First was the DHA, which is conveniently situated right outside the Centurion Gautrain station (inconveniently having moved there without changing its web page – it is now at 259 West Street).
Stolen/lost ID book At the DHA, there exists a keeper-of-the-gate. She is the holder of all knowledge and forms and she will bestow upon you that which you need. For a replacement ID document, you will get a BI-9/DHA-9 form, for which you will need two photographs, either colour or black and white. You can get your photographs taken outside the DHA in one of several makeshift studios, but this is going to cost you three times the price of going to a photography shop. If you really want to support the local business, be prepared to pay about R60 for six photographs. The ID itself will cost you R140 and it is payable only in cash. There are no card facilities or ATMs on the premises. It will take about four weeks before you can pick it up. Temporary identity certificate (TIC) For the pleasure of a TIC (valid for two months), you will need to part with R70 as well as two photographs. Again, these can be either black and white or colour, depending on which you feel
does your complexion justice. You will need to fill in a photocopied form that has no code, but the all-knowing keeper-of-the-gate will guide the way. You will get the TIC on the same day. Lost/damaged passport The most expensive of the beasts is the replacement of a stolen or damaged passport. It is here that the DHA gets pretty specific. If it has been lost or has been damaged due to negligence on your behalf (like sending it through the washing machine), replacement will cost R800, but if it wasn’t your fault (like if the staples fall out), it will cost R400. For this to happen, you will need four colour photographs, a DHA-73 form and three weeks’ patience. Stolen passport You will see that stating your passport was stolen makes the replacement cheaper, but you will need to report the theft of your passport to the police. Beware kids, lying to the police is called perjury, which is punishable by many awful things
such as your toenails being ripped out and your cat vomiting on your pillow. You could also face a fine, so rather don’t. Armed with an affidavit, R400, four colour photographs, and the DHA73 form, you will be able to replace your stolen passport and pick it up in about three weeks. Renewal of passport Emergency passports no longer exist, so if your passport has expired, sneaky getaways to Mozambique are out of the question. In order to renew your passport, you will need to bring your ID document as well as a photocopy of it, the DHA-73 form, four colour photographs and R400. Three weeks later, you will be able to recommence globetrotting. Lost/stolen driver’s and learner’s licences Perdeby also ventured to the Centurion DLTC on Nellmapius Drive. Here too exists a keeper-ofthe-gate and he/she will tell you which section of a DL1 form to fill out and will usher you into the building once satisfied that you have filled it out correctly. In order to replace either your learner’s or your driver’s, you will again need an affidavit from the police saying that it was stolen or lost, as well as three black and white photographs (sometimes they take digital photographs while you sit there, but just to be safe). You will also need your ID as well as a photocopy. Fingerprints are taken digitally (hand sanitiser necessary) and an eye test is done on-site, which is also pretty icky since they don’t wipe the headrest very well. Alternatively, you can have an eye test done at your optometrist and submit the letter of proof with your application. The temporary licences are R72 and are issued on-site, while the licences themselves will cost R228. Your new licence will be ready in about six weeks. It is perhaps wise to take some liquid nourishment for the quest, but Perdeby suggests that you try not to drink too much. We weren’t brave enough to venture into the bathrooms, but if the fingerprint scanner and eye test machine are an indication of what awaits ... ewww. Image: Hendro van der Merwe
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The return of Holiday Murray MELINA MELETAKOS “With any creative relationship, it requires some time to get perspective. That’s definitely made us realise how important it is to play music together and also to give us time to soak up more inspiration.” Holiday Murray’s bassist Chris Carter is talking about the Cape Town band’s six-month hiatus, a sabbatical of sorts, while he ventured off to India for a while. Soak up inspiration they did, and now, with mysterious Tanzanian stick man traveller Murray in tow, and a 600 km journey through the night from Durban behind them, they are at Park Acoustics. Arms woven together, the band huddles ritualistically before taking to the stage. What’s the huddle all about? “It’s a secret,” says lead guitarist Justin Davenport later with a mischievous smile. “Something happens.” Whatever it is, the foursome delivers a labyrinth of intricate sound, a declaration of intent, an invitation to go on an illusory journey. Their particular journey started when the band released their self-titled debut album in 2011. Two years later, Holiday Murray is five tracks into their follow-up release. The band is toying with the idea of recording two EPs this time around, with the money from the first one intended to fund the second. A limited vinyl edition is also on the cards. “I think it’s going to be a double-headed album and we want to look at the interplay between two different styles,” explains Davenport. The band wants to delve into two worlds with these different styles, the one exploring a velvety, complex sound while the other dips into a bigger, boisterous, rock ‘n’ roll one. “We’re still exploring, we’re just playing. We’re not too serious. We’re still young,” says Davenport. They’re recording their new material with producer TeeJay Terblanche at his Coffee Stained Vinyl Studios in Cape Town, but they are thinking of experimenting with their own recording methods too. The band is still throwing around the idea of having a more
produced sound with bigger, edgier songs and then taking a DIY approach to the rest of the material. Either way, they are steering their sound into a direction quite different from the one that their immensely popular first song “Jirey” pushed them into. “It’s not necessarily that we don’t want to make happy music, but there are a whole range of devotions and ideas that we want to come through that aren’t just happy-go-lucky, makeyou-dance music,” explains Carter. “As different as it is to us, it might be different to other people and that’s cool. We want to keep on surprising people. We’re going to continue making music that makes us happy and if it makes other people happy, then it’s an absolute bonus,” says drummer Ellis Silverman. When it comes to lyrical content, Davenport says, Holiday Murray’s music has always been quite metaphorical. A lot of the time it gets lost in the spaces between the band’s multi-layered sound. “We talk about a lot of things that have relevance to us and the way we see the world,” says Davenport. “They often come out quite ...” “... abstract,” offers Carter. Overall, though, Holiday Murray have never chosen to tackle any specific topic through their music. “It’s just a journey of words and poetry,” says Davenport. And to finish this new journey that they are embarking on, they are heading back home to Cape Town. Rather unconventionally, they’re doing so by train. “The scenery is absolutely unbelievable,” says Silverman. “The number of times you look out into the absolute nothingness and just think, ‘F**k!’ That’s all you really think. Well I do, at least.” “I had a few deeper thoughts,” retorts Carter comically. “I bet you did. Do you care to share?” says Silverman looking back at him. “Not really,” is the reply he gets. “Fine.” Photos: Christelle Duvenage
13 May ‘13
Sons of Settlers take the scenic route to stardom
MELINA MELETAKOS Train. Gig. Drive. Gig. Drive. Gig. Sons of Settlers are on their Playing The Fool Tour, a double-headlining endeavour with friends and fellow Cape Town musicians Holiday Murray. They decided to take a train that snakes all the way up north to Gauteng, choosing to ditch the airport drama for a scenic cross-country view and loud impromptu carriage jam sessions instead. They’ve stopped at Park Acoustics on the Pretoria leg of their tour and, as the first act on the bill, Sons of Settlers delivered a lush, pop rock-laden set complete with the odd scattering of folk. It’s the perfect start to the day, despite two of the strings on lead vocalist Gerdus Oosthuizen’s guitar, Olivia, breaking. Afterwards, they head to where the comedy show will later take place. Bassist Ryno Buckle, who his band mates affectionately call “Buckle”, flops onto the small stage like a rag doll. He’s the unlucky one who was tasked with driving the 600 km from the band’s gig in Durban the night before. “Next time we’ll do it by boat,” jokes Oosthuizen. “Yes, I think so. Play coastal towns and then take the boat inland,” agrees lead guitarist Leroi Nel in jest. “We talk a lot of crap,” adds drummer Justin “Bossie” Bosman, almost apologetically. Truth is, Sons of Settlers never intended on sharing their music with anyone when they began making tunes. It all came together when Oosthuizen (former lead guitarist of spacey indie rock outfit New Holland) and Nel (former lead vocalist of the wildly popular Afrikaans classical prog rock band Foto na Dans) would hang out and jam after yoga practice. Buckle (also of New Holland fame) had been playing in various bands with Oosthuizen since they were kids and joined them soon afterwards. The trio’s previous bands were winding down and they were all looking for a much-needed creative outlet. After coming up with a few basic riffs, they decided to add a drummer to the mix and make it official. That’s where Bossie came in. Were they worried about reintroducing themselves to audiences who already associated them with their previous bands? “Not at all,” says Nel, followed by a synchronised “I don’t care” from the rest of the band. “There wasn’t an intention [to make our music public], so there wasn’t any pressure. There was no pressure to be launched as something new, or something different. We were enjoying what we were doing and thought that people would enjoy it too,” Nel explains. Oosthuizen says that with their previous projects their measure of success involved
certain things like getting a slot at Oppikoppi or getting nominated for a SAMA. Sons of Settlers, he says, is already successful. “Our success has been the fact that we have been able to play together, and have the union that we have on stage, and have the great experience that we do. We are already winning,” he says. The foursome is very close to completing their debut album, which they’re looking at releasing in July. They’ve taken a totally DIY approach to it, starting with recording all the tracks at Oosthuizen’s parent’s house in Onrus, something Bossie says allowed the band to capture an energy that sounds better than if they were pressed to get everything done in a regular studio. Sons of Settlers also chose to combine recording the album live with working on it in studio. This way, Oosthuizen maintains, the album has a temporal aspect to it. “You’ve got this real, organic, live, breathing thing but you can pretty it up and still buff it up,” he says. When it comes to lyrical themes, Sons of Settlers say they touch on a couple of main ideas, but their first offering is in no way a concept album. Oosthuizen went through a break-up during the process of creating the album, which is reflected in songs like “Former Lover”. There are also the less amorous tracks which deal with how the band sees society working or not working. “Something we brought up a lot is a consumerist society, the unsustainability of the way that the system is going,” explains Oosthuizen. Other songs are more frivolous though, like “I Know That You Want Me”, a song which consists entirely of the lyrics “I want your body / It makes me do karate / I know that you want me”. Nel says that the collective concept that in some way ties the album together is selfempowerment. “The way we perceive things and the way we separate ourselves from it and we don’t necessarily agree with it, and that we don’t necessarily need it to feel like ourselves,” he says. “I think the people that are most excited to have this record in their hands are these guys sitting right here,” adds Oosthuizen, looking at his band mates. So where to next for Sons of Settlers? “We actually have a bunch of songs that we didn’t get to finish in time for this album and we were talking about it. We’re not tired of this set, but it’s time to move on. We’re not planning on riding this wave and seeing where it goes. We’re writing some kiff stuff now,” Oosthuizen says. And the rest of the tour? Break. Gig. Train. Photos: Christelle Duvenage
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2. Sausage often used as a pizza topping (6) 3. Large water bird with a long beak (7) 4. Eighth astrological sign in the zodiac (7) 5. Opening in the surface of the earth where lava is often ejected (7) 7. Main ingredient in a bunny chow (5) 11. Hitler was a ________ (8) 12. Bob Marley’s signature characteristic (6) 13. Superhero wardrobe item (4) 15. Jeweled head ornament worn by women and princesses (5) 17. Vegetable otherwise known as bhindi or gumbo (4) 18. Large bowed string instrument played in the film August Rush (5) 19. World’s 15th most populated country (5) 22. Inhabitant of a convent (3) 23. Letting any ___, Dick and Harry in (3)
1. Animated series starring a yellow family (11) 6. Goods/merchandise taken on board a vessel (5) 8. 1993 Steven Spielberg film to be released in 3D this year (12) 9. Flaky, buttery bread roll named for its crescent shape (9) 10. Black religious cult and witchraft practiced in the Caribbean (6) 14. Celebratory day honoring maternal bonds (10) 16. Animal known as Felis silvestris catus in latin (3) 18. French sparkling beverage named after the region in which its produce is grown (9) 20. Characteristic of autumn (6) 21. The structure of the human body (7) 24. Airport in JHB, __ Tambo (2) 25. Actor in The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited (10)
Clues Down: 2. Sausage often used as a pizza topping (6) 3. Large water bird with a long beak (7) 4. Eighth astrological sign in the zodiac (7) 5. Opening in the surface of the earth where lava is often ejected (7) 7. Main ingredient in a bunny chow (5) 11. Napoleon was a ________ (8) 12. Bob Marley’s signature characteristic (6) 13. Superhero wardrobe item (4) 15. Jeweled head ornament worn by women and princesses (5) 17. Vegetable otherwise known as bhindi or gumbo (4) 18. Large bowed string instrument played in the film August Rush (5) 19. World’s 15th most populated country (5) 22. Inhabitant of a convent (3) 23. Letting any ___, Dick and Harry in (3)
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Mopanie weren’t exactly the pride of the university when they did their jock run at Intervarsity Athletics. Pssst… would have been more impressed if all of the boys were, in fact, athletic. While the Mopanie boys were stripping down, the boyfriend of an Inca Bugster has been covering up by wearing her jersey. Pssst… isn’t sure whether she is trying to get rid of him or the jersey. He was spotted walking around campus in the jersey, which was tighter than Lilium’s skirts. Magrietjie won’t be wearing tight skirts this week after choosing a week of studying over a few nights of drunken debauchery. Pssst… isn’t sure if the girls are still sulking over Serrie or if Rag partners Vividus Men are just that boring. Speaking of being boring, Pssst… thinks that Klaradyn shouldn’t brag so much. Unless it’s Pssst… you’re talking to, no one cares who or what you did at the Olienhout clubhouse. Pssst… was shocked to spot a Sonop first year riding his bicycle without a suit. Next Pssst… will hear that Sonop let someone who hoots outside res drive away unpunished or sell their ostrich or driving into walls or something similarly scandalous. Although Pssst... should probably be relieved that the boys are staying away from high-speed chases after that unfortunate car-in-the-wall incident. Pssst… heard about Jasmyn’s failed attempt at a French cultural evening. Seems like the only thing the Jasmyn girls managed to make French about the evening was the kissing. Send your Pssst... tips to perdeby@ up.ac.za or m.perdeby.co.za
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Student Disciplinary Advisory Panel
Across: The Student Disciplinary Advisory particular importance too. 1. Animated series a yellow family The University of Pretoria takes Panelstarring (SDAP) is a panel of (11) law these matters very seriously. students who is available to 6. Goods/merchandise taken on board a vessel (5) assist all UP students facing in a 3D thisStudents 8. 1993 Steven Spielberg film to be released year (12) should take note that if they are found guilty of academic disciplinary hearing. 9. Flaky, buttery bread roll named for its crescent shape (9) misconduct, they may, among A UP student may be called to 10. Black religious cult and witchraft practiced in the Caribbean (6) their credits for a others, forfeit a disciplinary hearing if there are 14. Celebratory day honoring maternal bonds (10) module and/or be expelled from reasonable grounds to suspect 16. Animal known as Felis silvestris catus in latin (3) the University for a period of at that the student has contravened least one year. the Disciplinary Code: Students. The SDAP is available to Academic misconduct assist any UP student during a (including, but not limited to disciplinary hearing. The SDAP plagiarism, fraud, forging of will explain the procedural steps medical certificates and other followed during a disciplinary documents, being in possession hearing, as well as the formalities of unauthorised material during and the various legal principles tests/examinations or any other applicable during a disciplinary form of dishonesty during a hearing. test or examination) is the most If you have any queries common transgression referred regarding disciplinary matters, to the Disciplinary Committee for please contact the SDAP’s investigation. For the definition director, Adam Civin, on 084 of misconduct, please consult 232 6007 for an appointment, page 33 of the University of or approach the SDAP during Pretoria’s General Regulations consultation hours in Room 2-24, and Rules 2013. The instructions regarding examinations, tests and Roosmaryn Building, Hatfield Campus. other academic assignments on page 40 of this document are of
Die Studente- Dissiplinêre Adviespaneel (SDAP) is ’n paneel van regstudente wat beskikbaar is om enige UP-student by te staan wat ’n dissiplinêre verhoor moet bywoon ’n UP-student kan ontbied word vir ’n dissiplinêre verhoor indien daar redelike gronde is om te vermoed dat die student die Dissiplinêre Kode: Studente oortree het. Akademiese wangedrag (insluitende, maar nie beperk tot plagiaat, bedrog, vervalsing van mediese sertifikate en ander dokumente, besit van ongemagtigde materiaal tydens toetse/eksamens of enige ander vorm van oneerlikheid tydens ’n toets of eksamen) is die algemeenste oortreding wat vir ondersoek na die Dissiplinêre Komitee verwys word. Vir ’n omskrywing van wangedrag, raadpleeg asseblief bladsy 33 van die Universiteit van Pretoria se Algemene Regulasies en Reëls 2013. Die instruksies ten aansien van eksamens, toetse en ander akademiese opdragte op bladsy
41 van hierdie dokument is ook van besondere belang. Die Universiteit van Pretoria beskou hierdie aangeleenthede in ’n baie ernstige lig. As ’n student aan akademiese wangedrag skuldig bevind sou word, kan hy/sy onder meer sy/haar krediete vir ’n module verbeur en/of uit die Universiteit geskors word vir ’n tydperk van minstens een jaar. Die SDAP is beskikbaar om enige UP-student tydens ’n dissiplinêre verhoor by te staan. Die SDAP sal die prosedurele stappe verduidelik wat tydens ’n dissiplinêre verhoor gevolg word, asook die formaliteite en verskillende regsbeginsels wat tydens ’n dissiplinêre verhoor van toepassing is. Indien u enige navrae oor dissiplinêre aangeleenthede het, raadpleeg asseblief die direkteur van die SDAP, Adam Civin, by 084 232 6007 vir ’n afspraak, of nader die SDAP tydens konsultasie-ure in Kamer 2-24, Roosmaryn Gebou, Hatfield Kampus.
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Exclusive interview with Tuks bodybuilder MOKGETHI NKOSI TuksBodybuilding was officially established in 2011 and gave aspiring bodybuilders a platform to realise their goals. The club has produced several prominent bodybuilders over a short period of time, including Gert Coertze, Roelof Coertze, Bhekumuzi Maluleka and Braam Smith. They have all competed in the South African championships hosted by the International Federation for Bodybuilding and Fitness. Maluleka spoke to Perdeby about the club. How did TuksBodybuilding come about? A couple of guys from the Tuks student gym [including] Burton Morgan came up with an idea to start the club. [Morgan] was already in the field with Roelof Coertze and Braam Smith, who are still students here at Tuks. In 2011, the club officially started and in the same year we competed in the South African Championships. What are some of the challenges facing the club? Funding is one of our greatest challenges. Last year, I went to the world championships but I struggled to get funding. TuksBodybuilding managed to contribute. Because we are students, we struggle to find common schedules [for training]. Lastly, students sign up and join the club but then leave [shortly afterwards]. What are the club’s goals this year? Our goal this year is to do well in the national championships. We are also looking
at diversifying the club and ensuring that more females join. We are looking at raising more funds. Has there been any growth in bodybuilding in South Africa? In the 1980s, bodybuilding was big in South Africa. The country even hosted Mr Universe and Mr Olympia [bodybuilding tournaments] but during the [last] ten years the sport has been clouded with steroids and illegal substances and less attention has been given to bodybuilding. Major companies withdrew their sponsorships. Do you feel women are well represented in TuksBodybuilding? We do not have any female bodybuilders. The sport is associated with men, but within bodybuilding there are different categories which females can compete in, for example fitness and modelling fitness. We are calling on females to join the club as they will add more value to how the club views fitness training. Why did you become a bodybuilder? My love for bodybuilding started when I got a left-knee injury from football. During rehabilitation I started going to gym and I noticed that, when it comes to your body, results are much more controlled than in team sports. The more effort I put in, the more it reflected on my body. What is your inspiration? Bodybuilding is not just a sport. It is a sport that requires mental discipline, commitment and focus. I can apply these aspects to different areas of my life.
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TuksBasketball begins Gauteng University League campaign
GABRIELLA FERREIRA AND BRIAN KIAUTHA The TuksBasketball second team beat the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) second team 66-55 last Thursday night. Kevin Mbela opened the scoring for Tuks and scored 22 points in the whole game. Tuks led 27-17 going into half time. During the third
quarter, TUT were able to narrow the deficit to 30-27, but Tuks managed to stretch the lead to 46-33 by the end of the third quarter before extending their lead in the last quarter. TuksBasketball is currently participating in the Gauteng University Basketball League. The competition forms part of the qualifying rounds for the University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament. It will see the province’s top-ranked university squads play against each other. Matches will take place every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of May and will be hosted by the various universities in Gauteng. The top three teams of each provincial league will progress to the USSA tournament, which will determine which university will be ranked first in basketball in the country. Results from Tuks’s previous fixtures in the competition include a 33-13 win for Tuks 1 women against University of Johannesburg (UJ) Galaxy, a 65-70 loss to Vaal University of Technology for Tuks 1 men and a 70-56 win over UJ for Tuks 2 men. Tuks’s next fixture will see them play TUT again on Thursday 16 May. Students have been encouraged to come and watch Tuks play provincial rivals, the University of Witwatersrand and UJ Galaxy, on Sunday 19 May, when the University of Pretoria will host the competition. Photo: Ilana van Heerden
AmaTuks reach out to local communities
MOKGETHI NKOSI AmaTuks hosted a football clinic at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi campus on 6 May. The AmaTuks players coached boys participating in the TuksFootball development programme. The Mamelodi satellite programme started in 2011 to provide the boys with professional assistance and mentorship. It is open to boys between the ages of 12 and 17 from Mamelodi. A hundred young boys attended the clinic, led by AmaTuks fitness trainer Sibusiso Mahlangu. The clinic focused on fitness training, effective warm-up excises and goalkeeping techniques. AmaTuks media officer
Khathochelo Mbanda told Perdeby that the aim of the clinic was to ensure the transfer of professional skills from TuksFootball club to the development programme. Mbanda said that the boys were excited to be able to meet and interact with their favourite football stars. TuksFootball also has a development programme running at the university’s sport campus. More than 300 boys participate in this programme, which has produced notable players such as Thokozani Sekotlong and Aubrey Ngoma. The programme assists participants with their studies and helps them enrol at the University of Pretoria after they matriculate. TuksFootball is looking to expand its programme into Soshanguve.
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Eight Tuks water polo players in national team MAXINE TWADDLE Eight water polo athletes from Tuks have been selected for the national women’s water polo squad. From this squad of 28, 13 athletes will represent South Africa at the FINA (international swimming federation) World Championships in Barcelona in July. This competition is the national team’s first step towards qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Anke Jacobs, Amy Knight and Kaylin Shortt have been chosen to be part of the senior team. Kelly Kirsten, Robyn Macleod, Kim Rosslee and Taylor Webb will form part of the u/20 team. Jacobs told Perdeby that she is proud to have been selected for the national squad. “It’s always been my dream to represent South Africa,” she said. Jacobs said that the members of the Tuks water polo team have been training hard. This determination paid off when so many athletes were chosen to represent the country.
“The girls have worked exceptionally hard, sacrificing their free time to train daily in frigid water,” Jacobs explained. To train for the world championships, the
athletes will practise seven days a week. They will have three swimming practices, three dry-land practices (which focus on strength and cardiovascular fitness) and one time-trial
Tuks rower Lloyd Bemelman came second in the event, just over two seconds behind Hunt. Lawrence Ndlovu, also a Tuks rower and an Olympic gold medalist, came third with a time of 7:28.77 minutes. Tuks came second in the men’s A 4+ event, finishing three seconds behind Andrew Morgan from the Junior National Squad to record a time of 6:58.60 minutes. Ursula Grobler won the women’s A 1× event by six seconds, with Lee-Ann Persse coming
third in a time of 8:21.15 minutes. TuksRowing won the men’s A 2- event and were represented in seven of the eight available starting positions. The men’s 4- team came first, second and fourth in their event. The women’s C 2× team finished second with a time of 4:22.45 minutes, 5.5 seconds behind the winners. Tuks’s women’s A 8+ team won their event, beating second-placed UCT by 23 seconds. Prior to the national championships,
session. To improve her strength and ability in the pool, Jacobs has entered a men’s league. “It’s up to each of us to put in the extra effort,” she explained. Competing on a national level, the Tuks women’s water polo team has had a strong start to the 2013 season. The team finished third at the South African Nationals Currie Cup tournament in Port Elizabeth, where they beat winners Central Gauteng and second-placed KwaZulu-Natal in the group stages. They beat rivals University of Johannesburg to win the Gauteng Summer Cup league. Because water polo is not regarded as a professional sport and the national team has no sponsors, the athletes will have to raise the money required to fund the Barcelona tour themselves. Jacobs estimates that this will cost about R20 000 per athlete, including flights, accommodation and meals. Photo: Lyticia Erasmus
TuksRowing continues to dominate
MAXINE TWADDLE TuksRowing won the 2013 National Rowing Championships held over the weekend of 26-28 April at Roodeplaat Dam in Pretoria. TuksRowing dominated throughout the competition. Lindsey Davis recorded Tuks’s first victory in the weekend’s events when she won the women’s A 2× event with her partner with a time of 8:12.16 minutes. David Hunt won the men’s A 1× in 7:25.05 minutes. Fellow Rowing is one of the oldest sports at the Olympics. It is a technical sport that requires competitors to have physical strength and a high level of fitness. There are two forms of rowing: sweep, where each rower in a team of two, four or eight uses one oar held by both hands, and sculling, where an individual rower or each rower in a team of two or four uses two oars. The boats used in competitive rowing are called shells. These are classified according to how many rowers they can accommodate and whether there is a coxswain in the boat. The coxswain is the rower who sits in the stern of the boat. The coxswain is in charge of steering the boat and coordinating the power output and rhythm of the other rowers. It is a rowing tradition to throw the coxswain into the water if the team wins. In an 8+ boat, each seat is labelled one to eight starting from the stern. This defines the role of the rower in each position. The rowers in positions eight and seven form the stern pair. The eighth rower sits closest to the boat’s stern. Called the stroke, this rower sets the rhythm for the rest
of the rowers. The seventh rower must communicate any changes in rhythm to the rest of the crew. The rowers in positions six, five, four and three form the middle crew. They are the strongest and heaviest rowers. The rowers in positions two and one are called the bow pair. They are responsible for the balance and direction of the boat. The same principle applies to a boat designed for four rowers. There is one coxswain, two members of the middle crew and one bow. Rowers compete in heavyweight or lightweight classes. In competitive rowing, different events are categorised by different codes. An “M” or “W” precedes the code and signifies that the event is a men’s event or a women’s event. A “J” signifies that junior rowers are competing in the event. The code 8+ is used for events requiring teams of eight, including a coxswain, while 4+ is used for events requiring teams of four. 4- is used for events requiring teams of four with no coxswain. L2- refers to a lightweight pair. BM1x refers to a men’s single scull team where all the rowers are under the age of 23 while JW4x refers to an event for junior women’s quad teams.
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TuksRowing had performed well at the Buffalo Regatta in East London. The team won the Grand Challenge title at this event, finishing first in the senior men’s first four’s race. Olympic gold medalists James Thompson and John Smith represented Tuks in the race along with Scott Donaldson and Mike Voerman. Tuks also finished first and second in the senior men’s eight’s race. Images: www.dispatch.co.za and www.up.ac.za
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