Perdeby Official independent student newspaper of the University of Pretoria 14 May 2018
Step it up 2018 UP open day now online
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UP in possession of possible Rembrandt Pg. 5
Pregnancies at UP increase Pg. 4
UP student Garnet MĂźller on jazz and rock â€˜n roll Pg. 9
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Editorial | 14 May 2018
years of Perdeby A look back at South Africa’s oldest student newspaper
he first editions of Perdeby look very different to what we know today. The first papers were text-heavy and had no colour. As technology improved and Perdeby’s printers changed, so did the papers look. On 24 May 1955 the paper printed with colour for the first time. Colour was used on the front page and in the masthead. Perdeby’s motto has changed over the years too. The first paper said it was the “UP maandorgaan” (UP monthly) and when Die Nuwe Perdeby came out in 1944 it stated that it was the “Studentblad van die Voortrekker-Universiteit” (the student newspaper of the Voortrekker university). A few years later the motto was the “Studentblad van die Universiteit van Pretoria” (the student newspaper of the University of Pretoria) and this changed to the “Studente weekblad van die Universiteit van Pretoria” (the weekly newspaper of the University
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In all seriousness though, at my graduation ceremony I really got the full impact of what we are all out here to do. To see everyone so happy with beaming parents and proud family members, all the hard work you put in is all worth it. We have to use times like these to reflect on what we are after and what it all means. Of course, it also makes you think of all the people that have sacrificed their resources, advice, love and care to make sure you get there. So from my side I would like to thank my family for getting me where I am today. Congratulations to all those who graduated with me in this graduation season, and for those still working towards their graduation, keep pushing. It’s worth it. With all these achievements, I looked at the content this week, and one of the things that stood out was UP’s Open Day. From a work point of view, Open Day was an important event for introducing prospective students to all that university has to offer. My own Open Day in 2012 was where I got my first few copies of Perdeby, where I was introduced to different fields of study that I never knew existed before, and because of this I ended up in a completely different direction that I was initially intending. Importantly, it is also a time for those who have never seen a university to see it and aspire to one-day finish with a degree. Perhaps this Virtual Online open day needs to be more carefully considered as those who are affected by poverty, for example, may not be able to access this new system. Obviously the Virtual Online open day is not a bad idea. It means that those who can’t make it will have access to see what the university has to offer, but I would argue that it takes the voice of the students out of the ideas people have about university. I got to attend Step it up last weekend too and see what all the residences have been up to. I was a little shocked to see that some of the residences didn’t take part. To look at the serries of the past, there was also a notable difference in the sizes of both the audience and the performers. I fear that maybe this is the start of the end for old traditions such as serrie. After last year’s debacle, it was made very clear to us that Step it up is a complete new competition and not just a name change. Although the event was well organised, and all credit goes to a hard working Stuku, it seemed to have lost its appeal and excitement. I would say that Step it up was a best case scenario because it was so well put together, but when the results are a step down from the past we should maybe reconsider the capital and effort we put into these things. It would be sad to lose it though. Serrie was unbelievably fun to be part of when I did it, and Step it up looked fun for the performers this year. Go wild Shaun Sproule
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14 May 2018 | News
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UP’s Open Day now online that should the university proceed with this open day, they should have both physical and virtual open days, this is to ensure that no student is he University of Pretoria made an affected, in terms of technological apparatuses. announcement on its website that they We also believe that since the university is a will be launching a new method of hosting public institution, that entry to campus should open days for prospective students. Open days not be reinforced to this level.” will be carried out through a virtual online Mositi told Perdeby, “We believe the poor system. This system involves an “online web and marginalized would be affected more, application” that will allow prospective students especially those who do not have access to to log on and see an overview of UP’s academic technological apparatuses, but on a broader programmes, facilities and its different campuses. scale, all prospective students will be affected The Economic Freedom Fighters Student by this decision based on the response provided Command (EFFSC) have disagreed with the above.” He said that the SRC will follow all the implementation of the Virtual Online open day, necessary channels to advocating for the previous method “We believe the poor and marginalized get UP management to change their of a physical would be affected more, especially perspective on the Open Day to be those who do not have access to implementation of used instead. the Virtual Online On 24 April, the technological apparatuses,” open day. EFFSC released UP Spokesperson a statement Rikus Delport told Perdeby, “With the virtual saying, “We reject completely the notion that campus we will be offering more, not less and this is an attempt to engage more actively with it is in line with world class university trends stakeholders, and if truly this is something using digital technology to create greater access. that management believes will help, it speaks Technology developments have made it possible volume[s] of people leading this institution.” to give students and their parents as well as other The EFFSC believes the Virtual Online members from the UP community a far better open day will negatively affect disadvantaged interactive experience of all the University’s prospective students who do not have access facilities, including lecture halls, residences and to the internet and technological devices. In a sport amenities. A more focused open day called statement the EFFSC said “…the decision to #ChooseUP Day, where students who have been no longer hold a general open day and moving provisionally accepted, will be hosted to assist towards a “virtual campus” system signals that them with their specific needs and requirements. this institution is adamant on finding new ways This approach ensures a more meaningful of excluding the poor mases [sic] from gaining interaction with prospective students to prepare access to the institution.” and equip them better for student life at UP.” “As a branch, together with students and The university’s website states that the new various personnel who are against this new method of a Virtual Online open day will assist ‘Virtual campus’ system. We will put the the University to “engage effectively with its necessary pressure so that this decision is stakeholders” while providing an overview of overturned,” added the EFFSC. the university’s academic offering to prospective Student Representative Council (SRC) students. Delport said the new method of Deputy Secretary Kutlwano Mositi said, “The hosting an open day will make the campus more SRC is not impressed no[r] satisfied with the accessible to a wider and diverse group of people university’s stance on making the open day who are interested in the programmes offered by virtual. We believe having a physical open day UP. Delport added, “To provide information to is very important for prospective students to get all students, including postgraduates[sic]students to admire the university and get to know more and international students, and also to other about [sic] by having physical interactions with members of the community who wish to know Faculty Administration staff members and the to more about the university in terms of academic [sic] view the various residences which they may activities, research opportunities etc. Providing want to reside in. We are therefore of the view
prospective students with a holistic experience threatened due to not many students having and information so as to equip them to make a access to the Virtual Open Day and Applying. more informed decision based on the excellent Furthermore, the racial intake of the university facilities and programmes we offer.” will be affected because the struggling black Faculty houses have also criticised the child couldn’t view the open day or apply at the implementation of a Virtual Online Open day university due to not having internet or having citing its disadvantages to prospective students money to go to a [sic] Internet café. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds. with no access will be greatly affected and it will Law House vice-chairperson Caroline lead to them not being able to come study at the Letsoalo said, “Virtual open day does not take university.” into account the resources discrepancies in the House Humanities chairperson David Kabwa country. Although more and more people have has rejected the implementation of the Virtual access to smart phones and internet cafés. Data online open day. Kabwa said “My stance on in South Africa is still expensive and this will the Virtual Open Day is that it is exclusionary hinder prospective students who come from poor towards disadvantaged prospective students. For background from have [sic] the full on virtual students to participate, they would need a smart world experience.” Letsoalo said normal open device and an internet connection. I personally days provided students from disadvantaged do not believe that the Virtual Open Day is a backgrounds with first-hand experience of good idea in theory. I am yet to see how it will University and campus life. “In general this can operate”. be seen as an exclusionary tool by the university Kabwa added “It may result in certain to keep out poor students from entering the marginalised groups of prospective students university space since the announcement of Fee being unable to participate in the Open Day Free Higher Education. This is a move to keep which may result in a decline in the number of the university space exclusive for the rich,” she students that become students in the future”. added. Delport noted,“The virtual campus will Commercii (EMS faculty house) Chairperson be user friendly and easily accessible from Remofilwe Dikoma students’ homes said, “Most of the and computers at “In general this can be seen as an time you find that all and exclusionary tool by the university to community students from rural school libraries. keep out poor students from entering the Prospective areas who come to the UP Open day university space since the announcement students who have find out everything any difficulties of Fee Free Higher Education. for the first time accessing the tour only on that day. will be assisted by Dikoma said the a call centre. There Faculty of EMS completely disagrees with the will also be a text only content version option for notion of a virtual open day as it limits students those students who have data access constraints. from disadvantaged families and rural areas. In addition to the virtual campus and to support When asked about mechanisms the Faculty of more remote schools, the different UP faculties, EMS has in place to assist prospective students including deans and as well as staff from the in navigating their way around the virtual online Student Recruitment division are regularly open day system, Dikoma said, “The EMS visiting rural schools to provide prospective Faculty has created short clips of everything and students with as much information about the anything in the Faculty, from an explanation university as possible and to assist them with of the various degrees and it’s outcome to the the application process. This includes assisting student life in the Faculty. Furthermore, we pupils with completing their application forms are in the process of sending out brochures as well as applying for financial aid through and pamphlets about the Faculty to various NSFAS.” He added, “The cost for creating high schools in the country. That way we reach the virtual campus is far less than that for the as many students as possible.” She added, continued hosting of an open day on campus, “Definitely the number of applications will be which benefits a few students.”
News | 14 May 2018
Step It UP replaces Serrie Resego Molele
n 23 April, the Student Culture Committee (Stuku) announced a new event, Step It UP, which would replace Serrie as an inter-residence singing and dancing competition. Last year Serrie drew controversy among UP students and even attracted national media attention. Posters with derogatory and sexist messages were displayed by the men during the ladies Serrie preliminary performances. This year, Step It UP took place on 2 and 3 May and finals were on 5 May. “The controversy around serrie was having prelims in the residences without a form of authority, students walking around Hatfield with no form of security and the behaviour that festered,” said Stuku chairperson Yishika Moodley. “This event [Step It UP] was stripped of that,” she explained. The name Step It UP was coined by Moodley and Stuku Marketing EC, Wayne Wilson. “Awaiting final approval led to a delay in the name process (which was initially supposed to be done how 1nsync was) so we had to improvise and come up with one so it would stop being referred to as Serrie,” Moodley said. Taaibos residence’s Culture External House Committee member, Terry Mthethwa said, “Step It UP filled a gap that gents felt with Serrie being cancelled.” “The whole event changing, the layout and how it actually works is what actually changed my participation because guys weren't too keen on putting two months of practice for four performances,” said Mthethwa. Asterhof residence’s Culture External House Committee member, Stanzi Malan told Perdeby that “the fact that it is an entirely new event meant that participation was automatically lower since it’s unfamiliar”. However, she believes that Asterhof had maintained its number of participants as with previous years. “I was lucky enough to still have a sufficient amount of participants to go forward,” Malan noted. Step It UP differed from Serrie in that it took place on various Hatfield campus venues
such as the Masker, Bok and Lier theatres and the Musaion, whereas Serrie took place in the recreation halls of participating residences. Step it UP’s tickets were limited to a number of 25 tickets per residence. According to Moodley, this was “due to the capacity of campus venues and aiming for a regulated environment…”. Serrie had allowed all members of a residence to watch performances, residence to watch each other’s performances, as well as any university students and members of the general public to be spectators and supporters. Residence gates and front doors would be left open for the duration of the prelims for attendees to access residence recreation halls. To compensate for the limited number of tickets available for each residence, Asterhof and Erika residences each had more than one house performance on 1 May. Due to the large crowd that arrived at Asterhof’s second house performance, they also performed a third time to allow people who could not fit into their rec hall to see their performance. When asked why the event was only announced just over a week before it was set to happen, Moodley said that Stuku “received final approval from all executive members on the 24th of April”. The uncertainty pertaining to the event lead to a few residences not participating. “A few [residences] were cautious about spending time and money on an event that was not guaranteed at that point,” Moodley said. This year female residences Nerina, Jasmyn and Klaradyn, and male residences Kollege, Olienhout and Maroela did not take part in the competition. Kiaat and Inca were set to perform but dropped out of the competition in the week of prelims. When asked why Inca and Kiaat withdrew from the competition, Moodley explained that “[they had a] lack of participation”. Kiaat First Year Guardian and Transformation House Committee member, Diokeng Seshweni confirmed that Kiaat pulled out on 2 May because they lacked participation. “After the whole debacle of Serrie perpetuating rape culture it was hard for Kiaat to get people to participate.”
Positive Pregnancy Tests January-April 2017 & January-April 2018 The number of positive pregnancy cases reported to the SHS between January and April 2017 increased for the same period in 2018 on some UP campuses. Overall, the number of positive pregnancy cases reported has increased by 31 across some UP campuses, leading to a total of 59 cases for 2018 so far. Inforgraphic: Elmarie Kruger and Ditebogo Tshaka
Pregnancies at UP increase Henri Uys
ccording to statistics from UP’s Student Health Services (SHS), the number of pregnancies at UP has increased from last year. The number of pregnancy related visits to the SHS between January and April 2017 increased for the same period in 2018 on some UP campuses. Senior coordinator at Student Health Services, Sister Hannelie Coetzee said that these statistics only reveal the amount of cases that have been reported to the SHS. Coetzee mentioned there has been a problem with regards to the availability of contraceptive treatments, such as injections and medication. The Gauteng Department of Health (DOH), according to various media reports, are experiencing financial difficulties. Coetzee said that SHS could not get some contraceptive treatments because
the DOH was unable to provide these treatments. Coetzee said that they do receive contraceptive treatments, but these treatments are not enough. However, she said that these difficulties are not the main reason for the increase in positive pregnancies at UP. Students who are pregnant can be assisted by the SHS. Coetzee explained that they offer assistance to pregnant students and their partners and provide them with various options. In some cases, the students are referred to the AMATO Pregnancy Counselling Centre or to UP’s Student Counselling Services. Perdeby previously reported that UP started a condom distribution programme. Condoms will be available from condom dispensers in campus toilets by the end of May. Students seeking advice related to pregnancies can contact the Student Health Services on (012) 420 2500/6588. Students can also contact AMATO on (012) 342 3452.
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Step It Up 2018 round up Claudine Noppe
n Saturday 5 May, the finals of the Stuku-organized res event Step It Up were held at the Amphitheatre on Hatfield campus. Step It Up replaced Serrie, with residences combining to sing and dance, choreographing a 10-minute themed performance. This year the prelims took place on the Hatfield Campus in four venues, over two days. After these prelims, the top five women’s residences and the top four men’s residences went through to the finals. The overall winners of the night, Asterhof, captivated the crowd from the beginning. Their powerful and unique performance won them three titles at the Step It Up finals, including best ladies theme. The ladies had a punny “Asternauts” theme which was upheld by their vibrant costumes and song choices. The energetic and well-choreographed performance made the Asterhof ladies a crowd favourite, and secured them a win. First place for a male performance went to Taaibos, a Hillcrest campus res. They kicked off their “Around the world” themed performance with a humorous monologue by an airplane pilot. Overall, their performance was funny and synchronized. Magrietjie and Mopanie took home second place for their “The affair” and “The forgotten lives of Disney princes” themed performances respectively. Magrietjie stunned the crowd with their fast-paced routine, and their strobe lit "Look what you made me do" rendition. 2016 Serrie winners, Mopanie, sadly could not defend their title, even though they moved across the stage in interesting formations and flawlessly executed lifts. The fiercely presented ladies in red,
Katjiepiering, took home third place with an empowering performance. Their magnificent drummer powered expertly through Demi Lovato's "Confident", and "I want you to want me" by Cheap Trick. Boekenhout secured third place for the men's reses with their unique “Phantom of the Opera: Mzanzi tour” theme. Their energetic and enthusiastic performance was strewn with black light and strobe light sections which were well received by the crowd. A massive nod needs to be given to their amazing band who stole the spotlight more than once during Boekenhout's performance. Curlitzia, from the Prinshof campus, took to the stage first with a puppet themed performance. According to them, the theme was "relevant because the youth of today do not want to conform." The ladies from Curlitzia used ribbons as a very effective prop to signify stringed puppets breaking free. Their performances at the ladies’ prelims secured them as the prelim winners, unfortunately they could not uphold the same reputable performance at the finals. Curlitzia was followed by their medical campus male counterparts, Olympus, who went with a Maclemore inspired “Thrift Shop” theme. The men struck a chord with the audience when they serenaded the crowd with Jessie J's "Price Tag" translated into an African language. Erika impressed with their interesting lifts and a rendition of Katy Perry's "Swish swish". The girls donned two-toned dresses which suited their “Vogue Runway Models” theme well. In the preview video of their performance, an Erika representative said that they, like many other reses, had a problem getting students to participate, and struggled with people dropping out midway through preparations.
14 May 2018 | News
UP in possession of possible Rembrandt Ricardo Teixeira
Additional funds T allocated to NSFAS Illustration: Thinumzi Dubeni
inister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, announced on 24 April that an additional R7.1 billion will be allocated to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). During a media briefing, Pandor said, “Additional government funding of R7.1 billion in 2018 has been allocated to fund bursaries for children of poor and workingclass families entering universities and TVET colleges, with R4.5 billion set aside for qualifying university students and R2.6 billion for TVET college students. As a result the baseline allocation to NSFAS to support poor and working-class university and TVET students will increase from the R9.849bn in 2017/18 to R35.321bn in 2020/21.” Pandor said, “The new funding allocation for first time entry university students is expected to fund approximately 40% (83 200) of the 208 000 spaces for new entrants at universities in 2018.” Pandor said during the briefing that changes are being made to the student funding scheme. One of these changes is that the new student funding is being seen as a grant, not a loan. This means that students will not be required to pay any money back. However, there are conditions attached to this. Pandor explained, “Although first time entering students will not be expected to pay back the costs of their bursaries, they will be expected to meet certain conditions and expectations, including those relating to satisfactory academic performance.” Pandor also said that her department is aware that some students are experiencing delays with their funding, but that they are working on solving this issue. Rikus Delport, UP media spokesperson,
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said that a total of 7 342 students are being funded by NSFAS at UP this year. In 2017 and 2016, 6 611 and 6004 were funded by NSFAS respectively. In 2015, 5 418 students were funded. Delport explained the process of being funded by NSFAS, “Once NSFAS has notified institutions of student that have been provisionally funded, the university make arrangements for these students to claim allowances for books and private accommodation while waiting for the final funding decision from NSFAS. NSFAS will issue agreement forms to approved students once they have finalised the awards. Students need to log onto the NSFAS system to accept the agreement form after which funding will be remitted to the institution. These payments are made in tranches and will only reflect on a student’s account once the institution has received the funds from NSFAS.” Akhona Mdunge,UP SRC member for Study Finance commented on the delays that some students are facing with NSFAS funding. Mdunge said, “It is an unfortunate situation that thousands of students have not yet received confirmation of funding. Certain structures within the university believe that the situation could potentially become a crisis. This process by NSFAS must be expedited to avoid the situation that has currently erupted at Nelson Mandela University spilling over to other higher learning institutions. My office is in constant contact with NSFAS consultants and the relevant management structures within the university to ensure that minimal possible hindrances are experienced by UP students.” Mdunge added that the SRC welcomes the additional funding to NSFAS and encouraged any student who is facing problems to approach the SRC for assistance.
he 107-year-old Old Arts building at the University of Pretoria was once a building that held lectures and is now a museum and the head of the Arts Faculty. As a museum, it holds hundreds of ceramic pieces and several art collections. Among these is the Van Tilburg art collection, within it is a specific painting with an interesting history. Number 16 of the Van Tilburg art collection is long rumoured to be a Rembrandt. Believed to be the Portrait of a Rabbi, its authenticity is disputed as the premier expert on Rembrandt art, Ernst Van de Wetering, could not confirm if it truly was a Rembrandt. Born in 1606, Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Seen by many as one of the greatest visual artists in art history and the most influential Dutch artist of all time, Rembrandt’s work has been seen by millions. The Rembrandt Research Project believes he created roughly 300 paintings, 300 etchings and approximately 2000 drawings, during his lifetime. There are some reasons as to why some would deem Number 16 to not be authentic. One of the major reasons is because the painting has been glazed. It is possible that it was glazed to help preserve it, however it removes the ability to identify a painting by brush strokes. It is due to this reason that Van de Wetering could not say if it truly is a Rembrandt. There are also several versions and copies of the painting, and there is a possibility that one of Rembrandt’s students could have copied the painting while being taught at his studio. The painting is possibly one of nine authentic pieces, all believed to be different versions of Portrait of a Rabbi, including a sketch. One of the pieces famously belonged to the Rothschild family until 1922, when it was donated to the Louvre. The piece in the university’s possession however, was willed to UP in 1976 by Jacob van Tilburg. Authenticating the painting has been led by the university research project in the Arts Department. It was undertaken by UP Arts Professors Gerard de Kamper and Isabelle McGinn. The painting is European in origin
UP Autumn Graduation roundup Koketso Ngwenya and Masesi Tsotetsi
P recently celebrated the 2018 Autumn Graduations. Between 11 April and 8 May, over 11000 students have graduated. More than 202 doctorates, 1389 masters and 2412 honours degrees were conferred. On 12 April, the Department of Heritage and Historical Studies, under the Humanities Faculty held their Annual Awards Ceremony in the Merensky Auditorium. Head of Department, Professor Karen Harris and UP director Karina Sevenhuysen began the ceremony with words of thanks. The ceremony was to celebrate the overall increase in the faculty exam pass rate from 84.2% in 2015
to 88.5% in 2017. Michelle de la Horpe, Nicola Irving, Elize Soer and Dominique du Toit were all recipients of awards for their outstanding performances. De la Horpe received three awards for her performance in Heritage and Cultural Tourism at Honours level, best research report and for outstanding performance in History and Heritage and Cultural Tourism for the Historical Association South Africa. Irving obtained two awards for her performance in History and South African history at second year level. Soer received 2 awards for her performance in History at third year level for JL van Schaik Publishers and Johan Bergh Historia. Lastly, du Toit received two awards for her performance in History at Honours level and certificate for her performance in History and Heritage and
Cultural Tourism. Other recipients included Wayne Dlodlo, Tumi Moloto, Chelsea Swanepoel and Kieran Allock. Fundiswa Sizani of the Department of Student Affairs was one of the graduates. Members of the SRC Jodie Chikowi and Therese Rodink also graduated. Rodink admitted that obtaining her degree was not easy. She also tells Perdeby that her greatest challenge was writing exams in her first semester of 2nd year with torn ligaments in her knee and having her doctor not want to operate until she had completed her exams. Rodink believes that “the more you do, the more you can do”. She is currently doing her Honours Degree in Chemical Pathology and is not yet certain of her future plans. Honorary doctorates were awarded to the
which begs the question of its whereabouts during World War II, as during the war, the Nazi regime was responsible for stealing thousands of artworks in their invasions of several nations. This ignited a search into the history of the owners, to determine if it was in Nazi possession. The records found could only trace ownership to as early as 1885. From 1885 the painting was in the hands of 18 different owners including at one point the curator of the Victorian and Albert Museum, Sir John Charles Robinson, all before arriving at UP. The research uncovered records proving that the painting was bought at an auction early after the start of the war in the Netherlands in 1941. It was sold by a collector named Elisabeth Hartogs to Rudolph Liffers, who ultimately sold it to Jacob van Tilburg. With legal transactions confirming it was never in Nazi possession, it was then time to date the painting. The painting was done on a piece of wood, which meant dating could be done by analysing the age of the wood itself. A piece was removed and sent for testing. The results were promising, as the wood was dated around the 1650s, during the lifetime of Rembrandt. The results also identified the wood’s origin as being from the west German, east Dutch forest. This confirmed it was from the correct region. The last test that was administered involved an X-Ray Fluorescent (XRF) machine to deep scan and analyse the paint. An XRF machine is used to analyse and determine the elemental composition of an object, in this case the paint used in the painting. The results of such a test would be able to tell the age of the paint used and help determine authenticity. An XRF machine was donated to UP in 2017 by German manufacturer Bruker, specifically to analyse the painting. The machine currently resides at UP and is being used by the natural sciences faculty. With the results of all the tests, the nine-yearlong research project has finally concluded. Whether or not painting Number 16 truly is a Rembrandt will be revealed at a public lecture held on 18 May, at the plant sciences auditorium at 13:00. following recipients: Mr William Kentridge (Faculty of Humanities), Professor Emmanuel Lartey (Faculty of Theology), Mr Mike van Graan (Faculty of Humanities) and Professor Emerita Thapar of Jawaharlal Nehru University (Faculty of Humanities) . Well-renowned South African artist, William Kentridge was awarded by the Faculty of Humanities for his expressionist drawings and films exploring the history of colonialism and revolutionary politics. Cape Town cultural activist and playwright Mike van Graan was also awarded by the faculty for his commitment to social justice and his ability to interrogate South Africa’s socio-political conditions through his plays. Professor Lartey of Emory University received the honorary doctorate for his on-going research regarding theological implications and practical effects of pastoral care in diverse cultures. Lastly, Professor Thapar is being honoured for her seminal contributions to Indian history.
Features | 14 May 2018
Mike van Graan on writing and activism
ike van Graan, one of the country’s most esteemed playwrights, has received an honorary doctorate from UP for his influence in South African theatre. Van Graan has played a prominent role in shaping post-apartheid arts and culture through his work as an activist and playwright. He has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards for his work and his dedication to social justice.
Where do you find your inspiration for writing? I have been fortunate to receive a number of commissions, so the theme is often defined. But then, finding a story through which to explore the theme comes from a combination of research and imagination about the theme. Other times, much of what I write about comes from contemporary news, particularly my satirical work or writing. What did it mean to you to receive the esteemed Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Prize for your contribution to
the fight against apartheid? The award is not only for my contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle, but also for my post-apartheid activities and work across the African continent. One does not work for awards or recognition, so when it does happen, it’s an affirming bonus and when it comes with funding attached to it (as the Hiroshima Award does), it is really helpful, particularly because of the difficulties in raising funds to support one’s work in the arts. External affirmation is great, but probably more meaningful, are the many messages from peers, colleagues and other observers of the sector who believe that such recognition is “deserved”, acknowledgement from one’s peers when there are so many other deserving candidates means a lot. Would you say that your role and experience as a student activist has influenced the direction of your writing? To some extent, that’s when the notion of “the personal is political” was embedded for me. Much of my theatre writing has only really happened post-1994. My theatre-writing before [then] was pretty much part of community or political rallies [and] street theatre, with post-1994 writing more for the formal theatre space. In your MA Degree in Drama you explored the theme of HIV/Aids in mainstream South African theatre. What compelled you to explore this topic? It is a degree I did not complete ironically, with just some corrections to do…Largely because I had completed what I wanted to find out, why it was that, given our history of anti-apartheid activist theatre, so few mainstream plays had been created around
the theme of HIV/Aids that had devastated and infected so many of South Africa’s population. I want to know why mainstream (as opposed to community-based) theatre-makers no longer felt so strongly about dealing with major political and social issues in post-apartheid South Africa. My research showed that it was because of a mixture of “giving the market what it wants”, and theatre-makers believed that the “theatre market” was not particularly wanting to buy tickets for Aids plays, although that was not necessarily true. There was also a lot of self-censorship because of Mbeki’s Aids denialism at the time. Your most recent play is Another One’s Bread. What kind of themes does this play explore? It was a commission from the Centre for Excellence in Food Security, which has a base at UWC and at the University of Pretoria. So it deals with themes of hunger. Do you have any other plans for 2018? 2018 has had quite a theatrical start. Another One’s Bread played at the Market Theatre in January/February. The Baxter in Cape Town then hosted When Swallows Cry, my play about African migration, in February/March and we just did a performance in Sweden a couple of days ago. And currently, Green Man Flashing is running at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton [until] 12 May. I’m working on a new piece – LAND ACTS – a multi-sketch satirical piece (in the style of Pay Back the Curry and State Fracture – my previous works in 2016 and 2017) on the contemporary and contentious theme of land. It will be done at the National Arts Festival in July.
The gap year opportunities after your degree
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raduation is possibly one of the most exciting times in a student’s life. It marks the end of a period of hard work and the beginning of an exciting new phase. Most students decide to look for a job, start a career in their chosen field of study and settle down into a working lifestyle. It is, however, becoming more popular for students to choose to take a gap year after their degrees. Not only is it a great way to save money to pay off any remaining student loans, it is also a great way to travel and gain life experience before settling down.
Teaching English is still the most popular choice amongst graduates due to the opportunity to work almost anywhere in the world. According to the international TEFL academy, there are thousands of opportunities for certified English teachers to teach abroad. It pays well and offers exceptional benefits. China remains one of the most popular countries that students flock towards. Its vibrant culture and excellent work environment makes it an optimal country to work in. Cities such as Shanghai offer a unique balance between traditional eastern culture and modern life. Another modern city is Beijing which is home to the Forbidden City. Xi’an
is a more traditional city while still offering a wide variety of job opportunities for aspiring English teachers. Almost 300 million Chinese citizens take English classes every year which makes it one of the best job markets for teaching English abroad. Some of the highlights of teaching English in china include free housing and free or reimbursed airfare. Similarly to China, Japan creates a stimulating work environment for many foreign teachers. Japan is also home to a culture that places great importance on teaching and teachers. It is because of this culture that teachers are expected to have a four yearfour-year degree and to be trained by a certified academy if their degree is not in English or teaching. Medieval cities such a Kyoto create a beautiful atmosphere that many teachers enjoy. Marvels such as Mount Fuji are also an attraction for those seeking employment in Japan. One of the greatest benefits of working in Japan is the possibility to be hired from home so that you have a job before you depart. The gulf Arab states are also a popular destination for graduates seeking job opportunities. English has become one of the most sought-after languages which has caused the Persian Gulf to invest billions of dollars into their educational system. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many job opportunities for
teachers in the Persian Gulf region as there are in Asia but it still offers an attractive salary and benefits to those who are hired. The job market can also be very competitive due to the limited opportunities which is why a masters or a professional background is needed for many positions. Benefits of working in this area may include free health insurance, flights to your home country and furnished housing. It is also quite easy to gain access to Europe, Africa and South Asia from this area which creates many opportunities for travel and exploration. Teachers can also increase their salary by teaching English online. Certain academy’s such as TEFL allows certified teachers to work online from almost anywhere in the world. This option allows for flexible hours and excellent pay without leaving the comfort of your home. If teaching is not quite what you are looking for, there are many other job opportunities overseas. For example, many countries such as Spain or Australia are always looking for seasonal, temporary employers and usually hire during harvest season. This is a great option for graduates who are planning to take a few months off before settling into their new careers. Companies such as Wine industry jobs, JobMonkey and WWOOF are more than happy to help those looking for jobs as winemakers. Another option is to apply to become part of hostel staff. Hostels are always in need of friendly English speaking employees who are willing to lend a hand especially during vacation season. Graduates can also apply to companies that will put them in touch with cruise ships looking for staff. Companies such as Lindblad- National Geographic specialise in smaller cruises and are more likely to hire graduates without experience. There are many job opportunities for graduates looking to expand their horizons and gain some life experience. There are multiple companies that are willing to help students and graduates. So why not? Maybe you can pay off those pesky student loans in the process.
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The male birth control pill Alison Massey
or decades, women have had the option of taking oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. According to a 2012 report by the US Centre for Disease Control, of the 62% of women of reproductive age in the US who used contraception, 28% of these used a contraceptive pill. This means that roughly 10.6 million women in the US relied on this method in 2012. There are other types of hormonal contraceptives that women can use to interrupt their menstrual cycle, including the hormonal patch or injection. Until now, the only contraceptive used by men has been the condom and vasectomy. Mpho Motiang of UP’s Centre for Sexualities, Aids and Gender (CSA&G) says that condoms and “coitus interruptus” (pulling out) are the most common methods of birth control, but with current strides in the production of a new male contraceptive pill there may soon be a new option. Image: Elmarie Krugerto the UK’s National Health According Service (NHS), there are different types of birth control pills for women, which either stop women from ovulating or create a mucus plug to stop sperm reaching the egg. These pills all use artificial hormones (mainly oestrogen and progesterone), which stops many women from wanting to take them due to fears of the pill interfering with their naturally produced hormones. There are many possible side effects to the pill and the NHS says these may include acne, tender breasts, migraines, lowered sex drive, nausea and vomiting, mood changes and other symptoms. The pill will also not work if Mosayou Mgabhi forget to take it (every day at around the same time), if you are on antibiotics or certain ndividual assessments in vomited other medication or ifare youcommon have either university, however, also ofwithin importance are of or experienced diarrhoea a few hours group assessments as they canlike be athat powerful taking it. Still, many women it does not and effective to learn. interruptway sex and that, in many cases, it helps regulate their by menstrual and reduce A guide written Cynthiacycle J. Brame and period says that “many women Rachelpains. Biel Motiang for Vanderbilt University revealsopt for ‘the pill’ weighing up whatgroups they need to get that the use of after cooperative learning outon of the using the pill of butconstructivism some people don’t like is based principle sideupon effects alternatives”. whichthe rests theand ideathus thatpursue “individuals This all begs thetheir question, “why has there learn through building own knowledge, never been a pill for men too?”. The Huffington connecting new ideas and experiences to Post explains that one of the main reasons is existing knowledge and experiences to form new that men, in general, have faster metabolisms, or enhanced understanding”. The guide suggests meaning that their bodies process hormones that cooperative followsbirth the notion faster. This learning has complicated controlthat small research groups are because students as itimportant means that when men take acan pill be heard and hear their peers. in the morning the effects wear off quickly and There various favour group theyare would havereasons to take in more thanofone a day, work;which an infographic by Monash University is not practical. A recent study into a titled “A to group new,guide once-daily pilland has teamwork” made a step lists in thethe right
direction, though. A pill has been developed called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU), which works by supressing testosterone production in the testes themselves, meaning that testosterone levels in the rest of the body will not be highly affected. Vox reports that DMAU is still in testing and the researchers who ran the study cannot yet guarantee that it fully suppresses sperm production. But, according to The Telegraph, the men in the study did not experience many side effects other than some weight gain and decreased high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL, considered the “good” cholesterol). Effects on liver and kidney function also seem to have improved since the last study, although researchers say that the study was too short to be conclusive. Researchers are also testing an injectable form of the pill, much like the female hormonal injection, that would eliminate the problem of having to remember to take a pill every day. According to Vox, however, this has shown some side effects. It should also be noted that none of these options prevent STIs and that condoms are still the only effective method for this. Vox also writes that even further along in development than the pill is a gel that can be rubbed onto a man’s shoulders which works the same way that the pill does (by releasing hormones that affect sperm production). This has shown promising effects, including (after the addition of extra testosterone to combat the lowered levels in the testes) a decrease in negative side effects like lowered sex drive and problems with ejaculation. This bodes others discouraging students just welland for also the pill, since it works usingwho a similar agree to anything the other students suggest.” mechanism. Siya Jinoyi, faculty student advisor at the This studyaon the male pill has continued Humanities department oflast the three University of in April and is meant to months, Pretoria, saysmore that students promising progress working in the areainofa group male According Vox, even are contraception able to “workoptions. interactively [and]toshare ideas. the gel, the their optionstrengths furthest along in the [Also], theywhich get tois see through process, could take another ten years the research group and their frustrations including how to to hitissues shelves. pointsbecause out thatof in these South handle thatMotiang come about Africa “we She are currently having frustrations.” also sheds light aonproblem the factof taking thatpeople “working asup anprevention individualand [canbeing have]consistent its in using those options. Having more options own advantages because a student knows that for men to opt into [will] create a shift, but not they have set a goal to achieve at a particular work like a magic bullet. The best way to reach time, whereas when working with a group of the objectives of this question is to create an people, there arewhere thosesexual peopleand who never want environment reproductive to take any or thoseand who have health areresponsibility” accessible, affordable accepted.” different preferences in terms of working at He also emphasizes that although South African night or during the day. She further went on to men would indeed benefit from the male pill, say“there that students areinoften is no point onlyintimidated focusing onby notgroup work because of underlying issues having an unplanned baby personal but leaving yourself such as self-esteem and struggle with working vulnerable to an ‘unplanned’ infection”.
Do versuccessful women intimidate men recent years, expensive mobile data prices have led to the #DataMustFall movement
hethat way society functions is foreverreduction changing. feminist movement has ensured hasour been waiting for a substantial in The the cost of data. An announcement that women of todayCommunications enjoy many more rights than women from the past. 21st by the Independent Authority of South Africa (Icasa) that The an extensive has seenled antoemergence of that women dominate academia the workplace. marketcentury review process the decision data who will soon no longer expire,and seemingly left a lot of South Africans unsatisfied in terms highspheres cost of data. Perdeby asked students to has In fact, women have begun to surpass menofinthe many and that the female population share their opinion the degrees” ongoing data “more master’s andabout college and debate. “better GPA’s” than the male population. Further, it is estimated that by 2025 “more than half the primary breadwinners in America will be women.” Sinethemba Zwane (BCom Financial Samkelo Samuels (BA Languages) Kate Manne, a Cornell philosophy professor and author, describes misogyny as the “law Sciences) I think the data struggle has just become one enforcement branch or patriarchy” which “polices and punishes I honestly just feelwomen like datawho has transgress become likeor of the many problems in the country honestly. threaten dominant men”. Manne argues that misogynistic views are still observed today water in how you drink it quite quickly to Like you see them address it in parliament but because men are intimidated by high-achieving women, as these women challenge a man’s quench your thirst and then it’s over, but you it’s almost as if it just gets swept under the place society. Since thisI mean, is a contested debate, Perdeby both students can’t live without it either,asked so you constantly carpetinand not prioritised. as a Tuksand ongoing and lecturers at UP see sure whether they think that high-achieving women intimidate need to get more. The demand for data men. student, you have to to make that ClickUp
remains the same even though the prices are high so it’s really not fair for us students. It’s become like a burden because youVisual don’t only Deneesher Pather (MA stress about your fees, food or other expenses Studies and Visual Studies lecturer) in your life, but you now stress about data on Due to misinterpretations of the feminist top of that. movement, I think there might be a real cultural Carla Jacobs (BA International anxiety about females attempting to dominate Realations) male spaces. I think that certain men might feel I just think that is doing a poor job because in peers is thatHoTong they prefer the assertive woman threatened byIcasa high-achieving women Stephanie (BCom Marketing) terms of regulating the high prices of data which is the successful, business orientated they believe their masculinity is measured by I think that data is sometimes inaccessible that many of us are struggling with. For me woman and the reason is simple, as much as their financial or capital success. Society places because when it runs out you have to it does make sense that data prices women wantgothat men they also want greatnot emphasis on status and on menare to be the physically outfrom and get airtime to purchase sobreadwinners high despite the public outcry against amore woman can hold herhave own.toHowever, especially in nuclear families. Big datawho bundles or you ask dataare that began all the way in 2016 when [it] comes romantic relationships they expensive businesses seen as traditionally masculine someone to sendtoyou some data. I know my I think. is increasingly becoming would womanhave who data can balance placesInstead, and thedata thought of “feminisation” friend prefer alwaysa doesn’t because both she more expensive. I saw that customers willextended those spheres. Assertive people intimidate (bringing in daycare centres, allowing doesn’t go to the shops frequently to buy now be made aware that their data is about paternity leave, etc.) could be seen as a threat weak-minded, regardless of sex more data andpassive it’s alsopeople crazy how you can’t to to expire when it reaches aboutmight 50% but functionality. Some men not Ifeel buy more data through online banking if you honestly don’t by seehigh-achieving how this will somehow intimidated women, but don’t have any airtime, so you always need to make data more affordable rather anxious about theirreally. placeAnd in a Iworld with Nicholas Decker (BA Law) have airtimeDe to get more data. also saw that they are working on data not changing values which constantly challenge I believe that a man’s approach to women, Boniswa Telein(Bachelor of the Education) expiring and I think that there is theneeds way forward their position. I think to be more their standing society and subsequent I’m from the hood, I’m black. So obviously butinclusive like whatconversations can we say has trulychanging changedgender in about respect accorded to them is shaped by early I don’t have a big budget. So being in a place the past two years? It’s almost like it’s all talk dynamics so that some of these latent anxieties exposure in life. Unlike many, my mother like Pretoria, especially the university where with and IMore just think Icasa conversations needs to cannobeaction dispelled. inclusive was able to attain a degree and perform the there [are] a lot of Wi-Fi spots around, you do[lead] a better to job. the quelling of societal fears which domestic tasks of raising children. I have know, that helps because airtime is expensive often van result [in] the formation of extremist therefore been heavily influenced by my mother Marko der Merwe (BSc Computer especially depending on how you use it. 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Entertainment | 14 May 2018
Entertainment Bites Abba reunited after 35 years Parents everywhere rejoiced when the Swedish band announced that they will be reuniting for two brand new songs that will be released later this year. Band member Benny Anderson spoke to BBC News and alluded to the sounds of the news songs saying “One of the songs is like we would have written it today. The other, we could have written in 1972.” The announcement of the reunion comes after the confirmation of a sequel of the 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! which is a film that tells a story using the hit songs of Abba. The trailer for Mamma Mia: Here we go again has already been released and will act as a prequel to the original, giving viewers the backstory of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna.
Springbok Nude Girls to release album The Cape Town based alternative rock band is known for drawing inspiration from a plethora of different genres like punk rock and ska. The band released their last full length album ten years ago. To tease the massive album release the band released a two track EP on iTunes and Apple Music on 27 April. With this they released a vinyl of the uplifting radio anthem “Beautiful Evolution”. The EP also includes “Best Friends, Best Enemies”. Their full length album will be independently released later this year.
Tony Award Nominations dominated by pop culture The Tony awards have been a long standing award ceremony which recognizes achievements in live broadway theatre. When the nominees were announced on 1 May popular teen culture, which is not usually associated with these awards, raked in the nominations. The Mean Girls musical based on the 2014 teen comedy and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway received the most nominations with each receiving twelve nods. The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play also received a myriad of nominations including Best Featured Actress in a Play for Noma Dumezweni’s portrayal of Hermoine Granger. Other famous names on the nominee list include Tina Fey for Best Book of a Musical for Mean Girls, Andrew Garflield and Denzel Washington for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Angels in America and The Iceman Cometh respectively and Amy Schumer for Best Leading Actress in a Play for Meteor Shower. The 72nd Annual Tony Awards hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles will be held on 11 June.
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Khalo Matabane called out by #MeToo movement Nthabeleng Vilakazi
he #MeToo movement continues to call for accountability from those who abuse power in Hollywood, with the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K being shunned by the industry after sexual assault accusations. It did not take long for the South African entertainment industry to break its silence by calling out Khalo Matabane. He is an award-winning director and filmmaker and some of his work includes the highly acclaimed SABC 1 miniseries When We Were Black and the 2014 documentary Nelson Mandela: The myth and me. Twitter user, @iamzathemum, posted on twitter on 25 October 2017 that the filmmaker raped her during the 2010 FIFA World Cup while she was working at a hotel in Cape Town. Since then, four women from the entertainment industry, namely, Rosie Motene, Palesa Letlaka, Ingeborg Lichtenberg and Nico Athene, came out to support these allegations. Rosie Motene, who is known for her roles in Generations and Zabalaza, has described meetings with the filmmaker as comfortable until that changed in Durban 2012. Motene told City Press, “I went to his hotel room to watch inserts on his documentary. He sat on the bed and asked if I wanted to sit with
Guide to South African film and music awards
JAN the JOURNAL - New magazine by the Michelin Star South African Chef The award winning South African chef, Jan Hendrik Van der Westhuizen, is the owner and head chef of Jan in Nice, France. In 2016 the restaurant received a Michelin star, Europe’s highest honour when it comes to fine dining. In recent years Van der Westhuizen has released a cookbook, JAN: A breath of French air and appeared in a nine episode cooking program on the Dstv channel VIA. Van der Westhuizen’s most recent endeavor is a “part coffee-table cookbook, part luxury lifestyle magazine”, JAN the JOURNAL. The magazine is already available for pre-order as the first issue will be available in Woolworths stores and online later this month.
UP represented in Miss SA top 12 The 60th Miss South Africa Pageant taking place on 27 May has recently released the top twelve finalists vying for the prestigious title. The top twelve includes Anzelle von Staden, who holds a BCom degree from UP, and Karishma Ramdev, who is currently in her fifth year of a medical degree at Tuks. Compiled by Claudine Noppe
him. The next day he said to me, ‘Oh you’re such a c*** teaser’.” Palesa Letlaka wrote an open letter to Matabane which detailed a meeting they had five years ago in which she had been subjected to groping and sexual harassment. This was followed by “late night and sexually explicit texts” from Matabane. She repeatedly asked him to stop disrespecting her and stopped taking his calls. Filmmaker Ingeborg Lichtenberg, gives her account dating back to a meeting ten years ago at Ikhaya Lodge in Cape Town. Lichtenberg told City Press, “As soon as we had greeted [and] given each other friendly hugs, he tried to kiss me, but with an open mouth, basically trying to stick his tongue in my mouth. I immediately pulled away.” She later stated he called her the next day to apologize and blamed his behavior on the medication he was taking at the time. The final woman to break the silence is Cape Town artist, Nico Athene. While working with Matabane, she claims that Matabane made sexual advances towards her during a meeting. Although no charges have been filed, Matabane has since denied all allegations telling the Sowetan newspaper that what haunts him most are the false allegations against him. He has since threatened to take legal action against his accusers.
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n 29 April the 7th annual kykNET Ghoemas music awards took place in Emperors Palace’s Theatre of Marcellus in Johannesburg. Willem Botha, whose album Soen en Vergeet was nominated for Best Pop Album by a Male Artist, acted as host for the golden affair. Stars from the new film Wonderlus, Donnalee Roberts, Cindy Swanepoel, Clint Brink and Lynelle Kenned, sports anchor JP Keyter as well as rugby legend Naas Botha all graced the stage as presenters. The Ghoemas aim to honour excellence in the Afrikaans music industry and this year distinction fell on Jo Black. He walked away with a staggering seven Ghoemas, among which include Best Newcomer, Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. All this glitter and glam, along with the recent announcement of the SAMA nominees, inspired Perdeby
to compile a guide to South African film and music awards ceremonies. Firstly, of course, there is the 24th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs),that are set to take place on 2 June at the Sun City Superbowl. Although this year the SAMAs received a record-breaking 778 eligible entries, up from last year’s 740 and 470 in 2016, only five nominees are named in each category after the voting and verification. UP’s own Tuks Camerata is nominated for their album Indodana in the category Best Traditional Music Album. This is their third consecutive year nominated. Furthermore, Shekinah’s acclaimed album Rose Gold is nominated for both Best Pop Album and Best Produced Album, and Mafikozolo, Simphiwe Dana and Mi Casa have all reigned in three nominations. At the time of going to print the nominees for the top five categories were still unannounced. Thando Thabete and Phat Joe hosted the 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) on 22 March at Sun City. The evening celebrated the theme “Our Stories Are Gold” in honour of “those who have captured our hearts, minds and imaginations through the telling of our unique stories”. Some of the biggest winners included Isibaya, Tjovitjo, Lockdown, Ring of Lies and Puppet Nation ZA. Inxeba (The Wound) walked away with Best Feature Film. The ceremony’s most esteemed accolades went to Johan Stemmet and Thoko Ntshinga as they were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Youth Achiever Award was received by founder and CEO of Actor Spaces, Ayanda Sithebe. The New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards were founded in 2012 and they honour the innovative use of social and digital media, and the implementation of cutting-edge tools in online media. They celebrate ingenuity and shine a light on the country’s brightest millennial marketers. Entries open on 7 May and there are 40 categories open to South African agencies, corporate companies, individuals within the marketing and creative industry, as well as registered students. However, the New Generation Outstanding Students Award is exclusively open to students and has a reduced entry fee.
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Garnet Müller on jazz and rock ‘n roll Ricardo Teixeira
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Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Arctic Monkeys Ricardo Teixeira and Sam Mukwamu
n 11 May, the Arctic Monkeys released their highly anticipated sixth studio album entitled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The album comes after an almost four-year long hiatus by the band after wrapping up their AM tour in August 2014. Upon release, fans have expressed mixed feelings towards the album. Many have praised it for the creative leap from their previous album, while others were left disappointed after comparing the two. When first listening to the album, any Arctic Monkey’s fan will be able to notice a major change in style. If you’re expecting pulsating guitar riffs like those on AM’s “R U Mine?” and “Arabella”, or even anything close to their earlier works, you will probably be disappointed too, as the album has a heavier piano presence, compared to their previous guitarheavy work. The album is their least rock effort to date, but the new style is not so bad if you are someone who can appreciate a little jazz or blues. It is however not what fans expected, especially serious rock fans. The opening song “Star Treatment” references another British band, The Strokes. Lead singer Alex Turner pays tribute to the band that inspired him to start his own by singing “I just wanted to be one of the strokes, now look at the mess you made me make.” The line serves as a reminder of how far the band has come since their inception, and how they were originally inspired. The song is a mix of retro and futuristic rhythm and sets the theme of the album. In an interview with Pitchfork, Alex Turner said the album “is a Sci-Fi adventure from a notso-distant future where the moon is colonised, gentrified and turned into a luxury resort.” While “Star Treatment” sets the theme for the album, it encapsulates what you could expect from the rest of the album, as the mood do not deviate much. Although the album may seem a bit of a downer at first, it does not mean the album is a complete let-down. When listening to it again you get to appreciate the album for the art that it is, mostly due to Turner’s lyrics. Lyrically Turner’s talent and experience does shine through. The album is a creative leap, and although it might not have landed on both feet. The album does mark a turning point for the band, as it changes perception toward them. The change in style is quite ironic, considering Turner’s 2014 Brit Awards acceptance speech for Album of the Year. “That rock ‘n’ roll, it won’t just go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back in the swamp”, said Turner. Let’s hope it really is just hibernating.
uring the week Garnet Müller is a first-year music student at the University of Pretoria. On weekends, however, he takes the stage with a multitude of local bands, including Fuzigish and Strait-Jackal. Trombone in hand, Müller can be seen rocking out on stage doing what he loves most, making music. Initially, as a child, Müller was attracted to music when listening to songs with his father. At first however, the trombone was not what attracted him. Müller was initially drawn to the guitar after falling in love with its sound, “The electric guitar seemed pretty cool, the ability to play that fast was very appealing to me.” With Müller being a musician and full-time student, he handles quite a challenging endeavor. Although he is studying music, the non-music aspects of studies “aren’t related to the practical aspects, like history assignments, they kind of get in the way of life and band practice, but early mornings and late nights are how I do it.” Despite being a member of the local rock scene, many would be surprised to discover Müller is studying classical jazz. Drawn to and enjoying both genres, Müller attended Pretoria Boy’s High where he played strictly classical music throughout high school. When it came to university, “I saw the option for jazz at UP, and I was drawn to that because it’s more applicable in contemporary music like rock or metal.” Müller has learnt a lot from both genres, and finds what he has learnt in one, he can apply to the other. For other students pursuing music while at university Müller advised, “don’t commit to too much at once, but that’s bad advice. It’s what I did, but find a balance between the two.” Müller has experienced the difficulty of having to choose between two commitments, saying “I was in a tricky situation recently, having an event with the UP wooden band on the same day as Mieliepop.” For the remainder of the year, Müller has a full gig list set, including a performance at the 24th OppiKoppi with Strait-Jackal. “OppiKoppi is always a blast, I played last year with Fuzigish, that was quite an experience, I’m looking forward to going again. I am really excited to see what this year will be like.” Müller expressed the difference between playing on big stages at events and smaller stages. “It’s not as interactive, it’s as if stage fright goes away because you can’t really see the people, there are so many.” Müller finds
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playing on a smaller stage more appealing, as it allows him to interact with the crowd. “You can’t jump off the main stage at OppiKoppi to play in the crowd, you’ll break a leg.” When the time comes to relax, with university work completed and band practice over, Müller is still all about the music. In his down time, he can be found practicing music, “I am so busy playing music I don’t get time to practice either of my instruments as much as what I’d like to.” However, when he truly wants to switch off, “listening to music is still a part of that whole idea,” and Müller, like the rest of us, spends time “watching YouTube videos, usually about music”.
Batman Ninja and the western breach into anime culture Kevin Mareletse
atman Ninja is a bold, stylistic take on the Batman franchise, incorporating ancient Japanese culture, Batman lore and the mecha genre of anime. Seemingly transporting many of the main heroes and villains from the Batman story to early Japan by means of time travel, the story is interesting, unfortunately a proper execution of the plot is something left to be desired. This is mainly due to lack of exposition for certain plot devices and transitions from scene to scene feel less natural than they should. Despite all this the film excels in blending the genres and aesthetically the scenes transport you into the world that was created. Batman Ninja is the latest exploration of the cross between western stories and anime. There have been many attempts in the past with films such as Dragonball Evolution, Ghost in the Shell, and Death Note. Many of these adaptations have failed to integrate some of the anime nuances that first made fans fall for the original story. Lately there has been an improvement with the involvement of Netflix screening original anime such Castlevania, and Seven Deadly Sins. Both receiving positive reviews shows an appreciation on a larger scale which will allow for directors who attempt crossovers to understand how to seemingly transition the two in a better fashion. The cinematic adaption of these stories is bound to happen, but with time and patience from studios and creators alike the eclipse of the stories seems more possible with interest increasing from audiences worldwide. Batman Ninja is an example of integration taking a step in the right direction as it takes care into maintaining key factors of both tropes from opposite figures of entertainment.
Fun and Games | 14 May 2018
Pssst... Pssst... does not like many things, but the annual Serrie sparks a certain fire inside Pssst... . This year Stuku decided to rename Serrie, Step It Up (Pssst... got word that apparently this is “a whole new event”... but, like, then why does it feel like Serrie with just a new venue and a new name?) In any case Pssst... is happy about the title change since it provides Pssst... with the opportunity to make fun of more than just the reses and their “perfromances”. Some notable absences at this year’s event was Olienhout, Maroela and Erika. Yes technically Erika did participate but Pssst... decided to try and forget about that. The only vague remembrance of Erika’s performance is that they were clad in dresses made out of black trash bags and inside out Nik Nak packets. Pssst... would like to congratulate Taaibos for dethroning Mopanie for most inappropriate theme and jokes in a performance. Mopanie walked away with this unwanted title in 2017 after their “Mexican workers in Trump hotel” theme, but Taaibos has outdone them this year with their highly inappropriate skits and jokes with their “Around the world” performance. The performance started off well but then the metaphorical turd hit the fan when the boys landed in China. Yes, of course someone wore a traditional Asian conical hat, squinted and imitated Mr. Yunioshi from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If you haven’t seen this masterclass in racist stereotyping, it is a must see cautionary tale. Just when Pssst... thought the Taaibos performance could not get any worse, they landed in Mexico. First of all: if you are going to imitate the accent of another ethnic group (which Pssst... strongly advises against) do your research and make sure you can do the accent to prevent the people in sombrero’s from sounding like GERMAN INFILTRATORS. All Pssst... could do during their performance was pretend it wasn’t happening. Asterhof gave a near flawless performance and took home the overall prize of the night proving that even the most underwhelming residence can achieve greatness. The only thing Pssst... can criticize about their performance is their “Asternauts” theme. Pssst... came up with some other titles that they could have used: AsterNO, Asternotforus and Asternotsogood. While on the subject of female empowerment, both Magrietjie and Katjiepiering decided to go with themes that had strong feminist undertones. You go girls, or better yet, please go girls. Magrietjie completely lost the plot midway through their screeching performance. There
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were many things wrong with Katjie’s performance but their biggest downfall were the outfits. Were you court jesters? Playing cards? Perhaps you ran out of money making the costumes and that is why it only had one sleeve? Well, to think about it, did we really expect more from the Katte with their maroon everything and basic flowercrowns? There aren’t enough words in the world to describe the absolutely horrific performance from Olympus. Just some friendly advise from Pssst... to Olympus: It really helps if you teach the same choreography to the front row as to the rest of the group. Pssst... always wonders how these men get time for studying medicine, having a social life, going to the gym and still manage to put up mediocre performances every year. But when they stepped out in pajama pants and tank tops at Step It Up (yes the name gets funnier and funnier) Pssst... realised that they are definitely skipping the gym. This was also made obvious when the poor fella’s in the front row dropped down for some sad pushups. Come on, do you even lift bro? On the other hand, there are no words to describe what Curlitzia brought to the table, or you know, didn’t. Their performance can be described by the following noises Pssst... made during their rendition of “Look what you made me do”: “Ugh, nuurpe, ew” and finally dramatically yelling “noooo” with fists raised. Fortunately Madelief did not make it to the finals as Pssst... could not possibly sit through their very boring absolute mess of a performance, if it even qualifies to be called that. Pssst... only has one question for the jottirwearing campus flies: What were you thinking? A hiking theme? Really? The second half of the Mopselief duo did not do much to impress Pssst... . Mopanie took a page straight from the misogynist handbook when they chose the theme: “Forgotten lives of Dinsney Princes” and advocated for men’s rights. Do men really need more rights though? Plus the “who is Princess Fiona’s husband again” joke was a complete failure, as he is the titular character of the film. ITS CALLED SHREK NOT PRINCESS FIONA! But in the end, Pssst... is still happy that Step It Up (seriously, can we start coming up with berrer names? These things are getting worse each time) is still going on. What else could Pssst... have fun watching? Pssst... likes to make fun of the terrible failures, but the successes are not unnoticed... They just aren’t as interesting.
A MOTHER — Blessing Maluleke
A twin she is, a shoulder to cry on, A mothership she is. Perfect example of God’s love. Your other half, Your advisor, Giving you guidance when you are lost. Directing your steps. Once in those shoes But now willing to wear your shoes. Feeling before you feel it. Your pain her pain, Your failure her failure Your loss her loss Your tears her tears Your success her success. Patient, caring, loving, Free-spirited, open-minded, open-hearted, Persistent, perseverant, strong Brave, courageous. A conqueror she is A warrior she is Fighting the battle for you Interceding on your behalf Caring you for all those months And enduring the pain She is the rock of your soul Mother she is
Exam tips to get you through June 1. Remain calm at all times. Go for a smoke break during your exam if need be. They say a relaxing stroll can do wonders. 2. Don’t forget to bring some snacks. Exams can last a while, be sure to bring some tasty corn and nuts. The loud crunching is motivating and will help break the awkward silence of an exam venue. 3. If you don’t know the answer, feel free to ask your neighbour. Heck, why not just pull a team effort and work it out together. Apparently you will always have to do group work, why not in exams? 4. When nervous, clicking your pen exactly 22 times will help you remain calm. If you miss 22 or lose count, just start again. You have all the time in the world. 5. Don’t worry about stationary, you can always use that guy that always sits in the front and comes prepared with 50 pens. Write in yellow, brighten your markers day. 6. No need to waste time showering beforehand. If you stink, you’ll be sure you get the aisle seat so you can get a quick escape when the invigilators order pens down. 7. Never underestimate the importance of cramming. Nothing is more invigorating than last minute reading. Some say you can read 40 pages in an hour if you try hard enough. 8. Tissues aren’t eco-friendly, go green! Sniff to your heart’s content. Don’t forget to make it a deep sniff, so you keep every last ounce from running out your nose. 9. If you must bring tissues, remember to hide your notes in the pack. Writing your notes on the reverse of your water bottle label also works. But for goodness sake, please don’t bring in your hoodies, hats, or scarves. You could be cheating. 10. Sit slightly out of line from the person in front of you. It makes the invigilators excited and you will make their day better. When they tell you you’re out of line, move a little too far to the right. See how long you can keep it going.
— Smile Victor
— Elmaire Kruger Wolves are hungry Wolves are feared They’ll eat your heart and drink your tears Wolves will tear you Limb from limb Licking at your nose, your chin But wolf of forest Wolf of stream These are not the wolves I mean Wolves can be your deepest fears Wolves can be your closest dears.
— Blessing Maluleke
Find oneself lost between pages Where boundaries of the territory is set by the ink Through the author’s thoughts, ink sets one’s world Far beyond the ink Wonders fill the mind Blind we become The thought of being lost overwhelms our mind As more thoughts overflows the mind The mysteries in the ink start to become a blur Yet still lost in between the lines. Far beyond the words and, Through the invisible eyes of the author Tracks were laid beyond the thoughts and the lines, There lies secrets to self-discovery, creating the world through the words, picture and colour into existence. Where the way to self-discovery lies
Africa an enchanting continent. Africa a diverse continent. Creator’s art you are, alluring to those who look at you from a distance. Mother nature you are. You are beauty in its finest, you are the rose. Your flaws and imperfections make you who you are but amongst all you remain the love at first sight. I mean you are the sheen, you are a rainbow nation. You are sui generis. Ungu mama africa.
poets bleed too — Thato Tshukudu she asked if poets bleed too and i promptly responded, you are my rose and her rose gold petal smile blossomed into a kaleidoscope of happiness and i just stood there wondering if she knows... i meant the stem.
Located in Groenkloof, Harlequins is a great place for those looking to play rugby during their time off. The club is steeped in history and tradition and is a great platform to socialise.
Next to Belgrave Tennis Club, Urban Soccer is every soccer lover’s paradise. It offers an opportunity to enter 5-a-side leagues once a week, and while enjoying the beautiful game you get in your weekly exercise.
Waterkloof Golf Club
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For tennis lovers looking for a new venue to strut their stuff, Belgrave is a convenient place to do so, as it is only a few hundred meters from main campus and provides a great opportunity to get away from the books.
Belgrave Tennis Club
For students looking to carry on their sporting career from high school and are missing that weekly regimen that sport provides or just missing the great social platform that is created by sport, it can be difficult to find the right place to reignite their sporting flame. To help students find their new sporting home Perdeby has compiled a list of sporting opportunities close to the Tuks campuses to consider.
Pretoria High School Old Boy’s Hockey Club offers both a women’s and men’s hockey league and is a great opportunity to get back onto the AstroTurf and truly enjoy the sport. Located only a few minutes from main campus, it is a great club for students.
Whether you are looking to refine that rusty swing or are looking to improve on what is an already impressive swing, the Waterkloof Golf Club is a great place to do so. The club offers a picturesque surrounding and is a great escape for students.
CBC Old Boys Memorial Club
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CBC offers a variety of sports and is ideal for cricket enthusiasts looking to get back onto the field. Students looking for a court and a place to play squash should look no further than the CBC Old Boys Memorial Club.
TuksVolleyball: hungry for more titles Marren Mckay
uksVolleyball’s women’s team recently competed in the Champion Cup Indoor Tournament at the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) and finished with a silver medal. The final was a tight affair, showing ample effort from both UWC and UP’s volleyball teams. The match ended with a score of 15-13. In their pool games, UP beat TUT by 3-2 and Kamplits by 3-0. They later beat Uni Jozi in the quarter finals with 3-0, and Superkids with 3-0 in the semi-finals. UP’s Natasha Webster received an award as best setter, and Dina Kladis was appointed assistant coach for the South African women’s under-20s. Kladis, who coached the team, said that she was satisfied with the final result and that they are on an “upward trend as far as indoor volleyball is concerned”. By finishing with a silver medal, TuksVolleyball qualifies for the Classic Tournament which will be held in Durban in September and with R100 000 prize money up for offer, the stakes are high. Not only is TuksVolleyball working towards the Classic Tournament, but they also have their eyes set on winning the Zone 6 Tournament in December. TuksVolleyball has definitely stepped up their game in comparison to last year, having not competed in the Champion Cup Indoor in 2017 and finishing third in 2016. The tournament itself saw a lot of comebacks from previous team members including Cathryn Driver, who last played in 2011. Kladis, content with the team’s progress, said, “The challenge the team set itself was to play as hard they can from the first game. Every player stepped up to the plate”. With Kladis as the new coach, and TuksVolleyball’s hunger for more wins, the team aims for better, showing a desire to compete in more tournaments and improve their standing in the league.
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TuksSwimming Success: women strike gold W Caitlyn Walsh
omen have come a long way in sport. In terms of equality and gaining recognition, they have been successful. Considering recent sporting events, it can be said that TuksSwimming women are also dominating the swimming pool and gaining recognition for their achievements. In the recent Commonwealth Games that were held in the Gold Coast, TuksSwimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker, achieved great victory. Schoenmaker won two gold medals in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events within an African record time of 2.22.02. According to Sport24, Schoenmaker did not expect to “clock such a good time”. She won South Africa’s fourth gold medal. Schoenmaker’s coach is club manager of the TuksSwimming team, Rocco Meiring. Another accomplished TuksSwimmer is Christin Mundell. Mundell took part in the South African Senior Swimming Championships which was held in Port Elizabeth. The championships were held at the end of April. 16-year-old Mundell came second in the 100m and 200m breaststroke winning her two silver medals. She also placed third in the 50m breaststroke earning her a bronze medal, and she placed first in the 200m individual medley. Due to her her success, Mundell qualified for three events in the Youth Olympic games. Mundell also accomplished victory at the South African Age
Group Championships by winning six gold medals in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 200m freestyle and the 400m freestyle. She has now qualified in all 6 events for the upcoming Youth Games. Mundell started swimming competitively at the early age of ten. When she turned twelve, she moved to the TuksSwimming team where she has been trained by the coach, Rocco Meiring. Meiring also coached Kelly Gunnell. According to IOL Sport, Gunnell believes that Rocco “is so passionate about his swimmers. He does not coach for the money or fame. Everything he does, he does for the love of swimming.” Gunnell is a former Youth Commonwealth Games champion as she placed first in the 200m breaststroke winning her a gold medal, second in the 100m breaststroke winning her a silver medal, and third in the 50m breaststroke wining her a bronze medal. Gunnel took part in the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2011. Meiring has helped female swimmers gain the success and recognition they deserve, Gunnell, Mundell and Schoenmaker included. IOL Sport mentioned that Meiring’s aim was to help women gain success in swimming. “Meiring said that a decision was made at TuksSwimming a few years ago to help lift the standard of South African women’s swimming.” From the recent success stories of Tuks women winning competitively in South Africa, the decision to increase the standard of women’s swimming seems to be true.
TuksBasketball’s Ludwig Gerdes reflects on team’s recent performances Ntokozo Zondo
uksBasketball men’s first team participated in the Ashraf tournament from 23-29 April and the Tshwane May Day Tournament on 1 May. TuksBasketball chairperson Ludwig Gerdes, said “We entered both tournaments with intentions of being one of the best basketball sides in the country, playing high quality basketball.” The Ashraf Tournament saw the team lose their first three games and not qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament. However, The Tshwane May Day Tournament provided an opportunity for redemption for the team as they showed up in full force winning three games and earning
themselves a spot in the semi-finals. To qualify for the semi-finals, they had achieved a score of 39-20 against the Charioteers, a comfortable win of 49-20 against the 012 and a score of 35-29 against the Soldiers. The team played and lost to Africa Elite in the finals resulting in them earning second place overall in the tournament. The first team which is captained by Rufaro Warinda, entered both competitions with set objectives for their performance. Gerdes who plays on the first team rotating between small forward and power forward positions, reviewed the team’s performance for both tournaments reflecting that, “We feel the performance at the Ashraf tournament left a lot to be desired, but also that we redeemed ourselves considerably in the Tshwane May Day tournament.” He
further emphasized that, “As much as our goals and results did not align in the Ashraf Tournament it served as a learning curve and we made our intentions clear in the second tournament playing the brand of basketball that makes us one of the best teams in the country.” Gerdes who is in his final year studying BCom Business Management at UP commented that he would stay involved in basketball reassuring that, “I currently play professionally in the Basketball National League (BNL) [and] I also coach a number of high school teams and clubs.” Gerdes encouraged students who might consider joining the club saying, “Basketball is a vibrant and exciting sport. Whether you want to play at a high level or just stay active, the club can certainly cater for its members.”
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Trampoline’s up and down popularity as a sport at UP Ashley Magwindiri
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UP women’s hockey team prepares for an unforgettable season
he hockey season is upon us, and many are looking forward to a thrilling season. Perdeby recently spoke to TuksHockey coach Inky Zondi about the upcoming season. What moment last season were you most proud of your team? We had a good first weekend in the competition last year and the second weekend, we focused on securing a place in the semi-finals which we achieved. What many people do not know is that we had an abundance of logistical challenges on the actual day of the semi-finals (we arrived at the field with less than half the regular warm up time to go). We did, however, get on with it and won the semi-finals against Wits, which was a very tough encounter. My pride in the team could not have been higher in that moment. What qualities make a person a good hockey player? The willingness to give themselves into the
team, environment and prioritising the good of the team above all else. As a coach, how do you keep on motivating players and getting them to buy into their role on the team? It is important to constantly communicate with all individuals, be crystal clear and honest about their role and value they can add to the team. This way they will know what they are committing themselves to. What are you working on with the team, to ensure that you retain the title? The focus of the team this year is to play consistent but high-level hockey, game by game in order to be a title contender this year. Your team has had a run of successes. How have you managed to keep this form? Success cannot be defined by a single factor. I do believe the TuksHockey programme has constantly worked on developing and maintaining a quality high performance structure that prioritises and supports student athletes. Success simply then becomes a by-product of these structures and services.
trampoline is a recreational tool used for acrobatic training.UP offers a trampoline program that caters for beginner athletes and international athletes, from the age of four to the age of 60. The TuksTrampoline membership fee includes access to training facilities and association with the South African Gymnastics Federation. According to Summer Olympic Sport, trampolines were developed in 1934 and were mainly used to train astronauts and as a training tool for other sports. TuksTrampoline coach Lucky Radebe said, “The trampoline was introduced by Helen van der Walt in the 90’s and was joined with Artistic Gymnastics.” In 2013, trampoline was separated from artistic gymnastics. Radebe said the growth of trampoline is often difficult as equipment is expensive and it has to be imported. However, the lack of a dedicated venue is the biggest problem for TuksTrampoline gymnasts. “The university try to accommodate the sport by making Groenkloof available but it is difficult [to train] when changes are done at short notice,” he said. Radebe believes that in Africa trampoline is not that popular because it is mainly seen as a recreational activity. Trampoline made its debut as an Olympic sport in 2000 at the Sydney
games where during each event trampolinists perform at least 10 different manoeuvres, with five judges scoring their efforts. Trampoline is a sport that is starting to prime for a major push, not in terms of support from the supporters but from other athletes. According to Radebe, TuksTrampoline has produced more Springbok and Protea trampoline gymnasts than any other club. According to the Summer Olympic Sports, there are several trampoline competitions and events, however, only two of them where introduced at the Olympics namely the women’s and men’s competitions. Trampoline is still developing, however, Radebe believes that Trampoline does not receive the recognition it deserves. Radebe is one of the outstanding trampoline gymnasts, he performed exceptionally well at the 2009 World Games and at the 2014 World championships, despite having undergone knee operations. Radebe coaches Charné Steyn who represented UP at the 32nd Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria. South African trampolinist, Bianca Zoonekynd, won gold at the Trampoline World Championships in 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria during the double mini-trampoline event. The South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) recently introduced the 4x4 fitness program which helps trampoline gymnasts train.
Perdeby - Independent student newspaper of the University of Pretoria