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Elections 2011: SRC under review
Pre-Spring Day under threat
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events in recent years and has partially funded the National Serenade Competition which will be held at Tuks this week. The 2012 orientation schedule has been reorganized to ensure that there will be space for Ienk Melodienk and that it does not clash with Rag. “Surely the university would not have provided nancial and other support for events it intends to discontinue,” Mulder said. Regarding Rag, the recent problems with the Tuks Rag Committee have prompted management to review Rag. “The university has provided assistance and support for the Rag Committee to overcome their challenges. This has empowered them to continue Rag in its current form next year,” Mulder said.
Recently AfriForum Youth started a petition to preserve some of the university’s traditions believed to be under threat. It was rumoured that the university board recently debated discontinuing Serrie, Ienk Melodinek, Rag and Spring Day. According to Nicolize Mulder, Media Liaison Ofcer, university management wrote a letter to house committees the week before last, to correct misconceptions that were created by the AfriForum petition. In the letter it was conrmed that Serrie, Ienk Melodienk and Serenade are not at risk. Mulder said that university management has contributed signicant resources to these
Spring Day is also not being discontinued and according to Mulder, arrangements for the annual Spring Day party are in an advanced stage. Further Mulder said, “It should be noted that Spring Day, like all future large-scale events, must now comply with the terms of the Safety at Sports and Recreation Events Act, No 2 of 2010 (new legislation enacted in 2010). This means that arrangements are much more complex than in the past.” In conclusion Mulder wanted to remind students that it is August and that this is the time of year when societies and individual candidates start running their SRC election campaigns. “In an election, as it is in the case of war, the truth is often the rst victim,” Mulder stated. “The recent
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petition about student traditions is unfortunately misleading in the extreme. It has stirred up much unnecessary negative emotion on campus. Even in an election, this is unacceptable.” University management was further concerned about students who unthinkingly provide their contact details on petition or other forms without considering the consequences. Mulder concluded: “It is disconcerting that the full particulars of signatories to the petition, including their student numbers and contact details, [were] put on public display on the grafti wall. There are no guarantees about how or by whom the information students provide in this manner will be used in future.”
NINA VAN WYK You may have noticed the newly painted footprints on campus and wondered what their purpose might be. Perdeby investigated and found that they are in fact tness trails. Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, Vice Chancellor of the university, had the idea of making a tness trail on campus. Johan Brits, Head of Facilities, said, “The idea was to give the staff the opportunity to go out on campus and be active instead of sitting in front of their computers all day. It offers a safe way of spending your lunch hour without leaving campus.” Brits also said that it is a way for students and staff to see all the beauty on campus and to get some fresh air. The footprints are antelopetracks. The yellow footprints show a shorter trail (2200m) while the red footprints show a longer trail (4100m). These two trails are 100% wheelchair friendly. The blue pawprint trail is for the more active hiker who wants more obstacles like stairs. The starting point of each route is at the Student Centre, although you may start the trail at any point. Photos: Kobus Barnard
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29 August ’11
Curiosity killed the cat, but I was a suspect for a while
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Has it been driving anyone else crazy, these multicoloured pawprints which have been appearing all over the campus? What are they? Where do they go? Do they all lead to the same place? I followed one of the trails last week, but it didn’t lead anywhere. Just in circles. Circles within circles. What was the point (I asked myself)? Is the trail just incomplete? Are they doing this just to mess with me? Is it all just one big conspiracy? I needed to know. I can’t handle not knowing something. I get legitimately frustrated (as in raise my voice to the heavens and shout in futility frustrated) when there is something I do not know, cannot know, someone doesn’t want to tell me. It drives me crazy. But then it hit me (and really, it shouldn’t have taken this long to hit me): I am the editor of a newspaper. I have journalists. Teams of them. Who investigate things. Eureka! We can nd out what these nefarious, dastardly pawprints are! And we did, as you all probably know from the front page. And what an anti-climax it was. Fitness trails? Really? After all that speculation? Fitness trails? Who has time to walk in circles? Do I? Do you? Anyway, I can think of much better ways to keep t. Just saying. In other questions, has anyone taken the time to join Google Plus yet? We review the
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Dear Tukkie During the course of last week I participated in the launch of two important student initiatives, one by Tuks Rag and the other by the SRC. Common between these was the idea of voluntarism in the service of less privileged fellow human beings. Tuks Rag launched the 2011/2012 Debutantes Programme whose aim is to raise funds for charity by participants who do not expect anything in return. The SRC launched a “donate a text-book” campaign which will go a long way in helping students who have the potential to do well but are inhibited by their unfavourable socio-economic conditions. Both campaigns have my full support. I appeal to all our students to support them in one way or another. Some may want to help the debutantes with their local fund-raising efforts while others may want to donate some of their second-hand text-books which are collecting
to digest these little insider facts about Perdeby and what goes on behind the iron gates. The top ten things you didn’t know about working at Perdeby: 1. 2.
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experience in an article this week (page 7) but personally I’m stubbornly holding out. Hell, I’m still stubbornly refusing to join Twitter. I already have so many different channels of communication to maintain that the thought of maintaining another one makes me cringe. Does anyone else have days when the sheer amount of BBM messages, emails, smses, WhatsApp messages and Facebook messages, completely overwhelms you? When you just want to throw your phone out the window and not deal with the outside world for a day (insert paradise island fantasy here)? I might have been born in the wrong century, don’t you think? Speaking of a different century, this week you can read our review of Rain, the Broadway Beatles tribute show. As well as an interview with Shadowclub. Then, after moaning last week about slow news weeks, we have packed news pages this week: read our interviews and reviews of the SRC in the run up to the election (which is gearing up to be all kinds of interesting) as well as the article on the continuing saga of the stand-off between AfriForum and UP. On the lighter side, see what some of the music students have been getting up to in the dark of the night, who I suspect took my list of the top ten things to do when you are bored on campus a little too seriously. I bet monsters lead interesting lives Beyers
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dust on their shelves. If some are able to do both, all the better. We need the involvement of all our students in such initiatives. As I said at the launch of the text-book campaign, ideas such as “saambou” and “help mekaar” emerged from situations where people were affected by the plight of the other in their local contexts. I also mentioned the “ubuntu” spirit which reminded local communities of the obligation to “live and let live”. This all without expecting anything in return. There could not have been a better time for the launch of the above campaigns. We are in the process of either electing or training the 2011/2012 committees for various student structures. These are people who offer their time and skills to the service of their fellow students. They do good work which is appreciated by all. However, some only perform on condition that there is remuneration. Understandably, they incur some expenses such as buying uniform or
airtime to make calls on behalf of the structure to which they belong. Should we not be moving in the direction of budgeting adequately for such needs instead of “paying” money directly to those who offer themselves for nomination? In my opinion, there is a difference between the category of students who serve as “student assistants” and that of students who serve as “volunteers”. The former should receive remuneration while the latter should only receive a certicate or transcript which states that they have been involved in co-curricular activities. When applying for employment, the latter might be in a better position. Think about it and give us feedback. Best wishes, especially to the Student Parliament candidates who are hopefully busy campaigning. Prof McGlory Speckman Dean of Students
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29 August ‘11
Pretty and witty and gay
NOLWAZI MNGADI Over the years, the LGBTIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Assexual) community has faced victimisation and discrimination from various individuals and
groups. It is only since the sexual revolution of the 1960s that more and more groups have formed to protect the interests of the LGBTIA community. South Africa was one of the rst ve countries
to legalise same-sex marriage and remains the only African country to have done so. In South Africa, the LGBTIA community is not only openly active, but they are also protected by the Constitution. Despite isolated incidents in certain communities that violated these basic human rights, South Africa is known for being a gay-friendly country. Every year, Gay Pride celebrations are held in South Africa’s major cities, with the Johannesburg Pride Parade (happening in October) being a popular event. University LGBTIA groups are also active in protesting against homophobia and trying to end the discrimination against LGBTIA students. One of the more active student groups is Rainbow UCT which has been active since 1997 and started having a Pink Week on the UCT campus last year. This week is dedicated to promoting gay awareness. Up and Out, which is the University of Pretoria’s LGBTIA organisation, has also been working for six years to promote acceptance of LGBTIA students. This year Up and Out will host the University of Pretoria’s rst Pride Week, starting on 26 Septermber. Perdeby spoke to Sally Mpya, Deputy Chair of Up and Out, and Thuli Mathabela, who does marketing for the organisation. Both Mpya and Mathabela are part of the 2011 Up and Out committee.This year the committee “wanted a different outtake” on the mission of the society and to focus more attention on the promotion of human rights. In April the new committee started discussing the possibility of having a Pride Week instead of the usual Pride Day. The committee feels that “there are quite a lot of people on campus who are still closeted ... and that’s why Pink Week was born. We’re trying to get those closeted
individuals to get out, so that we can create a safe environment on campus.” Who? During the Pride Week there is going to be entertainment, educational events and a number of social events. Up and Out hope to make Pink Week an annual event on the Tuks calendar and something for all students to look forward to. On Monday 26 September, Up and Out will begin Pride Week with an opening ceremony where the ofcial LGBTIA colours will be painted on the student grafti wall. Pamphlets and safe-sex packs will be handed out to students. On the programme for the Tuesday is a peer discussion, to be held in the Graduate Centre, where a documentary will also be shown. On the Wednesday, Up and Out merchandise will be for sale in the Student Centre. There will also be an awareness march against homophobia on this day and students are encouraged to wear pink t-shirts for the march. The march will be followed by a Christian Seminar. On the Thursday, Up and Out will host a one-hour entertainment event opposite the Aula with a dance group performing and an opportunity to rock out to “all-time favourite gay hits.” The week will end with a Mr and Miss Tuks Gay beauty pageant “with support from awesome sponsors who’ve contributed fabulous gifts.” The pageant will be held in the SRC Conference Hall at 18:00. Throughout Pride Week there will also be various after parties around Hateld. On 1 October, Up and Out will be heading to Johannesburg to attend the Johannesburg Pride Parade. Anyone who is interested in going can contact Up and Out. Every Tuks student is encouraged to be a part of the fun and fabulosity that will be Pride Week.
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AfriForum Youth considers legal action against UP NINA VAN WYK AfriForum Youth is considering legal action against the University of Pretoria after the youth organisation was threatened with violence while they were busy painting an advertisement on UP’s grafti wall on main campus on the evening of 22 August. “We gathered at the grafti wall at 19:00 to paint a white background and our emblem on the wall,” said Nikke Strydom, Branch President of AfriForum Youth UP. “We were the third group who painted the wall that day and campus security was aware of our presence.” Apparently, when the AfriForum name had appeared on the wall, security ofcers ordered
them to stop painting and to remove their name The grafti wall is there for all students and from the wall. permission has never before been needed to Campus security said that AfriForum Youth paint on it. “Only messages that amount to should have obtained discrimination or hate speech may be removed permission to paint on the “Prof. Speckman said wall. Charl Oberholzer, from the wall,” said that he was aware that we Strydom. National Chairperson of AfriForum Youth and The AfriForum Youth could paint on the wall, Chairperson of UP’s members informed but that he was not willing campus security that Student Representative to say that to campus they would only nish Council (SRC), called the Dean of Students, Prof. painting the emblem and security” not paint the wording of McGlory Speckman. “Prof. Speckman said the advertisement. They that he was aware that we could paint on the said that they would get a letter of authorisation from the Dean of Students the next day. “After wall, but that he was not willing to say that to campus security,” said Oberholzer. we had informed the security ofcer at the wall
Musaion practice room used for sex THEUNS VAN RHYN A temporary lecturer at the music department of Tuks was shocked to nd used condoms in one of the Musaion practice rooms. The incident is believed to have taken place some time during the night of Wednesday 17 August. Head of the Department of Music, Professor Viljoen, said that no student has come forward yet and unless they do it will be very difcult to determine who the perpetrators were. “We have 140 undergraduate students who all use the 45 [of the] practice rooms. Not a lot of students practise at night so we suspect the incident must have happened then, when it was quiet,” Viljoen said. The notice on the door of room 2-23, signed by Viljoen, warns students that if they are caught, they will be immediately expelled. Nicoleze Mulder, Media Liaison Ofcer, said that according to the university’s 2011 regulations, “indecent behaviour on universityowned property is considered serious misconduct” and “complaints against staff or students can be made with the Registrar and will lead to disciplinary action.” The university stated that the incident was
of our plans, we heard a senior security ofcer shouting over the radio that he must use force against us. Because most of us were girls, we left the campus immediately for fear of our safety,” Strydom reported. After the students had left the campus, security painted over the unnished advertisement. “Our members felt intimidated and we regard campus security’s actions as a gross violation of their right to equality, freedom of expression and a safe environment. As a student organisation that stands up for students’ rights, we will take legal action against UP in this regard,” added Strydom. Prof. Spaeckman could not be reached for comment.
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Elections 2011: SRC under review SRC happy with their term but 75% of students still ask: “What are they doing for me?” NINA VAN WYK The SRC election has rolled around again and is set to take place on 13 September. With 76 nominees and only 21 positions available on the SRC, the competition is stiff. Perdeby conducted a poll which asked
students whether or not they thought the SRC had made a visible contributions to students’ lives. According to the poll, 75% of students feel that the SRC had not done much for them, while only 25% of students gave positive answers regarding the SRC’s term.
“Although the SRC is directly involved in certain issues regarding student interest and diversity like, for instance, democracy [and] student human rights, I have rarely had any personal contact or beneﬁted from them.” Bianca Pelser, third-year Human Physiology student “Maybe because we don’t know about them we don’t know about what they do.” Legae Tshabalala, third-year year BCom Internal Auditing student “We know there’s an SRC but we don’t know what they do. I think they should be more transparent in what they do, we see their posters but what they actually do ...? In high school we knew what the prefects did, here we only know about the SRC when they are campaigning.” Rego Moroape, a third-year BCom Economics student
How the system is supposed to work The current system has been in operation since 2007. The new system is supposed to offer a constituency-based student representation and the participation of leaders elected in their individual capacity, based on their leadership capabilities and track record rather than the ideologies of an externally-funded party. The system’s aim is to make sure that there is proper representation of UP student interests and an agenda that addresses real student issues, while at the same time eradicating the inbuilt divisiveness of a party-driven system. The new system experienced some difculties in 2009 relating to problems with the ballot papers in a limited number of constituencies. There was also the issue of the students who contested the election. Last year the elections went more smoothly. It remains to be seen how this year will turn out.
How your vote counts In terms of the current Constitution for Student Governance, the student governance system at the university comprises of a two-tier constituency-based model which consists of student parliament and the Student Representative Council (SRC). The constituencies represented in student governance are the nine faculty constituencies, the residence constituency, the day student constituency and the society constituency. Students are elected in these constituencies to serve in student parliament, which is the larger of the two bodies in the two-tier system. Student parliament determines the agenda for student governance on an annual basis. The SRC is elected by and from the ranks of student parliament. It is responsible for the dayto-day administration of student governance. An independent electoral committee oversees the annual election processes. All registered students qualify to vote in the election.
“I think they’ve done a good job, because they have made sure the students’ needs were met and they’ve also started to listen to what class representatives have to say.” Vanity Motau, a third-year political science student
The SRC reﬂect on their progress Katlego Malatji
SRC President THEUNS VAN RHYN
At the beginning of the year Perdeby asked Charl Oberholzer, Chairperson of the SRC, what his aims were for 2011. Brimming with enthusiasm he said that he would like to “positively inuence the daily life and experience of students.” His personal goals were to increase mother tongue education and protect hostel traditions. In light of the upcoming SRC elections, Perdeby revisited Oberholzer to get a personal account of the SRC’s progress thus far. P: Do you think the SRC has achieved the goals it set at the beginning of the year? O: We drew up a plan of action at the beginning of the year and I think the SRC has done more than achieve their goals. We’re the rst SRC that: • Lowered food prices in res. • Started a study fund for registration costs for those students who do not have the money for it. • Started a book fund for students who cannot afford textbooks. • Helped the most students in the shortest possible time with academic complaints.
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Allocated SRC members to the hostels. Started our own website. Visited a university in North Africa for benchmarking. • Opened ofces on the external campuses. • Gave between R20 000 and R30 000 for the Feeding Scheme. P: Do you think you achieved your personal goals for the year so far? O: Yes, I think I have done what the students asked of me and even beyond that. Recently, at the Senate appeals meeting we were able to give 130 students the chance to come back to study after they unked out. I think I did a lot for Afrikaans on campus and for the hostel traditions, but also so much more. I think our work will continue after we’re gone. P: How do you think students feel about the elections? O: I think many of the students are apathetic and feel it’s unnecessary to vote and they don’t know why they should vote. Students should know that they don’t only vote to get someone onto the SRC, they vote for all they believe in, for hostel traditions, language and a lot more.
DAVID CROSS Perdeby interviewed Katlego Malatji, Secretary General of the SRC, to ask him about his opinions regarding the accomplishments and setbacks experienced by the SRC during the course of their term. In response to being asked whether or not he feels that the SRC has achieved the goals set at the beginning of their term, Malatji responded enthusiastically, stating that most of the goals that the SRC had set were acheived in a persistent and effective manner. He does, however, admit to these successes being accompanied by a number of setbacks with special regard to the constant feud between the SRC and student parliament. “Our shortcomings were generally rooted [in] internal problems that can only be regulated over a long term period, however we can set the wheels in motion to correct it for the next term and to ensure the success of future SRCs.” Goals that the SRC accomplished include negotiations with the Food Services Department of the university to lower the prices of various food items and to introduce the “combo” specials. Malatji appeared especially proud of the establishment of the Hot Spot Campaign whereby a number of applicants to the University
of Pretoria from disadvantaged backgrounds were enrolled at the university on bursaries. The SRC enjoyed the highest turnover at senate appeals in SRC history as minimal students were excluded. A student fund was also created in order to cater for the academic needs of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Malatji’s near dismissal earlier this year serves as one of the few setbacks the SRC experienced in conjunction with the constant struggle between SRC and student parliament. “I’m quite impressed with the maturity of our leaders and we never jeopardise our professionalism.” In response to being asked about the relationship between the SRC and student parliament, Malatji stated, “It was all very frustrating. Student parliament was not functioning well on its own and this lead to a developing sense of animosity between both parties.” Goals for the future SRC are already being planned by the current SRC. One of these is to establish the rst 24-hour library on campus. Malatji feels that the SRC members have served all students at the University of Pretoria to the best of their ability and that in terms of priorities the SRC certainly got the job done.
Pssst... would like to advise students to stay away from the bar when they’ve had one too many. You don’t want to nd yourself irting shamelessly with a lecturer and then having no recollection of it the next day. Just like the TuksVillage student who now has to face his lecturer almost every day. Talk about a continuous “awkward moment”. Pssst... verstaan nou hoekom Boekenhout en Asterhof so goed oor die weg kom. Hulle het duidelik `n hele aantal dinge in gemeen. Theft being one of them. Pssst... hoor dat die Ystermanne `n paar stortkoppe vermis. Pssst... kan nie eers dink waarvoor hulle dit gaan gebruik nie. Alhoewel, soos ons die Ystermanne ken, dink hulle klaar aan volgende jaar se Joolvlot of props vir Serrie. Pssst... is pleading with fake hair (weaves, braids, etc.) ambassadors to please make sure that they don’t leave traces of themselves behind everywhere they go. There is no need to leave clues behind, no one is trying to nd you. Guys be glad that you don’t have to deal with such things in your residences. Pssst... dink nie die kas is die beste wegkruipplek tydens `n raid nie, veral nie as jy kaal is nie. Pssst... hoop die Nerina dames het hul les geleer en is beter voorbereid vir die volgende keer wat iemand besluit om hul tyd op hul te mors. As for Olienhout, Pssst... thinks you guys really need to get bigger closets now. Aan die Kollege ou wat gedink het dis oulik om met sy bierboep op kampus rond te pronk, Pssst... herstel nog van daardie afskuwelike gesig. Yes, if you’ve got it, aunt it; if you don’t, then hide it. Make them famous: expose them on our mobile site m.perdeby.co.za
29 August ‘11
Pre-Spring Day under threat
BAREND TAUTE Just a week after AfriForum Youth circulated their petition to save Rag, Serrie and Spring Day, UP management has notied the Student Representative Council (SRC) that this year’s pre-Spring Day party might be cancelled. On Monday 8 August, UP management informed the SRC that they had to come up with solutions for the issues resulting from last year’s pre-Spring Day party. UP management say they are trying to
prevent this year’s pre-Spring Day party from contravening the Events Act. The Events Act is a document drafted by the government to control events. It demands that certain precautionary measures be taken at recreational events. According to Prof. Roelf Visser, Director of TuksRes, crowd control was a problem at last year’s party. Other problems noticed by UP management were trafc congestion, vandalism and the breaching of the rules pertaining to liquor licences. On Monday 15 August, the SRC consulted
with heads of residences, hoping to nd solutions. A nal proposal was drafted and handed to the university the following Thursday. The SRC proposed the following: – To ease trafc congestion: a rotating bus system between female residences, Groenkloof residences and medical campus. – The sale of “entry tags” to control the crowd. – Hosting an alternative, alcohol-free event, “Tuks Sokkie”, which would be held in the Rembrandt Hall. – A cordoned-off, alcohol-free, dancing area with its own DJ in Boekenhout and Taaibos’s parking lot. According to Katlego Malatji, SecretaryGeneral of the SRC, “This is an amicable solution to the problem and, if supported, there will not be a contravention of the Events Act.” Charl Oberholzer, Chairperson of the SRC and National Chairperson of AfriForum Youth, says, “We have to make sure pre-Spring Day survives. If one tradition falls away, the rest will quickly follow. Students should support all initiatives that aim to protect student life and its traditions.” AfriForum’s recent petition to save Spring Day, Serrie and Rag was largely criticised by UP management, who dismissed the claims. The university admitted that “pre-Spring Day parties are currently being reconsidered.” At the moment, UP management is considering the proposal submitted by the SRC. Students will soon be informed whether or not the proposal has been accepted. If the proposal is rejected, pre-Spring Day will be cancelled for this year.
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SRC: what it’s done for res KATLEGO MKHWANAZI The term for the 2010/2011 SRC has almost come to an end. In the beginning of the year, plans and promises were made. But has the SRC managed to cater to the needs of students housed in residences? “I feel the SRC was always there for the residences and that we could always count on its support,” said Howard Saffy, Taaibos Chairperson (2010/2011). “[The SRC] always has our back[s] and stands up for the residences, especially in the constant ght with management,” Saffy added. The SRC Residence Affairs portfolio this year was headed by Anzel Steyn, a former primaria at one of the residences.“I believe that the residence portfolio was one of the most challenging portfolios and [yet] we succeeded in quite a few aspects this year,” said Steyn. According to Saffy, Steyn did an excellent job standing up for residence traditions and helping out individual residences with their issues. In addition, each residence was allocated an SRC representative who would attend house meetings and report back on the grievances that arose in residences. Some residences had active SRC representatives, while others didn’t even know who their representative was. “The allocation of specic SRC members to residences didn’t work so well. I don’t know who the SRC rep assigned to Taaibos was,” said Saffy. One of the issues tackled by the SRC was food prices. “It’s the rst time that the SRC successfully managed to lower food prices in the dining halls, ensuring that the students receive a quality meal,” explained Steyn. However, some students felt that prices should have been lowered even more. Another issue that residences felt the SRC needed to look into is the communication gap between res management (e.g. HK) and university management. Students feel that the res culture is under threat by management. “The university management is not supportive
of res culture,” said Zaré van Dyk, Magrietjie Primaria. Earlier this year, there were rumours that university management might cancel res culture events such as Serrie. But students were then assured that Serrie would not be cancelled. “Often the management does not seem to take our concerns seriously and prefers to treat students like children. We need to be taken more seriously,” said Saffy. According to Steyn, the SRC had meetings with the residences’ executive committees to hear what their feelings were regarding day-today issues. The SRC also managed to organise a meeting with management to talk about the orientation week programme, thus allowing students a platform to discuss the difculties they experienced. Nevertheless, there is still the feeling among students that management has the nal say, whether the SRC ghts for residences or not. The SRC has being accused of not being visible enough for students to know who the SRC members are. “I truly believe that the visibility of the SRC improved and students felt more comfortable to approach us with problems and issues they experience. I dealt with a lot of students and in most cases I was able to assist them sucessfully,” said Steyn. According to Samali Nowe, an international student in res, the SRC is not visible enough to students. “I know they [the SRC] are there, but I don’t who they are [individually],” said Nowe. Nowe added that the SRC should make themesleves more visible to rst year international students during O-week.“They [SRC] weren’t that visible. They were more behind the scenes, working more with the HK than with the students,” said Van Dyk. “The HK knows what the SRC is doing, but the house doesn’t,” added Van Dyk. Steyn said that the SRC still has a lot to do for the residences in the remaining part of the year. “We are busy negotiating the continuation of the pre-Spring Day bash. We are still waiting on the outcome,” said Steyn.
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Google Plus: how it all adds up LUSANDA FUTSHANE If you’ve recently “liked”, “re-tweeted” or “hashtagged” anything on a cellphone or computer screen, chances are that pretty soon you will be “+1’ing” with just as much condence. Just months ago, search giant Google rolled out its latest social networking project, Google Plus (often stylised as Google+), in an invite-only “eld testing” stage. A month after its launch, it had 25 million registered users and is now ofcially one of the fastest-growing websites in history. However, take a quick look at the margins of most websites – a multitude of icons give internet surfers similar ways to share the content on a number of networking sites that already exist. Is there really enough space in the market for Google’s logo? “Real-life sharing rethought for the web” is Google Plus’s slogan, but most people still don’t know what that means and why they should bother with yet another tool of cyber communication. Essentially, Google Plus is an amalgam of successful features from other social networking sites. It has the feel and ease-of-use of Facebook, it borrows video chatting from Skype, and promises the immediacy of Twitter. But its biggest advantage is its emphasis on privacy and intimacy – issues both Facebook and Twitter have wrestled with. Google Plus brings “Circles” and “Huddles” which allow you to organise your interactions by categorising the people you know (and don’t know, as is often the case) and choosing what to share with them. “In real life, we have walls and windows and I can speak to you knowing who’s in the room, but in the online world, you get to a ‘share’ box and you share with the whole world. We have a different model,”
comments Bradley Horowitz, Google’s vicepresident for product management. Google Plus has been met with a fair amount of scepticism, as is to be expected. Paul Tassi, blogger for Forbes.com, calls it “a vast and empty wasteland”, pointing out that the millions of people who have been part of the website’s early invite-only phase have not taken to the project as well as the numbers would suggest. Many others have spoken out similarly, pointing out Google’s past failures with Google Wave, Orkut and Google Buzz. “The fact is, very few people have room to manage multiple social networks,” Tassi said. “Its biggest aw is simply something it can’t overcome. It’s not Facebook.” Regardless, the extremely young contender powers on towards its as yet undisclosed nal launch date, gradually rolling out new features as it goes along. Recently, celebrity proles have started sporting verication badges and social gaming has been added into the interface. Android and iPhone users can even enjoy the pleasure of using Google Plus on the go with its mobile application. It’s not hard to imagine more and more people trolling for invites to join the “eld testing” stage just out of curiosity. One simply needs to recall the story of a humble micro-blogging site that threatened to unseat Facebook just two years ago in order to realise Google Plus’s potential. Originally criticised for being too simple, Twitter has now become a staple in the world of social networking. The New York Times has declared Plus as Google’s biggest attempt to rival Facebook. After creating such frenzy in only two months, Google Plus is denitely worth keeping an eye on.
Verbode mode: wat ons wil vergeet MAGDALEEN SNYMAN Miskien was jy besig om `n kas reg te pak. Miskien het jou meisie kom kuier toe jou ma dit uitruk. Miskien was jy sommer in `n nostalgiese bui toe gaan soek jy dit. Jou ou foto-album huisves nie net herinneringe van laerskool konserte en jou eerste ets nie, maar ook `n hele paar foto’s waar jy `n slagoffer van `n modegier of twee is. Perdeby het besluit om die week bietjie terug te blaai in die foto-album om seker te maak niemand maak twee keer dieselfde modefout nie. Die fontein-poniestert het op elke meisie onder die ouderdom van tien se kop gestaan toe sy nog nie self haar hare kon vasmaak nie. Ma’s het waarskynlik hul inspirasie by die bure se water feature gekry. Hare word bo, in die middel van die kop vasgemaak en gravitasiekrag sorg dan vir `n fontein van hare wat om haar gesig bons wanneer sy loop. Vergeet van Fonteine-sirkel, jy kon in enige Graad 3 klaskamer gaan kyk in die 90’s en `n meer indrukwekkende vertoning sien. Om die vreemde prentjie af te rond is daar ook soms gebruik gemaak van `n Scrunchie, `n dik haarrekkie van kreukellap of vals hare. Sou jy dit nog `n stappie verder wou neem, het jy moontlik iets wat amper soos `n g-string lyk gedra en dit `n bandanna genoem. `n Driehoek met twee toutjies wat om jou kop vasmaak, het geen doel nie, behalwe miskien om jou verspot te laat lyk. `n Nare ding wat onlangs weer kop uitgesteek het in die modebedryf is skouerkussings. Is die item dalk ontwerp om trane op te vang wanneer iemand letterlik op jou skouer huil? Ontwerpers se motiewe is onduidelik, maar moenie verbaas wees as mense na jou begin verwys as Spongebob nie. Koos Koekemoer is nie 50Cent nie, maar tog het hy daarop aangedring om die boonste helfte van sy bokser vir die wêreld te wys. Die broek is strategies in die middel van die sitvlak geplaas en dan daar met `n belt vasgemaak. Dit werk miskien vir `n musiekvideo wat ongeveer drie minute lank is, maar probeer heeldag so rondloop en jy gaan wydsbeen waggel om te keer dat jou broek afval. Perdeby sukkel ook om te glo dat dit gemaklik
kan wees om jou gulp tussen jou knieë te hê. Was dit `n piesang? Was dit `n bierboep? Nee, dit was die moonbag. `n Halfmaanvormige sakkie wat om die middel gedra is. Die nare aantrekvetrolletjie was op sy dag amper so populêr soos rolskaatse. Niemand rolskaats meer nie, hoekom die moonbag uit die kas grawe? Net omdat Abba dit gedoen het beteken nie almal kan nie. Bellbottoms wat groot genoeg is om oor `n olifant se voet te pas, is nie vleiend op enige guur nie. As jy wil seker maak jou ma dra nooit weer háár paar nie, gee hulle vir jou kleinboetie om as `n speeltent te gebruik. As jy gedink het jou meisie het haar trui oor haar sykouse probeer aantrek, is die kanse goed dat sy `n paar legwarmers gedra het. Hierdie vreemde items is soos moue sonder die lyfgedeelte van die trui. Hulle word oor die enkel en kuit gedra (m.a.w. hulle steek die mooi deel van jou bene baie goed weg) en kom in `n verskeidenheid kleure soos highlighter-geel, Barbie-pienk en met al wat strikkie of tossel is daarop vasgewerk. Gemaklik hoef nie lelik te beteken nie, behalwe toe jy Crocs gedra het. Ja, hulle is lig en gemaklik, maar jou slaapklere is ook en jy gaan dan nie daarin klas toe nie, doen jy? Die enigste tyd wanneer Crocs aanvaarbaar was/is, is wanneer jy in `n abstrakte teaterstuk `n groot cartoon-kaas speel en skoene nodig het wat die kostuum kan afrond. In die 90’s het `n Britse popgroep meisies reg rondom die wêreld oortuig dat dit ongelooik modieus is om vyf sentimeter langer te wees wanneer jy jou skoene aanhet. Winkels is gestormloop deur dertienjariges op platform tekkies opsoek na die nuutste SpiceGirl CD, armbande en plakkate. Voel Baby Spice nie dalk vandag `n bietjie skuldig oor die generasie geswikte enkels wat sy en haar vier vriendinne veroorsaak het nie? So, voor jy `n kas vol kamoeeerpatrone koop of jou hare Rihanna-rooi kleur, dink bietjie hoe gou die gier sy vervaldatum gaan bereik. Foto: Bonita Lubbe
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`n Skadelose kopspel MIGNON PEENS Mense argumenteer al meer as tweehonderd jaar oor die eienaardige kuns van hipnose, weens die feit dat nie eers wetenskaplikes kon openbaar hoe `n hipnotiseerder regtig te werk gaan nie. Die algemene denisie van hipnose is dat die hipnotiseerder direk met jou onderbewussyn kommunikeer. Psigiaters gaan voort om hipnose as volg te beskryf: “`n Toestand van beswyming gekarakteriseer deur uiterse vatbaarheid, ontspanning en `n verskerpte verbeelding.” Die meerderheid van mense is egter steeds skepties oor die geloofwaardigheid van hipnose, omdat hulle glo dat dit nie moontlik is vir iemand om totaal en al beheer oor jou denke en aksies te kan kry deur bloot `n paar woorde te mompel nie. Die alombekende persepsie van `n onheilspellende hipnotiseerder in `n manelpak met `n bokbaard wat sy sakhorlosie heen en weer swaai tot jy soos `n zombie aan sy lippe hang, is egter nie hoe sake in die moderne wêreld van hipnose staan nie. Perdeby het die hipnotiseerder Troye Keuvelaar, wat elke Woensdagaand in Hateld Square `n klomp studente hipnotiseer as deel van sy opvoering, gevra of hy dink dat hipnose gevare inhou vir die mens waarop hy dit toepas. Die eienaardige middeljarige man met `n besonderse gladde bek, het Perdeby verseker dat hipnose geen gevare inhou nie en dat hy niemand teen hul eie wil kan beveel om iets te doen nie. Die basiese voorvereistes van hipnose is dat die persoon gewillig moet wees, glo dat dit moontlik is, gemaklik moet voel en dat die persoon moet beskik oor die vermoë om totaal en al in `n ontspanne toestand te kom. Verder het Keuvelaar aan Perdeby gesê: “Ek kan selfs hulle laat glo dat hulle `n ‘joint’ rook en dan sal hulle ‘as high as a kite” voel terwyl hulle niks behalwe lug rook nie. In wese is dit net intense speel-speel, soos kinders maak.” Alhoewel `n gehipnotiseerde persoon by sy
volle bewussyn is, skakel die persoon meeste van die stimuli rondom hom of haar uit. `n Eerstejaar onderwysstudent by Tukkies, Bia Voges, wat by die vertoning gehipnotiseer is het die ervaring beskryf: “Dis asof ek nou net wakker geword het uit iets soos `n dagdroom waarin ek myself verloor het. Ek voel nogal simpel oor als wat ek gedoen het. Ek kan nie als onthou nie, maar almal kyk my nou weird aan.” Daar is sommige bekende tegnieke vir hipnose. Die eerste is om jou oë op `n sakhorlosie te fokus. Die tweede is die snelmetode waar jy vinnig en sterk beveel word deur die hipnotiseerder, gewoonlik voor `n gehoor wat jou gevolglik meer vatbaar maak, mits jy opdragte gegee word deur
`n oortuigende hipnotis. Verder is daar die vooruitstrewende beeldspraak metode, wat oor die algemeen gepraktiseer word deur psigiaters om `n volkome ontspanne en gefokusde toestand te bekom. Laastens kan jy in `n hipnotiese toestand verval deur `n sensasie wat ontstaan met die verlies van jou balans, wat meegebring word deur ritmiese bewegings. Dus het die wiegie ontstaan sodat ma’s hulle babas in droomland in kan wieg. Milton Erickson, een van die bekendste hipnotiseerders van ons eeu, reken dat mense hulself hipnotiseer op `n daaglikse basis. Indien `n hipnotiseerder vir jou sê dat jou tong geswel is, sal jy gevolglik die pynlike sensasie voel in jou mond en selfs swaar begin praat, omdat jy die hipnotiseerder se bevele aanvaar en ervaar
as realiteit. Daar is deesdae selfs Hipnoterapeute, wat te werk gaan deur allerhande verstandelike abnormaliteite te behandel. Perdeby het met Cayleen Marais gepraat, wat tans `n eerstejaar BA Engels student is. Sy het `n kursus in hipnoterapie gevolg voor sy `n Tuksstudent geword het. “Ek het deur die American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and Hypnotherapy gestudeer. `n Interessante kant van hipnoterapie wat jy dalk nie van ander gesien het nie, is dat mens deur NLP saam met hipnoterapie uit te voer, in noodgevalle kan gebruik kan om mense te hipnotiseer wat in `n ongeluk betrokke was sodat hulle in `n ontspanne toestand kan wees en nie verdere beserings kan opdoen nie en erge bloeding kan stop. Ek kan letterlik `n mens daarvan red om dood te bloei.” Hipnose word, onder andere, gebruik om mense te help met gewigverlies, om op te hou rook en om depressie, konsentrasie en geheue te verbeter. Psigiaters gebruik ook hipnose om die oorsaak van depressie te vind, deur om trauma deur verskillende ouderdomme en gebeurtenisse in jou verlede te herroep wat jy nie kan onthou nie, maar steeds bestaan in jou onderbewussyn. Wanneer `n mens wakker is evalueer jou bewussyn al jou denke, sit party van hulle in aksie, prosesseer nuwe inligting en skakel dit oor na jou onderbewussyn toe. Psigiaters vermoed dat `n diep gefokusde en ontspanne hipnotiese toestand kan veroorsaak dat jou bewussyn traumatiese ondervindings `n kleiner rol in jou denkproses laat speel aangesien jou onderbewussyn eintlik meeste van die dinkwerk doen. Sodoende stel dit die psigiater of sielkundige in staat om direk met jou onderbewussyn te werk wat terapie meer effektief maak. Amper asof hipnose die “control panel” in jou brein oop maak. Skepties of nie, dit is deur die jare bewys dat daar tog `n plek vir hipnose in die moderne sielkunde is. Illustrasie: Gustav Reyneke
Who wants to be a millionaire?
CHANÉ MACKAY Many people believe that money makes the world go round. Actually, gravity and physics take care of the spinning, but if you think about it, on some level every single human activity is linked to making and spending money. This is not necessarily because all people are greedy or because advertising is brain-washing the consumer, but simply because money is the key
to satisfying our basic needs for survival and to fullling our desires. The truth is we all could do with a million or two and if you really want to you can become a millionaire. Perdeby will tell you how. Today there are more South Africans from humble backgrounds becoming very wealthy than ever before. Rose Matthews* is one of them and she offered Perdeby some advice that could perhaps set an aspiring Tukkie on the road
to riches. Born into an Afrikaans, middle-class suburban household, Rose was not exactly born with the proverbial silver spoon i her mouth. She went to public schools and even dropped out of UP before completing her teaching degree. Today, Matthews is one of the wealthiest and most successful women in the country. She has a range of small businesses such as a blueberry farm and a security rm. This super-mom, entrepreneur and business guru made her rst million when she turned 40. Matthews explaine: “When we started the business we had no cash ow to brag about. Customers paid by the seventh, if we were lucky, but our employees’ salaries were due by the 25th. We used to borrow money against the access bonds on our houses from the 24th to the seventh in order to pay salaries. We only paid ourselves every other month when we had the capital.” According to Matthews, her current net worth “is millions more than it was 20 years ago.” Her advice about money is the kind of mantra written on the bathroom mirrors of the people on the Forbes Billionaires List. The golden rules mentioned include: “Save a portion of your income every month. See it as an expense, like rent” and “It is good if you can grow a capital base that is more than triple your monthly expenses.” Tips on what to do with money once you have it can be handy, but for those of you yet to master alchemy or still who are guring out how to make it big, Matthews recommended, “Don’t try and copy what others have done, try and nd the
stuff that is not being done, that actually irritates you, [for example] look for a need.” Apparently, building and maintaining great wealth is not reserved exclusively for the brilliant, beautiful or lucky. If you are so broke you can hardly afford to pay attention, it may be worth considering that the majority of South Africans over 16 years earn less than R30 000 annually. According to Unisa’s report on the level and distribution of income in South Africa, approximately 522 000 South Africans were earning R500 000 or more per annum in 2010. This comparatively small group, a mere 1,6% of our population, acquired almost a third of the nation’s total income for the year. Four South Africans, including South Africa’s rst black billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, featured amongst the world’s wealthiest on the Forbes Rich List 2011, which boasted a record breaking number of new billionaires, their staggering combined net worth totalling around R32,39 trillion. Motsepe was born in Soweto and has built an empire currently worth around R3,3 billion. If so many South Africans from humble backgrounds, like Rose Matthews and Patrice Motsepe can make it big, really big, by learning, planning and persevering, it might just be possible that you or anyone else can make millions ‒ even if you can only afford twominute noodles for dinner. *Name has been changed Photo: Brad Donald
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A tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo The seven symptoms of humanity MEAGAN DILL
If you could see any band in the world, past or present, who would you choose? For many, the answer is The Beatles. While that may not actually be possible, Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles may just be the next best thing. But Rain is not merely a tribute show – it has a unique concept. Instead of the band merely churning out songs in an indiscriminate order, they are arranged by era, with sets and costumes to match. The show is a multimedia spectacle, which at rst might seem like an odd idea for a 1960s tribute show, but it works. The graphics and videos used as backdrops effectively create an atmosphere of the time – from women fainting at Shea Stadium, to bombs dropping, to psychedelic patterns and surreal images. In this sense, Rain hovers somewhere between a theatre show and a rock concert. The visual grandeur of it all is denitely characteristic of theatre, but the songs get the audience on their feet
– certainly not something you’d see at your average theatre show. What is impressive about the band is its dedication to awlessly imitating every nuance of the original music and vocals of The Beatles. It is clear that each band member is not only musically gifted but also dedicated to perfect imitation. For example, Mac Rufng is actually right-handed but taught himself to play bass left-handed in order to play Paul McCartney authentically. Of course, there are drawbacks to tackling the task of paying tribute to a band with such a huge catalogue – not every song can be played every night. Nonetheless, this is a small trade-off for the overall feeling you’re likely to leave the theatre with: the feeling that in some way, you now know The Beatles just that little bit better. Rain runs until 4 September at the Teatro at Montecasino. Tickets range from R190 to R375 and can be booked at Computicket.
Photos: Ed Sullivan & Cylla von Tiedemann
NADINE LAGGAR Seven Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor is one of those books you need to read with a pinch of salt at the ready. You may know Taylor better as lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour. It is obvious that Taylor is no literary genius as he uses the book to advocate his opinions, completely secular in nature, about the human race. If you’re easily offended in terms of religion, this book is probably not for you. That said, Taylor is always aware of his blatant subjectivity. Though laden with cynicism, the book also addresses the limitless potential that is inherent in all of humanity. There are paragraphs in which he unexpectedly reveals moments of pure brilliance and infallible logic. It is no wonder, since he has a cornucopia of experience to draw from. Like Taylor says, “You cannot write a book about birds if you have not studied them in HD for a prolonged period of time. So, consequently, you should not be able to write an entire rambling homage to the Seven Deadly Sins without wearing a few of them on your shirt like Cub Scout badges, right?” The crux of the book is how the Seven Deadly Sins are not, well, deadly Or sins, for that matter. Taylor explores the ways in which the supposed sins are really just human nature and how they can be the driving force (when committed in moderation) behind great things. The only sin Taylor seems completely against is sloth. Not because it’s deadly, but because it’s the anthrax to potential. By no means is he advocating debauchery or anarchy. It’s more of a revision of an old ideal and an attempt to put the sins into perspective. Taylor even ends the book with his own idea of the Seven Deadly Sins. His list includes murder, child abuse, rape, torture, theft, lying and bad music which “elevates mediocrity for acceptance and praise”. If nothing else, the book will give you an amazing insight into who Corey Taylor is and why he is the way he is: for example, the fact that Taylor was raped by his best friend at the tender age of eleven; that he lived in poverty and was brought up in an abusive household for the majority of his childhood, sleeping in bathtubs and closets. Through all his addictions, from cocaine to alcoholism, he went on to become a successful musician and to win a Grammy (which he emphatically does not care for). In its totality, Seven Deadly Sins makes for an entertaining read and will get you thinking introspectively. Taylor says, “If music is the universal language, then sins are a universal birthright. We earn our sins through mistakes and rapture. We earn our humanity through our ability to mend.” But don’t forget that pinch of salt. You’ll need it. Photo: liviamoy.blogspot.com
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Shadowclub: dirty rock ‘n roll NADINE LAGGAR
Shadowclub’s debut album, Guns And Money, has caused quite a ripple in the South African music scene since its release. With lyrics that hint at sex and danger combined with their blues-rock inspired sound, Perdeby caught up with Jacques Moolman (vocals and lead guitar), Louis Roux (bass guitar) and Isaac Klawansky (drums) to nd out more about this three-piece band from Johannesburg. You’ve become renowned for your bluesy, old-school rock and roll vibe. What was the inspiration behind your unique sound? Isaac: We’re all very inuenced by rock and roll and the blues. We have been since we were little kids, from our parents, listening to their music. [Jacques and I] played in a band before quite a few years ago called Airship Orange and that split up. So we decided to form another band. The idea was to keep it simple and basically keep the best elements of rock and roll (drums, bass, guitar – three-piece – and one voice) and that was the sound that came out. From the beginning, it was just an epic blues sound and then it changed from there. Is there any signicance to the album’s title Guns And Money? Jacques: The way that Guns And Money came about was that we had all these songs that we were going to put on an album. We sat with the label [and] listened to all the songs that we had recorded already. We had performed [“Guns And Money”] like twice about two years ago and then we forgot about it but we had it as a recording. And the label said, “Why don’t you try this out? This will be really rad.” I didn’t have any lyrics for it yet. It worked kind of well when we rst performed it. So, we thought, ja, let’s try it out. We went into pre-production and “Guns And Money” was the rst sort of chorus that really made sense to me. “She knows…”
is the beginning of it and it’s very similar to “Good Morning Killer” which is ne for us because it has a totally different meaning in “Guns And Money”. We eventually decided that that’s probably the strongest name for the album. It was between that and “Good Morning Killer”. It took about ten minutes to decide. Isaac: Incidentally, it’s the rst single as well. You guys used to hand out demos of your music at gigs. How would you say your music has changed when compared to your debut album? Louis: Well, the whole idea of the studio album was to capture the live energy and the live show. We found a really cool studio in town and we went in there, set up and did a live
Laurie Levine: Six Winters
recording. The entire album is live. At the end of each take we knew whether it was for the album or not. We were lucky: some tracks we did in one take. Isaac: If you compare the studio album to our original demos, it’s all recorded in the same way. It’s just that this time around it’s slightly more polished, but the energy is still the same. The music video for “Guns And Money” has been released. Any new music videos we should be looking out for soon? Isaac: “Good Morning Killer” at the end of August. That single is going to be released [this week] and then a week later we’re going to shoot the video. We’ve already done the concept.
Louis: Ja, the concept for the video is very cool. It’s going to be a one shot; one person being shot as one thing. Jacques: Using a steadicam rig. Louis: Ja, we’re working with a guy, James. He’s [South Africa’s] most renowned steadicam operator. It’ll have a nice gritty feel. The concept itself is very, very strong. How was it having Brian Lucey master your tracks for Guns And Money? Jacques: That was probably one of the biggest perks of the whole production period. I tried to hook up with Brian Lucey on Facebook and he actually replied. It’s just amazing to work with someone who has such a big prole. While he was doing our album, he was also producing David Lynch’s new album. He had just nished working on the ve Grammy Award-winning Black Keys album, Brothers. How was the experience of working with Matthew Fink from The Black Hotels? Isaac: He’s a very talented guy. He had seen us perform a hell of a lot so he knows the sound and he knew exactly what we were trying to achieve. Louis: I think Matthew’s experience of being a producer and his knowledge of music and history [helped] – he knew where we wanted to slot in. He nurtured the project. He didn’t force anything and we didn’t force it. He just gently guided us. It was very cool working with him. He’s a quirky dude. Isaac: I mean, if you look at the album there’s, like, a few songs that have extra guitar bits that he played. Are there any plans to take on the international music scene? Louis: Playing the South African circuit is awesome and it’s something we need to do. But we are very keen and ready to pack up, go and come back. It’s not about South Africa; it’s about being South African. Photo: Esther van Eeden
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CHRIS VAN DER MERWE Die Suid-Afrikaanse folk-musiektoneel het `n vêr pad gekom. Kunstenaars soos Holiday Murray en Fulka het gesorg dat hierdie genre `n skielike oplewing in die plaaslike musiekmark beleef. `n Kunstenaar wie egter soms van vergeet word wanneer daar van goeie folk-musiek gepraat word, is Laurie Levine. Levine speel al `n hele ruk `n rol in die plaaslike musiekbedryf en het onlangs haar derde vollengte album, Six Winters, uitgereik. Die album skop af met die sentimentele “Oh, Brother”. Sommer van die begin af hoor mens dat Levine baie emosie deur haar lirieke uitstraal. Die baskitaar in die agtergrond voeg `n moderne klank by die andersins outydse klank. Snitte soos “Six Winters” en Levine se weergawe van Johnny Cash se “Ring Of Fire” bewys ten volle die stembegaafdheid van Levine, asook haar vermoë om hierdie genre haar eie te maak. As jy nog nie die hartseer in haar liedjies kon aanvoel nie, gaan jy dit beslis in “I Won’t Ask Him Why” kan hoor.
Die lirieke van die album mag dalk eentonig klink, maar Levine se kreatiwiteit kom na vore in snitte soos “Stray”. Die viool wat in die kort pouse tussen die verse speel gee die liedjie `n byna spookagtige gevoel. Levine sing egter nie net die heeltyd oor haarself en haar gevoelens nie. `n Denitiewe hoogtepunt van die album is “Beautiful Losers” wat handel oor hoe ons almal uniek en pragtig is, ondanks wat mense dalk mag dink of sê. Hierdie boodskap is al afgewater en het in `n effense cliché verander, maar min mense kry dit reg om dit soos Levine oor te dra. Soos dit die laaste snit op die album betaam, is “So Long Farewell” een van die bestes. Daar is baie verskillende opinies oor die dinamiek van `n album. Die album verander nie regtig veel van tempo nie, maar dit is steeds `n lekker luisterervaring. As jy `n aanstaander is van Norah Jones se musiekstyl, die lirieke van Katie Melua en, durf dit gesê word, Adele se vokale vermoë, dan is Laurie Levine se nuwe album net die ding vir jou.
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29 August ‘11
South African Sports Awards 2011
CHARLOTTE KEURIS On Sunday 21 August, Sun City played host to the 2011 Sports Awards. The awards brought together famous sportsmen and women from across the country as well as a few celebrities such
as Colin Moss and international singer Brandy. The awards were held for the rst time in three years and the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, promised that the event would be a night to remember. The top accolade of the night was awarded to Hashim Amla,
batsman and vice-captain of the national one-day and Twenty20 teams. Amla is only 28-years-old and was awarded the Sports Star of the Year award. Other athletes who were nominated for this award included leading Banyana Banyana goal scorer Noko Matlou, Masters Golf champion Charl Schwartzel, Springbok Sevens yhalf Cecil Afrika and swimming world-record holder Cameron van der Burgh. Van der Burgh did not go home empty-handed and walked away with the Sportsman of the Year award. The 23-year-old swimmer has won several medals and currently holds the 50m and 100m short course world records. Noko Matlou was also recognised for her contribution to South African sport and won the Sportswoman of the Year award. Last year, Matlou lead the South African team to the bronze medal at the African Women’s Championships. Matlou had also previously been awarded African Women’s Player of the Year. The Blue Bulls also cleaned out at the awards by winning the Team of the Year as well as the Coach of the Year awards. Frans Ludeke, Blue Bulls coach, lead the team to victory in the 2009 Currie Cup and 2009-2010 Super Rugby competitions. This year, the Newcomer of the Year award went to Chad le Clos. This talented young swimmer is currently the 200m buttery short course world champion and has a promising future in swimming. The awards also saw several world class athletes being honoured with the Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement awards. These included Ernie Els, Peter “Poison” Thage and Victor Mateld. Other awards also included: Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability: Kgothatso Montjane. Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Lucas Sithole. Federation of the Year: Swimming South Africa. Photographer of the Year: Lefty Shivambu. Journalist of the Year: David Isaacson. Image: blogspot.com
TuksGholf Akademie beste in die land KEVIN VAN DER LIST Die High Performance Centre se TuksGholf Akademie is nou die beste gholfskool in die land. Die Akademie het hierdie titel verower nadat hulle die Suid-Afrikaanse Hoërskool Gholf Kampioenskappe, wat teen die beste gholfskole in die land gespeel is, en ook die St John’s Toernooi, gewen het. Suid-Afrikaanse Hoërskool Gholf Kampioenskappe was `n 36 putjie toernooi wat op 9 Augustus by die Mount Edgecombe Country Club gehou is. Tuks het voor die 18de putjie nie die spel maklik gevind nie. Hulle was vyf houe agter die voorlopers, maar het later in die spel beter begin vaar. Die vier man span het met `n 10 hou wending die toernooi met vyf houe gewen. Volgens Teagan Moore, een van die Tuks spanlede, het “die span ingegaan met die voorneme om te wen en niks anders nie. Op papier is ons een van die beste spanne, so ons het geweet ons
kon dit doen.” Die toernooi het verseker dat TuksGholf `n indrukwekkende 17 toernooi-titels die jaar alleen verower het. Moore skryf die oorwinnings toe aan “dissipline, toewyding en briljante afrigters.” `n Meer onlangse oorwinning was die Internasionale Skole Gholf Toernooi. Die toernooi was die agtste Internasionale Skole Gholf Toernooi wat van 17 tot 20 Augustus by die Gary Player Country Club en die Lost City Gholf Baan gehou is. Die speelveld het bestaan uit 32 spelers wat van verskeie Afrika lande afkomstig was. Die Tuksspan het Waterkloof gewen na `n gelykop spel bo aan die punteleer. Tuks se diversiteit en konsekwentheid het hul oorwinning in die toernooi verseker. TuksGholf Hoërskool het die Dainfern Skole Uitdaging, die bogenoemde Suid-Afrikaanse Hoërskool Kampioenskappe en die Internasionale Skool Gholf Toernooi ook gewen.
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Kiaat and Madelief claim Res League CARLO COCK Kiaat defeated Humanities 3-0 in the nal of the Tuks Football Men’s Res League on Wednesday night, 24 August, to claim the title of Res League champions. Playing in front of a vibrant crowd at ABSA Tuks Stadium, the pressure was on both teams to deliver a good performance. Kiaat, who had comfortably seen off Zeus and 2010 nalists, Olympus, in the quarternals and semi-nals respectively, were favourites to win from the start, with a squad boasting several Tuks Promo and Castle players. AmaJelly Babies though, as Humanities is affectionately known, had upset many Res League powerhouses en route to the nal in their debut season. After overcoming Tuksdorp 4-1 over two legs in the Round of 16, they then comfortably defeated Taaibos with a devastating 4-1 victory before edging out Kollege 1-0 in the semi-nal. With both sides heading into the game in a condent mood, it looked set to be a tight game.
The nal itself was a rather mild affair, with Kiaat effectively implementing their direct brand of play and Humanities failing to produce the quick-passing football which took them to the nal. Kiaat dominated from the onset and Jan Novela gave them the lead in the 28th minute. Kiaat were unlucky to go into half-time with a mere 1-0 lead, having created several chances. In the second half though, they converted their chances into goals, as Jacob Letsoko curled a stunning second goal into the bottom corner before a comical error from the Humanities goalkeeper gifted Kiaat number 10, Gian Chidoni, the third goal, ending the game as a contest. Chidoni produced a virtuoso passing display in the centre of mideld and was rarely dispossessed as he outplayed the Humanities mideld. Humanities coach Lehlohonolo Ramuki expressed his disappointment after the loss but conceded that the better side had won on the night. “The game was not as [uid] as normal; they played good football and that made
implementing our game-plan difcult. Kiaat on the day were the better team, but throughout the tournament we were the best. But take nothing away from Kiaat, they deserved to win it on the night,” said Ramuki after the game. In the women’s nal it was Madelief who claimed glory, narrowly beating Onderstepoort in a closely contested game. Madelief, who ousted four-time defending champions and favourites Lilium in the quarter-nals, went in as underdogs but turned in a positive display. Daniellle van Heerden slotted home a goal in the rst half and Madelief held on to that lead for the remainder of the game as Onderstepoort, backed by boisterous support, could not nish off their chances. Tumisho Sithole and Simphiwe Hadebe of Humanities nished as the joint top-scorers in the men’s competition with seven goals each, while Steph Friedman from Onderstepoort won the women’s golden boot with an impressive nine goals throughout the tournament. Photos: Esther van Eeden & Kobus Barnard
Five Proteas sign up with TuksCricket
KEVIN VAN DER LIST TuksCricket has signed ve international players for their 2011/2012 season, according to Tuks 1 coach Pierre de Bruyn. These ve players are Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, Paul Harris, CJ de
Villiers and FAF du Plessis. The all-round ability of Albie Morkel and the skill of Morné Morkel as a world-class bowler will undoubtedly add value to the Tuks side. Accomplished spin bowler for the Proteas, Harris, is also a great addition for Tuks. De Villiers and du Plessis round up the
new additions by contributing bat and ball skills respectively. De Bruyn said that he’s aware of the fact that most of the players will be on international duty for South Africa and their respective clubs “but to have them associated with UP and TuksCricket is a massive advantage.” They will play a bigger role in marketing TuksCricket, said de Bruyn. According to Proteas all-rounder, Albie Morkel, he won’t be available for all Tuks’s games, but he will try help off the eld. “I’ve got playing experience all around the world so hopefully I can prepare the young players for what they can expect,” he said. Morkel said that he hopes all the international players can make “Tuks a very strong brand.” Although these players won’t play for Tuks that often, de Bruyn feels that the younger players will learn from these players on and off the eld. “My goal is to make sure that these professionals add value to the system and that the club’s players benet from their presence, experience and knowledge of the game,” said de Bruyn. According to Tuks 1 opening batsman, Francois le Clus, “These players bring international experience to the club and they also have a very positive effect on those who come into contact with them and this is priceless.” Tuks 1 has been extremely successful over the past ve years and the inclusion of these international players will strengthen the side
even more. The team nished in second place last year at the USSA and has only lost four out of their last 54 games. Tuks will face important matches when they play in the National Club Championship this September. Winning this competition will ensure that Tuks 1 claims the title of the best club in the country. De Bruyn said that he’s condent that his team will win the Club Championships. “It will be a tough week and of high quality, but we have [been] and are preparing very well for this week. I have condence in the squad to achieve [this goal],” he said. Although the likes of AB de Villiers, FAF du Plessis and Albie Morkel will miss out due to the Champions League in India and the other international players due to franchise cricket commitments, Tuks will not be lacking any experience. The Club Championships will be hosted by Tuks this year and will take place between 20 and 24 September. Tuks will face the likes of Free State and Western Province on 20 and 22 September respectively. Make sure you get to the TuksCricket Oval and support the boys in their attempt to be crowned the best club in the country. Tuks will face the likes of KZN, Free State, Boland, Western Province and EP on 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 September respectively. Image: abc.net.au
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Published on Aug 28, 2011