5 May 2012 Vol. 3 No. 9 21 October 2013
Amakhosi Friday @ NWU Vaal
Final Exams are almost here! DTF launches Magazine Think PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Welcome SRC 2013/2014 Review: Rugby Championship 2013
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Congrats to our NWU Vaal Football team!
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That feeling of soooo much to do and so little time also starts to slowly build. What to do? What to do?
and then you lose out on time and marks. • Write to the best of your ability. Unless you have parrot memory; it might not be possible for you to write everything that was in the textbooks; but don’t give up! Write what you know; and get SOME marks, rather than not writing it down at all. • When you feel that you are done and you have left the exam room: FORGET IT ALL. It doesn’t help you to go and check your notes to see if your answers are correct after you wrote the exam. Wait for the results, have a look where you went wrong, talk to your lecturer; and if push comes to shove, re-write.
Firstly? BREATHE! Secondly, if you haven’t learnt how to do it by now; the best thing to do is: PRIORITIZE!
BUT I have faith in all of you that you will do great the first time around! P.S. I am available for encouraging words and hugs if needed!
Here are some tips I learned through my years as a student: • Before you start to worry about exams, FIRST remember that you still have a few weeks left of classes. So make sure your work is up-to-date, and hand in those last minute assignments! • Check your exam timetables. They are out, so make sure you know when you are writing. This also helps to see if there might be clashes (it can happen) • Make notes (proper notes) for each module. A few papers or random words in textbooks is not enough to help you pass. Hard part? This will involve you re-reading those books and notes you wrote... BUT this helps, as that way you can get rid of the info that you don’t need, hence making life a little easier. • Plan a schedule. Trust me, it doesn’t help to just study a day before.
Now down to some good news! Student 24/7 has moved! If you pop by the Radio Station and knowck on door G02, I am in there writing away madly for who-knows-what! If you feel you have a story to tell, or you know someone who is news-worthy, I am now closer to the action! Don’t be afraid to come by and say hello!
Do you wake up lately wondering, “Where has the time gone?” I am having quite a few of those days; but I guess not as bad a when you are a student... When you look at it; by the end of this month (which is about two weeks away) all students on Campus will be writing their FINAL exams for the year!
When writing exams: • Read through everything first. It might seems like a waste of time, but you never know what extra information your lecturer might have written; that in the end will save you a lot of time. • Answer the easier questions first.Don’t waste time trying to think of what to write on questions you are not sure about first. You might not get to all the easier questions
Well that was the good news, and now to the GREAT news! As you may have heard around Campus or seen on Facebook, 18 Ocotber is being called Amakhosi Friday. Why? Because our lovely Campus has gone into partnership with the Kaizer Chiefs! So make sure you around the Student Centre on 18 October wearing your gold and black shirts to show your support! I guess that’s all for now! Play hard, but study harder!
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Vuvu’s Soapbox Quack! I am the first to admit that I might benefit from more physical exercise... having admitted this I wish to categorically state that I don’t run (I waddle at a leisurely pace). In fact, if you ever see me run, you should probably start running too because something (or someone) is probably chasing me, swinging an axe! These days however, I find myself hurrying along at an alarming pace - even by my own (low) standards, and the reason: time is running away from me! It feels as if I wake up in the morning and five minutes later it is dinner time... Quack! I am perplexed... to say the least. Wherever time runs, it runs at the speed of sound... I suspect that I am not alone in my assumption, since I overheard several students at the Student Centre complaining that they have more assignments to complete than there are days in a week – eish! Mister Smarty Pants (my overbearing cousin who lives next to the library) is of the opinion that the answer lies in science: For a 1 year old a week is 1.92% of your life so far. So a week is a significant portion of time. For say, a 60 year old a week is 0.032% of life so far. (And yes, by now I am as confused as a Shark supporter at a Kaizer Chiefs soccer match!). My cousin reckons that time is a matter of perspective: as we grow older we perceive it differently, which causes the feeling of increased speed. Myself, I think that global warming is to blame... but that’s just me. Time seems to be our friend and our enemy all at once. It is said that it heals; that time flies; that time waits for no one; that with its passage, all resentments are appeased, all hatreds forgotten. I am not too sure about that, simply because I can’t find time for anything... When I was younger I thought of Father Time as an old man with a long white beard, dressed
in a long velvet robe and carrying an hourglass – I am not convinced that he is in fact an ultramarathon athlete! Take the month of October for example. The Campus has been abuzz with activities, and yet we are all but ready to pack it up for the coming exam period. Over the last couple of weeks we celebrated diversity in the workshop; we applauded academic excellence at the graduation ceremonies, we inaugurated a new cadre of student leaders and even saw a fashion magazine being launched! As we speak the campus is gearing up to announce their partnership with soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs to the world, and staff and students alike will join in the fun of Amakhosi Friday. And just so you know – we feathered folk also enjoy our soccer and the age old rivalry between Chiefs and Pirates have seen many a goose swallow his pride. You see, the supporters of the losing team have to dance the funky chicken – and believe me, it is not a pretty sight! What if we could catch up to Father Time? What would you ask him? I suggest we take him hostage and demand more time... Just remember: if we get caught – you are deaf and I don’t speak English! Quack!
FROM THE RECTOR’S OFFICE
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” – Albert Schwitzer. Coming to the end of an academic year can result in many different feelings: excitement, relief, worries about the future, burn-out, even sadness. For some students, coming to the end of a course can lead to a feeling of ‘I am over it’ and completing the last couple of assessments or exams can seem impossible. The last stretch of the year can therefore be a dangerous time for some students as a lack of motivation in finishing can lead to a course being lengthened due to failure or for some students, not finishing at all. Faced with the demands of different courses and a myriad of readings, projects and assessments, students often find themselves drained of energy and stressed out before the semester is over. I believe the answer to staying motivated lies in developing a positive attitude towards learning. With the October graduation ceremonies still fresh in our memories, it is important for you to find time to reflect upon what your education means to you. Your answers will determine your approach to your studies. If you take a passive approach when studying, you are likely to be engaged in memoris-
ing and cramming information just to do well in a course. In contrast, an active approach will see you taking initiative to seek understanding so that your intellectual paradigm goes beyond paper chases – you think critically, you are open to new knowledge, and you find pleasure in learning. Remember. Motivation is sometimes like a car, you can’t go anywhere until you turn the engine on. Sometimes the best way to get motivated is to start doing what needs to be done. Also take note that there are many people within the campus community who can help you if only you ask. This may be a lecturer who can help clarify some work, it may be the staff from support departments such as the Library, Student Counselling and Development and Academic
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Development and Support. You should also not forget that there are other students who can help you to keep motivated when preparing for your upcoming exams – peer mentors, SI leaders, counsellors and friends. Staying motivated in your studies requires a clear purpose and positive attitude. It is a conscious choice that you have to make. The most successful people find great success when they focus on having a passion for the process. Think about this for a moment. Choose to make today victorious regardless of the obstacles that come your way. Find pleasure and purpose in your studies and ignite the passion and potential within yourself! It all starts here. Today. With you.
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NWU Vaal Welcomes Kaizer Chiefs to family
During a national media launch on Friday, 18 October 2013, the Vaal Campus and the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club officially announced their partnership that will see the University availing its expertise to benefit young talented footballers at the club’s Youth Academy in Johannesburg.
The Centre for Continuing Professional Development ( CCPD ) on the Vaal Campus will serve as the point of contact between the football club and experts across the University. The expertise will be specifically utilised to develop young football players in totality and therefore do not only include playing skills. The NWU will provide consultancy and advice on a wide variety of topics. These include finance, nu-
trition, psychological preparation for high performance sport and physical conditioning. The footballers will be developed in academic and professional fields in order to prepare them for life after their professional football careers.
needs. For example, if they need knowledge pertaining to the nutrition for sportsmen , we put them in touch with the nutritionists at the Potchefstroom Campus, “says Mr Ederick Stander , project manager at the Vaal Campus.
“The specific type of knowledge that will be required will depend on Kaizer Chiefs ‘
For more information visit the Vaal Newsroom: vaalnews. nwu.ac.za
Scholarships open for M and PhD
Calling all Master's and PhD candidates. The Intr-ACP STREAM Scholarship has opened it's doors again. What the programme is about? The Intra-ACP mobility scheme aims at a broad academic and cultural as well geographically diverse exchange between higher education institutions in African countries. The overall objective is to promote higher-quality education for students and young academics and to increase access to higher education. The programme builds on the African Union's Mwalimu Nyerere Programme for Africa with funding from the European Union. Who can apply? For this call, both Master's and PhD candidates under the following fields: Education, Teaching and Training Agricultural Sciences
Health Sciences Communication and Information Sciences Engineering Sciences Natural Sciences Where can you apply? Partnering Institutions: University of Buea, Buea, Bloemfontein, South Africa Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Makare University, Kampala, Uganda North-West University, South Africa Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Polytechnic of Nambia, Windhoek, Namibia Closing date: 10 November 2013 To apply go onto the following website: http://intra-acp.polytechnic.edu.na/ Further Contact details: Ms Sonja Samuels or Ms Taimi Itembu Tel: (016) 207-2146 / (016) 207-2994 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amakhosi Friday Annette Willemse
Amakhosi Friday coincides with the much anticipated public announcement of the partnership between the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) and soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs. If you have what it takes to be the ultimate Kaizer Chiefs supporter, then join in the fun and stand a chance to walk away with much more than bragging rights! To put yourself in the running for an exclusive Kaizer Chiefs hamper, promotional goodies and the opportunity to meet not only members of the club’s executive committee but also several players, tell us why you are the ultimate Kaizer Chiefs supporter. You can send your photos and stories to Annette.Willemse@nwu.ac.za and follow us on facebook (NWU Vaal / NWU Vaal Student 24/7) to find out more. Who knows, you might score big with NWU Vaal and Kaizer Chiefs! The challenge is on! On Friday, 18 October the Student Centre will be the place to be – be on the look-out for theVodacom gig rig truck and proudly support Amakhosi Friday. Join in the fun – and don’t forget to wear gold and black. * For more details check-out the Campus’s Facebook page, Student 24/7 and listen River FM Did you know? • Amakhosi (noun) refers to tribal leaders or chiefs. The word has its origin in Zula and Xhosa. • Kaizer Chiefs is a South African football club based in Johannesburg. • The team is nicknamed Amakhosi which means “chiefs” in Zulu. • Kaizer Chiefs is unarguably the biggest football club in the country in terms of success and it is also the most supported club in Africa, with an estimated 16 million supporters. • Chiefs founder, Kaizer Motaung played for Orlando Pirates – a fellow Soweto team, in his early playing career.
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• Famous players who donned the black and gold jersey in the past include former national team captains Neil “Mokoko” Tovey, Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe, Patrick “Ace” Ntsoelengoe and Doctor “16V” Khumalo. • Kaiser Chiefs, a British pop band , was named after the club because Lucas Radebe – a former player of Kaizer Chiefs, captained Leeds United, the team they all supported. • The lekarapa (plural: makarapa) helmet came about in the 1970’s and was introduced by Alfred Baloyi a very enthusiastic soccer supporter. • Pule ‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe, the midfield general of many fine Kaizer Chiefs teams of the mid- 1970’s to mid-1980’s, was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in October 2003. • In a sense, South Africa’s favourite soccer club never plays an away match. Kaizer Chiefs, founded by SA soccer legend Kaizer Motaung, draws more supporters at away games than its opposition ‘home’ teams.
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Down To Fashion Annelize de Lange
Tamen, the feisty redhead girl and Burger, the adamant kind hearted guy, teamed up and together they make the perfect team for something out of this world- Down To Fashion(DTF) Down To Fashion came together in November 2012, but the first hard copy of the magazine was produced on 4 October 2013 at the official launch. DTF was initially a crazy idea, and neither of them actually thought that it would turn into reality. DTF was only something they did for fun, but soon became very serious. Down To Fashion wants to inspire students to be the change, to see the world a bit differently, and to make students realize that fashion is also a form of expression. “Never doubt in yourself!” Even though they don’t know what would happen in the future, Tamen and Burger really want to see DTF as a nationally recognised publication on everyone’s lips. They want to reach new frontiers, and conquer limits like turning DTF into a fashion and lifestyle magazine. Don’t worry though, they will stay true to their roots and stay a student magazine. DTF has their own feisty philosophy about fashion, “If you like it, try it. As long as it says
who you are, you were born to wear it.” They live by the inspiration of fashion that can say who you are without you speaking. Down To Fashion tips for the summer of 2013Keep it simple, flowy and comfortable! Don’t dress to impress, dress to express! • If you weren’t able to get your hands on the launch edition, don’t worry you can visit and LIKE their Facebook page @ www. facebook.com/DownToFashion and follow them on twitter @ www.twitter.com/DownToFashion • They have a mobile site, a daily dose of fashimins www.d2f.mobi and don’t stress the next issue will be out between the middle and end of January 2014 You can definitely keep your eyes on Down To Fashion, because they are going all the way up.
Jessica is not just a pretty name Burger Aucamp
You don’t necessarily have to eat your bowl of Kellogg’s to get it all. Most of the time it takes hard work, dedication and a little bit of talent. You will be surprised at what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.
girl’s girl so naturally I love the industry”. On asking her what the relevance between journalism and modelling is she says her choice to study journalism has nothing to do with modelling, however she would love to be a TV presenter.
Jessica Costa is a force to be reckoned with. She thrives in all aspects of her life and achieved what most people only dream about:
Jessica believes she is a strong, feminine and deep person. She loves to be surround-
• She recently received her degree in Language Practice and Communication with a Cum Laude, • • She was invited to be an elite member of the Golden Key Honour Society, • • She’s doing her honours degree in Journalism with two already published articles in local papers, • • Was chosen for various fashion shows, fashion shoots, TV snippets, featured in newspapers, magazines, promotional adverts and on four billboards. • • On top of it all she was chosen Miss Xtreme 2012 Jessica started modelling at the age of 3. In the beginning, her mom enrolled her into a modelling school to bring her out of her shell – she loved it ever since. Jessica says, “I enjoy dressing up in the most glamorous clothes, and putting on a breath-taking show. I’m a real
21 Oct 2013 ed by people who are loyal, soft at heart and loveable. Her idea about relationships is that they should be thrilling, flow easily and fascinate you. Jessica is a woman who loves people, loves people who are kind and work hard to elevate herself in life. She feels that once you work hard, you can achieve anything. She considers the constant worry about failure to be like that of a hospital and being stuck in a rut.
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A solemn declaration with big responsibilities
Social work students of the NWU Vaal Campus’ School of Behavioural Sciences recently declared themselves ready to take on the responsibilities of social work practice. Students in the professional four year Bachelor in Social Work degree programme make a solemn declaration during the second year of their studies. It is at this point when students begin to apply their knowledge in practice. During this special event students make a declaration to always perform their duties in an ethical and just manner. This is an important rite of passage for students. Big responsibility in an uncertain work environment Ms Elmien Truter, lecturer in the Social Work Department, compared the social work profession to gambling: social workers can’t always foresee what might happen in the cases they are handling or who or what will walk into the office next. The work environment students will face is fraught with uncertainty and unpredictability, which will require them to always be ready to deliver firstrate services to all service users in a manner that is both ethical and in keeping with the law. Regardless of the challenges they will face as social workers, the students can never lose sight of the lives they
will be responsible for. Social workers, who perform poorly and ignore ethics and legislation, are irresponsible and gambling with the lives of families and children. Social workers perform a very important role in communities to protect and speak for those who are unable to do so themselves. To help students always remember the important responsibility they undertake by making this declaration, each were given a dice that signify the delicate gamble inherent to social work practice. Voice from practice During this event attended by students, their parents and other guests, a guest speaker with 30 years’ experience and who is currently a presiding officer at the Children’s Court in Sebokeng, spoke to the audience. Charl van Niekerk told the students that few people have the courage, determination and will to make a difference in the world around them; and by serving the people in the communities they will work in, they will enhance people’s
capacity to address their own needs. Currently South Africa faces a shortage of approximately 50 000 social workers and only a quarter of actual child sexual abuse cases are reported. Social workers who aim to put service above self-interest are often the unseen heroes who challenge social injustices and rescue the vulnerable children of South Africa. Mr Van Niekerk thanked the students for taking the direction they have, as many are called but few are chosen.
Environmental activism by NWU Vaal students on the rise Annette Willemse
A student society on the Vaal Campus called Saving the Environment and Working Together (SEWT), heeds the call to make a difference in the local community of Vanderbijlpark and to educate local residents about keeping the environment clean. During the first day of the September recess fifteen members of the society travelled to the taxi rank in Vanderbijlpark’s CBD to create awareness about littering. The students were trained by Ms Nomsa Skasa of the Sedibeng District Municipality about the correct use of brooms, gloves and plastic bags for a clean-up operation that included sidewalks, parking spaces and dustbins. The students not only cleaned up the taxi rank but also spent time with the local commuters and street vendors to explain to them why it is important clean up the local environment and asked people not to litter. SEWT
secretary, Mr Mike Sebilane, also spent some time with commuters to explain the activities this society is involved in. The students’ work did not go unnoticed as local taxi operator, Mr John Thaane, noted that the students’ work created awareness of how we pollute our environment and unknowingly create potential health threats. Another operator, Mr Bobby Dladla, said that students were setting an example and that he intends to request people who use his taxi not litter the streets.
21 Oct 2013 *SEWT is a student non-governmental organisation that has been active since 2012 on the Vaal Campus of the North-West University. To get involved with SEWT you can contact Mr Mike Sebilane 078 750 2771 or Prof Johann Tempelhoff 082562 9510.
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LOVE 2 DRAW
A little creative fun...
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Sage Pastel teams up with School of Accounting Sciences to train students Annette Willemse
The School of Accounting Sciences and the South African software company, Pastel Accounting recently joined forces to train second year accounting students as “Pastel Champions”. After the successful completion of the training, these students will act as trainers and mentors during the 2014 training schedule. According to Ms Olive Stumke, a lecturer in the School of Accounting Sciences, the aim of the training was to empower the students with the necessary technical skills in order for them to meet the needs set by industry. Development of a bridging course The School of Accounting Sciences is currently awaiting feedback on an application to SETA to offer Pastel training – free of charge, to all third year students. “We acknowledge
the fact that third year accounting students do not have sufficient exposure to accounting software on a level that is acceptable to the job market,” says Stumke and adds that the University in association with Sage Pastel developed a program – as part of a bridging course, to close this gap. “Numerous students have accounting literacy but not accounting software skills that will enable them to be more marketable when they graduate and are employed in the financial sector,” says Stumke. Through the proposed collaboration between the School of Accounting Sciences and Sage Pastel a student who is entering a postgraduate financial degree – who needs an understanding of the accounting systems, principals and documentation, will be empowered to perform at a higher level in obtaining his/her postgraduate qualification. With
Download this App now Annette Willemse
The introduction of the first NWU mobile application (known as an app) brings the university’s services even closer to staff and students. The app provides NWU staff and students with a unique set of mobile tools that can be used for academic, administrative and information purposes.
If you download the app on your mobile device, you will, for instance, be able to read official NWU news or view your child’s latest academic results. Other tools that you can access through the app are a tool for buying airtime and a chat tool for students and for communication between staff and students.
the skills obtained through this programme the students will be more effective and efficient when first employed. This will in turn result in a shorter learning curve and a faster progression of the students in becoming productive members of the financial department within their respective organisations.
The app is built on the Kuali Mobility for the Enterprise framework (KME framework) and uses the latest technology available. It is available for Blackberry, Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded via the Google Play, Apple and Blackberry stores. You can also access the internet stories via the NWU website go to www.nwu.ac.za and click on the link “Download NWU app” under instant information.
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Welcome new SRC 2013/2014! Annette Willemse
the Campus community.
The student community of the Vaal Triangle Campus recently took to the voting stations and by doing so elected a new student leadership for 2013. Apart from the election of a new Student Representative Council (SRC) the students also elected new house committees for each of the Campus residences.
During the inauguration ceremony the newly elected SRC President, James Ncedandi, committed himself to serve as a dynamic and inspirational leader and added that he –together with his leadership structure, will make every effort needed to vest a student culture that not only reflects the values of the University but also addresses the unique needs and challenges faced by the student community of the NWU Vaal.
The new student leadership was inaugurated into office and as part of the inauguration all the new leaders had to pledge adherence to the Leadership Oath of Office. This oath is co-signed by the Campus Rector, Prof Thanyani Mariba, and represents a binding contract between the respective leader and
The Senior Campus Management bid the leaders well with their new responsibilities and officially handed over each representative’s green Campus blazer to symbolise their new status as student leaders.
Message from the Rector NWU Vaal CSRC 2013/2014
The newly elected SRC structure includes the following student leaders:
Dear Student Leader Remember it is not about serving self, but the University and the greater good of the students. In leadership you cannot please everybody. You got to learn to say NO to the good and YES to the best otherwise you spend a lot of time on things that are not a priority. You have got to lead through difficult times and also good times. Leading always empowers others to take leadership and responsibility. Followers will follow leaders that move. Leaders must be true to themselves, must have knowledge and courage to take the organisation forward. Do not settle for mediocrity – always strive to be the best. Demonstrate your maturity by tolerating views different from your own. Let me take this opportunity to wish you a good and fruitful year of leadership. The time of the struggle is over, now is the time to build. Enjoy the year.
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President James Ncedani Vice President Charmaine Lekoyane Secretary Mosa Mokhaneli Deputy Secretary Vuyelwa Qobo Treasurer Dimitri Petermann Academic Officer Eric Mbuyazi Constitution & Societies Lerato Rapapdi Transformation Bethuel Mokoena Public Relations Officer Alexander van der Walt Arts and Culture Officer Nthabiseng Semudi Projects Officer Olivier Tshimbidi Health and Safety Officer Monica Magoda Residence Officer Eugene Masango Sport Officer Botle Mokoena
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Role and impact of trade unions up for discussion - NWU Vaal Alumni breakfast Annette Willemse
The South African economy has been paralyzed by on-going nationwide strikes for some time now and while the protest action is not only putting pressure on the government and service delivery, it is also adversely affecting the image of South Africa as an investment prospect for foreign investors. The Alumni Office recently hosted a second business breakfast session and during the event Professor Hugo Pienaar – a labour law expert; shed some light on the role and impact of trade unions in South Africa as well as the controversy that surrounds these entities. According to Alwine Naude, the campus’s alumni coordinator it is important for all members of the business fraternity – and especially senior management, to familiarise themselves with existing labour legislation as well as the future role and influence of trade unions within the work environment. Other aspects such as strike action, picketing, worker protection and minimum wage legislation were also discussed during the breakfast session. Prof Hugo Pienaar Professor Hugo Pienaar is the Director of Employment Practice at the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr law firm which is well known as one of South Africa’s largest corporate and com-
mercial law firms. He has vast experience in employment law, litigation and dispute resolution matters and represents most of the major corporations in South Africa. Highlights in his illustrious career include acting as a judge in the Labour Court and lecturing part time in employment law subjects to post-graduate students at various tertiary institutions, the Da Vinci Institute, and similarly, for the Law Society of South Africa. Furthermore, Prof Pienaar has also advised on and helped to develop a labour law framework for major institutions in the United Arab Emirates. He completed his studies at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and was admitted to the bench in 1983. Trade union membership in South Africa Trade union membership in South Africa has grown rapidly since the seventies until today. It is estimated that union membership in 1979 totalled around 800 000 whereas in 1998 membership peaked at 3.8 million. Economists estimate that 26% of the 14.3 million economically active members of the population belong to a trade union. With recent strike action still fresh in our minds, it is calculated that the cost of productive workday losses due to strike action rose from 2.3 million in 1998 to 3.1 million in
2011. The majority of all strike action can be traced to dissatisfaction with wages. A total of 60.9% of all strikes are set to occur within the public sector. Startling statistics • Over a 20 year period the average wage of employees in South Africa has increased by 53% whilst the average productivity has decreased by 41% • 53% of South Africans under the age of 24 is unemployed • To date, strike action in South Africa for 2013 have amounted to a 75% loss in export revenue as well as an estimated R20 billion loss to the economy
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Summer Guide 101 - Preparing for Summer Annelize de Lange
Are you struggling to lose those kilos for the fun summer style? Not sure what best suits you in terms of ALL those clothes in the closet and stores? fear no more! Our very own Annilize de Lange has come up with a greta Summer guide for you! Have a look from 29 October for the fun and info-filled guide on how to be healthy, slim, and top of the fashion list!
The 9th annual Soweto Pride Reclaiming our space with PRIDE Mojalefa Mofokeng
My pride is taking responsibility for my sexual health, being informed about responsible sex and respecting my partners, what’s yours?
Health4men is a clinical project of the ANOVA Health Institute NPC. The project addresses the sexual health of homosexual and bisexual men, as well as other men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa.
Heath4men has two centres of excellence in men’s sexual health. They are working with the Department of Health to extend free competent services for MSM in Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Western Cape and North-West province.
doctors and nurses Confidential screening for HIV Screening and treatment of STIs which includes ( Syphilis, Herpes, Hepatitis, Warts, and Gonorrhoea) The understanding of HIV and its disclosure, ARV adherence, combination HIV prevention, and Viral Load and CD4 Testicular cancer, Post- Exposure Prophylaxis “PEP” Influence of alcohol and drug usage Oral sex, Prostate Gland The use of lubricate (lube) , Anal heath and Being gay and ageing
Heath4men runs and specialises in healthcare for men, services include:
For more information regarding Health4men, you can get in contact with Mr David Motswagae who is in charge of the Vaal Triangle region on 011 9899 865 or email: Motswagae@anovahealth. co.za.
• Antiretroviral treatment • Free consultations with
• You can also visit them on: Facebook: Heath4men
• Twitter @H4Mtop2btm • Website: www.Health4Men.co.za , or • via Cellphone H4M.MOBI You can also dial: • 071 286 3762 • 072 654 0816 • 071 150 1750. Don’t forget to JOIN the Campus LGBTI club on Facebook which is: • “UBUNTU-HOMO ASSOCIATES” Which has formed a partnership with the Health4men clinic to bring about change in the life of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and couples within our beautiful campus.
Increasing knowledge and creating albinism awareness Asiphe Tsolo
Photography by: Sesethu Nyokana
On Friday, 4 October 2013, the Campus held an albinism awareness event at the Vergelegen Hall. The event was organised by the campus for albinism awareness month, and was attended by campus staff and students as well as the community that is affected by albinism. Although not many students attended, those who did claimed to have learnt a lot during the event. One of the students present at the event was second year CA student, Jabu Sakachane, who was quoted saying, â€œwe need to be more educated about albinism since there is not enough knowledge about it and people usually have a lot of preconceptions about albinism that are usually untrue.â€? The day started with a prayer, and then a performance by the Campus choir. After the performance, there was an information session delivered by Dr Dimema, who is a doctor at Sebokeng hospital. Dr Dimema talked about the clinical definition of albinism as well as the different types of albinism. He also spoke about the myths surrounding albinism such as the belief that having sexual intercourse with someone who is an albino can cure HIV/AIDS, or that spitting on someone who is an albino prevents you and your family from getting albinism. Dr Dimema also spoke about the psychological implications for persons
with albinism who are discriminated against.
After Dr Dimema finished his speech, there was an optometrist from the campus clinic, who informed everyone about eye problems that persons with albinism may have. Some of the eye problems she mentioned were short sightedness as well as lazy eye. After the information sessions, some of the albino people present at the event shared their life experiences. One of them was our very own John Mogorosi. John talked about his experience as an albino on campus and whether he experienced any challenges as an albino. Another person who shared their life ex-
21 Oct 2013 perience as an albino was the programme director Mr Vincent Kutoane. The event ended with the handing of incentives to some of the people who were there and a vote of thanks from Sister Mapeete Mulumba.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Annelize de Lange
Just when we thought we waved goodbye to August 2013, women’s month. October 2013 came to surprise us quicker than we thought. This beautiful month is the pink month known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October also has a challenge to it; try to cut out your drinking and smoking habits and try living healthier. This challenge is called OXtober. Back to the pink; breast cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the cells of the breast. It usually start in the inner lining of the milk ducts or the lobules that supply the breast with milk. This malignant tumour can spread to other parts of the body. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women, WORLDWIDE. It accounts for about 16% of all female cancers. This terrible disease is responsible for 19% of all cancer deaths worldwide. The truth is that this isn’t only amongst females, but males as well. Breast cancer rates are much higher in development nations compared to developing ones. Symptoms can only be felt by the patient, and is described to the doctor or nurse as a headache or pain. The first symptoms are usually an area of thickened tissue in the woman’s breast or a lump. The majority of lumps are not cancerous; however it is advisable for women to check them out. Other symptoms include, a lump in the breast, pitting or redness of the skin of the breast (almost like the skin of the orange). A rash on or around the nipples, swelling lumps in the armpits. According to experts, they are not sure what causes breast cancer. It is hard to say why some people develop this disease and others not. Some of the factors that can cause breast cancer can include genetics, a history of breast cancer in your family, obesity, your height (higher women are more likely to develop
breast cancer than shorter people) Alcohol consumption and radiation exposure. It is curable though, if it is detected early enough. It is advisable for women to go for a mammogram yearly the older they get. Be pink this month, be aware of the symptoms, and do daily self-examinations to prevent disappointment. Early detection saves lives!
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The e-tolling system Selina Mokatsane
There has been much ado and controversy about e-tolls. Let’s take a closer look at what this system entails. The e-tolling system is comprised of 49 gantries (which are frameworks that span across roads as bridges would) on highways in Gauteng. These gantries recognise number plates on vehicles electronically, when the vehicles drive under them. For every time that a vehicle passes, a toll is charged according to the kilometre represented by the gantry.
from your account as soon as the card is running low. It is possible to be charged with a debt because the disc or e-tag will be linked to your account as a debit order or to your credit card. A 25% incentive discount is provided for drivers that register for an e-toll tag account and have the tag installed in their vehicles so that their vehicle number plates
can be identified through the gantries. Why e-toll? The e-tolling system affects motorists and pedestrians alike, hence the controversy that is rife and has many people asking “Why?” Many people fear that it threatens the well-being of the South African economy. According to TollFreeGP, “The tolls are supposed to pay for the R20 billion highway upgrade program that has been completed.”
So how do I pay for the toll? As a vehicle driver you have to purchase an e-tag. E-tags are small discs that are installed in your car. You have the option of whether to load money onto the e-tag in advance or to have money automatically debited
Politics in South Africa Deliwe Msibi
It is amusing how the world works; political issues tend to be economic issues because what is at the heart of an individual when they think about politics is the economy behind it, an example is that a political party is not good unless it promises good wealth or unless it is economically fit already. Politics does not exist without the economy, and the economy is part of all human matters including politics.
Class conflicts are mostly resolved than suppressed in South Africa. What happens is that, these conflicts are usually addressed in a form of solution. What is meant by addressed in a form of solutions is that, the mass media is controlled mostly by the government, what goes on to the newspapers, to the television, especially advertisements; if the government is not pleased with what is on advertisements then it will most probably be suspended . The conflicts that are still present, are addressed as adverts on television, during the most popular TV shows. They are also on radios; the
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government is trying to create a class free environment. An economic model, where the means of production is publicly owned is one that will not survive in the world of today. Sweden has been a socialist-based society for several decades, and today, Sweden is among the leaders in terms of quality of life, enjoys one of the world’s biggest GDPs, and continuously ranks as having the happiest people on the planet. This may be correct; however this system cannot work in all states; it is impossible and unrealistic. Human beings are in nature competitive, in a classroom, students’ are subconsciously or consciously competing with each other for best results/grades. In work places, employees compete for promotions. This shows that our world is a competitive one by nature. Therefore it would be highly impossible for socialist economic models today.
Characteristics of an ecologically sustainable economy in South Africa would be: High quality of life, meaning there are low social issues such as HIV/AIDS, crime, divorce and many others; organised government; a country that enjoys one of the biggest GDPs; one that has a good foreign exchange; good relationships with investors; where most number of people are happy and healthy, where there is low class discrimination because the more the economic problems, the more intolerant people become of other ethnic groups; where most people are literate; good education system; there are advances in technology; where democracy is truly exercised; there is good monetary value. Last but not least, a state where there is a nationalisation of things like mines, that way at least there is some distribution of wealth, and there is absence of what is currently happening in South Africa where the rich are becoming richer, and the poor becoming poorer.
Gaming in the School of IT Roche Artz
A game is not just a game, it gets serious. Maths, Information Technology (IT) and Stats has proven to be fields of not only learning, but of gaming too. Who would have ever thought you can have fun while learning simultaneously? On Saturday 5 October, learners came from across various high schools in Gauteng, to participate in the GeeXpo. The GeeXpo showcased activities of the School of I.T. where learners experienced the essence of what the School offers. Learners looked forward to winning prizes. These included bursaries, tablets and laptops. Charnè Meyers (16), from Alberton High School said “I look forward to seeing other projects; hopefully win some priz-
es and see the standard.” She said “I want to see how we understand I.T. compared to that of the North-West University.” Harm de Wet (18), along with his peer, JP Groenewald (18), from Vereeniging Gymnasium, looked forward to see what the multilingual speech technology (MuST) offer. “Hopefully we will win some bursaries for
next year’s studies.” Learners were excited about the day. Amit Jwevan (16) from Höerskool Drie Riviere said “I think the creativity here will be out of this world.” His peer, Andile Mdingane (16), said “When we were told about the GeeXpo, we were excited to come.” Commenting on the competition at the event, he said “I believe that what you put in is what you get out.” Jwevan also explained that “a
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game is not just a game”. He said “You have got to look at graphics, PC requirements, and the works.” Teachers of the respective schools came to support their learners. Chris Gatsi, maths teacher of The Hill High in Alberton, said “I expected analytical equations,” after his learners wrote a maths test. He said “The problem-solving is lacking, but at least it is challenging the learners for the next level.” James Mengwai (18) from Höerskool Birchleigh said “It is best to learn your times table, because we are too use to using calculators.” The final activity of the GeeXpo was the Serious Gaming Institute South Africa (SGI-SA).
Learners set out to discover the entire campus. Werner Ravyse said “We are teaching them the campus and also testing their ability to do prob-
lem-solving.” He said “The aim is to deliver learning material in a fun and engaging manner.”
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The 2013 Diversity Day Keleabetswe Narenti
Photography by: Annette Willemse
The differences in the world are what make us unite and divide, and our university strives to embrace the differences in the campus. This is evident in everything we do as the North –West University Vaal Triangle Campus. On Friday, 4 October, the Human Resource and Labour Relations Honours class hosted diversity day. The event was full of displays from different countries, fsuch as South Africa and Australia, China and Portugal, India and Italy, USA and Brazil. The stands of displays included clothes and food from the different countries. The event was a display of the importance of diversity in the world. The class showed the importance of diversity in a mixture of amusing and exciting presentations and roleplays, which explained diversity in the work place by touching on different aspects of diversity such as.: Gender diversity Under gender diversity the teams focused their role-plays on sexual differences in the work place on how men still hold gender stereotypes towards women. An important concept highlighted under gender diversity in the work place was “Glass ceiling”. Physical disability in the workplace The role-play displayed how
people with disabilities are faced with problems in the workplace and how the employment equity act is trying to change that. Sexual orientation We live in a world where, freedom of expression and association are one of the rights explored by different individuals. The presentation and roleplay showed how people in organizations are still treating individuals differently because of their sexual orientation such as homosexual and bisexual individuals. Age diversity The age diversity role-play focused on the importance of old people in an organization, by placing emphasis on the experience the old people have to offer in an organization and how young people can learn from and make the organization more productive.
21 Racial diversity The presentation’s motto was “towards achieving equity” the racial diversity role-play, placed emphasis on nepotism, affirmative action and the employment equity act. This has always been a sensitive subject for most organizations, however the role-play proved that there is a solution. Religion and diversity in the workplace This is also a sensitive issue to South Africans and the presentation focused on issues such as religion, in which the wearing of religious items and praying in the workplace was highlighted. “Diversity makes the world an interesting place, and focusing our presentation on it was to show people that each and every individual no matter how different they are they play a valuable part in an organization.” said Girly Tshabalala, Labour Relations Honours student.
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A more personal touch with: Roche Artz Malehlohonolo Motloung
Some of you may know her as part of the Student 24/7 family; who has been around for more than a year now. A very committed and ambitious sub-editor. The year is close to an end and as we are about to welcome prospective students and new members to the family, we are separating with some members. Well this ambitious lady is leaving our family, her career path with the NWU is done, so here is a little close up chat before she goes to say bye bye! Name and Surname: Rochè Augustine Artz Zodiac: My star sign is Virgo Hometown: Port Elizabeth Your childhood memories that you remember best and influenced your life the most? From grade 2, our teacher made us write stories and significant things that took place in our lives. At that point, I didn’t know what I wanted yet; I loved putting words to paper and in grade 11, I wrote to a magazine, (Seventeen). My article was published on the next edition and I was amazed. It was a lovely feeling knowing you write publishable work. What did your parents teach you about life, that you are glad to have learnt today? Strict discipline. Behave, or you’re in BIG trouble. But when I grew older, I somehow learnt to bend the disciplinary system, (LOL), yet most grateful that they taught me discipline. However, more than that, they taught me love, something I’m still learning . What is the best memory you have of your school career?
It’s a mad jungle out there. All the different people and cultures I learnt and came across really taught me a lot about people dynamics. Were you a ‘lonely’ child in school or part of the ‘in’-group? LOL! I was the in-betweener. I’d have a circle of friends I’d always hang with, yet, on some days, when at school, I’d prefer my me-time, alone. Yet, even now, I’d socialise with someone on campus, but often, it feels good being ALONE. Life has enough pressure on the individual, why involve peer-pressure on top of it all? #justathought What were the struggles you had to overcome in you teenage years? Being “different”. Because I moved to Vaal, I hardly blended with anyone. From a cultural perspective, I remain “different”. As a teen, many whom I associated with would ask me
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“what are you”. Did this change your perspective on life? Rarely. Well, what I took from it though is that there are few people who understand, or even make an effort to understand diversity. Some would, for instance, look at me as “odd”, yet, I’d return the look as in ‘you must be odd’. Roche on Academics What made you want to study further, after matric? It’s important to be educated. Rather the words of an educated person, than the noise of an uneducated person. Why did you choose to study journalism? Perhaps it was in my deeper being ever since childhood, but when I think about it now, there are so many stories to be told in the world. However few know how to tell the story. When I think of journalism, I think: “The story must be told. People must know.” - - I also think it could be regarded as the starting point of justice. There is also beauty in journalism. You get to see on average what the average person would miss. Where did you see yourself in this industry when you started out as a first year student? First broadcasting. News reader, to be specific. Then later, I thought rather print. In print, you have more words at your disposal. What would you like to do next year? A lot of things. Writing remains with me. As most of my working experience exists in marketing/advertising, I see myself return to this industry. Where do you see yourself within the next 5 years? I should get a crystal ball for this. The moment I get one, I’ll answer this question with certainty. What do you think is the 3 key characteristics any person should have to make a success as a journalist? Patience/Tolerance. Understanding of cultures/people. And finally, determination.
If you could study/become anything else, what would it be? I’d like to do my MBA, hopefully, some day. If the numerical side of my brain (if it even exists) allows me. But definitely a BCom or IMM qualification. Closer on character What do you do on your days off? Procrastinate as much as I possibly can. Describe yourself in three words. Adventurous. Spontaneous. Determined. What do you like most about yourself? I’m always up for a challenge. What do you dislike most about yourself? Patience is never on my side. Biting the bullet shoots from my teeth. What is your greatest strength? I’m a very understanding person. How would you like to be remembered? There is no “universal” thought those whom I interact with have of me, everyone’s memory would differ. Therefore, how you remember me is entirely left to the individual. What bad habits do you have? Work too hard, and forget to play. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? Change is inevitable. So, my yesterday, today, and tomorrow are subject to change, anyway. Who would you like to meet and why? Oprah Winfrey. Hello? She’s Oprah Winfrey. If you could have someone else’s life for a week, who would you like it to be? Why? LOL! I prefer my own! Everyone has complications, even those who hide it. Why on earth would I want to swop with them? If someone wants to impress me, they have to … “Be on time. Or even better, rock up earlier than expected.”
Campus talent shines Mamello Bless
Her name is Orepheletse Plaatjie, better known as Phela. She is 21 years old and was born and bred here in the Vaal Triangle. She is a 3rd year BCom Entrepreneurship and Business Management student on the Vaal Campus. She is a part-time model at Models Unlimited in Vanderbijlpark, having been crowned as 2012’s Miss Vaal Runnerup. As a model, she takes part in fashion shows, wedding expos, makeover shows, showcases, and the like almost every weekend. She is also an up and coming MC, having MC’ed various events in and around the Vaal Triangle for Models Unlimited, Riverside Sun Resort, & NWU’s 59 Seconds to Fame crew. She MC events such as modelling shows, talent shows, charity fundraisers and the like. She is also a Junior Achievements Alumnus, having taken part in their Mini Enterprise Program in 2009. From my success of being part of the program, she was chosen to attend a Sustainable Development Programme in Dobrich, Bulgaria in 2010, then later on received the John Craig Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit at the end of her high school career. Ever since then, she has been involved with Junior Achievement SA through the Junior Innovators competition, which is held annually, and I work as a mentor there. She has had
success stories posted on the Junior Achievements SA website for the month of August, as well as in the JASAfrica Times in September. “Despite my busy schedule, I’m still able to maintain good grades, scoring averages of 76% and above every semester. I’m a committed student
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Mastering who Moses Mariga is... Roche Artz
Believing in truly making a difference, Moses Mariga (25), MA (Development & Management) student, finds pleasure in helping students improve their grades and being the best they can be. He is a Supplementary Instruction (SI) leader of second and third year modules in Public Management and Administration, and of Sociology third year modules. In an interview with him, he said “My goal is to be an academic, for the purpose of adding academic value and research.” Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, his mother calls him “Momo”, and his friends refer to him as “Mo”. He moved to South Africa (SA) in 2003. Though he is completing his masters, he intends to further his studies onto doctorate level. Inspired in contributing towards the academic field he is in, his dissertation focuses on evaluating food security programmes in Zimbabwe. “I want to find out what exactly is going on with the food security programmes.” You would probably think that he
does not have fun, considering all the academic work he does, don’t you? Ironically, within all the work load and academic pressure he has, he knows what it is like to tap into the frame of sheer pleasure. Smiling with conviction, he said “I’m a fun-loving guy who enjoys going out and having fun.”
bwe, there are only Shona or Ndebele cultures.” However, he shook his head when he thought of the level of crime in SA. “In Zimbabwe, compared to South Africa, crime is lower.” He describes campus as “beautiful”, and said “It also allows you to focus mainly on your studying.”
His friends agree. Kagiso Korae, 3rd year, BA (Communication) student said “Moses is an incredibly smart, real larger than life character. He is the best balance of academics and partying I have seen a guy have.”
Hip hop is his favourite genre of music, whereas he takes pleasure in reading medieval novels. He also enjoys reading articles on politics, development and current affairs. He believes “fortune favours the brave”, a philosophy he lives by. He explained that one should “just be brave and see what happens”.
In SA, Moses appreciates the various cultures. “In Zimba-
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Junkfood, chocolates, and romantic comedies Burger Aucamp
I have come to realize that we as human beings tend to focus so much on the serious things in life that we completely lose sight of how wonderful the little things can be. A life where everything is questioned, analysed and in a way predicted isn’t a life, is it? I believe things are as complicated as we make them. Sometimes we are faced with challenges yes, but it is how you approach those challenges that predict the outcome. So, I am leaving you with something to go and think about or a little advice that has helped me keep focus and maintain a calm mind when things get tough. Set up a list of all the little things in life that you absolutely adore. Those things that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and sometimes even give you goose bumps. Here is my list: 1. There is nothing better than gobbling up an entire fatty oily hamburger and chips WITH a giant shake. We’ll worry about the hips later… 2. For when we are worrying about those hips…. CHOCOLATES. It makes everything better!!! 3. Staring out the window when it is raining while watching little birds bathe themselves. 4. Romantic comedies. 5. Driving around town with your best friend and your song suddenly starts to play! HELL YEAH! SING IT OUT LOUD GIRLFRIEND!!!!!!! 6. Making a new friend
7. Laughing at a friend 8. Hugging a friend 9. Being a friend 10. And last but not least, realizing that you are who you are and nothing or no one can/ should change that. There are a lot more things I can mention, but then this post will probably continue on to the 300th tab. Realizing that life is something worth enjoying MAKES it worth living. There are plenty of time to worry about fights boyfriends and backstabbers. Smiling is the key to a happy heart, friendliness to a happy mind, and peace to a happy soul. It’s not worth moping around or hiding away. Get out there and find little things to make you feel warm and fuzzy when it feels like nothing is anymore. Your happiness isn’t brought by other people, it starts with you!
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Exams are knocking... are you ready to open? Java Zwane
It is that time of the year again! You know, the time when reality kicks in and you don’t have a choice but to face it? Yes, it’s time for the students of NWU Vaal to prove themselves again as the final year examinations will be written. From 28 October until 16 November, students will be spending most of their days in the library, on their study tables, and most importantly in their exam rooms. The times when students would sleep more and study less has unfortunately been reversed; it is now time to sleep less and study study study!!! This is the time for students to prove themselves that they deserve to be taken to the next level. And for those that are doing their final year, it is time for you to prove that you are ready for the workplace. It has been a short yet stressful semester and students found themselves drowning inside tons of school work, but those days are nearing an end. Since the management of NWU Vaal takes care of its own; students are not only provided with one but TWO opportunities to prove themselves. Should you not do well in your first opportunity of writing exams, worry less; second opportunity exams will be written between 25 November and 5 December.
For those of you that still don’t know when and where you will be writing your exams, you are forgiven; and because as Student 24/7 we love you like that, we are here to provide you with all the information you need. The timetables of both the first and second opportunity examinations can be found just by going to the following links: Afrikaans: http://www.nwu.ac.za/af/content/ vtc-akademiese-administrasie-dienste-roosters English: http://www.nwu.ac.za/content/vtc-academic-administration-services-timetables Now that all has been said and done, all that’s left is to....
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Patiently waiting for a great structure Keleabetswe Narenti
For many students, the library is a place where you are not allowed to eat or talk and where you have to spend hours gathering information. But there is more to libraries than that; they provide many valuable services to the university students. While the new library is under construction here is some useful information on libraries and why we should appreciate this storage of knowledge. What is a library? A library is a place, with a collection of books and reference material is kept in one place. Traditionally libraries keep printed books but these days they provide other services too, for example access to the internet like the new high-tech library being built on campus. The history of libraries Today libraries are established throughout the world but this wasn’t always the case. Before libraries could come about, a system of writing had to develop to record people’s thoughts and ideas. You could say that libraries store records of human achievements, knowledge and culture. The first libraries were set up at the behest of kings and priests. The storage of the written word began in temples, where handwritten texts regarded as sacred were kept and kings wanted to preserve the written records of their kingdoms and reigns. The first libraries were established in Babylonia and
Egypt. The invention of the printing press highlighted the modern era of libraries. Books could now be printed on a large scale instead of being copied by hand. This is how today’s large libraries like the one being built on campus were established. Because of the electronic age libraries are no longer just collections of printed books taking up row upon row of shelving. Vast quantities of information are available on the internet and sources from around the world are available at the touch of a button.
Few facts: The Tiayige library in, established in 1561 by Fan Qin during the Ming Dynasty, is China’s oldest library. It contained 70 000 antique books at one point. In the early Middle Ages monasteries had libraries that were open to the public. Valuable hand written books were chained to the shelves to prevent theft and books were lent to be copied but a deposit or a book of equal value was required as collateral.
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The month of Pink Malenyalo Molemane
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), which is an annual campaign to increase awareness for the disease. While most people are aware of the breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stage and encourage others to do the same. (www.nationalbreastcancer.org) Many describe this disease as a thief in the night, that takes all the things that they love, cherish and care about. Many have lost lovers, mothers, sisters and friends to this disease. The country saw the need to dedicate this whole month (October) to people with this disease and to make others aware of it.
The 9th annual Soweto Pride Mojalefa Mofokeng
The right –wing conservators think it’s a decision, and you can be cured with some treatment or religion, man-made rewiring of pre-disposition, of playing God and having tendency of paraphrasing the book written 35 hundreds years ago to suit their pre- conceived ideas but forgetting that God loves all his children. With the haywire of discrimination against gays and lesbians one can never deny the importance of event such as pride in our society. On the 28th of September 2013 it marked the 9th annual Soweto pride which is organized by FEW (Forum for the empowerment of women) and other LGBTI organizations in and around Johannesburg. This event was first pondered or
Lesedi Hobbs, 2nd year BA Communication describes this month as “a month to celebrate the braveness and courage of the people who have this disease and to make people aware of it”. As many would wonder why the breast cancer colour symbol is pink, Dumisa Mbonjwa, 1st year BA Communication believes that it’s because “this cancer is specifically only in women. There are many different cancers but this month we making women aware of this specific one (breast cancer). People believe that the colour pink symbolizes love and romance, caring, tenderness, acceptance and calm. This can show that people do care, love and accept people with this disease. Siyamthanda Sellwane Duma, 2nd year BA Industrial psychology said “I wear a pink T-shirt on cancer day. I believe that it shows people who have breast cancer that they not alone, we do care and with support and love we can beat this disease. conceptualized by Donna Smith and Phumla Masuke. The Soweto pride set to aim at creating and making political and social space for black lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and intersex also known as “LGBTI” persons to celebrate their sexuality and humanity in peace. It further aims to raise awareness against hate crimes as well as homophobia in and out of the streets of Soweto. Being my first time attending Soweto pride, I made it sure to be early as possible so to receive the chance to witness all that’s going to take place on the 9th annual Soweto pride, and I saw and witness all. If you did not get that chance let me give you a slide show of what took place in the 9th annual Soweto pride. The Pride started at 11:00am with LGBTI people marching, singing and holding banners, rainbow flags and posters from the Credo Mutwa Park, which is the place the event was held at, proceeding to Mphuthi str, then right to the Elias
Motsoedi, after that proceeding to Crossroad” Phera str” where it stopped for 30 minutes of singing and dancing and “reclaiming the space with our PRIDE”, then the march continued straight to Credo Mutwa park. After that significant part of pride which is the march, it was time to take off camp chair, cooler boxes and get down with good music, great performances from fellow gays, lesbians and celebrities. And enjoy what LGBTI mostly called as ‘Our Christmas”, where LGBTI community can get together and enjoy being who they are without being stared at. Side by the performance started by a cool jazz sound of Intombi-emZulu, to belly dancing with Carol Bahane popular known as
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Lebo from the South Africa’s television drama Zone14, and to a massive show stopper by Vintage Cru with their vogue talent, and once again the Vintage cru did not disappoint they pulled a stand to the show as they did last year at JHB pride in zoo lake by voguing to one of the new Lady Gaga single “applause” and take off people from their camping chairs and run to vogue along with them. Right after the stage was set down by Vintage cru, it was time for the battle of the dj’s and people where allowed to go on stage and show their different dance skills or moves rather, as they always say” pride is ours”.
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Dark days: My motivation Thys Khiba
Days seemed dark and I lost my motivation of life because I was losing my game in my studies. I felt ungrateful and I close my eyes, speaking to my father through prayer. My tears were like a river waterfall but I knew everything is gonna be oryt but I couldn’t see my future shining but darkness was the night. I realize that where I’m from is bad than where I am now. Questions were confronting me and answers were nowhere to be found. I looked at my goal list, I remembered who I am, and I am a soldier of my life, my family, my future family, a role model to ntwana tsa kasi (township boys). I’m the light to the darkness.
maoto, ka ja lekomo jwalo ka Mosotho, ka thola sefela (then I stood up with my feet and started worshipping) Rhythm. Where I am from they believe in me and that is why Im not gona give up even though everyone died in this road of sadness and that is why is so lonely but I’m gonna make it happiness road and jah my darkness my happiness.
31 Life goes on and I sat down on the floor and become a writer to my sadness. Journalist can write to attract, hip hop lovers can write to impress and I was writing to salute myself but I even realized that I’m here to write motivations… Yeah this is your boy Thysino known by T.M Khiba, Mr. Motivation himself, Im not here to camp but Im here to write and motivate young stars of Africa and this world yeah Hallelujah
I stood up and fell again, Jah. And I stood up again and fell down to my knees and I pray like worshiper and yes I am a worshiper. God made me realize that even though I’m down I will rise up and shine with the sun. I looked at my phone and it was twelve thirty in the morning but silent was beating my soul due to the darkness outside mara bona ka emelela ka
Poem Poem by: Priyanka M. Motaung
I deserve to be loved, cherished, understood and respected. I deserve to be given a chance to express myself in the most undefined manner. I want to be free, I want to be myself and I want to be full of life and determination. I want to be around positive energy for it is very fulfilling to
the soul. I can be the best, beyond measure, boundaries and limitations. I can be that person that lives and is true at heart. I will be what I was designed for. I will be honest in the decision and choices I make. I am an inspiration. I am a star beaming with light. I am talented, content and humbled by my triumphs.
John Legend - Love in the Future William George
A long anticipated release from John Stephens, popularly known by his stage name: John Legend. After the 2008 solo album Evolver, followed by a 2010 collaboration album with The Roots, titled Wake Up! John Legend returns back with a masterpiece album, tilted Love In The Future. The deluxe version has a track list of 20 songs including interludes, with a portion of up-beat and ballads.
The album carries list of love songs, notable ones include: The Beginning, We Loved It featuring Seal, Open Your Eyes, Dreams, You and I (Nobody in the World) and many other songs. In the writing pro-
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cess, which started in 2011, he worked with few artists on some of his songs, including Pharrell Williams, Joe Jonas, Sara Bareilles, Kanye West, just to mention a few. The album is perfect for you and your loved ones and a definite must-have for R&B fans.
Love in The Future, marks his fourth official studio album, which got released few weeks before his marriage to a model named Christine Teigen. He features Rick-Ross on his first single â€œWho Do We Think We Areâ€? of the album, which was released in March on his website for public stream. The second single Made to Love followed by a ballad All of Me.
New albums to look and listen out for:
Drake - Nothing was the Same
Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
Jason Derulo - Tatoos
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Nothing for Mahala William George
A South African comedy film Directed by Rolie Nikiwe, who directed A Place Called Home and a creative director of television series episodes of Intersexions. This is a film is about money, laughter, and some lessons of life. Starring actor: Thapelo Mokoena (presenter of South African Fear Factor) portraying the character of Axe, a man in his thirties, who loves the lavish lifestyle, drives flashy cars, and overspending money. He gets into trouble by borrowing money from a local loan shark, and later is unable to pay back the money and cannot keep up with the life he wants. He is then caught driving drunk, which gets him in front of the court, where he is given 200 hours of community service in an old age home. There, he meets an old grumpy man by the name Hendrik played by (Marius Weyers – from Blood Diamonds, The Gods
Must Be Crazy) Axe is paired with Hendrik in the old age home to assist him around, at the same time, Hendrik sees that Axe is giving priority to the wrong things in life; he sees the younger version of himself in Axe, so he tries to mentor him, into getting his priorities right and realising that life is more than ‘just money’. They both learn a thing or two from each other. The film is shot and produced in South Africa, it has a list of stars, such as Jamie Batlett (David Genaro – Rhythm City), Desmond Dube, Lillian Dube, Kenneth Nkosi, Mabatho Montsho who might become Axe’s love interest and many other great stars. The film also has a cameo of Dorothy Masuka, Pro and Zahara, on a song collaboration which will be featured in the film. Nothing for Mahala will be out this month in cinemas.
Elysium: the future? Portia Rampa
Elysium is a 2013 film written and directed by South African Neill Blomkamp and distributed by TriStar Pictures. Elysium is a sci-fi film that incorporates action, thriller and politics. The film achieved $29,807,393 (USA) in its opening weekend. Recap of District 9 Blomkamp also directed District 9, a sci-fi movie, where a massive star ship bearing a grimy alien population, nicknamed “The Prawns,” appears over Johannesburg, South Africa. Cast Matt Damon as (Max), Jodie Foster (Delacourt), Sharlto Copley (Kruger), Alice Braga (Frey), Diego Luna (Julio), Wagner Moura (Spider), William Fichtner (John Carlyle), Brandon Auret (Drake), Josh Blacker (Crowe), Emma Tremblay (Matilda), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Sandro), Maxwell Perry Cotton ( Young Max), Faran Tahir (President Patel), Adrian Holmes (Manuel), and Jared Keeso (Rico). Rating 2.5/5 Plot The film is set in the year 2154, where two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine and technologically advanced man-made space station called Elysium which evokes an orbital Mercedes-Benz logo. The rest of the habitants live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth ravaged by poverty, crime, disease and pollution. The key advantage of living on Elysium is that each home is equipped with a healing chamber that will cure everything from flesh wounds to cancer in five seconds. A government official Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is tasked with preserving the luxurious lifestyle of Elysium citizens and keeping out illegal immigrants coming from Earth. She achieves that by using the services of terrestrial lunatic Kruger (Sharlto Copley) Matt Damon plays Max, the ordinary poverty-
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stricken guy who works at a factory, building robots that serve as the city’s security guards. After a workplace accident, he finds himself exposed to lethal radiation, leaving him with just five days and a lot of desperation to make it to Elysium where a cure awaits. However, the cure has conditions, he should get involved in a risky mission by joining up with a smuggler and high-tech coyote named Spider (Wagner Moura) and his crew. The journey to life gets painful and thorny when the villain Kruger (Sharlto Copley) tries to thwart his destiny. Technical aspects Elysium is a stupendous film that not only is creative but realistic, Blomkamp displays ability to combine motion capture and CG effects with real actors, locations, and fantastically designed physical objects, like the exoskeleton that’s bolted to Max’s body to enhance his strength even as he’s dying. The weapons, spaceships, and the mix of old and new technologies are remarkably designed. The film’s realism of earth scenes is set in Los Angeles but shot in the rambling slums of current-day Mexico City. It encompasses vast demographic segment, a swift of camera angle tricks and Soundtracks of Metropolis (Dan Le Sac Remix) Written by Alexander Lloyd, performed by PRDCTV Courtesy of Ninja Tune Ltd. Conclusion The film encompasses political relevance and what is currently affecting today’s society. It questions the government’s handling with immigration, crime, poverty, power, military, environmental catastrophe and health care which is important, paramount and life threatening to human beings, living organism and the Earth in general. The movie portrays intriguing story line, brilliant sci-fi actors, amazing CGI effects and a realism that has a significant impact on society. Viewers will catch the movie on DVD in a few weeks.
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Taking It On The Chin... Knowledge is Power Ratanang Mogatusi
It has been said that in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. Its implication is simple; knowledge is power. This is true. This holds true in many, if not all walks of life; such as on a personal, or professional level. For instance, if one is the only person with an understanding of how to repair vehicles in an isolated community, then they can monopolise the motor repair industry within that community. The fact that they have knowledge of a specialised set of skills that others do not puts them in the position from which they can exploit everyone else. Therefore, if one is aware of a truth that everyone else is unaware of, then they stand at a better position to do something with that knowledge. If we’re to apply this to our personal lives and in respect of the skeletons that we hide in our closets, we might find that a secret is only a secret if only you and you alone know it. So long as someone else shares your secret, the probability of your secret becoming common knowledge doubles. Each person that you might trust with it becomes one more person who can tell someone else that which you hope they wouldn’t. Therefore, the more people that know it, the less of a secret it becomes. Or even worse, they can always use it against you. And should you find yourself in such a position, one way to discourage someone from placing you under such duress would be to attain counter intelligence about them. Thus, obtaining said information would grant you power; even if it is only to influence them to refrain from taking certain actions. It’s rather unfortunate, but sometimes the best way to fight a fire is with fire. Not all knowledge is power though, and ignorance often really is bliss. For example, knowing that the person you might believe to be in love with you is really in love with someone else is not empowering at all. In fact, it can
be emotionally crippling. Furthermore, once you’re aware of such knowledge, you’re likely to be highly upset and your perception of love, life and relationships may become disorientated. It is because of such knowledge that men and women have of each other that we find it difficult to trust one another. Were we not all much happier as kids, when we were unaware of how cruel life and the opposite sex could be?
Knowledge comes to us in many forms. It could be classified intelligence, a family secret, or even knowledge that someone might be desperate to keep concealed from you; such as your partner being unfaithful. The beauty of being the dominant specie on this planet is that we all have free will, which enables us to equip ourselves with that knowledge which is not so common; or to otherwise ignore that which we do not want to know. The question then becomes whether or not we have the wisdom to put that knowledge to good use. So whether you choose to well informed about life and the world around you, or simply to stick with the safety and comfort of the world as you know it; it is important to remember this; you don’t need to know everything in life, only what you need to know to be happy.
Recovery Month... Greener Pastures ‘tis Season with Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten I am unwritten, Can’t read my mind I’m undefined, I’m just beginning The pen’s in my hand ending unplanned Open up the dirty window Let the sun illuminate the words That you could not find Reaching for something in the distance So close you can almost taste it Release your innovation Feel the rain on your skin No one else can feel it for you Only you can let it in No one else, no one else Can speak the words on your lips Drench yourself in words unspoken Live your life with arms wide open Today is where your book begins The rest is still unwritten, yeah Oh, oh I break tradition Sometimes my tries Are outside the lines, oh yeah yeah We’ve been conditioned To not make mistakes But I can’t live that way oh, oh Staring at the blank page before you Open up the dirty window Let the sun illuminate the words That you could not find Reaching for something in the distance So close you can almost taste it Release your inhibitions Feel the rain on your skin No one else can feel it for you Only you can let it in No one else, no one else Can speak the words on your lips drench yourself in words unspoken
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Live your life with arms wide open Today is where your book begins Feel the rain on your skin No one else can feel it for you Only you can let it in No one else, no one else Can speak the words on your lips drench yourself in words unspoken live your life with arms wide open Today is where your book begins the rest still unwritten Staring at the blank page before you Open up the dirty window Let the sun illuminate the words That you could not find Reaching for something in the distance So close you can almost taste it Release your inhibitions Feel the rain on your skin No one else can feel it for you Only you can let it in No one else, no one else Can speak the words on your lips Drench yourself in words unspoken Live your life with arms wide open ***** Today is where your book begins Feel the rain on your skin No one else can feel it for you Only you can let it in No one else, no one else Can speak the words on your lips Drench yourself in words unspoken Live your life with arms wide open ***** Today is where your book begins The rest is still unwritten
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A note from the Sports Ed...
The tournament consisted of six rounds played over two months. The first round of matches started on 17 August, with the final round of matches ending on 5 October. The Springboks had high hopes for this yearâ€™s championship after successful victories over Scotland, Italy and Samoa in the buildup to the tournament. Heynecke Meyer, the Springbok coach drafted in former World Cup winning Springbok Fourie du Preez to bolster the team. He also made a few changes and believed that he had the strongest team available. South Africa won their opening match against Argentina by a record breaking score of 73-13 at the FNB Stadium in Soweto. They followed that up the next week when they travelled to Argentina, and churned out a hard fought 2217 victory over the much improved Argentinian opposition.
Rugby Championship A 2013 Review Springboks, Pumas and Wallabies are up against an All Black environment on grass fields, where split seconds can turn villians into heroes. Like bloodthirsty animals they are hungry for success, surrounded by multitudes of enthusiastic fans that create an roaring atmosphere. While this may sound like a something out a National Geographic special, it is quite the opposite. This is Rugby. The Rugby Championship to be precise. A tournament that pits the four best Southern Hemisphere teams against each other to determine the king of the rugby jungle.
The Boks had a stiff task in their travels to the land down under where they would meet Australia and New Zealand respectively on their home turf. The Boks delivered a storming performance against Australia that had coach Meyer of his seat numerous times. It was a delight to watch Jean de Villiers, Willie Le Roux and Zane Kirchner crossing the tryline with some brilliant backline play. Sadly, it all changed the next week in Auckland, where the Boks met the current champions and World Cup holders, The All-Blacks. Amidst some questionable refereeing decisions and bad luck the All Blacks went on to beat the Boks by 29-15. This left the Springboks with all to do in their remaining matches on home turf.
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After comprehensively beating Australia in Cape Town by 28-8, it was down to the final showdown against New Zealand. It was a mighty task that layed in front of the Green and Gold. They had to beat New Zealand and score 4 tries to get a bonus point that would lift them above New Zealand in the standings. Coca Cola Park was the locations for the next chapter in this famous rivalry between these two proud rugby nations. In a pulsating match that had 9 tries in total, the All Blacks defeated the Springboks 38-27. The Springboks can lift their head high after an impressive tournament, where they came second best after pushing the best in the world to the limit. That is no small feat. New Zealand Captain Richie McCaw also be-
lieved that the Springboks were worthy challengers, and could well be titile contenders next year. “There is little difference between these teams, and between all the teams in the Rugby Championship, you might on the day suggest who might come out on top, but they have to be off by much to become second,” he said. Coach Heynecke Meyer summed up the tournament and the match after he stated that he was proud of his team’s performance throughout the competition. “They are a quality side, so there are no excuses because they were the better side on the night. I am proud of the guys, I think we are closing the gap.”
Soccer: NWU Vaal edge closer to a championship spot Mangaliso Maduna
NWU overcame MDI (Midrand Graduate Institute) 4-3 on penalties to keep their USSA Championship aspirations in control. The game took place on a Thursday evening on the 3rd of October. Having played a draw in their last encounter against TUT, NWU knew that nothing less than a win would restore their hopes of qualifying for the championships. After long hours of hard work and intensive training, the technical team had done their part and all that was left was for the players to step up to the plate. The game was played at a high intensity with mixed emotions for either side. It had sparks flowing from the first whistle to the last. It’s a game that brought spectators to a standstill and left both coaches frustrated as both teams struggled to found the back of a net. The game ended in a 0-0 draw in open play although both
teams got many scoring opportunities but failed to convert them and thus reflecting a national problem of scoring. MDI started the game brightly and dominated most of the possession in the opening stages of the game. They had a chance to open scoring when their striker did well to dribble past the NWU Vaal defence but failed to control his shot as it deflected wide. The game was starting to open up and NWU Vaal were slowly getting into game and had their first contribution of the match in the 32th minute when one of their central midfielders fired a powerful shot which went straight into arms of the keeper. NWU Vaal continued to pile pressure on its opposition when their left winger cut inside but saw his efforts go over the crossbar. The game would go into the break with both teams deadlocked in a
0-0 stalemate. As the second half resumed both coaches made tactical changes because they saw that goals were not fourth coming in the first stanza. However the second half was more or less the same as the first one. Both teams equally played attractive football but were eluded by goals as their marksmen continued to be wasteful in front of goal. Extra-time was looming and the game looked destined to be decided on penalties. NWU Vaal came close to stealing a game in the dying minutes of extra-time when their midfielder was offered a room to shoot inside the 18yard area only for his shot to drift wide to the left. NWU Vaal won the penalty lottery after two players from MDI failed to convert their spot kicks and as a result NWU Vaal progressed to the final after they successfully converted four
21 Oct 2013 of their spot kicks. NWU Vaal will now face their fierce rivals VUT at Isak Steyl Stadium in a match that will decide their fate as to whether they go to the championships or not. One of the stars of the show on the
day, NWU Vaal winger Ntobeko Prince Manyaka couldn’t hide his delight after a hard-fought win. “It was a good game, the first five minutes were difficult for us as they gave us no space to breathe but in the end
we emerged victorious and that’s what matters most. Now what is left for us is to finish the job at VUT, it won’t be an easy game but we don’t fear any opposition.” the diminutive midfielder said.
Faranani: bringing it on in sports
Sesethu Nyokana & Kinga Siejek
The first official sports event from the new Faranani House Committee, was seen as one the first successful night games since the leadership of the sports officer Kellelo from 2010/2011. The sport codes included Netball, Rugby and Soccer with teams ranging from first year to senior Faranani residences, to those of teams with names such as BBM and MXit. Acacia and other residences even joined in on the fun in certain games. Refreshments were available for all participants and anyone who came to support the games. Netball One game between the ladies of Faranani and Acacia was seen as a warm-up game for Acacia. The three games played and scores were: • Faranani (first years) vs Acacia: 16 – 19 • Faranani (seniors) vs Acacia: 12 – 19 • Faranani (seniors) vs Faranani (first years): 4 – 12 Overall results and medals for ladies netball were: • 1st (Gold): Acacia • 2nd (Silver): Faranani (first years) • 3rd (Bronze): Faranani (seniors) Rugby The only Rugby match of the night was Faranani against Oryx. • Faranani vs Oryx: 10 – 45 Soccer The men’s soccer was a correlation of the newly elected and previous Sports Officers of Faranani, as a way to finish the Soccer league
of Faranani. • BBM vs Masole: 3 – 0 • Bibo’s vs MXit: 1-1 Due to a draw, the game went into penalties with Bibo’s winning 5 – 2 against MXit. The winners of the two games then led to a final match between Bibo’s and BBM. In an interesting final match, Bibo’s beat BBM 3 – 2, but what was noted was that while the Bibo’s won the Championship, the cup was given to the BBM. The reason being that BBM were the Champions of the Soccer league for Faranani, as a whole. The ladies also participated in their own Soccer match with Red Bibo’s beating Green Bibo’s 3 – 1. Who are the Soccer teams? • BBM: Soccer team of the Faranani seniors. • Masole: Soccer team of the Longfellow residence. • Bibo’s: Soccer team of the Faranani first years. • MXit: Soccer team of a combination of Faranani first years and seniors. Moreover, there was also a game of volleyball played by the Faranani residents who were interested; which was more for fun and unity than for prizes. All sporting games were created to form unification of the Faranani residence, as well as all the other residences that joined in. A word from the organiser and initiator of
the event, the newly elected Sports Officer Mmathabo Thonga said, â€œWe are grateful as a house committee for the support, and it shows unity (as Farananians).â€?
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Report on the Inter Residence Basketball Tournament held on October 12 at the Campus Basketball Courts Sports Office
As a Basketball coordinator, it is my privilege to congratulate the winners of the tournament, Longfellow Residence for the gents and Acacia for the Ladies. I appreciate the participation of everyone in the tournament, from the officials to volunteers; it was indeed your efforts that gave us the success of the tournament on the day. Our day started at 6:30 with the branding and organisation of the court. The tournament was greatly organised with support it has received from the sports office and the Director of Students Affairs, offering the sponsorship of 185 T-shirts that helped to raise the morale of the attendees of the tournament. All benefitted in the colouring of the event by wearing and appreciating the NWU Vaal logo, thank you Mr. Simango. We appreciate the Sports Office, for the 120 Energy drinks and snacks that was offered, however due to the fact that the participants spent more than 10 hours on the day and as such, solid food was required. As always under the leadership of Mr. Sean McCallaghan, Sports is always the winner, thanks to you. To Cornelia, Elsje and Thomas, thank you all for the different roles played in making the tournament a success, not forgetting to mention Mr. Charles Maleka, who spent the whole week assisting in the preparations
for the tournament. Appreciating Mrs. Rosina Mokati (Thuthuka Student Supervisor) as well, who has always volunteered her services whenever she is available. We also acknowledge the contribution made by Mr. Matome Kganakga, who assisted with branding and promotional materials and the technical services with cleaning and provision of chairs and tables. In the following year, we will be hosting a bigger tournament and we hope to invite the Campus Management if everything goes according to plan. The results for the tournament were as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Faranani 15 – Longfellow 66 (Gents) Santrust 8 – Acacia 22 (Ladies) Thuthuka 37 – Oryx 43 (Gents) Longfellow 55 – Santrust 11 (Gents) Santrust 18 – Jasmyn 15 (Ladies) Oryx 34 – Faranani 23 (Gents) Longfellow 34 – Thuthuka 15 (Gents) Acacia 28 – Thuthuka 18 (Ladies) Oryx 35 – Santrust 17 (Gents)
LADIES FINAL - Acacia 15 – Santrust 6 GENTS FINAL – Longfellow 34 – Oryx 6
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A first for our football team! Magdel van Rensburg
A big congratulations to our Men’s football team who beat VUT 1-0 for the first time in the history of NWU Vaal. VUT has always been seen as the powerhouse of football in the Sedibeng Region. Not only did we manage to beat them, but in the process we have managed to qualify for the national university club championship in Pretoria from 2-6 December.
Furthermore the result also means that we have moved into the top 16 university teams within South Africa, a remarkable achievement taking into consideration that there are 36 teams affiliated to USSA Nationally. We are also now ranked the 4th best team in Gauteng out of 13 teams, keep in mind we have to compete against teams from Tuks, UJ and Wits and therefore to be ranked 4th is also a remarkable achievement.
Know your player: Lindokuhle Lupuwana Thys Khiba
With all the hype going around our sports recently, especially the amazing win against VUT in foorball; it seems fitting to get to know one of our Campus players who may one day be playing in one of the big teams in South Africa or the world! Could you tell us more about you? I was born in Matatiele, Eastern Cape; I am currently studying and also playing soccer, as a goalkeeper at NWU Vaal campus. When did sport bug hit you? I have always love soccer, I started playing soccer at an age of 8 years with a dream of being a professional player and I always had a passion for football. What is your mandate? To be a disciplined and respectful player...and I’ve always wanted to be a leader in football. What are your achievements up to this level?
I’ve played for one of the biggest teams Bush Bucks and Wits, I obtained gold medallist of Metropolitan U/17, 2006 and 2007. I’ve also played for U/21 USSA National squad. What are your plans and vision with your current team? It is to see our team qualifies
for Club champs and also winning the Vodacom league. Any practical changes in the first team: Being the youngest goalkeeper and being one of the selected players to play in the firsteleven. All the best with your upcoming goals about soccer and thanks for your time: Thanks Thysino, Hola hola!!
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